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CETA: EU and Canada sign historic trade deal

The European Union (EU) and Canada have signed a long-awaited free trade deal in Brussels, following weeks of increased opposition from Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia region.

Thousands gather at Cibus Tec 2016

Italy is a country renowned for its food exports – something its people are incredibly passionate and proud about – and nowhere is that more prominent than in the region...

Political action needed to halt ‘explosive’ rise in antibiotics

Intervention from senior politicians is needed to address the “ridiculous” increase in antibiotic use in countries like Spain, according to the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC).

Sial Paris 2016

ABP Food Group backs Irish breeds

ABP Food Group aims to back Irish breeds in a project it flagged up at the Sial Paris trade show.

Sial Paris 2016

Sial to deliver $840m in meat business for Brazil

Brazilian meat firms will net roughly $840m in contracts from trade show Sial Paris 2016, according to the Brazilian Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

Fresh pork and packaged meats boost Smithfield Foods earnings

US meat processor Smithfield Foods saw a strong third quarter of 2016, with a $60 million (m) year-on-year jump in net income. 

Bord Bia appoints Tara McCarthy as new chief executive

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has appointed Tara McCarthy as its new chief executive.

Pilgrim’s Pride net sales drop in third quarter

US poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride has posted a 3.8% loss in net sales for the third quarter of the year.

International paper signals support for reducing antibiotics in livestock

A paper released to a global symposium on preventing antibiotic resistance has signalled that international action should include restricting the prophylactic treatment of livestock with such medicines.

Denmark braced for record-breaking piglet exports

Denmark may hit a record 13 million (m) piglet exports when 2016 draws to an end, according to Frank Oland, chief economist at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, who...

Russia sees steady rise in halal meat products

Over the next decade Russia’s halal meat market will grow at an average rate of 15-20% per year, opening up global opportunities for the country’s food industry and reaching a...

Young Poultry Veterinarian award winner announced

The winner of the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA)-Zoetis Young Poultry Veterinarian award has been unveiled at the recent WVPA Asia meeting. 

Warning of trade bans on growth promoter-tainted meat

A senior scientist has warned an international trade conference on antimicrobial resistance that rich countries will increasingly ban imports of meat from livestock fed with antibiotic growth promoters. 

Negotiators satisfied after tenth round of EU-Mercosur talks

Another negotiation round on the trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur took place earlier this month in Brussels.

Bidding war for Australia’s Kidman estate escalates

A consortium featuring four of Australia’s largest cattle families have put forward an AU$386m bid for the Kidman estate.

News in brief

ABP acquires third Polish site

Irish processor ABP Food Group has expanded its operations in Poland with the acquisition of a third production facility in Tykocin, Eastern Poland. 

New funding helps cattle movement in Australia

The Australian government is committing a AU$700 million investment to improving roads in Northern Australia, AU$100m of which is being invested under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme. 

Poland’s QFG launches new meat processing plant

Polish meat processor QFG has opened a new plant in Pionki, in the country’s central region. The facility is the company’s third meat processing plant in the Polish market. ...

Shortage of wagyu calves puts pressure on Japan beef industry

A severe shortage of wagyu calves in Japan is putting pressure on producers of this special native beef livestock, as calf prices soar and breeders risk a fall in turnover. ...

Sial Paris 2016

Giraudi launches premium Kobe beef lines

Monaco-based meat supplier Giraudi has launched Kobe Kreations, a range of premium frozen Kobe beef products targeting restaurants across the globe and attracting interest from mainstream retail buyers at Sial...

Sial Paris 2016

Sial hails innovation in meat and meat substitutes

Meat and meat substitutes were at the heart of the award-winning innovation flagged up by Sial Paris, which ran from 16-20 October.

Butler Automatic's enhanced sensor cuts plastic waste

US equipment producer Butler Automatic has developed an enhanced sensor for its film splicer machine, a feature that could cut packaging waste, the company claims.

Regulatory reform the hot topic at Australian livestock talk

The impact of regulatory reform on Australian livestock exporters will take centre stage at the industry’s national conference, running from 26-27 October.

HKScan issues stark profit warning

Finnish meat processor HKScan has warned investors it has lowered its full-year profit forecast after previously expecting an upswing in revenue.

Vermont Smoke & Cure launches exclusive sausage flavours

US sausage supremo Vermont Smoke & Cure has linked up with local businesses Citizen Cider and Jasper Hill Farm to launch five-strong line of flavoursome craft pork bangers. 

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