HKScan was praised by prosecutors for cooperating with Estonian police during the investigation

‘Money laundering’ claim hits HKScan

By Oscar Rousseau

Axed HKScan Baltic bosses Teet Soorm and Mati Tuvi have been detained by Estonian prosecutors, accused of “money laundering” and “harmful transactions”.


Estonia gives green light to tax sugared soft drinks

By Will Chu

The Estonian Parliament are to introduce a levy to limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks to try to rein in rising cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

EU veterinary experts are concerned Germany is at risk of an ASF outbreak

Russia continues to battle ASF virus

By Oscar Rousseau

African Swine Fever (ASF) poses a real threat to the meat markets of Central Europe and Asia, including China, according to Russia’s Agriculture Ministry and veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. 

Russia is to appeal against the WTO ruling on its pork exports

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU) exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, according to...

The chicken processor hopes to use EU funds to partly finance its modernisation plan

Latvian poultry processor eyes €2.5m investment

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Latvian poultry processor Kekava Poultry Farm plans to invest €2.5m to modernise its poultry breeding facility and raise export sales, according to chief executive Anris Pranckevicius.

The business expects the solar power site to cover 14% of its energy consumption

Estonian meat processor invests in renewable energy

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Saaremaa Lihatööstus OÜ has invested €7.5m in machinery, an overhaul of its cold storage facility, and a solar energy plant to power its meat processing site in Kuressaare.

HKScan's chief financial officer Tuomo Valkonen said the business wants to 'start exports to China'

HKScan reports drop in profits

By Oscar Rousseau

Finnish meat processor HKScan has posted a slump in pre-tax profits, according to its interim trading results for the first half of 2016.

Atria said its efficiency in Estonia will

Atria sells pig farm in Estonia

By Oscar Rousseau

Finnish meat processor Atria has sold a facility in need of modernisation to pork farmers in Estonia for an undisclosed fee.

Despite headwinds, HKScan's results mark a good year-on-year performance.

HKScan hit by struggles in Denmark

By Oscar Rousseau

Poor performance in Denmark hit HKScan’s fourth quarter results, although it has defied the effects of the Russian meat ban, African Swine Fever and stiff competition to boost annual pre-tax profit.

Eastern Europe could be hiding ASF outbreaks, claim Russian officials

ASF concern strikes Finland

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Pig producers in Finland fear the spread of African swine fever (ASF) from Eastern Europe to the Scandinavian peninsula, according to a report by the European office of environmental protection agency Green Front.

Estonia has forecast that it will spend €12.7m this year alone fighting African swine fever

Poland, Baltics seek more cash for swine fever battle

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Baltic States and Poland are seeking more cash from the European Commission (EC) to help fight African swine fever (ASF), according to Kaspars Funts, a representative of Latvia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

There are concerns over the spread of African Swine Fever

OIE fears African Swine Fever will spread to Europe

By Chloe Ryan

The director general of the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) is “not confident” African Swine Fever (ASF) is being effectively controlled around the world, and has expressed concerns that with no treatment and no vaccine, there is a “very important...

Production of pork at current market prices is loss-making, it has been said

Estonia likely to decrease pork production

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Estonia’s pig industry is predicted to feel the effects of the country’s current problems in 2016-2017, as some farmers are expected to go bankrupt, while others will have to decrease production volumes, said industry participants.

Experts question whether the move is wise

Lithuania to resume pork exports to Ukraine

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Lithuania plans to resume supplies of pork to Ukraine in the months ahead, according to a statement from the country’s officials. Supplies have been banned since last year, following a series of outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the Baltic States.

African swine fever outbreaks have put a stop to supplies to Russia

Pork import ban to remain for Baltic States and Poland

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will not be able to resume supplies of pork to the Russian market for at least three years, according to Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor.

EU requirements on smoked meat threatens Latvian processors

Latvia to lose smoked meat processing capacity

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A number of Latvian meat processors may close their businesses this year, due to the fact they will not be able to meet the EU’s new requirements on the quality of smoked meat products, according to reports from several meat companies.

Horsemeat scandal continues in Baltic countries

Horsemeat scandal continues in Baltic countries

By Vladislav Vorotnikov and Carina Perkins

Horsemeat has again been discovered in beef by-products produced in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with as much as 15% horsemeat found in some products. Previously, only traces of horse DNA had been detected in the region.

Horsemeat scandal extends across Baltics

Horsemeat scandal extends across Baltics

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The horsemeat scandal has continued to gain momentum across the Baltics, with Russia, Latvia and Lithuania discovering contaminated meat products.

Pork crisis in Estonia

Pork crisis in Estonia

Estonia’s pork production sector is facing a crisis as a result of high costs and competition from European imports.

Russian turnaround lifts BBH

Russian turnaround lifts BBH

The completion of its nationwide distribution network and increased
investment in advertising helped brewer Baltic Beverages Holding to
shrug off a difficult first half for its Russian brewing business
and end the year with an increase...

Baltic meat round-up

Baltic meat round-up

Reporting on the latest happenings from the Baltic State's meat
sector, we discover that Estonian processors are facing increased
costs due to EU carcass disposal regulations, the region's largest
meat processor has reported...

Laima turns to Uzbekistan

Laima turns to Uzbekistan

Icelandic-Lativian confectionery producer Laima has confirmed that
it is about to start caramel production in Uzbekistan in an attempt
to fend off increased competition once enlargement has taken place.

Baltic meat struggles

Baltic meat struggles

Difficulties in the meat export market and cheap imports have been
troubling Baltic meat processors, with Estonia's largest processor,
Rakvere Lihakombinaat, reporting that its profits have been halved
in the space of a year...


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