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Private Storage Aid to provide respite for EU pork sector

Despite a tough year for the EU pork sector, there is optimism that conditions may improve in 2016.

UK pork processors eye US export savings

Pork processors in the UK may soon enjoy costs savings with exports to the US, after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was reached this week.

Russia's market filled with counterfeit meat

About 67% of all canned meat and large part of dairy production production at the Russian market is counterfeit, according to a study by the Russian Union of Industrialists and...

Zambeef experiences strong profit growth

Zambia’s largest agri-businesses producer, Zambeef, has seen its operating profits rise by 189%, according to the company’s financial report.

Mintel reveals top packaging trends for 2016

A combination of improved consumer engagement and technology will global packaging trends over the next year. 

Vietnam raises bird flu alert as dangerous strain detected

Panic-stricken Vietnam has raised the bird flu alarm as two strains of avian influenza infect people in China. 

Australian beef goes online in China

Australian cattle producer Bindaree Beef Group has entered the realm of internet shopping and will start offering fine cuts of beef online in China. 

Pork demand falls in Ukraine as economic crisis takes its toll

Demand for pork meat in the Ukraine has fallen by nearly a quarter in the past two years, with volumes of other types of red meat also declining, according to...

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Global value of processed poultry tipped to rise

The global value of processed poultry will exceed $289.1bn in 2020, according to a report by Allied Market Research (AMR). 

Antibiotic-resistant pigs found in the UK

Pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics, used on humans when all other medication fails, have been discovered in the UK, sparking fears of an ‘antibiotics apocalypse’. 

Hungarian meat firms invest to boost capacity

Hungary’s poultry meat processor Gallicoop Pulykafeldolgozó Zrt and meat retail and wholesale trader Novro Kft have both invested to increase capacity and market presence in the Hungarian meat market.

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WTO scraps subsidies on meat exports

Meat exporting countries worldwide will be scrapping export subsidies after a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in Nairobi agreed on Friday 18 December to phase out distortive trade sweeteners.

Erze Ambalaj innovates with antimicrobial packaging

One of Turkey’s largest food packaging companies has partnered with a biochemistry developer to create expandable foam packaging that reduces salmonella and listeria. 

EU review on emissions a ‘serious risk’

A review on ammonia emissions has been criticised by EU farming bodies for posing a ‘serious risk’ to the livelihood of Europe’s agriculture sector. 

Congress cools off beef and pork labelling

US President Barack Obama has signed an omnibus bill to end the US government’s enforcement of the country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork products. 

France faces ‘unprecedented’ bird flu crisis

Bird flu in France has reached “crisis” stage, according to the French government, after the total number of bird flu cases hit 30 this week. 

US beef exports to stabilise in 2016

Uncertainty and volatility in the US beef export market will stabilise in 2016, according to a report from Rabobank.

Farmers in Norway oppose carbon tax proposals

Norwegian farmers are opposing a host of proposals from a government-appointed ‘green tax committee’, which are designed to cut emissions. These include introducing a carbon tax on red meat consumption...

Cases of campylobacter in EU on the rise

Cases of campylobacter, the most common food-borne disease in the European Union (EU), which is often found in chicken, continue to increase, according to new EU data.

Lettuce creates three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon

Eating pork will produce around one third of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) found in a diet rich in lettuce, a new study has claimed. 

Brazil rescues Russia’s appetite for pork

With a string of trade restrictions imposed on Russia, the country’s demand for pork has been saved by Brazil. 

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German chicken producer looks to the sea

German poultry business PHW Group has confirmed it has “set up” a joint venture with the Icelandic fishing company Samherji to add seafood to its protein portfolio. 

Russia opens poultry exports to EU

After a year-long break, Russia is re-establishing supplies of poultry to the European Union (EU), following agreement from the European Commission. 

Wages for EU farmers fall

Farmers in Europe are suffering from a loss of confidence as real-term wages across Europe’s agriculture sector have fallen by 4.3% compared to 2014, with Germany registering the largest fall...

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