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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.

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.

Pork antibiotics battle rages on

The National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have placed a full page advert in The Wall Street Journal in the form of an open letter to Subway...

Chinese demand for fresh expected to grow

China’s growing appetite for fresh food imported from Europe will require significant investment in cold supply chains throughout the main rail route, a new report from Rabobank and the agricultural...

Yum! separates China business

The $31 billion company behind KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell has announced plans to divide its business into two publicly traded companies, with its business in China run as...

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Turkey legs recalled in US

Turkey that passed into the food chain without being inspected by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is being recalled. 

DuPont focuses on GCC trends at Gulfood

DuPont Nutrition & Health will be focusing on catering for the changing tastes of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consumers as it presents at Gulfood Manufacturing 2015. 

Fresh approach for Belgian meat

The willingness to explore new markets and flexibility has helped Belgium become the seventh-biggest exporter of pig meat in the world. Aidan Fortune examines the Belgian meat market.

Chinese conundrum for meat importers

China promises online sales bonanza for imported meat products, but brands warned to invest in marketing.

Whole Foods Market halts sale of rabbit

Whole Foods Market will stop selling rabbit meat in US stores after poor sales, animal welfare concerns and protests from groups squeamish over meat obtained from animals commonly kept as...

Australia launches enquiry into unlabelled halal meat

Australians are eating halal and kosher meat without knowing it, a senate inquiry has been told. 

Australian retailer fined for mislabelling bacon

Australian firm Conroy’s has been fined $10,200 after it was accused by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to have mislabelled Danish bacon as Australian.

Auchan to open meat plant in Russia

French retailer Auchan has announced plans to build a meat plant in Russia, following a veterinary scandal at the Russian arm of the retailer.

Organic meat demand soars in China

Demand for organic-certified meat is reaching fever pitch in China, with local firms battling for sales to consumers still worried about food safety, and a high-profile spat between two meat...

Halal boosts fresh meat performance

Demand for halal meat, an important feature of life across Muslim communities, is growing rapidly as the Muslim share of the global population has increased steadily and is projected to...

Danish Crown-Tican deal partially referred to competition authority

Danish Crown’s merger with Tican has been partially referred by the European Commission to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (DCCA) at its request. 

UK's Karro Food agrees deal with US chain Chipotle

US restaurant chain Chipotle has struck a deal to buy pork from UK-based Karro Food Group in a move driven by animal welfare concerns.

Russian companies react to food embargo extension

Russia’s meat industry could reap benefits from the extension of its food embargo, which will not directly increase prices on its domestic market, say market participants. 

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.

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