Meat

Whilst an agreement has been made, China and Argentina still disagree on antibiotics

China and Argentina agree landmark beef deal

By Mark Godfrey

Argentina is celebrating the renewal of a beef deal with China, despite a crackdown on antibiotics contamination which saw a large shipment of its meat destroyed by China.

Chinese meat companies have relocated to Guangxi after a government pollution crackdown

Chinese halal meat business helps employ 10,000 families

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s biggest producers of packaged halal meat products is bringing meat factory jobs to one of the country’s poorest regions in a deal with local government that includes cattle farms and processing plants. 

Cargill said migrant abuse in Thailand's poultry business is 'a very sad situation'

CPF Foods to end migrant abuse in Thai meat sector

By Oscar Rousseau

Poultry business CPF Foods has partnered with the Thai government to tackle mistreatment of staff in the poultry industry, following modern-day slavery claims at a separate chicken farm. 

Edible insects beyond whole cricket powder at IFT

Will the edible insects market move beyond whole cricket powder?

By Elaine Watson

Milled whole cricket powder is probably the best known bug-derived food ingredient aside from red food color carmine. But what other delights might edible insects yield for food formulators? Elaine Watson caught up with bug enthusiast Dr George Cavender...

Russian sausage exports could help processors who have endured years of falling profits

Russia eyes sausage trade with China and Japan

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is looking to export sausages and processed meat products to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Meat Processors Association of the Far East. 

Iraq has a 'lack of commitment' to biosecurity, according to an FAO official in the Middle East

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

By Oscar Rousseau

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

New Hope and AliCloud will mine online sales data to boost targeted ad revenue

Chinese meat giant enters the digital space

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s largest agricultural and meat conglomerates has entered a deal with the country’s leading e-commerce and cloud computing company to get a digital edge on its rivals.

Philip Hammond: UK-China relations are 'more important than ever'

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China

By Oscar Rousseau

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (FTA), only possible once Brexit is realised. 

Aoxin Tianli expects the damage from the floods to cost the business up to $1.5m

Flooding devastates China’s rural pork industry

By Oscar Rousseau

Chinese pork producers are struggling after the city of Wuhan was left paralysed by the worst flooding since the 1998 weather crisis that resulted in more than 3,000 dead. 

China's growing trend for luxury organic pork heralds big money opportunities

China invests in luxury pork

By Mark Godfrey

There's an emerging trend in China that has seen high-end pork producers target a niche, high-margin market as consumers seek out premium produce.

Rabobank expects China's pork prices to peak in the next six months

Chinese pork consumers set to suffer

By Oscar Rousseau

The global upswing in pork prices is bad news for Chinese consumers who will have to pay record prices for pig meat this year, claims Rabobank.

The money that can be made in China is likely to create pork export arms race

China’s pork imports will hit record highs

By Oscar Rousseau

Imports of pig meat to China will boom by a third as the government shuts down unsuitable farms and the sow herd shrinks to an historic low, analysts have claimed.

The halal market is expected to be worth close to $60bn within the next four years

BRF spin-off creates halal unit

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazilian meat processor BRF has announced plans to set up a subsidiary tasked with strengthening the meat giant’s supply of meat to Muslim consumers.

Mezzan buys into KSA’s Al Safi for $25m

Mezzan buys into KSA’s Al Safi for $25m

By Eliot Beer

Kuwaiti food conglomerate Mezzan Holding will buy into Saudi Arabia’s Al Safi Food for up to US$25m, while EIP, one of the buyers of Diamond Meat Processing, eyes further purchases.

Insects on the world’s menus: Why not?

Insects on the world’s menus: Why not?

By Massimo Reverberi, founder of Bugsolutely

As most residents of Bangkok, where I live, will confirm, food is a matter of national pride. And most of the eating happens outside the home. 

Most lamb imported to China comes from New Zealand and Australia

Demand for lamb rises in China

By Oscar Rousseau

Chinese lamb imports increased by nearly a fifth last month as the soaring price of pork made sheep meat more competitive.

Washington alleges that China has flouted international trading laws

China angry with US over WTO poultry dispute

By Keith Nuthall

China is upset with the US after it asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to check if China complied with a 2013 order to reform its anti-dumping duties on chicken broiler products.

Meat consumption in India has been rising by 14% year-on-year

India to bolster pork industry

By Oscar Rousseau

Senior Punjabi government officials have visited UK pork factories to develop production methods, with India braced for a surge in meat demand.

KKR buys stake in Indonesian poultry major

KKR buys stake in Indonesian poultry major

By RJ Whitehead

Singapore-based agri-food company, Japfa, which focuses on supplying protein staples to emerging Asian markets, has announced the purchase by a global investment firm of over 10% of its interest in PT Japfa Cornfeed Indonesia.

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Haram ingredients hidden in food

By Eliot Beer

Muslim consumers may be unintentionally consuming significant quantities of “hidden” haram ingredients in food products thanks to complex supply chains, according to a new report.

Beef is seen by China's financial sector as one that offers attractive margins

China tipped for beef boom

By Mark Godfrey

A respected brokerage is betting Chinese companies with access to overseas beef supply will make strong profits by importing and selling the red meat this year.

Demand for meat, especially poultry, is rising in Myanmar

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

By Jessica Mudditt, in Yangon

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers.

Reforms to Pakistan's import duty could triple halal meat production in the future

Pakistan cuts duty for meat industry equipment

By Kaswar Klasra, in Islamabad

The Pakistan government has reduced custom duty on machinery imports used in the livestock and meat industry from 5% to 2% to encourage investment in the meat industry.