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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Future of Companies in the Balance

The future of two major meat processing operations was hanging in the balance this week.

The Commercial Court in Quimper France was due to rule on the fate of the leading French poultry processor Doux. which is threatened by huge debts.

The court heard and considered 15 different takeover bids of Doux, as well as the proposed continuation of the activities of the company from its current CEO, Charles Doux, under the control of British bank Barclays.

One of the leading options is for a takeover by the consortium Sofiprotéol, which includes some of the other leading French poultry companies.

In the UK, talks have been progressing on the future of Halls of Broxburn, the pig meat processing plant that is part of the Vion Food Group.

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said he was encouraged at the progress being made.

A taskforce is examining the company’s finances and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service has been identifying potential process improvements and savings.

Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International have been exploring all options for the future of the plant and its businesses. The taskforce is also conducting an Economic Impact Assessment into the potential effects of any job losses, and is also working to ensure the security of the pork supply chain.

In the US, ConAgra Foods is to acquire the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Home Menu frozen meals businesses from Unilever for $265 million.

With annual sales approaching $300 million, the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s businesses are leaders in the frozen multi-serve meals segment.

The agreement includes a license for the use of the Bertolli brand name and the transfer of Unilever’s existing license with P.F. Chang’s for use of the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu brand name.

The beleaguered poultry processor, Pilgrim's Pride, now part of the Brazilian JBS group, has recorded a profit in the second quarter of the year, after reporting a significant loss for the same period last year.

The company saw net income of $69.4 million during the second quarter of 2012 compared to a loss of $128.1 million the prior year. Net debt was reduced to $1.18 billion in the period, reflecting a year-to-date reduction in net debt of $248.0 million.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

MRSA in Conventional and Alternative Retail Pork Products
Research in the US has confirmed the presence of Staphylococcus aureus on raw pork products in the United States, regardless of whether it was produced conventionally or from animals raised without antibiotics or antibiotic growth promoters.
Rethinking Research Methods for Emerging Technologies
Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Food Processing Technology Division and the University of Georgia’s Poultry Science Department have worked individually, collectively, and jointly to address current and future challenges facing the poultry and allied industries, writes John Pierson.
Noni Puree Enhanced Colour Stability in Beef Patties
A group of researchers has discovered that mixing Noni fruit puree with ground beef can inhibit oxidation in the retail display.
Chicken as Reservoir for Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli
Research into Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) has shown that its potential transmission from food animal sources is likely to be implicated in human infections and that chicken is a major reservoir.
* Market Reports

 » UK Poultry Meat: Production 120,000 Tonnes in June 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 13 July 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 13 July 2012
 » Irish CSO Milk Statistics July 2012
 » Irish CSO Livestock Slaughterings July 2012
 » UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk - Review of June 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Russian Fish, Seafood Production, Trade Update July 2012
 » BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - August 2012
 » USDA Egg Products: Shell Eggs Broken Down 3 Percent from Last Year
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry: Mercosur

* Company News

Marel Sees Profits Slow
ICELAND - Meat and food processing equipment company Marel has seen revenue for the second quarter of 2012 rise by 15.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, to €186.5 million.
Ergonomic Knife from Friedr. Dick
GERMANY - The new knife series ExpertGrip 2K from Friedrick Dick has been developed especially for professionals to provide them with working conditions that are easy on the joints.
Fewer Cables, More Hygiene, Simpler Operation
GERMANY - MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection is launching its own thermal transfer printer (TTO) onto the market.
* Global Meat Industry News

   New Zealand

 » Pork Results Show Power of In-store Demos
 » New Zealand's Export Beef Sector Gets Funding Boost
 » Favourable Conditions for NZ Dairy Industry
 » Beef Production Increases, but Value Falls
 » Code of Welfare for Meat Chickens Released
 » New Zealand Invests in Premium Beef Development

   Australia

 » Pork Prices Likely to Rise
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Chicken to Get More Costly

   United States

 » BAP Programme Adds Repacking Plants
 » Smithfield Foods to Import Corn from Brazil
 » USDA Mess Up over Meatless Monday
 » Meat Plant Fined over Worker Safety
 » ‘Poultry & The Hormone Myth’ Video Released
 » NPPC Says Trade Barriers Need to Fall
 » Salmonella Outbreak Led to Beef Recall
 » Egg Prices Could Double Without Legislation
 » Foster Farms, Fresno State Break Ground on New Facility
 » Cattle Outlook: June Placements, Marketings Down
 » Pilgrim's Pride Turns in Profit
 » NPPC Wants Taiwan To Lift Ractopamine Ban
 » ConAgra Buys Frozen Meals Businesses
 » Coalition Urges EPA to Waiver RFS Due to Drought
 » Cal-Maine Foods Reports Increasing Sales, Earnings
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » AFBF Will Oppose Farm Bill Extension

   China

 » China Farm Produce Prices Edge Up
 » Aflatoxin Found in Chinese Dairies
 » Rains Drive Up China's Farm Produce Prices

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Increasing in Southern Europe
 » Advanced Direct CAP Farm Payments Approved
 » EU Pig Prices: Positive Atmosphere Throughout EU

   France

 » Overhaul for French Poultry Sector Following Doux Case
 » Court Reserves Decision on Doux Group

   United Kingdom

 » Pressure Mounts on Wiseman, Muller over Price Cuts
 » Retailers Urged to Consider Feed Cost Spike
 » Feed Price Surge Overshadows Pig Price Movement
 » Egg Producer to Fight Packers
 » LMC: Tight Cattle Supplies in First Half of 2012
 » Moy Park Tackles Mountain for Farm Africa
 » EBLEX to Host Inaugural Processor Conference
 » Progress in Talks over Future of Halls Plant
 » Coalition to Keep Pressure on Retailers, Processors
 » Meadow Foods Drops Milk Price Cut
 » Fish Freezing Requirements Relaxed

   Brazil

 » Increase in Brazilian Cattle Slaughter
 » Brazil Reports High Chicken Prices

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Announces Increased Net Sales
 » Mexico Exports Increase
 » MSC Certification for Lobster Fishery

   Germany

 » Germany Reviewing Animal Welfare Standards

   Global

 » Global Trade Growth Projection for 2012 Still at 4 Per Cent
 » NZ/India Talks Stall Over Dairy Trade
 » Global Weather Conditions Hitting Grain and Oilseed Production
 » Poultry Industry's Prospects Dominated by Feed Cost Worries

   Canada

 » Updated CLT Expected to be Ready for Classroom Delivery
 » Beef Producers Gain Market Access to Kazakhstan
 » Pilot Project on Interprovincial Meat Trade

   India

 » Chicken and Egg Prices Likely to Rise

   Finland

 » Atria's Results Start to Improve
 » HKScan Group Streamlines Corporate Structure

   Malaysia

 » Adequate Poultry and Meat Supply for Aidilfitri

   Belgium

 » Eight Pig Carcass Grading Methods Approved

   Pakistan

 » Government Sets Egg Production Target

   Russian Federation

 » Tver Region Destroys 33,000 Pigs

   Honduras

 » Corral Processing Plant is Certified to Export Beef

   Paraguay

 » Paraguay to Export Meat Again to Chile

   Sweden

 » Major Meat Recall after Salmonella Test Positive

   Jamaica

 » JBG Touts Ethanol, Haiti as Growth Areas

   Ireland

 » Farmers Battle Factories over Beef Prices



That's all for this week!

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