Meat

Java, Indonesia, could be one place to set up a buffalo production hub

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

By Telly Nathalia

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.

USMEF is keen to strengthen US red meat sales in regional Japanese markets

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

By Kathryn Wortley

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. 

MLA said Integrity Systems Company heralds a 'new era for red meat production'

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

By Aidan Fortune

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”.

Ingham's has contracted new chicken growers as its paves the way for years of expansion

Australian chicken giant to create 400 jobs

By Oscar Rousseau

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.

The Trump administration has been praised for the speed of the beef deal

US inks ‘historic’ beef deal with China

By Oscar Rousseau

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.

Headache for Hanoi inspectors monitoring movement of frozen goods

Dateline Southeast Asia

Headache for Hanoi inspectors monitoring movement of frozen goods

By RJ Whitehead

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.

The report's recommendations were described as 'vital' to strengthen Australian exports

Targets set to enhance Australia’s animal export trade

By Oscar Rousseau

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.

For the second year in a row, fewer people are eating at home in Japan

Japan’s meat appetite breaks records

By Kathryn Wortley

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.

Senior vice-president of CPF Prasert Anuchiracheewa wants to tuck into new markets

Thailand sends first cooked duck to New Zealand

By Oscar Rousseau

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.

Six-legged superfood: Beyond the protein

Six-legged superfood: Beyond the protein

By Massimo Reverberi, founder of Bugsolutely

Insect protein: that’s the way bugs are usually referred to when applied as food. But it is also an understatement. The nutritional profile of edible insects is much more complex and rich than purely protein. 

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping spoke about beef trade, among other issues, at the meeting

US and China to ‘flesh out’ beef deal

By Oscar Rousseau

White House representative Sean Spicer has confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump did discuss expanding beef exports, amid rumours China has relaxed restrictions on US beef.

Some butchers could struggle to meet new and improved hygiene standards

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

By Raghavendra Verma

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. 

US investment firm called the Masan Group a 'world-class partner'

Vietnam meat firm enhanced by cash injection

By Oscar Rousseau

Vietnam-based Masan Group Corporation’s meat subsidiary is set to see a cash injection of $250 million (m) after US investment firm KKR acquired a minority share in the business.

The need to reduce tail cutting was highlighted in the report

New Zealand: Animal welfare body airs ‘concerns’

By Oscar Rousseau

Concerns over selective breeding practices in New Zealand’s commercial pork and poultry farms have been raised in a report from the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

Brazil's agriculture minister Blairo Maggi said the move is 'good news' for meat exporters

Hong Kong restores Brazilian meat trade

By Oscar Rousseau

Hong Kong is the latest key importer to have lifted a ban on Brazilian meat, after China and Egypt eased restrictions earlier this week.

European cured meats from Spain and Italy and wowing Japanese consumers

Smoked meat traders find export joy in Japan

By Kathryn Wortley

European dried, cured and smoked meat producers are poised for a rapid expansion of export sales to Japan, with growing demand for such products that cannot be satisfied by Japanese specialist producers.

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Japan: corn supply crisis eases

By Jane Byrne

Feed manufacturers in Japan, under pressure in recent weeks due to a supply shortage of corn arising from the cold weather in the US, told Reuters the crisis has eased.

H5N1 outbreak progresses in northern Malaysia

Dateline Southeast Asia

H5N1 outbreak progresses in northern Malaysia

By RJ Whitehead

A week after the first cases of H5N1 avian flu were found in northern Malaysia, the outbreak has spread to more districts, though at the time of writing no human infections have been reported.

Brazilian beef exporters will charge forward with growth plans for the Middle East this year

China’s hunger for Brazilian beef eases drop

By Oscar Rousseau

Early trade figures for the start of the year indicate Brazil’s top beef markets, Hong Kong and China, eased the burden of falling sales over January and February.