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Wednesday 18th February 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

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Ethical Issues Starting to Sway Consumer Choice

Consumers are expected to have a renewed focus on ethical issues in the future, but this will not be too much at the expense of price, according to Richard Nicholls from the market analysts Future Foundation speaking at the AHDB Outlook conference in London.

Consumers will be seeking transparency more and more when shopping for meat and dairy products he said and he added that consumer tastes are changing forced by the recent economic climate and changes.

Mr Nichols said that since the economic crisis there had been a widening in the gap between the general cost of living and the cost of eating, with food prices in the UK rising more quickly than the overall retail price index.

He said that while this year wages are expected to start rising, the high inflation between 2006 and 2013 has eaten away at the real value of wages at a time when they were not rising.

“It is going to take several years to undo the effect of high food prices,” he said.

But ethical issues are expected to be a key driver in the future with up to 71 per cent of people questioned in a survey last year prepared to pay up to 10 per cent more for food that was ethically sourced and environmentally friendly, compared with 62 per cent two years previously.

While more consumers are taking ethical issues into account, the slow economic recovery and the difficulties over the slow rise in disposable incomes are expected to temper the drive for more ethically produced foods.

With the focus of consumers turning more to ethical issues, a report has been published by a number of animal welfare organisations, benchmarking the policies and purchasing habits of processors and retailers.

Three European supermarket groups have been given top marks in a global annual farm animal welfare Business Benchmark report.

Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) came out with full marks while Burger King, Mars and Müller are among 21 companies at the bottom of the league table.

Now in its third year, the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) provides an annual review of how the world’s leading food companies are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare practices.

In total, 80 companies were assessed according to their published information and ranked from Tier 1 (indicating companies that are taking a leadership position), down to Tier 6 (where animal welfare does not appear to be on the business agenda).

The report, which is compiled in collaboration with leading farm animal welfare organisations, Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, and with support from Coller Capital, shows that 45 per cent (29) of the 65 companies assessed, since the first report in 2012, have moved up at least one tier.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Current Nutrition Labelling is Hard to Digest
Current government-mandated nutrition labelling is ineffective in improving nutrition, but there is a better system available, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

Inconsistencies Found in Comparisons of Organic and Conventional Milk
Consumers perceive that organic cow milk differs from conventionally produced milk and that these differences justify the premium price for organic milk.

Recovery for Australian Meat Processing Sector
A return to more favourable weather conditions has eased some long-term supply pressures for the meat processing sector in Australia, as cattle herds have been rebuilt.

Finalisation of FSIS's Modernisation of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule
The Modernisation of Poultry Inspection Final Rule in the US was published in the Federal Register on 21 August last year, 937 days after it was proposed. During that time, the chicken industry was negatively portrayed by the media, consumer groups, and others spreading many misconceptions about the inspection system and chicken processing in general, according to Dr Ashley B. Peterson, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the US National Chicken Council.

Market Reports

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BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 13 February 2015
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 12 February 2015
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   United Kingdom

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UK Sheep Meat Production to Reach 2009 Levels
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Dedicated Red Meat Team for Mole Valley Farmers
Festive Beef Sales Lead to Growth
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UK Creates Food Enterprise Zones to Drive Growth
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   United States

New CEO for ConAgra Foods
Signals from West Coast Port Disruption
Cattle, Hog Futures Closed on Positive Note
Feeding World’s Growing Population
Improved US Beef Forecast for 2015
Smithfield Foods Restructures
Record $5.6 billion of Pork Exported in 2014
Labour Crisis Close to Resolution
Hog Futures Rallied on Friday
NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act
Beef Pork Forecasts Revised
Strong 2014 for US Beef Exports
US Hog Slaughter Capacity to get Another Bump


HKScan Sees Sales Fall But Profit Rise
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Early Registration for Animal Welfare Conference


Scotch Meat on Shelves in Sweden’s Largest Retailer


Philippines Restricts Poultry Imports from US, Israel

   United Arab Emirates

Emirates Poultry Processor Increases Production


Failure to Address M-COOL Could Cost US Economy $2 Billion Per Year
BSE Found in Beef Cow in Alberta
Canadian Government Invests in Food Processing


Label Rouge Scottish Salmon Succeeds in France

   European Union

MEPs Call for Meat COOL in Processed Foods
Strengthening Food Safety Cooperation in Europe
EU Pig Prices Remain Friendly


Chinese Poultry Exports Resume to Hong Kong


Argentina To Target Half World Beef Market


Poultry Shortages in Ghana Warned


Torrent of Tallow Exports in 2014

   Russian Federation

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