Meat Processing

US-based Smithfield Foods claims to be one of the world's largest pork processors

Smithfield Foods targets takeover of Polish meat firms

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Smithfield Foods has applied to the Polish competition watchdog UOKiK to obtain the permission to acquire local meat processing firms Pini Polska, Hamburger Pini and Royal Chicken, part of Pini Group.

Investors praised Group of Butchers for establishing itself as a market leader

Group of Butchers joins Equistone family

By Aaron McDonald

European mid-market private equity investor, Equistone Partners Europe, has announced the acquisition of the majority stake in Group of Butchers from Nordian Capital Partners. 

QFG has opened its third processing plant in Poland

Poland’s QFG launches new meat processing plant

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Polish meat processor QFG has opened a new plant in Pionki, in the country’s central region. The facility is the company’s third meat processing plant in the Polish market. 

Miratorg said defendants Pobeda were 'disinterested' in solving the outstanding debt issue

Miratorg wins lawsuit against indebted Pobeda

By Oscar Rousseau

A subsidiary of Russian meat packer Miratorg, LLC Bryansk Meat Company, has won a legal challenge against poultry supplier Pobeda, which allegedly owed the company millions in missed payments.

The KG-Wetter machines are polished to ensure they make a brilliant impression at IFFA

IFFA: KG-Wetter designs vacuum cutter for butchers

By Oscar Rousseau

German machine manufacturer KG-Wetter will present its new 120-litre vacuum cutter, made specifically for butchers and small-scale businesses, at the meat processing trade show IFFA in Frankfurt.

Heinz-Werner Süss: attracting young people to the butchery trade is

Growth in German butchery

By Oscar Rousseau

The Deutscher Fleischer-Verband (German Butchers’ Association) has revealed the sector enjoyed marginal growth in 2015, despite a dip in employment.

Danish Crown 'managing better than European competitors'

Danish Crown pays £28.4m extra to pig farmers

By Oscar Rousseau

Danish Crown – Europe’s largest pork producer – has paid its owners DKK300m (£28.4m) more than it did in 2014 citing “strong financial results”. 

Cape Town officials have propsed a permanent animal slaughter site in the district of Nyanga

Nyanga slaughter site in the works

By Chloe Ryan

The sight of meat traders slaughtering animals in the street may soon come to an end in the Cape Town district of Nyanga, South Africa, after city officials and the provincial department of agriculture finalised a feasibility study for an animal slaughter...

Overall, Danish meat producers slaughtered 254,461 fewer pigs in 2014 than the previous year

Danish pig slaughtering declines in 2014

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Denmark slaughtered around 250,000 fewer pigs in 2014 compared to 2013, according to new data from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC/Landbrug & Fødevarer) based on figures supplied by the Danish Pig Producers association (DPP/Danske Svineproducenter).

Interest shown to date has yet to lead to formal investment offers or talks

Chinese investors cast eyes on Denmark meat sector

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Leading Danish meat processing companies, including Danish Crown, Hanegal and Skare Meat Packers, are attracting renewed acquisitive interest from industrial groups in China.

Crimean processors say it is too expensive to import meat from Russia

Meat processing crisis hits Crimea

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In the coming months the Crimean peninsula could be left without meat products, with almost all companies involved in meat processing at risk of bankruptcy, experts have predicted.

Danish Crown takes full ownership of Sokolów

Danish Crown acquires total shares of Sokolów

By Georgi Gyton

Danish Crown has taken full ownership of Polish processed meat producer Sokolów, after acquiring the remaining 50% of its shares for around DKK1.3bn (€180m).

Ritual slaughter blamed for rise in E.coli and Campylobacter cases

Ritual slaughter blamed for rise in E.coli and Campylobacter cases

By Melodie Michel

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has declared that the rise in Campylobacter and E.coli cases in Europe was “directly related” to an alleged increase in ritual slaughterings, which she called a “sanitary bomb”.


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