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World Butchers’ Challenge coming to Northern Ireland

The World Butchers’ Challenge is to be hosted by Northern Ireland. 

Kelly Turkeys to take on US Thanksgiving market

UK poultry processor Kelly Turkeys has been given the green light by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to market its premium Kelly Bronze offering throughout the United States. 

European Commission’s bid to promote meat products welcomed

The European Commission’s pledge to put meat and livestock produce second in its 2017 EU agri-food promotion campaign (making up 15% of the programmes) has been welcomed by the industry. 

Russian meat giant to move into online sales

One of Russia’s largest meat producers is preparing to launch a new web store selling meat products online.

Thanksgiving turkeys to raise $1.05bn in US

US consumers should spend over $1 billion on turkeys for this Thanksgiving on 24 November, according to research by a personal finance comparison website. 

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ABP Food Group backs Irish breeds

ABP Food Group aims to back Irish breeds in a project it flagged up at the Sial Paris trade show.

Eurodon keen to shake up Russia’s duck market

Russian agricultural holding company Eurodon is harbouring ambitions to become the largest manufacturer of duck meat in Russia, with plans to shake up both domestic and international markets.

Tyson Foods buys stake in Beyond Meat start-up

US meatpacker Tyson Foods has bought a 5% stake in plant-based meat vendor Beyond Meat, a start-up trying to make lab-grown beef burgers, for an undisclosed sum. 

Young parents targeted in US beef campaign

US state beef councils are orchestrating a major beef campaign to encourage young parents to cook more beef for their children.

Minimal joy for meat traders during Rio Olympic Games

Meat retailers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have expressed disappointment that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August had a weak impact on sales, although a selected band of suppliers...


Canada’s Welsh lamb deal ‘significant’

A deal for Randall Parker Foods to supply over 300 Canadian stores with lamb has been hailed as a "major" moment by Welsh levy board Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC)....

Meat sales continue to rise in Japan

Japanese meat consumption is growing so quickly it has pushed domestic per capita fish consumption to its lowest level since the 1960s, according to 2015 figures from Japan’s ministry of...

China’s digital meat store drives opportunity

Faced with a shortage of local beef supplies, a Chinese beef processor and importer has spent almost $3 million setting up Chinese online stores, which are portraying Australian beef as...

Bangladesh to tighten regulation on foreign poultry giants

Bangladesh is mulling controls over foreign investors in the country’s growing poultry industry after local rivals said they fear being swallowed by overseas companies.

News in brief

Anger as halal supermarket told to stock pork or close

A Parisian halal convenience store has been told it faces being shut down if the business refuses to stock pork and alcohol, according to reports.

Chinese meat giant enters the digital space

One of China’s largest agricultural and meat conglomerates has entered a deal with the country’s leading e-commerce and cloud computing company to get a digital edge on its rivals....

Latin America: US meat exporters hail red tape cuts

Free trade agreements and less red tape have supported growth in South America, but consumers need educating on American protein, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has warned.

Naked Bacon boosts provenance with digital labels

US meat company Naked Bacon is working with Label Insight to offer SmartLabel digital labelling on its products to help consumers learn more about the food they eat.

Russian meat firms develop consumer packs to support sales

Top Russian meat producers are increasingly producing meat in so-called ‘consumer packs’, with the aim of gaining a bigger sales margin in this segment of the market.

Chicken is the most popular protein with Gen X

Meat consumption figures reveal poultry’s popularity is strongest with Generation X, but it is not just them that crave chicken as demand surges across America. 

Kerala’s ‘fat tax’ could shrink meat sales in India

Meat sales in the southern Indian state of Kerala are expected to fall after the imposition of a 14.5% ‘fat tax’ on western-style fast-food items.

SuperMeat wants you to produce lab-grown chicken

SuperMeat, an Israeli biotechnology start-up, wants $2.5m so it can develop a groundbreaking gadget that allows consumers to grow chicken breasts at home. 

Ramadan sparks Lebanon meat sales increase

Meat suppliers in Lebanon were boosted by a surge in meat sales during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

German blood sausage wins protected status

A German blood sausage, popular for over 200 years, has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission.

Danish Crown: no post-Brexit meat drop

Meat processor Danish Crown has spoken about the 'good market' for pork in Europe as the continent comes to terms with Britain’s vote to leave the EU.