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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.

Expansion of Japanese beef bowl chains to drive Chinese meat consumption

Two of Japan’s biggest conglomerates are planning huge expansion of their ‘beef bowl’ fast food chains across China in order to compensate for low growth in a saturated Japanese marketplace. ...

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Perfect Fit Meals issues chicken breast recall

Texas-based healthy meal and snack business Perfect Fit Meals has recalled over 3,000 pounds (lb) of chicken breast products due to misbranding and undeclared ingredients.

Burger King signs Miratorg as key meat supplier in Russia

Russia’s largest agricultural holding Miratorg has signed a five-year deal to supply semi-finished meat products to Burger King’s Russian franchise.

Hilton Food Group partners with Sonae Modelo Continente

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has entered into a joint venture with Portuguese retailer Sonae Modelo Continente to supply its stores with packaged beef, lamb, veal and pork.

Food trend predictions for 2017

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

Russian sausage producers wage war on discounts

Russia’s largest sausage manufacturers are urging retailers to drop discount promotions as they look to halt a three-year fall in sales, the Gorbatov’s All-Russian Meat Research Institute (VNIIMP) claims....

BRF promotes flagship brand Sadia in Hungary

Brazilian meatpacker BRF’s key brand Sadia has been launched in Hungary with a series of promotional campaigns organised to boost sales. 

Luxury protein website Urban Meat Co launched

A new website selling restaurant-quality meat has been launched by an entrepreneur from Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

Meat sales to Japan ready meals segment on the up

Large meat producers in Japan are eyeing the ready meal sector as a key income stream following increased demand for such products. 

Chinese meat major signs deal with e-commerce giant Jingdon

Shuanghui, China’s biggest meat company, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Jingdong (jd.com), one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies, to develop a new sales and distribution channel supplying fine-cut...

Group of Butchers joins Equistone family

European mid-market private equity investor, Equistone Partners Europe, has announced the acquisition of the majority stake in Group of Butchers from Nordian Capital Partners. 

UN: Bangladesh must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth

As Bangladesh grapples with the problem of stunted growth in children, a United Nations expert has called for a boost in animal protein consumption to tackle the crisis.

European expansion for premium e-commerce food trader Gourmondo

German e-commerce outfit Gourmondo, a purveyor of high-end meats priced up to €90, has entered the digital trading space in Austria, the UK and Ireland.

Dutch pork consumer awareness trial launched

Pork producer Vion, agricultural association ZLTO and retailer Albert Heijn have teamed up with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to increase consumer awareness about where pork comes from. 

World Butchers’ Challenge coming to Northern Ireland

The World Butchers’ Challenge is to be hosted by Northern Ireland. 

Kelly Turkeys to take on US Thanksgiving market

UK poultry processor Kelly Turkeys has been given the green light by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to market its premium Kelly Bronze offering throughout the United States. 

European Commission’s bid to promote meat products welcomed

The European Commission’s pledge to put meat and livestock produce second in its 2017 EU agri-food promotion campaign (making up 15% of the programmes) has been welcomed by the industry. 

Russian meat giant to move into online sales

One of Russia’s largest meat producers is preparing to launch a new web store selling meat products online.

Thanksgiving turkeys to raise $1.05bn in US

US consumers should spend over $1 billion on turkeys for this Thanksgiving on 24 November, according to research by a personal finance comparison website. 

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ABP Food Group backs Irish breeds

ABP Food Group aims to back Irish breeds in a project it flagged up at the Sial Paris trade show.

Eurodon keen to shake up Russia’s duck market

Russian agricultural holding company Eurodon is harbouring ambitions to become the largest manufacturer of duck meat in Russia, with plans to shake up both domestic and international markets.

Tyson Foods buys stake in Beyond Meat start-up

US meatpacker Tyson Foods has bought a 5% stake in plant-based meat vendor Beyond Meat, a start-up trying to make lab-grown beef burgers, for an undisclosed sum. 

Young parents targeted in US beef campaign

US state beef councils are orchestrating a major beef campaign to encourage young parents to cook more beef for their children.

Minimal joy for meat traders during Rio Olympic Games

Meat retailers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have expressed disappointment that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August had a weak impact on sales, although a selected band of suppliers...

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Canada’s Welsh lamb deal ‘significant’

A deal for Randall Parker Foods to supply over 300 Canadian stores with lamb has been hailed as a "major" moment by Welsh levy board Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC)....