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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 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.

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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.

McDonald’s to change Swedish advertising after watchdog censure

McDonald’s has earned a censure from the Swedish advertising ombudsman, Reklamombudsmannen, which found fault with aspects of its advertising that suggested beef sold in its outlets is largely sourced in...

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US jerky brand breaks into Asian market

Perky Jerky – an American brand of turkey jerky - has been launched into Japan and South Korea.

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Retail analysis: USA

Price may still be king in shaping American consumer demand for meat products, but its influence is waning as buyers seek more information on sourcing and preparation, according to key...

Mutton takes off in northern China

As temperatures plunge in northern China, supermarkets are reporting a brisk trade in packaged mutton for hotpot.

Miratorg rebrands products and retail chain

The largest Russian meat producer, agricultural holding Miratorg, has conducted significant rebranding work, which has involved changing the design of its retail packaging, as well as the way it operates...