Category: Meat & Poultry

British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE, and Scottish exporters are hopeful that this fact, together with this years rising lamb prices, will spell good news for the UK’s red meat industry. Lower sterling values and well as declining production in the EU and New Zealand are both contributing the the opportunity.

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

The Minister of Agriculture
David Carter has confirmed that New Zealand wants to
resume live sheep exports with Saudi Arabia. New
Zealand stopped live sheep exports in 2003 due to concern
about our overseas trading image. Now Awassi Ltd, a
majority owned Saudi company, is seeking permission to
resume the trade.

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Halal Farm to Fork DVD

| 10/03/2009 | Reply
Halal Farm to Fork DVD

The West Midlands is poised to become the European hub of an industry
that could see regional farmers annually supplying thousands of tonnes
of halal meat to Muslim communities throughout the world. Livestock
producers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire could tap into new
consumer markets for halal meat in Europe and the Middle East following
the approval of the UKs first farm to fork traceability system.

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Welfare Central to Halal

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
Welfare Central to Halal

Animal welfare is a top
priority for the UK halal meat industry, a leading consultant told
delegates at an EBLEX event in Milton Keynes.

Speaking
at the launch of a new DVD about halal meat, aimed at public sector
caterers, consultant to EBLEX, Nizar Boga, told industry
representatives that the welfare of animals is of extreme importance to
Islamic traditions.

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Demand for Halal hots up in USA

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Demand for Halal hots up in USA

Poll
after poll reveals what Americans are after from poultry products:
wholesomeness, healthfulness and a certain “natural” quality. The
rising demand for clean labels has affected which products Americans
buy, and companies that offer specially certified products, such as Halal poultry, are among the ones reaping the rewards.

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Illinois University database connects producers with processors

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Illinois University database connects producers with processors

Say you are a chef in Chicago who wants to source Illinois
grass-fed beef. Or you are a meat processor in New York looking for Halal beef that was raised locally. You might be a
retailer looking for all the meat processors you could partner with in
Macon County, Georgia, or even a consumer wondering where to find all
the meat markets in Akron, Ohio. It’s all available on
MarketMaker.

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DENMARK – HALAL MEAT VERIFICATION ON POULTRY

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
DENMARK – HALAL MEAT VERIFICATION ON POULTRY

New spot checks by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
refute the rumours of pig proteins in chickens that arose after a
programme on Danish TV2.




A television programme called ’Operation X’, shown on Danish TV2 on 5
February, focussed on whether pig protein had been added to marinaded
chicken products. This resulted in rumours in an Arabic newspaper
saying that Danish-produced chicken meat contained pig proteins.

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Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

Pilgrim’s
Pride, which is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, on Friday
said it would idle three U.S. chicken processing plants and lay off
3,000 workers, reducing its production by as much as 10 percent as the
recession takes its toll on consumer demand.

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Burger King says beef costs have plunged

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Burger King says beef costs have plunged

Miami-based
Burger King Holdings said its beef costs have plunged nearly 25 percent
so far this year as weaker global demand and increased supplies have
pushed prices lower, according to
Dow Jones.

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Wales: Halal Meat Company take over Abattoir

| 27/02/2009 | Reply
Wales: Halal Meat Company take over Abattoir

A North-Wales abattoir is to re-open after administrators secured the
sale of the facility to Ireland-based Sher Foods for an undisclosed
amount. Sher Foods run by Arfan Sher Rafique, the son of post-war Pakistani
immigrant Sher Mohammad Rafique, who established United Meat Packers
(UMP) in the 1970s, is  one of the world’s top traders in lamb
and beef.

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Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

| 26/02/2009 | Reply
Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, February 17, 2009 – Canadian
beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market
for the first time since 2003. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the
announcement today following his meeting with Saudi Arabian Minister of
Commerce and Industry Abdullah Bin Ahmed Zeinal Alireza in Riyadh.

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Multi-million pound halal meat export opportunity for West Midlands farmers

| 24/02/2009 | Reply
Multi-million pound halal meat export opportunity for West Midlands farmers

The West Midlands is poised to become the European hub of a
multi-billion pound industry that could see regional farmers annually
supplying thousands of tonnes of halal meat to Muslim communities
throughout the world.





Livestock producers in Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire,
Warwickshire and Worcestershire could tap into new consumer markets for
halal meat in Europe and the Middle East following the approval of the
UK’s first “farm to fork” traceability system.

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UK Farmers Aim for Halal Meat Market

| 24/02/2009 | Reply
UK Farmers Aim for Halal Meat Market

West
Midlands farmers hope to tap into the £2.8bn UK halal meat market with
a scheme that will check animals are killed in accordance with Islamic
law.

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U.S. poultry exports hit record in 2008

| 23/02/2009 | Reply
U.S. poultry exports hit record in 2008

Exports
of U.S. broiler meat, excluding chicken paws, rose 18 percent in 2008
from 2007 to a record quantity of 3.2 million metric tons, as their
value soared to a record $3.5 billion, an increase of 28 percent,
according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

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Filipino brand of halal sausages hits Doha

| 19/02/2009 | Reply
Filipino brand of halal sausages hits Doha

Doha:
The first-ever Asian brand of Philippines-made halal sausages is now in Doha and has
been well received by consumers, Imelda Madarang, RFM Vice President
for exports told The Peninsula yesterday. Qatar is the first country in
which RFM, a food and beverage firm based in the Philippines, has
exported halal sausages.

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Bengal Meat Moves Fast to Ensure Smooth Supply Chain

| 02/02/2009 | Reply
Bengal Meat Moves Fast to Ensure Smooth Supply Chain

Global economic recession has bit into Bengal
Meat as plunging demand has caused the country’s lone meat processing
company to suspend mutton exports, an official said Saturday. Senior
executive of the company Sharif Ahmed Chowdhury said the
Sirajganj-based company has suspended its mutton exports to Dubai’s
upmarket stores since November.

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UK Farming Minister Kennedy launches animal slaughter consultation

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
UK Farming Minister Kennedy launches animal slaughter consultation

UK FARMING Minister Jane Kennedy has launched a consultation on proposed new rules on the welfare of animals at slaughter. The rules follow an EU proposal and will see
measures introduced for all animals including poultry to ensure animals
are slaughtered by a method that leads to instant death or death after
stunning. She also confirmed exemptions would be available for
slaughter in accordance with religious rites, such as for Halal and
Kosher meat.

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Australia-MLA Halal accredited brand.

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Australia-MLA Halal accredited brand.

The global expansion of the MLA’s Halal Brand, is an important step
towards expanding markets for Australian red meat, according to Ian
Ross the Middle East regional manager for the MLA.




Ross said “with 28% of the worlds population being Moslem and with most
of these people living in countries with growing economies, its vital
the Australian red meat industry positions itself in the best possible
way to supply these important markets”.The world has over 2 billion
Moslems and the market for Halal products, exceeds US$500 billion.

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United Kingdom-Tesco and Asda stock Halal meat.

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
United Kingdom-Tesco and Asda stock Halal meat.

National Halal Meat Company in Birmingham, have opened new franchise’s for their product in Tesco and Asda supermarkets. National Halal products, from fresh lamb and mutton to burgers, can be
obtained nationwide, from as far south as Slough west of London to
Bradford Yorkshire in the north of England. Tesco and Asda are now
displaying the National Halal products.

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