The move comes after EU ministers approved a six-month extension of sanctions on Russia’s energy, defence and financial sectors

New date set for end of Russian embargo

By Chloe Ryan

Russia has extended its embargo on EU food imports for a further six months until 31 January 2016, in retaliation for the EU’s decision to extend its own economic sanctions aimed at pressuring Moscow to resolve the Ukraine conflict.

According to USDA data the bulk of China's exports this year will go to Hong Kong

Chinese processor delivers 40t of pork to Russia, as others seek entry

By Mark Godfrey

A unit of China’s top pork processor has shipped 40 tons of pork overland to Russia. The Wangkui Shuanghui Beidahuang Food Co plant in northerly Heilongjiang province shipped the pork, worth US$1.2 million, over the border in early June, according to...

The chain has faced negative publicity in the Russian media

McDonald’s to reduce pace of growth in Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian division of McDonald’s is expected to open no more than 50-60 restaurants this year, down from 73 opened last year, according to a statement from the chief Russian manager Alexei Semenov.

The transit ban includes poultry meat and products

Russia restricts transit of US poultry over bird flu fears

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has banned transit of US poultry, including poultry meat and products, on its territory over concerns about bird flu, according to the head of the organisation Sergey Dankvert.

Russia has limited imports from Brazil and Paraguay

Russia restricts South American meat imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has recently introduced restrictions on beef imports from several Brazilian companies and has refused entry of a large shipment of meat from Paraguay.

Exports were up 19% year-on-year

EU pig exports rise in March

By Chloe Ryan

Latest figures from UK pork levy body Bpex show a surge in pork exports from the EU during March.

Belarus claimed that Russian veterinary authorities limited supplies of pork for reasons that could not be proved

Belarus seeks to diversify meat exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Belarus plans to establish poultry and beef exports to China in the months ahead, as the country’s meat industry is suffering from a drop in supplies to its main market – Russia, according to the country’s First Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food...

Putin claims the EU's sanctions are

Russia likely to extend EU food import ban


Russia is likely to extend its ban on EU food imports beyond the August 7 deadline, as the European Union looks set to continue its sanctions against Russian products.

Food is expected to account for up to 55% of Russians' household spending by autumn

Russians increasingly affected by food sanctions


More than a third of Russians (37%) have noticed that some of their favourite brands are missing from store shelves following food sanctions – compared to about a quarter (26%) six months ago, according to market research organisation Romir.

A complete ban on the cultivation and production of grain and livestock containing GMO has been considered

Russia continues to tighten GMO legislation

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has seen a number of further restrictions on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), as the State Duma has started to consider a new bill, which could add a number of amendments to the relevant legislation.

Outbreaks are expected to rise as the weather warms up

Fight with ASF intensifies in Russia and Eastern Europe

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Several outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have been identified recently in Russia, Poland and Lithuania, which suggests that the potential impact of the disease this year remains very unclear, according to statements from the veterinary authorities...

The first deliveries will be supplied to UAE and Qatar

Russia to launch halal poultry exports in 2015

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is getting ready to launch exports of halal poultry products to the Middle East in the coming months, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has announced. The first deliveries will be supplied to UAE and Qatar, with exports of halal chicken...

The cost of shipping salt from other countries is still an issue, says director-general of the Ukrainian supplier Artyomsol

Russian ban on Ukrainian salt challenges supply


Russian sanctions have affected its salt supplies after it banned imports from state-run Ukrainian firm Artyomsol, which previously accounted for 24% of the market.

Despite trade agreements imports of meat to Russia dropped fivefold in January

Russia sees unprecedented fall in meat imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Despite trade agreements with new suppliers, imports of meat to Russia dropped fivefold in January, according to official statistics. The report, from the Russian Business Consulting Agency, said the main reason for this was the devaluation of the ruble,...

The farm is due to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2015

Norwegian company to launch pig farm in Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Norwegian-based company Russian Baltic Pork Invest (RBPI) will open a large pig farm in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, with a major investment in biosecurity at the new facility, according to company representatives and regional officials.

Production is due to increase in the US, Russia and Brazil

Global pig market expected to return to “something like normal”

By Georgi Gyton

While prices across Europe have been spiralling downwards, the global pork market is expected to return to "something like normal", except for the situation with Russia, according to Stephen Howarth, market specialist manager at UK body the...

Miratorg will supply the beef to be used in McDonald's burger patties

Russian meat giant will supply beef to McDonald’s

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg has signed a contract to supply beef for the production of McDonald’s burgers from its recently created cluster of beef facilities in Bryansk and Kaliningrad Oblast, according to a report from the company.

The seminar was followed by tasting of various Wagyu dishes

Japan body hosts London wagyu seminar

By Eleanor Mackay

Delegates from the British meat industry attended an introduction to wagyu seminar in London earlier this month, held by the Japan Livestock Industry Association. The association hopes to bolster sales to the European Union after import restrictions were...

The poultry plant will handle all stages of the production chain

Russian region plans large poultry plant

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A major poultry production plant is to be built in Volgograd Oblast, in the south of Russia, according to officials from the region.

Rosselkhoznadzor said the situation was alarming as the disease has been spreading in Ukraine since the spring of 2014

Russia alarmed over PEDv outbreaks in Ukraine

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has sent a request to the veterinary service of Ukraine to conduct investigations into several outbreaks of PEDv in the country.

Top 10 global trade stories of 2014

Top 10 global trade stories of 2014

By Georgi Gyton

As 2014 draws to a close GlobalMeatNews looks back at some of the biggest international trade stories to make the headlines this year. From Russia’s ban on meat imports in August, to the opening of the US market for EU beef, we’ve compiled a round-up...

Russia plans to export meat to Angola in 2015

Russia to develop poultry meat export supplies

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia intends to boost exports of poultry meat to countries in the Middle- and Far East next year, according to agriculture minister Nikolai Fyodorov.

Turkey is enjoying the best growth indicators in terms of meat product supply to the Russian market

Turkey increases exports of poultry meat to Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In the first nine months of 2014, supplies of poultry meat and seafood from Turkey to Russia rose by almost four-and-a-half times, with strong potential for further growth, according to Mehdi Eekr, Turkish minister of food, agriculture and livestock.

Products will only be allowed to transit the Russian Federation if they have passed through checkpoints

New meat import restrictions could threaten Russian-led Customs Union

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has announced restrictions on the imports of a number of food products from its partners in the Customs Union – Belarus and Kazakhstan – as the issue of re-exporting banned products from the European Union (EU) and Canada continues to raise Russian...

While a negative impact is being felt by many suppliers, there are opportunities to be had

Russia’s import ban – the last thing we need?

By Lizzie Bonsall, Promar International

In August 2014, Russia placed a ban on the import of all meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and dairy products from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway, in response to the economic sanctions placed by the West on Russia as result of recent developments...

Russia claims to have covered the deficit by opening up to new suppliers

Russia claims to have covered its meat deficit

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia claims to have completely covered the deficit in meat – in particular pork – that appeared in the domestic market after the ban on certain food imports in August this year, said Russian agriculture minister Nikolai Fyodorov at a meeting of the...

Domestic pork consumption is expected to increase to 22.4kg per capita in Russia next year

Russian pork production expected to grow in 2015

By Georgi Gyton

Production of pork in Russia is forecast to increase by close to 6.5% next year, to 2.83 million metric tonnes (mmt), according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Rosselkhoznadzor has not ruled out the possibility of banning the supply of animal products from Belarus

Russia threatens ban meat on imports from Belarus due to EU re-exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Rosselkhoznadzor has not ruled out the possibility of banning the supply of animal products from Belarus, due to a number of veterinary legislation violations revealed in a number of inspections in recent months, said Sergei Dankvert, head of the Russian...

UECBV is looking for the opportunity for a dialogue with Russia

UECBV hopes to open dialogue with Russia

By Georgi Gyton

The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) is looking for the opportunity for a dialogue with Russia, with the aim of restoring confidence between the two parties.

Russian health regulators have now approved imports of pork from five Chinese suppliers

Russia about to import pork from China

By Elsa Reed, in Shenzhen

Russian health regulators have now approved imports of pork from five Chinese suppliers, including two subsidiaries of the Shuanghui Group, GlobalMeatNews has been told.

Iran is looking to export poultry meat to Russia

Iran eyes opening on Russian meat market

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Iran plans to take advantage of tensions between Russia and the West by replacing some European meat supplies on the Russian market, say Iranian officials.

Brazilian beef exports to Russia have soared following the embargo of food imports

Brazil’s beef exports to Russia soar

By Oli Haenlein

Brazilian beef exports to Russia have soared following the embargo of food imports from the US, EU, Canada, Norway and Australia, according to the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporting Industries (Abiec) and International online shipping site

Kazakhstan is looking to become Russia's largest supplier of beef

Belarus and Kazakhstan to benefit from Russian meat embargo

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Belarus and Kazakhstan look set to increase their supplies of meat to Russia, as the recently implemented trade restrictions on imports have created a bigger demand and attractive prices, according to government officials and local market experts.

RusAgro plans to develop pork production in the far east of the country

Russian agri-firm invests in export plans for China

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

RusAgro, one of Russia’s largest agricultural holdings, has announced an investment of RUB60 billion (US$1.61bn) in the development of pork production in the far east of the country, as well as centrally-located Tambov Oblast, as the company eyes up China,...

Among the outlets closed is Russia's flagship restaurant in Pushkin Square

Russia starts closing McDonald’s restaurants

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian sanitary inspection service Rospotrebnadzor has closed four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow and has initiated inspections in other restaurants across the country in the next stage of the continuing conflict between the Russian authorities and...

A number products may be banned including cheeseburgers

Russia attacks McDonald’s over meat quality

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian authorities have said they want to ban production of a number of popular McDonald’s burgers, claiming the fast food chain has violated the country’s legislation, which could result in dangerous meat and other products being sold to consumers.

Tasma food packaging film production line Kazan

Production ‘is important in view of sanctions imposed against Russia’

Food packaging line built to ‘substitute’ Russian imports

By Jenny Eagle

Tasma (Tatar Sensitive Materials) has launched an $8.3m food packaging film production line in Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, to extend product storage and shelf life.


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