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Sales up for Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods has posted a 14% increase in sales for the three months to 29 June 2014.

Marel launches waterproof box labeller

Processing equipment specialist Marel has revealed a new waterproof box labeller.

Russian meat industry looks favourably on impact of sanctions

Trade restrictions on meat imports, put in place by the Russian government last week, should have a positive impact on the domestic meat industry, according to representatives of the Russian...

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US pork price shows signs of weakening

The price of US pork has declined from the earlier highs seen at the beginning of 2014, following the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv), according to Mintec’s latest...

Tick that can cause meat allergy makes headlines

The news that getting bitten by a lone star tick can make you allergic to meat has been hitting the headlines over the past few days.

US exports continue to see strong growth in Asia

US beef and pork exports continued to climb in June, with strong growth in Japan and Korea.

McDonald’s sees drop in global sales following China meat scandal

Declining sales at McDonald’s in Asia have contributed to total comparable  sales drop of 2.5% in July.

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Cargill sees earnings up in Animal Nutrition and Protein arm

US-based Cargill said earnings rose "significantly" in its Animal Nutrition & Protein business, reflecting the positive impact of recent acquisitions.

UK company looking to expand in Far East

UK supplier C&K Meats has entered the Asian market and plans to expand further into the Far East.

Meat industry reacts to Russian ban

There has been mixed reaction to news of Russia’s import ban yesterday (7 August), with some associations shrugging it off, and others calling for action to be taken.

EU likely to suffer less than US/Canada from Russian ban

Russia’s decision to ban meat imports, among other food products, is set to hit the US and Canada harder than the EU, according to reports.

Turning point for US cattle numbers?

Delegates at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado were told that the industry was transitioning from the liquidation phase to the expansion phase in terms of cattle numbers.

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Conveyor belt firm gains halal approval

Cambridge Engineered Solutions (CES) has achieved halal certification for its metal conveyor belts used in meat production.

Russia considers new import bans

Russia is seeking new sanctions on meat product imports. The country’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said it was considering a ban on meat imports from Poland and a total ban on...

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Devro highlights progress in China

Scottish collagen casing manufacturer Devro said it had made "significant progress" on its business developments in China, in its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2014.

US proposes relaxing restrictions on Mexican pork

The United States is proposing to relax the restrictions on pork imported from Mexico, which is deemed to be from areas at low risk of classical swine fever (CSF).

US COOL labelling moves one step closer

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has expressed its disappointment at a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to deny its request for a preliminary...

Extra requirements needed from US poultry companies

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to impose additional requirements on poultry companies in a bid to stamp out foodborne illnesses.

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USDA announces assistance for sheep industry

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has detailed two new programs designed to help the sheep industry with the production and marketing of their products in...

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Pilgrim’s Pride reports achieves increased EBITDA

JBS subsidiary Pilgrim’s Pride has reported a significant increase in EBITDA from $264.6m to $338.6m in the second quarter of 2014.

Cargill announces Milwaukee plant closure due to cattle shortage

Up to 600 jobs are at risk at Cargill’s beef harvest facility in Milwaukee, after the firm revealed it will shut down the site as of close of business on...

US study shows lean beef can reduce blood pressure

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University in the US have revealed that the consumption of lean beef as part of a DASH-like diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension), could actually reduce...

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US poultry consumption up 17%

The average number of meals or snacks containing chicken, has increased 17% from 5.2 in 2012 to 6.1 according to a survey by US association the National Chicken Council.

JBS subsidiaries to acquire Tyson Foods’ poultry businesses

Tyson Foods is to sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry business to JBS subsidiaries in a deal worth a total of $575 million.

Pork prices set to stay high, thanks to PEDv, claims Rabobank

The latest Rabobank report on the global pork market has suggested pork prices will remain high in Q4, due to the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv), entering some countries into...