JBS acquires Primo Smallgoods
BRAZIL, Sáo Paulo JBS SA, the world's largest meat processor, announced plans to acquire Primo Smallgoods Group for $1.25 bn. The business will be acquired through JBS Australia. The all-cash transaction is subject to approval by Australian regulatory authorities.
BMEL workshop provides a platform on TTIP
GERMANY, Berlin Christian Schmidt, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), is endeavouring to conclude a free trade agreement with the U.S.A. that will open up export opportunities without eroding the level of consumer protection that exists in Germany.
Ukraine bans Dutch, German and British poultry imports
UNITED KINGDOM, London Ukraine has banned imports of all live birds and bird products from Britain, the Netherlands and Germany due to bird flu cases in those countries, its veterinary inspectorate said on Wednesday.
History’s lesson reveals depth of fish catch decline
AUSTRALIA, Townsville Scientists in Queensland have used historic media to measure the decline in Queensland’s pink snapper fishery, highlighting a drop of almost 90% in catch rates since the 19th Century.
Fight against the rise of antibiotic resistance in Europe
BELGIUM, Brussels Antibiotic resistance has increased in the past years to the point that now constitutes a serious risk to public health. The lack of effectiveness of existing antibiotics combined with the lack of new antibiotic treatments raises serious concerns and demands a joint response.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement announced
AUSTRALIA, Canberra The Australian red meat and livestock sectors will benefit by $11 bn from the elimination of tariffs negotiated under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) announced by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Canberra on 17 November.
GEA installed two poultry processing lines for Cargill in China
THE NETHERLANDS, Bakel GEA Food Solutions delivered, installed and commissioned two 1000 mm wide processing lines for the new Cargill integrated poultry operation in Lai'an in the Anhui province of China.
Australia reports rising cattle-on-feed numbers
AUSTRALIA, Sydney Persistent dry weather conditions and foreign demand for Australian beef supported rising numbers of grain-fed cattle in feedlots, the Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) reported.
McDonald's sales slip again in October
USA, Oak Brook, Ill Global comparable sales for McDonald's Corp. dropped 0.5% in October as all three major segments reported decreases.