World meat industry news

Russia increases its volume of pork production

  • 7 Oct 13:41

During the first eight months of 2015 Russia has increased the volume of pork production in live weight by 8.4%, a report of the country’s Agricultural Ministry states. Slaughtered pigs hang at a meat processing plant in Veliky Novgorod. [Photo: ANP] The food embargo and import-substitution policy remain among the main factors which are contributed to such strong growth officials explained. Live weight pork figures During this period the country produced 1.974 million tonnes of pork in live weight which is 153,600 tonnes more than over the same period last year, the report states. According to the data of the Ministry the major growth in the. Read more...

Poultry producer Moy Park completes JBS sale

  • 7 Oct 13:40

Brazilian agri-giant JBS SA, the largest meat processor in the world, has announced its purchase of Northern Ireland poultry integrator Moy Park is complete. JBS has notified investors it had paid just short of £800m to previous owner Marfrig, and assumed £193m of Moy Park debt. The company said a major motivation behind the purchase was access to markets and customers Moy Park has developed in the UK and wider Europe – and that it hopes to use these links to grow exports. 5 million chickens per week Janet McCollum, Moy Park's chief executive, said it would be "very much business as usual" for the company, which employs. Read more...

Egg and poultry meat production increases in Russia

  • 6 Oct 11:43

Russia has increased its production of poultry by 9.1% in live weight terms, according to reports from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. For the first seven months of 2015, the Ministry said that production totalled 3132.8 thousand tonnes. Marked increase in egg production In addition, there was a marked increase in egg production of 3.7% compared with the corresponding period last year, an increase of 675 million eggs. The average price of poultry products in July, provided by the state statistics service Rosstat, was RUB 96.4 (US$ 1.47) per kg, a 5% increase on the previous year. "The largest increases in egg production and poultry for. Read more...

First Elements of €500 million Package for Farmers Adopted

  • 6 Oct 11:43

The first elements of the special aid package for EU farmers worth €500 million, announced by the European Commission in early September, have now been adopted by the European Commission. Draft rules for most of the other measures have also been presented to Member State experts and will formally be approved in the coming days and weeks. The largest part of the package is a targeted aid scheme worth 420 million EURO, which is allocated to Member States in the form of national envelopes for distribution mainly to dairy and pigmeat farmers, targeting those sectors that have been most adversely affected by the market situation. To aid cash-flow difficulties,. Read more...

Negotiations on TPP Continue Amid Canadian Concern

  • 5 Oct 10:29

The US is hosting negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in Atlanta, amid concerns from Canadian farmers that it could put their popular supply management system at risk. The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said thatnegotiators have been making good progress toward resolving the "limited number of outstanding issues" since they last met in July. Before the negotiations began, the USTR also released a detailed summary of negotiating priorities for the agreement, to try and aid transparency. The TPP has repeatedly been criticised for the secrecy surrounding the negotiations. “This report is a detailed look at. Read more...

EU Air Quality Policy Will Hit the Livestock Sector Hard

  • 5 Oct 10:28

Copa and Cogeca have called for realistic and achievable targets to be included in the Review of EU Air quality Policy, warning that emission reduction targets for methane and ammonia are unrealistic and will severely damage the EU livestock sector at a time when it is already suffering badly. Hosting the high-level event, MEP Jim Nicholson said the challenge is to produce quality food in anenvironmentally friendly way: emission reduction targets must be realistic and affordable. Speaking at the hearing, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed: “The EUagriculture sector is ready to contribute to combating climate change but some of. Read more...

USA:Beef prices at new all-time highs

  • 2 Oct 09:13

Retail beef prices have continued an upward surge in the marketplace through mid-summer, with beef’s All-Fresh Retail Price series establishing a new all-time record versus pork and poultry in June and July. Accordingly, this week’s illustration highlights the relative price difference between beef and its competitors. Beef is now at all-time highs versus the competing meats. Beef is running 1.65 times the price of pork and nearly 3.14 times higher relative to poultry. Beef’sprice per pound, and the total expenditure associated with the package, is an important determinant when consumers makepurchasing decisions. However, the relative price is also. Read more...

Most Russians see food embargo as appropriate response to Western sanctions

  • 2 Oct 09:11

A growing number of Russians have noticed a change in food store merchandise under the impact of the food embargo enforced in August 2014, sociologists have said. According to the Romir research holding, the percentage of Russians who have paid attention to the disappearance of some or many customary foods has grown from 21% in September 2014 to 43% now. Some 37% said only a few familiar brand names were gone, and 6% said they could not find most customary food products. The share of those who did not notice any change in brand names is down, from 79% in September 2014 to 58% now. Thirty-nine percent of Russians regretted a decline in the quality of food over. Read more...

European Beef Prices Slide, Great Britain Remains Top

  • 1 Oct 08:45

Europe’s top six most expensive beef countries all witnessed prime deadweight cattle prices slide week ending 13 September. Northern Ireland saw the greatest drop of 13.2 per cent, settling at 448 cents per kilo as GB prices lost 7.6 cents to 485.8 cents per kilo. Sweden, France, Ireland and Luxembourg all lost ground from being above €4 per kilo. Luxembourg’s average was back 8.3 cents to 393.4 cents per kilo. The average EU R3 heifer price for the week slid 6.5 cents per kilo to 393.7 cents, marginally ahead of Luxembourg’s mean value. Bottom of the EU-16 were Poland, Czech Republic and Lithuania. Average Lithuanian prices plummeted 38.3. Read more...

Sustainable Agriculture Key to Meeting Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

  • 1 Oct 08:45

Investing in and achieving sustainable agriculture, alongside food security and nutrition, will be key to accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The SDGs were adopted by the UN last week (25 September)as part of theTransforming our World:2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentwhen world leaders met at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. The Agenda is thefirst ever global agreement setting a universal, comprehensive agenda for action. The17 SDGsexpand on the 2001 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which come to an end this year. Although huge progress was made on the MDGs, the SDGs will continue their work whilst also addressing. Read more...