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Office for National Statistics – Meat Prices: 1987-2014

The price of poultry has risen only 44% from 1987 to 2014, while other meat prices have more than doubled during the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Data from the ONS shows that, compared to nine other different fish and meat categories, poultry prices have increased the least over nearly three decades.

Poultry, which includes turkeys, ducks and geese, has seen an annual increase of just 1.6%, equating to 44.3% over the 27-year period. Meanwhile, beef has risen by 118.5%, pork by 136.6% and fish has seen an increase of 155.4%, all over the same time period, claimed ONS.

Office for National Statistics: rise in consumer prices for meat from 1987-2014

“The small increase of poultry prices is explained by regular improvement in industry efficiencies over the past 27 years that are passed on to consumers,” said chief executive of the British Poultry Council Andrew Large.

“Poultry meat remains the best-value meat for families in the UK and makes a strong contribution to the country’s GDP. We are proud that poultry makes up almost half the meat eaten here in the UK and we look forward to continuing to produce high-quality, nutritious and affordable food.”

At 187.9%, lamb has seen the biggest increase in price, followed closely by fresh fish which has risen by 172.1%.

via MeatInfo: Poultry prices fail to take off.

MMS Participacoes Ltda, the controlling shareholder of Brazil’s meat processor Marfrig Global Foods SA, will be allowed to sell a portion of the shares it owns in the business, according to a filling with Brazil’s market regulator on Sunday.

MMS Participacoes, owned by Marfrig’s chairman Marcos Molina, entered an agreement with BNDESPar, the investment arm of Brazil’s development bank BNDES, to have the right to unlink 20 percent of the shares it owns in Marfrig.

MMS owns around 28 percent of Marfrig, while BNDESPar is the second largest shareholder with almost 20 percent.

The agreement does not cite any specific date for possible share sales by MMS.

via Controlling shareholder of Brazil’s Marfrig may sell shares | Reuters.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to make an early start on marketing campaigns in an effort to tackle falling lamb prices.

HCC has moved to combat falling lamb prices

To help support the industry, HCC is to launch a series of marketing initiatives much earlier in the year than usual to stimulate demand among consumers, highlighting the quality of Welsh Lamb. The campaign will include TV and billboard advertising and digital marketing.

HCC is also in talks with the major supermarket chains to discuss the availability of Welsh Lamb in their stores, following claims that some have been favouring imported meat over home-grown produce. The package of marketing initiatives will run from July into the autumn.

According to latest figures, Welsh farmers are receiving between £25 and £30 less per lamb than a year ago due to a strong pound and increased red meat imports.

via HCC acts to counter falling lamb prices – MeatInfo.

Speaking at the AHDB Meat Export conference at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire earlier this week, Garnier said while there were plenty of opportunities in the future of exporting British meat, they did not come without challenges. “I think at the moment we have a temporary issue with the strength of sterling against the euro,” said Garnier.

However, in light of this “temporary” issue, he remained optimistic. “We believe there is still a future with premium beef. We’re selling high-quality beef. We’re getting experience selling lamb.”

The UK exports 40% of its lamb production, and is now the only country producing the meat profitably.

Despite this, Garnier believes that we need to see more lamb cuts. “We need to become more creative in sheep products. This is something that can be achieved by producing a variety of unconventional lamb foods. Burgers and sausages using lamb meat instead of beef will create further promotion and increase popularity.”

via Experts gather to learn about British meat exports – MeatInfo.

JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement with Cargill to acquire the company’s U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion (USD). Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory review and approval.

via AgriMarketing.com – JBS To Acquire Cargill’s Pork Business.

Choice boxed beef saw it’s first increase this week, rising 32 cents to hit $252.78. The 27-day average price is now at $252.01. Select boxed beef jumped from $249.10 on Tuesday to $249.52 on Wednesday. The 42-cent incrase brought the 27-day average price to $244.90.

Chioce primal short plate dropped drastically on Wednesday, falling from $181.98 on Tuesday to $177.37. The $4.61 drop brougth the 27-day average price to $181.04. Choice primal loin fared much better with a $3.84 increase, with the price settling at $340.70.

via Boxed Beef Report: Beef prices increase | Cattle Network.

It has been brought to our attention that an individual calling themselves James Festus has been offering a variety of meat products, most notably chicken feet, into  the international  market often though the trading website Alibaba.com

CSC (UK) Ltd are the UK trading arm of Cold Storage Commission Zimbabwe, trading only Beef and beef products produced by CSC in Zimbabwe. They do not trade any other meat products. In addition the individual James Festus has never been employed or associated with either CSC (UK) Ltd or CSC Zimbabwe.

We’d advise anyone who has come into contact Mr James Festus on behalf of CSC (Uk) Ltd to contact us here on +44 151 949 4400 or email on sales@weddelswift.com

Moy Park, one of Europe’s top poultry producers and a major sponsor of the football World Cup, is working on plans for a £1bn London stock market flotation.

The food giant is the biggest company in Northern Ireland and supplies chicken to major retailers and food brands including Tesco, Waitrose, and Jamie Oliver.

It is owned by Brazilian food group Marfrig, which is expected to sell down its stake when it goes public. Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank, has been appointed to oversee the plans.

Moy Park would follow a long list of consumer goods and retail groups to float in London this year. Other companies include Poundland, Pets at Home, and B&M.

Although some of them have endured a mixed performance, with the majority trading below their float price, a number of privately-owned companies are still pressing ahead with float ambitions.

Moy Park was one of the main sponsors of the football World Cup in Brazil and its brand was advertised on billboards on the side of the pitches.

The company, founded in 1943 in Moygashel, a village in Country Tyrone in Northern Ireland, employs almost 20,000 people across Northern Ireland, the UK, and Europe.

Sergio Rial, chief executive of Marfrig, said earlier this year that the company was looking to sell down stakes in its overseas businesses in order to reduce debts. According to accounts for 2013, Marfrig had net debts of 7.12bn Brazilian real (£1.9bn).

Moy Park generates annual sales of more than £1.2bn. In 2013 adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) reached £80.7m, while pre-tax profits were £33.8m.

via Poultry giant Moy Park cooking up London flotation – Telegraph.

Russia has banned U.S. poultry imports as part of a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin, the country’s veterinary service said Wednesday. Putin earlier signed an order banning or limiting imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia.

Putin ordered his government to come up with a list of goods to be banned for imports into Russia and to last one year, the Kremlin said. The order says the limits are being imposed “with the goal of guaranteeing the security of the Russian Federation” and calls for undertaking measures to guard against quick price hikes. The decision on U.S. and EU food import bans would be “quite substantial,” the veterinary service said.

The move follows the latest round of sanctions against Russia imposed by the European Union last week, which for the first time targeted entire sectors of the Russian economy.

The U.S. and the EU have accused Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March, of fomenting tensions in eastern Ukraine by supplying arms and expertise to a pro-Moscow insurgency, and have imposed asset freezes and loan bans on a score of individuals and companies.

Some U.S. poultry producers, including Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods, were still trading in positive territory after the announcement.

via Russia banning US poultry imports on Putin’s order.

U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production.

Under the new rule, poultry producers would be required, among other things, to perform microbiological testing at two points in their production process to prevent salmonella and campylobacter contamination.

The plan is designed to encourage a pro-active prevention approach instead of simply addressing contamination after it occurs. The move could prevent as many as 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year, USDA officials said.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the plan “imposes stricter requirements on the poultry industry and places our trained inspectors where they can better ensure food is being processed safely.”

via U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety | Reuters.