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McDonald’s sees significant sales drop in APMEA

Global fast food chain McDonald’s has seen sales drop 14.5% in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region.

Japan’s poultry market could benefit from high beef and pork prices

With high market prices expected for beef and pork during the remainder of the year, Japan’s low-priced broiler meat could be at a competitive advantage, according to the latest Global...

Argentina is hopeful US move will set precedent for its beef

Argentina is "delighted" that the USA has acknowledged the regions of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B are free from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and hopes its proposal to allow imports...

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US’ third-largest poultry producer cuts use of antibiotics

Perdue Foods has announced it is has stopped using antibiotics in its chicken hatcheries – a process that has taken five years to fully implement.

US beef and pork export volumes drop

The USA has seen year-on-year export volumes for beef and pork fall for the first time this year.

European meat market stable despite Russian embargo, Brussels expert says

The European meat market is not in crisis following the embargo imposed by Russia on meat from the European Union (EU), a European Commission expert has told GlobalMeatNews.

OSI Group links up with Pickstock Telford

OSI Group has entered into a joint venture with UK-based beef processor Pickstock Telford.

Suckler cows sector could be hit by EU-US trade agreement, study says

The conclusion of a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the US could have serious adverse consequences for the EU suckler...

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National Pork Board CEO steps down

Chris Novak, chief executive officer of US association the National Pork Board, has announced he is to step down after six years of service.

US to formulate separate international marketing strategy for pork

The USA is trying to come up with a tailor-made international marketing strategy to tap a bigger share of pork sales, now growing at an estimated 12% globally from 2013...

Various US poultry products see export restrictions

Restrictions have been imposed on US poultry products from various countries due to the outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) last month.

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Spotlight on flexitarianism

Almost 50% of the respondents in a special GlobalMeatNews poll said they had actively reduced their meat consumption, suggesting the industry needs to do more to educate consumers about meat’s...

Terms of Tyson Foods/Hillshire Brands merger finalised

Tyson Foods announced the completion of its merger with Hillshire Brands last week, in a move which positions Tyson as "a clear leader in the prepared foods business", according to...

New Atkins-style diet book promotes consumption of meat

Echoing the Atkins diet, a new book called The Big Fat Surprise has claimed that eating fat, including from red meat, can actually be beneficial to your health.

Globalisation of meat trade presents challenges for packaging

Developing packaging that ensures exported products arrive in the optimum condition is a challenge for manufacturers as the meat industry becomes increasingly globalised.

US packaging show to offer technology seminars

The Pack Expo International Show 2014, held in Chicago, US has announced it will hold educational seminars at its Centre for Trends and Technologies (CTT).

Bosch to display broad range at Pack Expo

Equipment manufacturer Bosch Packaging Technology is gearing up to exhibit a range of new products at Pack Expo International 2014.

US proposes relaxation of regulations on beef imports from northern Argentina

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced it is proposing to amend regulations which would enable fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern...

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Profit uplift seen for Sanderson Farms

A strong performance in the third quarter has seen sales and income up at US poultry business Sanderson Farms.

UK meat industry accuses documentary of ‘scaremongering’

A UK documentary series has been criticised by the meat industry for scaremongering consumers into not eating meat.

US poultry companies recognised for safety performance

Ninety-six US poultry facilities have been recognised for outstanding safety performance, by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.

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Meat farmers to receive funding from USDA

A US farm in Loudon, New Hampshire has been highlighted as one of nearly 250 operations to receive a portion of a $25m funding pot designed to help rural businesses...

US sees first chilled pork shipment to Colombia

The United States has shipped chilled pork to Colombia for the first time, in what looks to be a market development with huge potential.

UK documentary explores myths around meat consumption

The ongoing and excessive health scares around meat were explored in a television programme in the UK last night.

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JBS sees net income rocket

JBS has reported a 32% increase in net income, to R$29bn, for the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period last year.