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China’s hunger for Brazilian beef eases drop

Early trade figures for the start of the year indicate Brazil’s top beef markets, Hong Kong and China, eased the burden of falling sales over January and February.

New jobs at French packaging plant

Packaging firm Linpac will create jobs and training opportunities after pumping over €7 million into a new production line at its Pontivy factory in France.

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.

Polish meat processors to merge

Polish meat processors Unimięs and ZM Peklimar have unveiled plans to merge with local industry player Madej Wróbel to create what could become one of the country’s largest meat processing...

Brazil's JBS moves on Danish Crown US outfit

Brazil’s JBS has agreed to buy US-based Plumrose USA from Danish Crown in a definitive share purchase agreement, valued at $230m.

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.

Ingredients firm to build massive animal feed factory in China

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company is targeting Chinese growth with plans to build a new animal feed factory in central China and add aquaculture production lines to another factory in...

Polish meat processor to rebuild plant after fire

Polish meat processor ZM Olewnik plans to rebuild its plant, which was significantly damaged in a fire last January, generating losses of about PLN100 million (€23m).

Thai chicken farmers stamping out slavery win government recognition

Over 1,000 chicken farmers will receive a certificate from Thailand’s government that states the broiler growers adhere to strict anti-slavery standards. 

Christopher White named CEO of Canadian Meat Council

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC), a national association of meat packers and processors, has named Christopher White as the organisation’s new president and CEO.

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...

Vion shuts loss-making factory with 122 jobs at risk

Netherlands-based Vion Food Group has confirmed it will close its loss-making pork slaughterhouse in Zeven, Germany, leading to more than 100 job losses.

World Steak Challenge 2017 now open for entries

The World Steak Challenge is back and bigger than ever.

US red meat exports see major growth

US exports of beef and pork saw a significant year-on-year growth in January of this year. 

Singapore steps up avian influenza prevention measures

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has moved to reassure consumers that the nation’s poultry and poultry products are safe for consumption following an outbreak of H5N1 avian...

EU PiG scheme searches for project ambassadors

Pig producers in the top-producing countries of Europe are set to reap the awards of a new producer-led knowledge-sharing project. 

Plant-based protein ‘here to stay’ – Tyson boss

The head of one of the US’ largest meat processors has said that plant-based protein products are a “big part” of the food industry’s future.

Irish government and Bord Bía in €3.75m pact to unlock Asia

Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, alongside food board Bord Bía, will spend €3.75m over three years to promote red meat sales in China, Japan and Hong Kong....

Brussels to ‘improve’ welfare of animals exported to non-EU countries

The European Commission will pursue actions within its remit to improve the welfare of livestock shipped to non-EU countries, after an undercover investigation allegedly showed member state animals subjected to...

China's poultry, pig businesses grow sales

China’s ban on breeding birds from France and the US is boosting revenue and profitability at domestic poultry firms.

Japanese meat cake craze sweeps across nation

A new craze is sweeping across raw-food mad Japan that is both beautifully imaginative and nightmarishly suspect: the meat cake.

Mobile waste disposal truck wins big poultry contract

The world’s first mobile carcase waste solution designed to help producers safely dispose of poultry affected by diseases on-farm has won a $2.5m contract.

Bird flu sparks Asian bans for US eggs and poultry

Heavyweight Asian nations have been asked not to apply nationwide import bans on US poultry, as America fights its first outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in 14 months.

Meat production to drive growth in protein ingredients market

Global demand for meat will require industry to grow animals faster than ever before, which in turn will fuel growth in the protein ingredients market, according to a study.

Large avian flu outbreak hits Moscow Oblast

A total of 250,000 chickens will be culled on a farm in Moscow Oblast, due to an outbreak of the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) H5N8, according to...

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