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Trading through Covid-19 and beyond, daily food industry updates – Monday 30 November (free to read)

30 Nov 2020

Daily updates on how Covid-19 is affecting the world's packaged food sector – and how executives see the market and consumer behaviour taking shape in the months ahead.

Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

20 Nov 2020

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area.

Pilgrim's Pride eyes M&A for more balanced portfolio

2 Nov 2020

US meat heavyweight Pilgrim's Pride has commented on whether acquisition activity could be a way to create a more balanced portfolio.

Pilgrim's Pride invests in US plant

16 Oct 2020

US-based meat major Pilgrim's Pride has outlined plans to invest in a processing facility in its domestic market.

JBS parent company settles US bribery suit

15 Oct 2020

The parent company of Brazilian meat giant JBS has taken action in relation to a foreign bribery charge in the US. 

Hefty fine for Pilgrim's Pride after price-fixing plea agreement

14 Oct 2020

US meat heavyweight Pilgrim's Pride has entered into a plea agreement with the country's Department of Justice (DoJ) in relation to broiler chicken price-fixing.

US government issues new indictments in chicken price-fixing case

8 Oct 2020

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has taken further action in its ongoing investigation into broiler chicken price-fixing.

JBS announces Amazon deforestation fund

23 Sep 2020

Brazilian meat giant JBS has launched an initiative to help tackle deforestation in a region of its homeland.

End deforestation initiative in Brazil gets 'big meat' backing

18 Sep 2020

A Brazilian meat giant has signed up to an initiative to help end deforestation in its home market with a local peer reportedly following suit.

Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 Sep 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

JBS faces fine in US due to claims of Covid health and safety failings

14 Sep 2020

Brazilian meat giant JBS is set to be fined US$15,615 in the US for Covid-19-related health and safety failings at one of its plants there.

JBS cuts hundreds of workers at Queensland plant in Australia

11 Sep 2020

Brazil-headquartered meat packer JBS is laying off hundreds of staff at a plant in Australia due to the market environment.

JBS-owned Plumrose USA to build new factory

10 Aug 2020

Packaged meat company Plumrose USA is to spend US$200m on an infrastructural project, it has announced.

Tesco calls on UK government to act on foods linked to deforestation

5 Aug 2020

Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket group, is asking for rules to be introduced on imports of deforestation-linked food.

JBS buys plant in US for beef products

31 Jul 2020

Brazilian meat group JBS, one of the largest in the sector worldwide, has acquired another processing facility in the US.

Domestic JBS plant 'again ordered to close by Brazil court'

30 Jun 2020

JBS, the Brazil-based meat behemoth, has reportedly been ordered to close one of its domestic factories amid concerns about Covid-19 – a plant that was also closed recently. 

New products – Mars launches M&M’s bars in France; JBS offshoot Planterra Foods unveils Ozo meat-free in US; More products join line-up of Asia meat-free brand OmniPork

19 Jun 2020

This week, we report on product news including major French milk brand Candia extending into plant-based drinks and Canada's Maple Leaf Foods launching a "fusion protein" range.

Tyson, Cargill, National Beef, JBS 'under scrutiny in US over pricing'

8 Jun 2020

The US Department of Justice has reportedly issued an order to four meat processors for information over possible anti-trust violations.

Investor spotlight on animal protein over "pandemic risk"

3 Jun 2020

The global animal-protein industry is "vulnerable to zoonotic outbreaks and guilty of creating them", new research from an international investor group has claimed.

Covid-19 - JBS 'to take legal action' to re-open plant in Brazil 

19 May 2020

Brazilian meat giant JBS is reportedly planning to take legal measures to reverse an order to shutter one of its plants to stop the spread of coronavirus.

JBS re-thinking supply route to China following Australia plants blow 

19 May 2020

Brazilian meat giant JBS has said it is confident it will be able to maintain its China supply line despite two of its plants being banned from exporting to the country.

Smithfield Foods confirms re-opening of Sioux Falls pork plant

7 May 2020

US meat heavyweight Smithfield Foods has confirmed a pork-processing facility hit by the Covid-19 outbreak will re-open today (7 May).

Meat giants Smithfield, JBS 're-opening select US plants'

5 May 2020

Reports from the US say that two meat giants are re-opening select plants closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 - 'Cases surge at reopened JBS beef plant in Greeley, Colorado'

1 May 2020

Cases of Covid-19 at a US beef plant owned by Brazilian meat giant JBS have reportedly surged since the facility was reopened a week ago.

President Trump orders meat plants to stay open during pandemic

29 Apr 2020

President Donald Trump has intervened following the closure of US meat-processing plants and warnings of a shortage of produce on the shelves.

JBS plant in Wisconsin becomes fourth hit by Covid-19, two others reopen

27 Apr 2020

Brazilian meat packer JBS has closed a fourth US plant because of coronavirus, this time in the state of Wisconsin.

JBS closes pork facility hit by Covid-19 in US

21 Apr 2020

Brazilian meat giant JBS will shut down a pork processing plant in Minnesota run by its US subsidiary after recording a number of Covid-19 cases.

Meat processing emerges as Covid-19 hot-spot in North America - analysis

15 Apr 2020

The meat industries in the US and Canada have seen factory suspensions and closures due to Covid-19. How can processors react? And what might be the impact on supply?

US poultry sector faces union criticism over Covid-19

14 Apr 2020

The US poultry sector's "delayed response" to coronavirus is "leaving most workers unprotected", a trade union representing thousands of workers across the food industry.

Meat giant JBS to shut US plant amid Covid-19 concerns

14 Apr 2020

JBS, the Brazil-based meat behemoth, has announced the closure of a beef production facility in the US amid reported multiple cases of Covid-19 at the plant.

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