Meat

China driving global beef growth

China driving global beef growth

By RJ Whitehead

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

China convenience meat offering is increasing

China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

By Mark Godfrey

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of China’s supermarket, with everything from pre-prepared frozen kebab sticks...

Industry group adds weight to NZ country of origin labelling debate

Industry group adds weight to NZ country of origin labelling debate

By RJ Whitehead

There have been fresh calls for the New Zealand government into introducing mandatory country of origin labelling with the chief executive of NZPork telling the Primary Production Select Committee that consumers want to know where their food comes from.

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

India’s buffalo meat (carabeef) exports to Southeast Asia are growing fast, thanks to rising demand in China, even though the world’s second-biggest economy has not officially opened its doors to India in this sector.

FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

By RJ Whitehead

Human infections with the influenza A(H7N9) virus are on the rise again in China and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities provide opportunity for further spread and human exposure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned.

Rampant mislabelling of beef in Korea

Rampant mislabelling of beef in Korea

In South Korea, more than 75 tonnes of US beef was passed off as coming from other countries over the first eight months of this year. It is said the illegal practice is to bypass restrictions that are meant to prevent the sale of meat containing a banned...

Shareholders give go-ahead for Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

Shareholders give go-ahead for Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

By RJ Whitehead

By calling it a “great transaction” for shareholders, farmers and agriculture in the United States, Smithfield Foods chief executive Larry Pope couldn’t have been more ebullient now his shareholders have rubber-stamped Shuanghui’s takeover of the American...

Positive outlook for China’s pork output

Positive outlook for China’s pork output

By RJ Whitehead

China’s pork industry looks like it’s moving in a positive direction over the rest of this year, and as far as 2014, according to Rabobank research.

900 arrested in latest Chinese meat sting

900 arrested in latest Chinese meat sting

By RJ Whitehead

China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced the arrest of 904 suspects during a three-month campaign to prevent meat-related crime, such as the sale of rat and fox under the guise of beef and mutton.

Australian F&B spending to rise again this Easter, say analysts

Happy holidays

Australian F&B spending to rise again this Easter, say analysts

By RJ Whitehead

Easter, which falls between March 29 and April 1, is traditionally a period of heavy consumption, and business information analysts Ibisworld have lifted the lid on continued strong holiday expectations and changing tastes in F&B and confectionery...

China poultry expected to rise above pork growth

State of the industry

China poultry expected to rise above pork growth

By RJ Whitehead

China’s poultry producers have long lived in the shadow of the pork industry, which remains the meat of choice throughout the nation. But now it seems that poultry is finally starting to develop in its own right.

Australia given green light to export lamb to India

Australia trade

Australia given green light to export lamb to India

By RJ Whitehead

Australia’s trade department has announced that the country will begin to export lamb to India free of quotas, based on Australia’s compliance with India's food safety requirements.

Heading to the polls with new genetic horn test for cattle

Australian research

Heading to the polls with new genetic horn test for cattle

By RJ Whitehead

The transition to a polled cattle herd–or one without horns–could soon be even faster with a new, highly accurate poll gene marker test from Australia that is due to become available this year.

Duck replaces mutton in latest food-swap scandal

China safety

Duck replaces mutton in latest food-swap scandal

By RJ Whitehead

While European supermarkets and fast-food chains have been dealing with the fall-out of horse meat in burgers, a meatpacking factory in north-east China has been found using cheap duck meat and additives to replace mutton and beef slices.

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

Analysis

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

By RJ Whitehead

China will be a key indicator of the state of the global pork market in 2013 after the world, according to Rabobank. Nevertheless, China’s pork producers will still face a challenging year in 2013.

Kiwi government invests big in beef and sheep collaboration

Meeting of minds

Kiwi government invests big in beef and sheep collaboration

By RJ Whitehead

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been digging even deeper into its Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) fund to find significant funds for a new, NZ$65m joint development project between sheep and beef farmers.

Pakistan’s halal exports in dire need of certification

State of the industry

Pakistan’s halal exports in dire need of certification

By RJ Whitehead

With Muslim countries fast waking up to the potential halal exports hold, and nations scrambling to become hubs for the distribution of Islamically acceptable meat, Pakistan is lagging behind the pack but still has the potential to improve its standing.

Saudi bans Brazilian beef

Saudi bans Brazilian beef

Saudi Arabia is the latest Asian country to suspend beef imports from Brazilian. It is now also the biggest country to stop purchases after the South American country confirmed a case of atypical mad cow disease in 2010.

Aussie lamb exports hampered by high tariffs

Aussie lamb exports hampered by high tariffs

By RJ Whitehead

High import tariffs and other barriers to entry are giving Australian exports of sheep meet a significant disadvantage across a number of markets on the world stage, a researcher has found following a long-term study.