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Editorial – US Returns to Top Spot as World's Top Beef Exporter

The United States has recaptured its position as the world's leading beef exporter, out-pacing Australia and Brazil. If the trend established in the first six months of the year holds up, US beef and pork exports are likely to set several new records in 2011 and each could exceed the five-billion-dollar mark for the first time.

According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), June beef exports achieved the second-highest value ever at $461.8 million. This was 23 per cent higher than June 2010, and has been surpassed only once – by the March 2011 value total of $475.2 million.

In terms of volume, June beef exports reached 111,362 metric tons, an increase of 15 per cent over June 2010. This brought the cumulative 2011 total to 620,851 metric tons valued at $2.55 billion, which was 25 per cent higher in volume and 40 per cent higher in value than last year's pace.

June pork exports were slightly higher in volume than last year and six per cent higher in value. This pushed first-half pork exports to 1.08 million metric tons valued at $2.81 billion – year-over-year increases of 14 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively. When compared to the all-time record year of 2008, the pace of this year's pork exports is six per cent higher in volume and 21 per cent higher in value.

Less dramatic but still positive for the US industry was the latest news that poultry meat exports set a record in terms of value for the first half of 2011 to $2.16 billion, 10 per cent above the equivalent figure for last year.

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) says the trade data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service shows poultry exports for the first half of 2011 as a new year-on-year record in value – up 10 per cent to $2.16 billion – while the quantity was the third-highest on record at 1.77 million metric tons and two per cent higher than the same period of 2010.

For the month of June, exports of broiler meat (excluding chicken paws) actually declined by 14 per cent but value for the month dipped by less than a point. The quantity decline reflects lower shipments to several key markets.

And finally, continuing the theme of meat trade, it was confirmed at the end of last week that Russia has banned imports from 37 Brazilian meat processors, citing problems in the local veterinary service.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Higher Carcase Weights Offset Lower Supplies
For the first half of 2011, total finished cattle supplies were more than four per cent lower at 805,800 head, according to Peter Duggan from the Strategic Information Services at Bord Bia-Irish Food Board.
French Appetite for Charcuterie Still Strong
Charcuterie continues to be a national institution in France, according to 2010 figures published by the French all-industry body FICT (Fédération Française des Industriels Charcutiers Traiteurs).
Campylobacter on Broiler Carcases in the Slaughterhouse
More uniform bodyweights and good health control contributed to a reduction of the contamination of the broiler carcases in Campylobacter-carrier batches, according to new research from France.
Research Ties Red Meat to Type 2 Diabetes
A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers finds a strong association between the consumption of red meat-particularly when the meat is processed-and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - August 2011
Meat and poultry supplies are expected to remain stable while corn, wheat and oilseed supplies this month are forecast to be down according to the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.
* Company News

Marel Introduces Streamline to South African Market
SOUTH AFRICA - Beef processing companies looking for greater efficiency are increasingly focusing on key performance indicators (KPIs) that are crucial pointers for how effectively their plant is running.
* Global Meat Industry News

   Canada

 » Cargill Launches SafetySense
 » Union Angry at Meat Inspection Changes
 » Poultry Code of Practice up for Review
 » Firm Recalls Bacon for Possible Listeria Contamination
 » Mustard Effective Against Major Pathogens
 » Lack of FTA Impedes Canadian Pork Exports to Korea

   General

 » Strong Pork Export Demand Drives Up Live Hog Prices
 » Taiwan Creates Buzz Around NZ Beef
 » New Markets Open for Canadian Producers
 » Chilled Beef Returns From Korea Surge In 2010-11

   Thailand

 » Pork Price Control a Challenge for Incoming Minister
 » CP Profits Rise 20 per cent
 » Shrimp Export Forecast Cut
 » Commerce Ministry to Curb High Pork Prices
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Thailand

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   United States

 » Perdue Announces First Solar Installation
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Beef Prices Up Despite Challenges
 » Beef-Demand Building Efforts to Increase
 » Seaboard Profits on the Rise
 » Increasing Meat Processing Capacity in New England
 » E.Coli Alert Leads to Ground Beef Recall
 » CME: Hog Futures Contract Reaches Record High
 » FSIS Issues Directive on Salmonella Programme
 » Kansas Firm Recalls Beef Due to Possible E. coli
 » Record Pork and Hog Prices
 » Beef & Pork Exports Close First Half with Solid Results
 » CME: 2011 Beef Production Down 0.3 Per Cent
 » Listeria Prevalence in RTE Meat, Poultry Declines
 » FSIS Announced New Directive on Humane Handling
 » Washington Study Looks at How Garlic Fights Campy
 » CWT Assists with Cheese Export Sales
 » Record-Breaking Value for US Poultry Meat Exports
 » President Obama Urged to Stop GIPSA Rule
 » NCC Welcomes Govt Help for Poultry Industry
 » Investor Group to Purchase Dean Foods' Dairy Plant
 » CME: Strong Beef Shipments
 » USDA Announces Chicken Products Purchase

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   European Union

 » Consultation on GM Effects on Health and Welfare
 » EU Funds Research into Threats such as E.coli
 » EU Pig Prices: Unchanged to Slightly Weak Levels

   Belgium

 » Latest Developments at 57th ICOMST

   China

 » China's Pork Prices Flat Last Week
 » Seven More Jailed Over Tainted Pork Scandal

   Ireland

 » Call for Minister to Move on Code of Practice

   United Kingdom

 » Further Light Shed on Antibiotic Resistance
 » Global Factors Keep Lamb Outlook Fair
 » LMC Report: Decline in Beef Slaughtering in July
 » World First in Welfare for Moy Park
 » Meaty Reward for Top Training Scotland Players
 » Yield Research Highlights Benefits of Classification Grid
 » Red Tractor Caters for Twice as Many Butchers

   Korea, South

 » Measures to Increase Chilled Pork Belly Imports

   Palestinian Territory

 » Profits Down at Palestine Poultry

   Brazil

 » Factors Combine to Drop Poultry Exports 14 Per Cent
 » Net Sales up 14 Per Cent at BRF
 » Marfrig Reports Net Revenue up 50 Per Cent
 » Net Revenue up Four Per Cent for JBS

   Russian Federation

 » Export Ban on Brazilian Processors Confirmed
 » Cherkizovo Welcomes Poultry & Pork Subsidies

   Finland

 » Strikes and Poor Pork Market Hit HKSCan Profits

   Sri Lanka

 » Profit Down Sharply at Three Acre Farm

   Pakistan

 » Concerns Raised over Food Safety

   United Arab Emirates

 » BRF Starts Further Processing Plant in Middle East
 » New Certification Needed for Poultry Imports

   India

 » Villagers Taken Ill After Consuming Pork

   Australia

 » Australians Eat Three Per Cent More Fresh Meat



That's all for this week!

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