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Pork production is climbing up across Europe, despite a slowdown in exports

EU pig production increases but farmgate prices remain steady

By Aaron McDonald

The number of pigs being produced within the European Union seasonally has been increasing. Citing data from the European Commission, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) forecasts that this will continue to rise towards the backend of the year. 

The pig sector wants to assess how welfare can be improved at the point of slaughter

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European pig sector to share intel on gas stunning

By Oscar Rousseau

Trade bodies backing the EU pig sector will start sharing information on gas stunning amid pressure from welfare activists who have long campaigned against the practice.

Ingredion's new product, designed for chicken nuggets, improves water binding

Ingredion improves meat yield with new starch

By Aidan Fortune

Global ingredient solutions provider Ingredion has launched a new clean-label, potato-based functional native starch for cost-sensitive meat applications. 

Brazil's pork exports are falling, in spite of rising Russian imports

Russia buys Brazilian pork due to lack of choice

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazil pork exports are down amid political turmoil, but Russia, which has alienated the world’s biggest pig meat traders, has little choice but to buy Brazilian.

Hilton Food Group has expanded the range of products it makes for online retailer Ocado

Hilton Food Group sees sterling drop benefit

By Aidan Fortune

UK-based meat packing business Hilton Food Group (Hilton) has reported solid financial growth for the year so far with currency fluctuations aiding progress.

Atria's sizable investment in production efficiency is starting to lift profit

Acquisitions assist Atria’s profit rise

By Oscar Rousseau

Two takeovers in the past 18 months have helped Finnish meat processor Atria post what its CEO called “delightful” profit and sales growth. 

HKScan has already cut 160 jobs this year amid market pressure

Hard-hit HKScan posts €20m loss

By Oscar Rousseau

An earnings decline across HKScan’s biggest Scandinavian markets saw the struggling Finland-based meat processor post a €20.8m pre-tax loss in its half-year results.

Octofrost CEO Rasmus Larsoon said the deal puts the business closer to its customers

OctoFrost Group buys Dutch Innotec Systems

By Oscar Rousseau

A Sweden-based manufacturer of machinery tunnels used to quick-freeze bulk meat products has acquired Dutch Innotec Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Phil Hogan will lead a diplomatic offensive to halal-dominated food markets in the Middle East

Hogan to lead Middle East agri-food trade mission

By Oscar Rousseau

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan will front an autumnal trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Iran in what could unlock lucrative new deals for halal meat traders.

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