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Friday 18 April 2014


Spain

Spain - TOC takes to Tenerife for West Africa trade briefing

Two-day high-level TOC market briefing will explore maritime trade, logistics developments and infrastructure investment across fast-growing West Africa region.

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Thursday 17 April 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JBS Errata Call Notice

JBS S.A., with headquarters at Avenida Marginal Direita do Tietê, 500, Bloco I, 3º Andar, Vila Jaguara, CEP 05118-100, in the city and state of São Paulo ("Company"), hereby informs its shareholders the rectification of Annual and Extraordinary Shareholders Meetings Call Notice. The Company informs that as the Management Proposal previously disclosed on March 28, 2014, the meeting will also consider the "item iv" below underlined:

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Pakistan

Pakistan - Third International Halal Conference and Meat Festival

Halal Research Council is an organization working globally on Halal certifications in order to cater the needs of food and nutrition agencies and side by side non-food agencies especially in the FMCG sectors.

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United Kingdom

UK - ‘Wing’ your way to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ with Moy Park

Leading food company Moy Park is giving football fans across the UK and the Republic of Ireland the chance to jet off to Brazil this July to soak up the football fever at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

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United Kingdom

UK - Irish victory in champion pluck off in Essex

Two champion turkey pluckers went head-to-head in Essex today to determine which is the most worthy to hold the title – and it was Irishman Vincent Pilkington who came out on top.

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Ukraine

Ukraine - Ukraine Falling to Economic Warfare and Its Own Missteps

As protests in Ukraine's eastern region turned violent on Sunday leading to the death of a Ukrainian security officer in a shootout with pro-Russian militia, Kiev threatens military action while Moscow flexes its geo-economic warfare muscles.

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USA

USA - A tribute to King Ranch Leader

A Tribute to Gustavo de los Reyes, president King Ranch/Venezuela, a true caballero who rode with Bob Kleberg into history last month at the age of 100 in Miami.

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Wednesday 16 April 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Halal Food Intrinsic to UK Economic Growth

With the growth of Halal food in the UK, international markets are now looking at UK Halal companies to provide produce and expertise overseas opening a key export market for UK Halal producers that cannot be ignored.

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United Kingdom

UK - Marel hosts Packing, Labeling & Dispatch Event in Copenhagen

On 11 June 2014, Marel will host a Packing, Labeling and Dispatch Event at their new state-of-the-art demonstration center Progress Point in Copenhagen. Innovative manual, semi-automatic and automatic systems and software solutions that enable processors to optimize and control their packing, labeling and dispatch processes will be demonstrated.

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United Kingdom

UK - Moy Park Leads the Industry in Corporate Responsibility

Top UK food company Moy Park has again been recognised in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index), achieving a ‘3 Star’ rating in the UK’s leading and most in-depth voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

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Wales

Wales - Edwards of Conwy invests a six figure sum in UK’s most innovative butcher’s shop

Award winning master butcher, Edwards of Conwy, is reopening its flagship store in the North Wales castle town following a six figure refurbishment.

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Wales

Wales - Two young Welsh butchers selected to represent Great Britain

Two talented young Welsh butchers have been selected to represent Great Britain in a European skills competition.

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Tuesday 15 April 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JBS Call Notice - Annual and Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting

The shareholders of JBS S.A., with headquarters at Avenida Marginal Direita do Tietê, 500, Bloco I, 3º Andar, Vila Jaguara, CEP 05118-100, in the city and state of São Paulo ("Company") are hereby invited to attend the Annual and Extraordinary Shareholders' Meetings ("AGOE") to be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 30, 2014 to resolve on the following agenda:

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Ireland

Ireland - Port of Cork to Feature in Fly on the Wall Style Documentary for TV3

Have you ever wondered about the functions of the Port of Cork, the kind of people who work there, what they do and how many ships visit Cork every day and the types of cargo on board? Well you are about to find out. TV3 have commissioned a fly on the wall style series on the Port of Cork, produced by Goldhawk Media, which will air on 28th April 2014 at 9pm and will see four one hour weekly episodes exploring all areas of the Port of Cork.

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United Kingdom

UK - To frack or not to frack?

Supporters claim fracking must be pursued if we are to consider complimentary methods of self sufficiency in terms of future UK energy requirements.

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Monday 14 April 2014


Ghana

Ghana - Small Oil Companies Eye Huge Prize in Ghana

Since the first discovery of the massive Jubilee oilfield in Ghana by a start-up company, the West African playing field has begun to change, and so too have investor sentiments, disappointed most recently by the low fourth-quarter 2013 results of major integrated oil companies like Exxon, Shell, Chevron and BP.

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United Kingdom

UK - Last chance for Easter delivery!

Make your Easter memorable this year and celebrate with an organic centrepiece for the family table. We have put together a selection of our award winning, organic meat in two different box sizes. Plus, as a treat we have included free jelly or chutney to accompany your meat.

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Saturday 12 April 2014


USA

USA - Which will win: people or pests?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts Steve Smith from Save Our Crops Coalition for a conversation about superpests.

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Friday 11 April 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Understanding the BRC Agents & Brokers Standard

This course is designed for anyone involved for the first time in the preparation and implementation of the BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers or if you are involved in the trading or movement of food products or packaging and this is your first BRC audit involvement.

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Wednesday 09 April 2014


USA

USA - New US Patent issued to DYADIC International

Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, announced today that it has been issued U.S. Patent No. 8,673,618 entitled, "Construction of highly efficient cellulase compositions for enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose" by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO").

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Monday 07 April 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Hunt on for the CLA Game Chef of the Year

The CLA Game Fair, in association with The Field magazine, has launched the Game Chef of the Year, a competition to find an unrecognised chef who excels at cooking with game and embraces the Great British Countryside through their food.

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United Kingdom

UK - Quality British lamb on the menu all year round at livestock auction markets – LAA

Many people are about 20 years behind the times when it comes to buying British lamb because they still think it is a seasonal product that isn’t available between Christmas and Easter.

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Wednesday 02 April 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Positive outlook for pig industry

A return to positive margins in recent months is rejuvenating producer confidence to invest for the future for the first time in three years, according to the latest BPEX Confidence Survey.

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Ukraine

Ukraine - The Most Profitable Gas in the World

There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia. But by then, investors will have missed the boat.

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Tuesday 01 April 2014


USA

USA - White House Targets Methane Emissions

On March 28, the White House released a multi-pronged strategy to reduce methane emissions from a variety of sources, a step the administration says is an outgrowth of the President's Climate Action Plan announced last year. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The federal government will target four key areas of methane emissions – landfills, coal mines, agriculture, and the oil and gas industry. The fact sheet indicates that the administration may release a flurry of regulations in the coming months across these sectors. According to the White House, 36% of methane emissions come from agriculture, 28% from natural gas, 18% from landfills, and 10% from coal mining.

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Monday 31 March 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JBS S.A. Announces a US$ 750 million 7.25% Senior Notes Offering

JBS S.A. (IBOV: JBSS3, OTCQX: JBSAY, "Company") today announced to its shareholders and to the market in general the pricing of Senior Notes Offering issued by JBS' wholly-owned subsidiary, JBS Investments GmbH and guaranteed by the Company and by the Hungary Holdings Kft. ("Notes" and "Offering" respectively). The Notes are due 2024 with a coupon of 7.25% in the aggregate principal amount of US$ 750 million, with the settlement schedule to occur on April 3, 2014.

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United Kingdom

UK - J Brindon Addy Butchers invests in business expansion

Award-winning West Yorkshire butcher and national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild J Brindon Addy is undertaking a £160,000 extension project set to effectively double the retail area of his Kirklees shop near Holmfirth in its milestone 21st anniversary year.

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United Kingdom

UK - Rewewables expert joins law firm's rural team

West Midlands law firm mfg Solicitors has strengthened its widely-respected agricultural team with the appointment of a specialist lawyer.

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Friday 28 March 2014


Sweden

Sweden - Swedish visits spurs Russia to Even Higher Breeder Performance

Farm managers from the Russian broiler producer Chelny were given an insight on a visit to Sweden into how the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Scandinavian distributor Blenta achieves some of the top breeder results in Europe.

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Thursday 27 March 2014


Australia

Australia - Aviagen Australia fully invested in new facilities at Goulburn

Aviagen Australia Pty Ltd is owned by the industry leader in the development and distribution of broiler breeding stock around the world and has imported birds into the Australian market since 1991. The company’s domestic production took a major step forward in 2008 when the purchase of Bartter Enterprises great grandparent and grandparent operations was made with the objective of becoming an integral part of the local market by producing parent stock directly for domestic customers.

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Ukraine

Ukraine - Why Ukraine's Next President Doesn't Matter

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia's annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin—but it won't be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections.

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Wednesday 26 March 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Importance of Correct Feed Regime for Beef Bulls Highlighted at Forth Monitor Farm Meet

The importance of devising the correct feed regime for beef bulls was one of the main topics at the recent Forth monitor farm meeting, hosted by Duncan McEwen and his son, also Duncan, who farm Arnprior Farm, 12 miles west of Stirling.

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USA

USA - Dyadic Reports 2013 Financial Results

Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and others proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013.

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Tuesday 25 March 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JSB S.A. reports consolidated results for 4Q13 and 2013

São Paulo, March 24th, 2013 - JBS S.A (Bovespa: JBSS3; OTCQX: JBSAY), announces today its results for the fourth quarter and the year of 2013. To access the documents please click on the links below:

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Monday 24 March 2014


Russia

Russia - Russia Looks East as Relations with Europe Deteriorate

The standoff between the U.S. and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, intensified pretty quickly late last week. The U.S. quickly slapped heavier sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Crimea, leading to a mutual escalation of retaliatory measures. However, it appears that the West gained a bit of leverage at the moment, as the Russian economy has shown some cracks amid uncertainty over how bad this is going to get.

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Scotland

Scotland - Abattoir Feedback Is Valuable Tool for Aberdeenshire Farming Family

Abattoir feedback is proving a very useful tool for Aberdeenshire farming family, the Walkers, allowing them to tailor production to reflect what is required by the market.

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Saturday 22 March 2014


Austria

Austria - Poverty in Europe can be reduced by Islamic Microfinance

In Europe 80% of the people which account for 17% of the whole European population, are living below the poverty line of European countries which is increasing in consequences of current European financial crisis and unemployment.

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Friday 21 March 2014


Australia

Australia - Online registrations now open for 2014 Pan Pacific Pork Expo

Join us at the 2014 Pan Pacific Pork Expo (PPPE) on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 May, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland

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Scotland

Scotland - Census results indicate beef and sheep supplies will continue to be tight

The results of the Scottish December census published this week give a clear indication that supplies of beef and lamb look likely to remain tight for the foreseeable future, according to Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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United Kingdom

UK - Joint venture of Assure-IP and Longbridge Veterinary Services will boost exports

Longbridge Veterinary Services and Assure-IP have united services with the aim of being at the forefront in sustaining the Meat and Dairy Industry and encouraging export business. Longbridge is the only dedicated Veterinary Health/Export certification company in the UK, giving the go ahead on thousands of export shipments every year and Assure-IP is the only certification body providing various certifications on one platform. Assure-IP’s certification system works on the principle of Identity Preservation (IP) which implies that every ingredient or component that goes into making of a product is traced back to its source and its integrity maintained throughout the Whole Supply Chain.

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United Kingdom

UK - Official Chertsey flood relief sausage is chosen

The official Chertsey sausage has been unveiled – and will now be used as a national flood relief fund-raiser.

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United Kingdom

UK - Young bulls firmer at Skipton Spring store cattle highlight

Yorkshire Dales beef and sheep farmer John Fawcett added another young feeding bull championship to his recent tally when sending out the victor at the annual Spring show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, March 19)

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USA

USA - Aviagen Co-Sponsors Technical Seminar for Poultry Veterinarians at the University of Georgia

Poultry Veterinarians from Latin America to Receive Latest Techniques and Science Surrounding Effective Poultry Biosecurity and Production

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USA

USA - Can farming return the nutrients missing in our food?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts Dr. Daphne Miller, author of The Jungle Effect and Farmacology, for a conversation about food, nutrition, and human health.

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Thursday 20 March 2014


Russia

Russia - Russia Eyes Crimea’s Oil and Gas Reserves

According to Reuters , Crimea may nationalize oil and gas assets within its borders belonging to Ukraine, and sell them off to Russia. Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister hinted at the possibility that it would take control of Chornomorneftegaz, a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise, and then “privatize” it by selling it to Gazprom. “After nationalisation of the company we would openly take a decision - if a large investor, like Gazprom or others emerges - to carry out (privatisation),” Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev said.

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USA

USA - World Meat Congress Organizers Lead “Child Hunger Challenge”

The China Meat Association (CMA) and the International Meat Secretariat (IMS), organizers of the 20th World Meat Congress, are leading a “Child Hunger Challenge” to raise money for child hunger and malnutrition projects in conjunction with this year’s congress, June 14-16, in Beijing.

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Wednesday 19 March 2014


Australia

Australia - Pauline Mooney Joins Pork CRC Board

Pauline Mooney, Executive Director, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC).

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Spain

Spain - Promotion of the 2nd International Course in Dry Cured Meat Product

Following the success of the 2013 course edition, which was attended by 25 professionals from 15 different countries, we at IRTA (www.irta.eu) are pleased to announce that the 2nd International Course in Dry Cured Meat Products is to be held from 19th to 23rd May, 2014 at IRTA centre located in Monells (Girona), Spain.

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United Kingdom

UK - Budget Cutting

While quality slicers guarantee the consistent cuts of meat often essential in commercial catering, large, heavy-duty machines are an unnecessary expense for small establishments. The new Sirman Smart 250 slicer from Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM) is an affordable, entry-level slicer ideal for cafes, small restaurants and delis.

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United Kingdom

UK - Cert ID Food Safety Training

MTND readers receive 35% off the cost of food labelling training in Bristol!

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USA

USA - DYADIC International announces particpation in optibiocat collaboration

Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food and feed industries, announced today details regarding its new project, “OPTIBIOCAT – Optimized esterase biocatalysts for cost-effective industrial production”, an EU-funded project aimed at developing biocatalysts for the cosmetic industry.

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USA

USA - Shale, the Last Oil and Gas Train: Interview with Arthur Berman

How much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US is closing in on its cornering of the global oil market? There's another side to the story of the relentless US shale boom, one that says that some of the numbers are misunderstood, while others are simply preposterous. The truth of the matter is that the industry has to make such a big deal out of shale because it's all that's left. There are some good things happening behind the fairy tale numbers, though—it's just a matter of deciphering them from a sober perspective.

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Tuesday 18 March 2014


Tunisia

Tunisia - Poverty in Muslim World is Rapidly Increasing: Zubair Mughal

population, if the dangerously increasing poverty in the Muslim community is not controlled soon then it will be alarming. These concerns were addressed by Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics while speaking at Islamic Microfinance Symposium that was held at Tunis – Tunisia which was organized by Tunis Association of Islamic Economics with association of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and German Donor Agency GIZ.

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Monday 17 March 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Research Project Opens Door to New Commercial Opportunities

A recently-completed research project, jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), has established that meat quality measurement techniques and high-tech robotic equipment can successfully be used at line-speed in a commercial abattoir environment.

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Friday 14 March 2014


Brazil

Brazil - Early bird registration ends 27 March for 1st Cool Logistics Americas conference

Early bird registration is now open for the 1st Cool Logistics Americas conference, taking place in São Paulo, Brazil on 14-15 May 2014. See what's on the programme.

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Thursday 13 March 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Northern Ireland firm scoops top processor award

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Foods has won the prestigious title of Processing Business of the Year at the recent Meat and Poultry Processing Awards.

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United Kingdom

UK - ANSA Deplores the stance taken by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and its President

Following the statement made by the head of the BVA, religious slaughter methods need to change to prevent animal suffering and he called for a total ban on this practice!

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Scotland

UK - Monitor Farm Group Gain Valuable Feedback from Abattoir Visit

“Think of the cattle you’re producing as food, and consider what the beef consumer wants.” This was the take-home message from Murray Hardy of Scotbeef abattoir near Stirling when he spoke to the Clyde monitor farm community group at the recent two-day monitor farm meeting.

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Wednesday 12 March 2014


Australia

Australia - Australian Pork Industry Wins prestigious Young Scientist Award

Australian Pork Limited (APL) congratulates Megan Verdon for receiving the Australian Pork Award, as part of the 2014 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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Brazil

Brazil - JBS S.A. announces its schedule to release the Results of 4Q13 and 2013

JBS S.A. announces its schedule to release the Results of 4Q13 and 2013.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Spain to taste Traditional Irish Pork Sausages

Doherty’s, the Northern Irish meat processor, is to supply its pork sausages to Casa Westfalia in Girona, one of Spain’s leading food wholesalers. The deal will see Doherty’s branded Traditional Irish Pork Sausages being marketed across Spain.

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United Kingdom

UK - ‘Simply Halal’ brand – Available now in your local Morrisons store

Exiting times for the sales team at Simply Halal, with the launch of four “New” products as part of the ‘Simply Halal Summer Eating Range’, which are now available in 31 selected Morrisons stores.

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United Kingdom

UK - To stun or not to stun?

All eyes are on the Halal meat sector once again. In a recent interview, UK's top new vet John Blackwell made suggestions that ritual slaughter should be banned and all animals should be stunned prior to slaughter. A rule that has been applied to other European countries in recent months.

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USA

USA - Dyadic International joins OTCQX marketplace

Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company, today announced that it has been approved for trading on OTCQX, the best marketplace for qualified companies.

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Tuesday 11 March 2014


Australia

Australia - Australian Pork Limited Embarks on Three Year Performance Review

Australian Pork Limited (APL) has commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to undertake an independent review of APL’s performance over the past three years. This review is required under the Statutory Funding Agreement (SFA) between APL and the Commonwealth Government.

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Scotland

Scotland - Prime sheep prices in Scotland up year-on-year

The prices Scottish producers are receiving for prime sheep in the auction ring remain six percent higher than this time last year, while the GB deadweight average increased by 14.5% year-on-year, according to the latest analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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Monday 10 March 2014


Australia

Australia - Western Meat Packers Packs Plenty Into 30 Years

When ambitious young butcher Rod Russell commenced trading as Western Meat Packers on October 17, 1983, in a small butcher shop in Jersey Street, Jolimont, he was too busy to imagine that 30 years down the track, Western Meat Packers Group (WMPG) would be processing 1800 cattle a week and employing 320 people.

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United Kingdom

UK - Internal Auditing Course

This course ensures that the company’s Internal Auditors carry out thorough and productive audits that have a positive benefit for the company. By attending this course, you will help to conform to clause 3.4.2 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.

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Friday 07 March 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Local butcher enlists Dragon’s help to choose official flood relief sausage

A Q Guild butcher in Surrey and a tv ‘Dragon’ are linking up to select a signature ‘Chertsey Sausage’ that will then be adopted by butchers nationwide to raise funds towards flood relief efforts across the south of England.

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USA

USA - Which is most cruel: man or beast?

On television’s nature channels we watch animals eat animals, and on the nightly news we watch people dispatch people. This televised carnage leads us to ask…

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe - Irvine’s Zimbabwe Award Presentation

Some of the major achievements of the Cobb-Vantress, Inc. distributor Irvine’s Zimbabwe in a successful 2013 were outlined by the chairman, David Irvine, at the company’s annual party in Harare in appreciation of the custom and support of various stakeholders.

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Thursday 06 March 2014


Pakistan

Pakistan - Successful launch of Nationwide Road Show to promote Islamic Banking and Takaful

The awareness campaign has started from Peshawar, and will end in Karachi while passing through 30 different cities of Pakistan and organizing 100 events

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USA

USA - New Spy Technology to Spawn Oil Revolution

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology--from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs.

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Wednesday 05 March 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Humza now HMC Approved

Humza Food Products based in Birmingham, the leading supplier of Halal frozen products is pleased to announce it has gained HMC (Halal Monitoring Committee) accreditation

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Tuesday 04 March 2014


Scotland

Scotland - QMS Appoints Brands Integrity Manager

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Suzanne Woodman to the new senior management role of Brands Integrity Manager.

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United Kingdom

UK - Apprenticeships at food and drink manufacturers at record levels across England

Latest figures from Industry skills body The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink show Apprenticeship starts and completions at food and drink manufacturing businesses in England are now at a record high.

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United Kingdom

UK - Excellent trade for quality store cattle at Bishops Castle

An excellent trade was reported by auctioneers Halls at just under 250 store cattle went under the hammer at Bishops Castle & District Quality Cattle Association’s auction yesterday (Thursday).

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Monday 03 March 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Halal Authority Board's Conference on Machine Slaughter

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) hosted a conference on 22nd February 2014, with delegates from around the UK , representing halal certification bodies, businesses, Muslim organisations, Mosques and Islamic scholars. A motion stating that machine slaughtering is haram and not acceptable to UK Muslims was formally adopted and signed.

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USA

USA - Aviagen Sponsors Technical Workshop for Latin American Customers

Aviagen customers throughout Latin America attended the first Salmonella isolation and identification workshop for Aviagen’s Grandparent customer lab personnel.

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Friday 28 February 2014


United Kingdom

UK - “Celebrity Boot Camp” Bull Makes London Debut

A Scottish farming family carefully devised a “celebrity boot camp” style training regime for the Luing bull they reared on their West Lothian farm, ahead of his day of stardom in London city centre.

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USA

USA - Can the stealing be stopped?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Chapman from the Fresno County Ag Task Force for a conversation about crime in the fields.

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USA

USA - How Junior Companies Survive in the Exploration Wild: Interview with Blackbird

Only the fittest can survive in today's market for junior oil and gas companies, which must demonstrate a great deal of ingenuity in the balancing of risk and reward. Nothing but the most exceptional oil and gas projects will win capital, and, in the words of one junior, this means “finding plays before they are exciting.” Being a junior in this market means being the best of the best, or being shut out entirely. The question is: Who is up to this make-or-break challenge, and who has the secret weapons to take it on?

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Thursday 27 February 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Double win for Dunbia at industry awards

It was a double win for local food company Dunbia at a prestigious awards ceremony held recently in Manchester. The Meat & Poultry Processing Awards recognise those companies in the meat sector who have excelled in certain areas of business including the supply chain, the environment, operations and people.

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Scotland

Scotland - New Research Partnership To Advance Broiler Genetics

A three-year research agreement between Cobb-Vantress, Inc., a global industry leader in poultry genetics, and The Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh, will facilitate collaboration on avian disease resistance, genome analysis and genome preservation.

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United Kingdom

UK - McDonald's supplier's Cargil covert Halal trial angers Muslim Community

ANSA the Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs is dismayed by a recent video posted on the web that shows animals supposedly being stunned reversibly. This document simply gives the equipment conditions without further comment. Upon an investigation that required the use of the Freedom of Information Act with Bristol University, ANSA was able to learn that Cargill, a major supplier of poultry to McDonalds had covertly paid for this Halal recovery trial in Spain that occurred on the 8th of January 2014. The trial was led by the Halal Food Authority (HFA) and carried out by two academics from the University of Bristol, whose names have not yet been given to us.

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USA

USA - Asia and Africa Home to 95 Percent of Global Agricultural Population

New Worldwatch Institute study examines the slow growth of global agricultural populations and the vast disparity between continents

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USA

USA - Boundless Natural Gas, Boundless Opportunities: Interview with EIA Chief

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) has predicted that natural gas production in the US will continue to grow at an impressive pace. Right now output is close to 70 billion cubic feet a day and is expected to reach over 100 billion cubic feet per day by 2040. The trend is likely to continue without hitting a geologic “peak”, and along with this trend will come new marketing opportunities for America.

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Wednesday 26 February 2014


Germany

Germany - World Nutrition Forum explores sustainability in Munich

A premier platform for inspiring ideas and exchanging knowledge, the World Nutrition Forum 2014, sponsored by BIOMIN, looks set to kick-start another dynamic round in Munich this October.

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Pakistan

Pakistan - AlHuda CIBE will Organize African Islamic Banking and Finance Road Show

Int’l conferences will be organized in Tanzania, Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius during the Road show

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United Kingdom

UK - Declaration on Machine Slaughter of poultry

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) hosted a conference on 22nd February 2014 for delegates from around the UK, representing halal certification bodies, businesses, Muslim organisations, mosques and Islamic scholars. A motion stating that machine slaughtering is haram and not acceptable to UK Muslims was formally adopted, and signed by those who attended.

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United Kingdom

UK - Elmo Rietschle launches new pumps and blowers at Foodex 2014

At Foodex 2014, Gardner Denver brand, Elmo Rietschle, is launching its latest range of water-cooled dry screw pumps, claw pumps and side channel blowers designed for use in food applications.

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United Kingdom

UK - Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS)

Early applications are advised for grants of between £2,500 and £35,000 which are now available for farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England in the third round of the Farming and Forestry improvement Scheme (FFIS).

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United Kingdom

UK - New Appointment For Commercial Refrigeration Company Corr Chilled

Corr Chilled, a leading commercial refrigeration company based in Denton have recently appointed Adam Stevens as their new Digital Marketer. Adam joins from Online Ventures Group bringing a fresh new look at the Corr Chilled SEO strategy and online presence in general..

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Monday 24 February 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Moy Park Awards Harper Adams University Scholarship

One of the UK’s leading food companies, Moy Park, has selected its latest scholar under the British Poultry Council’s scholarship scheme at Harper Adams University, England.

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Friday 21 February 2014


European Union

EU - Expansion of cold store at Jan Zandbergen B.V.

On Monday February 17th the expansion of the cold store at Jan Zandbergen was kicked off by placing the first panel. Expansion is necessary to keep up with the company’s growth. The current cold store at the company’s location is about 4,500m2. The expansion will add another 4,500m2 and will make the company one of the larger keepers of meat stock in Europe.

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United Kingdom

UK - Growth potential in Christmas traditional turkey market

Christmas turkey producers are urged to get into the market for joints and added value products in the annual newsletter from Paul Kelly to FarmGate Hatcheries poult customers.

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United Kingdom

UK - Milestone for Pork Exports

More pork was exported last year than any since 2000, just before the start of the last outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.

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USA

USA - Texas Land & Cattle Introduces Genuine Angus Beef Steaks

The popular restaurant chain known for its unique “Texas Craft Dining” experience announced today its partnership with Hartley Ranch of Stephenville, TX. Owned and operated by the Hartley family, sixth-generation Texas ranchers, Hartley Ranch is acknowledged as one of the top registered genuine Angus breeders in the United States.

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USA

USA - Which is most important: food safety or food sovereignty?

Mark kneaded some dough, threw it in the oven, then sold bread to neighbors. When Mark’s bread became famous, the food safety police stepped in and confiscated the lot, which leads us to ask…

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Wednesday 19 February 2014


United Kingdom

UK - RSPCA Statement upon sentencing of defendants in Ramsgate trial

Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA is pleased that justice has now been done and that the horrific nature of this trade has been exposed. It’s time this dire trade was examined by Parliament.

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United Kingdom

UK - Sharia Halal Board seeks clarification from HFA and HAB

Sharia Halal Board held a press conference earlier today regarding their stance on machine kill product and the upcoming meeting being organised by HAB regarding machine slaughter.

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Tuesday 18 February 2014


Spain

Spain - ICHCA concludes 71st Technical Panel meeting in Malaga

The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) held the 71st meeting of its ISP Technical Panel at the Port of Malaga, Spain from 11-12 February 2014.

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United Kingdom

UK - Moy Park scores as Official World Cup™ Sponsor

One of the UK’s leading food companies, Moy Park has announced its sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ as part of parent company Marfrig’s official sponsorship deal.

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United Kingdom

UK - Precision launches 2014 range at Hotelympia

Precision says it has designed its 2014 range to be the most attractive and flexible refrigeration on the market, and that it boasts some of the best energy efficiency figures around. The British manufacturer unveils the new models at Hotelympia on stand 1836.

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Monday 17 February 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Importance of Understanding Prime Lamb Selection Highlighted at Clyde Monitor Farm Meet

Prime lamb selection was one of the topics at the recent two-day Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by Andrew Baillie who farms Carstairs Mains in South Lanarkshire, one of the network of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) monitor farms throughout Scotland.

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USA

USA - Plan to attend World Pork Expo, June 4-6

World Pork Expo, June 4-6, features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, with more than 400 exhibitors from around the world displaying the latest products, services and technologies for pork businesses.

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Sunday 16 February 2014


Brazil

Brazil - Cobb leads in pioneering compartmentalization in Brazil

Cobb has become the first poultry breeding company in Brazil to achieve approval for its compartmentalization project in accordance with the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the World Health Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

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Friday 14 February 2014


Scotland

Scotland - QMS Appoints Knowledge Transfer Specialist

Robert Gilchrist has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s Industry Development team as a Knowledge Transfer Specialist.

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Jan Zandbergen        Lanexco Ltd