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Brazil to unlock US beef market

Brazil is expected to export its first shipments of fresh beef to the US by mid-2016, despite the fact it has not yet secured access to the US market, according...

Hilton Food Group buoyed by strong profits

Multinational meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported strong profit growth for 2015, but analysts have questioned if the business can maintain results against the backdrop of Brexit.

Ireland’s ABP eyes Polish meat processor

Irish meat giant ABP Food Group has unveiled plans to acquire the assets of Polish beef processor Sklodowscy-Tykocin sp z o o.

Chinese beef firm refocuses priorities

Restaurants, rather than meat counters, are the road to profits for a major Chinese beef processor, which operates high-end outlets across Beijing.

MHP set to boost production and improve poultry welfare

Ukraine poultry processor MHP has set a number of ambitious goals for 2016, including an increase in production capacity at its Ukraine facilities.

Beef imports rise as China’s growth cools

China’s official beef imports surged by more than 50% last year as a government crackdown on grey market meat bolstered formal trade figures, according to a new report.

European Investment Bank visits growth-seeking Dunbia

Officials from the European Investment Bank have visited Dunbia in Northern Ireland, with the meat producer keen to establish whether the EU bank can “support” the pork business in the...

DuPont gains pathogenic testing approval

DuPont’s Bax System X5 has won AFNOR certification meaning European companies and food safety officials  may be able to easily adopt the system to test for salmonella and E.coli. ...

Flowcrete takes food safety floor message to Europe

UK manufacturer of resin flooring, Flowcrete UK, will embark on a tour of Europe’s food and drink trade shows to highlight why good flooring is important to maintaining food safety...

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Premium Brands acquires C&C Packing

Canadian food company Premium Brands has bought meat supplier C&C Packing in a deal worth around CA$146m.

Full access to Peru an ‘opportunity’ for US meat

Peru’s removal of safety net trade barriers can help boost volume exports of beef to the South American state, according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Chinese firm announces meat expansion in Kazakhstan

Chinese firm Rifa Holding Group plans to pump $200m into the production of beef, lamb and meat processing in several regions of Kazakhstan between now and 2020.  

Denmark loses place as top EU pork exporter

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The Scandinavian state, once Europe’s top pork exporter, has been overtaken by Germany and Spain as the leading exporters of pork to...

BSE-infected cow dies in France

A cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has died in France, making it the third detected case of the fatal virus in Europe since 2015, according to the French government.

Turkey plans emergency response test to foot-and-mouth disease

On Monday 28 March, Turkey’s government and veterinary health bodies will stage a full-size simulation of a foot-and-mouth outbreak to test how the country would handle an outbreak.

Yum! linked to KKR talks over sale of China division

Fast-food giant Yum! Brands, owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, is rumoured to be in early negotiations with US equity firm KKR over the sale of a minority...

Fact: Americans don’t 'get' fat

US consumers are confused about trans fats and how much of the hydrogenated fatty acid can be consumed in an average diet, according to a new study.

Cuba - a ‘window of opportunity’ for EU pork

Cuba has opened its market to a range of US food imports and the Spanish-speaking country has been tipped to be an unlikely saviour of Europe’s beleaguered pork sector, according...

BRF buys Argentina meat processor Calchaquí

One of Brazil’s largest meat firms BRF has acquired the Argentinian pork business Alimentos Calchaquí, according to an investment bulletin published by BRF.

News in brief

Abandoned meat to be destroyed

The Philippine government has approved the disposal of 171 containers of pork that were abandoned at the Bureau of Customs at Manila International Container Port (MICP).

US cattle industry looks to the future with new board appointment

America’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has welcomed Kendal Frazier as its new chief executive officer. 

Russian retailers call for legalisation of up to 1% foreign DNA in meats

Russia’s Association of Retail Trade Companies has appealed to the government to legalise the content of foreign DNA in meat products at a level not higher than 1%, according to...

Tyson Foods – moving away from protein

Multinational food processor Tyson Foods’ transition from a meat provider to a branded food company has made it a financially “stronger” outfit ready for growth, according to the business.

US plans to modernise meat inspection

US government agency the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has requested millions of dollars from Congress to develop a rigorous, science-based method to improve its meat inspection capabilities. 

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