World meat industry news

New World Agriculture Census to Begin in 2016

  • 10 Nov 08:37

A new global round of country-driven agricultural censuses is set to begin in 2016, a large-scale, data collection process that will gather information and statistics on the world's agricultural sector. To support the process, FAO has published a set of updated guidelines to assist governments in carrying out their national-level agricultural censuses, tailored to various different country needs and capacities. This is the latest edition of guidelines which FAO provides every 10 years. These censuses are crucial for governments to implement evidence-based policies to foster agricultural and rural development, ensure access to land, improve food security and. Read more...

Adverse Weather Pushes Food Prices Up in October

  • 9 Nov 08:17

Major food commodity prices rose in October, spurred by weather-driven concerns about sugar and palm oil supplies.The FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 162 points in October, up 3.9 per cent from September, while still down 16 percent from a year earlier. FAO's latestCerealSupply and Demand Brief slightly trimmed its October 2015 forecast for global cereal production and now projects production at 2.53 billion tonnes, 1.1 per cent below last year's record output. Half of the forecast cut reflected dimmer expectations about maize crops in India and Ukraine, mostly due to adverse weather. Drought in Thailand prompted a reduction in the seasonal. Read more...

Poultry Sold as Veal: Report Reveals Dishonest Meat Labelling

  • 9 Nov 08:16

Croquettes containing half the quantity of meat declared on the label, sulphites used to make minced beef look fresher and chicken sold as veal in kebabs are but a few of the deceptive practices unveiled in a new report. The European Consumer Organisation, known as BEUC, released the new report“Close-up on the meat we eat – Consumers want honest labels”, revealing the dishonesty in some meat labelling. Consumers have no option but to rely on food labels to help inform them in their purchasing decisions. However, are labels telling them the truth about what meat-based products such as burgers, sausages and pork satay are really made of? Based. Read more...

High speed duck processing at Donstar

  • 6 Nov 13:31

The Russian duck integration Donstar is reviving a great forgotten Russian tradition. It is bringing affordable duck meat back to the table of ordinary Russians. It’s growing popularity demands scaling up production and processing. The ducks are processed at a high capacity plant with a current capacity of 4,000 ducks per hour. (Photos: Marel Stork] Donstar is the name of the first large-scale duck meat manufacturer in Russia, situated in the Rostov region near Millerovo. The vertically integrated company produces a wide variety of duck products, known under the brand name “Utolina”. To process the ducks, the company teamed up with Marel Stork. Read more...

Further drop of poultry imports forecast in Russia

  • 6 Nov 13:30

The share of imported poultry meat in Russia is expected to drop to 7% this year, compared to 10% in 2014, the head of the executive committee of the National Meat Association, Sergey Yushin has indicated. Experts suggest that reducing the supply of chicken meat from abroad has had a positive impact on the domestic market and the prices on chicken will decline. Increased poultry production efficiency "In general, we can say that the growth and production of poultry will continue. The production efficiency is increasing, largely due to the growing competition between Russian manufacturers. This year the volume of imports will not exceed 7%,". Read more...

Russia Reports Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreaks

  • 5 Nov 09:04

Two new outbreaks of lumpy skin disease have been reported in village cattle. In total, of the 2102 cattle susceptible, 12 cases were reported. The cattle were kept in the villages ofDarg-Kokh and Kardzhin, inKirovsky. The source of. Read more...

Processed Poultry Meat Market Expected to Grow

  • 5 Nov 09:03

The world processed poultry meat market is estimated to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4 per cent during the forecast period 2015–2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, “World Processed Poultry Meat Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014 - 2020”. Poultry meat has a higher demand among consumers compared to pork, beef or goat meat, as it is comparatively cheaper and contains lower content of saturated fats, Allied Market Research (AMR) said. Processed poultry meat has been gaining popularity among consumers due to the lesser preparation time. North America is the largest market of processed poultry. Read more...

Contrasting Trends in Asian Pork Export Markets

  • 3 Nov 10:02

So far this year, there have been contrasting trends in imports to the major pork markets in Asia. As reported last week, Chinese imports have been very strong in recent months. Strong growth has also been seen in shipments to South Korea. In contrast, pork purchases by the Philippines and Hong Kong have reduced. South Korea imported 356,000 tonnes of pork in the first nine months of 2015, up by more than a third compared with a year earlier. Disease problems continue to affect domestic production, although output has only been down marginally. At the same time, consumer demand has been strong, in part due to the impact of avian influenza on poultry production.. Read more...

Pork Commentary: China! China! China!

  • 3 Nov 10:00

The China pork market continues to be the wildcard for the hog price prospects for both the North American and EU markets. There are several truths. China’s domestic hog price is $1.25 USD liveweight per pound. The US price live is 52? per pound, while the EU-US price equivalent is 54? per pound. The price spread between the US and EU prices and China is just under $200 USD per head. No matter what Chinese statistics you look at, there has been a massive liquidation of sows, somewhere between 10 – 12 million sows. A number so large it is almost incomprehensible at almost twice the North American sow herd and almost equivalent to the EU sow herd. The. Read more...

Low Prices Trigger Decline in EU Reproductive Pig Herd

  • 2 Nov 10:24

Despite the decreasing pig meat prices, the lag in the adjustment of pig production meant that EU slaughterings continued to go up in the second quarter of 2015 compared to 2014 although at a slower pace, reaching +3.9 per cent for the whole first half of the year. Almost all Member States increased production. Themost remarkable growth was recorded in Spain (+9.1 per cent or 265 000 tonnes in first half of 2015) basedon a strong increase of breeding sows (+5 per cent or105 000 heads), according to theEU Autumn 2015 Short-term Outlook. Higher production was recorded alsoin the other major pig meat producers: Denmark,Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium,. Read more...