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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.

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.


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.

‘You’re better on beef,’ says new Australian marketing campaign

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is set to launch a new marketing campaign promoting beef’s health credentials.

New technologies could structurally change food supply chain

Innovations and new technologies – such as 3D printed food, insects as forms of protein and wearable technology – have the power to structurally change the food supply chain in...

Global consumption set to rise across meat industry

There are huge opportunities for the global meat industry, particularly in Asia and Africa, according to the Institute of Grocery Development (IGD).

Scots strike retail meat deal in Sweden

Products under the Scottish assurance schemes Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI will be available on the shelves of supermarkets throughout Sweden, thanks to a new supply deal.

MEPs vote in favour of origin labelling for meat in processed foods

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods is one step closer to becoming a reality following a vote in European Parliament yesterday (12 February).

Canadian minister lays out COOL position

Canadian minister for agriculture Gerry Ritz has reiterated the country’s position on US country of origin labelling (COOL) during a series of meetings in Washington, DC, last week.

Super Bowl Sunday sees chicken wing sales soar

Last Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, saw sales of chicken wings go through the roof, as viewers munched their way through countless buckets of chicken during the game.

Mongolian firm opens Western-style butcher’s shop

Inner Mongolia Kerchin Cattle Industry Co has opened the first in what it promises is a new line of Western-style butchers’ shops selling chilled meat.

MEPs call for COOL on processed meats

Country of origin labelling (COOL) should apply to meat, which is an ingredient in processed foods such as lasagne, according to Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs.

South Korea confirms full traceability for its pork

Pork in the Republic of Korea is now fully traceable throughout the entire supply chain, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).

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Rabobank report outlines complexity of the China export challenge

Although demand for foreign animal protein from China is strong, the path to success for Western exporters is likely to remain complex and challenging, according to a new Rabobank report.

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