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US corporation acquires Marel site

Equipment manufacturer Marel is selling its high-speed slicing facility in Norwich, United Kingdom. 

Progress made in US port dispute

A long-running dispute involving a number of major ports on the US’ West Coast may be nearing its end.

Inconsistencies flagged up in USDA Dietary Guidelines report, as lean meat is ommitted

The US’ National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NBCA) has called the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Report inconsistent, and said that in its present form it would offer conflicting dietary advice....

Taiwan loosens import controls on US and Canadian beef by-products

Taiwan is easing its 11-year-old import ban on offal and by-products sourced from US- and Canada-reared cattle over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) concerns, by planning to classify six types of...

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Golden State Foods to open $40m processing facility

Leading US beef processor Golden State Foods (GSF) is to invest between $40-45m in a new meat processing facility in Opelika, Alabama, as it looks to expand its operations.

Smithfield Foods announces restructure

US-based Smithfield Foods, part of WH Group, has announced it will be restructuring the company, in order to try and accelerate growth.

Meat companies benchmarked in global animal welfare table

The likes of Cranswick, Tyson Foods and Vion feature relatively high up the rankings in the annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report.

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Global pig market expected to return to “something like normal”

While prices across Europe have been spiralling downwards, the global pork market is expected to return to "something like normal", except for the situation with Russia, according to Stephen Howarth,...

NAMI's Barry Carpenter speaks from IPPE

Country of origin labelling and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were top of the bill at this year’s International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE). The show attracted over...

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Ireland looks to get ahead of the game with US visit

Ireland’s minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Simon Coveney, has embarked on a trade mission to the US to promote Irish beef.

JBS to invest in Utah site

A $75m investment programme has been announced by JBS USA for its Hyrum beef processing facility in Utah. 

US pig inspection pilot could cut product quality, warns advocacy group and inspectors

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) pilot programme is reducing the quality and safety of American pork products and will pose a significant health risk if it is rolled out...

ABP confirms first US beef deal

Irish meat giant ABP Food Group has confirmed it is the first European company to agree a supply deal for beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related...

US reveals record stats for 2014 export values

The value of US beef and pork exports hit record figures in 2014, with double-digit growth on the previous year, according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Canadian minister lays out COOL position

Canadian minister for agriculture Gerry Ritz has reiterated the country’s position on US country of origin labelling (COOL) during a series of meetings in Washington, DC, last week.

Japan pork producers fight for status quo in US-Japan pig meat trade

Japan’s pork industry remains resolutely opposed to its national government watering down tariffs in discussions with the USA on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal, warning that revising...

Strong prices predicted for US beef in 2015

Delegates at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention were comforted by predictions from CattleFax that prices for US beef will remain strong during 2015.

IPPE 2015 in pictures

With more than 30,000 visitors from across the world arriving in Atlanta, the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo continues to prove a global attraction for the international meat industry.

Global meat scandal sees US on look-out for greater transparency

Being a trusted manufacturer is key to success in the branded meat market in the US, according to new analysis by Canadean.

Super Bowl Sunday sees chicken wing sales soar

Last Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, saw sales of chicken wings go through the roof, as viewers munched their way through countless buckets of chicken during the game.

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Winners and losers in the supply chain as oil prices tumble

Most people know that the global oil price has taken a big hit over the past six months, falling by just under 50% to US$59 per barrel at the end...

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Hershey acquires meat snacks brand

US confectionery giant The Hershey Company has acquired jerky manufacturer Krave Pure Foods Inc, as it makes a move into the "rapidly growing" meat snacks category.

Preventative drug removal in pork sector increases carbon footprint, argues expert

The removal of anti-microbial preventative drug use in US pork production leads to a significant increase in carbon footprint, a leading expert has claimed.

Cargill achieves early goal for group housing

Group housing for sows can now be found at all of Cargill’s company-owned farms, after the firm hit its conversion goal 11 months early.

Differing EU/US food safety policies a hindrance to trade, IPPE delegates told

Negotiations to agree the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are made more challenging by the differing approaches to food safety from the US and European Union...