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October 15, 2019

Scotch Beef back on Japanese menus

Scotch Beef is back on the menu in Japan for the first time in 23 years. An order supplied by West Lothian-based processor AK Stoddart was celebrated at a showcase event in Tokyo as part of the Rugby World Cup celebrations. The event, organised by Scottish Development International, took place in the British Embassy. Japan […]

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October 8, 2019

Kepak secures access to $122bn US burger market

Irish processor becomes first European meat firm to gain access to lucrative mince market Irish meat-processing group Kepak has become the first European meat company to secure access to the US burger market, the largest meat market in the world with an estimated value of more than $122 billion (€111 million). The approval allows Kepak sell its […]

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October 1, 2019

Sheep farmers ‘astonished’ over live export ban proposal

Sheep farmers have highlighted their ‘astonishment’ over the government’s proposal to put in a place a live export ban once the UK leaves the EU. Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers is proposing a ban on live exports of farm animals, stating that livestock should only be slaughtered at their most local abattoir. A consultation will be created to […]

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September 30, 2019

Hungary finds African swine fever in wild boar near Budapest

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s national food safety authority Nebih has found five cases of African swine fever in wild boar carcasses near Budapest, it said on Sunday. The causes of the infections found in a closed hunting area in Budakeszi, west of the Hungarian capital, were not immediately clear and an investigation was under way, […]

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Farming union calls red meat crisis meeting

A red meat crisis meeting has been called by NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) north-east office bearers to discuss current “unsustainable” beef prices and the pressures which are also being felt by sheep producers. “Beef prices have been at unsustainable levels for many months which is now impacting on store cattle prices and suckler cow numbers,” said […]

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September 24, 2019

Japan to vaccinate thousands of pigs to tackle Classical swine fever

Japan is to vaccinate thousands of pigs to tackle a Classical swine fever (CSF) in many parts of the country that has seen more than 130,000 pigs culled in a year. The farm ministry, which had been cautious about vaccinations due to their impact on pork exports, switched the policy as the epidemic that started […]

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British lamb ‘a solution’ to climate change, body says

Sheep farmers are highlighting how British lamb produced from grass-based systems is one of the solutions rather than a problem in the climate change debate. UK livestock farming is often regarded as having a negative effect on the environment, something which many farming bodies see as misleading and factually incorrect. The National Sheep Association (NSA) […]

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Beef trade: Factories move to work through cattle backlog

After weeks of protests, all farmer-led protests outside the country’s meat processors have officially stood down. After 48 hours of deliberation between the remaining protesters and various mediators, Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Liffey Meats in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, and ABP Clones, Co. Monaghan, were the last remaining protests to stand down on Sunday […]

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September 23, 2019

Protesters at ABP plant end blockade of Cahir factory

Protesters at the ABP plant in Cahir have tonight ended their blockade of the factory. In a statement, the group said they reached consensus to step down their peaceful protest on the basis that the draft beef sector agreement was sent to the Minister for Agriculture & Food to be addressed and examined without haste.  […]

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China’s pork imports surged almost 80 per cent in August to cover gap left by African swine fever

Imports of pork rose 76 per cent in August in terms of volume and surged 150 per cent last month in terms of value China is scrambling to purchase pork from overseas as domestic prices have rocketed by more than 80 per cent, causing widespread public discontent. China’s pork imports surged 76 per cent in […]

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Final beef protests stood down as dispute comes to an end

Claim Liffey Meats agrees to set base price for six weeks Beef protests affecting Liffey Meats facilities in Cavan and Galway have been stood down. The protests were the final pickets to step back after a historic almost 8-week dispute over beef prices. Protests have plagued the sector for weeks as farmers picket the gates […]

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Processing resumes at Slaney Meats in Wexford

Processing has resumed at one of the meat plants that has been at the centre of a month-long blockade. Slaney Meats near Bunclody, Co Wexford reopened and it is believed several hundred cattle were delivered to the plant for slaughter. Some staff have returned to work and processing is under way. read the full story […]

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Breakthrough in beef row as first blockade is lifted in Co Meath

Fate of the blockades on the other 16 plants across the country is not yet clear An end to the beef dispute may be in sight with the prospect of blockades on six factories being lifted on Wednesday evening. Protesters outside Dawn Meats’s factory in Slane, Co Meath allowed produce to leave the factory on […]

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September 19, 2019

China to tap pork reserves as swine fever hits industry

China is set to release pork supplies from its central reserves as it moves to tackle soaring prices and shortages caused by an outbreak of swine fever. A state-backed body will auction 10,000 tonnes of frozen pork from its strategic reserves on Thursday. China, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pork, has struggled to […]

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‘It will take months to work through backlog’ – Kepak

Kepak has claimed that it will “take months” to work through the backlog of cattle for slaughtering, due to the protests at various meat plants around the country. In a statement, Kepak Group said it was “extremely concerned” over the backlog of both cattle and sheep, claiming that, by the end of this week, there […]

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September 17, 2019

What’s the beef? Six things you need to know about the beef dispute

What are they fighting about and how does this impact consumers? Money, of course. Three weeks ago farmers began to blockade processing factories when simmering tensions over the price of beef came to a head. There were other points of argument too but in the main farmers were annoyed at not getting enough of the […]

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ANUFOOD China has transformed into the global food & beverage exhibition serving North Asia. From Nov. 21st to 23rd, ANUFOOD China 2018 edition will be held in Beijing, at China National Convention Center. As the Global International F&B platform with total floor area of 39,000sqm, ANUFOOD China is the must attend show in 2018. We look forward […]

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11-12-13 MARCH 2018   The Tavola trade fair has no equal.  It was first set up in 1982 and since then it has created a unique niche for itself by specialising in premium food and drinks.  Strong market leaders and small artisan producers guarantee an unusual assortment of strictly selected delicatessen and delicious high-end products.  

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