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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.

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Deli Star opens innovation café

US cooked meats manufacturer Deli Star Corporation will open a research lab-cum-kitchen in Missouri, where the company can develop new products, with customers able to explore research ideas while also...

Growth in German butchery

The Deutscher Fleischer-Verband (German Butchers’ Association) has revealed the sector enjoyed marginal growth in 2015, despite a dip in employment.

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Meat vending machine in Paris

Parisians gripped with a hunger for steaks, sausages and other butcher-quality products can pick up raw meat 24/7 with the capital’s first meat vending machine. 

Food safety firms team up to tackle world markets

NSF International and Euro Consultants Group (ECG) have announced a merger of the two companies to strengthen their presence in the European, Middle East and Asian (EMEA) markets respectively.

Australian pork a ‘force to be reckoned with’

Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of Pork CRC, is expected to celebrate the competitiveness of Australian pork in a speech he will make later this month. 

Miratorg plans export expansion

Russia’s biggest meat producer Miratorg plans to launch exports of beef to Iran and the United Arab Emirates and establish supplies of chicken to the European Union (EU), according to...

Mountain States Lamb buys JBS plant

The Mountain States Lamb Cooperative (MSLC) has revealed it paid $8.5m for a meat processing plant, previously owned by the Brazilian company JBS. 

Thai Union finds work for 1,000 axed staff

International seafood processor Thai Union has given jobs to more than 1,000 workers who were made redundant in a restructuring of its external supply chain.

McDonald’s loses branches in Finland as rivals push for market share

Competing fast-food chains are snapping at McDonald’s heels in Finland as the global player closes branches. 

Canadian abattoirs struggle to fill jobs

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) has said a shortage of 1,000 meat cutters is holding the industry back from operating at full capacity and increasing its exports. 

Nearly two tonnes of sausages recalled for labelling blunder

Over 4,000 pounds (lb) of sausages have been recalled in the US after it was discovered the meat was lined with sheep casing, which was not declared on the product label.

Karro’s Cookstown launches lean bacon medallions

Karro Foods brand Cookstown has launched a ready-to-eat bacon product in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

HKScan streamlines Swedish operation

Finnish meat manufacturer HKScan has sold its 25% stake in Gotlands Slagteri and in Svensk Butikskött in order to “focus on its core business areas” like branded meat processing.

Australian beef goes online in China

Australian cattle producer Bindaree Beef Group has entered the realm of internet shopping and will start offering fine cuts of beef online in China. 

Congress cools off beef and pork labelling

US President Barack Obama has signed an omnibus bill to end the US government’s enforcement of the country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork products. 

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German chicken producer looks to the sea

German poultry business PHW Group has confirmed it has “set up” a joint venture with the Icelandic fishing company Samherji to add seafood to its protein portfolio. 

Six butchery trends to watch in 2016

IFFA, a leading international innovation trade show for the meat industry, kicks off on 7 May 2016.

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Poultry market to have ‘positive’ 2016, says report

The global poultry market has found its equilibrium after a difficult year pushed the global price of poultry down, a report from Rabobank has claimed.

Crimea faces meat shortage

The Crimean peninsula may soon face an acute shortage of meat and other short shelf-life products, due to the so-called energy blockade from Ukraine, according to reports from local officials...

Maple Leaf Foods cuts 400 jobs

Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods has announced it will cut 400 jobs, with most of those to come into effect before Christmas.

MHP aims to boost poultry exports by 25% in 2016

 Ukrainian poultry producer MHP plans to increase export sales of poultry meat by 25-30%, or 35,000–40,000 tonnes (t) in 2016, according to a report from the company’s CFO Victoria Kapelyushnaya. ...

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New Zealand farmers enjoy price rise

The prices received by New Zealand farmers for sheep, beef cattle, and grain farming rose 10% in the September 2015 quarter.

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China e-commerce site selling meat launched

A new e-commerce website has been launched where farmers and growers in China can buy and sell food direct with consumers. 

Organic pork sees Danish growth

Danish pig farmers are keen to switch to organic production in 2015, motivated by higher available prices compared to conventional products, fuelled by growing domestic demand for pig meat, a...

European report slams ‘misleading’ meat industry practices

A report based on the way meat is labelled across Europe has heavily criticised the meat industry and accused it of widespread misleading and fraudulent practices.