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Global Cocoa Production to Hit a Record 4.85 Million Tonnes in 2019

    Global Cocoa Production to Hit a Record 4.85 Million Tonnes in 2019

Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence, the leading provider of news, data, analysis and forecasts across the agricultural and commodities value chain, has revealed cocoa production will hit a record high of 4.85 million tonnes in 2019. Despite uncertain times for the cocoa market, an increase in global cocoa production is almost certain this year with West African […]

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Arla Foods Aims For Carbon Net Zero Dairy

    Arla Foods Aims For Carbon Net Zero Dairy

Arla Foods and its 10,300 farmer owners have launched their most ambitious targets so far to accelerate the transition to sustainable dairy production with intensified focus on the farms. The main target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent per kilo of milk over the next decade and to work towards carbon […]

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British Dairy Farmers to Benefit From a £64 Million Share of a £245 Million Arla Foods Pot

    British Dairy Farmers to Benefit From a £64 Million Share of a £245 Million Arla Foods Pot

Arla Foods, the UK’s biggest farmer-owned dairy company, has announced that its British owners will receive a total of £64 million (€70 million) as their 2018 year-end bonus from a European wide pay-out of £245 million (€290 million). The payment was agreed by the company’s Board of Representatives, which is almost wholly comprised of elected […]

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European Commission Increases National Support to Farmers up to €25,000

    European Commission Increases National Support to Farmers up to €25,000

The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities.
The European Commission has adopted revised rules on state aid in the agriculture sector (the so-called de minimis aid), increasing the maximum amount that national authorities can use […]

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of Gleadell by ADM

    European Commission Clears Acquisition of Gleadell by ADM

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control of Gleadell Agriculture by ADM Arkady, both based in the UK. Gleadell is a supplier and exporter of various grain and oilseed products. ADM is part of the Archer Daniels Midland group of companies and is a processor of a […]

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99% of EU Skimmed Milk Powder Public Stocks Now Sold

    99% of EU Skimmed Milk Powder Public Stocks Now Sold

The latest successful tender sale of skimmed milk powder public stocks means that 99% of the total stocks bought and managed by the European Commission have now been sold. The stocks have been prudently released, maintaining market balance and supporting the recovery of the dairy sector, following the 2015-2016 market crisis.
In total, 380,000 tonnes of […]

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80,000 Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder Sold in Biggest Tender

A total of 80,424.05 tonnes of the skimmed milk powder bought into public stock by the European Commission since 2015 were sold in the latest tender sale, bringing the remaining stock to around 22,000 tonnes out of the original 380,000 tonnes, stockpiled since the crisis that hit the dairy sector in 2015. In effect, almost […]

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Changing Consumer Habits to Shape EU Agricultural Markets by 2030

    Changing Consumer Habits to Shape EU Agricultural Markets by 2030

The European Commission has published projections for the European agricultural markets to 2030 for a wide range of agri-food products, including meat, arable crops, milk and dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. The evolution of agricultural income and the environmental aspects of EU agriculture are also covered, as well as a special focus on the […]

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Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

    Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

Ireland’s climate means that the country is good at growing grass. It is well known that producing beef from grass results in lower costs than feeding animals on concentrates. But what about the consumer? Is grass-fed beef better than other types of beef for consumers?
This was the focus of a Department of Agriculture, Food and […]

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Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

    Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

The European Commission has adopted its report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union. The report reviews the supply and demand situation for plant proteins (such as rapeseed, sunflower seeds or lentils) in the EU and explores ways in which to further develop their production in an economically and environmentally sound way.
Agriculture […]

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€191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad

    €191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad

The European Commission has adopted the 2019 promotion policy work programme, with €191.6million to be made available for programmes selected for EU co-financing – an increase of €12.5 million compared with 2018. €89 million will be allocated to campaigns in high growth countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. Some […]

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Grass Fed Dairy Cows Produce Milk With Superior Nutritional Properties

    Grass Fed Dairy Cows Produce Milk With Superior Nutritional Properties

The benefits of grass-fed dairy systems on the nutritional composition and properties of milk and dairy products were highlighted at the recent Teagasc organised ‘Grass-Fed Dairy Conference’. The conference detailed the scientific evidence to support the conclusions that milk from grass fed cows is superior. It is currently estimated that only 10% of global milk […]

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Cargill Launches the Waxy Corn Promise™

    Cargill Launches the Waxy Corn Promise™

To ensure a long-term sustainable crop supply for food starch, Cargill has committed to source waxy corn 100 percent sustainably from European farmers. In support of this initiative Cargill has developed the Waxy Corn Promise program, leveraging the strong partnerships between Cargill, farmers and co-op suppliers to address key sustainability challenges in the waxy corn […]

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Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming

    Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming

With ongoing volatility in the global milk markets, increasing consumer misunderstanding of the sector, polarised levels of support for UK dairy farmers and a new post-Brexit Agriculture Bill the challenges for dairy farmers are mounting. Farmer-owned co-operative Arla Foods has launched ‘Arla UK 360’ – a new standard in UK dairy farming.
The Arla UK 360 […]

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€172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

    €172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

The European Commission will provide funding of €172.5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a wide range of products such as dairy products, olives and olive oil, and fruit and vegetables, will be rolled out over the next three years.

Agriculture and […]

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€40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

    €40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

The Irish Government has launched the new VistaMilk SFI Research Centre which is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The VistaMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc Moorepark, in partnership with a number of research performing organisations. Multinational and SME companies in the food and ICT […]

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Irish Dairy Co-operatives to Merge

    Irish Dairy Co-operatives to Merge

Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies have agreed to merge. The amalgamation of Lakeland and LacPatrick is a coming together of two dairy co-operatives on the island of Ireland to form a strong force in the global dairy industry. Both co-operatives are highly successful agrifood industry players with excellent manufacturing facilities and complementary strengths and advantages […]

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Global Wheat Production Down in 2018

    Global Wheat Production Down in 2018

Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence is predicting global production of wheat will be down year on year in 2018. Wheat futures have hit multi-year highs in recent months as adverse weather curtailed production in key exporting countries, leading to expectations of the first drop in world production in five years, and the first consecutive contraction of global wheat stocks […]

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Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

    Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

Research by a leading software company has been shared with UK food manufacturers in a bid to improve the UK’s health by reducing the amount of antibiotics used on livestock. Trade Interchange, a leading supplier management solutions provider that specialises in the industry, collated the findings into the white paper ‘Anticipating Change: Antibiotics in the Food […]

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Mondelēz International Delivers Against Its 2020 Impact Goals

    Mondelēz International Delivers Against Its 2020 Impact Goals

Mondelēz International has reported important progress against its 2020 impact goals in its 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report. The report details progress against sustainable agriculture and environmental footprint goals, as well as global expansion of healthy lifestyle and nutrition programs in at risk communities. The report also illustrates how the company’s impact programs align with and […]

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European Commission Publishes a New Agriculture Production and Markets Forecast

    European Commission Publishes a New Agriculture Production and Markets Forecast

The European Commission has published a report presenting a short-term agricultural markets’ outlook. The report covers production, exports and imports and the overall situation of global markets for several sectoral products, including dairy, cereals, oilseeds, pigmeat, poultry and beef. For the first time, the report also covers tomatoes, peaches and nectarines.
Due to adverse weather conditions, cereal […]

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FrieslandCampina Increases Outdoor Grazing Cows in Dairy Farms

    FrieslandCampina Increases Outdoor Grazing Cows in Dairy Farms

This year an extra 303 member dairy farms of FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands-based international co-operative, have switched to meadow grazing. The percentage of outdoor grazers within FrieslandCampina is expected to grow from 79.4 percent to about 81 percent in 2018. This brings the target for the year 2020 within reach, to have 81.2 percent of dairy […]

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More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

    More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production. This was one of the main findings of the latest publication, from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network – discussed at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, held at Teagasc, Moorepark, Cork […]

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Actions to Stop the Decline of Pollinating Insects

    Actions to Stop the Decline of Pollinating Insects

One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species is declining. This is why the European Commission is proposing the first-ever EU initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. The new measures include a new indicator to improve monitoring and data, and better […]

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Mondelēz International Expands Its Sustainable Wheat Program to Cover 100% of European Biscuits By 2020

    Mondelēz International Expands Its Sustainable Wheat Program to Cover 100% of European Biscuits By 2020

Mondelēz International has announced its ambition to expand the Harmony program, the company’s sustainable wheat sourcing initiative, to cover 100 percent of its biscuit brands in the European Union by 2022, up from 60 percent of the company’s biscuit production in EU last year.
“European consumers increasingly equate high-quality products with sustainable production. They’re aware of […]

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Arla’s UK Farmers Join Forces to Increase Resilience and Profitability

    Arla’s UK Farmers Join Forces to Increase Resilience and Profitability

Over 300 farmers have signed up to Arla Food UK’s new R500 programme designed to help future proof their farms and increase resilience to the impact of volatile milk prices. The programme, which has expanded due to the high levels of interest, has been created in a move to facilitate farmer to farmer support. The project […]

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Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

    Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Global “Scale for Good” Award. This Global award is a first for McDonald’s and is the second occasion where Dawn Meats sustainability credentials have been recognised by the McDonald’s Global Leadership Team.
The award recognises the key leadership role that Dawn Meats has played […]

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Lantmännen Pays Record Dividend to Members

    Lantmännen Pays Record Dividend to Members

Lantmännen, the Nordic Region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, continues to contribute to the positive development of Swedish agriculture and is paying SEK566 million (€54.9 million) in dividends to its owners, Swedish farmers. The dividend, a record amount, is thanks to Lantmännen’s positive growth in recent years.
“It pays to be a member […]

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Lantmännen Acquires Cattle Feed Business From Raisio

    Lantmännen Acquires Cattle Feed Business From Raisio

Lantmännen, the Nordic Region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, is acquiring the cattle feed business from the Finnish listed company Raisio Group. The acquisition is part of Lantmännen’s growth strategy in the Baltic Sea region and strengthens the group’s presence on the Finnish market by expanding its offer to farmers there.
Lantmännen is […]

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Algae as a Viable Alternative to Food, Animal Feed and Care Products

    Algae as a Viable Alternative to Food, Animal Feed and Care Products

Today, 90% of organic chemicals are based on fossil fuels, meaning they are based on non-renewable resources. 70% of proteins in the European Union are imported. An alternative is needed! Due to their high growth rate and the small land area required, algae could become that alternative. We’re not at that stage just yet. The […]

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What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

    What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

By Shan Zhan, Global Business Manager for Food & Beverage within the ABB Control Technologies business unit
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. The scandal originated in the Netherlands but had global effects. Around ten million tainted eggs were imported into Germany, with not only eggs […]

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New ‘Alternative’ Cooking Oil Introduced

    New ‘Alternative’ Cooking Oil Introduced

Great taste perception, sustained frying colour and reduced heat deterioration are among the benefits of a new ‘alternative’ cooking oil, sourced from crops grown by British farmers. Produced from a new variety of oilseed rape – the familiar yellow-flowered crop that is the third-largest source of the world’s vegetable oil needs – the new oil, […]

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European Commission Clears Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto

    European Commission Clears Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the $62.5 billion acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, says: “We have approved Bayer’s plans to […]

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Major International Summit in Belfast to Tackle Escalating Problem of Food Integrity

    Major International Summit in Belfast to Tackle Escalating Problem of Food Integrity

Food-security experts from all over the world will converge on Belfast from 28-31 May 2018 for a major Summit on how to feed a growing global population – amid massive challenges such as climate change, Brexit, labyrinthine food-supply chains and food fraud on a global scale.
The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity will be chaired by Professor Chris Elliott […]

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EU Agri-food Exports are Holding Strong

    EU Agri-food Exports are Holding Strong

The value of EU agri-food exports reached €137.9 billion in 2017, corresponding to a sustained increase by 5.1% in value terms compared to 2016. Published by the European Commission, the latest monthly trade report details the export values for different sectors and origin. Major gains in annual values have been achieved in agri-food exports to the USA […]

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Global Growth in Irish Whiskey Leading to Increased Demand For Irish Barley and Malt

    Global Growth in Irish Whiskey Leading to Increased Demand For Irish Barley and Malt

The continuing global growth in Irish whiskey sales means that ensuring a sustainable future supply of barley and malt is critical to the continued growth of Irish whiskey, according to the Irish Whiskey Association. Irish whiskey is the world’s fastest-growing spirits category, representing a third of the value of all Irish drinks exports. It is […]

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Public Consultation on Actions to Halt the Decline of Bees and Other Pollinators

    Public Consultation on Actions to Halt the Decline of Bees and Other Pollinators

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a European initiative on pollinators. Wild pollinators such as bees, butterflies and many other insects pollinate crops and wild plants, so that they can bear fruit and seed. An estimated €15 billion of annual EU agricultural output is directly attributed to pollinators.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime […]

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Increased Funding For Promoting Europe’s Agricultural Products

    Increased Funding For Promoting Europe’s Agricultural Products

The European Commission has launched the calls for proposals for programmes to promote European agricultural products throughout the world and within the EU. A total of €169 million is available to co-finance the programmes, up from €142 million in 2017. Programmes can cover a wide range of issues from general campaigns on healthy eating to […]

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Müller Direct Next Generation

    Müller Direct Next Generation

Müller, Britain’s biggest producer of branded and private label fresh milk, butter, yogurt, desserts and dairy ingredients, has announced a new initiative to help ambitious young farmers build vibrant dairy businesses for the future. Müller will initially work closely with a group of approximately 25 Müller Direct young farmers who have the potential to create […]

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The Future of Food and Farming – For a Flexible, Fair and Sustainable Common Agricultural Policy

    The Future of Food and Farming – For a Flexible, Fair and Sustainable Common Agricultural Policy

Simpler rules and a more flexible approach will ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) delivers real results in supporting farmers and leads the sustainable development of EU agriculture. These are the cornerstone ideas of the Communication recently adopted to by the European Commission on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, outlining the ways to ensure […]

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Arla Foods Calls For Early Publication of a New UK Agriculture Policy

    Arla Foods Calls For Early Publication of a New UK Agriculture Policy

At the recent IDF World Dairy Summit held in Belfast, Tomas Pietrangeli (pictured), Managing Director of Arla Foods UK, spoke about the opportunities and challenges posed by Brexit to the UK dairy industry. He said: “The farmers that own Arla and the dairy industry as a whole need to know urgently what the government plans look […]

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English Farm Diversification Business Wins Two Rural Awards

    English Farm Diversification Business Wins Two Rural Awards

A Yorkshire Wolds farm diversification business has won two rural business awards within a fortnight of each other. Wold Newton-based T Mellor and Son won the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project category at the Amazon and CLA sponsored national Rural Business Awards and the Diversification category of the inaugural Yorkshire Post Rural Awards for its Wold Top Brewery, […]

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Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe is Possible – But Faces Challenges

    Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe is Possible – But Faces Challenges

Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to a newly published European Environment Agency (EEA) report.
The EEA report ‘Food in a green light,’ analyses the challenges Europe faces in shifting […]

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Springhill Farms Upgrade – Biomethane to the Grid and CO2 to the Tomatoes

    Springhill Farms Upgrade – Biomethane to the Grid and CO2 to the Tomatoes

In the heart of the English countryside, Springhill Farms makes the very most of agricultural waste. Upgraded biogas is injected into the national gas grid, while the carbon dioxide (CO2) by-product goes straight to the farms’ tomato greenhouses.
The gas produced during anaerobic digestion consists roughly of 60 percent methane and 40 percent CO2. Until recently, […]

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UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

    UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

“The political dimension means that common sense may not always prevail,” said David Thomson (pictured above), CEO of Food and Drink Federation Scotland, about the current Brexit negotiations and their impact on the food and drink industry in Scotland and the UK. He stressed the importance of heightening the profile of the food and drink […]

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10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments By Mobile Phone

    10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments By Mobile Phone

Cargill has made its first ever sustainable premium payment by electronic transfer to cocoa farmers in Ghana. Just over 10,000 farmers are benefiting from the 2 million GHS mobile payments made by Cargill in partnership with its customers through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, Cargill’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities that will secure a […]

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Glanbia Co-op Members to Benefit From €92 Million Share Spin-out

    Glanbia Co-op Members to Benefit From €92 Million Share Spin-out

Glanbia Co-operative Society has transferred, via a ‘spin-out’, about €92 million worth of shares in Glanbia, the global nutrition group, to over 14,700 members across its Irish catchment area. The transaction is aimed at releasing a portion of the value of Glanbia Co-op and making it available to members at a time of significant investment […]

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Irish Quality Assurance, Health & Safety/Farmer Health & Wellbeing Event

    Irish Quality Assurance, Health & Safety/Farmer Health & Wellbeing Event

A Teagasc Quality Assurance event was held on the farm of Harry and Amanda Murphy, Ballamon, Ferns, Co. Wexford on Thursday, 24 August.  In association with Bord Bia, the objective of the event was to highlight the key areas where farmers are having issues with the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Inspection for beef and sheep.  Other […]

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Towards a Fairer Food Supply Chain – European Commission Asks For Input

    Towards a Fairer Food Supply Chain – European Commission Asks For Input

The European Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer. Farmers, citizens and other interested parties are invited to share their views on the functioning of the food supply chain through an online consultation that runs until 17 November. There are indications that the added value […]

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Nurturing Locally, Growing Globally – International Meat Congress ICoMST 2017 in Cork

    Nurturing Locally, Growing Globally – International Meat Congress ICoMST 2017 in Cork

The 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST 2017) took place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, during August 13-18, 2017 and was chaired by Teagasc’s Assistant Director of Research Declan Troy. Over 450 papers were presented at the congress, many by Teagasc researchers.
The role of meat in strategies to achieve a sustainable diet […]

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Mandatory CCTV in All Slaughterhouses Under New Animal Welfare Plans

    Mandatory CCTV in All Slaughterhouses Under New Animal Welfare Plans

CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under new plans recently announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, as he outlined a series of measures to cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare. The proposals will deliver a manifesto commitment for CCTV to be required in every slaughterhouse in England […]

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Arla Foods and McDonald’s Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

    Arla Foods and McDonald’s Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

Working together with McDonald’s, Arla Foods is launching a new co-branded Happy Meal and Arla Organic Milk bottle which will roll-out across McDonald’s UK restaurants. The new design of the 250ml bottles, which will feature the Arla logo alongside the iconic Golden Arches, will be available in Happy Meals and will be sold in over […]

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The International Congress of Meat Science and Technology – August 13-18th, 2017 – Cork

    The International Congress of Meat Science and Technology – August 13-18th, 2017 – Cork

The International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST)will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on August 13-18th, 2017. The theme of the Congress is ‘Nurturing Locally, Growing Globally’.
Speakers will consider how science can offer the meat production and processing sector solutions to enable it to nurture sustainably at local level while offering opportunities to […]

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Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

    Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

Experts in poultry health have helped one of the UK’s largest food businesses to slash its antibiotic usage in the past two years, by adopting an holistic approach to animal well-being. St David’s Poultry Team have been working with Faccenda Foods to look at innovative ways of maintaining the health of the birds on farm, […]

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