Prolonged drought in Namibia shrinks export market for beef products

NAMIBIA – Namibia’s beef export drastically declined from 26.6 million kilograms of 2019 to 8.4 million kilograms in 2020, attributed to the fact that livestock producers are rebuilding herds following the prolonged drought season. Data from the Meat Board of Namibia, has indicated that the country marketed 219 525 fewer cattle than in 2019 leading to the decline in number of cattle slaughtered which was 51 992 compared to 129 735 cattle in 2019. European countries, including Norway and the United Kingdom, took up a combined 3.3 million kilograms compared…

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Egypt’s rise in demand for beef to result in increase in production, importation

EGYPT – Egypt’s calf crop production for the market year 2021 is forecasted to be 1.94 million heads according to Food Agricultural Service Cairo as indicated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) in a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report. Total supply during the year under review is forecast at 9.99 million animals, increasing by 125,000 head or slightly over one percent above USDA’s official MY 2020 figure of 9.86 million. Even with the projected production, input costs are high despite the government authorizing in 2018 an additional 400,000…

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World livestock and poultry exports forecasted to rise despite decline in beef and poultry production

GLOBAL – According the Global Agricultural Information Network report on livestock and poultry world markets and trade by USDA, the global export forecasts for beef and chicken meat trade have been trimmed due to emerging threats from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Economic growth forecasts have been cut for 2020 and the impact on consumers will dampen demand for animal protein. Widespread closures of restaurants and food service outlets as well as a reduction in tourism and travel will shift demand for protein among both types of meat as…

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Namibia starts export of beef products to the United States

NAMIBIA – Namibia has successfully exported its first consignment of beef to the USA following 18 years of extensive negotiations between the two countries. According to the President and consultant for Import Export Associates (IEA) in Namibia, Leonard Lang the 25 tonnes beef batch by Meat Corporation of Namibia (MeatCo) was dispatched in February this year and reached its destination on 17th April. MeatCo is a meat processing company headquartered in Windhoek and the largest exporter of prime beef in Namibia. In 2002 and 2005, Namibia initiated negotiations on the…

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COVID-19 Update: JBS USA temporary closes Greeley beef facility

USA – JBS USA has announced the temporary closure of the Greeley beef production facility until April 24, 2020 and launched multiple additional efforts to support the fight against Coronavirus in Weld County, Colorado. The food company announced on April 13, that the Greeley beef facility will wind down operations within two days with a diminished staff to ensure existing product in the facility can be used to support food supply needs. The announcement comes a few days after the meat processor noted that the Greeley beef facility had been…

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Zambeef Products to Sell Sinazongwe Farm for US$10m

ZAMBIA – Zambeef, one of the largest integrated cold chain food producers with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana has entered into a binding Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with Chenguang Biotech (Zambia) Agri-Dev Limited for the sale of Zambeef’s Sinazongwe Farm for a cash consideration of US$10 million. Chenguang Biotech (Zambia) Agri-Dev Limited is a subsidiary of the Chenguang Biotech Group Co. Limited based in China (“CCGB”). The Chenguang Group is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of natural plant extraction for paprika oleoresin, capsicum oleoresin and…

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Tiger Brands reopens Enterprise polony facility as Listeria fight fades

SOUTH AFRICA – Packaged goods company, Tiger Brands has reopened its ready-to-eat meat processing facility, Enterprise Foods in Germiston, months after two of its factories were shut down on listeriosis outbreak. According to Business Day, the company said it is likely to open its other facility in Polokwane once it completes refurbishments as well as assessments with the health department in November. The facilities were closed early this year when the health minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced in March that listeria strain was found at Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory.…

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American bone broth brand Kettle & Fire announces US$8m in Series A investment

USA – Kettle & Fire, the country’s leading shelf-stable bone broth brand, today announced an US$8 million Series A investment led by CAVU Venture Partners. According to the company, CAVU Ventures co-founder and managing partner Clayton Christopher will join the company’s board. The funding will be used to fuel multi-channel growth and product innovation. Kettle & Fire products are available in more than 6500 stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, HEB, Sprouts, Wegmans and many other major and independent retailers. The company also has a robust direct-to-consumer e-commerce business. Growth has…

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Muafaka Butcheries to invest US$600,000 in a new abattoir targeting export market

TANZANIA – Muafaka Butcheries Limited, a proprietor company of modern butcheries in Tanzania is planning to invest about US$600,000 (over 1.3bn TZS) in modern slaughterhouses targeting the export market. IPP media reports the halal certified company has already secured a five-hectare plot in Pwani region where construction work of the abattoir will likely start before the end of this year or early next year. “We have the largest number of cattle, goats, sheep and livestock in general in Africa but we can hardly export abroad because of our poor quality…

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Danish Crowns opens new production line in Blans abattoir

UK – Danish Crowns, a global meat processing company, has established a new production line at the abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees by almost 10 per cent from 1,100 to 1,200. According to the company, the Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for Danish pork, which is still growing. The EU and Japan signed a free trade agreement, which will be implemented continuously over the next ten years. The agreement will gradually simplify the very complex customs system…

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