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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 14 April 2010
Wednesday 14th April 2010
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Editorial: Meat Processing Industry Attracts Investment

Canada is investing in the meat processing industry in Ontario through its Economic Action plan.

A C$1.5-million investment has been made in Holly Park Meat Packers through the Government of Canada’s Slaughter Improvement Programme.

The Government of Canada’s C$50-million Slaughter Improvement Programme makes federal loans available to support sound business plans aimed at reducing costs, increasing revenues and improving operations of red meat packing and processing operations in Canada. Last month’s budget provided an additional C$10 million for the programme.

In the US, the consolidation of JBS USA's acquisitions continues as Pilgrims Pride has announced the closure of its headquarters in east Texas and and a satellite corporate office in Atlanta.

The Brazilian owned company has also annouced that it is setting up a Food Safety team, which will provide technical advice and recommendations to improve food safety efforts at the company.

Elsewhere, Tyson Foods has embarked on a $5 million upgrade of its poultry processing plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, another Brazilian meat processing giant, Marfrig, is to build chicken farms and poultry meat processing plants in Mato Grosso state through itsd subsidiary, Seara Alimentos S/A.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Impacts of Increasing Meat Consumption
Continuing along the existing global trajectory of increasing meat and dairy consumption is likely to lead to further agricultural intensification of both crop yields and farm animal production systems plus, in the case of the ‘western high meat’ diet, massive land use change, according to the report, Eating the Planet for Compassion in World Farming.
Proteomic Analysis of Bovine Muscles during Aging
Three structural proteins, alpha-actinin, tropomyosin, and a fragment of myosin heavy chain, changed during the aging process in beef suggesting that it is important to release these proteins in order to increase postmortem tenderness a report to the Iowa State University Animal Industry round table says.
South Korea Food Processing and Ingredients Bi-Annual Report 2010
Korea is a major importer of raw materials and ingredients for food processing. About 70 per cent of food products in Korea are imported, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The size of the Korean food processing industry is estimated at $50 billion for 2008.
International Meat Review - 1 April 2010
The US inventory of all hogs and pigs was 63.99 million head, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, the latest International Meat Review says.
2010 US and World Agricultural Outlook
The slowdown in the world economy in 2009 proved to be deeper and more widespread than originallyanticipated, with an annual rate of real GDP growth of -1.9 per cent, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute 2010 US and World Agricultural Outlook. Online Book Shop
* Company News

New Appointments at Bettcher
US - Bill J. Wonderlich has joined Bettcher Industries as Regional Manager.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News


 » Increased Checks on Mechanical Classification Urged

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Trend Unchanged Throughout Europe


 » Danish Crown Cuts Jobs Across Denmark

   United States

 » US-Brazil Cotton Deal Affects Beef and Pork
 » CME: Drop in US Broiler Output Impacts All Meats
 » Mexican Restaurants First with Certified Humane Label
 » $5 Million Upgrade at Tyson Plant
 » Notice on Humane Handling of Livestock Slaughter
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: US And Brazil Reach Agreement
 » JBS USA Forms Food Safety Team
 » Pilgrim's Pride to Close Corporate Headquarters
 » National Beef Sales Drop but Income Rises
 » Smithfield Plant Shut-Down Earlier than Expected
 » Bullish Meat Market Expected In The US
 » CME: Regionalisation Important for Animal Trade
   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Increased Cattle Slaughterings in First Quarter
 » Summit Foods Invests in Quality Cooked Products
 » QMS Showcases Innovation of Red Meat Industry
 » Towers Thompson Open UK Seafood Division
 » Organic Market Expected To Grow
 » Superfood Status Sends Eggs Sales Soaring


 » US-Japanese Beef Talks Continue
 » Promoting US Pork in Japan
 » Battle for Pork Market Share Fuels Branding Buildup


 » Beef Exports Watered Down in March


 » London Biscuits Offers Take-Over of TPC
 » Pork Prices Go Up; Price Rise Causes Anger
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation

 » Sunnymel Invests Further in NB Plant
 » Action Plan Investing in Meat Packing Industry
 » Public Interest Grows in Foodborne Illness
 » Improved Monitoring of Foodborne Illness


 » Zhongpin to Open New Premium Pork Oil Plant Today


 » Marfrig Expands in Mato Grosso State


 » Call for Familiarisation With New Abattoirs

   Russian Federation

 » US Poultry Producers Agree to End Chlorine Usage
That's all for this week!


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