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Wednesday 18th June 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


World Meat Congress Hears of Growing Importance of China to Meat Sector

The growing importance of China to the international meat and livestock sectors was a major message from the World Meat Congress in Beijing this week.

With a rising population, growing urbanisation and rising economy, the demand for meat products is increasing across all sectors.

Last year China slaughtered more than 715.5 million pigs producing nearly 55 million tonnes of pig meat and taking more than 50 per cent of global production.

China imported 25 per cent of the global sheep meat trade last year and beef imports into the country are also rising with growing prices.

The growth of consumption and trade in China is helping to paint a positive picture for the global meat sector.

Market analyst Richard Brown from GIRA said that following the gloomier picture in 2013 when the market was hit by high feed costs, this year with grain costs down and despite continued high price of feed, feed costs for the livestock sector have fallen.

Prices for meat producers are now higher and consumption across the world is rising by about 1.5 per cent.

Despite China’s large and expanding production of meat across all the livestock sectors, the country still needs to import to fulfil consumer demand and imports out-weigh exports, with the gap widening.

“China has become a more important market for the world as a whole,” Mr Brown told the World Meat Congress.

“Consumption is up, there are rising high prices and imports are growing. In two years China now represents 25 per cent of the global sheep meat trade.”

He added that major Chinese meat processing companies are now in the top 10 meat companies in the world and are having a major impact on the global meat trade.

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Marel Stork Poultry Processing Celebrates 70 Years in Business in Hall County
US - More than 350 employees, North Georgia residents, industry dignitaries and elected officials celebrated the 70th anniversary of Marel Stork Poultry Processing on 14 June at the Company’s Airport Parkway facility.
Bettcher Introduces New Trimmers
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Marel Moves Operations from Oss to Boxmeer
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Genesus Pigs to Russia
RUSSIA - This past week, while the majority of North American pork producers (and the allied fields) were in Des Moines for the annual Work Pork Expo, I was attending to the seventh delivery of 715 purebred York gilts to our partner, Ariant located in Chelyabinsk, Russia, writes Susan Wulf, Managing Director of Genesus.
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Global Meat Industry News


WORLD MEAT CONGRESS - Global Meat Sector Needs to Show Sustainability
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WORLD MEAT CONGRESS – China Growing in Global Meat and Livestock Sector
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS - Animal Welfare to be New Moral Trade Barrier
WORLD MEAT CONGRESS – Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock
China Reports Slight Dip in Pork Prices

   United States

Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage Estimates Released by Allendale, Inc.
Hog Outlook: Strong Demand Drives Record Hog, Pork Prices
Foster Farms Celebrates 75 Years of Poultry Production
New US Campaign for Better Food Labelling
Cargill's Sow Housing Announcement in Perspective
US Poultry Export Council Elects New Chairman
Tyson Foods' Acquisition of Hillshire Makes Progress
International Production & Processing Expo Among Fastest Growing Trade Shows
Long John Silver’s Endorses BAP Certification Programme
Call for Full Market Access Offer from Japan
Council Calls on Japan to Alter Position on Trans Pacific Partnership
Columbus Foods-Harris Ranch Joint Venture to Expand Deli Meat
Union Tries to Stop Industry Takeover of Poultry Meat Inspection
Beef Exports Continue Growth Trend
One-Year Exemption from Break Provision for Poultry Drivers
Call for US Govt Action to Avoid Retaliatory Trade Response to M-COOL

   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Yellowfin Tuna and Swordfish Confirmed Friend of the Sea


France’s Ebay for Cull Cows


McDonald’s Canada Now Offers Sustainable Fish Sandwich
Canadian Minister to Discuss Pork Trade with China


India's Food Processing Minister Announces Plan to Develop Food Map
Maharashtra Records Agri Growth


First European Anchovy Fishery Enters Sustainable Assessment
New International Course in Meat Product Technology
Nutreco Keeps Hold of Meat and Compound Feed Businesses


Russia's Ban on EU Pork, Weak Demand Hit HKScan's Prospects


Inghams Closes Byron Bay Poultry Factory
Australian Beef Production Driven by Higher
Female Slaughter

May Middle East Beef Shipments up - Declines in Lamb and Mutton
Lamb Production Reaches New Highs


US-EU Agricultural Trade Discussions This Week
Pig Disease Fears Continue to Drive North America's Hog Markets
Australian Beef Exports to Brazil Surge

   United Kingdom

Poultry: UK's Favourite Meat
Moy Park Invests in Campylobacter Research
New Opinion Published on Welfare of Farmed Fish at the Time of Killing
Don't Wash Chicken, UK Public Urged
New Sensor to Detect Harmful Bacteria on Food Industry Surfaces
Farmers Call for Action to Stop Beef Price Decline
Positive Response to Non-stun Slaughter Petition
BPEX Category Report Published

   New Zealand

Tegel Aims for Further Global Growth in Poultry Meat

   Russian Federation

Russian Pig Meat Output Up 17 Per Cent

   Korea, South

Korean Demand for Australian Lamb Rising

   European Union

EU Food Safety Alert System after 35 Years
EU Agriculture, Fisheries Committee Meets This Week
EU Pig Prices See Brisk Demand

   South Africa

Govt to Help Poultry Exporters Win Markets


Nutreco Starts Share Buy-back Programme


Japan’s Beef Inventories Up 23 Per Cent


Poultry Product Rates Likely to Jump Due to Taxation in Budget


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