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Ireland seeks rise in beef trade to Italy – but consumption is diving

Bord Bía is looking to achieve a beef sales boom in Italy, despite falling consumption in the country, as Ireland fears a hard Brexit may damage meat trade with Britain,...

Healthy snacks drive Kerry Group's volume sales

Ireland-based food giant Kerry Group reported volume growth across the board as demand for healthy snacks, including meat, drove sales at a time when consumer spending is tight.

China pork retailer nears deal with Metro

Retail giant Metro and pork retailer Yutu are nearing a deal that would enable China-based Yutu to boost distribution across Asia through stores operated by Germany-based Metro.

China braced for boom in online food sales

Online food sales in China could double in the next decade, thanks to a massive upsurge in smartphone shopping, research firm IGD has claimed.

Romanian meat business aims at retail expansion

Romanian meat company SuperStar Com Srl plans to open at least 10 retail stores this year, adding them to its existing chain of 23 outlets.

Taiwan bans dog and cat meat consumption

Taiwan has become one of the first countries in Asia to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat.

Italian butchers blast Berlusconi over lamb video

Former Italian prime minister and billionaire businessman Silvio Berlusconi has angered the country’s meat industry by joining a vegetarian campaign and adopting five lambs that were destined for slaughter.

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. ...

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Thai firm in £60m takeover of UK food business

Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has agreed a deal to acquire UK-based Westbridge Food Group Limited for £60m.

Over 100 US retailers believed to have recalled meatballs

Officials believe 112 retailers across more than a dozen US states may have beef products recalled by Kings Command Foods LLC after several customers complained of finding metal in their food.

Donald Trump and China: call to unlock beef market

US meat bodies have urged US President Donald Trump to secure China President Xi Jinping’s support for a beef deal, with industry talks failing to make progress.

Protesters want investigation into chicken dump crisis

A South African protest group wants a public investigation launched to name and shame firms it believes have profited from the collapse of the country’s chicken industry. 

St Patrick’s Day harnessed to promote Irish meat

Irish festival St Patrick’s Day will inspire food body Bord Bía to promote Irish food, such as beef, across a string of countries from Stuttgart, Germany to Shanghai, China on...

Family sausage business expands product range

Flocchini Family Provisions, a US-based family sausage company with a rich Italian history, has launched a range of Certified Angus Beef sausages and frankfurters.

Russian retailers enhance biosecurity controls over bird flu outbreaks

Russia’s largest retailers, including Magnit and Auchan, have enhanced biosecurity controls over poultry production due to the recent outbreaks of avian influenza (AI) in Moscow Oblast.

Russia’s Miratorg targets Asia for $100m export push

Russian meat company Miratorg wants to see its export revenue rise to as much as $100m this year, and a major product push at a Chinese trade show is underway...

Puerto Rico company hit by 453t chicken sausage recall

Century Packing Corporation has recalled 453 tonnes (999,419 pounds) of thermally processed, commercially sterile, chicken sausage products due to misbranding.

China’s top online meat sales trends

Chinese males aged between 28 and 35 are the sweet spot for vendors of meat in China’s booming online commerce.

Singapore welcomes first shipment of Celtic Pride Welsh Beef

Some of Singapore’s top restaurants have received the first shipment of Celtic Pride Welsh Beef. 

Meat processors show leadership in animal welfare

Poultry firms Noble Foods and Cranswick, both UK-based, top the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW).

Expansion of Japanese beef bowl chains to drive Chinese meat consumption

Two of Japan’s biggest conglomerates are planning huge expansion of their ‘beef bowl’ fast food chains across China in order to compensate for low growth in a saturated Japanese marketplace. ...

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Perfect Fit Meals issues chicken breast recall

Texas-based healthy meal and snack business Perfect Fit Meals has recalled over 3,000 pounds (lb) of chicken breast products due to misbranding and undeclared ingredients.

Burger King signs Miratorg as key meat supplier in Russia

Russia’s largest agricultural holding Miratorg has signed a five-year deal to supply semi-finished meat products to Burger King’s Russian franchise.

Hilton Food Group partners with Sonae Modelo Continente

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has entered into a joint venture with Portuguese retailer Sonae Modelo Continente to supply its stores with packaged beef, lamb, veal and pork.

Food trend predictions for 2017

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

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