Halal food and drink is expected to grow to $1.6 trillion by 2018

Digital halal firm plans stock market float

By Oscar Rousseau

The world’s first e-commerce marketplace for halal products, DagangHalal, has said it intends to float on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) market for smaller growing companies – known as the AIM.

Marr Russia's expansion to be supported by tax breaks from Vladimir Putin's government

Marr Russia responds to McDonald’s demand

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

By 2018 Russian-Italian firm Marr Russia plans to invest RUB1.5 billion (US$20m) in the construction of a new production and logistics centre in Moscow Oblast, increasing its existing production capacity, according to a statement from deputy head of the...

EU regulation governing the use of antibiotics on animals has been cautiously welcomed

EU strengthens law on livestock drug use

By Andrew Burnyeat

A proposed new European Union (EU) regulation governing the use of antibiotics on animals has been welcomed with caution by farmers, medical practitioners and medicinal suppliers, after MEPs backed the law on 17 February. 

Copa-Cogeca has called for simpler animal welfare regulations

Copa-Cogeca: no further animal rights laws needed

By Oscar Rousseau

The body responsible for promoting agriculture across Europe has called on EU farm ministers to enforce existing regulation on animal rights, not to create new and complex laws. 

Avian influenza has impacted Nigeria's poultry production

Bird flu epidemic devastates Nigeria

By Oscar Rousseau

Nigeria is grappling with a damaging bird flu epidemic that has caused the deaths of 90,000 chickens in less than a month. 

Shipping city of Primorsky Krai is seen as a promising area for investment

Russia creates pork hub to target China

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Two Russian companies plan to create a pig breeding cluster in the far east of the country within the next five years, designed to have a capacity for 1.2 million head of pigs, with an investment of RUB72 billion (US$954m). 

Jaume Planella Basquets gives a guided tour of the new facility

Noel invests in secret technology

By Oscar Rousseau

One of Spain’s biggest pork producers, Noel, has invested €30m to increase its processing and curing capabilities.

The EU plans to end private storage aid, putting pressure on long-term pork prices

EU urged to open pork trade with Russia

By Oscar Rousseau

The EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has urged farm ministers to open trade talks with Russia – once a key market for pork – as the beleaguered industry continues to struggle with low prices.

SuperDrob is aiming to finance a number of expansion plants across Poland

Polish poultry processor eyes €45m investment

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Polish poultry meat processor SuperDrob SA has unveiled plans to invest at least PLN200 million (€45m) with the aim of raising its output capacity, building a new facility and expanding its sales, according to Jaroslaw Kowalewski, the company’s deputy...

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Organic meat twice as good for you, report finds

By Oscar Rousseau

Eating organic meat instead of non-organic meat could provide you with double the amount of essential nutrients and may lower the risk of heart disease, a study by Newcastle University has found. 

UNFAO's Graziano da Silva tweeted this image of him with Monique Éloit last week

OIE chief updates animal health strategy

By Oscar Rousseau

Monique Éloit, director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has unveiled a series of strategic objectives she has set the body to adapt and modernise its governance.

Japan has been using Chinese social media to promote its popular Kobe beef

Meat firms should target China’s tourists

By Mark Godfrey

Hotel chains like Hilton, InterContinental and Sheraton and airlines like Air Asia, Air China and Cathay Pacific have been busy expanding their operations in China to capture the rise in outbound tourist numbers due to stronger incomes and a stronger...

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