Russia

Cargill's animal nutrition business should benefit from deal

Cargill takes stake in Ukraine meat firm

By Carina Perkins

US meat processor Cargill has acquired a 5% stake in Ukraine’s biggest meat producer and agricultural group, UkrLandFarming (ULF).

Russia lifts ban on Ukrainian meat firm

Russia lifts ban on Ukrainian meat firm

By Carina Perkins

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted restrictions on imports of pork and beef from Ukrainian company Tavr-Plus. The decision came into effect on 2 December.

Australia concerned that it could lose out to US beef in Russian market

Australian beef exporters concerned over Russia lifting US beef ban

By Lee Adendorff, in Byron Bay, Australia, and Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia

Australian beef exporters are nervous about a decision by the Russian government – confirmed directly to Globalmeatnews.com – that it is planning to lift the existing ban on imports of US beef.

FMD outbreaks in Russia are on the rise

Russia strengthens fight against FMD

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is strengthening the fight against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to prevent massive losses in the country’s livestock industry, according to head of the service Sergei Dankvert.

Nestlé opens Maggi factory in Russia

Nestlé opens Maggi factory in Russia

Nestlé has opened a CHF 73m (€59.1m) factory in Russia to distribute Maggi-brand products across Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

Ukraine is looking to sign a free trade agreement with the EU

Russia threatens Ukraine over EU trade agreement

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ukraine looks likely to lose the right to export meat and other agricultural products to Russia if it signs the Association Agreement with the EU, according to Russian authorities.

FMD outbreaks have been reported in southern Russia

Foot-and-mouth outbreaks in southern Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A series of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been reported in the south of Russia over the past month, prompting Russian vets to take urgent measures to prevent further spread of the disease.

Schmallenberg is spreading across Eastern Europe

Belarus restricts Lithuanian cattle imports

By Carina Perkins

Belarus has temporarily restricted the import of cattle and small ruminants from Lithuania, due to outbreaks of the Schmallenberg virus, officials have reported.

ASF is threatening Russia's pork exports

ASF threatens Russian pork exports

By Carina Perkins

Experts have warned that Russia could lose its pork export industry as the epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia continues to gain momentum, spreading to new regions of the country.

Soviet-era brands such as United Confectioners Alenka are facing stiff competition from foreign brands like Mars' Snickers

Russian Chocolate Revolution

Soviet chocolate faces the wrath of foreign invasion – Leatherhead

By Oliver Nieburg

Young people living in urban areas of Russia are driving domestic chocolate consumption and are increasingly opting for premium foreign brands over nostalgic ones from the Soviet-era, say market analysts Leatherhead Food Research.

Welsh red meat takes on Russia

Welsh red meat takes on Russia

By Line Elise Svanevik

Welsh red meat companies will be pitching products to Russia this week as they arrive in Moscow for export order deals.

Ukraine has seen poultry exports increase considerably

Ukraine poultry production rise drives exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A 16.3% rise in Ukrainian poultry production in the first four months of 2013 has driven a significant increase in export volumes for April, according to the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club.

Putin says he will provide financial support to pig and poultry farmers

Putin promises support for Russian pork and poultry industries

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that the government will provide special support to Russia’s poultry and pork producers, which are currently suffering record losses due to the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

US beef exports slide

US beef exports slide

By Flemmich Webb

US beef exports fell in March compared to same time last year, but increased slightly in value, according to statistics released by the US Department for Agriculture (USDA).

Russia to tighten bird flu controls

Russia to tighten bird flu controls

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has warned that it could impose a total ban on imports of poultry products from China over bird flu fears.

Russia might limit exports from Canada and Mexico

Russia to restrict meat imports from Canada and Mexico

By Carina Perkins

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has warned that it might soon update the list of possible meat suppliers from Mexico and Canada, excluding all companies that could possibly export meat with the forbidden feed additive ractopamine.

Russia sees rapid fall in prices

Russia sees rapid fall in prices

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Meat and poultry prices in Russia have fallen dramatically in the wake of the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), producers’ unions have warned.

Russia to ban US turkey over ractopamine fears

Russia set to ban US turkey meat

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is preparing to ban the import of turkey meat from the US over ractopamine fears, and could also ban broiler meat imports, the veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has revealed.

Australia sees dowturn in beef exports to Russia

Australia sees dowturn in beef exports to Russia

By Carina Perkins

Australian beef exports to Russia were “sluggish” last year as a result of competition from South America and increased demand for Australian manufacturing beef in the US, according to the latest data from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Russia has lifted Brazil export restrictions

Russia set to lift Brazilian meat embargo

By Carina Perkins

Russia is close to lifting a ban on imports of beef, pork and poultry from the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul.

Russia might ban German meat imports

Russia brings in temporary ban on German meat plants

By Carina Perkins

Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on a number of German meat plants, warning it might ban all meat imports from the country if concerns over veterinary and sanitary standards are not urgently addressed.

EU hiding bluetongue virus, says Russia

Russia claims EU deception over bluetongue

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The EU has been hiding outbreaks of a dangerous strain of the bluetongue virus, grossly violating veterinary rules and World Trade Organization (WTO) responsibilities, Russian veterinary authorities have claimed.

Pork recovery has boosted Brazil's meat exports

Pork boosts Brazil’s meat exports

By Carina Perkins

Brazil’s agricultural exports hit record levels last month, with meat exports boosted by further recovery in the country’s pork trade.

Russian poultry farmers hit by bankruptcy

Bankruptcies hit Russian poultry trade

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian poultry sector has been hit by a wave of bankruptcies, affecting even the largest producers in the country.

Ukraine increases poultry exports

Ukraine increases poultry exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

In September, the volume of Ukraine’s poultry exports exceeded the volume of its imports for the first time since it gained independence 21 years ago.

Miratorg invests in Russian retail chain

Miratorg invests in Russian retail chain

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

One of Russia’s largest meat producers, Miratorg, has announced plans to create its own retail chain to sell its meat in major Russian cities.

Russia sees rapid growth in turkey production

Russia sees rapid growth in turkey production

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Turkey is the fastest growing sector of the Russian livestock industry and is forecast to increase by 133% by 2020, according to industry experts.

Russia reimposes Ukraine import restrictions

Russia reimposes Ukraine import restrictions

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has placed restrictions on imports of animal products from the Ukraine in what experts describe as the latest step in a “trade war” between the two countries.

Anti-GM sentiment grows in CIS

Anti-GM sentiment grows in CIS

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in animal feed is growing in the CIS countries of Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus.

Russia reports swine fever slowdown

Russia reports swine fever slowdown

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia is slowing down, with animal health officials scaling down controls as a result.

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