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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 5 March 2014

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Wednesday 5th March 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Price Becoming Less Important in Consumer Choices

Price is important but it is becoming less of a differentiator in the way consumers buy food.

Speaking at the National Farmers Union annual conference in Birmingham, Edward Garner from the market analysts Kantar Worldpanel, said there has been a shift in the way consumers are approaching purchasing food.

With the end of the era of price volatility, consumers are finding other incentives in making the choice of where they shop and what they buy.

In the UK now, consumers have started to move away from the traditional leading supermarkets of Tesco, Asda and Morrisons and have been choosing discounters such as Aldi and Lidl and the top range supermarket of Waitrose.

He said that Aldi had seen a growth of 30 per cent over the last year and Waitrose was growing at three times the average.

Also speaking at the National Farmers Union conference the New Zealand High Commissioner Sir Lockwood Smith said that the EU and New Zealand need to open negotiations on a free trade agreement.

Sir Lockwood said that New Zealand was only one of six members of the World Trade Organization that had not opened free trade negotiations with the EU.

“In New Zealand, the EU has a like-minded partner strategically located in the Asia Pacific region,” he said.

“Because of our experience with Asia and our integration into their economies, New Zealand offers Europe a unique opportunity as a partner.

“That’s why it makes no sense for New Zealand to be one of only six members of the WTO with no trade agreement with Europe and not yet negotiating one.”

In the US, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, addressing Commodity Classic said that through the new farm bill the USDA plans to implement the Market Assistance Loan Programmes, MILC, dairy programme, crop insurance and the sugar programme in the spring and early summer.

He said the USDA has three basic responsibilities:

  • Continue the profitability of large-scale commercial sized operations by promoting programs and policies that will ensure that profitability will remain. Commercial size operations are important to the US and our ability to continue to feed Americans and the world's people.
  • Responsibility to preserve and expand mid-sized operations coming up with new ways to create income opportunities so folks don't necessarily have to give up the farm.
  • Assist smaller-sized operations - beginning farmers and ranchers, women, minorities, social disadvantaged, our returning Veterans - and enable them to start and stay in this business.


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   United States

Chicken Company Makes Progress on Salmonella Control
Climate Change May Force US Food Production to Change
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PEDV to Hit Hog Supply
PEDV Sees Hog Prices Take Off
Hog Outlook: Last Week Fabulous for Hog Prices
Cal-Maine Completes Acquisition of Egg Company
CME: Broiler Supply Growth Relatively Limited
USDA Secretary Speaks About Farm Bill Implementation
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Friend of the Sea Accreditation for Yankee Clipper Anchovies
Call for U-turn on Increased Poultry Processing Line Speeds
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Land O'Lakes Net Earnings Rise
Peco Acquires Townsends' Poultry Plant


Australian Meat Export Prospects Discussed at Outlook Conference
Australian Pork Producers Oppose Raw Pork Imports

   Russian Federation

Russia Cuts Back on Pig Meat Imports
Cherkizovo Russia’s Second-Largest Pork Producer
Unimak Maritime Group's Russian Scallops Certified Sustainable


Call for Support to Fight Unfair Poultry Meat Competition
WTO Decision on US M-COOL Expected in Summer
US Agriculture Leaders Gather for Meat Export Market Expo
Call for EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement


HKScan Reorganises Production in Sweden

   European Union

EU Pig Markets Under Pressure


Options Available for Consumer Information Without Impacting Trade
Full Swine Traceability Takes Big Step Forward
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Adds to Canadian Pig Sector Woes
Maple Leaf Reports Loss

   United Kingdom

End Users 'Rattled' By Cull Cow Prices
Audit Arrangements in UK Meat Plants Reviewed
Industry Steps up Plans to Reduce Campylobacter in Poultry Meat
Pig Meat Sales Rise in UK
Call for Pig Producers to Prioritise Vehicle Cleanliness
Forum to Explore Animal Welfare and the Law
Consumer Shift in Shopping Preferences
New Scottish Meat Processing Plant Opens
New Meat Plant Opens with Scottish Government Grant


China To Add One Million Animals to Urumqi Farms
Chinese Food Prices Continue to Fall
Qingdao Food Prices up in January
China to Adopt National Standards for Egg Products


Danish Crown Assumes Sole Ownership of Polish Company
Danish Weaner Exports Continue to Rise


Livestock Production Undergoing Rapid Structural Change
New Method to Determine Vitamin D3 in Milk
Atria Finland to Boost Beef Pork Production Efficiency at Jyväskylä


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   Korea, South

Pork Sales Jump on Concerns over Fine Dust

   Sri Lanka

Good Times Ahead for Sri Lankan Poultry Sector


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Sharp Year-end Decline in French Poultry Slaughterings
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