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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 28 November 2012

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Editorial: More Changes at VION Foods

Following the news that VION in the UK is to sell off all its meat processing and agricultural interests, VION Food Netherlands is to lose 105 staff in a shake-up of its personnel structure to improve efficiency and to reduce costs.

The company said that the move is necessary to reinforce the company's competitive position on the strongly contested food market.

The modifications are the result of the VION Food Group's new course, which was announced last week.

The intended organisational modifications relate to staff in general administrative positions.

UK supplier of pork products, Cranswick, has reported a six per cent rise in revenues for the six months ended 30 September 2012.

Revenues rose to £418.6 million from £393.9 million for the same period in 2011.

Underlying revenues increased by five per cent and pre-tax profit rose by 21 per cent to £22.5 million compared to £18.5 million in 2011.

In the US, meat and food procesing giant, ConAgra Foods, has acquired Ralcorp Holdings, the largest manufacturer of private label food in the US for $6.8 billion.

This transaction creates one of the largest packaged food companies in North America, with sales of approximately $18 billion annually and more than 36,000 employees.

It will also position ConAgra Foods as the largest private label packaged food business in North America, with combined private label sales of approximately $4.5 billion.

In Denmark, Danish Crown is to help pig producer suppliers with investment to build and alter old sow stalls.

The move will help to ensure the company's supply of pigs and will also secure jobs in Denmark.

Danish Crown said that it is harder to be pig producer in Denmark than in countries around us, because the political requirements for production are tighter than in many other countries.

This means that the production of finishers in recent years has been falling and there has been a lack of interest to invest in new housing - or renovate the old.

In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence of Capital Packers in Edmonton, Alberta because of concerns over Listeria contamination.

The CFIA said that adequate controls for food safety are not being reliably implemented in the plant on a consistent basis.

The company that manufactures hams and sausages has also failed to correct deficiencies previously identified through CFIA inspections.

Chris Harris



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AVEC Annual Report 2012: Marketing Standards - Labelling of Poultrymeat
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Food Production 29 Per Cent of GHG Emissions
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FAO Meat and Meat Products Market Summary
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 » Liveweight Livestock and Poulty Sales Increase

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 » Upgraded Abattoir to Help Boost Meat Industry

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Second Line for Hams, Deli Products

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 » Affluent Will Be Major Driver of China's Growth
 » Mexico Welcomes Export Opportunities to China
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 » Cargill Meat Solutions Fined over Hazardous Practices
 » Hormel Reports Record Sales
 » In The Cattle Markets: Prices up on Last Week
 » CME: US Turkey Industry Assessed
 » Cal-Maine Closes Acquisition of Maxim
 » AMI Concerns over USDA Guidelines for Listeria
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 » Wastewater Treatment Saves Turkey Processor
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 » CME: Sow Slaughter Stays Down
 » ConAgra Acquires Ralcorp

   United Kingdom

 » Adjudicator Must be Able to Fine Unfair Retailers
 » NFU Takes CAP Fight to European Parliament
 » Research Priorities for Future of Food Production
 » NFU Disappointed in Morrisons' Poultry Meat Decision
 » UK Cattle Slaughtering Falls, Pigs Up
 » £3.6Million Boost for Agri Food Sector
 » Offal Exports Rise Despite Lower Production
 » Welcome for End to Russian Meat Import Ban
 » Cattle Quotes Rise With Pre-Christmas Demand
 » Cranswick Revenue and Profits Rise
 » Sheep Meat Cuts Buck Export Trend
 » NFU Scotland Unveils Beef Blueprint
 » Deadweight Price Averages 350p/kg for R4L

   Canada

 » Pork Producers Targeting Heavier Weights Warned
 » Canada Hog Markets
 » Banff Pork Seminar 2013 Targets
 » FTAs Offer New Pork Marketing Opportunities
 » Meat Plant Licence Suspended over Listeria Fears

   Denmark

 » DC Beef Reports Convincing Results
 » Danish Crown in Strong Position
 » Danish Crown Invests in Finisher Facilities

   Japan

 » Japan Starts Hearing on BSE Measures

   Global

 » FAO Food Outlook - November 2012 - Overview
 » Growing Populations and Wealth Changing Food Demand

   Norway

 » Norwegian Prawns Confirmed Friend of the Sea

   Netherlands

 » Razor Clam Fishery Achieves MSC Certification
 » Jobs to Go at VION Food Netherlands
 » Genes That Made Domestic Pigs Longer Revealed

   Viet Nam

 » Responsibly Farmed Pangasius Recognised

   Spain

 » Spain to Lose 16 per cent of Funds in EU Budget

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Cattle Slaughter Rises

   European Union

 » 2013 Guide Prices for Fisheries Products Proposed

   Ireland

 » Top Accolade for Irish Beef at Culinary Olympics
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   Germany

 » Record for German Agricultural Exports
 » Experts Discuss Progress in Zoonosis Control

   Mexico

 » Japan Authorises New Meat Hygiene Facility

   New Zealand

 » Hoki Fishery Certification for Sustainable Fishery

   Colombia

 » US-Colombia FTA Approval Leads to Increased Exports

   Brazil

 » Brazil Needs to 'Ensure Food Supply'

   Finland

 » Public Health Award for HK Ruokatalo



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