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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.

US meat industry loses Country of Origin Labelling appeal

02-Apr-2014 - 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

01-Apr-2014 - 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

25-Mar-2014 - 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

21-Mar-2014 - 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

20-Mar-2014 - 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

18-Mar-2014 - 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 China’s supermarket, with everything from pre-prepared frozen kebab sticks to American-style microwavable steaks on offer.

Meat withdrawn from sale in Romania after links to criminal activity

14-Mar-2014 - 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

11-Mar-2014 - 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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Western Meat Packers to retain family ownership

11-Mar-2014 - Australian cattle processor Western Meat Packers Group has decided to retain its status as a family business, despite acquisition and merger propositions.

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PGI proves beneficial to Welsh meat

04-Mar-2014 - The use of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) on meat and food products has paid off, Welsh meat bosses told politicians and policy leaders at a breakfast in Brussels last week.

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Mariani Foods acquires UK dried meat manufacturer

03-Mar-2014 - Mariani Foods Europe has acquired UK dried meat business Bare Earth as it looks to expand across Europe.

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Maple Leaf reports sales decline for Meat Products

28-Feb-2014 - Maple Leaf Foods has seen sales in its Meat Products Group fall 1.1%, to $742.7 million, in the fourth quarter to 31 December 2013.

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US poultry firm reveals Q1 sales drop

27-Feb-2014 - US poultry processor Sanderson Farms announced a year-on-year sales drop of 1.8% to $584.9m, in its trading update for the first quarter ended 31 January 2014.

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US wholesale pork price predicted to rise 6%

27-Feb-2014 - Wholesale pork prices are predicted to increase 5.5-6.5%, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) latest Producer Price Index (PPI).

EU health alert service warns of Brazil E.coli meat contamination cases

27-Feb-2014 - The European Union’s (EU) RASFF food safety alert service has warned of E.coli being detected in Brazilian meat cargoes exported to Europe.

Danish Muslims and Jews hit back at non-stun ban

24-Feb-2014 - Denmark’s Halal and Jewish societies must now rely on meat imports after the government announces a ban on non-stun meat products for animal welfare reasons.

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Unilever sells meat snack brands US firm

24-Feb-2014 - A leading FMCG giant has announced a move to sell off its meat snacks operations to a US rival.

Denmark bans non-stun slaughter

20-Feb-2014 - A ban on non-stun slaughter has come into force in Denmark as the country’s government says “animal rights come before religion”.

US supplier recalls products “unfit for human food”

20-Feb-2014 - Giant US supplier Rancho Feeding Corporation has recalled approximately 8.7m pounds of products due to processing “diseased and unsound animals”, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Moy Park sponsors FIFA World Cup

19-Feb-2014 - Major UK food company Moy Park is named as one of the sponsors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Northern Irish processor secures Singapore approval

17-Feb-2014 - Northern Irish meat processor WD Meats has secured approval from animal health authorities in Singapore to start supplying meat products in the country.

Sir Roger Moore hits back at Fortnum & Mason

17-Feb-2014 - Animal welfare campaigners are claiming a victory against the sale of foie gras as Fortnum & Mason announce that it will not be sold in its new Dubai store.

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Beyond the BRIC… looking to the MINT

14-Feb-2014 - Whenever the phrase ‘emerging’ economies is used, the acronym BRIC is usually quite close behind. However, on consideration, the BRIC markets have stepped beyond ‘emerging’ and are actually seeing a slowdown in the momentum of their growth. The gap left behind needs to be filled, so let me introduce you to the MINTs (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey). Developed by the former Goldman Sachs economist, Jim O’Neill – the original creator of the term BRICs – the MINTs are set to be the new buzzword for emerging economies.

Norwegian minister pushes for international trade

14-Feb-2014 - Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Sylvi Listhaug is pushing for more international trade and export, despite warnings that it could compromise animal welfare standards.

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US company vows to serve antibiotic-free chicken

13-Feb-2014 - US fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has announced its decision to start serving antibiotic-free chicken to its customers within the next five years.

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The Chinese and US markets will open to Irish beef during 2014, according to Irish Minister for...

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