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Woolworths restructures red meat business across Australia

Australia’s largest supermarket retailer, Woolworths, is restructuring its red meat business, forming a stand-alone division called GreenStock. The move is designed to better organise the company’s end-to-end meat supply chain, it said…Read More

Jon Condon, February 26, 2021

Emerging technologies could help deliver ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ value-added beef products

A combination of emerging technologies like High Pressure Thermal Processing, and use of natural preservatives may play a role in delivering so-called ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ red meat value-added products in coming years…Read More

Beef Central, February 12, 2021

Comment: Why I don’t trust Chinese data on the pig herd rebuild

One of the biggest drivers of world meat pricing in the past couple of years has been the impact caused by African Swine Fever on China’s pig herd. Here, Thomas Elder Markets analyst Andrew Whitelaw reflects on the extent of the pig herd recovery in China, and whether local reports about progress are reliable..Read More

Andrew Whitelaw, TEM, February 10, 2021

January beef exports start the year off at snail’s pace

Australian beef exports are off to their slowest start to a new calendar year in at least ten years. January is always the slowest month of the trading year for Australian beef, following Christmas plant closures and slower demand in the post-New year period, but this year’s decline has been particularly acute.   ..Read More

Jon Condon, February 3, 2021

COVID, trade issues have big impact on Australia’s beef exports to the EU – Can they bounce back?

Australia’s exports to the European Union collapsed to their lowest level in 16 years during 2020, due to a range of short and longer-term factors. Can progress in Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the EU and the United Kingdom turn around the ship?..Read More

Jon Condon, January 20, 2021

Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to “Chinese bullying”, new Trade Minister Dan Tehan’s task will be to find a way to restore a constructive trading partnership with China in the national interest…Read More

Tony Walker, La Trobe University, January 19, 2021

2021 grinding beef export sales off to slow start

It’s been a particularly quiet start to the year for Australia’s export grinding beef sales, with low January beef kills being balanced by continued subdued demand out of the US and other key export markets…Read More

Jon Condon, January 18, 2021

Meat in the mail – ButcherBox meeting grassfed beef demand in the US

Several years ago US tech entrepreneur Mike Salguero went in search of grassfed beef for his family but couldn’t find any. Five years later his ButcherBox is now a fully-fledged “meat in the mail” business supplying ethically-raised, grassfed beef, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, in curated boxes to subscribers across the US…Read More

Beef Central, January 18, 2021

ICMJ launches new podcast series with meat industry heavyweight

The Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) has released the first episode of its podcast series, ‘Chiller Room Secrets: the stories behind the Australian meat industry’s quest for perfection’…Read More

Beef Central, January 18, 2021

2020 Australian beef exports fall 15pc, to 1.039 million tonnes

Hampered by reduced national cattle herd size after years of drought, Australia’s beef exports to all markets fell dramatically to 1.039 million tonnes last calendar year, trade statistics released this morning by the Department of Agriculture show…Read More

Jon Condon, January 6, 2021

Flat export demand plus currency movement putting pressure on domestic beef market

While the domestic market during the past nine months of COVID uncertainty has easily been the Australian beef industry’s most reliable market, flat international trading conditions at present and a rising currency value is seeing more surplus export product being pushed back into the local trade…Read More

Jon Condon, December 14, 2020

Vietnam a ‘perfect partner’ to help bridge beef and grain trade gap

A report points to ‘significant opportunities’ for Australian exporters to expand trade ties with Vietnam, including for beef and grain, as soaring tensions with nearby China encourage diversification toward other markets…Read More

James Nason, December 14, 2020

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