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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 13 April 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – China and Brazil Agree to Facilitate Beef and Chicken Trade

In Beijing this week, the Presidents of China and Brazil have hailed a new strategic partnership as key deals and agreements have been signed on products including chicken and beef.

China has pledged to diversify its trade with Brazil and boost imports from South America's biggest economy, as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff began her first presidential trip outside Latin America yesterday (12 April).

The two countries agreed to promote the registration of Brazil's poultry and beef companies and vowed to quicken procedures to add new products onto their import and export lists.

Growth in the demand for pork in emerging markets is expected to continue to lead the recovery of the Canadian pork industry. After up to five years of producing hogs at below the cost of production, the country's pork producers are once again operating in the black. A senior economist with Farm Credit Canada said the net margins have become positive because of growing demand from emerging markets.

In company news, Smithfield Foods has bid for a full take-over of Spanish-based Campofrio. Smithfield Foods says it and Campofrio's chairman, Pedro Ballve, are evaluating a joint de-listing takeover bid to acquire the remaining approximate 50 per cent of Campofrio Food Group, S.A. for €9.50 per share. The acquisition would give Smithfield 87.6 per cent controlling interest in Campofrio, Europe's leading packaged meats company. Smithfield currently owns 37 per cent of Campofrio.

In New Zealand, private equity company, Affinity Equity Partners, has been given the all-clear by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to buy Tegel Foods for a reported NZ$600 million.

IPE show organisers, US Poultry & Egg Association, have announced that the 2012 IPE show will becomes 'IPE Week'. Dates and times for the 2012 International Poultry Expo (IPE) will be different from previous years to allow more time for educational programmes. Next year's show will start at noon on Tuesday 24 January 2012 and close at 15:00 on Thursday 26 January.

Taking place this week is the AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention in Chicago. The organisers says 120 new exhibitors, including more than 40 international exhibitors from 14 different countries will also be in attendance, as will Chris Harris, Editor-in-Chief of TheMeatSite.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Positive Prospects for Irish Meat and Livestock
The combined value of Irish meat and livestock exports grew to almost €2.44 billion in 2010 - a rise on about nine per cent on the previous year, according to Bord Bia's Meat and Livestock Review and Outlook 2010/11, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief Chris Harris.
US Breeding Herd Crawls along the Bottom
By Chris Harris, Editor-in-Chief of TheMeatSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in April 2011 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis, including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Private Label Underperforms in Scandinavia
The recent PLMA Roundtable Conference highlighted the fact that compared to most other countries with a similar concentrated retail sector, the presence of private labels (PL) in the Nordic markets is particularly low, according to Nicolas Ranninger from Bord Bia Scandinavia.
High-Tech Tactics To Detect Pathogen Sources
Before that crisp head of lettuce or juicy apple reaches your hands, it passes through a series of inspections to make sure it’s good enough for you to eat, according to scientists at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
Examination of Salmonella's Ability to Survive
The survival of Salmonella Typhimurium is aided by the stress that it endures, according to research at the University of Arkansas in the latest newsletter from the Food Safety Consortium.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - April 2011
Red meat and poultry production are expected to be virtually unchanged this month, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
* Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

 » EFSA Assesses Safety of Food Irradiation
 » EFSA Advises on Campy Reduction in Chickens
 » EU Pig Prices: Price Barometer Displays Upward Trend

   South Africa

 » Astral Foods Denies Charges
 » Regulator Clears Astral Foods

   United States

 » Beef Trim Safety Study Continues Collaboration
 » 2012 IPE Show Becomes 'IPE Week'
 » Listeria Risk Assessment to be Updated
 » Higher Retail Pork Prices Needed for Profitability
 » Poultry Groups Say Food Inspectors are Essential
 » CME: Wholesale Pork Prices Gain Ground
 » Beef Company Cited for Safety after Amputation
 » Dairy Processors Vote To Support Policy Reform
 » Beef Industry Representatives Discuss Critical Issues
 » Market Preview: Heavier Market Weights
 » CME: Does Expensive Feed Mean Lighter Animals?
 » FAPRI-ISU Presents 2011 World Agricultural Outlook
 » AMI EXPO: 120 New Exhibitors Participate in AMI Expo
 » Lesser Known E.Coli Types To Be Researched

   General

 » Food Price Index Shows First Decrease in 8 Months
 » New Agreement Eases China–Brazil Beef, Poultry Trade
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   New Zealand

 » Affinity's Acquisition of Tegel Cleared

   China

 » Tianli Agritech Begins Selling Its Branded Pork
 » Pork Supplied to Macao Safe
 » China Vows to Tighten up on Food Safety

   Ireland

 » Pig Producers Protest to Highlight Weekly Losses

   Spain

 » Smithfield Bids for Full Take Over of Campofrio

   Brazil

 » Brazil's Pork Exports Gain Again in February

   Canada

 » XL Foods to Close Calgary Plants
 » Fuelling of Pork Industry Recovery Expected

   United Kingdom

 » Government Urged to Act Now on Grocery Adjudicator
 » UK And Brazil Call For Action On Food Prices
 » MEATUP Hosts Industry Workshops
 » Efficient Scottish Farms Have Lowest GHG Emissions
CFS Compact
   Japan

 » Japanese Meat Sector Feeling Impact of Earthquake

   Australia

 » PorkFest in Full Swing
 » Red Meat Industry Shows Support In Japan

   Cyprus

 » Birds Slaughtered after 'Dangerous' Salmonella Found

   Thailand

 » CPF to Focus on More Outlets & Channels

   Russian Federation

 » Second Line Started at Cherkizovo's Bryansk Cluster

   Ukraine

 » Agroton Announces Expansion Plans for This Year

That's all for this week!

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