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Wednesday 6th March 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Editorial: Major Takeover in European Processing Sector

This week, the Dutch-based food producer VION NV announced the sale of its red meat and poultry businesses in the UK to Boparan Holdings Limited, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group.

The acquisition by 2 Sisters secures a viable future for these businesses, as well as providing certainty to their UK supply chain, which is underpinned by British farmers.

The fate of the processing plants in the UK had been under threat since VION announced its decision to pull out of the UK market to concentrate on its operations in the Netherlands and Germany in November last year.

In January, a management buyout secured the future for the pig meat sector for VION UK and now the beef and lamb and poultry operations have been thrown a lifeline.

However, there is still uncertainty over the future of the Welsh Country Foods plant in Wales, after it lost a major supermarket contract.

The acquisition will help to meet growing demand from 2 Sisters' poultry customers and further diversifies the company's offering to include red meat, supporting 2 Sisters' strategy of serving more meal occasions.

VION's poultry and red meat businesses are suppliers of poultry, beef and lamb to the retail and food service sectors in the UK and Europe. They have 11 processing sites in the UK and approximately 6,000 employees and have suffered from challenging trading conditions, in particular in poultry, with the loss of a number of major contracts.

Meanwhile in Europe, the scandal over the presence of horse meat in products labelled as containing beef rumbles on.

Tests for 2,500 products in Europe are being carried out and further evidence of contamination of products is being discovered, with burgers produced in Poland and exported to the Czech Republic found to have horse DNA.

Consumer surveys have started to show a shift in buying patterns, with consumers choosing different products.

However, during the National Farmers Union conference in Birmingham last week, NFU President Peter Kendall used his opening address at Conference 2013 to argue that the horse meat scandal shows the need for a major shift in the way food is delivered.

Mr Kendall said one of the lessons to be learned from the current food scandal is that the great British consumer wants their food to be produced as close to home as possible.

"This boils down to a clear and simple message: we need shorter supply chains which source from British farmers and growers," he said.

"We must make that our collective ambition. But if British farmers are to deliver more of what the British consumer buys, it’s going to take a major shift in the way the food supply chain operates."

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Smartphone Technology for Mobile Motion Capture of Ergonomics Data
Ergonomics continues to play an important role in the poultry industry's ongoing efforts to improve worker safety and health, write Sim Harbert and Linda Harley for PoultryTech.

Air Vents in Poultry Plant Could Spread Campylobacter
An inspection by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention of a poultry plant in Virginia showed that a health hazard existed at the plant through campylobacter infection.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Asia's Population to Grow by 700 Million
With Asia's human population forecast to grow by more than 700 million by 2030, industry watcher Terry Evans, says a growing demand for eggs will put pressure just to maintain present per-capita egg consumption levels.

Welfare, Carcase and Meat Quality of Pigs in Transport
The type of vehicle used to transport pigs and the location of the animal in the truck as well as the season of the year affect the welfare of pigs during transport.

Toxoplasma gondii Prevalence in Farm Animals in the United States
Toxoplasmosis is a significant public health problem in the US with more than one million people newly infected each year, according to new research from the USDA.

Company News

New Managing Director for Marel Further Processing
ICELAND - Gerrit den Bok has been appointed Managing Director of Iceland based meat procesing equipment manufacturer Marel's Further Processing Industry Center from 1 May 2013.
Market Reports

Estimates of Farm Incomes in Wales, 2012-13
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 28 February 2013
Milk Prices and Composition of Milk – January 2012
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 February 2013
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - March 2013
USDA Egg Products - February 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 28 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 1 March 2013
Irish CSO - Milk Statistics January 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 09
USDA International Meat Review - 28 February 2013
USDA GAIN: EU-27 Livestock and Products Semi-annual - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 5 March 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 5 March 2013
USDA Dairy Products - 5 March 2013
USDA GAIN: Bulgaria Poultry Market Update - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 6 March 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

NFU Conference: Tesco Pledges to Buy British
NFU Conference: TB Must Stay Top Priority for Competitiveness
NFU Conference: Minister Calls on EU to Embrace GM
NFU Conference: Next CAP Should Include Young Entrants Scheme
BPC Welcomes Tesco's Decision to Buy UK Chicken
Hepatitis E Virus Studied in Pork Food Chain
Pig Meat Market on the Road to Recovery
LMC: Slaughter Down as Deadweight Values Increase
Scots Back Scotch Beef
Co-operative Food Raises Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare
New CEO at Tulip UK
2 Sisters Buys Vion's Red Meat and Poultry Businesses
Support for Sustainably Caught Haddock from Fish Frying Sector
Shoppers Want More British Food in Supermarkets
Extra Measures to Further Protect Scotch Beef Brand
Beef is Moving Up Market

   European Union

NFU Conference: Demands For Fair and Simple CAP Reforms
NFU Conference: EU Recession Needs Efficient Farming
EC Decides on New European Protein Strategy; Call for Report on Meat Labelling
Study Reveals True Incidence of Foodborne Disease, Links to Poultry
Horse Meat in Beef Products Scandal Continues
Horse Meat Scare Shifts Consumer Patterns
Beef Supply Remains Tight


MOC Monitors Farm Produce Price Decline
Importers of US Pork Must Prove No Ractopamine
China Tightens Rules on US Pork
Chinese Red Meat Imports Surge in January
Price of Major Farm Produce Falls Further


Canada: Hog Markets
Maple Leaf Profits Up Despite Challenging Market Conditions
Positive Outlook for Canadian Agri Sector
MSC Introduces Bilingual Ecolabel for Canadian Market

   United States

Farm Bureau Urges New Ag Labour Guestworker Programme
Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Expands Scope of MSC Certification
Cumulative Drip Sampling Effective for Broiler Carcases
Cargill Ground Beef Goes Online
Hog Outlook: Wholesale Pork Cutout Value Estimates to be Released
CME: Storm Stress Leads to Nearby Futures Recovery
Weekly Cattle Summary
Antibiotics Remain Important for Animal and Public Health
What Does the Sequester Mean for US Agriculture?
Spring Pork Price Recovery Threatened
FDA Receives Food Product Tracing Report

   United Arab Emirates

Debut for Scotch Beef PGI at Gulfood in Dubai


ASC Appoints New Representative in Brazil


New BAP Farm Standards Rigorously Address Social Responsibility
Rabobank Poultry Q1 Quarterly: Improving Market Conditions


Positive Development in Q4 Operations for Lerøy Seafood Group
Amundsen Omega-3 Fish Oil Now Certified Friend of the Sea


Reducing Food Waste Worldwide with Plastic Electronics
Dutch Oyster Fisheries Achieve MSC Certification


UFAW Symposium: Science in the Service of Animal Welfare


Sustainable Upgrade of Indian Meat and Poultry Sector
Application of High Pressure for Food Processing Training Day


Agriculture Output Totalled 51.8 billion ISK in 2011

   Russian Federation

Russian Meat Imports Grow Following WTO Accession


DA Seeks More Poultry, Livestock Exports

   Viet Nam

Doctors Warn Against Streptococcus Suis Infection


RSPCA Has Reservations about Coles' Free Range Egg Push
Australia's Total, Export Earnings Forecast to Rise


January Beef Exports Rise 50 Per Cent

   Korea, South

Korean Beef Imports up in January


Chile Growing Market for Major Beef Exporters


New Taiwanese Opportunities for Honduran Beef

   New Zealand

Silver Fern Farms Looks at Energy Management


Ter Beke Profits Hit by Rising Costs


German Parliament Proposes Strict Measures to Cut Antibiotic Use


Fourth Quarter Meat Production Down

   Czech Republic

Farm Profit Plummets 25 Per Cent


Meat Consumption Rising Following State Livestock Support


Global Poultry Trends 2011



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