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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 6 January 2010

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Wednesday 6th January 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Food Strategy Unveiled

The UK food and farming industry was given a glimpse into the future this week when the environment secretary, Hilary Benn, outlined the government's strategy for the future at the Oxford Farming Conference.

With farming and food businesses contributing more than £80 billion to the economy and employing 3.6 million people, Mr Benn stressed the importance of the sector.

The Food Strategy sets out the challenges facing Britain in maintaining a secure food supply at a time of rapid population growth and climate change, and following the big price increases seen in 2008 following droughts and the rise in the price of oil.

Mr Benn said: "Food security is as important to this country's future wellbeing - and the world's - as energy security. We need to produce more food. We need to do it sustainably. And we need to make sure that what we eat safeguards our health.

"We know that the consequences of the way we produce and consume our food are unsustainable to our planet and to ourselves. There are challenges for everyone involved in the food system, from production right through to managing food waste."

There has been a set back for the US beef industry this week as Taiwan did an about face on its acceptance of some US beef products. After lengthy negotiations had secured a market for US beef, the Taiwanese authorities decided to reimpose the ban because of political pressure from within the country.

The integration of Pilgrims Pride into the Brazilian meat processing giant JBS appears to be fully underway, as the company has announced that it will be trimming its staff by shedding 230 corporate and administrative posts.

Most of the staff to go will be from the company's headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Comparing Two Sources of Retail Meat Price Data
USDA’s Economic Research Service has a long history of calculating meat prices at different stages in the marketing system, write William Hahn, Janet Perry, and Leland Southard. ERS uses data collected by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as the basis of its measure of retail meat prices. The livestock industry uses this information to make production decisions.
Poultry Industry in the Forefront of Supermarket Price War
Will the economic climate shape future buying habits? Retail commentator, Clive Bedall, reviews the global scene in the latest issue of Cobb Focus.
Productivity Improvements - The Betagro Way
Mr Vanus Taepaisitphongse, CEO of the Betagro group, a major force in the Thai livestock and food industries, speaking at the 2009 Asian Livestock Feed and Meat Industry Conference gave a fascinating insight into the benefits to Betagro of detailed analyses of the company's working practices, writes Stuart Lumb for TheMeatSite.
Russian Federation - Livestock and Products Annual
Pork production is expected is rise in 2010, with imports are flat, while beef output is predicted to be lower than 2009 and increased imports, according to Morgan Haas and Mikhail Maksimenko in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Meat consumption will likely fall.
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » Russia to Ban Chlorine-Treated Poultry Meat
 » Russians Optimistic over End to Trade Dispute with US


 » Chinese, Japanese Poultry JV in China
 » Chinese Company Acquires Smithfield JV


 » Nova Scotia Supports Local Meat Companies
 » Improved Marketing Services and Reduced Costs


 » Cheap Imports Have Hit Ukraine's Producers


 » Tax Reforms Hit Bachoco's Bottom Line


 » Brazil's Poultry Sector Focuses on Sustainability
 » Beef Exports to Grow by 20 Per Cent


 » Introduction of Code Urged to Avoid Pork Mislabelling Meyn
   United States

 » Study: Benefits of Shifting Pork Production Inside
 » International Egg and Poultry Review - United States
 » Pilgrim's Pride Pays Fine To Settle Investigation
 » Beef Finishing And The Meat Processor's Dilemma
 » US Targets Caribbean for Meat Exports
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Demand for Beef Down
 » Light Intensity During Rearing Affects Broiler Meat Quality
 » Fatty Acid Salts Help Reduce Food-Borne Disease Risk
 » Taiwan Moves to Ban US Beef Products
 » Pilgrim's Pride Announces Corporate Job Losses


 » African Countries Top CP's Investment Plan


 » Dutch Eat Most Organic Pork in Europe

   United Kingdom

 » New Food Chain Rules
 » Food Security is Top Priority of Govt Strategy
 » Unions Welcome Commitment to Food and Farming Online Book Shop

 » Fears of Higher Pork Prices in Sabah


 » Economic Crisis Leaves Spanish Jamon Unsold

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Unchanged Heading into New Year


 » Bright Export Prospects to Push Betagro's Output

   Viet Nam

 » Meat Production Higher in 2009


 » Norwegian Salmon Exports Grow

That's all for this week!


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