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OSI agrees poultry deal for US$45m

The government in central China is reporting that OSI has agreed to buy out full control of the joint venture poultry breeding and processing firm it runs in Henan province.

Zambeef expecting higher profits following sales spike

Africa’s Zambeef expects full-year profits to be “materially higher” than previous estimates after beef, pork, dairy and feed operations enjoyed a spike in volume growth.

EU agriculture chief plans major beef drive

The European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan, has confirmed Brussels wants to place a “bigger emphasis” on beef over the next three years.

Thai chicken farmers stamp out slavery and abuse

Over 400 poultry farmers supplying Thai chicken exporter CP Foods have pledged to stamp out abuse and exploitation of workers through the implementation of an anti-forced labour programme.

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Tyson Foods investment creates 350 US jobs

Tyson Foods will invest $27m to expand production output at its beef and pork processing plant in Iowa, US, leading to the creation of 350 jobs.

Meat industry will benefit from digital, says Commission

The meat and livestock sector will see many advantages from robotics in the future, a European Commission official has said in a debate in Brussels on the digital future of...

Marfrig: halting deforestation ‘critical’

Meatpacker Marfrig said halting deforestation and fighting slave-like labour conditions was “critical” to its strategy in Brazil as an independent audit praised the company.

Meat sales continue to rise in Japan

Japanese meat consumption is growing so quickly it has pushed domestic per capita fish consumption to its lowest level since the 1960s, according to 2015 figures from Japan’s ministry of...

China ends trade ban on Italian pork

China has lifted its 17-year-old trade ban on Italian pork imports, in place since 1999 over swine vesicular disease (SVD) concerns.

Pig laws set for post-virus epidemic shake-up

The African swine fever (ASF) epidemic in eastern Europe may trigger sweeping reforms in the pig industry, as conventional methods of fighting the disease have been ineffective. 

Caviness Beef Packers recalls meat over E.coli link

Texas meat processor Caviness Beef Packers has recalled close to a tonne of boneless beef products that US health officials fear could be contaminated with E. coli.

Marfrig celebrates as first Brazilian beef arrives in US

Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig has hailed the “incredible” news that its beef has arrived in the US, less than two months after the two nations lifted an historic trade ban.

Ireland: Origin Enterprises profits fall 26%

A solid performance in Eastern Europe was not enough to halt a 25.7% drop in pre-tax profits for Ireland’s agri-service group Origin Enterprises.

Adams Farm Slaughterhouse recalls meat products after E.coli scare

Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, a Massachusetts-based company, has been forced to recall beef, veal and bison products by US health officials, due to a possible E.coli contamination.

Czech beef and poultry production growing despite rising imports

The Czech Republic’s beef and poultry meat production is on the rise, but its meat market remains dominated by imports from EU member states, according to the Czech Statistical Office...

Food trends: Why beef and pork is about to get cheaper

Beef and pork prices in the US are expected to drop by more than 10% in the next nine years, according to US government meat projections.

Lobby group calls for switch from meat to plant-based protein

Investors managing $1.25trn in assets have called on 16 food companies to shake up the global meat supply chain, citing environmental and health concerns over factory farming.

Thai poultry firm threatens to sue NGO

A chicken supplier in Thailand may open a lawsuit against a non-governmental organisation (NGO) over alleged claims of human trafficking. 

Big rise in EU pork exports

The strong growth of EU pig meat exports, particularly to high-margin markets China and Hong Kong, is lifting the troubled sector out of its oversupply crisis.

Russia challenges WTO pork ban verdict

The Russian government has launched an appeal against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that the Kremlin’s ban on EU pork products is illegal.

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Canada’s Olymel investment creates 30 jobs

Pork processor Olymel will pump millions of dollars into its Quebec factory to improve production and efficiency, leading to the creation of more than 30 jobs.

World Steak Challenge: How Twitter reacted to world’s best sirloin

Australia’s Jack Creek retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer at World Steak Challenge at yesterday’s GlobalMeatNews event held in London’s Hyde Park.

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according...

Jack's Creek and Australia retain World Steak Challenge title

Jack’s Creek has retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer. 

China lifts import ban on US beef

China’s government has lifted its 13-year ban on US beef imports - a move that the US meat industry hailed as an “important first step” in restoring beef trade.

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