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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.

Norwegian government to investigate sharp rise in meat prices

The Norwegian government will decide in October whether or not to adopt new measures requiring meat manufacturers and retailers to be more transparent about their base production costs and pricing...

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BEUC campaigns for clearer labelling on meat

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has launched a Europe-wide campaign, called ‘Where is my meat from?’.

Australia quality standards program sees significant growth

Eating quality program Meat Standards Australia (MSA) has seen significant growth over the past year, with over three million cattle and six million sheep going through the program.

Russia starts closing McDonald’s restaurants

Russian sanitary inspection service Rospotrebnadzor has closed four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow and has initiated inspections in other restaurants across the country in the next stage of the continuing conflict...

Russia attacks McDonald’s over meat quality

Russian authorities have said they want to ban production of a number of popular McDonald’s burgers, claiming the fast food chain has violated the country’s legislation, which could result in...

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Cherkizovo renames flagship brand

Russian meat processing giant Cherkizovo Group has changed the name of its flagship brand Cherkizovsky, to Cherkizovo.

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Free-range poultry farmer to tour Europe on labelling campaign

The daughter of a free-range broiler farmer from Devon, England, is to embark on a 39-day tour of the European Union, calling for clear, mandatory method-of-production labelling on poultry meat.

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Extra record proposed for ground beef by USDA

Makers of raw ground beef products could be forced to keep records in order to further protect consumers, if proposals by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and...

Cargill promotes absence of growth-promoting antibiotics in its turkeys

Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brands have now removed growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys produced at the network of independent farms it works with, in what the...

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Ostrich meat proves successful in Europe for South African firm

South African farming business Klein Karoo has seen strong sales of its new ostrich meat products across Europe.

US could lift Welsh Lamb ban

The ban on Welsh Lamb exports to the USA could be lifted, with secretary of state Owen Paterson currently in negotiations in Washington.

Quality, brand and health sell meat in Asia

The three key selling points for meat in Asia are “quality, brand and health”, according to Victoria Santini, head of Asia at the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

Innovations in meat packaging could lead to EU opportunities

Opportunities for the European meat industry could be created via new packaging and processing technologies, which extend the shelf-life of fresh and processed meat, according to Rabobank.

Rabobank highlights growth opportunity for meat in Asia

The meat markets are rapidly changing, and nowhere more so than China, the World Meat Congress in Beijing was told.

Boycott of Danish pork widens in Sweden

Danish officials have raised concerns over a boycott of Danish pork in Swedish ICA Supermarket stores during a meeting of Nordic prime ministers in Iceland.

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Higher meat production costs to filter to US consumers

A 10% decrease in US pork supply, coupled with droughts in California, look set to hit American consumers in the wallet, according to a professor at Texas Tech University.

Halal row should not hijack labelling debate, says BVA

The UK’s halal labelling row must not derail a campaign which aims to highlight whether meat has been stunned or not at the point of slaughter, veterinary leaders have warned....

US meat industry loses Country of Origin Labelling appeal

US meat companies have lost their bid to suspend new country of origin labelling (COOL) legislation coming into force.

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Welsh Beef promoted in Italian retail chain

Welsh Beef is being sold in Italy for the first time, as 80 Bennet stores are promoting Welsh products from 27 March until 9 April.

Hormel organic pork goes up against local-breed champions

US-based meat major Hormel is seeking to lure China’s upper-crust customers with a range of certified organic pork sold through high-end supermarkets.

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Welsh Lamb gains important Swedish listing

PGI Welsh Lamb will be sold in Swedish supermarkets from this spring, resulting in new sales amounting to 300 tonnes (t) per year.

ABP Beef agrees supply deal with Carrefour Italia

ABP Food Group has secured an exclusive deal with Carrefour Italia to supply the retailer with its Irish Hereford Prime beef product range to more than 160 stores.

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China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of...

Meat withdrawn from sale in Romania after links to criminal activity

The trading of 229 tonnes of meat has been halted in Romania, after it was found the products were either adulterated or had already exceeded the use-by date.

Commercial pork website launches supplying US produce to China

Online Chinese business-to-consumer retailer TMall.com has launched a commercial pork website, which promises delivery of US produce to China in less than 48 hours.

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