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Linpac exec hails ‘prestigious’ eco recognition

Plastic packaging manufacturer Linpac has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) and, naturally, its director of innovation is chuffed.

China’s pork imports booming

China’s pork imports more than doubled in March 2016 as environmental regulation slammed the brakes on domestic production for the country’s largest producers.

BRF profits drop after ‘challenging’ period

Brazilian meat processor BRF has reported a slide in gross profits for the first quarter of 2016 as pressure on poultry prices and the cost of corn hurt its income.

Silverfleet Capital agrees to sell Kalle Group

Private equity firm Silverfleet Capital has agreed to the sale of casings supplier Kalle Group to a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

Argentines turn to chicken and pork as beef prices soar

Booming inflation is driving consumers in Argentina to switch to chicken and pork and away from the pricier beef, a mainstay for decades.

Miratorg gains Angus Beef certification

Miratorg has become the first meat manufacturer outside North America to be certified in accordance with the standards of Certified Angus Beef. 

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Weber on Weber: CEO ‘honoured’ by new role

Doug Weber has been named president and CEO of the eponymously-named Weber Packaging Solutions, a global designer and manufacturer of product labelling used by the meat industry. 

Denmark mulls beef tax to tackle climate change

Denmark may impose a tax on red meat after the Danish Council of Ethics suggested a change in beef consumption could “make a big difference” to climate change.

Pilgrim’s Pride reports pre-tax profit drop

Mexico’s second-largest poultry producer – US-owned Pilgrim’s Pride – has reported a fall in pre-tax profits for the first quarter of 2016 after a “challenging” winter.

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Massive bird flu outbreak in Iraq

Veterinary officials in Iraq have killed hundreds of thousands of chickens after a deadly strain of avian influenza was detected in the country for the first time in a decade.

Russian drama for Parma as ham sales fall

Full-year trading figures for Parma Ham show strong export growth for the dry-cured charcuterie favourite. But, predictably, sales in Russia have dropped as the Kremlin embargo heaped pressure on the...

Cambodia’s first abattoir readying the starter’s gun

Cambodian meat distributor SLN Meat Supply Pty has told GlobalMeatNews it will start operating a major industrial slaughterhouse this summer.

US chicken producers richest in farming

Poultry farmers are, on average, richer than most farmers in America, according to a study on the US broiler industry by the National Chicken Council (NCC).

BRF strengthens Oman operation with AFK stake

Brazil’s BRF, one of the world’s largest meat processors, has entered into negotiations with frozen food distributor Al Khan Foodstuff (AFK) to acquire full control of the Omani business....

Chinese beef firm blames falling prices for first-quarter loss

One of China’s most ambitious cattle breeders and genetics companies, Xinjiang Tianshan Animal Husbandry Bio-engineering Co, has blamed a fall in beef and mutton prices for what it predicts is...

ADM sees ‘opportunity’ in meat alternatives

The rise in flexitarianism presents growth opportunities for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), according to the company, which said it planned to launch two new products at IFFA.

Romanian meat processor posts higher sales due to VAT cut

Romanian meat processor Cris-Tim SRL posted increased sales in the first quarter of 2016, when its revenues rose by an estimated 19% to 20% compared with the same period a year ago.

APK-Invest profitability restored as Ukraine armed conflict subsides

Ukraine’s largest pork producer APK-Invest earned UAH65 million ($2.5m) of net profit in 2015, compared with UAH103 million ($4m) of net losses in 2014.

Competition key to meat market growth

How to remain competitive in the face of falling meat consumption is the main challenge facing the meat and livestock industry, Pekka Pesonen, secretary general of EU farmers’ organisation Copa-Cogeca,...

Ireland seeks bilateral trade with Iran

Ireland’s food body Bord Bia and 17 business leaders have visited Iran on a trade mission for the first time since sanctions were lifted to discuss a bilateral trade deal...

Don’t sacrifice antibiotics to boost marketing, poultry body urges

The use of antibiotics in intensive poultry farming should not be cut but minimised and carefully planned to safeguard animal welfare, the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) has said.

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Premium British meat plugged to Barbados

Exports of British beef and lamb to Barbados present a “significant opportunity” for the meat industry, according to the UK levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

US pork producers address environmental sustainability

A video released by the National Pork Board, in celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, aims to highlight how pork producers can tackle climate change head-on.

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Alpaca meat hot on Australia’s menu

Think-tanks all over the world have called for the need to diversify protein to ensure a more sustainable food economy, but is eating alpaca meat a step too far? 

ADM launches soya ingredient for meat products

US ingredients manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has said it plans to launch a soya product that can be used to boost protein and fibre content in meat products...

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