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Friday 24 October 2014


USA

USA - Which agriculture will feed the future: ecological or industrial?

Today’s agriculture supports 7.2 billion people; tomorrow’s agriculture will have to support 9.1 billion people, and most of them will live in cities. This leads us to ask…

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Thursday 23 October 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - 100th new poultry house for Moy Park

Moy Park’s ‘Plan to Grow’ programme has hit a significant milestone with construction beginning on the 100th new poultry house since the launch of the programme last year. Moy Park grower, Clive Marshall has commenced build on a new two-house site on his Dungannon farm.

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Wednesday 22 October 2014


Netherlands

Netherlands - An ICHCA Seminar, Container Lashing and Securing 10 December

Despite the introduction of advanced vessel and cargo handling technology, the job of container lashing and securing remains a hazardous operation, with injuries and lives lost every month.

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Philippines

Phillipines - Moving into the Philippines

Business could be booming between Britain and the Philippines following a mission organised by BPEX and UK Trade and Industry.

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Tuesday 21 October 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JBS Notice to Market

JBS S.A., pursuant to the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission ("CVM") Rule 358 of January 3, 2002, as amended, informs its shareholders and the market in general, that CVM has granted, on October 17, 2014, the application made on the same date by its wholly-owned subsidiary JBS Foods S.A. ("JBS Foods") for cancellation of the request for registration of the primary and secondary public offering of common shares and for registration as publicly-held company, considering the new schedule set for the transaction.

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Scotland

Scotland - Importer Rewarded for Commitment to Scotch Lamb PGI

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has today (21st October 2014) rewarded two brothers, who run a highly-respected French meat business, for their longstanding loyalty and commitment to Scotch Lamb PGI.

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Monday 20 October 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Increased Supply and Carcase Weights Influence Prime Lamb Prices

After the decline in prime lamb prices during July, August and September, prices lifted at the turn of the month, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

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Scotland

Scotland - Scottish Red Meat Exporters Set Sights on Opportunities

Scottish red meat exporters attending one of the world’s largest food fairs in France this week appear confident there are opportunities for growth on the export scene.

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United Kingdom

UK - Faerch Plast launches world's first ovenable CPET Skin Packs for Meat and Poultry

Latest ultra-hygienic innovation allows consumer to place the product directly in to the oven or microwave without removing any of the immediate packaging

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USA

USA - Lifetime Achievement award presented to Bob Ickes

At the Louisiana Poultry Federation’s annual convention, Bob Ickes of Cobb-Vantress, Inc. was presented a Lifetime Achievement award for his 20 plus years of service and dedication to the federation as well as to the poultry industry in Louisiana.

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Friday 17 October 2014


France

France - 3 Innovative salt products won SIAL Innovation 2014 Selection

Executing innovation strategy in developing new premium low-sodium sea salt and gourmet sea salt products for retailers and food manufactures just paid off for Salt of the Earth Ltd. Three of the company’s innovative sea salt products won SIAL Innovation Selection 2014 awards. All three products will showcase at SIAL, Paris, October 19-23, 2014, at the Israel Pavilion: HALL 4, Salt of the Earth booth #M020, as well as in the exclusive SIAL Innovation area.

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Ireland

Ireland - Minister Tom Hayes TD launches final phase of €3 million investment by Oakpark Foods

Oakpark Foods is based in Cahir Co Tipperary and is a leading supplier of bacon and pork products to supermarkets in Ireland and the UK. The company also exports to Scandinavia and is currently planning to export to mainland Europe. Exports now represent 46% of sales and the factory currently has 85 full time employees. Employment has doubled in the past two years and a further 10 people will be taken on for the Christmas campaign.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Moy Park appoints director of IS

Top 10 UK food company Moy Park has appointed Brian Acheson to the role of Director of Information Systems and Business Solutions.

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Scotland

Scotland - Scotch Lamb PGI Campaign Wins Scottish Creative Award

Hot on the heels of winning two awards earlier this year, a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) campaign to encourage consumers to understand the versatility, simplicity and speed of cooking with Scotch Lamb PGI has lifted an award at the Scottish Creative Awards.

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Scotland

Scotland - Scottish Exporters Prepare for Major Meat Showcase Event

Scotland’s red meat exporters will be flying the flag for Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI in Paris next week at SIAL - one of the world’s largest and most influential food fairs.

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United Kingdom

UK - Best young butchers in Wales aim to be top of the chops!

The annual search is underway to find the best young butcher in Wales, which could open the door to international success

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United Kingdom

UK - Cert ID Food Safety Training - Practical HACCP

HACCP systems are an integral part of any food industry business. They enable you to prioritise and control potential hazards in the workplace. HACCP team members will require training to meet the requirements of industry Standards.

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USA

USA - What can food words teach us about human history?

An ancient Chinese fish sauce that became the first widely-produced alcohol now commands grocers’ shelves as Ketchup. The journey of the word through time leads us to ask…

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Thursday 16 October 2014


Mexico

Mexico - Technical service appointment in Mexico and Central America

Leonel Mejía has joined Cobb-Vantress to augment the company’s technical service team covering Mexico, Guatemala and Panama.

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United Kingdom

UK - New Food Labelling Requirements Bristol 6th November

Cert ID's LAST EVER New Food Labelling Requirements course will not only take you through the changes, but will focus on case studies to assess how the changes will effect typical areas of your business, ultimately providing delegates with an action plan to assist you in its implementation into your own organisation. New legislation in force from 13th December 2014!

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USA

USA - Cobb Sustainability Report Achieves GRI ‘A’ Grade

The first sustainability report from Cobb-Vantress, Inc. entitled ‘Our Role in Building a Sustainable Future for the World’ has been awarded an ‘A’ grade by the Global Reporting Initiative.

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Wednesday 15 October 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Who are the biggest meat consumers in the world?

Across the globe, meat is a staple food enjoyed by an array of countries and cultures. From tender chicken in traditional Spanish paellas to juicy sausages cooked at quintessential British barbeques, meat is one of the most popular ingredients on the planet. According to recent statistics from the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the globe slaughters an estimated 58 billion chickens, 2.8 billion ducks, 1.3 billion pigs, 654 million turkeys, 517 million sheep, 430 million goats and 320 million cattle each year. But where does it all go? Read on for a glimpse at some of the world’s biggest meat consumers and how they use the protein rich fare.

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Tuesday 14 October 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Deadline has passed for Health and Safety Poster

Large numbers of businesses throughout the UK are breaking the law and risk being fined after new legislation introduced earlier this year now requires all workplaces to display a new and updated Health and Safety Law Poster.

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USA

USA - 4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum Logo Inaugurated in New York

Islamic finance is the best suited system for poverty alleviation that can be utilized both by Muslims and non Muslims as an system to cut down poverty dilemma from all over the world, it can also be utilized as an effective tool of financial inclusion as Millions of Muslims are financially excluded due to religious reasons, this was stated by Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) today at a local hotel (Sofitel Hotel) in New York in logo inauguration ceremony of “4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum” (GIMF), which will be held on November 01-04 2014 in Dubai – UAE, jointly organized by AlHuda CIBE and Akhuwat. Delegates from Islamic banking, financial industry, Islamic microfinance, and Multiliteral organizationss and from more than 30 countries will be participation in this mega event.

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Wales

Wales - FUW Caernarfonshire highlights lamb price crisis and Glastir concerns during farm tour

The Caernarfonshire branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has (Friday October 10) welcomed visitors including Conwy MP Guto Bebb at Llechwedd Hafod farm, Cwm Penmachno to discuss the current price crisis for lamb sales and to see various elements of the Glastir scheme.

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Monday 13 October 2014


Malaysia

Malaysia - Ross Asia Technical Association Holds Workshop in Malaysia

The Ross Asian team held a successful meeting in Melaka, Malaysia in response to strong customer interest and requests for more direct training and case study involvement in managing breeders and boilers. The program was designed to work through and discuss the latest technical information and promote best management practices that have emerged to support the Ross® 308 performance at all levels of production.

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Scotland

Scotland - Britain’s top butchers are hunting for glory in Scotland

Top butchers from across Britain will descend on Glasgow next week for the 2014 Q Guild Smithfield Awards – an annual contest to find the best burgers, sausages, pies and kitchen-ready products in the UK.

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Scotland

Scotland - Scotch Beef Club Event Recognises Dedication and Skills behind Scotch Beef and Lamb PGI

The dedication and skills of those involved in the production of top quality Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI were celebrated at an event in Perthshire today (October 13th, 2014) attended by HRH The Princess Royal.

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United Kingdom

UK - The growth of British meat market – how it is once again regarded as among best in the world

Since the global media picked up on the EU horsemeat scandal, the British meat market suffered quite a severe blow. Despite the fact that the majority of meat cuts were 100% genuine, local and international consumers began to doubt the authenticity of labels, packaging and even the meat itself. Thankfully, Britain is committed to rebuilding its reputation and thanks to the efforts of the nation, British meat is once again considered among the top markets in the world. And with EBLEX reporting that global meat consumption is expected to grow by 60-100% by 2050, the opportunities for British farmers are enormous.

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Friday 10 October 2014


Colombia

Colombia - Industry gets ready to discuss North and Latin American ports, shipping and logistics

Over 500 participants are due to attend next week’s TOC Americas conference in Cartagena, Colombia to discuss the changing face of trade flows and logistics in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Finland

Finland - Service reform at Helsinki Airport will attract international capital and new jobs

Finavia invests strongly in the development of Helsinki Airport. The commercial potential of the airport has also been noticed abroad. Significant investments in the development of Helsinki Airport made by new international service providers at the airport will have a positive effect on the economic growth of Finland as a whole.

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United Kingdom

UK - Game for success: FRIMA celebrates 15,000th VarioCooking Center®

Renowned game restaurant installs landmark multifunction unit; jugged hare, venison ragout and wild boar are ‘fantastic’ when cooked in hi tech appliance

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Ukraine

Ukraine - Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide?

Ukraine is on the brink of committing economic suicide after imposing a crippling 55 percent tax on private gas producers, while parliament prepares to vote on next year's budget, which aims for a continuation of the same.

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USA

USA - Billionaire Bill's Replica Burgers

They say hamburgers are environmentally incorrect, and so billionaires like Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing are investing in proprietary replica burgers. Their billions lead us to ask…

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Wednesday 08 October 2014


United Kingdom

UK - The growth of the British meat market

The growth of the British meat market – how it is, once again being regarded as among the best in the world.

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Tuesday 07 October 2014


USA

USA - Transition and Continuity in Management within KUHN GROUP

In January 2014, it was announced that Michel SIEBERT, President of KUHN GROUP, would step down from his operational duties at the end of September 2014.

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Wales

Wales - Young butchers make the cut for national apprenticeship awards

Two champion young butchers from North East Wales have proved they are cut above the rest by being shortlisted for prestigious national apprenticeship awards.

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Monday 06 October 2014


Brazil

Brazil - Notice to the Market: Fitch Upgrades JBS' Ratings to 'BB' with a Stable Outlook

JBS S.A. (JBSS3, "Company") communicates to its shareholders and to the Market in general that Fitch Ratings upgraded the Company's rating from "BB-" to "BB" with a stable outlook. The national scale rating was upgraded two levels, from 'A-(bra)' to 'A+ (bra)';

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France

France - New Cobb flock award presented in France

A new award for the top Cobb flock in France has been presented to the Jadault family of Menomblet, Vendée, working with the Boyé hatchery. Their winning flock of 8000 Cobb500 parents achieved 150.89 chicks during 39 weeks of production.

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United Arab Emirates

UAE - A new concept of “High Health, High Performance Horse”

The Regional Conference for the Middle East and North Africa of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), officially opened by H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahed, Minister of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates, has brought together a diverse expert group of public and private representatives interested in the health and welfare of the horse. The objective was to discuss and identify possibilities to harmonise the existing regulations regarding the movements of International Competition Horses in order to facilitate their temporary exportations and importations, in line with OIE standards and the new concept “High Health, High Performance (HHP)” for horses.

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United Kingdom

UK - How modern farming technology improved the quality, taste and preservation of our meat

Britain has been farming livestock for centuries. However thanks to modern developments in farming technology, contemporary cuts are tastier than ever before. If you want to know more about today’s cutting edge techniques, read on for an overview of how modern farming technology has improved the quality, taste and preservation the meat that ends up on your plate.

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United Kingdom

UK - ICHCA-BIFA to host seminars on new Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units

ICHCA International, the NGO association for the global cargo handling industry, and the British International Freight Association will be hosting a series of practical seminars on the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs). Held from 21-30 October, the half-day events in Hull, Grimsby, West Yorkshire and Tees will focus on the new Code’s contents, its potential impact, and how it may be enforced globally.

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United Kingdom

UK - Lishman’s Joe Smith crowned young butcher champion

Joe Smith, an up-and-coming butcher at Lishman’s of Ilkley, was crowned Yorkshire champion in the 2014 Young Butchers Creative Meat Display Competition run by meat processing and retail butchery industry supplier Dalziel.

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USA

USA - Aviagen Appoints Dr. Alejandro Corzo as Global Head of Nutrition Services

Aviagen, the leading poultry breeding company, today announced that Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Corzo has accepted the position of Global Head of Nutrition Services. In his new role, Corzo will manage Aviagen’s global team of 8 nutritionists. He and his team of poultry nutritionists, collectively with more than 150 years of knowledge and experience, will ensure Aviagen continues to provide innovative nutrition technical support for the company’s global client base and Aviagen internal production operations. Dr. Corzo will also help lead innovative company research to keep nutrition technical advice current and relevant.

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Friday 03 October 2014


Spain

Can West Africa ports rise to the challenge?

Expert speakers to assess state of West Africa port sector at two-day high-level TOC Market Briefing in Tenerife this December

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Scotland

Scotland - Pig Prices Influenced by Complex European Market

The movement in pig prices over the year highlights a complex European pork market, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

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Wednesday 01 October 2014


Canada

Canada - Advice on how to reduce levels of repetitive stress injuries in pork packing plants

The Canadian pork industry is one of the world’s largest and most respected due to its high quality product and reputable client service. As one of the leading pork exporters, the Canadian pork industry has seen consolidation into a smaller number of larger slaughter houses and processing plants including the very large plants that can process more than 1 million hogs per year.

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USA

USA - Fed Up With Federal Inaction, States Act Alone on Cap-and-Trade

Unsatisfied with the pace at which the federal government is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, several U.S. states and a few Canadian provinces are forging ahead with their own initiatives.

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Tuesday 30 September 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Edwards of Conwy hold primary school art competition

Edwards of Conwy get the creative juices of 13 primary schools flowing with a food based art competition.

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Ireland

USA - WAM Technologies and AT&T collaborate on asset tracking solutions for shipments

Collaboration aligns expertise in wireless transport telematics with global data capabilities to provide M2M connectivity for refrigerated, intermodal and other transportation assets

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Monday 29 September 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Linden Foods teams up with Ulster Rugby

Linden Foods, the primal meat processor and retail manufacturer from Dungannon Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, will be an official supplier of meat and poultry to the Ulster Rugby squad for the 2014/15 season.

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Scotland

Scotland - New Tool Gives Butchers a Promotional Boost

A new point of sale centre which will allow members of the Scotch Butchers Club to create their own branded point of sale items has been launched today (26 September 2014) by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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United Kingdom

UK - New H&H livestock insurance division offers quality insurance for pedigree stock

The H&H Group, best known for its Harrison & Hetherington livestock auctioneering, is launching a new division and brand to develop its pedigree livestock insurance cover. in-Livestock will operate as part of H&H Insurance Brokers, which has a long established business offering farm insurance products across the whole of the UK. This new venture will initially specialise in offering bespoke insurance for pedigree cattle and sheep sold through the auction and farm-to-farm.

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Friday 26 September 2014


Kenya

Kenya - All Eyes on Kenya: The Next Big Oil Exporter

Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent.

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Saudi Arabia

Saido Arabia- Saudi Arabian poultry integrator invests in further MTech software

One of the leading poultry businesses in the Middle East, Arasco Foods, has signed an agreement with MTech Systems to purchase computer software for its integrated activities.

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Scotland

Scotland - Scotch Lamb PGI Tops the Menu for Bloggers

Food bloggers from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have travelled to Scotland to learn about Scotch Lamb PGI and the quality assurance, traceability and animal welfare which underpin the iconic brand.

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Singapore

Singapore - Cobb Asia–Pacific distributor conference ‘tremendous success’

Cobb held its Asia-Pacific regional conference in Singapore attended by the owners and top executives from 36 distributors in 15 countries across the region.

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United Kingdom

UK - Local Businesses Combine forces to bring Farmyard & Vineyard Together

Who knew the butchers shop was the place to be on a Friday night?

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United Kingdom

UK - Moy Park Employee ‘leads’ the way with Royal Agricultural University Programme

Moy Park manager, Ian Dowsland, is well on his way to becoming a future leader in the agri food industry having completed the internationally recognised Institute of Agricultural Management’s Leadership Development Programme.

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United Kingdom

UK - Practical HACCP

HACCP systems are an integral part of any food industry business. They enable you to prioritise and control potential hazards in the workplace. HACCP team members will require training to meet the requirements of industry Standards.

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USA

USA - The Delicious Paradox

It is the most delicious looking item on the grocer’s shelf, and yet it is the one most often discarded uneaten. The paradox of the Red Delicious apple leads us to ask…

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Thursday 25 September 2014


United Kingdom

Burnt Tree Refrigerental wins major industry award in its first year of trading

Coinciding with the completion of its first year in business, Burnt Tree’s Refrigerental Division was nominated for, and successfully won, the ‘Rental and Contract Hire Company of the Year’ Award at the recent 2014 TCS&D Awards event, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Warwickshire.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Gluten-free meat business in deal with Central Foods

Gluten-free specialists James Doherty (Meats) in Derry is expanding its business in Britain as a result of a deal with Central Foods, based near London with a depot in Nuneaton.

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Scotland

Scotland - Miss Scotland “Chillaxes” to Launch Scotch Butchers Club “Comfort Food” Campaign

Miss Scotland 2014, Ellie McKeating, was more than willing to take some time out of her hectic schedule this week to “chillax” and launch a new “Comfort Food” campaign from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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USA

USA - WAM and Xirgo partner to develop M2M technology for global transport tracking

Specialists in transport telematics and M2M hardware team up to provide wireless tracking solutions for refrigerated, intermodal and other transportation assets

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Tuesday 23 September 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Importance of Good Communication Between Farmers and Cattle Buyers Highlighted

Good communication flow between beef cattle producers and buyers is important all year round, as highlighted in the recent Beef 2020 Report, but particularly key at this time of year, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

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United Kingdom

UK - Meat Porter Announces Partnership With Renowned British Duck Producer Gressingham

Online artisan butcher, Meat Porter, has teamed up with celebrated East Anglian duck farmers Gressingham Foods to introduce their finest poultry and fowl to Meat Porter’s rapidly expanding marketplace from the 22nd September.

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United Kingdom

UK - Retailers snubbing UK producers and denying consumers quality, seasonal food, say NSA

Food imports are an important tool to provide shoppers with choice all year around, but there is no doubt that a British strawberry in summer is better than an imported one at Christmas. Cherries, asparagus and other home-produced foods are equally lauded when they come into season, so why not lamb, asks the National Sheep Association?

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United Kingdom

UK - UK innovation grant for genome project with the Roslin Institute

A joint project by Cobb Europe and the Roslin Institute in Scotland has been awarded a grant of almost £650,000 (US$ 1.07 million) from the UK’ s innovation agency, Innovate UK, for genome biobanking to optimise valuable broiler genetic stocks.

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Monday 22 September 2014


Canada

Canada - Canada’s Shale Boom: More To Come In Montney

In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant that holds the key to accelerating Canada’s shale oil and gas boom, but the real treasure within this giant is a tight liquids-rich zone (approximately 15-20 miles wide) that has big and small players alike narrowing their focus for the potential of a giant payout.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Researching for better beef returns

‘Just how can we continue in beef production as costs rocket, returns fall and CAP payments shrink?’

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Scotland

Scotland - Response to Referendum outcome – Quality Meat Scotland

Jim McLaren, Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), said: “The year 2014 has seen Scotland in the international limelight for many reasons – from the Commonwealth Games and the forth-coming Ryder Cup to the more recent intense global interest in Scotland’s political landscape.

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Tanzania

Tanzania - Tanzania has Big Potential for Islamic Finance: Muhammad Zubair Mughal

Tanzania have Big Potential for Islamic Finance and it would be the Islamic Banking hub for east African countries, it was stated by Muhammad Zubair Mughal, the Chief Executive Officer of AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics during the concluding ceremony of “African Islamic Banking and Finance Road show” in Dar e Salaam today, this road show was conducted in 6 African Countries for the Promotion of Islamic Finance in African continent.

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United Kingdom

UK - Metal has a bad reputation

Despite tough new legislation coming into force to tackle the number of scrap metal thefts in the UK, most organisations now insist on buying workplace products made out of alternative materials according to Slingsby, which supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries.

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USA

USA - USDA Raises Tomato Lycopene Limit for Meat

In a game-changing move, the USDA approved a five-fold increase in the level of tomato lycopene allowed as a colorant in ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products. This increase allows tomato lycopene colorants from manufacturer LycoRed Ltd., Israel, to effectively replace FD&C Red #40 and carmine in a wide assortment of deli meats, sausage and hot dogs. LycoRed’s Tomat-O-Red® produces red hues similar to those from artificial and insect-based colors

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Wales

Wales - FUW Caernarfon meets new meat plant manager

Farmers’ Union of Wales members have met with the manager of Menai Meats Wales Ltd, which has taken over the former Sher Foods abattoir in Caernarfon.

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Friday 19 September 2014


Netherlands

Netherlands - Appointments at Zwanenberg Food Group, Almelo, the Netherlands

On 1 September 2014, Ms Grety Gerritsen (1975) was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Zwanenberg Food Group in Almelo, the Netherlands. Her previous position in the company was Business Controller. As CFO Ms Gerritsen will be responsible for finance & control, ICT, supply chain and lean management.

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Thursday 18 September 2014


Spain

Spain - 2014 Easyfresh Conference ; “Business in Motion – Bending the Bottom Line”

2014 Easyfresh Conference ; “Business in Motion – Bending the Bottom Line” business conference will be held in Madrid (Spain), on the 13th and 14th of October this year.

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Uruguay

USA - HID Global Introduces Ultra-Thin Epoxy Tag RFID Transponder that Enables UHF Tracking

HID Global Introduces Ultra-Thin Epoxy Tag RFID Transponder that Enables UHF Tracking in Harsh Industrial Environments.

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Wednesday 17 September 2014


China

China - Why China's Insatiable Appetite For Coal Has Likely Peaked

A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped. Estimates indicate that by the end of the year, China's coal imports could be 8 percent below 2013 levels.

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Scotland

Scotland - Ayrshire Lamb Supply Chain Meeting to Focus on Successfully Finishing Lambs in Autumn

The profitable finishing of lambs through the autumn will be on the agenda for a meeting of the South West Scotland Lamb Supply Chain Group this month.

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Scotland

Scotland - Efficiency, investment and performance top agenda at latest Aviagen EMEA School

Aviagen EMEA Production Management School Breeder Module Teaching ‘Optimising PS performance and Economic Returns’

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United Kingdom

UK - Only weeks left to enter the ACR News Awards 2015!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to raise your profile.

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United Kingdom

UK - Top 50 Great Taste Awards Honour for Lidgates

Q Guild butcher C Lidgate’s, of Holland Park Road, London, is among the top 50 winners in the 2014 Great Taste Awards.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JBS makes two new appointments

JBS Foods appoints Maxim Medvedovsky as CFO and JBS S.A. appoints Wilson Mello as Communication and Government Relations Director.

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Netherlands

Netherlands - Breed flexibility ‘key to universal popularity’

Delegates from the 19 countries served by Cobb Germany got together with technical experts from Cobb Europe and the US for a three-day symposium in the Dutch university city of Leiden.

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Monday 15 September 2014


Finland

Finland - Atria-Chick Oy Finland receive first shipment of Ross parents from Aviagen SweChick Ab

Atria-Chick Oy, a subsidiary of Atria Plc, received their first shipment of Ross parent stock day-old chicks from Sweden at the beginning of September.

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United Kingdom

UK - ACR Show 2016 set to connect, inspire and engage

The ACR Show, the UK's only dedicated event for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry returns to the NEC, Birmingham 16-18 February 2016. The event has a brand new, user friendly website which is compatible with all desktop and mobile devices, while a show app - designed to connect exhibitors and visitors all year round - will launch in January 2015.

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Friday 12 September 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Celebrity Chef Jacqueline O’Donnell Launches Good Family Food Facebook Page

Celebrity chef Jacqueline O’Donnell today (11 September) launched an engaging new Facebook page from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) which focuses on encouraging Scottish families to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

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Syria

Syria - Islamic State's Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia's Oil Wells

For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.

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United Kingdom

UK - Market-leading odour-absorbent meat pads can cut returns

SIRANE’S odour-absorbent meat pads offer the most effective solution on the market – and the market is growing fast, as retailers globally look to cut down on their returns.

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United Kingdom

UK - New open class to be launched at Great Yorkshire competition

The annual gauntlet is being thrown down to White Rose meat men and women, as the countdown commences to the county’s yearly product evaluation highlight, the 26th Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition.

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USA

USA - Can farms be made to grow in San Francisco?

The City of San Francisco, which contains some of the most expensive real estate in the world, has elected to encourage the growth of farms within its city limits. This leads us to ask…

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USA

USA - Where do pesticides go, when they go away?

We use over 1 billion pounds of pesticide every year to grow the food we eat. All those pounds of poison lead us to ask…

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Wednesday 10 September 2014


Colombia

Maersk Line and CSAV join TOC Americas panel debate on Latin American port productivity

Enhancing container terminal productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will be a key issue at the 14th TOC Americas Conference and Exhibition taking place 14 – 16 October in Cartagena, Colombia

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United Kingdom

UK - First-hand Experience of PEDv

US pig producer Harold Lee will be highlighting the devastation caused by PEDv at a series of biosecurity seminars being run by BPEX.

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Tuesday 09 September 2014


United Kingdom

UK - New director of sales and technical service for Cobb Europe

Tore Mercan has been appointed by Cobb Europe as director of sales and technical service for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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United Kingdom

UK- Meat is Theatre

Sophie’s Steakhouses, with sites in Covent Garden and Fulham Road, are passionate about steaks. So much so that they age their foreribs for 28 days, in house, and chefs do much of the restaurants’ butchering. Sophie’s used to hang the meat in back of house coldrooms. Then they realised that the aging process could be part of the theatre of their restaurants. Now, centre stage in the Covent Garden site, is a Williams coldroom with a huge glass window, displaying the hanging meat. To fit in with the restaurant’s chic industrial décor the coldroom is clad in a ‘rust’ finish.

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Monday 08 September 2014


Argentina

Argentina - Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be

One of the world’s legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina’s shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America’s largest unconventional prize —and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas

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Canada

Canada - Selling Meat and Poultry Online

Online purchases by European are expected to continue growing at a rapid pace. Many products and services are sold online from electronics to makeup to accounting services. Given all the growth, online sales of meat and poultry still remain relatively weak in Europe. The main reason given for this is the expensive transportation costs to ship the meat products relative to the price of the final product. This problem grows when we deal with shipping to low density population centers as the shipping costs are even higher. Does this mean that there are no opportunities for grocery stores and butchers to sell online?

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Five for Hannan Meats of Northern Ireland in Top 50 Foods

Northern Ireland butchery business Hannan Meats provided five of the Top 50 Foods, a remarkable 10 per cent, in the list announced by the UK Guild of Fine Food. The artisan business from Moira in county Down added two further dishes at the end of the Top 50 process to three already announced. The final two for Hannan were Moyallon sweet cured bacon rib and a Himalayan Salt Aged Rib Chop.

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Scotland

Scotland - Complex Range of Factors Affecting Prime Lamb Prices

A complex range of factors is affecting the current prime lamb price movement, according to Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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South Africa

South Africa - South African Meat Conference 16 to 17 September 2014

On 16 – 17 of September at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng the South Africa meat conference will convene.

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Friday 05 September 2014


Canada

Canada - The Key to a Meat Department's Client Retention

It is a well known cultural adage that “knowledge is power”. This is especially so in the retail industry where the success of the retailer is directly proportional to how well he knows his client's needs and consequently satisfies them. If the client needs are not known then it is inevitable that their needs will not be properly satisfied thus resulting in a high percentage of churn- that is client loss to competitors.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Ireland’s only Black Pudding Festival returns

Specialist butchery business O’Doherty’s Fine Meats has launched Northern Ireland’s second annual Black Pudding Festival which is now being backed by hotels and restaurants.

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USA

USA - Should government force school children to eat healthy food?

You can lead school children to healthy food, but you can’t force them to eat it, and so school trash cans are now filled with $1 billion worth of healthy food. This leads us to ask…

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Thursday 04 September 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Importance of Maximising Profit from the Whole Carcase Highlighted at Monitor Farm Meet

Maximising profit from every lamb carcase was the main discussion topic at the recent Dumfries monitor farm meeting, hosted by the Paterson family and team member Colin Rae, at Hartbush, just north of Dumfries.

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South Africa

South Africa - GLOBALG.A.P. Launches Poultry Certification in South Africa

GLOBALG.A.P. launched the Poultry Module of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard for Livestock in South Africa this July. Dr. Roland Aumüller, GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Manager for Livestock Standards presented a comprehensive 3-day workshop to explain the control points and compliance criteria that poultry farmers must comply with at individual farm level in order to achieve certification. Initiated and organized by the producer Chubby Chick and hosted by Fouries Poultry Farms, the workshop was attended by several leading broiler, breeding stock and egg producers, veterinarians, and auditors as well as representatives of national retailers Woolworths and Pick n Pay.

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Jan Zandbergen        Lanexco Ltd