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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.

McDonald’s among 11 in trans fats phase-out pledge

Eleven of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, including fast-food chain McDonald’s, have pledged to reduce industrially produced trans fats globally within the next two years.

World Steak Challenge 2016 now open for entries

Following the success of the inaugural World Steak Challenge, organised by GlobalMeatNews, the international competition to crown the best steak on the planet has returned.

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Australia beef’s market share increases, while chicken drops

Industry body Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has revealed that it remains positive after a small increase in beef’s market share from 2014 to 2015. 

Nearly $10,000 worth of meat stolen last month in Auckland

Almost NZ$10,000 worth of meat was stolen from grocery stores and food retailers in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, for the month of April. 

Meat products recalled by multiple US processors

Approximately 497 pounds of beef jerky has been recalled by Washington-based 4 Frendz LLC due to under-processing and the possible survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, revealed the US...

Slovak government mulls poultry origin law

In a bid to stimulate consumption of Slovakian poultry, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture has submitted a proposal to require restaurants and cafes to inform customers of the origin of...

Miratorg gains Angus Beef certification

Miratorg has become the first meat manufacturer outside North America to be certified in accordance with the standards of Certified Angus Beef. 

Romanian meat processor posts higher sales due to VAT cut

Romanian meat processor Cris-Tim SRL posted increased sales in the first quarter of 2016, when its revenues rose by an estimated 19% to 20% compared with the same period a year ago.

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Premium British meat plugged to Barbados

Exports of British beef and lamb to Barbados present a “significant opportunity” for the meat industry, according to the UK levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

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Sial buoyed by exhibitor bookings

Food and drink trade show Sial Paris has confirmed 90% of its exhibitor space is already booked up, six months before the fair kicks off in October. 

Inner Mongolia Tianmu Group invests in beef production

A Chinese food processor is bulking up its beef output with a RMB450 million investment to breed 50,000 cattle. 

Kemin’s new ingredient pledges to protect colour and improve flavour

Acerola is the latest product launched by US ingredients manufacturer Kemin Food Technologies, which the company claims is “excellent” for a range of meat producers, especially cured meat makers. 

Bulgarian poultry processor invests €8m to modernise capacity

Bulgarian poultry processor Gradus has revealed it has invested more than BGN15 million (€8m) to expand and modernise its output capacity. 

Germany in social media storm over halal meat

German social media campaigners have called for pork to be placed in the halal section of supermarkets to challenge the “cruel” way animals are slaughtered, but critics argue this is...

Earnings at listed Chinese meat companies rise

A rebound in demand for pigs and poultry is boosting the books of some of China’s leading meat companies.

Ecommerce halal meat firm floats on LSX

Malaysian-based DagangHalal, an e-commerce trading platform for halal-verified products, has floated on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSX) market for small but high-growth firms.

Russian meat industry harbours export hope

Over recent months, Russian authorities have finalised a number of meat export agreements in a bid to encourage domestic companies to expand their presence in foreign markets.

Israel-Palestine meat crime gang busted

A string of people have been arrested after Israeli police discovered a meat smuggling syndicate suspected of transporting meat from the West Bank into Israel and selling it with forged...

China’s Sunner becomes official McDonald’s supplier

Chinese poultry-focused Sunner Development Group has celebrated with much fanfare its first dispatch this week of value-added and pre-cooked chicken products to McDonald’s. 

Chinese beef firm refocuses priorities

Restaurants, rather than meat counters, are the road to profits for a major Chinese beef processor, which operates high-end outlets across Beijing.

BRF buys Argentina meat processor Calchaquí

One of Brazil’s largest meat firms BRF has acquired the Argentinian pork business Alimentos Calchaquí, according to an investment bulletin published by BRF.

Russian retailers call for legalisation of up to 1% foreign DNA in meats

Russia’s Association of Retail Trade Companies has appealed to the government to legalise the content of foreign DNA in meat products at a level not higher than 1%, according to...

Seven EU states oppose British traffic light labelling

The European Commission should not accept the voluntary ‘traffic light’ food labelling system used in the UK, seven EU member states have argued. 

Australian meat firm redesigns organic labelling

Australian clean meat company Cleaver’s has redesigned its meat packaging to help consumers easily identify the ethical and humane way the company believes meat should be produced.

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Rigid plastic packaging market to hit $188bn

A new report by London-based research firm Visiongain has said it expects the rigid plastic packaging market to reach $188bn by the end of this year.

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