Meat

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.

Far East and America driving Australian beef dynamics

State of the industry

Far East and America driving Australian beef dynamics

By RJ Whitehead

Changing trends in traditional key export markets are presenting both hurdles and opportunities for Australia's boxed-beef exporters, according to a recently released industry report.

Egypt cattle row provoking a storm in Australia

Egypt cattle row provoking a storm in Australia

By RJ Whitehead

In a move to calm an issue that is threatening to turn into a populist political bun fight, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has issued a statement relating to cattle exports to Egypt, confirming that Australian animals...

Middle-class now the primary consumer of beef in China

Middle-class now China's primary consumer of beef

By Ankush Chibber

China’s rapidly growing middle-class is driving growth in the consumption of beef and meat products, a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

Chinese must make tough choices on corn and pork

Chinese must make tough choices on corn and pork

By RJ Whitehead

The author of a report suggesting that China’s corn imports are in line to explode by 2017, today cautioned that the government will have to walk a tightrope in balancing pork prices with domestic corn productivity.

Listeria-killing Listex P100 given FSANZ approval

Listeria-killing phage product gets FSANZ approval

By Mark Astley

Listeria-killing Listex P100 has been approved for use in Australia and New Zealand, making it the first bacteriophage product for food safety to be permitted for use in Australasia.

US food exports jump 27% in the Philippines

US food exports jump 27% in the Philippines

By Ankush Chibber

The Philippines has emerged as a top destination for US food and beverage manufacturers, says the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Kiwi sheep meat faces EU blues, says report

Kiwi sheep meat faces EU blues, says report

By Ankush Chibber

New Zealand’s sheep industry is facing export challenges, with European economic uncertainty almost certain to hit their prospects going forward.

NZ backs premium beef

NZ backs premium beef

By Ankush Chibber

New Zealand’s government has opened the door for local beef and dairy farmers to take part in a new initiative to produce high-value marbled beef for the premium segment both at home and abroad.

Illegal channels to China a threat to New Zealand beef

Illegal channels to China a threat to New Zealand beef

By Ankush Chibber

Chinese authorities are clamping down on smuggling ofNew Zealand beef and other meats into the country – although the mainstream New Zealand beef industry says it has little to worry about.