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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 15 August 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – Meat Companies Face Challenging Times

It is the season for company results and in the last week, Cargill has reported a significant loss in earnings despite higher revenues for the year. The US-based international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services has reported $1.17 billion in earnings from continuing operations in the 2012 fiscal year – a 56 per cent drop from a record $2.69 billion in the prior year.

Fourth-quarter earnings were $73 million, down 82 per cent from $404 million in the same period a year ago. Consolidated revenues in fiscal 2012 were $133.9 billion, up 12 per cent from $119.5 billion in the prior year.

"Cargill's earnings performance was not up to our expectations, though with notable exceptions," commented Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer.

He identified two factors that accounted for much of the change in company results: under-par trading in markets made difficult by the economic and political environment, and the challenges of cyclical trends in global soybean processing and the North American beef industries.

From China, Zhongpin has announced that it continues to invest despite tough market conditions. The meat and food processing company has reported higher sales revenues and lower net income for the three months ended 30 June than the second quarter 2011.

Total sales revenues increased 11.4 per cent to US$408.2 million for the three months ended 30 June from $366.5 million in the second quarter 2011 primarily due to higher sales volume for pork products sold at lower average selling prices.

Net income decreased 43.0 per cent to $11.0 million in the second quarter 2012 from $19.3 million in the second quarter 2011 primarily due to a lower gross profit margin, the cost of more employees to support expansion, higher salaries, rising labour and utility costs, and higher interest expenses and income taxes.

Also in the news, Smithfield Foods is to issue its first-ever Integrated Report that provides shareholders, customers, consumers and other stakeholders with a complete review of both the company's financial and sustainability results for fiscal year 2012 in one publication.

The 2012 'Integrated Report', which combines the company's Annual Report and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, was sent to shareholders and employees last week.

Hillshire Brands has reported a drop in income. The US-based company, the meat and food spin-off from Sara Lee, has reported a 3.3 per cent increase in adjusted net sales to $1.02 billion similar to the previous year. The company's report has been limited because of an on-going investigation into financial irregularities in a related company.

Danish-based meat processor, Tican, plans to make further investments in China to boost slaughterhouse capacity and exports.

Also in China, Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Group is managing or setting up 13 modern farm projects focusing on the production of pigs, chickens, shrimp and eggs through its Chinese operation, Chia Tai.

In Canada, Hylife Foods expects the ramp-up of its newly upgraded and expanded Neepawa pig slaughtering plant to be completed by the end of this year.

And finally, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. of the US has closed its acquisition of the egg production assets of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Swedish Reliance on Beef Imports Grows
Swedish beef consumption remains strong, having increased by three per cent in 2011, according to Nicolas Ranninger, Nordic Market Manager for Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.
Opportunities for Predicting and Manipulating Beef Quality
Meat quality is a complex concept and can be defined as the characteristics of meat which satisfy consumers and citizens.
Influence of Slaughter Age of Chickens on Meat Quality
Based on measures of sustainability and after examining various growing periods of between 35 and 63 days, researchers in France recommend slaughtering chickens of a heavy line at 42 days of age.
Predicting Impact of Nutritional Strategies on Carcase Quality
Variation is inherent to living systems in the pig sector, but precision pork production can help to control growth and carcase quality.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Americas Account for 70 Per Cent of World Chicken Exports
The Americas is the most important region of the world for exports of fresh/chilled/frozen chicken meat, accounting for some 67 per cent of the global total in 2009, according to Terry Evans in his latest analysis of the world's poultry industry.
* Market Reports

 » USDA WASDE - August 2012

* Global Meat Industry News

   Bangladesh

 » Work on Hi-Tech Fish Testing Lab Begins

   United States

 » Newsletter Keeps Foodservice Hooked on Seafood
 » Opportunities for Milk Protein Concentrates
 » Opportunities for Small Meat and Poultry Processors
 » Smithfield Foods Issues Integrated Report
 » Drop in Earnings for Cargill
 » Evaluating Tenderness, Colour Stability in Meat
 » Hillshire Brands Reports Drop in Income
 » CME: Pork, Beef Prices Down Despite Drought
 » Results Encouraging for US Meat Exports
 » Hog Outlook: Hog Prices Down
 » Beef Checkoff Comes under Fire
 » Beef Production Raised, Liquidation Continues
 » USDA Purchases $170 Million Meat
 » New Structure Brings Focus, Flexibility to Checkoff
 » Cal-Maine Seals Egg Deal with Pilgrim's Pride
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » NPPC Thanks Government for Pork Purchase
 » McDonald's Stores Test Bone-in Chicken Wings
 » CME: Government Purchases Meat to Stabilise Market

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Dairy Farms Violate Milk Safety Regulations
 » New Outbreak of ASF in Krasnodar

   Australia

 » Earlier Rains Help AACo
 » Beef Processor Warns over Carbon Tax
 » Advancing Australia's Access to the EU
 » Excellence on Menu at Red Meat Awards
 » Beef Exports to South Asia Decline in July

   Denmark

 » Danish Haddock Now MSC-Certified

   United Kingdom

 » Putting the Sizzle Back in British Bacon
 » Export Opportunities Exist for Scottish Dairy
 » Record Consumer Awareness for Pork Campaign
 » Plea to Stop Declining Livestock Numbers
 » Quality Standard Beef and Lamb in Spotlight
 » Casualties are Inevitable, Pork Demand Not Improved
 » Countrywide Awarded Temperton Fellowship
 » New Board Member for BPEX

   Global

 » FAO Food Price Index up Six Per Cent
 » American Drought Causes Beef Production Imbalance

   Ireland

 » Pig Price Increase Welcome but Insufficient

   Namibia

 » Namibian Beef Exports Fall

   China

 » Zhongpin Continues to Invest in Tough Market
 » Further Pork Price Rises This Year
 » Tican Subsidiary Invests in China
 » Modern Farm Management on CP's Agenda in China

   Canada

 » Govt Improves Food Safety Inspections
 » Hylife Foods Slaughtering Plant Nears Completion
 » Canada Reviews Milk Import Requirements
 » Canada Invests in Cardinal Meat Innovation

   Brazil

 » Strike Raises Concerns over Meat Shipments

   Viet Nam

 » Ag Sector Shows Stronger Production Growth

   Norway

 » Marine Stewardship Council to Exhibit at Nor-Fishing

   Philippines

 » Agricultural Sector Grows by One Per Cent

   European Union

 » Pork Prices Pushed up by Demand, Scarce Supply

   Pakistan

 » Fish Production Falls in Pakistan

   Chile

 » 2-Star Salmon Operation In Southern Hemisphere

   Indonesia

 » Indonesia Considers FMD Zone-Free Imports

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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