Are Aussie consumers eating more red meat in the COVID-19 era?

While some of the evidence is still anecdotal, there’s a convincing case emerging that Australian consumers are eating more beef and lamb, as society adjusts to the unusual work and home life cycles under COVID-19 pandemic control measures…Read More

Jon Condon, April 8, 2020

March monthly exports slightly higher for China, but sharply down to the US

There was a modest recovery in beef exports to China in March, while shipments to the US declined sharply, monthly export figures released by the Department of Agriculture this morning showed…Read More

Jon Condon, April 3, 2020

Contrasting approaches: Aus deems food supply essential, NZ closes butchers

Australian meat industry leaders have praised the Federal Government for “stepping up to the plate” and ensuring the essential nature of the agricultural supply chain in feeding the nation is recognised…Read More

James Nason, April 1, 2020

$110m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

The Federal Government has launched a $110 million package designed to get air freight exports of red meat and other perishable food commodities moving again. The cancellation of international passenger flights into, and out of Australia as part of COVID-19 management saw airfreight of chilled red meat exports grind to a halt a fortnight ago…Read More

Beef Central, April 1, 2020

Australian chilled beef exports notch up 50-year milestone

Exactly 50 years ago today, the Australian beef industry embarked on an export project that would change the face of the industry forever. The nation’s first commercial shipment of chilled beef was consigned on 29 March, 1970 to customers in Japan, in what was arguably the biggest single step the beef industry has taken in moving from its traditional ‘commodity-driven’ focus to a ‘quality-driven’ approach…Read More

Jon Condon, March 29, 2020

Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Cattle hides are the latest beef industry commodity to buckle under the impact of COVID-19, with reports this week that international buyers have more or less withdrawn from making offers on Australian hides…Read More

Jon Condon, March 25, 2020

Airfreight beef exports halted by international flight bans

The cancellation of international passenger flights into, and out of Australia has seen airfreight beef shipments to export markets grind to a virtual halt in the past week…Read More

Jon Condon, March 24, 2020

Panic buying gets to the meat of what really matters to consumers

Times of crisis tend to reveal consumers’ true colours, and if the coronvirus pandemic this week is any guide, real meat remains a number one consumer product of choice. In contrast, supermarket chilled cabinets containing ‘plant-based’ meat products remain virtually untouched…. ..Read More

James Nason, March 19, 2020

‘China vortex’ may drive long term value for Australian beef

PROTEIN 2020: The fallout from the African Swine Fever epidemic could result in longer lasting gains for Australian beef when current impacts to pork production subside, MLA market information manager Scott Tolmie told last week’s Protein 2020 conference in Dalby…Read More

James Nason, March 12, 2020

COVID-19: Extended blank sailings shrink container supply

Australia’s agricultural exporters are having a tough time sourcing 20-foot containers as China gets back to work after the COVID-19 lockdown…Read More

Liz Wells, March 11, 2020

China volumes start to recede, in smaller February beef exports

Australian beef exports to China and other key markets slowed in February, as the first signs of fundamental supply and demand adjustments since the major rain event across eastern states start to be seen. Exports to all markets reached 92,968t last month, down 2.3pc on last year, and is likely to prove to be just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as the industry changes gear…Read More

Jon Condon, March 3, 2020

Kilcoy’s airfreight beef charter to China keeps product moving during difficult times

In what  is probably a first for an Australian red meat exporter, Queensland grainfed beef supply chain Kilcoy Global Foods has chartered its own a 747 cargo aircraft to air-freight about 100 tonnes of high quality chilled product to customers in China…Read More

Beef Central, March 2, 2020

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