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OIE: virus will ‘impact’ Georgia’s meat trade

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has predicted the outbreak of bluetongue (BTV) in Georgia is likely to hit the country’s exports of sheep and lamb meat. 

Argentina to increase beef exports to EU once FMD-linked ban is lifted

Argentina is poised to increase beef exports to the European Union (EU) this year after its government predicted the EU would soon lift foot and mouth disease-related import restrictions for meat from...

Worrying outlook for pork in Rabobank’s Q1 report

The global pork market will remain unsteady in the first quarter of 2016 but will pick up pace in the second quarter, according to Rabobank’s Global Pork Quarterly report.

IPPE 2016

Cumberland Poultry gives producers the Edge

Cumberland Poultry has launched an advanced Edge control system designed to manage all operations of poultry production facilities at the International Production Processing and Packaging Expo (IPPE) 2016.

IPPE 2016

Interroll on a roll with hygienic belt drive

Interroll was promoting its latest range of hygienic belt drives at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta from January 26-28.

Quality crisis in Russia’s sausage market

Russian sausage manufacturers are gradually decreasing the quality of their products in a bid to constrain production costs, according to a report from St Petersburg consumer protection organisation Public Control.

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China’s economic slowdown will ‘impact’ EU pork exports

China’s economy has shown signs of decline and the shrinking rate of growth means the EU may not be able to export the same volume of pork to China as...

Barentz sets up joint venture in Iran

The Dutch food ingredients company Barentz International has announced a joint venture with Future Way Holdings in Iran to accelerate growth in the country. 

JBS chairman accused of financial crimes

Shares in the Brazilian meat company JBS have hit a 15-month low, coinciding with reports that senior figures, including the chairman Joesley Batista, have been accused of financial crimes regarding...

Eagle brings out pipeline X-ray machine

Eagle Product Inspection has created a pipeline X-ray system that it claims can help firms optimise production rates, while complying with safety standards. 

EU pig market propped up by China

Europe’s beleaguered pig meat market has seen prices fall to its lowest level in a decade, but the sector has capitalised on exports to China, claims AHDB Pork’s market trends...

Mountain States Lamb buys JBS plant

The Mountain States Lamb Cooperative (MSLC) has revealed it paid $8.5m for a meat processing plant, previously owned by the Brazilian company JBS. 

Australia’s #GoodMeat campaign returns

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has kick-started its popular #GoodMeat social media campaign to educate consumers on traceability, biodiversity, animal welfare and climate change.

Quinn Packaging investment will ‘improve efficiency’

Quinn Packaging’s €3m ($3.25m) investment in a PET sheet extrusion line will help improve packaging efficiency, says the company’s general manager Mark McKenna.

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Beef ravioli recalled over pork contamination

US-based Home Maid Ravioli Company has been forced to recall 34,000 pounds (lb) of beef ravioli products after it emerged the pasta contained pork, but did not specify this on...

Over 2,000 sheep hit with bluetongue virus in Georgia

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that five isolated outbreaks of bluetongue have been detected in Georgia.

EU beef market ‘fragile’

Europe’s farming body Copa and Cogeca has urged the EU Commission not to progress with bilateral free trade talks, saying they could have a “catastrophic” effect on the beef sector....

Chinese state aid helps poultry firm expansion, despite pollution concern

Chinese poultry giant Henan Huaying Agricultural Development Co has aggressively expanded its duck and chicken processing capacity with a package of government subsidies totalling over RMB40 million for several new...

‘Operation Boomerang’ lamb ad did not break adverting rules

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA’s) controversial lamb advert, which incensed vegans, has been cleared of breaching the Australian Association of National Advertisers’ strict code of ethics.  

Britain scores highest in global animal welfare report

UK companies Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose are among the highest-scoring firms in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report. 

Cargill opens $50m distribution centre in Kansas

Cargill has opened a new $50m distribution centre in Kansas, US, which can ship and simultaneously store around 40,000 boxes per day. 

HKScan will not ‘rush’ to find new CEO

The chairman of HKScan, Mikko Nikula, has said the company is in “no rush” to find a new CEO after the resignation of Hannu Kottonen.

Proseal unveils speed-boosting tray sealer

International heat-sealing specialist Proseal has launched a packaging machine that can boost production speeds by up to 30% and significantly cut energy consumption. 

Leaders unite in Davos to tackle food waste

A thirty-strong team of CEOs, politicians and agri-food experts will spearhead a global initiative to cut food waste by 50%, after meeting at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in...

O’Brien Fine Foods make €14m investment

Ireland’s O’Brien Fine Foods has invested €14m ($15.1m) in a ham processing plant, leading to the creation of 40 new jobs.

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