September beef exports fall, pork remains steady

U.S. pork exports in September were steady with last year’s volume, while beef exports were well below a year ago. Despite sluggish volumes, however, the value of both pork and beef exports through the third quarter of 2012 remains ahead of last year’s record-setting pace. FULL STORY »

USMEF looks for steady exports in 2013

While global economic uncertainty can change predictions at any moment, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) looks for 2013 to be fairly steady in terms of pork and beef exports. The export trade group wrapped up its strategic planning meeting in Indianapolis. FULL STORY »

NCPC provides food for support Sandy victims

The board of directors of the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) has donated $10,000 to support a direct feeding effort being made for Hurricane Sandy victims. FULL STORY »

Metz Culinary Management sets a 2017 gestation-stall-free target

Metz Culinary Management, a provider of dining management services, primarily in the Northeastern United States, says it will work with its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer margins lose ground

Pork producer margins lost another $7.41 per head for the week ending on Nov. 2, compared to the week before. Meanwhile, packer margins improved by 57 cents per head. FULL STORY »

Iowa packer cleans up after fish kill

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has traced a fish kill in the West Branch of the Floyd River south of Sioux Center to the Sioux-Preme Packing Company. DNR officials continue to investigate the reason for the discharge. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms announces board and management changes

The Board of Directors of Christensen Farms & Feedlots, announced several board and management changes in the wake of the tragic death of CEO Bob Christensen over the weekend. FULL STORY »

Maple Leaf to purchase Puratone

Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods has moved to acquire the Puratone Corp., the third-largest hog production company in Manitoba. The transaction is reported at $42 million, including livestock, facilities and interests in some joint ventures. FULL STORY »

Target places a bulls-eye on gestation stalls

With its iconic bulls-eye trademark, Target is making its mark on the gestation-sow stall issue. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer wants its pork suppliers to eliminate the gestation-stall housing system from its supply chain by 2022. FULL STORY »

USMEF revs up U.S. pork promotions in Japan

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is targeting growth opportunities for branded and thick-cut products in two new initiatives designed to increase sales of American pork. Japan is the top value market for U.S. pork. FULL STORY »

Hurricane Sandy disrupts northeastern distribution

Wholesale produce distribution in the Northeast remains in limbo in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Distributors aren’t certain how long business will remain at a standstill after the Category I hurricane slammed into New York and New Jersey, devastating homes and businesses and closing supermarkets and restaurants. FULL STORY »

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