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Russian firm ramps up self-reliance in chicken flocks

Cherkizovo has commissioned its first farm for parent chicken flocks in Russia and hopes to finish construction of three more farms in autumn 2017, in order to cut its dependence...

US pork company breaks the ice with frozen product launch

Virginia-based Smithfield has added six products to its frozen meat products portfolio with the launch of fully cooked sausages and microwaveable sandwiches. 

Meat factory X-ray technology study launched in Australia

An independent review set up by the Australian meat industry will analyse the feasibility of rolling out carcase measurement technology nationwide.

Polish meat business to pump cash into production

Meat processor Indykpol has secured PLN105 million (€24.5m) to expand the processing capacity of its plant in Olsztyn, in Poland’s north-eastern region.

Animal business drives up profit for Thai food firm

Net profits soared by 33% at Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) in the past full financial year, powered mainly by recovery in Thailand’s shrimp industry and its Thailand terrestrial animal business...

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One hurt as firefighters tackle blaze at US meat plant

One person has been injured after an overnight fire damaged a US meat factory in North Carolina.

Irish cooked meat business creates 150 jobs

Dawn Farms’ multi-million euro investment in its Meat Science and Innovation lab in Co Kildare, Ireland, will create 150 new jobs over the next five years, the company has claimed.

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Poultry drives record Finnish meat production

Meat production in Finland reached record levels in 2016, driven by poultry growth.

Major brand launch to promote 100% French meat

French co-operative Terrena has created two brands, which it aims to use to help promote meat products: Sourires de Campagne, an organic beef brand, and farmers’ mark La Nouvelle Agriculture.

Brazilian meat giant ‘dissatisfied’ after loss

Meat processor BRF’s fourth-quarter net income fell by over 130% as a combination of political uncertainty and market challenges pushed results into the red.

Value offering grows Maple Leaf Foods’ pork sales

Maple Leaf Foods’ increased focus on value-added pork products has helped the Canadian processor grow sales in 2016.

Russia loses appeal over EU pork import ban

Russia has lost its appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling over its blanket ban on imports of pigs and pork products from the European Union (EU).

Canada green-lights irradiation for ground beef

Irradiated ground beef looks set to hit the shelves of supermarket stores after the Canadian government approved its sale.

Thai takeover of top Russian meat plant nearly done

Talks to acquire a top Russian meat factory, the Ostankino Meat Processing Plant (OMPP), could be concluded by Thailand's CP Foods arm Charoen Pokphand Foods (overseas) LLC (CP Foods) next month....

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Essentia launches organic beef broths

North American-based Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new range of grass-fed, USDA-certified organic beef broths and stocks.

Profit up for South African foodservice corporation

Multinational foodservice giant BidCorp has reported a 20% rise in half-year profit less than a year after its spin-off from Bidfood (formerly Bidvest Foodservice).

California food firm hit by 26t recall

US, California-based Ready Pac Foods Inc has recalled 26 tonnes (59,225 pounds) of chicken salad products that may be contaminated with listeria.

Tyson Foods sets out sustainability plans

Tyson Foods has outlined its vision for the future of food and what role the business has to play in it.

Resistance to antimicrobials still strong across the EU

Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to antimicrobials across the EU. 

Russian meat deal could benefit Mexico

Mexico may be able to export 200,000-400,000 tonnes (t) of meat to Russia, as trade restrictions, started in 2012, are about to be lifted, according to Enrique Sánchez Cruz, director...

Online forum explores packaging advances for meat safety

Suppliers seeking an edge in the fight to kill germs and boost shelf-life through packaging innovations can access a free online forum held on 23 March, featuring EU and US...

Smithfield Foods rolls out antibiotic-free meat range

Smithfield Foods has launched an antibiotic-free range of bacon, sausages and fresh pork products under its clean meat brand Pure Farm. 

Animex considers options for new meat processing plant

Polish meat processor Animex Foods Ltd has unveiled plans to open a new meat processing facility in either Poland or Romania, and create up to 3,000 new jobs as part...

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

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