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The main point of contact between the industry and consumers, the trends coming through from retail affect everyone back down the chain. Processors and traders must stay up to date with the latest consumer habits or risk losing ground.

Retail analysis: Russian Federation

With a population of 143.5 million people last year, Russia consumes approximately 9.8 million tonnes of meat per year, the equivalent of 68kg per capita, according to official data from...

McDonald’s to reduce pace of growth in Russia

The Russian division of McDonald’s is expected to open no more than 50-60 restaurants this year, down from 73 opened last year, according to a statement from the chief Russian...

Danish retailer pushes for tougher welfare standards

Supermarket chain Coop Danmark is pressing the Danish government to toughen standards required by a proposed animal welfare labelling scheme for retail meat and livestock products.

Chicken processor refutes whistleblower’s organic mislabelling claims

US poultry processing company Cericola Farms has vigorously denied allegations made by a former employee that it has been selling conventionally reared chicken products as organic.

Germans shunning meat, report reveals

Traditionally big meat eaters, young Germans are turning towards vegetarianism, a new study of 1,000 people aged over 16 from Mintel has revealed. 

High meat prices in Canada to continue

Canadian consumers will have to get used to higher meat prices, Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at the University of Guelph’s Food Institute has claimed. 

News in brief

Australian cattle prices hit record high

Australian beef-cattle prices are trading at record-high levels following strong demand especially from Asia, cattle owning company MP Evans said at its Annual General Meeting in London last week. 

Findus confirms Nomad sale talks

The Findus Group has confirmed that preliminary discussions are being held on an exclusive basis with Nomad Holdings Ltd regarding a potential sale of the...

Provenance of New Zealand foods overlooked

Not enough is being done to promote awareness of the country of origin on New Zealand products, with the result that many overseas consumers are unaware that their meat originates...

Walmart urges suppliers to cut use of livestock antibiotics

US retail giant Walmart Stores is urging its meat, dairy, seafood and egg suppliers to cut back on the use of antibiotics in their livestock, making it the first multiple...

China beef processor launches online store

One of China’s most ambitious beef processing and distribution firms has said it is setting up its own online store, which will eventually become China’s largest online retailer of beef...

New beef labelling laws to be introduced in US

New rules governing the labelling of mechanically tenderised beef are to be introduced in the US. Consumers and foodservice businesses will now be given more information about how to safely...

Concerns raised over cloned foods in Denmark

Denmark’s Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (MFAF/Ministeriet for Fødevarer, Landbrug og Fiskeri) is investigating whether meat (and dairy) products sourced from the offspring of cloned farm animals have found...

US reports show decreasing antimicrobial resistance in meat

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has said it was pleased with the findings of two US Food and Drug Administration reports, which showed mostly decreasing antimicrobial resistance.

McDonald’s Japan underlines beef quality

Videos looking at Australian beef farms have been produced by McDonald’s Japan to promote its burgers to customers, in an attempt to restore the fast food chain’s reputation.

Australian pork industry optimistic about proposed changes to COOL

The Australian government is to begin consulting on moves to introduce improved country-of-origin labelling (COOL), to cater for consumer demand for more consistency and clarity when it comes to the...

New COOL requirements criticised by Irish meat industry

Long-awaited EU-wide rules for country-of-origin labelling on packaged meat products, which came into effect today, have drawn criticism from the Irish meat industry.

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Retail analysis: Australia

Australians have some of the highest meat per capita consumption rates in the world and consume 121.2kg of meat per capita/year, according to data from the Food & Agriculture Organisation...

Major lift in Danish organic chicken sales prompts investment

New domestic and foreign suppliers are entering the growing organic meat sector in Denmark, encouraged by its long-term prospects, strong consumer demand and government backing.

Nutrition factors high in consumers’ decision-making process

The nutritional benefits of meat and poultry products form part of the key decision-making process for consumers, according to new research by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and Food...

Optimism high in US pork industry

Total US consumer expenditure for pork has grown by 15.7% since 2009, meeting the National Pork Board’s (NPB) target of 10% growth in per capita consumption, in real terms.

Poultry a key focus for Marfrig Global Foods in 2015

Taking advantage of the favourable global outlook for poultry, and the opening of new markets for Brazilian beef, are key focuses for Marfrig Global Foods in its strategy for 2015.

Norway regulator gets tough with halal meat producers following contamination scandals

Cross-contamination of meats has become a major problem in Norway as more producers and slaughterhouses add halal production lines to their operations to satisfy growing demand for halal meat among...

Swedish supermarkets threaten ban against Danish pork

Swedish supermarkets, led by major chain the ICA Group, are threatening to suspend imports of Danish pork following reports by animal rights organisations complaining about the culling of up to...

Chicken sales fall amid consumer health concerns

Negative media publicity surrounding infections in poultry flocks and farming practices in Norway has sparked a 15% to 20% drop in domestic chicken meat sales in the last six months, to mid-February.