1. China bans Brazilian beef

2. China’s plan to reduce agricultural emissions

3. China’s growing interest in purchasing US Farmland

Animal Feed & Nutrition Company News


DSM and Firmenich have obtained unconditional competition clearance from the European Commission, bringing the companies closer to their planned merger. The Dutch-Swiss nutrition, health, and biosciences firm DSM and Swiss perfumery player Firmenich had announced their intention to merge in May 2022 and made an official exchange offer in November. The Competition Commission of India is the final competition clearance pending. Once merged, DSM-Firmenich will comprise four businesses: Perfumery & Beauty; Health, Nutrition & Care; Food & Beverage/Taste & Beyond; and Animal Nutrition & Health.

ForFarmers & 2Agriculture

A proposed joint venture between ForFarmers and 2Agriculture has been abandoned after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) moved to investigate the initiative. The CMA said in December that the proposed deal could lead to higher prices for poultry feed and poorer service for farmers. The companies offered proposals to address the concerns but the CMA said they were unlikely to be sufficient. In a joint statement, ForFarmers UK and 2Agriculture said they had abandoned the plans, citing the impact of the investigation on their businesses, the duration and costs involved and the impact on employees and farmers.


Dutch animal nutrition company Nutreco has acquired a minority stake in Indiana-based BiomEdit, as part of the latter’s $40m Series A funding round, which was announced last year. BiomEdit develops new products from microbiomes to promote animal health, without the use of antibiotics. The investment follows the firms’ recently established long-term research and commercial partnership, aimed at developing novel feed additives for livestock using microbiome technology. Nutreco said the funding will boost all aspects of the innovation process and help it to “super-charge” its supply of “proprietary ultra-specialty ingredients” while creating a more sustainable future for the industry.

Meat Company News


Agrosuper, has adopted a corporate venturing model, connecting with startups to find solutions to its daily challenges. The firm seeks startups in three areas, including natural resources and circular economy, digital disruption, and foodtech. Agrosuper typically operates as a venture client, using startups to address specific issues, and has collaborated with around 80 startups in 2022, conducting almost 30 pilots and implementing seven projects.


BRF SA is expected to report a decrease in its Q4 earnings, according to Refinitiv estimates from three analysts. However, the company is expected to report a rise in revenue to R$14.42 billion from R$13.72 billion in the same quarter last year.


Cargill Inc. has named Joanne Knight as its new CFO, effective immediately, after she served in the role on an interim basis for a month. Knight replaced Jamie Miller, who left to become global finance chief of a proposed public company associated with Ernst & Young. Cargill also announced Philippa Purser as its head of strategy and global process leader. The changes come after Cargill CEO Brian Sikes was promoted from chief operating officer to CEO of the privately held company, which recorded $165 billion in revenue for 2022. Knight previously served as vice president of finance for Cargill’s agriculture supply chain enterprise.


Clemens Food Group’s Hatfield Pork Processing Facility and Vital Farms’ Egg Central Station have won FOOD ENGINEERING magazine’s Plant of the Year and Sustainable Plant of the Year Awards, respectively. Clemens’ facility has been expanded to meet customer demand for smoked meat products, while Vital Farms’ Egg Central Station has doubled in size and features new technology and conservation features, with a focus on energy and water conservation, LEED certification, and zero-waste. Both plants will be featured in FOOD ENGINEERING and presented with their awards at the Food Automation & Manufacturing Symposium and Expo.


Conagra Brands, the largest player in the US frozen food market with $6.5bn in sales, is “just getting warmed up” in the $79bn category, said CEO Sean M. Connolly. He noted the company had transformed the category with innovative product offerings, adding premium ingredients to its four main frozen food brands, and would continue to do so, citing family formation, the shift to at-home eating and remote working, and superior relative value compared with perishable or away-from-home food. Forthcoming innovations include indulgent side dishes from Marie Callender’s and seafood options in Healthy Choice Power Bowls.


JBS is appealing a fine imposed by Brazilian authorities on its subsidiary, Seara Alimentos, for paying “undue benefits” to agents from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAPA) in the State of Paraná, as part of Operation Carne Fraca. JBS denies any suspicions about the quality or security of Seara’s or JBS’ products and brands, as highlighted by Carne Fraca investigators. Seara Alimentos was fined over Brazilian Real $14.8 million (U.S. $2.8 million) and instructed to publish information about the decision on its website and at a physical location.


Brazilian meatpacker Minerva SA says it can continue to supply China with beef despite Brazil’s self-imposed ban on exports due to a case of mad cow disease. Minerva can export beef from three plants in Uruguay and one in Argentina. The ban is expected to weigh on meatpackers’ first half results, with Minerva predicted to be the most affected of the listed meat companies.


Perdue Farms has donated 40,000 pounds of chicken products to the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to help feed food-insecure children and families. The donation is part of Perdue’s Delivering Hope to Our Neighbors® program, which aims to end food insecurity in its communities. The Food Bank of the Albemarle serves 15 counties in northeast North Carolina, where nearly 42,000 people do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle. The donation is the equivalent of 33,000 meals.

Pilgrims Pride

Pilgrim’s Pride has invested in a high-speed packing line and storage racking system at its Bodmin facility in south-west England. The investment, which forms part of GBP1.8m ($2.2m) spent by Pilgrim’s UK in the last two years, enables the site to process more than 400 tonnes of gammon per week and 80 tonnes of cooked bacon. The Bodmin plant supplies cooked bacon to food-to-go and quick-serve restaurants, as well as gammon to grocery retailers, and also ships meat to the Island of Ireland and to continental Europe. The investment is part of Pilgrim’s UK’s ongoing strategic focus on enhancing operations and increasing capacity across its UK business.


Karen Morton, a seasoned seafood foodservice sales executive in the US, has recently joined Sysco Corp., the largest distributor in the country, following her tenure at Brasmar and six years at Fishin’. This news was reported on February 24, 2023.

Tanmiah & MHP

Tanmiah Food Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MHP to establish a joint venture that will develop and operate poultry breeding facilities and hatcheries, along with feed milling facilities. The initiative aims to boost Saudi Arabia’s domestic poultry sector and achieve food security goals under Saudi Vision 2030. The joint venture will be primarily funded by the Agriculture Development Fund of Saudi Arabia and MHP will provide industry expertise to design facilities adapted to local market conditions. The partnership is subject to regulatory approvals.


Tyson Foods is acquiring Tennessee-based sausage and bacon company Williams Sausage. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Williams Sausage, which was established in 1958, employs around 500 people and will continue to operate with no planned job cuts. The deal comes after Tyson Foods reported a 68% drop in Q1 operating profit. The acquisition aligns with the company’s strategic plan to expand its capacity and serve its customers.


Zambeef Products Plc and its partners, Pembe Flour Mills Ltd and Parrogate, have provided relief aid to thousands of families affected by flash floods in Southern Province’s Bweengwa and Namwala districts. The aid included mealie meal, flour, cooking oil, assorted foodstuff, and other essential items.

Dairy Company News


Agropur’s Luxemburg plant was the top winner at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, with seven awards, including Best in Class for three varieties of cheese made by Jeremy Robinson. Local cheese makers in Door and Kewaunee counties won a total of 10 awards across seven categories in the biennial contest, which included hundreds of dairy products across 118 categories. Renard’s Cheese/Rosewood Dairy in Algoma won a third-place award for its Renard’s Whips, while several other cheese makers also received awards.

Arla Foods

Arla Foods UK’s Managing Director, Ash Amirahmadi, has vowed to fight to protect farmers from farmgate price shocks and ensure they continue to make investments in the green transition. During a panel discussion at the 2023 National Farmers Union conference, he warned that farmgate prices may fall below the cost of production, creating a situation similar to a year ago when supply to shelves was affected. He highlighted that Arla Foods UK would fight hard to ensure that the dynamic does not go the wrong way.

Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has partnered with the Good Culture brand to launch Good Culture Probiotic Milk, which is a combination of lactose-free milk and a patented probiotic for supporting digestion and immune system health. DFA claims that the introduction of this probiotic milk will fulfil the consumers’ growing interest in probiotics and gut health, offering more functional nutrition benefits in the dairy case. Good Culture Probiotic Milk is available in whole and 2% reduced-fat milk varieties and will launch initially at select East Coast retailers with plans for national expansion in the future.


Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd has reduced and narrowed its forecast Farmgate Milk Price range for the 2022/23 season from $8.50 – $9.50 per kgMS to NZ$8.20 – $8.80 per kgMS, with a midpoint of $8.50. The company also updated its forecast milk collections for the season to 1,465 million kgMS, down from its previous forecast of 1,480 million kgMS. The CEO of Fonterra, Miles Hurrell, attributed the revision to softened demand, particularly for Whole Milk Powder from Greater China, and the impact of cyclone Gabrielle and dry conditions in the South Island. However, the medium to long-term outlook for dairy remains positive.

Gloria Foods

Gloria Foods, a Peruvian holding company, has received authorization from the Chilean National Economic Prosecutor’s Office to proceed with the acquisition of Soprole without any conditions. The company stated that it will continue to comply with the standard requirements for such transactions. Claudio Rodriguez, Executive Director of Gloria, stated that this is a significant milestone for the company and that they will ensure the continuation of Soprole’s strategic plan with its current management team.


French dairy group Lactalis and Celia Laiterie de Craon have been indicted in connection with a salmonella contamination that led to babies being diagnosed with salmonellosis after consuming Lactalis products in 2017. The companies have been charged with aggravated deception, involuntary injuries, and failure to execute withdrawal and recall measures. The companies have been placed under judicial supervision with a bond of €300,000 each. The scandal affected around 83 countries and delayed production for more than six months. The affected factory had been contaminated with salmonella since 2005, according to a report by France’s Institut Pasteur.

Muller & FrieslandCampina

Müller has been given approval to buy a portion of FrieslandCampina’s German assets, but must sell the Landliebe and Tuffi milk-based brands due to competition regulations. Private-label products in FrieslandCampina’s “white-dairy range” and its foodservice brand Gastro were also part of the deal, as well as three production sites in Heilbronn, Cologne and Schefflenz. Müller is already in talks with potential interested parties to sell the two brands, and the acquisition is set to come into force on 1 March. FrieslandCampina is not completely exiting Germany and will continue to sell and market international brands.


Danone North America is investing $65 million in a new bottle production line in Jacksonville, Florida, to support its long-term growth strategy. The investment will increase production capacities for coffee and creamer brands, such as Silk, International Delight, and SToK, while also supporting sustainability goals, including reduced water consumption and carbon emissions, and increased packaging circularity. The expansion is expected to create jobs in the area.

Seafood Company News

High Liner Foods

Canadian frozen seafood company, High Liner Foods, reported an increase in earnings, gross profit and sales in 2022, partly driven by increased demand for its non-commercial business products and higher sales to the quick-service and casual-dining restaurant segments. The company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) reached $104m and gross profit $54.8m, up 14.9% and 12.8%, respectively, from 2021. Sales also rose 22.2% to just over $1bn. The company’s retail business also grew volume and sales due to investments in marketing and new business wins. High Liner Foods plans to continue executing its branded and value-added strategy.


A fire broke out at the Arctic Fish smolt facility in Tálknafjördur, Iceland, causing extensive damage. The facility was still under construction, and company officials are assessing the impact. Arctic Fish is one of Iceland’s main salmon farming companies, and the facility was being built at a cost of around £23m. The company’s production targets for this year and 2024 are not expected to be affected as it will have access to existing smolt supply.

NH Foods

Mowi, a major salmon company, has signed a new agreement with US retailer Target to expand its branded products to 650 locations, which is three times as many as it currently has with the chain. This move is part of Mowi’s efforts to increase its brand presence in the American retail market. The expansion comes after Mowi reported record earnings of €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in 2022, which was attributed to historic highs in salmon prices. Unlike previous years, salmon price inflation did not negatively impact Mowi’s value-adding processing division in 2022. However, one of Mowi’s earliest entries into the US market has been postponed.

Japanese food manufacturer NH Foods has developed plant-based fish fries and popcorn shrimp using soybeans, seaweed extracts, and other vegetable ingredients to address the anticipated shortage of marine resources that could trigger a global food crisis. The company plans to start selling the products in March after successfully creating plant-based meat substitutes such as hams and sausages.

Nomad Foods

Nomad Foods, a frozen foods company based in Feltham, UK, has announced fourth-quarter net income of $37.9 million, with a per-share profit of 21 cents. Adjusted earnings, excluding one-time expenses, amounted to 34 cents per share. The company reported revenue of $766 million for the quarter and $3.1 billion for the year. Nomad Foods forecasts full-year earnings of $1.53 to $1.58 per share.


SalMar has agreed to sell Norway Royal Salmon’s sales operation to Dutch seafood company Visscher Seafood. The Norwegian salmon company took over NRS as part of its acquisition of NTS Group last year, but the NRS sales office is now considered surplus to requirements. Visscher Seafood has set several goals over the next two years, including having a customer base on four continents and a brand portfolio exceeding €10m annually, as well as two-thirds of its seafood being MSC, ASC, or organic certified by 2025.

Thai Union

Thai Union announced a rise in revenue and operating profit in Q4 2022, driven by strong demand from its pet division and lower freight costs. The Bangkok-based company reported sales of THB 39.6 billion ($1.1bn) and an operating profit of THB 2.4 billion ($697m), up 2.9% and 20.6% YoY respectively. However, the company reported a decline of 28% YoY in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) at THB 1.7 billion ($494m), mainly due to lower selling, general, and administrative expenses as a result of reduced marketing and advertising expenses and lower freight costs.

Logistics Company News


Americold, the US cold storage company, is downsizing its operations in Lurgan, which could lead to the loss of around 200 jobs. It has been confirmed that 192 staff will be made redundant, and 50 may be offered new contracts as part of a restructuring process. Americold attributed the downsizing to changes in customer demand and plans to align with anticipated transport flows going forward. The three-month consultation period with staff has begun. The Lurgan business, which had expanded to a fleet of 300 trailers, was sold to AGRO Merchants in 2015, which was then acquired by Americold in 2020.


The CMA CGM Group has announced changes to its SAFRAN and SIRIUS services connecting Europe with the East Coast of South America. The SAFRAN service will now call at the Rio Grande port in Brazil, and the new port rotation will include London, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Tanger, Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Paranagua, Santos, Tanger, and London. The changes will take effect with the arrival of the m/v CAP SAN MARCO on 4 April.


Maersk has won the Innovation in Safety Award for its APMT Vessel Inspection Mobile App at the awards ceremony in London, organised by International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) and insurance and risk management services provider for the transport and logistics industry, TT Club. The app provides a standardised digital platform for terminals to carry out vessel inspections and highlight potential critical risk.


Ocean Network Express (ONE) is collaborating with Sony Network Communications Europe to develop and integrate a smart container solution across its global fleet. The technology-enabled containers will provide ONE with greater insight into their container fleet, enabling better visibility, faster decision making, and more efficient container movement. Customers will also benefit from live updates throughout a shipment’s journey and more reliable shipping data for transparent communication with relevant stakeholders.

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