U.S. livestock: CME hogs slide with cash, pork prices — August 20, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday posted losses for a second straight day, pressured by eroding cash hog and wholesale prices. October ended down 2.325 cents at 92.5 cents per pound, and December at 86.425 cents, 2.2 lower (all figures US$). Wednesday afternoon’s average price of hogs in Iowa/Minnesota slumped […]


Dr. Oetker orders McCain pizza — August 20, 2014

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Germany’s Dr. Oetker is set to take a bigger slice of the Canadian and U.S. pizza market, with a deal to buy McCain Foods’ North American frozen pizza business. New Brunswick-based McCain announced Wednesday it will sell its non-Pizza Pocket-related frozen pizza business to Dr. Oetker for an undisclosed sum, pending regulatory approvals in Canada. […]


Ont. egg producer’s grading station reinstated — August 20, 2014

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A southwestern Ontario shell egg producer’s grading station has been reinstated after a four-month federal suspension. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on April 11 suspended the registration for Allan Toby, operating at Owen Sound, Ont., for failure to maintain the operation’s grading station in “required conditions” as per the Egg Regulations. No food recall was […]


U.S. livestock: Profit-taking undercuts CME live cattle — August 19, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday, weighed down by profit-taking that pared morning gains and snapped the market’s three-day winning streak. August live cattle ended 1.1 cents per pound lower at 150.5, and October down 1.325 cents at 147.225 cents (all figures US$). CME live cattle spiked […]


Poland asks EU to complain to WTO over Russian embargo — August 19, 2014

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Warsaw | Reuters — Poland has asked the European Commission to lodge a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a Russian ban on EU food products that has hit Poland particularly hard, the Polish economy ministry said Tuesday. The Commission has so far been cautious about taking the embargo case to the […]


Russia seeks ways to soften import bans’ impact — August 18, 2014

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Moscow | Reuters – Russia will allow imports from neighbouring Belarus and Kazakhstan of food processed from Western raw materials, as Moscow seeks to damp down domestic food price rises triggered by its ban on food imports from the West. On Aug. 7, Russia banned all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable imports from the […]


EU fruit, veg growers get $180M to help with Russia ban — August 18, 2014

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Brussels | Reuters — The European Union’s fruit and vegetable growers will get financial aid of up to 125 million euros (C$181.9 million) to help them cope with Russia’s ban on most Western food imports, which has created a glut of produce in peak harvest time, the European Commission said. Russia has declared a one-year […]


U.S. livestock: CME live, feeder cattle up third straight day — August 18, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Monday finished higher for a third session in a row, supported by spillover short-covering from late last week, traders said. August live cattle ended one cent per pound higher at 151.6, and October was up 0.8 cent at 148.55 cents (all figures US$). Futures […]


Klassen: West’s feeder cattle hold value — August 17, 2014

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Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively stable with week-ago levels despite the softer tone in the U.S. market. Limited volumes at most auction markets were met with firm buying interest as feedlot margins remain in positive territory. The fed cattle market in Alberta remains near historical highs, with packers buying steers in the range […]


Maple Leaf names ‘animal wellness’ chief — August 15, 2014

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Canadian processing giant Maple Leaf Foods has gone to Ontario’s pork sector for the person┬áto spearhead the setup of its “comprehensive animal wellness program.” The Toronto meat and processing company on Monday named Dr. Stephanie Cottee, a former provincial programs advisor with the Ontario provincial pork board, as its new “leader, animal wellness.” While at […]