Workers from supplier Shanghai Husi were filmed picking meat off the floor and using out-of-date beef and chicken

McDonald’s Japan revises finances following food safety scandal

By Oli Haenlein

McDonald’s Holdings Japan has revised its financial forecasts to take into account a damaging incident earlier this year, in which workers from supplier Shanghai Husi were filmed picking meat off the floor and using out-of-date beef and chicken.

This new strain could pose a threat to poultry producers livelihoods if left unmonitored

FAO issues warning over new strain of avian ‘flu

By Georgi Gyton

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said a new strain of avian influenza, H5N6, needs to be closely monitored in order to avoid a major threat to animal health.

Higher export prices are expected for sheepmeat and beef

Decline in livestock production forecast for Australia

By Georgi Gyton

Australian livestock production is forecast to decrease by 2.1% in 2014-15, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report from the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture (ABARES).

Workers were allegedly using out-of-date chicken and beef

Six people arrested in China meat scandal

By Georgi Gyton

OSI Group has confirmed that six employees at its subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co have been arrested "following detention by authorities".

India exported around US$4bn of buffalo meat last year

Report highlights importance of India as global meat player

By Georgi Gyton

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has highlighted the importance of India on the global market, its bovine meat (buffalo) exports estimated to be the second-largest in the world.

The investment company is to $400m into the Chinese poultry firm

Global investor takes share of Chinese poultry player

By Georgi Gyton

KKR & Co, a global investment firm, has come to a definitive agreement with Chinese poultry producer Fujian Sunner Development Co, to invest around $400m in the business, in return for an 18% stake.

Sheep numbers have decreased by 3.2%. Image courtesy of Beef + Lamb New Zealand

New Zealand sees decrease in sheep numbers

By Georgi Gyton

Sheep numbers in New Zealand have dropped 3.2% to 29.8m in the year to 30 June 2014, according annual data from Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Economic Service.

WH Group is China's largest pork company

China’s biggest pork company WH Group succeeds in Hong Kong IPO

By Su Dongxia, in Shanghai

WH Group, China’s largest pork company and a major shareholder in Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co, which acquired Smithfield Foods for US$7.1 billion in 2013, has successfully floated on the stock exchange of Hong Kong (HKEx).

The newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party had promoted its intention to curb consumption of meat

Indian meat industry worries about ‘war on meat’, says Euromonitor

By Simone Baroke, contributing analyst at Euromonitor International

India is fast emerging as one of the world’s biggest bovine meat exporters. This, however, does not sit at all well with the country’s newly elected Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which promised during its campaign to put a halt to the...

Lamb is expected to maintain a favourable position with the Australian consumer

Positive outlook for Australia’s lamb industry

By Georgi Gyton

Strong export demand coupled with producer confidence and a robust native market is shedding a positive light on Australia’s lamb industry, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) mid-year update.

Baroke says there is not enough cattle being raised domestically in China to satisfy demand

No end in sight for China’s cattle shortage

By Simone Baroke, contributing analyst with Euromonitor

On the face of it, things are looking rather rosy for beef in China. Growth is dynamic – at least within the context of fresh food – driven by consumer demand for higher-quality meat. Once you chip the surface, however, a major predicament soon becomes...

The three key selling points for meat in Asia are “quality, brand and health”

Quality, brand and health sell meat in Asia

By Georgi Gyton

The three key selling points for meat in Asia are “quality, brand and health”, according to Victoria Santini, head of Asia at the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

China has been granted negligible status for BSE

China BSE risk is negligible, says OIE

By Georgi Gyton

China has been granted ‘negligible’ bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk disease status, by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Farmers are reluctant to sell their pigs at lower prices

Chinese pig farmers switch from pigs to lamb and cattle

By Mark Godfrey

China’s pig breeders appear to have had enough of low prices and are moving on to breed sheep. The key agricultural province of Shandong is seeing a shift to sheep this spring, according to reports from the local government.

Iran has increased its poultry production by 12% year-on-year

Iran increases poultry production to avoid social unrest

By Georgi Gyton

In 1392 – the Iranian year equivalent to 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014 – Iran produced 2.15 million tonnes (mt) of poultry, a rise of about 12% year-on-year, according to official statistics. Active support from the state has made this growth possible,...

China has a 20 million-strong Muslim population

China gears up for halal meat exports

By Mark Godfrey

The world’s meat traders were in western China this week for the China International Halal Food and Products Fair, designed to make China a leading halal meat exporter.

Beef and buffalo producers fear additional export controls

India’s meat sector nervous over nationalist party victory

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Beef and buffalo producers and exporters in India are bracing for additional controls after general election exit polls predicted a victory for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party led by Narendra Modi.

The government has embarked on a series of fresh water reforms

Focus on New Zealand - Water works

A forum to plan the future for New Zealand’s fresh water is just one initiative bringing together interested parties for a positively green future.

China is a fast growing market for NZ beef and lamb

Focus on New Zealand - China syndrome

By Chloe Ryan

It is true for nearly every internationally traded commodity, and it is true for New Zealand’s meat. China wants it.. and its appetite is growing fast.

A growing gap between demand and supply is predicted

China to beef up on imports, says Rabobank report

By Oli Haenlein

China is expected to increase its beef imports by 15-20% over the next five years due to domestic production, which, despite governmental investment, is still very limited, according to a Rabobank report.

Volume down but value up for New Zealand lamb exports

Total lamb exports from New Zealand rise 11% in value

By Georgi Gyton

The value of total lamb exports from New Zealand increased 11% in the first six months of the 2013-14 meat export season, despite a decline in volume, according to the latest data from Beef + New Zealand.

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