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Bird flu on Britain’s doorstep as virus hits Calais

A highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza (AI) strain has been detected in a flock of wild ducks in Calais, putting UK authorities on high alert.

Essentia in ‘major expansion’ of organic chicken ingredients

Essentia Protein Solutions has expanded its ProBase ingredients range for the second time in two months with the launch of organic chicken ingredients.

Farming group warns Mercosur deal threatens EU beef industry

An event in the European Parliament, held today (30 November), has warned politicians of the negative impact a trade deal with Latin America could have on domestic EU beef producers.

Pilgrim’s Pride in $350m deal to acquire GNP Company

Brazilian-owned US poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride has entered into a definitive agreement to take over branded chicken producer GNP Company (GNP) in an all-cash $350m deal.

Antitrust clearance sees Greencore edge closer to Peacock Foods acquisition

Greencore’s planned acquisition of American company Peacock Foods has moved a step closer to completion after gaining antitrust clearance from US authorities.

Australia’s Pork CRC reflects on welfare ‘achievement’

Close to 80% of Australian pig producers have significantly increased the space afforded to sows this year and government-backed Pork CRC has praised the achievement. 

European expansion for premium e-commerce food trader Gourmondo

German e-commerce outfit Gourmondo, a purveyor of high-end meats priced up to €90, has entered the digital trading space in Austria, the UK and Ireland.

NZ government swoops on illegal meat operation

An illegal yet sophisticated meat processing ring in greater Auckland has been shut down after a raid orchestrated by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

MLA’s plan to use $150m from levy payers under fire

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) plan to use AU$150m from its members to install X-ray carcase grading technology is facing pressure from the Australian Beef Association (ABA).

Brazil meat sector welcomes Malaysia trade deal

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country....

Zambeef enjoys second year of profit growth

African meat giant Zambeef has increased operating profit for the second year in a row, reporting a strong rise in trading figures to 30 September 2016.

Poultry import ban amid avian influenza outbreak in Denmark

Singapore, Japan and South Korea have stopped poultry imports from Denmark after an avian influenza virus (H5N8) outbreak affected the country’s entire poultry sector. 

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Work begins on Skenderaj Weng Fat site

The foundation for a Weng Fat Poultry site in Skenderaj, Kosovo has been laid.

Rising pig prices lead to smuggling epidemic

Historically high Chinese pig prices and ongoing crackdowns on farmyard pollution appear to have driven a wave of pig smuggling from Vietnam into China. 

No quick fix for New Zealand earthquake recovery

Farmers impacted by the earthquake earlier this month in New Zealand have been warned that recovery is going to be a long-term process.

Dutch pork consumer awareness trial launched

Pork producer Vion, agricultural association ZLTO and retailer Albert Heijn have teamed up with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to increase consumer awareness about where pork comes from. 

Australian Agricultural Company to focus on high quality beef

The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has signalled its intent to move into the high-quality beef market, with aspirations for global exports. 

World Butchers’ Challenge coming to Northern Ireland

The World Butchers’ Challenge is to be hosted by Northern Ireland. 

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Memphis Meats launches crowdfunding campaign

‘Clean meat’ producer Memphis Meats has launched a community-building campaign to help extend awareness about its mission to “build a better meat”.

Kelly Turkeys to take on US Thanksgiving market

UK poultry processor Kelly Turkeys has been given the green light by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to market its premium Kelly Bronze offering throughout the United States. 

USDA offers up last-minute Thanksgiving food safety advice

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a guide to food safety ahead of Thanksgiving (24 November). 

Philippines takes on meat import fraud through permit recall

In a bid to tackle import food fraud, the Philippines Department of Agriculture is to cancel and recall all import permits on agricultural products. 

Danish Crown sustained by demand from Asia

Demand from Asia sustained Danish Crown’s sales in the face of greater challenges in its UK market in the past year, according to chief executive Jais Valeur.

No chance for food embargo to be lifted soon, says Putin

Russia aims to maintain its food embargo for as long as possible to protect investment in the country’s meat industry, Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed.

Brokers challenge timing of Tyson CEO revelation

Financial brokers have challenged Tyson Foods on the timing of its announcement that its chief executive officer (CEO) Donnie Smith would be replaced by its president Tom Hayes on 31 December.

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