Zambia, Angola strengthen trade relations through public-private sector collaboration

ZAMBIA – Zambia and Angola have joined hands to foster trade relations in the agriculture and livestock sector through enhanced private and public sector collaboration. This was agreed upon during the Mini Business Symposium between the two nations aimed at stimulating bilateral trade, which culminated with a visit to Zambia’s largest integrated cold chain foods and retail business, Zambeef. According to reports by Lusaka Star, Angola will tap into livestock products from Zambia which will enable it to reduce importation of the products from Europe and South America. In January,…

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Danish Crown to invest US$322m in modernization of meat processing factories

DENMARK – Europe’s largest pork producer Danish Crown has announced an investment of around DKK 2 billion ($322 million) in the coming year in modernization of its factories in Denmark and Germany. With a primary focus on automation, the capital will be used to further improve working conditions, as well as future-proof production. Its pork business which accounts its largest share of revenue will receive the largest share of the US$322 million investments, according to a report by FoodBev. The investment which is about 25% higher than the company’s budget…

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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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Customer interest in animal welfare is the primary driver for business action, new reports indicates

AFRICA — According to a recently released report by World Animal Protection, leading global food companies are demonstrating that action on animal welfare is possible within a competitive environment however, much more needs to be done as some of the major global food companies are severely lacking on Farm Animal Welfare policies and standards. The report published by the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), an initiative backed by World Animal Protection and Compassion in World Farming, ranks 150 global food companies on farm animal welfare standards across six…

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Tyson Fresh Meats to resume operations at Columbus Junction pork plant

USA – Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods has announced that it will resume limited operations at its pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, on Tuesday 21st April, after being idle for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns. “Our first priority is protecting our team members while they fulfill their critical mission of feeding families across the country during this challenging time,” said Tyson Foods’ President, Dean Banks. “We plan to increase production at Columbus Junction gradually, with the safety of our team members top…

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CP Foods to acquire Canadian pork producer HyLife for US$370m

CANADA – Thai based food products company, CP Foods (Charoen Pokphand Foods) has reached an agreement to acquire Canadian pork producer, HyLife for US$370 million (CAD 498 million). CP Foods will take control of 50.1% of the company’s shares while Japan’s Itochu will continue holding the remaining 49.9% of the shares. The companies aim to harness synergies and growth as they both have strong global food distribution networks. For HyLife, CP Foods deals opens up new markets and opportunities in the fast-growing Asian, North American and international markets. “This is…

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USDA strengthens partnerships to prevent African Swine Fever entering the country

USA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional steps to protect the United States from African swine fever (ASF) which is widely spreading internationally. The strengthened actions aim to protect the country’s swine industry from the disease which has since spread to China. This follows the protections announced earlier by the agency following the confirmation of a second case of ASF in China. USDA’s Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach said that the agency will work in coordination with the pork industry to intensify…

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AgDevCo, Centurion Agricultural Partners invest in Uganda’s pork industry

UGANDA – AgDevCo, a social impact investor in the African agricultural sector has partnered Centurion Agricultural Partners in a multimillion-dollar investment at Nakifuma Farming Company, a pork company in Uganda, to boost the country’s pork sector. The investment through a new 390-sow pig breeding and finishing unit will see Nakifuma utilize improved genetics and animal husbandry practices in the production of quality meat. The company, as one of the few commercial-scale pork farms in the country, seeks to supply quality meat into the country in a bid to satisfy the…

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African swine fever outbreak could spread to China, United Nations FAO says

CHINA – African swine fever, a deadly outbreak with the potential to affect a country’s pig population, has been reported that it could possibly spread to China, and now Chinese officials are scrambling to stop it. According to the Washington Post, the virus — which does not threaten humans — has spread to four provinces and has been detected in areas about 750 miles apart, since early August. China has about 700 million pigs, half the world’s pig population and pork is the country’s primary protein source. If China cannot quickly…

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Top pork producer WH Group to close abattoir to contain swine fever outbreak

ASIA – Privately owned Chinese meat and food processing company, WH Group has been ordered to close an abattoir in a bid to contain spread of second outbreak of deadly African swine fever (ASF), according to a Reuters report. Zhengzhou city authorities had ordered a temporary six-week closure of the abattoir, one of 15 controlled by China’s largest pork processor, Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development, a subsidiary of WH Group. The contagious disease which resulted into 1,362 pig culls at the abattoir is also reported to have killed 88 hogs…

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