Ties between Mexico and Russia are expected to grow as trade restrictions are predicted to be lifted

Russian meat deal could benefit Mexico

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Mexico may be able to export 200,000-400,000 tonnes (t) of meat to Russia, as trade restrictions, started in 2012, are about to be lifted, according to Enrique Sánchez Cruz, director of Mexican veterinary regulator Senasica. 

US pig traders could outmuscle Brazil in Russia if trade relations cool

Trump may 'restore' US pork trade with Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s National Meat Association (NMA) has claimed that a lifting of the country’s food embargo could lead to US pig farmers reinstating supplies to the country, pushing out Brazilian exporters.

Recent strengthening of the rouble has made Russian meat exports less competitive

Russia targets huge growth in meat exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia plans to increase meat exports tenfold to 1 million tonnes a year by 2020, according to Alexandr Tkachev, the country’s minister of agriculture.

Russia's sausage market is feeling deep cuts thank to long-running supermarket discounts

Russian sausage producers wage war on discounts

By Oscar Rousseau

Russia’s largest sausage manufacturers are urging retailers to drop discount promotions as they look to halt a three-year fall in sales, the Gorbatov’s All-Russian Meat Research Institute (VNIIMP) claims.

Turkey is negotiating with Russia to lower customs tariffs

Russia and Turkey rebuild meat trade

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia and Turkey are to drop trade restrictions and reinstate mutual trade in meat, which virtually stopped after the Turkish Airforce fighter jet shot down the Russian bomber SU-24M last year.

Rosselkhoznadzor said the finding may be linked to a meat smuggling ring

Smuggling claim as Russia seizes 92 tonnes of meat

By Oscar Rousseau

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has launched an investigation into meat smuggling after it seized 92 tonnes (t) of meat and seafood in the Novosibirsk region.

The explosion took place at a Prodo poultry farm

Methane explosion kills man at Siberian poultry farm

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

One man died, one is still in a hospital resuscitation unit and four others have been injured after a methane explosion at the sewage pumping station of a Siberian poultry farm run by meat processor the Prodo Group in Russia’s Omsk Oblast region on November...

Russia's Eurodon has started exporting duck by-products to the Asian market

Eurodon keen to shake up Russia’s duck market

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian agricultural holding company Eurodon is harbouring ambitions to become the largest manufacturer of duck meat in Russia, with plans to shake up both domestic and international markets.

Vladimir Putin wants radical measures to break the cycle of ASF virus outbreaks

Pig laws set for post-virus epidemic shake-up

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The African swine fever (ASF) epidemic in eastern Europe may trigger sweeping reforms in the pig industry, as conventional methods of fighting the disease have been ineffective. 

Experts in Russia claim the WTO pork ban ruling was motivated by politics

Russia challenges WTO pork ban verdict

By Oscar Rousseau

The Russian government has launched an appeal against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that the Kremlin’s ban on EU pork products is illegal.

The impact of Russia re-entering the beef import trade could be massive, claim Rabobank

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

By Oscar Rousseau

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according to Rabobank.

Miratorg believes the Tula region is perfect for its ambitious and expansive beef project

Miratorg pumps cash into cattle breeding

By Oscar Rousseau

Russian agribusiness Miratorg plans to loosen the purse strings by investing $10m in a cattle breeding programme to grow its Angus cow herd.

Russian sausage exports could help processors who have endured years of falling profits

Russia eyes sausage trade with China and Japan

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is looking to export sausages and processed meat products to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Meat Processors Association of the Far East. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law banning imports of GM-treated livestock feed

Russia heaps restrictions on GMO imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has adopted a new law to ban imports of GM feed in war on genetically modified organisms (GMO) found in meat and feed products.

Southern Russia has only had one outbreak of African swine fever since 2012

Southern Russia recovering from AFS epidemic

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The pig count in Krasnodar Krai, south Russia, has risen by nearly a fifth after officials tackled an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF), the state’s regional statistical service reports.

Vladimir Putin's trade bans on western imports have hurt the meat industry

GlobalMeatNews Survey

Russian trade ban inflicts maximum damage

By Oscar Rousseau

Russia’s politically-motivated decision to slash meat imports continues to be a bloody thorn in the side of the meat industry, according to an exclusive GlobalMeatNews survey.

Most Russians currently prefer to shop in-store, but there is a growth in online shopping

Meat industry goes online in Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Meat traders in Russia are exploring online operations, ushering in what experts claim is a new era of transparency for the sector and offering particular benefits to organic suppliers.

Before Russia's EU pork ban, the country was worth €1.4bn to pig producers in Europe

Russian import ban extension slammed

By Liz Newmark, in Brussels

Russia’s plan to extend its import ban to a range of EU, US, Canadian, Australian and Norwegian food exporters until December 31, 2017 has been met with criticism from the meat industry.

Arkady Dvorkovich: 'I think these documents will be approved unless some miraculous changes occur in the geopolitics.' ©iStock

Europe divided

Russia to extend EU embargo until late 2017

By Niamh Michail

Russia’s embargo of EU food products will be extended until the end of 2017 but the list of banned foods or countries affected will not change, according to a draft government decree.

The World Trade Organization's ruling on Russia's pork ban to be made public in September

Europe admits ‘limited progress’ with Russia

By Oscar Rousseau

The European Commission has confirmed that it has made little headway in talks with Russia to restore pork trade, after being accused of “not doing enough” by a prominent body.

Ukraine pork prices are under significant pressure

Ukraine hits pork production problems

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ukraine's pork production costs have spiked by nearly 28%, from UAH15 (US$0.58) to UAH19 (US$0.73) per kilogramme over the past two years, while pork prices are under significant pressure, according to reports.

Russia wants to ship 200,000t of pork and poultry to Asian markets like Taiwan and China

Russian meat industry harbours export hope

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Over recent months, Russian authorities have finalised a number of meat export agreements in a bid to encourage domestic companies to expand their presence in foreign markets.

The pork analyst confirmed Russia is aiming for pork self-sufficiency by 2020

Q&A with AHDB Pork analyst

By Oscar Rousseau

Global pork prices are at their lowest levels in nearly eight years, according to a report from the UK levy board AHDB Pork. 

Artia has seen a sales drop of 23.9%

Atria loses position in Russian market

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Finnish meat processor Atria has attributed a drop of sales by 23.9% to EUR 75.1 million to significant difficulties in the Russian market. 

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). 

Despite the turmoil, turkey producers have benefited from Russia's economic crisis

Russia’s economic crisis hurts meat sales

By Nick Holdsworth, in Moscow

Meat producers are struggling in the midst of Russia’s economic crisis as hard-pressed consumers cut back on luxury beef and pork in favour of cheaper alternatives, like turkey. 

Experts have said the amount of meat in Russian sausages is decreasing

Quality crisis in Russia’s sausage market

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian sausage manufacturers are gradually decreasing the quality of their products in a bid to constrain production costs, according to a report from St Petersburg consumer protection organisation Public Control.

Ukraine could be particularly badly hit by Russia's embargo on its pork exports, as well as restrictions on its poultry transit

Ukraine slaps retaliatory meat embargo on Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ukraine has banned imports of 43 types of agricultural products from Russia, including all meat products, from 1 January in response to similar measures taken by the Russian government.

Russia expects exports of

Russia opens poultry exports to EU

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

After a year-long break, Russia is re-establishing supplies of poultry to the European Union (EU), following agreement from the European Commission. 

NataliStat analysts predict meat consumer in Russia may fall by -5%

Russia's beef market shaken by trade hit

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s beef industry is going through the perfect storm, as it faces simultaneous reductions in production, imports and consumption, as well as unresolved problems concerning the low profitability of cattle-breeding businesses.

Meat sanctions imposed on Turkey by Russia

Russia bans Turkey's poultry over downed plane

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has stopped the import of several batches of poultry meat from Turkey, weighing a total of 162 tonnes (t), claiming that the products were found to contain listeria. 

The Russian embargo might be extended to canned meats

Russia may expand food embargo to canned meat

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia may ban imports of canned meat from the European Union (EU), the USA, Canada and number of other destinations already prevented from supplying fresh and frozen meat to the country following the food embargo originally implemented in August 2014. 

Russia is set to focus on exporting meat to Asia

Russian export strategy shifts east

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is to focus on exporting meat primarily to Asian countries in the next few years, according to the country’s Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev. He estimates that, in two to three years, Russia will export 200,000 tonnes (t) annually to the...

Miratorg aims to grow retail and foodservice sales with products such as its chicken nuggets range

Miratorg eyes exports of chicken nuggets to EU

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian company Miratorg plans to export chicken nuggets to the EU from its Kaliningrad business, the first major Russian producer to target this market in Europe. 

There are already well-established Danish pig farmers in Russia

Danish pigmeat sector invited to invest in Russia

By Poorna Rodrigo

Russia’s trade attaché in Denmark is inviting Danish pig farmers and pigmeat corporations to invest in Russia, saying its “ban on food import from the west has now created unique possibilities”.

Russia looks set not to renew meat imports from the EU and US

Russia proposes endless ban on US, EU meat imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia plans to exclude the US and EU from countries supplying its meat, following a draft decree published on the website of the country’s Ministry of Economic Development.

Kamchatka boasts 44,000 reindeer

Russia targets venison production

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Major investment in Russian venison production is being made in Kamchatka Oblast by local venture Revival of Reindeer Breeding Development.

Auchan is unhappy with some of the claims, but is taking tougher action to combat food fraud

Auchan responds to Russia food fraud case

By Michelle Perrett

Hypermarket chain Auchan is cracking down on counterfeit meat after Russian food regulator Rosselkhoznadzor claimed it had sold minced beef and pork and kebabs with traces of unlabelled meats.


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