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Beyond Meat's vegan burger wins big Safeway deal

Plant-based meat producer Beyond Meat has won a major US listing deal for its ‘bleeding’ veg burger, almost doubling the number of stores it is available in.

Top hog firm hires ex-Tyson Foods vice-president

One of America’s biggest family-owned hog producers, Maschhoffs LCC, has appointed meat industry grandee Paul Fox as chief operating officer.

‘High-tech’ Indian slaughterhouse officially opened

Kerala-based protein packer Meats Products of India has opened a “high-tech” slaughterhouse in a remote part of the country.

NZ: 1,000 animals unfit to travel slaughtered annually

A thousand animals unfit to travel are sent to slaughter annually in New Zealand (NZ), the country’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has told this site.

Romanian meat company to boost exports as sales rise

Romanian meatpacker CIA Aboliv to post revenue of €18 million in 2017 - an increase of 20%from last year - and raise the share of exports in its sales to...

Russia limits poultry trade as bird flu spreads

Russia’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has prohibited poultry exports from six regions, where highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been detected.

Hormel Foods hit by turkey profit drop

Oversupply in the turkey market has led to US producer Hormel Foods reporting a 2% drop in earnings and a 5% drop in profit for the second quarter of the year. 

Tillamook Country Smoker bought by investment firm

Private equity firm Insignia Capital Group has acquired Oregon-based meat snacks company Tillamook Country Smoker for an undisclosed sum.

New Zealand Budget 2017: more cash for biosecurity

The New Zealand Budget 2017 will provide millions of extra dollars for biosecurity investment, a move welcomed by the meat industry.

Tyson’s Fresh Meats brand launches sales capture campaign

Star Ranch Angus beef brand, owned by Tyson Fresh Meats, has launched a new website for a six-month campaign encouraging American families to buy high-quality protein.

Dutch poultry hatching firm plots move in Russia

Netherlands-based Hendrix Genetics plans to build a complex producing hatching eggs for turkeys in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. 

Global progress made to address antibiotic reduction, says OIE

More countries are warning industry stakeholders about the risks of antimicrobial resistance than they were two years ago, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Australian growth drives positive Hilton trading

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported a solid trading update, driven by strong growth in Australia.

Brazil President Temer hits out at JBS chief

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has strongly criticised an audio recording made by JBS executive Joesley Batista that allegedly captures the president’s approval to make illegal payments to another politician....

Serbia gets first national meat quality label

Serbia has rolled out its first-ever food quality label communicating to consumers whether the meat comes from an animal raised in Serbia. 

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two...

App launched to stop the transport of weak animals

A mobile app to help farmers determine if an animal is fit for transport has been launched, after New Zealand’s government admitted unfit animals have arrived at abattoirs.

Greencore grows revenue during 'transformational period'

Food group Greencore reported a 46% rise in group revenue for the first half of the year despite massive changes to its global business, including significant investment.

Coexca to create 350 jobs after Danish investment

A multi-million dollar investment in Chilean pork producer Coexca SA will create 350 jobs as the farmer-owned cooperative aims to double production amid booming Chinese import demand.

Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers...

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is partnering with supermarket chains and event organisers in Japan’s regions to strengthen already high US red meat sales by localising marketing, public relations...

Multiple meat recalls hit America

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reported three major meat recalls in the country over the past three days.

Australia steals butchery title from New Zealand

Australia’s national butchery team narrowly defeated New Zealand in this year’s Trans-Tasman test match. 

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and...

Canada, Mexico and US meat industries unite on NAFTA talks

The Trump administration’s notification to “modernize” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has spurred the Canadian, Mexican and US beef industries to join forces.

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