IPPE held in Atlanta saw consumer trends discussed

IPPE: US poultry delegates examine consumer trends and prices

By Ed Bedington

The fast pace of new technology, coupled with the growing dominance of social media is having a significant change on consumer behaviour, delegates to the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta were told.

US organisations fear retaliation if Farm Bill is passed

US organisations oppose new Farm Bill

By Line Svanevik

US livestock organisations and food associations fear that new country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules, set out in the Farm Bill, could provoke retaliation from Canada and Mexico and are strongly opposed to the new legislation.

Japan declares Costa Rica free of Classical Swine Fever

Costa Rica eyes Japan opportunity

By Pacifica Goddard

Costa Rica’s pork sector has welcomed Japan’s declaration that the central American country is free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), opening the doors to its pigmeat exporters to tap into the lucrative Japanese market.

US red meat consumption drops due to health concerns

US red meat consumption drops

By Line Svanevik

Thirty-nine per cent of beef and other red meat consumers in the US ate less red meat in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to new research.

USDA gives Canada low score on meat audits

USDA criticises Canadian meat inspection

By Line Svanevik

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) the lowest of three scores on its meat audits.

Brazil's poultry inspections are due to be scrutinised

Brazil seeks to improve poultry inspection

By Carina Perkins

Brazil’s poultry inspection standards are to be scrutinised in a new initiative that aims to reduce the number of carcases condemned in plants.

Corn ethanol mandate under pressure in US

US senators aim to remove corn ethanol mandate

By Carina Perkins

Two US senators have introduced a bill to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), pointing to rising food and animal feed prices.

EU investigates Paraguay beef human rights claims

EU investigates Paraguay beef human rights claims

By Pacifica Goddard

The European Commission is currently looking into claims made by the tribal rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) Survival International, regarding alleged human rights violations by a company producing Paraguayan beef.

Task force aims to understand pig industry future

Task force to establish US pork strategy

By Nicholas Robinson

A new task force has been set up by the US’s National Pork Board (NPB) to understand and define pork industry challenges and its future.

RFS mandate has impacted on corn supplies

US meat industry welcomes lower biofuels mandate

By Carina Perkins

US meat and livestock groups have welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to lower the biofuels mandate for the first time since it was introduced under the Bush administration.

Mexico to invest in poultry industry modernisation

Mexico to invest in poultry infrastructure

By Carina Perkins

Mexico’s poultry sector will invest more than MXN3m (US$232,913) next year in a bid to modernise the country’s production and processing infrastructure.

US row over meat industry progress

US row over meat industry progress

By Carina Perkins

A row has broken out in the US over the progress made on addressing the public health, environment and animal welfare issues related to livestock production.

Concerns have been raised over changes to US meat inspection

US meat safety at a crossroads

By Simone Baroke, contributing analyst at Euromonitor International

US meat safety is in a state of upheaval after some unsettling revelations regarding new procedures employed in a highly contentious pilot programme, which the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in favour of adopting.

Argentina seeks to regain exports

Argentina seeks to regain exports

By Carina Perkins

The Argentine beef industry is looking to recover lost ground on exports after years of restrictions left it losing out to rival South American competitors.

Brazil is set to smash beef export records


Brazil on course for record beef exports

By Ed Bedington

Brazil is set to smash the $6bn mark on beef exports before the end of the year, setting a record high for the South American meat giant.

FAO claims livestock emissions could be cut by a third

FAO claims livestock emissions could be cut by a third


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock account for 14.5% of all human-related emissions, but could be cut by 30% by employing current best practices across the supply chain.

US welcomes WTO ruling on China duties

US welcomes WTO ruling on China duties

By Carina Perkins

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally adopted the findings of its dispute settlement panel on a major trade row between the US and China over duties on broiler chicken.

Uruguay beef production on path to recovery

Recovery forecast for Uruguayan beef

By Carina Perkins

Uruguayan beef production is expected to continue its recovery through to next year, according to forecasts from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Brazil's beef exports are performing strongly

Surge in Brazil’s beef exports

By Carina Perkins

Brazilian beef exports have soared as a result of strong demand from Russia and a weakening of the Brazilian real.

US farming and consumer groups defend COOL

US farming and consumer groups defend COOL

By Carina Perkins

A coalition of food, farming and consumer groups have filed court papers to defend US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) from a lawsuit launched by meat processors.

Brazil has lost share of global poultry market

Lack of poultry competitiveness loses Brazil billions

By Carina Perkins

Brazil has lost out on billions of dollars-worth of poultry exports as the result of loss of competitiveness, according to a new report released by the Brazilian Poultry Union (UBABEF).

Canada objects to US COOL laws

Canada launches WTO action over US COOL

By Carina Perkins

Canada’s meat industry has welcomed the government’s decision to launch World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute proceedings against US country-of-origin labelling (COOL).

USDA has released its forecasts for meat production

US beef supply short, but poultry and pork boosted

By Carina Perkins

US beef production will remain constricted in the second half of the year, although a reduction in feed prices should boost poultry and pork production, according to the latest forecasts from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

HSUS has launched legal action over sow stall ad ban

US city authority sued over sow stall ads

By Carina Perkins

A US animal welfare organisation is suing a city transport authority for refusing to run an advertisement showing pigs suffering in sow stalls.

Brazil pork exports have recovered

Brazil sees ongoing pork export recovery

By Carina Perkins

Brazil pork exports have continued to recover, soaring in terms of value and volume last month, according to the Brazilian Pork Industry and Exporter Association (ABIPECS).

Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith

US meat firm sees record sales

By Carina Perkins

US meat processor Tyson has reported record sales and surging profits in the third quarter, driven by strong performance from its chicken business and recovery in beef.

Can Canada recover meat exports?

Can Canada recover meat exports?

By Jayne Hunt, Promar International

Meat processing is major business in Canada, but can the country recover plummeting exports in the face of tough international competition?

EU meat import restrictions concern US

US concerned by continuing EU barriers to trade

By Carina Perkins

EU barriers to US agricultural produce remain a “significant concern” despite recent progress towards a transatlantic trade agreement, the US Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has revealed.

Brazilian beef exports have hit record levels but pork exports are down

Brazil reports record beef exports

By Carina Perkins

Brazilian beef export revenues reached a record $3bn in the first half of 2013, although pork exports were hit by the import ban imposed by Ukraine.

Canada and US meat industries filing lawsuit over COOL

Legal challenge to US COOL amendments

By Carina Perkins

Canadian and US meat processors and producers have filed a lawsuit with a US court in a bid to block the implementation of amendments to the US country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rule.  

EU wants US beef ban lifted as part of free trade negotiations

EU wants US beef ban lifted under TTIP

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

European Union (EU) representatives travelling to Washington DC next week for the first round of negotiations with the US to forge a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) want early progress on the Americans lifting the current ban on...


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