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Thursday 24th May 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial – Conference Season: Looking to the Future on Markets & Challenges

Held in Brussels this week was the ‘World Poultry 2012’ conference, organised by Informa and attended by 80 delegates at the cutting edge of the poultry meat sector from across the world. With a theme of ‘Meeting Consumer and Retailer Needs, Regulations and Staying in Profit’, there were 16 presentations over the two days, looking broadly at the future of the poultry meat market across the world and the regulation of broiler welfare and food safety issues.

Pig and poultry producers gathered to see the latest technology and gain useful business information at the British Pig & Poultry Fair 2012 for two days last week.

Among the complete programme of expert talks and workshops offered to the visitors in the two–day event opened with an outlook for the UK poultry meat and egg sectors.

In his analysis of the future challenges for the poultry meat industry, John Reed (Chairman of the British Poultry Council and Agriculture Director of Cargill Meats Europe) pointed out that the average weight in chickens has decreased since 2007, which he attributed to the growing demand for products from food service.

The lifting of a ban on imports of raw poultry meat imports from Thailand to the EU from July this year is expected to lead to more imported product coming in. Overall, Mr Reed sees the poultry market in growth and expects this to continue, while the turkey sector is showing signs of improvement and duck producers remain under pressure.

CEO of egg company, Noble Foods, Peter Thornton, offered his view of the outlook for the UK egg sector. He highlighted how well the industry has managed to reduced Salmonella levels over recent years. Per-capita egg consumption has also risen although it remains behind the EU average.

A hot issue for the industry at the moment is the implementation of the EU Directive to ban unenriched cages for laying hens, according to Mr Thornton. He said that politicians have not protected poultry producers as much as they promised and some countries within the EU still have not updated all their facilities. This has pushed up egg prices during the first months of this year and it also caused a shortage in the egg supply across the EU.

‘Illegal eggs’ produced in battery cages have been used legally in the food industry but from July 2012, this will be banned as well, and Mr Thornton believes this will be a crucial moment for the industry.

In the last six months, free–range and organic eggs have lost market share against caged eggs in sales at the major UK retailers as consumers shift their purchases to ‘value’ eggs. Mr Thornton called on the producer association, BFREPA, and the egg packers to work together to re–balance the free-range market.

British pork, chicken and eggs are enjoying growing demand from food service, a sector whose potential is often overlooked but it was the subject of the headline debate at the British Pig & Poultry Fair.

In a good discussion, representatives from a speciality butcher supplying the sector, pig processing company, Tulip, and a food service supplier outlined the opportunities offered by the sector. Karen McQuade, who founded The UK Foodhall in 2007, presented an inspiring success story for British products sold into schools. Her organisation has become the No. 1 supplier to the nation’s schools, for which she and her company have received many awards. The original concept, still adhered to, is for the company to source products that cannot be found on the offer from importers.

Looking to Canada, the value of poultry meat sales in 2011 was 14.1 per cent than the previous year, and that of egg sales was up by 9.2 per cent.

There have been no new outbreaks of bird flu in the last week but maize growers in Bangladesh are reporting losses. They attribute their difficulties to the closure of 25,000 poultry farms over the last year due to avian influenza.

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Electrical Waterbath Stunning: Influence of Different Waveform and Voltage Settings on the Induction of Unconsciousness and Death in Broilers
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Prevalence and Antibiotic Resistance of Campylobacter, Salmonella and L. monocytogenes in Ducks
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The Mississippi Poultry Industry and its Economic Impact
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European Approach to IB Control Explored for Use in US Flocks
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Improving Transport Performance
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Cobb Africa Technical School Hosted by Irvine’s Zimbabwe
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Iraqi Poultry Producers Flock to Vano Seminar
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Novus Committed to Local, Sustainable Solutions for Growing Protein Demand
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Major Wadi Group Seminar in Sharm EL Sheikh
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WORLD POULTRY 2012: Meeting Consumer, Retailer Needs
WORLD POULTRY 2012: Focus on Welfare, Consumer Safety


Mandatory Welfare Training for Abattoirs
Australian Agriculture Shares A$70 Million in Research Grants
A$4 Million in Fee Rebates to Grain, Fish and Egg Exporters

   United States

Quick Action by US on Mandatory COOL Unlikely
Broiler Meat Production Forecast to Rise in 2013
AWI Accuses USDA of Conning Consumers
Q1 Turkey Meat Production Up Compared to 2011
Urgent Action Required on Falling Food Productivity
CME: Corn Planting Near Record-High Condition
Dark Meat Sizzles Ahead of Grilling Season
Table Egg Production Forecast to Drop in 2013
CME: Little to No Good News for Meat Sectors
April Egg Production Down Compared to a Year Ago
Hormel Second Quarter Earnings Up


Egg and Broiler Prices Up to Record Levels
India Says Ban on US Poultry Products Lifted in September 2011
Poultry Farmers to Move High Court
Poultry Feed Product Prices Decline


Q2 Poultry Prices Forecast to Remain Strong
Sustainable Livestock at Committee on Agriculture
World Poultry Meat Production to Rise in 2012
El Nino Risk Rising for Late Summer

   United Kingdom

PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Outlook for the UK Poultry, Egg Sectors
UK Farmers Enjoy Boom as Economy Suffers
PIG & POULTRY FAIR: Opportunities and Challenges for British Products in the Food Service Sector
Putting Goose on Menu at City College Norwich
Team RT Takes Gold for UK Farming
Duncan Priestner Voted Chairman of NFU Poultry Board

   Russian Federation

Agreement Signed for Turkey Complex
Cherkizovo Reports Excellent Performance in Q1


Dioxin Found in Eggs from German Farm


Nova Scotia Invests in Poultry Plant
Livestock Producers Advised to Make Use of Youtube
Poultry Meat Value & Egg Production Up in 2011

   New Zealand

Poultry Feed Mill Re-jigged for Dairy Supplements

   European Union

Assessing Safety of Enterococcus faecium in Feed


BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Hits Bangladeshi Feed Producers


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