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Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers Association claims.

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is partnering with supermarket chains and event organisers in Japan’s regions to strengthen already high US red meat sales by localising marketing, public relations and consumer interaction campaigns. 

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and livestock industry”.

APAC entries sought for World Steak Challenge

The World Steak Challenge is back for a third year and the deadline for entries is closing soon.

US beef imports cleared by China after 14 years

The US and China have reached a trade deal that includes beef and poultry.

Australian chicken giant to create 400 jobs

Poultry producer Ingham’s Group Limited will invest AU$70m ($51m) over a three-year expansion plan that will create 400 jobs in Western Australia.

Philippines government urged to ‘fast-track’ halal framework

The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry has been urged by halal bodies to fast-track certification rules for Islamic food exports.

Deinove protects its bacteria derived feed innovation in China

French biotech company, Deinove, says its first patent focusing on the use of the bacteria, Deinococcus, for animal nutrition has been issued in China.

US inks ‘historic’ beef deal with China

America and China have inked landmark deal to promote shipments of US beef that may also cool fears of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Headache for Hanoi inspectors monitoring movement of frozen goods

Hanoi food inspectors are struggling to monitor frozen meat and produce, which are often stored poorly, then broken down into smaller packages and sold through wholesale markets to traders who take a relaxed approach to documentation.

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Australia exhibits 3D printed meat - in pictures

Scientists and trade body Meat & Livestock Australia have unveiled a groundbreaking 3D meat printer that makes edible protein from liquid offal and mince. 

Yemen conflict leaves 17m people at risk of malnutrition

As Yemen’s conflict continues, two thirds of the country’s population are now suffering from severe food insecurity.

Targets set to enhance Australia’s animal export trade

Improving transport infrastructure and enforcement of animal welfare are two of the strategic priorities outlined in a comprehensive Australian Farm Institute report on enhancing the country’s livestock export industry.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Social science: The world's big 'metatrends' define global tastes

Nutritional biochemist and food marketeer Rachel Cheatham looks at five of the biggest global food trends based on her analysis of social media reporting.

Navis Capital acquires large NZ egg and feed producer

Private equity firm, Navis Capital, has taken a majority stake in New Zealand’s integrated animal feed and egg production businesses, Mainland Poultry.

Japan’s meat appetite breaks records

Japan’s meat consumption broke new records in the 2016 fiscal year (April 2015 to March 2016) according to recent data, with projected year-on-year growth set to be the fastest in five years.

Saturated fats linked to osteoarthritis, but coconut oil can help ease symptoms

Saturated fat has been identified as a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis after Australian scientists found it changed the composition of cartilage, but lauric acid from coconut oil has a protective effect.

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has chosen Hong Kong as its first international export destination.

Dateline Southeast Asia: Halal

Mindanao eyes US Islamic trade, though it must first tailor standards

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s advance on the global halal market continues as it prepares to sign an agreement with Islamic authorities in America.

Thailand sends first cooked duck to New Zealand

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has been the first food company in Thailand to exploit New Zealand’s policy change that allows imports of cooked Thai duck for the first time ever.

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