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Thursday 27th October 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell


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Chicken Showing UK Sales Volume Growth as Other Meats Static

UK sales volumes are virtually static year-on-year for most meat and poultry categories, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry figures from market research company Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 9th October 2016.

Within Fresh Primary Meat & Poultry, chicken is the only major category still showing volume growth, with beef and turkey moving from growth last period into decline this period.

Nathan Ward, Business Unit Director for Meat, Fish and Poultry, explained: “Chicken has the fastest volume growth in Primary Meat & Poultry with half a million more shoppers buying more often this year. Breasts and legs are still the categories stimulating volumes in chicken, with growth coming from non-promoted sales driving volumes.”

Despite the changes in exchange rates and on-going uncertainty around Brexit, prices are still falling in many markets and driving value to lag behind volume in all Meat & Poultry categories. Over the next few months the company said it expects to see some categories start to see inflationary rises as the cost of raw materials and imports rise – click here to read more.

More evidence of further nutritional benefits of eggs emerged this week in research from Purdue University in the US.

The researchers found that adding whole eggs to a colourful salad boosts the amount of Vitamin E the body absorbs from the vegetables.

Jung Eun Kim, a postdoctoral researcher in Purdue’s Department of Nutrition Science, said, “We found Vitamin E absorption was 4- to 7-fold higher when three whole eggs were added to a salad.”

The researchers explained that Vitamin E is often under-consumed by Americans, so this new way to increase the absorption of Vitamin E found in foods that contain low dietary fat should help to improve diets – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Chick Checking and Incubation Improvement Part 4: Chick Activity and Behaviour
A well-experienced hatchery manager will instinctively know when he is looking at healthy, active chicks with good levels of reactions and response to stimuli, writes Frank Verschuere, Hatchery Development Department, Petersime NV.

New Documentary Celebrates the World of Poultry Showing
‘Chicken People’ is a funny, tender documentary exploring the weird and wonderful world of poultry shows and the people who breed for them, writes Ellen Hardy for The Poultry Site. These aren’t your average broilers or layers; they’re primped, cosseted show birds with carefully constructed family trees and a stringent set of beauty standards.

Company News

Interactive Elements at the Heart of 11th Annual Ross DCFT Meeting
CYPRUS - Ross® Distributor Customer Focus Teams (DCFT) from across Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (TMEA) gathered for their 11th annual meeting in Cyprus between 26 and 29 Sept.
Future Challenges at the Forefront of European Nutrition Forum
UK - Aviagen® held its first European Nutrition Forum in Edinburgh from 4-6 October to update customers and feed suppliers on parent stock nutrition.
Cobb Asia-Pacific Technical School Held in Macau, China
CHINA - More than 130 customers from all over Asia took part in the Cobb Asia-Pacific technical school in Macau, China, where over the four days training courses covered topics from grandparent selection through to broiler management and updates on the latest Cobb genetic improvements.
FleXLED ECO: New and Small LED Lamp Can be Installed in Just Three Seconds
GLOBAL - For EuroTier 2016, Big Dutchman presents the first LED lamp that is resistant against high-pressure cleaning and can be installed in under three seconds.
Aviagen Connects with Customers at SPACE 2016
FRANCE - Aviagen® teams from France and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) met with customers at the 30th annual SPACE agricultural exhibition near Rennes, France, between 13 and 16 Sept.
PowerBox: First Off-Grid Power Supply for Livestock Farmers
GERMANY - At this year’s EuroTier in Hanover, Germany, BD PowerSystems will present a trendsetting innovation for the energy supply of livestock buildings: With the PowerBox, farmers gain complete self-sufficiency from public grids. The main energy source for PowerBox are solar panels.
3-D Printer Shapes Poultry, Livestock Equipment
One of the newest tools utilized by the Georgia Poultry/Hog Slat engineering group is a 3-D printer.  About the size of a small refrigerator, the 3-D printer generates plastic prototype parts from computer generated 3-D models.
WVPA-Merial Innovation in Vaccination Award for 2016 announced by WVPA
PHILLIPINES - One of the highlights of the 3rd WVPA Asia Meeting, that was held in Manila, the Philippines on 20 and 21st October, was the presentation, in absentia, of the 2nd WVPA-Merial Innovation in Vaccination Award to Prof Mohd Hair Bejo from Malaysia for his work, including the commercialisation of a Gumboro disease vaccine for hatchery use in Asia.
Surveillance, Careful Vaccine Selection Tops “Shoot-In-The-Dark” Strategy for IB Control
GLOBAL - A producer’s ability to match vaccine coverage to the circulating infectious-bronchitis threat depends largely on a well-executed surveillance program, according to Mark Jackwood, PhD, University of Georgia.
WVPA-Zoetis Young Poultry Veterinarian of 2016 Announced by WVPA
PHILLIPINES - A highlight of the opening day of the 3rd WVPA Asia Meeting was the presentation of the 5th WVPA-Zoetis Young Poultry Veterinarian Award to Dennis Umali, a Filipino veterinarian.
Market Reports

USDA Chickens and Eggs - September 2016
USDA Cold Storage - September 2016
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 20 October 2016
USDA Turkey Hatchery - September 2016
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - September 2016

Global Poultry Industry News

     United Kingdom

More Low Path Bird Flu Found in South African Ostriches
Chicken Showing UK Sales Volume Growth as Other Meats Static
Collaborative Approach to Reduce Food Waste from Farm to Consumer

     European Union

EU Agri-Food Exports Up in August
Evaluation of EU's Antimicrobials Plan Shows Continued Efforts Needed
Growing EU Poultry Meat Production Pushes Prices Downwards


International Poultry Council to Work on Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Report

     United States

Add Eggs to Your Salad to Increase Vitamin E Absorption
US Groups Push for Zero-Antibiotics Chicken in More Schools
Egg Company Accused of Misleading Consumers


Indian Government Acts to Contain Avian Flu Outbreak in Wild Birds


Bird Flu Kills Poultry on Taiwan Farm


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