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Amazon's Whole Foods deal highlights appeal of physical stores

Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn represents a 'tacit admission' that online-only food retailing is still difficult, according to a UK-based analyst.

Dow-DuPont merger wins US antitrust approval

Dow and DuPont have won approval from the competition authority in the US to complete a $130bn merger upon condition that they divest a string of assets, including chemical products...

Cargill may be planning Chinese beef deal

Cargill may be one of the first meat companies to capitalise on newly-approved trade rules governing US beef exports to China.

Cross-contamination a cause of huge US meat recall

Newly Weds Foods has confirmed it is involved in the massive tranche of recalls issued by 10 US meat businesses, which fear their products may contain undeclared allergens.

Opposition to fair play rule raised – again

US poultry industry representatives have redoubled opposition to government proposals scrapping the need for farmers to prove competition harm in order to claim compensation.

US and China agree on beef that can go east

US beef sales to China could soon be reinstated now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised trade rules covering traceability and types of meat eligible for export.

Meat sector facing new trade tariffs post-Brexit

UK meat exporters may have to negotiate trade tariffs on a country-by-country basis with over 100 nations upon exiting the European Union (EU) on 29 March, 2019.

Meat firms hit by huge food safety recall

Nine US meat businesses have been forced to recall a total of over 3.5 million lbs of produce due to the presence of undeclared allergens.

Precision Incorporated acquires equipment firm Meyer Industries

US-based food-processing equipment supplier Precision Incorporated has acquired Texan firm Meyer Industries for an undisclosed sum as it targets growth in the food industry.

Hard Brexit breakdown ‘opportunity’ for meat trade

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to win a Conservative majority in the general election may soften the government’s hard Brexit rhetoric, benefiting the country's meat industry.

‘Groundbreaking’ natural antimicrobial agents developed for meat

Two plant-based antimicrobial ingredients protecting meat against listeria and salmonella contamination have been developed by French business Naturex. 

American farmers back NAFTA rewrite to protect beef producers

Protect local beef suppliers against globalisation, the National Farmers Union has demanded in an open letter to President Trump, following news of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade...

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Meat packaging firm creates 30 jobs with $3m factory investment

US-based Package Concepts & Materials will add a large production facility to its South Carolina factory, creating up 30 new jobs.

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Research firm Cobb promotes poultry expert

US-based poultry research firm Cobb-Vantress, Inc has promoted Dr Aldo Rossi to vice-president of research and development for the company.

Deadline approaching for World Steak Challenge

Steak producers have less than a week to enter this year’s World Steak Challenge. 

Cargill in Colombia with Pollos El Bucanero takeover

International agri-food giant Cargill has entered the Colombian market through the acquisition of poultry firm Pollos El Bucanero SA, for an undisclosed sum.

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Equipment designer launches non-stick conveyor belt

US-based machinery manufacturer Dynamic Conveyor Corporation has launched a new conveyor belt top for the food industry, with a rough-textured surface to stop sticky foods from sticking to the material.

Smithfield acquires three Polish meat companies

US pork giant Smithfield Foods has acquired Pini Polska, Hamburger Pini and Royal Chicken from Poland-based Pini Group for an undisclosed sum.

Meat firm pens bacon deal with NFL team Green Bay Packers

Wisconsin-based meatpacker Patrick Cudahy has signed a deal with National Football League team Green Bay Packers to be the official bacon supplier for the second season running.

Modified antibiotic won't change meat sector plans

A modified antibiotic that is more potent to bacteria and could make it easier to fight life-threatening superbugs is unlikely to change meat industry plans to cut medicine use.

US meat industry against PRIME Act introduction

The US meat industry has reacted unfavourably to the potential introduction of legislation that would allow individual states to distribute products intrastate with fewer regulations.

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Beyond Meat's vegan burger wins big Safeway deal

Plant-based meat producer Beyond Meat has won a major US listing deal for its ‘bleeding’ veg burger, almost doubling the number of stores it is available in.

Top hog firm hires ex-Tyson Foods vice-president

One of America’s biggest family-owned hog producers, Maschhoffs LCC, has appointed meat industry grandee Paul Fox as chief operating officer.

Hormel Foods hit by turkey profit drop

Oversupply in the turkey market has led to US producer Hormel Foods reporting a 2% drop in earnings and a 5% drop in profit for the second quarter of the year. 

Tillamook Country Smoker bought by investment firm

Private equity firm Insignia Capital Group has acquired Oregon-based meat snacks company Tillamook Country Smoker for an undisclosed sum.

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