Meat

Health craze boosts Gulf’s meat consumption

Health craze boosts Gulf’s meat consumption

By RJ Whitehead

Bullish forecasts suggest that the GCC’s annual meat and poultry consumption will increase to 4.3m tonnes by 2019, with demand for healthy and halal products driving the segment’s growth.

Poultry prices in China have dropped significantly following avian influenze outbreaks

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

By Oscar Rousseau

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

Libya's national sheep herd is threatened by smuggling

War and smuggling hit Libyan sheep sales

By Elizia Volkmann

Civil war, currency instability and smuggling are hitting the Libya's sheep market and stocks of the key Libyan Barbary Sheep breed are decreasing.

CP Foods invested U$680m in the acquisition of two poultry farms near St Petersburg in 2015

CP Foods pumps cash into Russia’s meat industry

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia will see millions of dollars invested in its meat industry this year amid Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods' (CP Foods') plans to pump US$2 billion into expansion there by 2020. 

Japan's restaurants are looking forward to Meat Day

Japan ‘meat day’ looms – sales boom expected

By Kathryn Wortley

Butchers, supermarkets and barbecue restaurants in Japan are gearing up for the national meat trade’s busiest day of the year, dubbed ‘Meat Day’ – on 9 February. 

Exploring the legal status of edible insects around the world

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Exploring the legal status of edible insects around the world

By Massimo Reverberi

Entomophagy is a new phenomenon in the West, and as a result it is rarely regulated. This leads to public institutions like food agencies, customs and health departments often finding themselves helpless in the face of new product development based on...

Japanese wagyu beef is among the most popular tax gifts in Japan

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

By Kathryn Wortley

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers and meat producers.

Donald Trump ripped up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

US meat industry wants Asia deal as Trump kills TPP

By Keith Nuthall

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has called on President Donald Trump to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Asia after he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Poultry exporter BRF SA has launched a Halal focused subsidiary. Image courtesy of MaxPixel

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

By Gwen Ridler

One of the world’s largest exporters of poultry BRF – which operates a factory in the UK – has launched a subsidiary to target the growing halal processed foods market in the Middle East. 

One financial expert called CP Foods the 'ideal partner' for Bellisio Foods

CP Foods thaws US with $1bn Bellisio takeover

By Oscar Rousseau

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) has flexed its financial muscles with a $1.075bn takeover of frozen specialist Bellisio Foods and a 33% stake in Poland’s SuperDrob.

Edible insect industry group set up to support Southeast Asia

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Edible insect industry group set up to support Southeast Asia

By Massimo Reverberi

In the last few years, dozens of edible insect start-ups have popped up in western countries to supply a new wave of interest in bugs as food. This market is now in need of regulation, promotion and support.

Kazakhstan has seen a steady rise in organic meat production this year

Kazakhstan eyes export of organic meat to Asia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Kazakhstan may become one of the largest organic meat exporters in Asia, establishing export supplies of up to 360,000 tonnes (t) of organic beef and lamb per year, primarily to China. 

Danish Crown called Asia a 'promising market' with strong potential for growth

Danish organic meat exports to Asia rising

By Poorna Rodrigo

Denmark’s organic meat exports to Asia, fuelled especially by sales to mainland China and Hong Kong, rose steadily in 2015 compared with the year before.

Shuanghui said Chinese consumers increasingly shop online for food

Chinese meat major signs deal with e-commerce giant Jingdon

By Elsa Reed

Shuanghui, China’s biggest meat company, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Jingdong (jd.com), one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies, to develop a new sales and distribution channel supplying fine-cut chilled meat online.

Australia's Northern Territory covers about one sixth of the country and is a key cattle hub

Australia welcomes major Vietnamese beef investment

By Helen Clark

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has welcomed the first large-scale Vietnamese agricultural investment in the country – the purchase of an AU$18 million ($13.6m) cattle station by An Vien Pastoral Holding and Agriculture Company in the Northern Territory.

Bangladesh has received its first Burger King restaurant in the country's capital of Dhaka

Burger King breaks into Bangladesh market

By A.Z.M. ANAS, in Dhaka

US fast food chain Burger King has opened its first outlet in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, predicting expansion amidst the country’s fast-growing economy and promising to target local meat procurement. 

The demonetisation of 1,000 and 500 rupee notes has had a negative impact on Indian poultry producers

Indian currency ban causes hardship in country's poultry sector

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Indian poultry farmers have slowed the breeding of chicks to lower their costs after demand fell sharply following the central government’s unexpected announcement that large currency notes – valuing 86% of total cash in the economy – were no longer legal...

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AgriProtein and Twynam Group in licensing deal

Australasia to get 20 new insect feed factories

By Jane Byrne

Insect feed producer, AgriProtein, has announced a licensing deal with its Australian partner, Twynam Group, that it said will see 20 insect feed factories being rolled out across Australasia.

China's chicken supply could be at risk

China’s chicken supply chain in danger

By Oscar Rousseau

China’s supply chain faces a challenge with historically low breeding stock supplies compounded by outbreaks of bird flu in markets China depends on for a regular flow of grandparent birds.