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Thai authorities, broiler association agree to improve labour practices
[26 August 2016]
Thailand’s Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development and Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week to improve labour practices and resolve labour abuse issues in the poultry industry. Pannee Sriyudhasak, Director General of the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare said that Thai government and the poultry industry will support and encourage players in the industry, ensuring that their hiring practices comply with the law. The three parties have jointly developed good labour practices guidelines for poultry farm and hatchery in Thailand. The main principle of the guidelines is the poultry industry will not use child labour and forced labour. Moreover, the industry will not be involved with human trafficking.


Sumber Unggas to double its native DOC production in 2017
[26 August 2016]
Indonesia’s native chicken company Sumber Unggas has said that it targets to double its native DOC production to 60,000 chicks per week in 2017. Naryanto, owner, told Asian Agribiz that to achieve the target he has invested in new houses to increase the number of its native chicken PS. Sumber Unggas currently has 15,000 birds of native chicken PS which consists of Kedu, KUB, Pelung and Cemani breeds. Of its current 30,000 native DOC/week production, 50% is sold to free market – mostly in West Java -- while the remainder is raised at its own facilities which then to sell as both live and dressed birds.
China to levy five more years of anti-subsidy duties on US chicken
[26 August 2016]
China’s Ministry of Commerce said the nation will maintain anti-subsidy duties on imports of US white-feather broiler products for another five years, effective August 30. The duties were mostly set at 4.1%, with Tyson Foods suffering 4.2% and Keystone Foods 4.0%. The previous five-year duties expired last September, and a new investigation by the commerce ministry found that “the domestic broiler industry could be harmed if the duties stopped”.
Jollibee opens new outlet in Hanoi
[26 August 2016]
Jollibee Vietnam Co Ltd has recently opened its fifth outlet in Hanoi, raising its total number of outlets in Vietnam to 81. According to Tran Ngoc Hoai Thuong, Public Relations Manager, in such a competitive market the maintenance and development of a fast food brand requires a mission that is attached to customers. Jollibee Vietnam revealed plans early this year to open 20 outlets in Vietnam each year. Jollibee has fewer restaurants than its fast food rivals in Vietnam, including Lotteria, which has more than 200 outlets, and KFC, with more than 140.


Corn quality variation demonstrates benefits of NIR
[26 August 2016]
Variation in corn quality could be adding significant costs to poultry and swine producers. Data collected from feedmills around the world, from January to May this year, showed that the apparent metabolisable energy content in corn can vary by more than 400 kcal/kg. Dr Sophie Parker-Norman, AB Vista Global Technical Manager said in a typical corn-based broiler diet, this equates to a potential variation in the finished feed of 270 kcal/kg. She said the data demonstrates the need for sample analysis, and encourages the use of rapid technologies such as near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy where diet formulations can be adjusted for corn variability.
New Hope to build two pig complexes in Vietnam
[25 August 2016]
China’s New Hope Liuhe Co said it will build seven more pig complexes by 2018, including two located in south and north Vietnam. Total investments are projected at USD 407 million, and the seven complexes will have a combined annual capacity of 2.30 million pigs. Constructions will start from September. In early July, the company announced plans to build 11 new pig complexes in China with a combined annual capacity of 4.91 million heads. New Hope targets to produce 10 million pigs a year by 2020.
Bee Cheng Hiang to open outlet in Ginza
[25 August 2016]
Singapore bak kwa producer Bee Cheng Hiang will open an outlet in Ginza, Japan, late September. According to Group General Manager, Daniel Wong, the company has had to adhere to Japan’s food safety laws, which are stringent when it comes to the source of meat used as well as the manufacturing process. This is especially so because Singapore does not have sources of meat, and has to import them, Mr Wong told Channel News Asia. Its trade agency IE Singapore’s Group Director, Lee Yee Fung, said import regulations are often challenging because food safety is on the top of every regulators’ mind.


REGIONAL DAIRY UPDATE
[25 August 2016]

SFS to revolutionise small dairy farms in Vietnam
Israeli-Dutch company Smart Feed Solutions (SFS) will work with small household dairy farms in Vietnam to increase milk yield and the overall quality of local dairy farms. “More than 60% of the industry is made up of small household farmers holding around four and 70 cows,” said Ronen Zexer, SFS Co-founder. With its feed plant in Long An completed the company is ready to begin selling its total mixed ration and services to counter issues such as data management, fertility, somatic cell counts and general husbandry needs. “We believe that one year down the road, farmers will see a big change in their business,” he said added that productivity could improve by 40-50%.

China’s dairy products import up 26%
China’s imports of dairy products jumped 26% in the 12 months ended June 30, reported the NZHerald. China led growth among dairy importers, with strong gains for whole milk powder, fluid and fresh dairy and infant formula. Imports into Asia ex-China gained 3%. Global dairy exports also remain strong. New Zealand dairy exports rose 7% in the June 30 year. Australian exports were up 8% in the 12 months ended May 31. EU exports climbed 12% in the year to April 30, while US exports fell 8% in the year ended May 31. The US “continues to see increased domestic demand and less competitive export prices”, Fonterra said.

Vinamilk works towards global presence
Investment in foreign countries will be one of Vietnam Dairy Product Joint Stock Company’s primary strategies in the coming year, said Mai Lieu Lien, CEO. In June, the company, better known as Vinamilk, introduced made-in-Vietnam products to the US. This feat was successfully accomplished through its Californian subsidiary, Driftwood Dairy. Vinamilk purchased 70% of the struggling US dairy factory in 2013. After two years, Driftwood began to generate profit, prompting Vinamilk to buy 100% of Driftwood’s shares end last year. In addition to the US, Vinamilk’s products are now present in 40 countries and territories in the world, generating around USD 250-270 million in revenue every year.

Vinamilk buys US-based Driftwood Dairy
Vietnam Dairy Products Corp, or Vinamilk, bought Driftwood Dairy Inc, one of California’s largest processors of milk and dairy products. The deal that was reportedly worth USD 70 million but sources said the price to be closer to USD 30 million. Driftwood Dairy was owned by private equity firm Marwit Capital. The dairy company is known as the largest supplier of milk and juice to K-12 school districts in Southern California. “And I believe one of the most significant transactions to date involving the acquisition of a US business by a leading company based in Vietnam,” Chris Britt, Marwit’s Managing partner, said.

FrieslandCampina Vietnam exports dairy products to Hong Kong
FrieslandCampina Vietnam shipped its first consignment of sterilised milk to Hong Kong early July. The consignment included five types of sterilised milk under the Dutch Lady brand name, which were processed and packed in Binh Duong plant. This is the initial success of FrieslandCampina Vietnam to infiltrate Hong Kong, which is a stable and demanding market with strict requirements on product quality. The company plans to export around 1 million milk cartons to Hong Kong annually, which helps consume another 335 tonnes of fresh milk from farmers and generate more jobs for local people. It also opens an opportunity to export other dairy products to other Asian countries.


2016 Layer Feed Quality Conferences to provide latest regionally-relevant research, practical information
[24 August 2016]
The 2016 Asian Agribiz Layer Feed Quality Conference focuses on providing the latest regionally-relevant research and practical information from leading regional and international speakers from academia and industry. With the theme ‘Science, trial data, application’ the conference will address key issues with carefully selected papers for the Asian layer industry, with actionable take home messages to help producers improve their profitability, productivity and sustainability. The conference considers three major themes:
• Tackling pullet nutrition
• Extending the laying cycle
• Winning with home-mixing
The conference will be held in two locations: Jakarta, Indonesia (October 17-18) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 20-21). Click here for the program and registration form.
Shuanghui H1 pig slaughtering flat at 6.21m heads
[24 August 2016]
China’s top pig processor Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co said it slaughtered 6.21 million hogs in the first six months of 2016, up 0.09% from a year earlier. Chilled, frozen and processed pork sales rose 11.16% to total 1.44 million tonnes during the period, driving the company’s operating revenue up 25.41% at USD 3.85 billion. Its net profit increased 8.51% to USD 324.37 million. “We achieved a good first-half operating result by overcoming the difficulties of rising hog prices and emerging alternatives to pork products,” Shuanghui said.



Nitrate improves food safety of meat products
[24 August 2016]
Despite periodic controversy regarding human health concerns from nitrate consumption, Andrew L Milkowski, Adjunct Professor of Meat and Muscle Biology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the US said that a building base of scientific evidence about nitrate and nitrite continues to affirm the general safety of nitrate and nitrite in human health. “Moreover, nitrate improves food safety of meat products. It is an anti-botulinum. So it protects meat products from allowing the growth of clostridium botulinum,” he said during the recent 62nd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Thailand. Prof Milkowski explained that for every kilo of meat, it has one botulinum spore in the meat. And botulinum spore can grow if the temperature is right and it will produce botulism toxin. “A microgram of botulism toxin will kill many people. So nitrate is important for that purpose,” he said.
Philippine pork production up in Q2
[24 August 2016]
Philippine pig production stood at 549,320 tonnes in Q2 2016, up 7.4% from the same period last year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in its latest Performance of Philippine Agriculture Report. This brings up the sector’s output to 1,076,530 tonnes for the first six months this year, nearly 6.6% higher than the reference period in 2015. According to the PSA, election-related spending helped boost demand for pork and other meat products that led to higher slaughter volume during the period. The higher production volume offset the decline in average farm prices to boost the sector’s Q2 gross production value to around USD 1.1 billion, up 2.6% from the previous year.
BASF launches new phytase in Pakistan
[24 August 2016]
BASF has launched Natuphos E, a new phytase for animal nutrition, in Pakistan. With unprecedented enzyme stability, Natuphos E helps poultry utilise phosphorous and key nutrients more efficiently, bringing a wide range of benefits to the animal feed industry and local farmers. “As the first company to market a phytase for feed more than 25 years ago, BASF is once again proud to be setting a new standard in feed phytase technology,” said Faisal Akhtar, Managing Director, BASF Chemicals & Polymers Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. “The industry’s feed output currently stands at 6.5 million tonnes a year and is expected to double by the year 2020. Natuphos E will ensure more efficient and sustainable output for the feed industry.”


Betagro gears toward high value-added products
[23 August 2016]
From a research standpoint, Betagro is gearing its focus toward high value-added products, Rutjawate Taharnklaew, Betagro Vice President for Research and Development Center told Asian Agribiz. For example, Betagro has extracted lysozyme from egg albumen and one local cosmetic company has contacted the company. “We are now in talks for a deal. They want to buy our raw material (lysozyme) and use it in their product ingredients,” he said, adding that Betagro is seeing business opportunities to use lysozyme in different industries. Lysozyme is an important component of egg white with antibacterial properties. Moreover, Betagro is working with the Faculty of Medicine of Khon Kaen University. The company has produced chicken soup (chicken peptide) and the product is being tested on human. “We will focus on hospitals and we view it as a social business,” he added.
DaChan Food processed chicken sales up 28% in H1
[23 August 2016]
China’s DaChan Food (Asia) Ltd said its domestic sales volume of processed chicken achieved a growth of approximately 28% in the first half of 2016, thanks to “the implementation of effective marketing strategies”. The segment’s export sales to Japan remained unchanged, but the gross profit in export soared 65.9% with an adjustment of export product structure and depreciation of RMB. “We will highlight our position as a food supplier this year, while cutting down the farming business,” Li Jinghui, Senior Vice President told Asian Agribiz. DaChan’s overall revenue, including sales of chilled/frozen chicken, feed and processed food, fell 16.9% to USD 566.30 million in the first half, while its net profit was at USD 1.15 million, compared with loss of USD 6.67 million a year earlier.
Philippine chicken output down slightly in H1
[23 August 2016]
Philippine chicken production fell slightly by 0.16% in the first half of this year, reaching 817,820 tonnes compared to 819,110 tonnes in the same period in 2015, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. Despite the lower output, the industry’s gross value still grew 8.8% to top USD 1.6 billion compared to last year. The PSA attributed the growth to higher farm price, which averaged USD 2/kg in the first half of this year, up near 9% from 2015.
Vietnam foodstuff distribution market to grow at 9.8%
[23 August 2016]
The Vietnam food distribution market – covering full service, restaurants, as well as fast food chains, and the supermarket, hypermarket, convenience stores and the traditional market distribution formats – is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% over 2016-2021. The recent Research and Markets report covers the meat and poultry, grains and seeds, dairy and seafood, among others. The market is driven by rising consumption of processed food and the upsurge in modern grocery retail sector. Other factors propelling growth are surging production coupled with growing imports of a variety of food products, and strong demand from various end users such as hotels and businesses.
Most Chinese consumers want pork with better animal welfare
[23 August 2016]
About 72% of Chinese consumers would like to pay premium prices of 5-10% for pork with better animal welfare, and another 3% are willing to pay extra of up to 25%, according to a survey made by the World Animal Protection and the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The survey, covering 2070 respondents in the Chinese metropolises of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, also found that 77% of the consumers would change retailers to pursue animal welfare pork. The CVMA said it is drafting animal welfare standards for broilers, layers, pigs, and beef and dairy cattle. Pork accounts for 64% in China’s meat consumption.

Onsite at Asian Agribiz' 2016 Broiler Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok, Thailand
[22 August 2016] Reports by RACHAEL PHILIP and PAYUNGSAK WIRIYABUNDITKUL

Older birds may need supplementary enzymes more than chicks
The adage that young chicks require exogenous enzymes to boost poor digestive function may not be entirely correct, said Dr Aaron Cowieson, Principal Scientist, DSM Nutritional Products, Scotland. While young chicks have a limited capacity to produce endogenous enzymes, their intestinal track accounts for a more substantial proportion of their body mass compared to grower/finisher broiler. Findings suggest that intestinal mass and enzyme activity may be more limiting in birds from day 35 onwards. “Thus it may be more appropriate for supplementary enzymes such as lipase, amylase and protease in heavy broilers where the intestine and pancreatic tissue are increasingly diminished in proportion to their metabolic weight,” he said.

Larger grain particle size promotes better nutrient absorption
A slower gut passage rate can make for better nutrient absorption and influence feed consumption ratio in broiler. Grains such as corn and wheat should be ground coarser to stimulate a more normal gizzard development and function, said Alex Chang, Poultry Nutritionist, Global Technical Operations, Aviagen, Australia. “Small grain particles give a larger surface area and this may give rise to rapid feed passage in the gut. Larger particles size, meanwhile, results in longer feed retention time in the gut. This helps release the starch entrapped in cereal grain cells and encourage more beneficial bacterial fermentation in the caeca,” he said. Mr Chang said the target for particle size should be 800-1000 microns.said.

Mycotoxin risk assessment should look at effects, interaction of toxins
Field tests have shown that mycotoxin multi-contamination is found frequently. Risk assessment of mycotoxin in animal production should account for the effects of individual toxins as well as the effects of their interactions as even at levels considered safe by the European Union, mycotoxins can compromise nutrient absorption, permeability, immunity and microbiota balance resulting in lower productivity and poor animal health, said Marisabel Caballero, Product Manager, EW Nutrition, Germany. “The use of an adsorbent, which combines anti-mycotoxin and anti-bacterial toxin properties is an alternative that adds value against these challenges,” she said.

Creatine can help birds utilise energy deposition more efficiently
The requirement for creatine is proportionally greater in modern fast growing broilers. The semi-essential nutrient can be endogenously synthesised by the animals but this can only provide about 70% of creatine requirement. The remainder must be provided as a dietary source. “Adding creatine can save energy in broiler diets,” said Dr Yumin Bao, Regional Technical Sales Manager, Nutrition and Care, Evonik (SEA) Pte Ltd. “Dietary energy is the largest contributor of any nutrient to total feed cost, so the function of creatine in energy metabolism may help fast-growing birds to more efficiently utilise energy deposition,” he explained.

Early nutrition strategies for peak performance in broilers
Nutrition during the starter phase of broiler chickens is not only useful for development of digestive function, but also for long-term productivity, said Dr Paul Iji, Professor of Animal Science, University of New England, Australia. Although the focus of early nutrition has usually been on provision of energy, chicks would benefit from a more balanced nutrient profile, particular amino acids. Meanwhile, spray-dried plasma protein (SDPP) contains diversity of functional proteins and biologically active compound. “Inclusion of SDPP in the starter diet has positive effects on broiler performance,” Dr Iji said, adding that SDPP could be included at between 5 and 20 g/kg of starter diets, depending on the diet cost and rate of return. Moreover, SDPP could support body growth and health of broiler chickens under high-pathogen conditions.

Benefits of methionine beyond performance
Modern broiler strains reach market weight so fast that their early rearing days are more critical than before, said Dr Yves Mercier, Research Manager Amino Acids at Adisseo. During the first 10 days of life, chicks build their important physiological functions with support of adequate nutrition. Although the recent research has revised methionine requirements of the chicks, the most important aspect of early methionine supply appears to bring benefits beyond preparation for further growth. “Methionine, cysteine and further sulfur compounds are critical to support immunity, antioxidant systems and protein’s accretion,” Dr Mercier said, adding that the requirements of sulfur amino acids (SAA) during the early stage cannot be judged simply based on achieving growth performance.

Feeding breeder improves chick quality, offspring performance
Alex Chang, Poultry Nutritionist, Global Technical Operations at Aviagen said that broiler breeder nutrition affects not only breeder performance, but also chick quality and offspring performance. Undersupply of nutrients into and through lay has a very significant impact on breeder production and progeny performance. “Protein, energy, fatty acid source, vitamins and minerals, pigments and certain additives can play an important role on chick quality and offspring performance,” Mr Chang said, adding that the impact of breeder nutrition on progeny performance in the field is likely to be greater under conditions of poor breeder flock uniformity, low vitamin and trace mineral contents or certain kinds of stress in the broiler shed. “In short, broiler performance can be economically improved by optimising breeder nutrition,” he said.


CP Pokphand kicks off food business in China
[19 August 2016]
Hong Kong-listed CP Pokphand Co said it commenced a trial production in its food processing plant in Qingdao, east China, in the first half of 2016, following a partial commercial production in its Qinhuangdao plant late last year. Lv Pan, Vice Chairman of Agro-industry & Food Business at CP China, told a conference earlier that the two plants were designed to produce Chinese dim sums like baozi, jiaozi and shaomai, with a combined capacity of 200,000 tonnes a year. “As the food business is still at a start-up stage, our feed business continued to represent nearly the entirety of our China’s agri-food business revenue, which stood at USD 1.34 billion in H1, or 55.5% of the total,” said CP Pokphand. The remainder came from its Vietnam’s agri-food business.
Sierad records USD94m of net sales in H1
[19 August 2016]
Indonesia’s poultry integrator Sierad Produce has said that it recorded an 18.27% increase in net sales to USD 94 million in the first half of this year. With this satisfying performance, the company targets to book USD 244 million in net sales with a net profit of USD 3.2 million this year. On expansion side, Sierad has allocated a capital expenditure of USD 35.7 million for building 12 commercial broiler farms and maintenance of machines and equipment.
Disposal of smuggled pork halted temporarily
[19 August 2016]
The disposal of at least 800 tonnes of smuggled pork has been temporarily stopped by the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BoC). In the last week of July, the BoC recommended the condemnation of at least 800 tonnes of imported pork meat contained in 32 40-foot container vans. However, in a letter to BoC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So aired the industry’s concern that the place and the company are worrying given that the company tasked to dispose of the meat “might be the same company that has been investigated by the [Philippine] Senate” for involvement in onion smuggling, while the husband of the Mayor of Palayan City, where the rendering of the condemn meat was supposed to happen, has also been implicated in a Senate investigation on rice smuggling.
Korean-Vietnam sausage deal delayed
[19 August 2016]
Daesang Corp, a South Korean food-making conglomerate, has yet to complete its purchase of an almost full stake in Vietnamese sausage producer Duc Viet Food Joint Stock Company, which was expected to be finalised by August 5. International and local media had reported that Daesang was set to acquire 99.99% of Duc Viet Food for USD 32 million to make inroads into Vietnam’s meat processing market with its high growth potential. “Daesang has not finished all necessary documents for the acquisition. The deal is unlikely to happen this month,” a source familiar with the matter said.
Animal vaccines market to reach USD7.7b by 2021
[19 August 2016]
The global veterinary vaccines market is poised to reach USD 7.7 billion by 2021 from USD 5.8 billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 5.8% during the period, said a MarketsandMarkets report. Europe holds the largest share of the market this year, but the report expects Asia to register the highest growth during the forecast period. In Asia, market growth will be concentrated in China, India, Thailand and South Korea. While increase in livestock population and repeated breakouts of livestock diseases, initiatives by government agencies and animal associations are driving the market, the rising costs of storage and maintenance of vaccines could hinder its growth.
Huaying starts cooked chicken exports to Japan, South Korea
[18 August 2016]
China’s top duck integrator Henan Huaying Agricultural Development Co said it has completed its first shipment of cooked chicken products to Japan and South Korea, paving the way for broader exports of the products. The company slaughtered 6.13 million broilers in the first half of 2016, in addition to 17.12 million ducks. Meanwhile, its output of cooked products, including duck blood, was at 5346 tonnes, more than half of which were for exports. Huaying’s first-half revenue rose 14% to USD 159 million, while net profit jumped 224% to over USD 10 million amid a significant decline of operating expenses.
CAB Cakaran on track to achieve target revenue
[18 August 2016]
Malaysia’s CAB Cakaran Corp Bhd is on track to achieve USD 250 million in revenue this fiscal year ending Sept 20, 2016. Christopher Chuah, Group Managing Director said the group achieved a revenue of USD 130 million for the six months of the 2016 fiscal year ended March 31. “Our Singapore subsidiary Tong Huat Poultry Processing has benefited from the growth in demand and is expected to generate about 10% of group revenue for the 2016 fiscal year. Our company in Johor, CAB Cakaran Sultan Sdn Bhd, which started operations late last year, has also contributed recently. It serves the Johor and the Singapore markets,” Mr Chuah told a local daily.
URC Agro-Industrial Group post slower growth
[18 August 2016]
The Philippines’ Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Agro-Industrial Group, which includes its farms and feeds businesses, saw its revenues grow by 2.6% to USD 146.9 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016, which began in October 2015. The farms business, which includes the company’s hog and layer businesses, saw a 14.1% decline in revenues as both sales volume and average selling price of hogs fell. This was offset by a strong performance of the feeds business which rose 23.4% on the back of higher sales volume of hog feeds, dog food and game fowl feeds.

Onsite at the 62nd International Congress of Meat Science & Technology (ICoMST) 2016, Bangkok – Thailand
[18 August 2016] Reports by PAYUNGSAK WIRIYABUNDITKUL and ARIEF FACHRUDIN

Muscle profiling to improve the value of retail meat cuts
The Korean meat industry is showing trends towards marketing individual muscle cuts to improve the value of retail meat cuts, according to Seon-Tea Joo from South Korea’s Department of Applied Life Science Muscle Biology and Meat Science Lab, Gyeongsang National University. Prof Joo said muscle profiling will produce a value added meat cuts. To do that, up-to-date profiles for individual meat cuts is essential to enable accurate evaluation of nutritive and quality cuts. Prof Joo explained content of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals can vary substantially by individual muscle or muscle groups. “Thus data on these nutrients for all primal or sub-primal cuts are needed to inform the benefit of beef consumption,” he said. According to a research paper, muscle profiling research led to the development of new beef cuts from the shoulder, with increasing the value of market cattle by USD 50-70 per head.

Halal and animal welfare in meat production
Mustafa Farouk, Senior Scientist at AgResearch Ltd in New Zealand said that Islam and secular practices advocate zero-tolerance for any form of animal abuse in the meat supply chain from farm to slaughter. Despite the general harmony in the global Islamic and secular views regarding what constitutes good animal welfare, some proponents are bogged down by specific issues, such as differing opinions on the use of pre-slaughter stunning. Therefore, animal welfare is still being abused during industrial and cottage halal and non-halal meat production, he said. To reduce animal welfare abuse, Dr Farouk said that some measures should be carried out including educating halal consumers about animal welfare practices, post-employment training of staff for empathy and installation of CCTV in work places. “Consumers should use their purchasing power to eliminate bad actors from halal meat production chain,” he added.

Research on meat by-products utilisation continues
The efficient use of meat by-products is important to reduce the environmental damage and as an economical source capable to cover processing and disposal costs, said Fidel Toldra, Research Professor at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Spain. He sees that the use of edible meat by-products as a food or as ingredients in foods is expanding and research continues for new applications. Moreover, there are many applications of non-edible meat by-products in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, feed and pet food, fertilizers and energy. And giving added-value to by-products is essential. “The identification of peptides with relevant bioactivity in meat by-products is possible through the development of novel approaches using peptidomics and modern bioinformatic tools,” Dr Toldra added.


Onsite at the 62nd International Congress of Meat Science & Technology (ICoMST) 2016, Bangkok – Thailand
[17 August 2016] Reports by PAYUNGSAK WIRIYABUNDITKUL and ARIEF FACHRUDIN

Meat trends in global markets
According to David Hughes, Professor at the Imperial College in London, UK, global meat demand continues to grow, triggered by the increase of population. Of the growth, poultry and pork are showing the strongest growth. “Emerging countries dominate growth markets, with China overwhelmingly number one. However, developed country markets are static or declining,” said Prof Hughes. On consumer side, he observed that there are trends converging for more knowledge about the the livestock animals are grown, by whom, the environmental impact and engaging stories. For meat producers and processors, the trends will affect their profit margin. “Their profit margin is now not in the commodity nouns, but in the adjectives such as free-from, free-range, grass-fed, organic, omega-3 rich and etc,” said Prof Hughes.

Meat world is changing
Gordon Butland, Director of G&S Agriconsultants started his presentation by saying: “Our meat world is changing.” According to him, during 40 years, the industry grew based on population increase and growth in GDP that has strong correlation with consumption of animal proteins. However, from 2006, two significant things happened namely crops/ethanol and economic challenges. During the period of 2014-15 for instance, there were food scandal in China, serious avian influenza issues in the US and EU, exchange rates, collapse in oil prices, slow down in Chinese economy and Russian ban on imports from the US and EU. Due to these macro events, giant companies did geographical acquisitions and/or diversification. “JBS is now in every meat protein on nearly every continent. BRF cut out middle men. CP did large acquisition in Russia and greenfield projects in Africa. Shuanghui acquired Smithfield. And Cargill is into the Philippines and Indonesia,” Mr Butland mentioned.

A lesson from US family farms cooperative
Diana Endicott from US’ Kansas-based food cooperative Good Natured Family Farms got the opportunity to share their success story in bringing high quality meat and meat products from sustainable family farms to consumers. Ms Endicott said the key success factors of their cooperative rely on their partnership with the local supermarkets and economies of scale they created. “With the local retailers, we build the same passion. We also provide training for their meat managers, or even the owners, to see and learn first hand how we produce and process our meats,” she said, adding that the training is aimed to built trust and transparency. On marketing campaign, the cooperative uses ‘Buy Fresh Buy Local’ campaign where its retail partners put banners of stories of the family farms.

Luxury of wagyu beef
Wagyu beef has been a popular premium beef in the world. According to Michiyo Motoyama from the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan, the price of wagyu beef is so expensive (USD 70/kg for A5 grade with beef marbling standard no 12) because of its production and meat quality. “The animals regularly have massage. Sometimes beer is given to them. And their feed contains no antibiotic growth promoters – they are fed with hay, barley and soybean meal,” Ms Motoyama said. Meanwhile, to ensure quality of the meat, strict quality control is applied including breed certification, traceability and accurate meat (marbling) grading systems. The population of wagyu cattle in Japan is around 1.7 million heads, while per capita consumption of the meat is only 1kg.

Development of ethnic Chinese cured meat products
Ethnic Chinese cured meat products have entered the industrial scale. Qun Sun, Professor at Sichuan University, China mentioned that Jinhua ham is produced around 2-3 million pieces per year, while Xuanwei ham Rugao ham are around 4 million pieces and 0.3 million pieces, respectively. Dr Sun said in future Chinese cured meat products will go to the direction of healthier, nutritious and convenient products. “There are researches on quality improvement such as the composition of meat flavour and fermentation, and on safety enhancement such as nitrite alternatives and natural preservatives. In addition, innovative and green processing technology is also available,” she explained. However, there are challenges including raw material shortage and marketing difficulty, she added.

TRF develops native chicken breeds
Although Thailand is the 4th largest broiler exporter in the world, the country heavily relies on imported breed for the broiler production. With this in mind, the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) took the initiative to develop, as well as to conserve, Thai native chickens as alternative breeds for farmers in the country. “We started the project in 2002 by selecting four native chicken breeds. In 2008 we successfully selected the breeds and started to disseminate it to farmers for commercial farming. Starting from 2011, many farmers, even big companies, are interested to raise the breeds,” said Chancharat Reodecha, TRF Deputy Director for Research Utilization. “Now we are actively assisting the farmers to improve their knowledge on production, processing, food safety and market of the breeds.” Dr Reodecha added that total investment for the project has reached around USD 7 million.


China Meat Association sees potential pork imports from Australia
[16 August 2016]
There is great potential for China and Australia to cooperate in pig farming and facility investment, thus facilitating future exports of Australian pork to China, said the China Meat Association (CMA). A delegation led by Li Shuilong, CMA Executive President, visited Australian pork producer Rivalea and processor Don KRC recently, making it the first business tour to the Australian pork industry by its Chinese counterparts. “Though the pork production in Australia is very small compared to China, it could offer demanding Chinese consumers with premium pork products,” the CMA said. China’s pork imports rose 138% to 762,359 tonnes in the first half of 2016, mostly from Europe.
Indonesia’s cattle importers pushed to be breeders by regulation
[16 August 2016]
Indonesia’s government plans to require live cattle importers to start building breeding farms in order to get import licenses, said Enggartiasto Lukita, Trade Minister. He said the government requires a ‘compensation’ from cattle importers to give them an import quota. “The compensation is they have to be breeders, then we will give them import quota.” Mr Lukita explained that importers will have to present a five-year plan to build a breeding farm to the government as a precondition for import licenses. The ministry will issue a regulation soon for this plan.
Thailand’s CPF Q2 net profit rises 35%
[16 August 2016]
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has posted a net profit of USD 115.50 million in Q2, up 35% from the same period of last year, backed by improvement of its livestock business both in Thailand and overseas, especially in Vietnam as well as the recovery of its shrimp business in Thailand. CPF’s sales revenue increased from USD 2.98 billion in Q2 2015 to USD 3.36 billion in Q2 2016, helped by higher sales from Thailand and its international operations. CPF’s revenue from its Thailand operations in Q2 grew 12% year-over-year, while revenue from its international operations in Q2 increased 13% year-over-year. Meanwhile, according to Thai brokerage SCB Securities, CPF expects its shrimp unit to return to net profit margin in 2017, the best performance since the early mortality syndrome (EMS) hit in 2012.
JFC sales in China down 5.7%
[16 August 2016]
Despite a strong showing at home and most of its overseas markets, the Philippines’ Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) admitted to a decrease in sales in China. Ernesto Tanmantiong, CEO explained that sales in China fell 5.7% “due to competitive pressure on Yonghe King, our largest brand there.” However, he noted that JFC’s two other China brands, Hong Zhuang Yuan and San Ping Wang, continue to perform strongly. The company’s 424 stores in the country are divided into 321 Yonghe King outlets, 59 San Ping Wang stores and 40 Hong Zhuang Yuan branches. It also owns the four Dunkin’ Donuts stores in China. Mr Tanmantiong added that JFC expects a strong recovery of its Yonghe King business in the months ahead with the launch of new products.
Indonesia’s West Java develops Sentul chicken
[16 August 2016]
Indonesia’s West Java province is currently active to support the development of Sentul chicken, an indigenous meat-type chicken from the province. Dody Firman Nugraha, Head of the Livestock Agency of the province said GP of the chicken has been being developed in the Livestock Research Agency in Ciawi, Bogor (Balitnak Ciawi). Meanwhile, the PS have been being raised by some local companies to produce commercial Sentul DOC for farmer groups. Mr Nugraha claimed that the taste of Sentul chicken meat is more delicious than the taste of broiler meat. In addition, the price is also high – around 30% higher than the price of broiler meat. In other occasion, Ade Zulkarnain, Chairman of the Indonesian Native Poultry Farmers Association told Asian Agribiz that Balitnak Ciawi has recently released selected Sentul chicken and has given pre-licences to AKI/Dedi Farm in Sukabumi and Sumber Unggas Farm in Bogor to multiply the breed. “The performance of Sentul chicken is much better than other native chickens. The bird is able to reach 1kg of harvest weight in 60 days with feed conversion of 2.6,” said Mr Zulkarnain.
India’s buffalo meat export estimated to reach USD6b
[15 August 2016]
India’s ICRA has estimated that India’s export of buffalo meat over the next five years would reach close to USD 6 billion at a CAGR of 8%. “In the long term, ICRA expects buffalo meat exports to continue to report healthy growth, driven by improving infrastructure, a sizeable buffalo population the relatively lower price of Indian buffalo meat, and steady demand in the international market,” said Sabyasachi Majumdar, Senior VP of the credit rating and research institution. Indian buffalo meat exports have grown at a CAGR of 29% from USD 528 million in 2007-08 to USD 4 billion in 2015-16, accounting for approximately 20% of the world’s total buffalo meat exports (in volume terms) and becoming the largest volume exporter of buffalo meat, overtaking Brazil and Australia, ICRA said.
Japfa delivers best quarterly profits in Q2
[15 August 2016]
Singapore-based leading agri-food company Japfa Ltd has announced its best quarterly results since 2013, as Core PATMI without foreign exchange for the 2nd quarter of this year grew by 194.4% to USD 51.9 million compared to the same period of last year. During the quarter, the group’s three core pillars – Japfa Comfeed Indonesia, Animal Protein Other and Dairy – together delivered a significant improvement in operating margin. As a result, operating profit increased by 144.5% to USD 107.8 million in the period. Tan Yong Nang, CEO said: “We have delivered our best quarterly profits in Q2 2016, backed by a better operating environment and our ability to consistently improve operational efficiency across all our core animal protein segments. Looking at our quarterly performance on a rolling basis, our strategic focus on diversification into new proteins and geographies has clearly supported the group through the ever-changing macro environment and local market fluctuations, and placed us on a stable footing to maintain a long-term growth momentum.”
Indonesia’s Ag Ministry all out to lower beef prices
[15 August 2016]
It seems that Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture has been all out to push the price of beef down to USD 6/kg as requested by President Joko Widodo. After opening the beef import door as wide as possible to the private sector and allowing the import of ready-to-slaughter cattle, the recent effort was the ministry removed meat importers’ obligation to absorb local beef as much as 3% of their total import quotas. According to Andi Amran Sulaiman, Minister of Agriculture, the effort was aimed to encourage meat importers to maximally import beef to the country. In addition, “this policy will reduce the slaughter of local productive cows,” Mr Sulaiman added. Commenting on the policy, Rochadi Tawaf, Secretary General of the Indonesian Cattle & Buffalo Farmers Association (PPSKI) said: “Now, it is impossible for meat importers to buy local beef as the price is higher than the price of imported beef. They will flood the market with imported beef.”
Godaco produces first items from Ben Tre cooking plant
[15 August 2016]
Vietnamese seafood processor Godaco Seafood has commissioned and begun production at its new valued-added product plant in Ben Tre, according to Jonathan Wilson, Executive Director. The first products to come off the lines in its opening days are hoped to be the first of many; not just pangasius, but other species too. “We are starting with pangasius, but we are able to do breaded shrimp and Nobashi stretched shrimp too,” said Mr Wilson as reported by Undercurrent News. “I can say that we are aiming to be processing several species in the plant by the end of the year.” Currently three frying lines are installed in addition to the tempura line, able to handle part- or fully-cooked breaded items, with further space to process shrimp, salmon or Alaska pollock. The new plant is designed with flexibility in mind, and depending on product mix, should be able to produce 15,000-20,000 tonnes of cooked products a year.
Ultrajaya enjoys increasing milk products demand
[15 August 2016]
Indonesia’s Ultrajaya Milk Industry & Trading Company aims to grow its net profit by 33.8% this year to USD 53.2 million after netting USD 40 million in profits last year thanks to increased demand for its famous milk brand Ultra Milk. To achieve the net profit target, Ultrajaya has to up sales by 10-15% this year to around USD 368-384 million. The company relies solely on its existing products as it has yet to make any plans to launch new products this year. “Maybe next year we will launch new products,” said Eddi Kurniadi, Corporate Secretary. Ultrajaya has a dairy farm located in Pengalengan, West Java that raises around 3500 cows. The other dairy farm of the company is located in Sumatera where it plans to raise 12,000 cows.

WEB SPECIAL: Thailand takes steps to lift food safety at all levels
[12 August 2016]

Food safety is increasingly important in Thailand’s farm to fork livestock industry as consumers place a priority food hygiene and standards. The country will soon have a new law aimed at improving standards and punishing below standard slaughterhouses.

New law aims to boost food safety in Thailand
The new Animal Slaughter and Sale of Meats Control Acts said that all slaughterhouses in Thailand must employ either veterinarians or personnel who have attended the Department of Livestock Development’s (DLD) courses. Without them slaughterhouses will be forced to close down, Dr Sorravis Thaneto, DLD’s Deputy Director General told Asian Agribiz. The DLD will look out for animal diseases and residues of drugs such as including beta-agonist and antibiotics. Also, all slaughterhouses must clearly declare animal traceability under the new law. Dr Sorravis said the new law will be implemented at the end of this year.

Livestock OK program ups standards across value chain
Thailand’s DLD has improved food safety standards at modern trade and wet markets across the country, establishing consumer confidence in food safety, via its Livestock OK initiative. Dr Sorravis Thaneto, Deputy Director General of DLD said food safety is becoming more important in Thailand as consumers and trading partners are vigilant over food hygiene and standards. Under the initiative, retail outlets developed total traceability from farm, slaughterhouses to retail outlets with no residue in livestock products. More than 2500 retail outlets are part of the program. The DLD expects the number to reach 3000 outlets by year end. Dr Sorravis said “we emphasize quality over quantity”.

People and raw material play a key role in CPF’s food safety plan
“Our food safety standards start with our employee,” Sukhawat Dansermsuk, Chief Operating Officer of Food Business at Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) told Asian Agribiz. CPF has consistently trained its employees on food safety, he said. Raw material for CPF’s food business unit comes from CP Group, guaranteeing traceability. Throughout the value chain machines are used. Suppliers of spices and sauces receive regular visits from CPF employees checking on the quality of the products. “To ensure food safety, we need to focus on people, raw material and production process,” Mr Sukhawat said, adding that food safety is top priority for both consumers and CPF. 

Betagro says drug-free chicken production achievable, but gives no time frame
Vasit Taepaisitphongse, President of Betagro Group told Asian Agribiz that the firm has gradually reduced the use of antibiotics for chickens. Betagro has put a process in place to deal with the use of antibiotics, making sure that it abides by the law. Moreover, the Group always observes withdrawal periods. “Betagro’s roadmap is to gear us towards drug-free chicken production. But we are discussing this issue internally and we haven’t set the time frame for reaching the goal,” he said, adding that drug-free chicken production is achievable. “We have a lot to prove and it is not a short story,” Mr Vasit explained. Meanwhile, Betagro raises vegetarian-fed chickens for exports.


Indonesia to grow shrimp market share in China
[12 August 2016]
According to Johan Suryadarma, Vice President of the Indonesian Fishery Products Processing and Marketing Association (AP5I), Indonesia must take the opportunity to export frozen shrimp to China as demand from this country continues to grow. “China values shrimp supply from Indonesia. They recently helped 11 Indonesian shrimp packers to participate at a seafood shows there,” he said. However, “it’s not easy to compete in the Chinese shrimp market since Ecuador, Vietnam and Thailand are also vying to increase their exports,” he added. Based on AP5I data, there are 436 Indonesian fishery companies that have secured export permits to China.
Egg prices in India hit record levels
[12 August 2016]
Egg prices in India reached record levels recently, with retail prices in some areas hitting USD 0.07 last month. Data on the wholesale prices of eggs showed that in the major consuming centres, prices in the first seven months of 2016 were 13-17% higher than last year’s levels. Egg prices cool off in the summer months of March to May, and begin to soar again from August or September, usually hitting highs in December and January. This year, prices remain elevated even in the summer months. India’s egg output has grown to 78.5 billion eggs in 2015 from 46.2 billion eggs in 2005.
Thailand’s GFPT Q2 net profit surges 90%
[12 August 2016]
Thailand’s GFPT has reported a net profit of USD 10.95 million in Q2, up 90.53% from the same period of last year, backed by lower feed cost and higher profit from its joint venture companies. GFPT’s revenue declined 3.24% year-on-year to USD 112.19 million in Q2 due to falling revenue from its feed segment. GFPT’s revenue from chicken processing segment increased 3.48% in Q2. GFPT said that Brexit has limited impact to the firm since chicken export sales to UK contributed only 5% of its total revenue. Furthermore, most export sales are quoted by USD currency and all transaction are hedged by using forward contracts.
McDonald's to sell Beijing JV stake to Hong Kong unit
[12 August 2016]
McDonald’s Corp is selling its 50% stake in McDonald’s Beijing to its wholly-owned Hong Kong unit for USD 263 million, said Sanyuan Foods, the other 50% shareholder in the joint venture. State-owned Sanyuan, a Beijing-based dairy producer, also said it has given up the priority to bid the 50% stake, as the fast food operations by McDonald’s Beijing are not in line with its main business. McDonald’s is struggling to attract bidders in the sale of its China and Hong Kong franchise, and the short list is reportedly to include Sanyuan Foods.
Figo Foods’ new plant to boost production to 40 tonnes/day
[11 August 2016]
Malaysia’s Figo Foods Sdn Bhd, subsidiary of QL Resources Bhd, hopes to fully operate out of its new processing plant by next June. The plant will increase its value-added seafood production from 12 to 40 tonnes/day, expandable to 60 tonnes/day. Lee Teck Wee, Executive Director, told Asian Agribiz the seafood sector has the potential to grow. Another reason for the expansion is QL Resources’ decision to enter the convenience store business after its tie up with Japanese franchise FamilyMart. Figo Foods hopes to supply its range of premium RTE products for the stores.
Feed millers await Bulog’s response over corn imports for H2
[11 August 2016]
The Indonesian Feed Producers Association has informed the State Logistics Agency, the only importer allowed by the government, to import corn as the country will need some 1.5 million tonnes of corn for the second half of the year. “Until now there is no response from the agency,” Sudirman FX, Chairman, said. Last year the government scrapped permits for private corn importers, causing producers to switch to wheat. This in turn caused imports of wheat to rise. This year the government is controlling wheat imports hoping feed millers will absorb local corn. But local corn is hard to secure, confirming the invalidity of local corn production data.
Shandong Yisheng to lease breeder farms for northern expansion
[11 August 2016]
China’s top broiler breeder Shandong Yisheng said it plans to lease six breeder farms and a hatchery in Tangshan in northern Hebei province for 10 years, effective January 2017. Total rent will be USD 9.7 million, or 1.4 times the investment needed to upgrade the facilities by their owner. “The move will expand our production capacity and market share, and improve the geographical layout of our poultry farming,” Yisheng said. The company currently owns 21 broiler GP farms, seven layer GP farms, 16 broiler PS farms and four hatcheries, mostly in eastern Shandong province where it is headquartered.
Thaifoods Group posts strong earnings in Q2
[11 August 2016]
Thailand’s Thaifoods Group (TFG) has recorded a net profit of USD 19.29 million in Q2, compared to a loss of USD 12.90 million in Q2 2015. TFG attributes its results to an increase in revenues from its poultry and swine businesses. TFG’s poultry revenue in Q2 was USD 88.63 million, up 20.15% from the same period last year. TFG’s sales volume of chicken was 78,755.10 tonnes in Q2 2016, up from 66,562.47 tonnes in Q2 2015, backed by an increase in capacity for exports and local markets. Meanwhile, its swine business posted USD 30.24 million in revenue in Q2, up 43.85% from Q2 2015. TFG’s sales volume of swine grew from 13,192.55 tonnes in Q2 2015 to 16,603.40 tonnes in Q2 2016 due mainly to increased capacity.
San Miguel Pure Foods posts 37% profit hike in H1
[11 August 2016]
San Miguel Pure Foods Company Inc rode on the back of its Agro-Industrial division to post a USD 53.6 million net income in the first six months this year. Higher poultry volumes and favourable selling prices of chicken and feeds helped push the combines sales revenues of its Agro-Industrial business, which also include fresh meats to USD 796.2 million, up 8% over the last year. Meanwhile its Branded Value-Added business, which include processed meats, registered sales revenues of USD 259.7 million, also up 8% year-on-year.
FAO Indonesia launches mobile app for layer farmers
[11 August 2016]
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has recently launched the Petelur.id app in Indonesia. According to James McGrane, Team Leader of FAO Ectad Indonesia, the Android-based mobile application was developed for small and medium-scale layer farmers in the country. “This app can help layer farmers to record egg production, feed consumption, bird depletion, as well as analyse hen day production, feed conversion, mortality trends and other parameters. They can control all these parameters anytime and anywhere,” Mr McGrane explained, adding that the app was developed together with the Indonesian Poultry Vets Association and Intelijen Dynamics.
InVivo to help improve pig genetic quality in Indonesia
[10 August 2016]
Pig genetics in Indonesia still lags behind that of other countries in the region. To upgrade the quality of genetics in the country InVivo Indonesia, France-based feed producer, this year plans to import GP from nucleus farming facility Choice Genetics, in the US. Choice Genetics is a subsidiary of France-based Groupe Grimaud focusing on swine genetics. A Harris Priyadi, National Sales Manager Livestock, InVivo Indonesia, told Asian Agribiz, the GPs will be raised at the company’s local partner’s farm in Solo, Central Java. “Our part is to import the GP and supply quality feed to the local partner who will raise the stock and produce commercial piglets for sale,” he said.
Vietnam pig industry on an upswing
[10 August 2016]
Vietnam’s pig industry will see robust growth in the next two years as new entrants to the industry kick off their pig breeding operations this year. In a statement, Hoang Thanh Van, Directory of the Department of Animal Husbandry, said the country’s meat sector has seen many big companies venturing into the livestock market including Hoa Phat Group and Hung Vuong Group, respectively the country’s largest steel producer and largest pangasius producer. In just the first eight months this year, both companies combined to import more than 2170 GGP pigs into the country, with the target to produce both breeding pigs and commercial hogs for the local market.
Broiler prices in Indonesia fall below production costs
[10 August 2016]
Independent small and medium-scale farmers are facing a tough time as the price of live broilers in Indonesia fell to USD 1.13 per kg last week. The average production cost is USD 1.40. Hartono, Supervisory Board Chairman, Indonesian Poultry Farmers Association, said there is excess supply of live broilers. “Big companies and integrators compete with each other to sell their live broilers, pushing the prices down,” he said. In the past independent farmers controlled around 70-80% of live broiler market but now they only hold 18-20%. “Big investments in this sector are not followed by balanced investments in processing plants and cold storage facilities,” he said.
China’s 2016 SPEM transaction exceeds USD 1.5 billion
[10 August 2016]
The 2016 transaction on China’s state pig exchange market (SPEM) has exceeded USD 1.50 billion as of early August, said the government of Rongchang District in the southwest municipality of Chongqing where the bourse is based. The online trade included 4.30 million finished pigs valued at USD 1.37 billion and 1.46 million piglets at USD 0.13 billion. Founded in 2013, the Rongchang exchange said it has attracted traders from 29 provinces out of all the 31 mainland provinces in China, with daily transaction of up to USD 15 million
India’s meat exports touch USD568m
[10 August 2016]
India exported meat and meat products was worth USD 568 million during April-May of the current fiscal year. The country’s main export destinations included Vietnam, Egypt, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. India mainly exports processed meat and meat of buffalo, sheep and goat. In quantity terms, the overseas shipments stood at 192,748 tonnes in the first two months of the fiscal year, said Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister.
Jollibee net income up 11.3% in Q2
[10 August 2016]
Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) reported a net income of USD 34.8 million in the second quarter this year, up 11.3% year-on-year, while system wide sales rose 15.1% from a year ago. The growth is fueled by strong sales in the domestic market, which accounts for at least 80% of its global sales. Sales in Southeast Asia also grew by 37%, led by Singapore with 56% and Vietnam with 49%. However, sales in China is down 5.7% due to competitive pressure on Yonghe King, its biggest brand in that market. For the first half this year, JFC’s net income topped USD 65.33 million up 13.4% year-on-year.
Thailand’s DLD enforces good labour practices on chicken plants
[9 August 2016]
All export-led chicken processing plants in Thailand must adopt good labour practices (GLP) in the next 2-3 months, Dr Sorravis Thaneto, Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development (DLD) told Asian Agribiz. The move comes after Betagro’s ex-contract farmer in Lopburi province allegedly abused its Myanmar migrant workers and seized their passports. Betagro Group has suspended business ties with that chicken farm. Dr Sorravis said the DLD will also enforce GLP on chicken farms. If the DLD discovers any farm abuses its labour, “we will withdraw its good agricultural practices licence and the farm will not be able export its products”.
KRR acquires 10% of Japfa Comfeed Indonesia
[9 August 2016]
Japfa Ltd has confirmed that KKR Jade Investments Pte Lte acquired 10.44% of its Indonesian subsidiary PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia Tbk on August 4. KKR Jade picked up some 441 million shares of Japfa Comfeed. The Indonesian agri-food producer also issued an additional 750 million new shares in its capital to KRR Jade. This leaves Japfa Ltd with 51% stake in its Indonesian subsidiary. KKR Jade Investments is a fund managed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. KKR has been investing in and providing financial solutions to companies in Indonesia since 2013. It is an investor in Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food, a leading food businesses.
India’s seafood industry records lower exports
[9 August 2016]
Weighed down by various factors, seafood exports from India witnessed a dip in both quantity and value in 2015-16 compared to the previous fiscal year, said India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (Mpeda). Seafood exports in 2015-16 stood at 945,892 tonnes worth USD 4.7 billion as against the record 1 million tonnes exported in the previous year for USD 5.5 billion. Frozen shrimp continued to be the major export item in the last fiscal, followed by frozen fish. A Jayathilak, Mpeda Chairman said the depreciation of the euro, weaker economic condition in China, and the devaluation of the yen contributed to the decline in exports.
Danish pork producers see good opportunities in China
[9 August 2016]
Rising consumer demand amid a drop in pork production in China bodes well for Danish pork producers, with Denmark nearly doubling its pork exports to China in the first six months this year compared to the same period last year. A report by GlobalMeatNews (http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Livestock/Denmark-benefits-booming-business-with-China), citing data from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC), said Denmark accounted for 83,009 tonnes (11%) of China’s total fresh and frozen pork exports of in H1, up 153% from last year. A DAFC spokesperson said Denmark is “confident we can double the export in value and volume” this year.
Bangladesh traders seek to import Indian buffaloes
[9 August 2016]
Some traders in Bangladesh are eager to import buffaloes from neighbouring India, with the aim of setting up cattle farms. The traders have taken the initiative with a view to exporting buffalo meat to Russia and other countries. They also want to sell the meat in the local markets, said industry insiders. Shihab Enterprise has applied to the Ministry of Commerce to import 10,000 buffaloes from India, an official said. Bangladesh has estimated that there are 1 million buffaloes in the country, with Noakhali district being one of the major buffalo farming areas.
Biotis to sets up new vaccine plant in West Java
[8 August 2016]
Indonesia’s Biotis Prima Agrisindo, a joint-venture between two Chinese companies announced a USD 100 million investment in a veterinary vaccine factory in Bogor, West Java. The plant is expected to be completed in Q3 this year and will have a total production capacity of 8 billion ampoules per year. Biotis was co-founded by drugs giant Pharmally International Holding Co Ltd with a 69% stake and China’s state-owned enterprise Harbin Weike Biotechnology Development Company with a 10% share. According to Huang Wen Lai, Biotis Chairman, Biotis will focus on producing competitively-priced avian influenza and Newcastle disease vaccines for the Southeast Asia market, particularly Indonesia, in its first phase.
Seiko Foods ventures downstream with premium ready-to-eat products
[8 August 2016]
Malaysian seafood processor Seiko Foods is producing value-added premium products to counter shortage of raw material such as surimi and high production costs. It produces ready meals, such as Yellow Tumeric Sauce, Spicy Thai Sauce, Sambal Tumis Sauce, and Ginger and Garlic Sauce, all with white tilapia fillets, packed in aluminium trays just like the ones used on airlines. The containers act as both baking trays to cook the frozen meal as well as a plate off which to eat it, giving the company the breakthrough it needed to advance into the market. “Thailand appears to be spearheading the sector worldwide, we feel it is time Malaysia makes her mark in this sector too,” Alan Lim, CEO, told Asian Agribiz.
New DA chief seeks to reverse transfer of meat inspection functions
[8 August 2016]
Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is seeking the reversal of the circular that transferred the meat inspection functions of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS ) to the Health Department’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He said meat processors are at a disadvantage under the current regulations and added that the FDA officers do not have the expertise of NMIS officers. The Philippine Association of Meat Processors had earlier called on the new administration to overturn the circular that was signed by former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and former Health Secretary Janette Garin, noting that it would only duplicate functions and add to the already bureaucratic process of securing permits.
Shandong Minhe starts operations at upgraded hatchery
[8 August 2016]
Chinese white broiler integrator Shandong Minhe Animal Husbandry Co said it had completed upgrading works and started operations at its second hatchery, now equipped with incubators from Belgium’s Petersime. The new hatchery has an annual capacity of 120 million chicks. Each incubator can house up to 129,000 eggs. “The modern equipment is expected to improve the quality and safety of our products,” Minhe said. The company owns a parent stock of 3.3 million sets and is able to hatch more than 300 million chicks a year with three hatcheries. It produces 20 million broilers a year, and has an annual output of 60,000 tonnes of processed chicken products.
South Sulawesi grows as feed hub in eastern Indonesia
[9 August 2016]
South Sulawesi has emerged as a feed hub in eastern Indonesia. There are six feed millers in the province, namely Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, Japfa Comfeed Indonesia, Malindo Feedmill, Cargill Indonesia, Patriot Agung Sejati and Sinar Terang Madani bringing in total installed capacity of 1.25 million tonnes per year. Roughly half of the capacity is used, said Syahrir Akil, Chairman, Indonesian Feed Producers Association (APPI) for Sulawesi and Kalimantan. “Annually the millers need 300,000-350,000 tonnes of corn, while layer farmers in the province need around 75,000 tonnes [of corn]. All the corn needs are met by local supplies,” Mr Akil told Asian Agribiz.
Indian state Odisha to open 53 fresh chicken outlets
[8 August 2016]
The eastern Indian state of Odisha will open 53 fresh chicken outlets in different districts and urban locations to facilitate hygienically-processed poultry meat and egg. Bishnupada Sethi, Secretary of the Fisheries and Animal Resources Department, said this will boost the development of the sector and keep in check roadside slaughtering of birds. “The decision to open more chicken fresh outlets was made after encouraging outcomes from three chicken fresh outlets opened in the city. The outlets will provide marketing support to broiler and layer farmers,” Mr Sethi said adding that the annual turnover of each of these outlets is around USD 150,000.
Contaminated pork delivered to retailers in Hong Kong
[8 August 2016]
At least 40 slaughtered pigs contaminated with illegal drugs were sent to 27 retailers across Hong Kong, said government authorities. It is unclear whether the pork has been sold or consumed, but a spokesman for the Centre for Food Safety said it does not pose a serious health hazard to residents, and that they have already notified all retailers to stop selling the products. Urine samples from 319 pigs from two farms in China were found to be contaminated with remnants of salbutamol and clenbuterol. Fork Ping-lam, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Assistant Director, said 40 pigs left the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse, and they have launched an investigation.
Vietnam’s Lam Dong province to develop sustainable beef production
[8 August 2016]
Vietnam’s central highland province of Lam Dong has approved the proposal of a beef cattle project targeting a 100,000-cow herd by 2020. The USD 4.8 million project will be contributed by the province’s fund and farmers. Zebu, Droughtmaster, Red Angus, Blanc Blue Belgium are among the breeds selected for the project. Until 2020, it is estimated that Lam Dong’s beef production will reach 43,780 tonnes, valued at USD 22 million. Lam Dong’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the province is keen on establishing a high quality sustainable meat production chain that connects farmers to feed suppliers and meat buyers.
No Brexit impact on CP Prima’s export volume to UK
[5 August 2016]
Indonesia’s largest shrimp producer and processor Central Proteina Prima (CP Prima) is actively expanding its market share in the EU and UK markets. Sutanto Surjadjaja, Vice President Director, told Asian Agribiz that Brexit does not have an impact on its export volume to UK. “However, since the pound is weakening and we sell our products in US dollar, the profit margin of our buyers is decreasing. They lobbied us for competitive prices,” he said. On EU’s strict import stipulations, Mr Surjadjaja said UK’s standards are even stricter. “Supermarkets in UK are concerned about food safety and traceability of food products they import. So Brexit will not affect the standards on food safety and quality.”
More efficiency with Avinew effervescent tablets
[5 August 2016]
Rhone Ma (M) Sdn Bhd launched Merial’s Avinew Neo, or New Effervescent Option, in Malaysia recently. “Effervescent tablets make storage, handling and administering of the drug easy,” Dr Karen Yip, Marketing and Technical Director, told Asian Agribiz. “The tablets dissolve in water. It is quick and less complicated to administer compared to the former Avinew, which came in glass vials and is administered as an eye drop, via drinking water and as a spray,” she said. “Avinew in the glass vials are live vaccines. Farmers must use up the vaccination within an hour or its efficacy lowers.” Rhone Ma plans to introduce more vaccines in the tablet form, including Bioral H120 and Gallivac IB 88.
Fujian Sunner H1 chicken sales up 25%
[5 August 2016]
China’s Fujian Sunner Development Co said its slaughtered chicken sales grew 25% in volume in the first six months of the year, driving its first-half operating revenue to USD 592 million, or up 23% year-on-year. Net profit, however, was at USD 37 million, compared with a loss of USD 53 million a year earlier. According to Sunner, China’s first-half introduction of broiler GPs was less than 0.11 million sets, compared with 0.72 million sets last year and the 1.54 million peak in 2013. “The segment will see a long-term shortage in 2016-2017, meaning better days for producers over the next three years,” said the company.
Australia expands skills courses on red meat, cattle in Indonesia
[5 August 2016]
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, announced the expansion of the skills development program under the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector. The courses under the program have been successful at strengthening the bonds between the countries in the red meat and cattle sector. “Last year 70 Indonesians were trained in the cattle sector in Australia through courses run by Australia Awards in Indonesia and the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association Pastoral Industry Student Program. This year, that number will rise to 86,” he said.
Pakistan’s poultry industry suffers losses
[5 August 2016]
Pakistan’s poultry industry has suffered a loss of around USD 411 million in one year and this loss may mount further because the prices of chicken and eggs do not follow the increasing cost of production. According to Rai Mansab Ali Kharal, Chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association North Zone, if the present situation prevails, half of the farms may be closed, affecting the population who depend on the availability of affordable protein. He said average broiler price remained at USD 1.10/kg last year while production cost climed to USD 1.30. Meanwhile, the average price of broiler DOC was USD 0.20 per chick against the cost of production of USD 0.30.
South Korea gives Philippine chicken a go-ahead
[4 August 2016]
The South Korean government has given a go signal for Philippine poultry exports, the Philippine Department of Agriculture announced. The Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Inspection Agency and the Ministry of Food and Safety has recommended the approval of Johanna’s Chicken Processing Center and LDP Farms to export chicken meat after the two companies passed the country’s sanitary standards and processing requirements. Two other companies were also inspected but were recommended to implement improvements before being inspected again.
Cambodia launches framework for livestock law
[4 August 2016]
After eight years in the works, Cambodia’s Agriculture Ministry this week circulated the framework for the country’s first law regulating the quality of domestic and imported meat products and livestock. The law, signed into effect in January, will serve as the foundation for rules governing the import and export of livestock and meat, veterinary practices to ensure animal health, enforcement of sanitation standards at slaughterhouses and regulation of chemical alterations to meat products. Alexandre Huynh, a representative of the UN’s FAO, said the law guarantees the quality of products. “It opens doors to investments and allows local producers to compete with imports,” he said.
Thailand’s CPF embraces good labour practices
[4 August 2016]
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is working with the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, and the Department of Livestock Development to promote the welfare and quality of life of stakeholders in the broiler business. Mr Virachai Ratanabanchuen, COO, for the chicken business, said the firm is committed to taking its labour practices to the next level, on par with international standards. “Good labour practice (GLP) is applied throughout our value chain,” he said. The company is also applying its GLP to its contract farmers. CPF recently trained 40 broiler farm owners in Nakhon Ratchasima, and will soon organise training in other provinces across the country.
Masan attributes strong H1 results to animal protein segment
[4 August 2016]
Masan Group’s H1 2016 net profit almost tripled to USD 46 million compared to figures from a year ago. The company’s total revenue in the first half of the year was more than USD 856 million, a year-on-year increase of 83.8%. The company said its animal protein segment was the main contributor to its performance in the first half of the year. This segment contributed nearly 60% of the group’s total revenue. Revenue from the sales of animal feed rose 13.8% from last year to more than USD 491 million. The company said it had developed new products and focussed on pig feed, which generated the highest profit margin for Masan among all animal feed products.
Philippines to explore organic chicken exports
[4 August 2016]
The Philippines might explore raising organic chicken on a commercial scale for export to South Korea, Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said following a meeting with South Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-shin. Mr Piñol clarified, however, that the plan is still a proposal and that there is no commitment yet. He said chicken can be raised using commercial facilities, but will be fed all-natural organic feeds that “will be formulated by an Islamic engineer, so the products comply with halal standards”.
Japfa Comfeed Vietnam gets positive feedback for probiotic feed
[3 August 2016]
Japfa Comfeed Vietnam Ltd has received the thumbs up from farmers and the feed industry for its probiotic feed, which now accounts for 20% of the company’s total production capacity and stands as one of its bestselling products. The company is using probiotics developed by Biospring Corp, which produces probiotics from heat resistant spores of bacillus strains. Nguyen Duy Cuong, Japfa Comfeed Sales Manager said trials using the probiotic feed on 100,000 layers led to an increase in egg size and improved egg yolk colour. Meanwhile, studies on pigs showed better growth rate and improved immune system.
CPF India sees strong potential for burger segment
[3 August 2016]
The burger category in India is promising. Sanjeev Pant, Senior Vice President, Food Business, CPF (India) told Asian Agribiz it has seen huge growth in India over the years. CPF India’s Five Star Chicken recently launched two new variants in India, the Haryali Chicken Cheese Burst Burger and Spicy Mix Veg Burger. “Some 60% of Five Star audience are aspirational youth who is always on a look out for new flavours,” said Mr Pant. Five Star is present in key metros like Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi and other cities. CPF India said it is looking for good response not only from the metros but also from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. CPF India is a subsidiary of Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods.
FDA takes jurisdiction over cooked processed meat
[3 August 2016]
The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken jurisdiction over cooked and processed meat beginning July 25 this year. It was previously under the National Meat Inspection Service. With the transfer, the Bureau of Animal Industry will no longer be issuing shipping permits for cooked processed meat but it will continue to issue shipping permits for uncooked, processed meats like burger patties and local fares like tocino, tapa and longganisa. Meanwhile, the issuance of the licence to operate permits of meat establishments has also been transferred to the FDA.
Malaysia to produce 801m DOCs, 768m broilers in 2016
[3 August 2016]
Malaysian farmers are expected to produce 800.90 million day-old chicks and 767.85 million broilers this year, said the Department of Veterinary Services’ annual report. Last year the country produced 792.94 million day-old chicks and 737.61 million broilers. The cost of production for broilers in 2015 ranged from USD 1.12 to USD 1.22 per kg live weight. The Department noted that the cost of production was higher compared to the year before as the price of broiler feed increase by 1.28% from 2014. Despite this, the department said the poultry industry is the most successful segment of the livestock sector and has the highest output value per worker in the agriculture sector.
Vietnam’s feed demand to grow 10% annually
[3 August 2016]
Despite stiff competition Vietnam’s feed industry is still seen as a potential market. This explains Hoa Phat’s plan to build a new feedmill next year, said Tran Tuan Duong, Hoa Phat Group, CEO. Mr Duong said the country expects a 10% growth in feed demand per year. This means Vietnam will need 20 million tonnes of feed by 2018. Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Thu Kim, Analyst at Saigon Securities Inc, said the feed industry has become much more attractive to investors in the last few years. “The development of larger scale meat production has driven the demand for commercial feed production as a replacement for homemade feed in the past.”
Input price rise gives pressure to margins of India’s feed producers
[2 August 2016]
Margins in India’s feed industry is shrinking as prices of corn and soy rise significantly after years of droughts. Producers like Cargill, CP Foods, Godrej Agrovet and SKM Feeds are unable to pass on the additional costs to consumer. Besides the demand-supply gap prices were also up due to hoardings by traders, alleged industry insiders. “The price rise in the past four months has strained our profits to the extent of 20-25% per tonne of feed,” said Balram Yadav, Managing Director, Godrej Agrovet. “If earlier we were able to passed on the cost to consumers now we can’t due to increasing competition, and are forced to take a hit.”
Muyuan Foods H1 net profit soars on rising pig prices
[2 August 2016]
Chinese pig producer Muyuan Foods Co said its first half net profit rose dramatically to USD 162 million from USD 7 million a year earlier. Operating revenue doubled at USD 344 million. The company attributed the growth to a significant rise in finished pig prices, which grew 51% to USD 2.90/kg averagely in H1 2016. Muyuan’s H1 live pig sales increased 35% to 1.15 million heads, including 0.83 million finished pigs and 0.32 million piglets. The company has targeted to produce 2.8-3.5 million pigs this year, and “the goal is expected to be achieved”, judging by the H1 results, it said.
US requests WTO to impose annual fine of USD450m on India
[2 August 2016]
The US wants the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to impose a fine of USD 450 million annually on India for hurting US trade interests with its failure to comply with a WTO ruling. For about seven years India had restricted US agricultural products like poultry meat, eggs and live pigs, to avoid avian influenza . The prohibition was via India’s avian influenza measures maintained through the Indian Livestock Importation Act, 1898. The US argued that India’s policy towards American poultry imports were discriminatory and violated WTO rules.
Hung Vuong closer to completing pork expansion plan
[2 August 2016]
Hung Vuong Corporation is closer to completing the final phase of its USD 90 million pork expansion program with the arrival of 750 breeders from DanBred International last week. Under its contract with DanBred, signed last year, Hung Vuong will import 4200 pigs, of which 1500 are great grandparents while the rest are grandparents and parent stock. Two more deliveries, in October and November, will complete the importation. The company hopes to launch the first batch of Hung Vuong brande parent stock, commercial pigs and pork early next year.
Philippines’ Unahco registers new feed additive
[2 August 2016]
Unahco, one of the largest producers of feed and veterinary products in the Philippines, announced that it has registered OxC-beta Livestock as an imported feed additive that can be used in all species in the country. OxC-beta is a product owned and developed by Canada-based Avivagen that has immune-priming and inflammation-moderating properties, making it a safe and effective alternative to in-feed antibiotics for maintaining optimal health and growth of livestock. The product is expected to be commercially available in the country over the coming months. 
Vietnam meat demand to peak by 2023, causing feed production to grow
[2 August 2016]
Meat demand in Vietnam will peak to 33.9kg by 2023 causing a spill over effect in the feed industry. According to a survey by Grand View, Vietnam feed industry will value at USD 10.55 billion by 2022, which is 50% higher than the current USD 7 billion. “It is estimated that the growth of feed demand in Vietnam is 10% per year, which means Vietnam will need 20 million tonnes of feed by 2018,” said Tran Tuan Duong, CEO to Hoa Phat Group. “The industry has become more attractive to investors . Large scale meat producers has driven the demand for commercial feed production as a replacement for homemade feed in the past," said Nguyen Thi Thu Kim, analyst at Saigon Securities Inc.
Hotels, restaurants buoy processed pork consumption in India
[1 August 2016]
Although the processed pork market in India is relatively small, it has been growing at a rapid pace thanks to growing demand from hotels and restaurants that serve foreigners and wealthier Indian consumers, a report by the US Department of Agriculture said. However, demand is being served primarily by imports as the country’s pork industry remains small, unorganised and inefficient. In 2015, the country imported 527 tonnes of pork products like bacon, ham, salami and sausages and cuts such as belly, chops, loin, tenderloin, neck, shoulder, spare rib. The figure is up 28% from the previous year, with EU countries among the leading suppliers.
Thai seafood processor PFP to open halal plant in Malaysia
[1 August 2016]
PFP Group, a major Thai frozen seafood processor, hopes to open a halal food factory in Malaysia after it concludes negotiations with its local partner. The company plans to build a USD 4.31 - 5.75 million manufacturing and distribution facilities in Malaysia, to add to its two existing 97 tonnes per day food processing plants in Thailand. PFP told a Thai local daily it was exploring new Muslim markets especially Indonesia in line with the government’s policy to make Thailand one of the world’s top five halal food exporters in five years. PFP produces imitation crab sticks, snow crab, fish tofu, Thai fish cake, imitation crab claw and imitation shrimp.
Indonesia’s Dua Putra to commission new seafood plant
[1 August 2016]
Indonesia’s seafood company Dua Putra Utama Makmur will commission its USD 23 million seafood processing plant in Pati, Central Java, mid-August, said Witiarso Utomo, President Director. Currently the company already has three seafood processing plants and a 4000-tonne cold storage facility, all in Pati. The fourth plant, to be equipped with a 21,000-tonne cold storage facility, will increase the company’s shrimp and fish processing capacities from 8 to 100 tonnes/day and 5 to 13 tonnes/day, respectively. “We significantly increase our shrimp processing capacity since demand from export markets is big,” said Mr Utomo.
New Hope to build broiler breeder farm in Myanmar
[1 August 2016]
Chinese livestock integrator New Hope Liuhe Co said it has decided to build a broiler breeder farm in south Myanmar. The planned farm will have a parent stock of 170,000 sets, and is able to hatch 15 million chicks a year. The total investment for the project is about USD 10 million. “We aim to build an integrated value chain by adding a breeder farm to our profitable feed business,” New Hope said. The company has been operating a feedmill in Myanmar for more than two years, and its feed sales peaked at 5000 tonnes a month.
Asia’s protein boom
[1 August 2016]
US-based Brookings Institution estimates the Asian middle class will reach 1.7 billion by the end of the decade and will double to 3 billion by 2030. Economists see a surge in demand for meat products. The proportion of protein in Chinese households’ diet has gone from less than 20% to almost 25%, according to an International Monetary Fund analysis. Yet the IMF said per capita consumption of beef and pork is still well below what would be expected at current income levels, and predicted it will rise as wages head higher. This type of growth in the next 15 years will see world production of beef and poultry increase by 5%, lamb and mutton by 17%, fish by 30% and pork by more than 40%.
New cooking plant to take Godaco further
[29 July 2016
] Vietnam’s Go Dang Joint Stock Company, better known as Godaco, opened its first pangasius further processing plant, early July. The vertically-integrated frozen pangasius fillet producer has five production lines that produce marinated, breaded, tempura, karaage for the Japanese market and shrimp. “Value-added will be a growth pillar for the company. We are the first pangasius company to do it on a large scale,” Nguyen Van Dao, General Director and Founder of Godaco, told Asian Agribiz. Until recently the business was 95% frozen fillet and 5% value-added. Mr Dao said he plans to grow value-added to a “meaningful initiative”.
Thailand’s GFPT expected to post solid Q2 earnings
[29 July 2016]
Thai brokerage SCB Securities expects Thailand’s GFPT to report a Q2 net profit of USD 9.77 million, up 71% from the same period last year, driven by wider gross margin and higher equity income. GFPT’s Q2 earnings will also be backed by lower feed costs, better product mix (higher margin exports) and better equity income from both GFN and McKey. GFN is a joint venture between Japan’s Nichirei Foods Inc and GFPT, while McKey is a joint venture between Keystone Foods Inc and GFPT. However, GFPT’s sales is expected to slide 2% in Q2, hurt by a weaker feed unit that outstripped the improved farm and food units. For GFPT’s feed unit, sales volume continued to drop year-on-year as the firm faced greater competition from fully integrated players, especially in the shrimp feed business.
McDonald’s to sell Malaysia, Singapore franchises
[29 July 2016]
McDonald’s Corp is planning to sell its 20-year franchise rights in Malaysia and Singapore to local franchise partners as it pursues an international turnaround plan put in place after CEO Steve Easterbrook took over last year. It said it was negotiating with suitable candidates for the Malaysia and Singapore markets but did not provide any details. It is revamping its ownership models throughout Asia, including plans to sell operations in China, Hong Kong and South Korea. In March the company said it aims to have 95% of its restaurants in the region under local ownership.
Minerva eyes stronger presence in Asia
[29 July 2016]
Brazil’s beef processing giant Minerva has made its first investment in Australia, in a Brisbane-based non-packer exporter and trading company, IMTP Pty Ltd. The company is almost totally export focussed, servicing a wide range of international customers across Asia, North America and Russia. According to Minerva, IMPT will change its name to Minerva Foods Asia Pty Ltd, a likely indication where the main export focus for the company will be henceforth. “We see it as a strong opportunity for the Australian export business to grow,” Michael Connolly, Director, IMTP, said.

Onsite at Indo Livestock 2016 with ARIEF FACHRUDIN
[29 July 2016]

The 11th edition of Indo Livestock Expo & Forum opened on July 27 at the Jakarta Convention Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia.The show has 580 exhibitors from 38 countries promoting their products and technologies to make the production of livestock and the processing of meat, egg and dairy more efficient and sustainable. According to the organiser Napindo Media Ashatama, they expect to welcome 15,000 trade visitors and delegates during the three days.

Challenges abound for poultry industry
Indonesia’s poultry industry is still facing a tough situation, according to Don P Utoyo, President of the Indonesian Poultry Society Federation (FMPI). Problems like alleged broiler cartel, corn supply and control on wheat imports, as well as slowing economy and low purchasing power are hampering growth of the industry. “To address this, we needcooperation between the government, private sector, researchers, press and public,” Mr Utoyo told Asian Agribiz. Desianto Budi Utomo, Secretary General of the Indonesian Feed Producers Association (APPI), concurred, and said the industry is expected to grow at 8%. However, “the potential of Indonesia’s poultry industry is still good. In 2020, it’s predicted that the number of middle class will grow by 174%. This will drive consumption of poultry meat and eggs.”

Feed industry needs corn & wheat supply continuity
Supply continuity of energy sources like corn and wheat is still the main issue of the animal feed industry in Indonesia, according to Desianto Budi Utomo, Secretary General of the Indonesian Feed Producers Association (APPI). In the first half, corn imports reached around 800,000 tonnes. “For the second half, we have proposed to Bulog [the State Logistics Agency] to import 1.5 million tonnes of corn since local corn production during the period will not be sufficient to meet the feed industry's needs,” Dr Utomo told Asian Agribiz. However, he continued: “if the government loosens its control on feed wheat import and then allow us to import the commodity again, we will need less than 1.5 million tonnes of corn for the second half.” As of now, wheat imports has touched 2 million tonnes.

Cold chain logistics of meat in Indonesia expected to grow 6%
The growth of cold chain logistics in the meat sector in Indonesia is not significant, according to Hasanuddin Yasni, Executive Director of the Indonesian Cold Chain Association (ARPI). Mr Yasni told Asian Agribiz that cold storage investment in the meat sector is still dominated by chicken producers such as Charoen Pokphand and Japfa since they supply their products to QSR chains that grow throughout the country. “This year I believe the growth of cold chain logistics in the meat sector is only about 6% as the poultry industry is still having some problems. However, next year the growth can be 10% since many foreign investors from Japan, Thailand, China and India plan to invest,” he said. Based on ARPI data, total installed capacity of cold storage for chicken and beef is 1.3 million tonnes and 450,000 tonnes, respectively.


Thailand’s Prantalay to launch frozen and chilled imitation shrimp
[28 July 2016]
Anurat Khokasai, Chief Executive Officer of Thailand’s Prantalay Marketing, told Asian Agribiz that the firm will launch frozen and chilled imitation shrimp under the Prantalay brand in the next two months. “Imitation shrimp is relatively new in Thailand and there are no competitors. This is a business opportunity for us,” he said, adding that imitation shrimp can be cooked in various ways. Prantalay invested around USD 857,000 for the machine and it will produce 20 tonnes of imitation shrimp a month in the first phase. Prantalay’s imitation shrimp will be produced from fish.
DBE Gurney to open 1000 fried chicken kiosks by mid-2017
[28 July 2016]
Malaysia’s DBE Gurney Resources Bhd hopes to open 1000 HARUMi fried chicken kiosk in the next 12 months. Group Managing Director Datuk Alex Ding said it plans to offer franchise opportunities to entrepreneurs who are keen to start a business. The group’s subsidiary DBE Poultry Sdn Bhd signed a joint venture with Distinct Legacy Sdn Bhd and private investor Tengku Faizwa Tengku Razif to establish an entrepreneur development program that involves the setting up of HARUMi outlets. The company currently has more than 100 kiosks across the country. He said it is on track to achieve its target of 500 kiosks by year end.
China targets 8mt annual beef output by 2020
[28 July 2016]
China has set a goal to produce 8 million tonnes of beef a year by 2020, up from 7mt in 2015, said the Ministry of Agriculture. In a guideline to promote the herbivorous animal sectors, the ministry said China should tap imports “to fill the domestic gap of meat supply, and to meet consumer demand”. Chinese companies will also be encouraged to invest in overseas forage farms and beef processing plants, the guideline said. China imported 295,721 tonnes of beef valued at USD 1.3 billion in the first half of 2016, up 61% and 48%, respectively, from a year earlier, according to China Customs.

Highlights in Asian Poultry Magazine, August 2016
[28 July 2016]

Native chicken demand grows in Indonesia
Indonesia’s native chicken business continues to grow alongside the rise in middle-high income consumers. ARIEF FACHRUDIN learns that there is a big gap between demand and supply. Opportunities for investment in breeding, commercial farming and processing abound.

CPF India tweaks business model for local market
CPF India has been operating it food business in India for three and a half years, following in the footsteps of its parent company, Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF). It studied CPF’s Five Star Chicken business model and brought the business to India, writes PAYUNGSAK WIRIYABUNDTKUL.

China’s white broiler segment tipped for better days
China’s white-feather broiler segment is seen to be the most advanced part within its animal protein sector, both for its large scale and high standards. However, the segment has been suffering losses since 2012 and upstream breeders have had to limit the introduction of overseas GP, reports ALLEN SHU from a white-feather broiler conference in Shenyang, China.

Incorporating the immune system in feeding strategies Part 1 - Effects of energy
JAN VAN EYS focusses on the demand for energy of the immune system as a basis for enhancing effective nutritional intervention; be this at the immune systems “maintenance level” or during the instances of an increased demand for nutrients during specific challenges.

DL-Methionine – nutritionally the mirror image of L-Methionine – Part 2
Pradeep Krishnan, Ariane Helmbrecht, Behnam Saremi and Girish Channarayapatna review recent metabolomics and tissue amino acid profiling evidence on the comparison of nutritional value of DL-Methionine (Met) and L-Met.

Effect on lignocellulose fibre types on broiler production
Jeffrey Morton and Arthur KroismayR present a trial that shows the benefit of using a lignocellulose fibre product that contains a mixture of fermentable and non-fermentable fibres.


China H1 pork imports up 138% at 762,359 tonnes
[27 July 2016]
China’s pork imports totalled 762,359 tonnes valued at USD 1.45 billion in the first half of 2016, up 138% and 153%, respectively, from a year earlier, said China Customs. In June alone, the volume of pork imports more than tripled to 194,165 tonnes. Earlier, the nation announced a first-half pork output of 24.73 million tonnes, down 3.9% year-on-year. “More food companies started importing pork or studying the issue, which has shaken the domestic high prices,” said Chinese consultancy Bric Data.
Godaco’s new pangasius cooked plant replicates Thai GFS’ high standards
[27 July 2016]
Pangasius producer Godaco’s first further processing plant, which opened early July, replicates Thailand’s top cooked chicken exporter Golden Food Siam’s (GFS) systems and high standards, David Ireland, Senior Partner, Navis Capital Partners, told Asian Agribiz. Godaco was acquired by Navis in 2013. Navis, meanwhile, sold off GFS to BRF SA in February. “Since acquiring Godaco, we have grown its farming capability, built a second processing plant and recently completed a modern cooking plant,” he said. The plant is certified to ISO 9001:2008, HACCP, BRC, halal and Global GAP. It is eyeing three regions, namely Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas for export.
Malaysia’s Kean Chuan brings in Berkshire GP
[27 July 2016]
Malaysia’s Kean Chuan Enterprise has received three heads of Berkshire grandparent stock from the US. “They are not under any stress from local weather conditions because of the closed housing. I hope that by 2018 I will be able to produce Berkshire pork for the local market. It will make up a small part of my range of products,” farm owner Wong Soon Ping told Asian Agribiz. Mr Wong, who is looking to produce premium chilled pork, as well as DHA-enriched products, believes that niche products can help him face the consolidation that is happening in the local market, and stay afloat when regional trade agreements come into effect.
Foresun, partner to buy out Uruguayan beef plant Lorsinal
[27 July 2016] 
Chinese beef supplier Foresun Group said it is partnering with LatAm Value Partners Ltd (LAVP) to acquire Lorsinal S.A., a beef processing plant in Uruguay, for USD 33.3 million. Foresun and LAVP will take a 50% stake each of Lorsinal that has a daily cattle slaughtering capacity of 500 heads. The plant has gained export permits to most markets including China, Hong Kong, South Korea, EU and the US, and generated more than 80% of its revenue from exports, of which 45% went to China, according to Foresun. Before the bid, Foresun already owned two beef plants each in Australia and Uruguay. In April, it agreed to buy three beef slaughterhouses in Argentina from Mafrig.
Millhouse exports grass fed beef to Singapore and eyes Taiwan, Indonesia
[27 July 2016]
Australia’s Millhouse Pastoral is exporting beef from grass fed cattle directly into high end Singapore restaurants, with plans to expand into Indonesia and possibly Taiwan, later this year. Frank Pereira, Owner and Director, said at the moment a tonne of beef is airfreighted weekly Singapore. Mr Pereira expects that to grow significantly by the end of the year. He said he is in the process of signing an MoU with Taiwanese buyers, while the Indonesian connection is also promising. Mr Pereira added that one of the biggest challenges is sourcing appropriate stock, to sell into the Asian markets. “The prices of cattle at the moment are ridiculously high, and that’s our biggest issue,” he said. Part of Millhouse’s cattle diet, now supplementing pasture, are two 350kg tubs of beer mash a week. In addition, the cattle are fed seaweed meal.
Indonesia’s Adib to develop cold chain
[26 July 2016]
Indonesia needs more capacity for cold logistics for its seafood industries. This has led Adib Global Food Supplies, Indonesia’s leading seafood distributor and processor, to increase its cold logistics capacity. “Cold chain is crucial for seafood and its value added products, and Indonesia is still lacks this. We plan to develop our internal & commercial cold storage facilities,” Ardi Wijaya, Vice President told Asian Agribiz. Adib currently has a 7000-tonne cold storage facility in Bekasi, West Java and reefer trucks to cover the Greater Jakarta region. This facility is equipped with CO2 refrigeration system from Japan. “We are one of several companies that has been using the CO2 technology. It’s better than the NH3 technology in terms of energy usage, maintenance, quality and eco-friendliness,” Mr Wijaya said. In the near future, he added that Adib plans to set up new cold storage facilities beyond the Greater Jakarta region.
CPF expects its shrimp unit to return to net profit by 2017
[26 July 2016]
According to Thai brokerage SCB Securities, Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) expects its shrimp unit to return positive earnings before interest and taxes in 2016 and 2017, the best performance since the early mortality syndrome (EMS) hit in 2012. Local shrimp sales volume is increasing and could reach 300,000 tonnes in 2016, up 15% year on year, backed by more successful shrimp farming. The increased sales volume, together with a rise in price in the second half of this year (+6% year on year) is encouraging shrimp farmers to increase their volume. Meanwhile, SCB Securities expects CPF to report a Q2 net profit of USD 128.43 million, up 50% from the same period last year, driven by wider margin from its Thai livestock and aquatic units and better overseas livestock units.
Malaysians consume 1.8m chickens daily
[26 July 2016] 
Malaysians consume 1.8 million chickens and 2.8 million chicken eggs daily, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek. The country’s self-sufficient rate is 110% with 13 million birds produced a week. Some 12 million birds are consumed locally, and the balance is exported to Singapore. According to the Economic and Social Science Research Centre, Mardi, the production cycle for broilers is 5.33 times a year with a few operators reaching six times a year. FCR in Malaysia is 1.67 while annual mortality rate is 4.32%, making the industry very competitive.
Dead cattle meat from other states turns up in Kerala
[26 July 2016] 
A local television channel in Kerala, India, reported that groups were offloading meat of dead cattle from other states into Kerala for sale. During the TV footage of a sting operation, transporters admitted that such meat is transported into Kerala from Tamil Nadu, and that preservatives are used to help keep it from rotting. Following the strong stand by India’s federal government against cattle slaughter, cattle farmers in many states are in distress, with their aged cattle becoming a financial burden. Kerala, being a prominent beef-consuming state, is considered a good market for distressed cattle farmers who want to dispose of aged or sick cattle.
NZ hopes to export beef, breeding cattle to Indonesia
[26 July 2016]
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes real progress has been made on securing a better deal for New Zealand farmers trying to export beef products to Indonesia. “Beef prices are high here [Indonesia] and there’s no question New Zealand exporters would put into the marketplace a high quality product, but at a lower price,” Mr Key said during his visit to Jakarta, Indonesia. Meanwhile, New Zealand is also looking to export cattle to Indonesia for breeding purposes. Mr Key said progress is being made on that front, but it is a matter of finalising a number of protocols, including making sure Indonesia meets animal welfare expectations.
Pilmico expands feedmills in the Philippines
[25 July 2016]
Pilmico Food Corporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc (AEV), finished the USD 6.3-million expansion of its two feedmills, one in Iligan City in Mindanao and the other in Capac, Tarlac Province in Luzon. The additional capacity is expected to support the company’s growing sales due to increasing demand, particularly from poultry and game fowl. As AEV’s food subsidiary, Pilmico is also engaged in swine production as well as flour production.

Deal reached on US imports of Vietnamese shrimp
[25 July 2016]
The US and Vietnam signed an agreement resolving two longstanding World Trade Organisation disputes over exports of Vietnamese shrimp to the US, the US Commerce Department said. “The agreement also provides a framework for the settlement of certain US court litigation, as well as the resolution of certain outstanding duty claims covering various administrative reviews of the warmwater shrimp antidumping duty order,” the department said in a statement. Vietnam's Tuoitrenews said as a result of the deal, Minh Phu Group will no longer be subject to the antidumping duty order, while other Vietnamese exporters of warmwater shrimp will be affected by the order, it said.


Indonesia targets corn self-sufficiency in 2018
[25 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman has said Indonesia will be self-sufficient in corn in 2018. Mr Sulaiman claimed corn imports have declined 47% or around 800,000-1 million tonnes a year. “In 2018, at the latest, there will be no need to import corn both for human consumption and animal feed,” he said. Indonesia imports corn for animal feed mainly from Argentina and Brazil. In July 2015, the government temporarily stopped issuing corn import permits to feed millers, with the government making a broad push for food self-sufficiency and channelling imports through Bulog starting 2016.

Regional dairy update
[25 July 2016]

India’s Schreiber Dynamix hopes to process milk products next year
Schreiber Dynamix Dairies, a jv between American dairy major Schreiber Foods and the Indian dairy company Dynamix Dairies, has started operations of its second food processing and packaging facility at Fazilka International Food Park in Punjab, India. The facility has been set up with an investment of about USD 15 million, with Tetra Pak as the technology partner. The company hopes to start processing and packaging milk products by next year. Kandarp Singh, Managing Director of Tetra Pak South Asia Markets said: “Indian consumers are now increasingly switching to value-added and fortified milk products. There is also a significant growth in on-the-go consumption of beverages. So, besides traditional products, this capacity expansion will also facilitate introduction of innovative products and packaging.”

Amul Dairy to set up two new plants
India’s Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited or popularly known as Amul Dairy will set up two new dairy plants at Pune and Kolkata with an investment of USD 48 million. The Pune plant will have 600,000 litres/day capacity, while the Kolkata plant will process 1.5 million litres/day. “We already have a small plant in Pune but we are going to set up a new plant with 600,000 litres/day capacity which will include 100,000 litres/day capacity to manufacture ice cream,” said Dr K Rathnam, Managing Director. After the two new plants, Amul Dairy’s processing capacity will reach 5 million litres/day. It already has 13 plants in Anand, Mogar, Khatraj, Kanjari, Kapdivav in Gujarat apart from those at Virar, Pune, Kolkata, Punjab, Siliguri and one in the US.

Coral investment to give Sri Lanka dairy industry a boost
Sri Lankan real estate developer Coral Holdings (Pvt) Ltd is diversifying into the dairy sector. The company will invest USD 3.43 million on a dairy farm in Killinochchi. Dr S Pirabaharan, Chairman, told a local daily that he hopes to import 500 milch cows within the next three months under an agreement between the Australian Wellard Company and the Sri Lanka government. “We will use modern technology like artificial insemination to breed cows. We hope this will take Sri Lanka even closer to be self-sufficient in milk.” He said that under the second phase they would look at manufacturing of dairy products for the local market.

New Australian facility to feed Asia’s demand for infant formula
A new dairy processing plant in Queensland, Australia, is hoping to tap into the strong demand for infant formula in Asia. The USD 27 million facility, a joint venture between Nature One Dairy and Au Lait Australia, is also eyeing the fresh milk segment in Asia. Called the Toowoomba Integrated Milk Project, it plans to export 30 million tins of formula and is confident it can supply two jumbo jets a day of fresh milk flying out of Toowoomba’s new private international airport. “About half of our raw milk supply would go to the production of infant formula and the remaining will be fresh milk and UHT,” Steve Laracy, Managing Director of Au Lait, said.

India to see largest growth in milk production by 2025
By 2025 India is expected to have the largest growth in milk production, outpacing the EU, to become the largest producer in the world, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025 [http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/agriculture-and-food/oecd-fao-agricultural-outlook-2016_agr_outlook-2016-en]. Pakistan will see the second largest increase in production with an average growth rate of 3.4% per annum. The vast majority of milk production for both countries is consumed domestically in its fresh form, and does not imply an increase in processed dairy products. Meanwhile the largest share of milk consumption is in the form of fresh dairy products, taking up 52% of the world’s total milk production.

Fonterra targets growing Southeast Asian markets
Fonterra Brands is securing its spot in the region as Asian markets advance and demand for dairy products grow. “The demand grows not only for protein but for security and quality in its food. That’s where Fonterra fits in,” said New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the year-old USD 25 million Fonterra plant in Indonesia. It is Fonterra’s largest investment on the region in a decade. The plant makes pudding, cheese balls, cheese sticks and other dairy goods especially tailored for Indonesian consumers. The plant “allows us to produce high quality dairy nutrition to meet Indonesias’ increasing demand for dairy,” he said.

Godrej Agrovet considered for IPO
Indian billionaire Adi Godrej is considering an IPO of his group’s animal feed unit Godrej Agrovet, the largest producer in India, as business thrives in the biggest milk-drinking country in the world. “Godrej Agrovet may be listed in the future. The company [which made two acquisitions last year] is growing rapidly and is open to more purchases domestically,” he said. The company seized on milk’s prospects in India by buying control of Creamline Dairy Products Ltd last year for an undisclosed sum.


Jakarta provides subsidised meat for school children
[22 July 2016]
The Jakarta administration will provide subsidised frozen meat at several Jakarta schools in a bid to boost students’ performance by improving their nutritional intake. Mujiati, Head of Jakarta Food Security, Agriculture and Fisheries Agency said affordable frozen beef and chicken will be sold at bazaars at which only holders of Jakarta Smart Cards (KJP) can purchase the meat. “The bazaars are aimed at helping students get better nutrition to boost their performance at school,” she said. The agency sells frozen beef and chicken to KJP holders for USD 2.9 and USD 0.7 per kg, respectively, much lower than the current market prices of USD 6.8 and USD 2.7.
China H1 pork output down 3.9%
[22 July 2016]
China’s pork output stood at 24.73 million tonnes in the first half of 2016, down 3.9% from a year earlier, said the National Bureau of Statistics. The nation produced 319.59 million finishing pigs during the period, down 4.4% year-on-year, while its stock of live pigs was down 3.7% at 402.03 million heads. Meanwhile, the Bureau said China’s harvest of summer crops, most of which is wheat, totalled 139.26 million tonnes, down 1.2%. “The summer harvest was less than last year's record, but still the second highest amount in history,” it added.
Sri Lanka’s chicken sellers protest against controlled price initiative
[22 July 2016]
Chicken sellers in Hatton, Bogawanthalawa and Maskeliya areas in Sri Lanka are protesting against the move by the government to introduce a controlled price for the meat. They have launched a protest by closing their shops. The sellers claim that they cannot sell chicken for USD 3.4. They added that the meat can be sold at the controlled price if poultry farmers are provided relief from taxes so that they can sell wholesale chicken at a lower price.
Indonesia readies site on Bangka-Belitung for cattle breeding
[22 July 2016]
Indonesia has prepared a 100 ha site in the Bangka-Belitung Archipelago for a cattle breeding operation, said Ferry Mursyidan Baldan, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister. “An island in the province is ready for investors,” said Mr Baldan. Aside from this, he said the ministry has already prepared five more islands to develop cattle breeding in the country, but refused to name them to avoid land speculation. Indonesia currently operates seven cattle-breeding farms in West Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara, Bogor in West Java and Pare-Pare in Central Sulawesi.
CJ CheilJedang to grow insect breeding technology before moving downstream
[22 July 2016]
CJ CheilJedang Corp wants to first focus on farming technology to breed and mass produce ingredients before producing food products made from insects. This will give it a competitive edge in the market. It is expected to start manufacturing food using insects as ingredients by 2019. Moon Byung-seok, head of food research, said the company arrived at the decision “after concluding that the local edible insect farms would not be enough to provide a stable supply”. Although the number of farms growing edible insects in South Korea tripled to 724 in 2015 from 265 in 2011, most are small. The company plans to apply edible insects to food supplements, snacks and food for patients and pets once the research is completed.
Brexit unleashes uncertainty on Thailand's chicken exports
[21 July 2016]
The European Union has granted Thailand a quota of 270,000 tonnes per annum for chicken meat, in which around 140,000 tonnes are exported to the UK, Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association said. In the short term, Brexit has reduced Thai chicken export prices because the pound has fallen and clients have bargained for lower prices. “Before Brexit, our export price of raw chicken meat to the UK was USD 2,400-2,500 a tonne. After Brexit, it has fallen to USD 2,300-2,400 and it may fall further,” he told Asian Agribiz. If the UK decides not to set an import quota and open its market to competition, “it will be more difficult for Thai producers due to address competition, especially with lower prices from Chinese producers,” Mr Kukrit added.
KPPU to decide on broiler PS culling
[21 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture has released the regulation to control poultry DOC production in the country. In the regulation, all DOC (from GGPS to PS) producers have to help stabilise DOC supply and demand. Surahman Suwandi, Director of Animal Breeding & Production of the Directorate General of Livestock & Animal Health said the regulation had been discussed with the Business Competition Watchdog Agency (KPPU). “KPPU promises to give a written response on the regulation and whether to proceed or not with the broiler PS culling program,” Mr Suwandi said. From the planned 6 million broiler PS, 3 million has been culled as of now.
China announces merger of grain trader Chinatex with Cofco
[21 July 2016]
China has announced the merger of Chinatex Corp with Cofco, two of the nation’s top three grain trading groups. Chinatex, also the nation’s top textiles trader, will become a subsidiary of Cofco following the merger. A person close to Chinatex told Asian Agribiz that China Grain Reserve Corp, the other state-owned grain trader and also known as Sinograin, is also likely to be merged with Cofco, indicated by Chairman Zhao Shuanglian’s position transfer from Sinograin to Cofco. “The mergers would help buoy prices of major grain like corn in China, since the new entity must not want continued losses for its corn stockpiling,” the source said.
North Sumatra records corn production increase
[21 July 2016]
Indonesia’s North Sumatra has recorded an increase in corn production. Last year the province produced 1.52 million tonnes over 1.16 million tonnes in 2014, with improved productivity per ha from 5.7 tonnes to 6.2 tonnes. Wien Kusdiatmono, Head of the North Sumatra Central Bureau of Statistics said the productivity of corn in the province has continued to rise in the past three years. “Expansion of harvest area also contributed to the increase. In 2015 the harvest area expanded to 243,770 ha,” she said.
South Korea lifts ban on US poultry
[21 July 2016]
South Korea has agreed to lift the ban it placed on US poultry in reaction to outbreaks of avian influenza last year and earlier this year. The decision means that US exporters are now able to ship chicken and turkey to South Korea so long as the poultry was processed after June 1, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “We’re pleased that the market has reopened to our products, which are in high demand in South Korea,” said Jim Sumner, President of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council. In 2014, US chicken exports were valued at USD 98.2 million and turkey shipments at USD 7.4 million, making it the 14th largest market for chicken and the sixth biggest turkey export market.
Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference 2016
Feed hygiene and salmonella – Comprehensive, integrated and multiple hurdle approach
[20 July 2016]
A low level of participation in feedmill and feed hygiene is associated with high risks and so is no longer an option in modern poultry production. Increasing levels of participation and intervention are associated with progressively reduced risk. Whilst interventions can be ratcheted up or down, the ‘default’ level of participation and intervention options need to be determined by risk assessment. Having identified the Salmonella risk using the principles and application of HACCP, Dr Rick Carter, Pacific Technical Services Manager, Kemin Agrifoods Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore will consider an appropriate preventative and corrective Salmonella hazard control programme.  This should create multiple hurdles for Salmonella with the right combination of hurdles helping to ensure the production of Salmonella free feed. Details of the conference on August 18-19 in Bangkok can be accessed here.
CP China takes 12% of Chinese livestock vaccine producer
[20 July 2016]
CP China has taken a 12% stake in Qingdao Yebio Biological Engineering Co, a leading livestock vaccine producer in China, for USD 39 million, Yebio’s second-largest shareholder Shenghua Biok said in a statement. Following CP’s investment, Shenghua Biok’s holdings will be diluted to 33% from 38%, while the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre, a division of the Ministry of Agriculture, is still the largest shareholder with 41%. Yebio posted a net profit of USD 35 million in 2015, according to the statement.
Indian poultry players demand level playing field
[20 July 2016]
India will have to change its rules pertaining to the import of chicken legs from the US, following the WTO ruling in favour of the US. “The playing field is not level. Farmers in the US use GM corn and soy which Indian famers cannot use. With GM soy and corn being cheaper, the cost of production is lower for US farmers and they can afford to dump cheap chicken legs into India. The government therefore should provide a level playing field for domestic farmers,” said Balram Yadav, Godrej Agrovet Managing Director. Meanwhile KG Anand, Venkateshwara Hatcheries General Manager said: “There will be no major impact on fresh chicken consumers as the US would bring in only frozen chicken. But it would definitely affect the overall sentiment badly.”
AACo eyes Asia’s premium beef market
[20 July 2016]
Australia’s beef producer Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) will roll out new premium brands as it moves to capitalise on growing income levels among Asia’s middle class. Jason Strong, Managing Director said Asia’s middle class was projected to grow to 3 billion people by 2030, boosting demand for quality beef. “As the middle class grows, so too will its appetite for quality produce – especially protein,” Mr Strong said. “AACo does not want to feed Asia’s mega-sized middle class. What we want to do in Asia, Europe, America and the rest of the world is to supply premium beef.”
Growing demand push up pork prices in Japan
[20 July 2016]
Higher demand, which outpaced supply, has jacked up prices of wholesale pork in Japan to USD 4.98/kg in May and continued to rise in June. According to the Rabobank’s Pork Quarterly Q3 2016 report, local demand for pork is on the rise as consumers turn away from high-priced beef to more affordable alternatives. Rabobank forecast that local supply will continue to be pressured in the coming months, and with stiff competition for pork imports with China, pork prices in the country will remain at elevated levels into Q4.
Thailand’s poultry industry worry about fee hike plan
[19 July 2016]
Nine Thai poultry associations are concerned about the draft amendment to Animal Slaughter and Sale of Meats Control Acts, which plans to increase slaughter and meat sales fee. Poj Aramwattananont, Vice-Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said the new law aims to raise food safety standards and reduce illegal slaughterhouses. However, the fee hike plan, a total of USD 0.114 per unit of poultry, may encourage illegal slaughtering. The existing Acts charge a slaughter fee of USD 0.0028 per unit of poultry, but that has been waived for many years by the government. Mr Poj said the higher fee will also reduce Thai poultry industry’s export competitiveness because production costs will surpass those of competitors including Brazil, China and the US.
Malaysia’s IB incidence not alarming
[19 July 2016]
The current outbreak of infectious bronchitis (IB) in Malaysia, which has left thousands of broilers dead, is not alarming. According to Dr Karen Yip, Marketing and Technical Director, Rhone Ma Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Despite talks of a new strain, the latest strain has already been in the country for a few years. “It is not alarming. It may affect performance and producers may have to wait another 2 or 3 days to harvest,” she told Asian Agribiz. The disease could have been triggered by the recent hot spell and also unstable quality of feed raw ingredients. Also not all farms ritually vaccinate their birds. The company, however, has been seeing a sudden increase of orders for its IB vaccination since early this year.
China’s Fortune Ng Fung to buy two more Australian cattle farms
[19 July 2016]
Chinese beef producer Fortune Ng Fung Food Co said it is planning to buy another two farms in Australia to expand its cattle farming and processing capacity. The Glenbrae and Leumeah farms, both about 400 km southwest of Brisbane and close to Fortune’s existing Woodlands farm, cover a combined area of 4,908 ha. Fortune Ng Fung will inject USD 5.37 million to its wholly-owned unit Fucheng Australia to fund the acquisitions. The unit has invested USD 32.91 million in the Woodlands farm that owns a stock of 9,309 Angus and Wagyu cattle.
Pig prices tumble in Dong Nai
[19 July 2016]
After enjoying record prices in April this year, when live pigs fetched USD 2.41-2.49/kg, live price in Dong Nai province in Vietnam has dropped 23% to USD 1.87-1.92/kg in July as demand from Chinese traders declined. The high prices encouraged local farmers to expand production of oversized pigs, which are preferred by Chinese buyers, by 30-40%. However, local buyers prefer smaller pigs. Dong Nai Livestock Association Vice Chairman Nguyen Kim Doan expressed fear that if the current market demand remains unchanged, many farmers who expanded will face losses in the coming months.

Indonesia sets quarantine protocol for Indian carabeef imports
[19 July 2016]
The Quarantine Agency of Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture, together with India’s Quarantine Authority, is now setting the protocol for carabeef or buffalo meat imports. “The protocol will be ready at the end of July,” said Banun Harpini, Head of the Quarantine Agency. “Under the protocol, we asked India’s Quarantine Authority to guarantee that all carabeef exported to Indonesia are of good quality and free from FMD [foot and mouth disease], as well as to ensure safety at processing facilities and to ports of shipment.” Ms Harpini believes the re-entrance opportunity of FMD to Indonesia is small as the carabeef will be imported in frozen form. “The risk is small if compared with live cattle imports,” she added.


South Korean pork production rebounds
[19 July 2016]
South Korea slaughtered 1.35 million pigs in the first five months of this year, up 6.3% from the previous year, indicating continued strong growth in South Korean pork production after producers battled PEDv in 2014, Rabobank said in its Pork Quarterly 3Q 2016 report. The growth is supported by growing domestic demand, which has helped push prices of hogs to USD 3.70/kg in June. Rabobank sees production will continue to recover, as total sow herds are up, noting that the main challenge for the country’s pork industry is “being able to adjust production growth in line with demand.”
Sumber Pakis grows pig breeding business
[18 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Sumber Pakis, a pig farming company based in East Java, aims to focus more on breeding rather than on its fattening business because of better returns. Male and female breeders weighing 75kg are sold at USD 6.49/kg and USD 5.73/kg respectively, about three times higher than the price of commercial live pigs. Andrew Djuana, Managing Director told Asian Agribiz that the company has a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture to import frozen semen. “We import frozen semen regularly from Swine Genetics International in the US,” he said. The company, which currently has around 170-200 sows at its farm in Probolinggo, has been selling its breeding pigs to farmers in East and Central Java. Demands also come from Nusa Tenggara, Papua and North Sulawesi, however transportation is still the main challenge for these regions.
Lower Thai egg prices imminent
[18 July 2016]
Thai egg prices has recently risen due to falling egg supply and severe drought. Prices of mixed sizes of eggs are currently at USD 0.088-0.090, compared to USD 0.071 at the end of 2015. However, Thailand has entered the rainy season and cooler weather has set in. Egg supply in Thailand is set to increases to 40 million eggs, up from 36-38 million in February. Mongkol Pipatsattayanuwong, President of The Association of Hen-Egg Farmers, Traders and Exporters told Asian Agribiz that “when egg supply increases but demand stays the same, it will drag down egg prices and it will likely happen from September onward,” he said, adding he cannot estimate how much the price will fall because it will depend on the situation.
China lifts bans on Russian poultry products
[18 July 2016]
China has lifted a ban on import of poultry products from Russia, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Ministry of Agriculture. “The decision was based on the risk assessment results,” the two ministries said in a joint statement, adding that ornamental birds and wild birds are still subject to the ban. China banned Russian poultry products in 2005 due to avian influenza outbreaks. In June this year, Russia reported new AI among wild birds in Respublika Tyva.
CPF to acquire Sri Lanka’s Norfolk in Q3
[18 July 2016]
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) announced that it will spend USD 4 million to buy an 80% stake in Sri Lanka’s Norfolk Foods (Private) Limited (Norfolk). CPF Investment Limited (CPFI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CPF, will acquire 2,752,800 ordinary shares of Norfolk in the third quarter of this year. As a result, Norfolk will become an indirect subsidiary of CPF. Norfolk engages in manufacturing and distribution of ready-to-eat food products such as samosa, processed chicken, meat stuffed with cheese and sausages under the Crescent trademark. Norfolk’s products are distributed through local distributors, hotels, restaurants and retail shops in Sri Lanka. Norfolk has a current capacity of 400 tonnes per month and it has a 21% share in the ready-to-eat food segment in Sri Lanka.
Indonesia allows import of secondary meat and offal
[18 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture will soon release a revision in the policy of secondary meat & offal import, allowing the private sector to import the products. “With the revision, we aim to stabilise the price of beef in the local market, as well as to give more product choices to consumers. The products however, have to be imported from countries that are free from foot and mouth disease,” said Andi Amran Sulaiman, Agriculture Minister. Before the revision, only state-owned companies were allowed to import secondary meat and offal.
EW Nutrition to launch activo liquid in Vietnam
[18 July 2016]
EW Nutrition Vietnam Ltd, is launching activo Liquid in Vietnam. The on farm application has shown to be an effective tool where antibiotic treatments are ineffective due to resistance. With the product registration process complete Innochems will be the first channel marketing partner to have activo Liquid available for sale to farms in Vietnam. Robert Nichol, Managing Director, EW Nutrition South East Asia/Pacific, told Asian Agribiz that “activo in feed and activo Liquid on farm is a unique natural use of secondary plant compounds (SPCs) that reduces inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and breaks the dysbiotic cycle and improves animal GI heath and performance."
Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference 2016
Going beyond carbohydrate hydrolysis
[15 July 2016]
There is a plethora of reports about the advantageous impact of carbohydrases on energy utilisation in broilers, but the knowledge regarding the effect on other nutrients of interest is still scant, especially in minerals. Dr Alex Wu, Regional Technical & Business Development Manager, Adisseo Asia Pacific Pte Ltd will consider the effect of a novel carbohydrase complex on the digestibility of phosphorus and calcium in broilers fed wheat- or corn- diets at this conference, on August 18-19 in Bangkok. More details here.
Layer associations encourage Thais to eat more eggs
[15 July 2016]
The Association of Hen-Egg Farmers, Traders and Exporters, the Layer Farmer Association and the Southern Layer Farmer Association jointly launched a campaign, aiming to encourage Thais to eat more eggs. The three layer associations want Thai people to eat 300 eggs a year by 2018, up from 220 currently. Thailand produces 15,500 million eggs a year, valued at USD 1.42 billion. However, egg consumption grew only 4% a year in the past 10 years.  Mongkol Pipatsattayanuwong, President of The Association of Hen-Egg Farmers, Traders and Exporters said that chicken eggs are high-quality proteins and beneficial to health for all ages. Moreover, eggs are relatively cheap and easy to buy, he said.
Bulog to introduce buffalo meat to Indonesia
[15 July 2016]
Indonesia’s State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the body tasked with managing imported Indian buffalo meat, said the imports will arrive in Indonesia around end July and will be sold at USD 4.58/kg, half the current price of beef, which now goes for around USD 9.16/kg at local markets. Djarot Kusumayakti, Bulog President Director acknowledged that the primary challenge will be to convince the public that the Indian buffalo meat is safe for consumption. “We’re the first institution instructed to introduce buffalo meat into the local market, so we have to show that it’s healthy,” Mr Kusumayakti said. However, response from beef sellers in local markets is frosty. Asep, a vendor at Perumnas Klender market, dismissed suggestions he might later sell buffalo meat, pointing to the lack of demand for the commodity.
Malaysia’s DVS acts on reports of IB outbreak
[15 July 2016]
Malaysia’s Department of Veterinary Services said it has swung into action to contain the infectious bronchitis (IB) outbreak that has left thousands of chicken dead. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry Deputy Secretary-General (Policy) Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan said initial reports showed that some farmers did not use IB vaccine while some claimed the existing vaccine stocks were no longer effective. “We do not deny that there is an outbreak (of IB), it is not uncommon,” he said adding that his ministry did not dismiss the possibility of the need for new vaccine stocks if it was true that the existing stocks were not effective.
China to drive pigmeat production towards 2025
[15 July 2016]
Global pigmeat production is expected to grow after 2016, driven by China, where herd size is expected to stabilise after years of substantial reductions, revealed the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025 report. The country saw a drop of 25 million pigs between 2012 and 2015. Another factor contributing to China’s output expansion in the coming years is further consolidation of the pork sector. China and Brazil, meanwhile, is tagged as the two largest meat producers, where output is expected to expand considerably over the outlook period. China’s production will benefit mostly from economies of scale as small production units grow into larger, increasingly commercial enterprises.
NZ seeks trade access in Indonesia
[15 July 2016]
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key heads to Indonesia later this month to boost trade, particularly for beef and other products. In 2010 Indonesia was New Zealand’s second largest beef market, taking 48,823 tonnes worth USD 185 million, but in a bid for self-sufficiency access dropped to 8899 tonnes in 2015 - a decline of 82%. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade estimates the accumulated (yoy) trade impact of limiting beef exports from New Zealand is between USD 500 million to 1 billion. Tim Ritchie, New Zealand’s Meat Industry Association Chief Executive said the restrictions and the fluctuations, uncertainty and unpredictability of the import licensing system had made Indonesia a challenging market for beef exports.
Indonesia’s sausage imports from Malaysia may reach USD9m
[14 July 2016]
Import of sausages from Malaysia are alarming the meat processing industry in Indonesia, according to Haniwar Syarief, Executive Director of the Indonesian Meat Processors Association (Nampa). He told Asian Agribiz that in the first quarter of this year the import value reached around USD 2 million, and may touch USD 8-9 million by end 2016. “In 2012, the import value was only USD 200,000 and jumped to USD 6 million in 2015,” Mr Syarief said. The sausages are imported directly from Malaysia to Batam Island. He added that the imported sausages are of premium quality. “Malaysia can sell it cheaper since their meat processors use cheap beef from India.”
Yunnan Shennong to build first PIC GGP farm in southwest China
[14 July 2016]
Yunnan Shennong Agricultural Industry Group said it has signed an agreement with PIC China to introduce 5200 heads of GGP and GP sows. The herds will be stocked at its Dali facility that is under construction and will be the first GGP farm for PIC in southwest China. Shennong has been partnering with PIC since 2003 and its Xuanwei facility has a stock of 6150 PIC sows. “We aim to produce 2 million pigs a year by 2020, and we are seeking a Shanghai IPO to fund the expansion,” Chairman & President He Zuxun told Asian Agribiz. The company produced 87,830 finishing pigs in 2015, and the output is expected to be doubled this year, according to Mr He.
RNI to integrate sugar cane and beef cattle
[14 July 2016]
Indonesia’s state owned company Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) has said that it plans to develop an integration of sugar cane plantation and beef cattle farming in 2017. Didik Prasetyo, President Director said the company plans to set up a subsidiary to focus on developing the project. “For the project, in the second quarter we have imported 407 heads of beef cattle. And we have sought a permit from the government to import 1500 heads in the third quarter,” Mr Prasetyo said, adding that in the next stage the company hopes to venture into cattle processing.
Pork prices in China to peak in Q3
[14 July 2016]
Pork prices in China began fluctuating in June, but is expected to rise and peak in Q3, Rabobank said in its Pork Quarterly Q3 2016 report. With supply forecast to bottom out and demand starting to pick up seasonally, prices are expected to peak sometime during the coming months. Pork imports, seen to exceed 2 million tonnes this year, will partially supplement the shortage but will remain a small percentage of the total supply.
US seeks trade sanctions in India poultry dispute
[14 July 2016]
The US is seeking trade sanctions against India after winning a dispute at the WTO on Indian restrictions on imports of US poultry meat, eggs and live pigs, the WTO said. The US Trade Representative’s office commented that US annual exports of poultry meat to India could exceed USD 300 million once the restrictions are removed. India had 12 months to comply with the ruling. The US argued that it had not had an outbreak of high pathogenic avian flu since 2004, while India had 90 such outbreaks between 2004 and 2014.
Methionine in chicks: benefits beyond performance
[13 July 2016]
During the first days of life, birds face an adaptation phase involving the set-up and maturation of digestive and absorptive function but also muscle growth and the set-up of the immune system. Methionine requirements of the chicks have been recently revised but the most important aspect of early methionine supply seems to be the beneficial effect it can give beyond the early performance by preparing further growth. At the Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference, 18-19 August, Bangkok, Dr Yves Mercier, Research Manager, Amino Acids, Adisseo France will discuss the impact of methionine sources during this early development stage.  More details here.
Guangdong Wens sells over 8 million finishing pigs in H1
[13 July 2016]
Guangdong Wens Foodstuff Group, the largest livestock producer in China, said it sold 1.25 million finishing pigs valued at USD 444.28 million in June, down 5.17% and 7.09%, respectively, from a month earlier, but up 7.63% and 50.91% year-on-year. In the first half of 2016, the company sold 8.05 million pigs valued at USD 2.66 billion, according to data calculated by Asian Agribiz. Wens did not provide half-year comparative figures, but its 2015 annual report shows that the company sold 15.35 million pigs valued at USD 4.08 billion last year.
Santori imports breeding cows from Australia
[13 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Santosa Agrindo, a subsidiary of Japfa Comfeed Indonesia has imported 1912 breeding Brahmann Cross cows from Australia to be raised in East Java under a contract farming model with farmers in the province. Dayan Antoni, Head of Breeding said 1600 heads will be allocated for the contract farming while the remainder will be raised by Santori at its facility in East Java. Meanwhile for its breeding facility in Lampung, Mr Antoni said the company plans to import 3000 breeding cows from Australia. “Of the figure, as many as 1200 heads have arrived at the facility. The remainder will arrive in the second half,” he said.
Taiwan lifts ban on Canadian beef
[13 July 2016]
Canada said Taiwan has lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef, removing the trade barrier it imposed after an outbreak of mad cow disease in Alberta last year.  Prior to the ban, some USD 9.2 million of Canada’s USD 1.5 billion in total annual beef exports went to Taiwan, making it Canada’s seventh largest beef market. The Canadian Cattleman’s Association said that Taiwan is one of the last holdouts among several countries that banned Canadian beef in relation to mad cow disease.

Meat prices appreciate for third consecutive month
[13 July 2016]
The FAO Meat Price Index averaged 158.3 points in June, 3.8 points (2.4%) higher than its revised May value. For the third consecutive month, average quotations strengthened for all categories of meat, particularly those of pigmeat and ovine meat, while smaller increases were registered for bovine and poultry meat.  Poultry meat prices have exhibited a moderate but steady increase for the year so far, rising by 10% since January. Brazil in particular has experienced strong growth in sales, especially to Japan and Saudi Arabia.


Bunge, Wilmar, Quang Dung form jv in Vietnam
[13 July 2016]
Bunge Ltd, Wilmar International Ltd and Quang Dung Ltd recently inked a deal forming the biggest joint venture in vegetable oil and feed ingredients in Vietnam to create a stable three-leg closed business model, increasing their appearance in one of the fastest growing industries in Vietnam as well as in Asia. Both Bunge and Vietnam will hold 45% of the jv while Quang Dung has secured 10%. Quang Dung is the owner of Greenfeed. Soren Schroder, CEO, Bunge Limited said the collaboration would tighten operating, marketing and logistics synergies throughout the Vietnam oils and soybean meal value chains and help the three parties achieve the highest efficiency from the lowest operational cost.
Thailand to export more raw chicken meat to Japan
[12 July 2016]
Thailand is expected to export 120,000 tonnes of raw chicken meat to Japan in 2016, up from 100,000 tonnes last year, Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association told Asian Agribiz. Thai chicken producers have identified market opportunities in raw chicken meat in Japan. “We are producing more value-added chicken meat by manually cutting up chicken parts. By doing this, we can differentiate our products from Brazil,” he said. Thailand exports around 200,000 tonnes of cooked chicken meat to Japan annually. Japan is Thailand's largest export market for chicken products. In total, Mr Kukrit said Thailand will export around 700,000 tonnes of chicken meat this year, up from 681,000 tonnes last year.
Cofco Meat to add 1.2 million pig production capacity in 2016
[12 July 2016]
Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd, the fourth largest pig producer in China, said its annual pig production capacity is expected to exceed 3.5 million heads this year, up from 2.3 million at the end of 2015. The capacity will be further expanded to 5.5 million heads by 2020. Last year, Cofco Meat produced 1.2 million pigs and sold 127,800 tonnes of fresh pork. It also imported 107,200 tonnes of frozen meat in 2015, ranking second in China’s meat import market by volume. The company, whose minor shareholders include Itoham, KKR and Temasek, is seeking a Hong Kong IPO, making it the ninth listed unit of state-owned Chinese agribusiness conglomerate Cofco.
Malindo posts positive Q1 performance
[12 July 2016]
In the first quarter of this year, Malindo Feedmill, one of the largest poultry integrator in Indonesia, recorded a 15.87% increase in net sales to USD 99 million. The company’s net profit grew 187.6% year-on-year to USD 4 million. During its public expose in Jakarta attended by Asian Agribiz, Rudy Husin, Finance Director said the achievement was driven by an 11.1% increase in poultry feed sales, a 44.1% hike in DOC sales and 1.7% sales growth in the broiler business. In order to prevent the impact of currency fluctuation and slowing economy, the company will undertake scalable and targeted business expansion, expand its market share and increase efficiency at all production lines.
Food prices up for the fifth consecutive month
[12 July 2016]
The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) gained 6.6 points in June 2016, compared to May and 1% below the corresponding month last year. Not only did the June increase mark the fifth consecutive monthly rise in the value of the FFPI, but it also represented the largest monthly increase witnessed over the past four years. The Cereal Price Index was up 4.4 points (2.9%) in June from May, but still 3.9% below the June 2015 level.

Indonesian dairy update
[12 July 2016]

Greenfields to invest USD345m in milk production facilities
Greenfields Indonesia, the largest integrated dairy company in Indonesia, has committed to invest around USD 345 million in the next 10 years to set up new dairy cattle farms and milk processing plants in the country. The massive expansion plan is aimed at increasing its milk production by six-fold to 260 million litres, as well as to reach an export target of USD 105 million. For this, it eyes new export markets to Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Maldives and Papua New Guinea. Handojo Santosa, Executive Deputy Chairman of Japfa Ltd in a statement said: “Greenfields is a big and integrated dairy cattle farm and milk processing company in Indonesia. Its products have been being exported to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Brunei.” Greenfields is part of Singapore-listed Japfa Ltd.

Dairy goat farming in Indonesia continues to grow
The dairy goat population in Indonesia continues to increase at a rate of 2.7% every year, according to an official of the Ministry of Agriculture. Based on the Ministry's data, the goat population in the country in 2015 reached 18.9 million heads (both dairy and meat types). Muladno Basar, Director General of Livestock & Animal Health said previously dairy goat farming was concentrated only in Java and some parts of Sumatera. But now it has extended to Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and all parts of Sumatera. According to Dr Basar, high selling price of goat milk has triggered many farmers to raise dairy goat. “The price at farm level is around USD 1.5-3 per litre, far higher than the price of cow milk of only USD 0.3 per litre,” he said.

AustAsia to increase pasteurised milk sales in Indonesia
AustAsia Food, a subsidiary of Indonesia's Japfa Group, targets its pasteurised Greenfields milk sales in Indonesia to reach USD 38.5 million this year, a 32% increase from the previous year. Syahbanta Sembiring, Indonesia Country Head of Sales & Marketing said the production of Greenfields milk is now around 42 million litres per year – 53% is retailed through modern markets while the remainder is sold to food services. “We focus on these two markets. To increase our sales, we will add more distributors this year,” said Mr Sembiring. He added that the potential market of fresh milk in Indonesia is big. Per capita consumption of milk in the country is around 11-12 litres, compared to developed countries that consume around 30 litres.


Brexit may be positive for Philippine livestock and meat industries
[11 July 2016]
The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is not expected have a major impact on the Philippines’ livestock, poultry and meat industries, and in the short term may even have positive consequences. Edwin Chen, President of the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines told Asian Agribiz that while a lower GBP "may make UK’s pork more attractive, their cost is probably still higher than other EU and North American producers.” Similarly, it is not a major source of poultry and processed meat products for the Philippine. Meanwhile, Vicente Lao, owner of Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures Corp, which sources its breeders from UK’s Cherry Valley, told Asian Agribiz that “at the moment, we even have an advantage” because of the GBP’s depreciation.
Japfa Indonesia to book positive performance
[11 July 2016]
The income of Indonesia’s second largest poultry integrator Japfa Comfeed Indonesia is predicted to reach USD 2.1 billion this year, an 11.8% increase from the previous year, according to an analyst. The company’s profit is predicted to grow 72.5% to USD 61.6 million. Marlene Tanumihardja, Analyst at Samuel Sekuritas said the financial performance will be driven by better purchasing power and currency appreciation. In the first quarter of this year, Japfa recorded an income of USD 54.8 million, a 36.5% appreciation over last year.
China's commerce ministry warns of fraud risks in meat imports
[11 July 2016]
China’s Ministry of Commerce reminded the nation’s trade companies to enhance their awareness of risk prevention as some unscrupulous traders posed online as qualified Brazilian meat exporters, negotiating with Chinese traders and taking deposits. Brazil resumed beef exports to China in July 2015 and has become the largest supplier to China. In the first five months of 2016, Brazil exported 72,825 tonnes of beef valued at more than USD 333 million to China, which also imported 15,655 tonnes of Brazilian pork during the period.
Indonesia releases preference price for corn
[11 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture recently released the reference price of corn of USD 0.24 per kg. Nasrullah, Animal Feed Director of the ministry hopes from the policy, both corn farmers and feedmillers in the country will achieve a win-win pricing. In other developments, the ministry is optimistic that national corn production this year will touch 21.53 million tonnes. Last year the ministry claimed the production of corn reached 19.61 million tonnes. Meanwhile, the import of corn from January to May fell 47.5% to 881,000 tonnes since the government limited imports of the commodity to push feedmillers to buy local corn.
Hong Kong relaxes restriction on UK beef import
[11 July 2016]
Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has announced that the import restriction on beef from the United Kingdom has been relaxed. This means that deboned beef and bone-in beef from cattle of all ages and offal, excluding specified risk materials and mechanically separated meat, can be imported from the UK. “Each consignment of beef must have the CFS' prior written permission and be accompanied by a health certificate when being imported," the CFS said. Previously, all offal and bone-in products from cattle 30 months old or above were not allowed for import.
Sumber Unggas to produce 200k native chicks
[08 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Sumber Unggas Farm, a native chicken producer based in West Java, plans to increase its monthly DOC production from 120,000 to 200,000 chicks. Owner Naryanto told Asian Agribiz that it recently installed a new multistage incubator from Jamesway with a capacity of 90,000 eggs. In the near future, it plans to install three more incubators. Currently the firm has 20,000 PS and it plans to increase the number in the near future. Besides breeding, the firm has also ventured into commercial farming with a population of 600,000 birds and processing with a 2000 bird/day processing plant.
De Heus opens Shanghai office
[08 July 2016]
Royal De Heus of the Netherlands has opened an office for its Chinese export operation in Shanghai. The new office, De Heus (Shanghai) Feed Co Ltd, will help De Heus improve its international supply chain by operating more closely with micro-ingredient suppliers in the region, said Ben Tacken, Global Director-Purchasing and Trading at De Heus. Mr Tacken told an audience of Chinese vitamin and amino suppliers at the opening ceremony that De Heus is committed to further developing its premix capacities. Sun Lige, Purchasing Director at Wellhope, a major Chinese feed company, said his company would be helping De Heus better understand Chinese market dynamics. De Heus is Wellhope’s second-largest shareholder, holding 9.63% of its shares.
Indian carabeef to make Nampa members more competitive
[08 July 2016]
The Indonesian Meat Processors Association (Nampa) appreciates the government’s policy to allow beef imports from other countries such as India, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Specifically on Indian carabeef, Haniwar Syarief, Nampa Executive Director told Asian Agribiz that this will increase competitiveness in end-product prices. “The price of Indian carabeef is only around USD 3.5/kg, compared with the price of Australian beef of around USD 5,” he said. According to him, 10 Indian slaughterhouses have been inspected and approved by the government.  Nampa also hopes Indian carabeef is only allocated for the meat processing industry, not for end-consumers since it will negatively affect local cattle farmers. 
Thailand’s CPF buys stakes in two Chinese firms
[08 July 2016]
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) announced last week that it will spend around USD 127.8 million to buy a 30% stake in China’s Banner Infant Dairy Products (Banner) and a 12% stake in Qingdao Yi Bang Bio-Engineering (Qingdao Yi Bang). CP Pokphand’s [a subsidiary of CPF, is an investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong] indirect wholly owned subsidiaries Chai Tai (Beijing) Investment Management will subscribe for 285.43 million new ordinary shares of Banner and Chia Tai (China) Investment will subscribe for 3.4 million new ordinary shares of Qingdao Yi Bang. Banner is engaged in the manufacture and sale of formulated infant milk powder, while Qingdao Yi Bang is engaged in the manufacture and sale of animal vaccine.
Andhra Pradesh govt to set up one hatchery in every district
[08 July 2016]
  India’s state government of Andhra Pradesh will set up one hatchery in every district in the state to improve the socio-economic status of traditional poultry farmers. The hatcheries will be set up by the animal husbandry department to promote the poultry industry in the country. These hatcheries will promote improved native chicken strains like Vanaraja, Gramapriya and Aseel breeds in public-private partnership (PPP) for rearing chicks. The government hopes to provide an alternative source of income and to address the issue of protein deficiency in the diet of the rural poor.
New Hope to build 11 new pig complexes by 2018
[07 July 2016]
China’s New Hope Liuhe Co said it will start construction of 11 new pig complexes in July. The complexes, a duplicate of its Xiajin facility in Shandong, will be located in six provinces including Shandong, Sichuan and Hebei, with a combined annual capacity of 4.91 million heads. Total investments are projected at USD 836 million and the construction will last 2-2.5 years. “The new projects are expected to promote our strategic transition to a meat supplier from a feed miller,” the company said. Earlier this year, New Hope Liuhe announced plans to produce 10 million pigs in 3-5 years with contract farming.
Ample supply of chicken in the Philippines
[07 July 2016]
Despite the rise in live prices of chicken, there is no shortage in the Philippines. United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) President Elias Jose Inciong told Asian Agribiz that the live price is relative to the wet markets, which demand heavier birds. Out of necessity, either because of the weather or concerns over disease, producers are harvesting their birds earlier. This means there are less of the heavier birds for the wet markets. He added however, that there is no shortage of chicken in groceries and supermarkets, as well as for institutional clients like the roasted chicken industry, hotels and restaurants.
KPPU recommends tariff system for cattle imports
[07 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Anti-Monopoly Agency (KPPU) has proposed abolishing a cattle-import quota system and replacing it with tariffs, in a bid to break the stranglehold of local cartels blamed for surging beef prices. “The limit on imports is causing a lack of supply because it’s not balanced with the growth of the local cattle population,” said Syarkawi Rauf, KPPU Head. “The beef prices become even more excessive because there are people who take advantage of that government policy,” said Mr Rauf. He added that the KPPU has urged the President to replace cattle import quotas with a tariff system to limit the opportunities to stockpile livestock to squeeze out greater profits.

WEB SPECIAL: Brexit and its impacts on the animal protein sector in Asia
[07 July 2016]

With the UK's exit from the European Union, the biggest impact most producers that Asian Agribiz spoke to, seem to be related to currency and exports.  Gordon Butland, Director at G&S Agriconsultants Co Ltd told Asian Agribiz that there are two possible short term issues. Firstly, how will the EU quota system work in the future for Thailand's chicken exporters as negotiations within the EU will take a long time. “A more immediate issue is currency with the GBP already dropping and expected to drop more. This could affect exports to the UK,” Mr Butland said. However, “it’s still early days yet,” he added.

Indian seafood exporters see hope
The Indian seafood exporters see an opportunity to boost exports. Exports to EU nations plunged due to stricter norms and restrictions imposed on import of Indian seafood items. Exporters feel that shipments to the UK will rise to the level during the pre-EU days. “While 30-40% of Indian seafood products were exported to UK [prior to formation of EU], it later plunged due to stricter import norms and stipulations,” said Ajay Dash, the Indian Seafood Exporters Association, Odisha region. “With Brexit, we are hopeful that trade relations with UK for export of Indian seafood products will revert,” he added.

Brexit will not affect Philippine livestock and meat industries
The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is not expected have a major impact on the Philippines’ livestock, poultry and meat industries. Edwin Chen, President of the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines told Asian Agribiz that while a lower GBP may “make UK’s pork more attractive, traditionally, the UK is not a pork exporting country, so their cost is probably still higher than other EU producers and North America.” Similarly, it is not a major source of poultry and processed meat products for the Philippines, thus the Brexit vote is not seen to impact these industries.

Exports to UK to face more barriers
Vietnam’s exports to the UK is expected to face barriers, said Dang Hoang Hai, Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s European Market Department. Vietnamese commodities shipped to the UK transit in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. With Brexit Vietnamese exports will be forced to redo customs clearance and food hygiene and safety checks before reaching the UK. Brexit will greatly affect shrimp exports as the UK is the largest importer of Vietnamese shrimp, and is one of the markets reporting an increase in import turnover. Mr Hai also said Brexit will affect the signing of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement.

Limited impact on Thailand’s Bangkok Ranch
Thailand’s Bangkok Ranch (BR) sees limited immediate impact on its earnings due to its currency-hedging policy, Chonlachart Worawuitthichongsathit, Assistant to CEO at BR told Asian Agribiz. BR has production bases in both Thailand and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, BR has a production capacity of 5 million ducks a year. “It’s a natural hedge for us in the Netherlands because our costs and sales have been done in Euro,” he said. However, Brexit breeds uncertainty and it may negatively affect European economy and its purchasing power. BR exports its duck products from Thailand to the EU and the UK and revenue from this section (excluding the Netherlands) is less than 10% of BR’s total revenue.

Impact on preferences to smaller shrimps
Armand Ardika, CP Prima Investor Relations Head in Indonesia said demand for shrimp is likely to remain stable. “Consumers may prefer smaller shrimp at lower prices as the economy contracts but we will always follow market demand and customise the products,” he said. CP Prima will soon export more frozen shrimp and food to Europe as it is seeing growing demand after recently receiving the certificate from US-based Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Mr Andika said after the certificate was issued, the company has received more orders from various distributors from the UK, Norway and Denmark.

Little effect on Thailand’s shrimp export
“The EU is not our main market and Brexit will have little direct impact on Thailand’s shrimp exports,” Suraphol Pratuangtum, Honorary President and Technical Advisor of Thai Shrimp Association told Asian Agribiz. Thailand exported 7325 tonnes of shrimp to the EU in the first 10 months of last year and the value of Thai shrimp exports to the EU was USD 82.78 million. But, the EU removed Thailand’s tariff privileges in 2015 and the duty on frozen shrimp exports rose from 4 to 12%. “Even in the normal situation, we had difficulty exporting shrimp to the EU due to the increased tariffs,” Mr Suraphol added.


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Betagro suspends ties with chicken farm over labour abuse allegations
[05 July 2016]
Thailand’s Betagro Group has suspended business ties with a chicken farm in Lop Buri that allegedly enforced tough working conditions on Myanmar migrant workers and paid them low wages. Rungroj Tuntivechapikul, Vice President for Corporate Human Resources Office of Betagro said in a statement that the company is undertaking fact-finding investigations. "The Betagro Group has stopped doing business with the farm until there is a resolution to the labour dispute.” Moreover, Betagro said that it will cooperate with the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association and the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare and will jointly set the labour standards for the poultry industry.
China eyes 70% self-sufficiency of breeders by 2025
[05 July 2016]
China’s Ministry of Agriculture said it has set a national goal of 70% self-sufficiency of major livestock breeders by 2025. In a guideline to promote livestock breeding, the ministry said the pig breeds will give priority to Duroc, Landrace and Yorkshire, while developing Chinese pig breeds with native breeding. Simmental, Angus and the native Qinchuan, Yanbian breeds could be a majority in China’s cattle industry, the ministry said. For the chicken segment, it will focus on developing synthetic lines and new breeds of yellow-feather broiler, while supporting native breeding of white-feather chicken that is dominated by imported breeders currently.
Indonesia controls feed wheat imports
[05 July 2016]
Indonesia is controlling wheat imports to encourage feedmillers to use domestic corn supply, said Nasrullah, Director of Animal Feed at the Agriculture Ministry. Indonesia’s wheat imports have jumped after corn imports were capped this year. Mr Nasrullah said the government has not banned feed wheat imports, but is regulating and controlling imports to protect farmers and domestic production. How long the policy will remain in place will depend on domestic corn stocks. The decision to curtail feed wheat import permits is delaying up to 450,000 tonnes of wheat imports, said Desianto Budi Utomo, Secretary General of the Indonesian Feed Producers Association. “There are currently about 250,000 tonnes of wheat shipments being held at ports in Indonesia. The government says it will be released in stages,” Mr Utomo said, adding that the fate of a further 200,000 tonnes of feed wheat shipments currently sailing to Indonesia remains unclear.
Indian poultry industry wants PEC to allow duty free corn imports
[05 July 2016]
Poor rains in June saw the price of corn in India rise and the poultry industry hopes the prices will stabilise with the central government suggesting it might allow imports of 500,000 tonnes of corn under the tariff rate quota (TRQ). The poultry and starch industry has approached Indian state-run trading company PEC again to allow duty free corn imports under TRQ. PEC floated a tender to import 500,000 tonnes of corn last year, and imported 250,000 tonnes. Trade sources said that the government has asked PEC to seek a fresh quota of 500,000 tonnes of corn for 2016-17.

Ceva Swine Reproduction Symposium 2016, Phuket Thailand
Onsite report by CRAIGE ALLAN
[05 July 2016]

About 100 pig veterinarians, consultants and farm managers from throughout Asia attended Ceva Animal Health’s swine reproductive symposium to hear updates on modern swine reproduction from leading speakers.

Optimal sow management for optimal sow performance
Dr Nicoline Soede, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, discussed reproductive problems in second parity sows, which often have a lower litter size, farrowing rate and a decreased uniformity in litter size than first parity sows. Although this problem is manifested in the second parity, it is a result of a negative energy balance in the first parity and can adversely affect the sow’s lifetime performance, resulting in earlier culling. To improve second parity performance she advised stimulating gilt development at insemination (recommended bodyweight 150kg at 250 days) and feed intake during lactation, including by keeping the farrowing house temperature below 20oC, step-up feeding and ensuring sufficient water intake. Dr Soede suggested to limit sow bodyweight losses to less than 12-13% during lactation.

Reproductive management of boars to optimise sperm production and reproductive performance
Dr Padet Tummaruk, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand commented that in Asia pig genetics are mainly from Europe and we use similar feeds, therefore producing 30 piglets per sow per year is possible with the correct farm management. He noted that in solving reproductive issues we usually focus on the sow, but overlook the effects of a heat stress on the reproductive performance of boars. The comfort zone for pigs is similar to humans and that high ambient temperatures reduce sperm concentration and semen volume. This adverse effect lasts for 2-5 weeks after heat stress, however, there is considerable variation between boars. He also advised not to collect semen more often than 4-7 days, as higher frequency can reduce semen quality.

Enhancing sow productivity
Farm management is about optimising utilisation of the pig farm. The first limiting factor for how many pigs you are able to sell is usually the utilisation of farrowing pens. Dr Nicolas Guerra, Ceva Animal Health, France explained the using an 18-day treatment regime with Altresyn will bring your gilts into heat within 5-7 days of completion, thus facilitating having gilts available exactly at the time and quantities needed for effective batch management. This will lead to better utilisation of farm resources, and significant savings in the costs of rearing gilts.

Improving reproductive performance efficiency - introduction and replacement
Dr John Carr, Carr’s Consulting, Australia using figures from the audience calculated that the loss of profit of an empty batch farrowing place in Thailand was around USD 900, assuming 12 pigs weaned per sow at 105kg slaughter weight. However when fixed costs were included, which most people overlook, this figure increased to around USD 1400. Gilt pool management is all about filling farrowing place. He stressed that gilts are the fuel that runs the farm. Start your gilt pool management at 60kg. This gives them time to acclimatise to the farm with respiratory, enteric and reproductive feedback. You need to remember that pigs from gilts take about one week longer to reach slaughter weight compared to sows, and the pre-weaning mortality is about three times that of a sow, said Dr Carr.


Putra Perkasa to increase its native DOC production
[04 July 2016
]  Indonesia’s Putra Perkasa Farm, one of the largest native chicken breeders based in West Java, plans to increase its monthly DOC production from 200,000 chicks to 450,000 chicks this year. In total, it currently has 20 made-in-China incubators installed at two hatcheries in Bogor and Blitar. Owner Ang Hendra told Asian Agribiz that it has its own GP as it has been running selection of male and female lines since 2009. For PS, it has a stock of 35,000 birds of different breeds namely Kampung Unggul Balitnak (KUB), Bangkok and Pelung. Around 80% of its DOC production is sold to markets in Java, while the rest is sold outside Java. Previously the firm had commercial farms, but Mr Hendra said: “Now we want to focus only on breeding.”
Mexico suspends Indonesia’s shrimp exports
[04 July 2016]
Mexico has suspended shrimp imports from Indonesia following the discovery of infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNV), a dangerous disease according to OIE, infecting Indonesia’s vannamei shrimp. Indonesia’s Trade Ministry is now monitoring the progress of this case. Karyanto Suprih, Director General of Foreign Trade said the ministry will coordinate with the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Affairs, exporters and associations to fill out a questionnaire from Mexico, as well as anticipate visits from the Mexican authorities. “The results will determine the lifting of the ban,” he said. In 2015 the export value of Indonesia’s shrimp products to Mexico was USD 254,000.
Adisseo launches a new probiotic
[04 July 2016]
Adisseo has launched Alterion, a new probiotic solution for broilers, in Thailand and the Philippines. Developed by Adisseo and Novozymes, Alterion has a dual mode of action to optimise both broiler health and performance by reducing pathogenic bacteria, increasing beneficial commensal bacteria and improving barrier function, nutrient absorption and immune response. At the launch in Manila yesterday, Dr Pierre-Andre Geraert, Director – Innovation Marketing of Adisseo France showed results of various trials that showed how Alterion improves FCR and bodyweight of broilers. “Alterion performs consistently in many different setups and locations with different diets, birds and conditions,” he said, adding that the product is compatible with other additives.
Cargill to commission Punjab dairy feed plant in September
[04 July 2016]
Cargill India is likely to inaugurate its feed plant at Bathinda, Punjab, in September. The greenfield project, built with an investment of USD 10 million, will be able to produce around 120,000 tonnes of feed annually and cater to the growing demand for quality feed for dairy farmers of Punjab and neighbouring states. This will be its first feed plant in Punjab. It will encourage dairy farmers across the state and neighbouring states like Rajasthan by making quality dairy feeds available. This initiative will also equip local farmers with the latest knowhow and help in implementing a reliable supply chain for dairy processing.
Malaysia’s Balung feedmill to spur livestock development
[04 July 2016]
The construction of the palm oil-based Balung Animal Feed Mill in Tawau, Sabah, east Malaysia, could spur the development of the livestock industry in the state, as well as reduce its reliance on imported meat. “Better livestock production could reduce the import of meat and reduce the outflow of currency,” Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said, after officiating the mill. He said Sawit Kinabalu Group, the operator of the feedmill, will raise beef cattle in feedlots. “Sawit Kinabalu now has about 10,000 cattle to produce beef. This is expected to increase to 20,000 by 2018."
Feed hygiene and Salmonella – comprehensive, integrated and multiple hurdle approach
[1 July 2016]
Dr Rick Carter, Technical Services Manager, Kemin Agrifoods will be one of the speakers at Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on August 18-19. He will provide expert insights for controlling Salmonella at all levels along the feed-to-food chain: raw materials, finished feed, feed mill equipment, and at the farm level. He will also present some of the latest techniques and practices in Europe and Australia. More details: www.asian-agribiz.com/pdf/BroFeedQC16_web.pdf
Greenfields Indonesia in expansion mode
[1 July 2016]
PT Greenfields Indonesia, the dairy division of Singapore-listed Japfa Ltd, is currently setting up its second dairy cattle farm and a new milk processing plant in Blitar, East Java with investments of USD 38 million and USD 15 million, respectively. Darmanto Setyawan, Head of Milk Processing said the farm will have a capacity of 10,000 heads of dairy cattle, while the milk plant will be able to process 240,000 litres of milk per day. The company targets the milk plant to start operations this year. Meanwhile, “the farm will be operational in the next two years since we have to import the dairy cattle first,” said Mr Setyawan. With the addition of the new milk plant, the company targets the production of its milk products this year to increase to 40,000 tonnes. The company produces different ranges of milk products including fresh milk, pasteurised milk, UHT milk and cheese. Greenfields currently operates an 8000-head dairy cattle farm and a 120,000-litre/day milk processing plant in Malang, East Java.
AI virus detected in Macau’s Iao Hon market
[1 July 2016]
Sales in Macau of live poultry have been halted after a test sample recently showed avian influenza (AI) virus was detected in a local market, the China’s Special Administrative Region government announced. To protect public safety and minimise the risk of the virus spreading, the government has culled more than 9000 birds at the wholesale market in Macau. The action was conducted shortly after an environmental sample from a live poultry stall at the Iao Hon Market tested positive for the virus - an H7 subtype. Measures taken included suspending until further notice imports from the farm on the Mainland suspected of being linked on this occasion to the virus plus a thorough cleaning and sterilisation of Macau’s wholesale market for poultry, and of all stalls in local wet markets offering live poultry for sale.
Black tiger shrimp prices rising due to lower supply
[1 July 2016]
The offer price for farmed black tiger shrimp in India has been inching up due to decreasing supply across Asia. Production has been shifted to intensively-farmed products such as vannamei shrimp, which has a higher production efficiency. Moreover, strong demand for black tiger in China and the US has pushed up prices. The local offer price at the beginning of June in Kolkata for black tiger was around USD 12.3-12.5/kg, for size 16-20 shrimp. When the harvesting began from April, prices have slowly been rising. According to a Japanese trading company source, the supply of intensively-farmed Indian black tiger is likely to fall to about 10,000-22,000 tonnes. As supply is low, local producers “are in no hurry to sell”, said the source. Production of black tiger is also said to be down in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Indonesian govt prepares more frozen beef and cattle ahead of Ied Fitr
[1 July 2016]
Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman said the government has arranged 8110 tonnes of additional frozen beef and 1000 heads of cattle to meet consumers’ needs in Greater Jakarta during Ied Fitr festival. Mr Sulaiman added that together with 10 beef importers, the ministry is set to expand the current 3800 distribution points for cheap beef to areas across Indonesia. “With the measures, we are optimistic to slash beef prices to below USD 6/kg.” Ten beef importers involved in beef market operations include Agro Boga Utama, Indoguna Top, Aesthetics Tata Tiara, Bumi Maestro Ayu, Suri Nusantara Jaya, Anzindo National Gratia, Berkat Mandiri Prima, Bina Mentari Tunggal, Tita Jaya Beef and Artha Graha Peduli with a total of 6460 tonnes of beef and 1000 heads of cattle.
China’s Nine-Alliance exports chicken to Hong Kong from Guangxi facility
[30 June 2016]
Qingdao Nine-Alliance Group, a leading poultry processor and exporter based in east China’s Shandong province, said its Qinzhou unit shipped 27 tonnes of frozen chicken breast valued at USD 41,900 to Hong Kong in June, making it the first frozen poultry export from the southern Guangxi region. “More shipments to Hong Kong and Cambodia are under preparation,” the company said, adding that the Guangxi facility has also got export checks from the Malaysian authorities. Nine-Alliance launched the USD 300 million Qinzhou complex in May 2015 as the company shifted investment focus to south China. Earlier last year, it set up two poultry farming and processing joint ventures in Guangdong province.
Philippines opens market for processed pork from Italy
[30 June 2016]
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) has awarded a system accreditation to the government of Italy that allows Italian meat processors to export processed pork meat to the Philippines. The accreditation was awarded after DA officials inspected and audited representative meat establishments from Italy and were found to comply with Philippine quarantine and meat-inspection systems procedures. The accreditation is valid for three years.
Indian food market to benefit from FDI overhaul
[30 June 2016]
India’s decision to overhaul its foreign direct investments (FDI) rules for food products manufactured in India would help home-grown players in the food processing and e-commerce sectors gain access to foreign funds, said industry experts. “I think it will help both foreign and Indian companies doing e-marketing to access foreign funds and help in promoting food products manufactured in India. I expect some specialised e-market platforms dealing only in agri- and food products might also come up with FDI,” said Gokul Patnaik, Global AgriSystem Private Limited. Biju Kurien, member of the advisory board at L Capital and former CEO at Reliance Retail, said foreign retailers would find it attractive to invest in Indian food retail.
Indonesia’s seafood products gain ground in China
[30 June 2016]
Indonesian seafood products recorded transactions worth USD 3.7 million at the 3rd China International Aquatic Products Exposition (CIAPE) in Zhanjiang, China in June, according to Dandy Iswara, Trade Attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing. “Frozen vannamei shrimp, squid, skipjack and tuna are in demand among the Chinese importers and distributors,” he said. According to data from the Chinese Customs Office, exports of seafood products from Indonesia to the country reached USD 112.3 million in April, an increase of 46.5% from the same period of last year. Indonesia’s seafood exports to China include shrimps, squids, lobsters and fish – of these, squid is the most exported product with a value of USD 37.6 million.
Indian poultry farmers concern about feed ingredient prices
[30 June 2016]
Egg prices in India jumped as poultry farmers reared fewer birds after incurring losses in the past two years. However, poultry farmers are worried that this may only be a flash in the pan as prices of eggs would revert again in July but the feed ingredients will remain higher till the arrival of next crop, which is only after October-November. Dinesh Bhosale, Vice President of Poultry Federation of India said: “Maize is the major ingredient in poultry feed and constitutes 50-60% of all the inputs so an increase from an average USD 0.20/kg in April to USD 0.25 in June has put the poultry sector in stress. The delay in monsoon by almost three weeks has added speculation in the commodity prices and any further delay may splurge price pushing up costs of farmers.”
Impact of feed enzymes & probiotics on broiler’s gut health
[29 June 2016]
At Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on August 18-19, Dr Milan Hruby, Global Applications Senior Manager, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Danisco Animal Nutrition USA will discuss that probiotics and enzyme technologies have shown complementary effects on nutrient digestibility and growth performance in broilers, which seem to be more evident in conditions of enteric disease challenge. Those effects may be explained by the direct effects of probiotics on intestinal health, which can create the correct environment for enzymes to increase the absorption of nutrients. Additionally, there is evidence of complementarity between probiotics and carbohydrase and protease enzymes on the digestion of fibre, which could imply both an increase of the digestion and absorption of energy yielding nutrients from the diet and possibly release prebiotic oligosaccharides. More details: www.asian-agribiz.com/pdf/BroFeedQC16_web.pdf
CP China non-feed business to exceed 50% in 2016
[29 June 2016]
Xie Yi, Senior Vice Chairman of Agro-industry & Food Business at CP China, said the group’s non-feed business is expected to surpass its feed operations in terms of revenue this year. In 2015, the group generated revenue of about USD 7.56 billion, with non-feed business accounting for 40-50%. “We now invest most in downstream farming and food businesses and several big such projects are under construction,” Mr Xie said. According to him, CP China has also ventured into rice and corn planting, as it is seeking to provide more ready-to-eat products besides of meat, in line with its vision to become a world kitchen.
Abrupt herd expansion in China could lead to low quality pigs
[29 June 2016]
In the rush to meet increasing demand from China, many pig farmers in Vietnam are expanding their herds, but not all is good news. Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that the country’s pig production in the first half of this year was up 25-30% from a year ago, fueled by higher purchases by China. However, Tran Hong Ha, Director of Alpha Livestock JSC said farms are expanding too quickly and spontaneously, without much regards for quality and efficiency, and this could backfire when the Chinese pig traders stop buying the animals which are not preferred by the local market.
Fresh chilled meat demand drives online meat sales in India
[29 June 2016]
According to India’s online meat-selling firm Licious, the demand for fresh chilled meat and the lack of quality options in the traditional ‘seller-centric market’ largely drive the online meat selling market in India. Increase in protein intake, preference of fresh chilled meat over frozen, and the lack of hygiene in the traditional meat markets have given rise to this form of business, which has better supply chain management and technological intervention than the offline options. Started last August by Abhay Hanjura and Vivek Gupta, Bengaluru-based Licious offers five broad product categories namely fresh chicken, lamb, seafood, marinades and cold-cuts. It generates 15,000 orders per month with an average order value of USD 9 and intends to increase the orders to 100,000 by October this year.
Indonesia’s import-oriented policies on beef may harm local farmers
[29 June 2016]
Indonesia’s State Logistics Agency (Bulog) said beef prices in the country are unlikely to be reduced by import-oriented policies which in turn harm local cattle farmers rather than helping consumers. “If you force the local beef price to USD 6/kg, you will sacrifice the local cattle farmers, we don’t want this happens,” said Djarot Kusumayakti, Bulog President Director during a meeting with the House of Representatives. Currently, the price of beef is set without specifying the source or the type of beef with the government wanting only to reduce the beef price to USD 6/kg through imports while local beef costs at least USD 6.7/kg.
China’s Yongda Food starts chicken exports to Mongolia
[28 June 2016]
Chinese poultry integrator Hennan Yongda Food Group said it has started chicken exports to Mongolia, with the first shipment of 20 tonnes arriving at Ulaanbaatar on June 21. Yongda, which has a slaughtering capacity of about 150 million birds a year, won in March the export permit for an annual quota of 6000 tonnes. Last year, the company exported more than 17,000 tonnes of chicken products to 13 countries including South Africa, Japan and South Korea. “Exporting to Mongolia is an important step for our global strategy. It may pave the way for our market expansion to Central Asia and Europe,” Chairman Feng Yongshan said.
GFN: global poultry oversupply hurts chicken export prices
[28 June 2016]
Global poultry oversupply is currently outweighing demand, sending chicken export prices lower, said Jessada Sirimongkolkasem, President of GFPT Nichirei (Thailand) Company Limited (GFN), as quoted by Prachachat. Mr Jessada said GFN’s chicken export prices are falling 5-10% due to oversupply problems. Meanwhile, GFN expects its sales growth of 3-4% this year, he said. The company posted sales of USD 226.61 million last year, 65% of its sales came from export. At the moment, GFN has a production capacity of 90,000 tonnes a year – 40,000 tonnes for export markets and the rest for domestic markets. GFN is a JV between Japan’s Nichirei Foods Inc and Thailand’s GFPT.
CP Vietnam continues efforts against banned substances
[28 June 2016]
CP Vietnam Corp (CPV) has turned over the second batch of rapid test kits for banned substances like salbutamol and clenbuterol to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), bringing to 14,000 the total kits it has donated so far. The test kits are part of CPV’s efforts to cooperate with MARD to help the country develop a safe and efficient livestock industry, said Vu Anh Tuan, CPV Deputy General Director. CPV is the first company in Vietnam to terminate contracts with pig farms using the prohibited substances.
Cargill Indonesia to launch feeds for goat
[28 June 2016]
Cargill Feed and Nutrition Indonesia plans to launch feeds for goat next year. “We will launch ‘Big Goat’ feed for fattening and ‘Lacto Goat’ feed for dairy goat,” Insanto Endro Bawono, Swine & Ruminant Business Development Manager told Asian Agribiz. “We received many requests from goat farmers in Central and East Java. We only target to sell hundreds of tonnes per month for the feeds since it’s a niche market. However, we see that the market continues to grow,” said Mr Bawono. Based on the Ministry of Agriculture data, goat population in the country reached 18.8 million heads in 2015, an increase from 18.6 million heads in 2014.
India’s AP government to invest USD85m to promote poultry industry
[28 June 2016]
With an eye on becoming the biggest egg and poultry meat producing state in India, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has announced the Poultry Development Policy and also has planned an investment of around USD 85 million over a period of the next four years in the state. The investment will lead to additional revenue generation of USD 997 million in the next four years. As part of its efforts to promote the poultry industry, the state government is planning to support establishment of egg collection centres, egg processing units and chicken processing units in public-private partnership mode in cities such as Chittoor, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.
Malindo to set up sixth feedmill in Lampung
[27 June 2016]
Malindo Feedmill, one of the largest poultry integrators in Indonesia, plans to set up its sixth poultry feedmill in Lampung province this year. For this project, Rudy Hartono Husin, Finance Director told Asian Agribiz that the company will allocate around USD 15-22 million. The new feedmill will have an installed capacity of 150,000 tonnes per year and is targeted for operational in the second half of 2017, said Rewin Hanrahan, Director. “With the addition of the 6th feedmill, our total installed feed production capacity will be around 1.8 million tonnes per year,” Mr Hanrahan told Asian Agribiz. Currently Malindo operates five feedmills located in Cakung, East Jakarta; Cikande, Banten; Gresik, East Java; Grobogan, Central Java; and Makassar, South Sulawesi. These feedmills have a combined installed capacity of 1.65 million tonnes per year.
Hog prices pick up in the Philippines
[27 June 2016]
Farm prices of hogs have picked up as demand for pork has begun rising with the start of the new school year, although supply has not kept pace, Philippine Pork Producers Federation (Propork) President Edwin Chen told Asian Agribiz. Mr Chen also said that the hot summer season that resulted from the El Niño adversely affected pig growth, but added that “since the start of the rainy season, we saw the steady increase in the growth rate of fatteners.” However, producers are also keeping tabs on the coming La Niña phenomenon, which could bring in heavier rains and flooding. Until that time, however, Mr Chen said live prices of hogs are “projected to increase weekly.”
First shipment of India’s carabeef to arrive in Jakarta in July
[27 June 2016]
Indonesia will import 10,000 tonnes of carabeef (buffalo meat) from India for the first time in an attempt to reduce soaring beef prices and to wean the country off its dependency on Australian meat imports. The government, which has imported beef from Australia and New Zealand for years, has been scrambling to curb persistently high beef prices. “Currently, we are in the final stages of the selection process. We expect the carabeef from India to arrive in Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta from July 20 to July 25,” said Wahyu, Procurement Director of State Logistics Agency (Bulog), which has been tasked with managing the importation. Bulog is currently selecting 10 slaughterhouses located in foot and mouth disease free zones in India, based on recommendations by the Agriculture Ministry. The selection process includes disease-free verification.
Suprieya Foods moves to semi-automated poultry processing
[27 June 2016]
India is one of the fastest growing markets for industrial poultry processing. Suprieya Foods based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu state used to deliver live broilers to the wet market, but the company has now taken a big step by integrating the entire slaughter process in its activities and by automating primary processing operations with Marel’s Stork equipment and knowledge. Its completely new processing plant has an hourly capacity of 4000 broilers and uses an overhead conveyor to transport broilers through the whole process. “It is a real challenge to enter the processing business as a newcomer like we did. There are a lot more to it than just installing machines,” said CV Subramaniam, Managing Director of Suprieya Foods.
Chitwan is Nepal’s poultry industry centre
[27 June 2016]
Nepal’s poultry industry, which is centred in Chitwan district, has an annual turnover of USD 310 million, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). A survey conducted in 2014-15 shows that Chitwan is the largest producer of poultry products in the country with an annual turnover of USD 94 million. Chitwan produces USD 18 million worth of chickens and USD 54 million worth of eggs. Badri Karki, CBS Director said since 2003, a large number of people have become engaged in commercial poultry farming, especially in Chitwan. There are 1365 broiler and 502 layer farms in Chitwan. These farms rear 9.98 million chickens and produce 12,091 tonnes of meat annually. The industry directly employs 6868 people in Chitwan.
Predicting broiler performance through NIR
[24 June 2016]
Dr Usama Aftab, Regional Technical Director of AB Vista Feed Ingredients will introduce an NIR-enabled model which can rapidly predict the energy content of corn and other feedstuffs on a routine basis, and is highly correlated with broiler performance, at Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on August 18-19. Dietary energy is the major cost in broiler diets, however, measuring the energy content of corn, the main source of energy, by conventional laboratory methods is time-consuming and not routinely done. More details www.asian-agribiz.com/pdf/BroFeedQC16_web.pdf
Thailand’s pork exports to reach 17kt
[24 June 2016]
Thailand’s pork exports are expected to reach 17,000 tonnes this year, up from 16,558 tonnes last year, Boonpeng Santiwattanatam, President of Thai Swine Producers and Processors for Exporting Association told Asian Agribiz. Cooked pork exports will increase to 15,500 tonnes this year, while raw pork exports will grow to 1500 tonnes, he said. In value, Thailand pork exports will be USD 94.16 million this year, up from USD 91.72 million last year. Japan has been Thailand’s largest pork export destination – with a total of 14,734 tonnes of cooked pork exported to the East Asian country last year. “We are negotiating with the Singapore government. We aim to export more pork products to Singapore,” Mr Boonpeng said. Meanwhile, around 95% of pork produced in Thailand is consumed domestically.
China’s pork imports in 2016 seen at 1.2mt
[24 June 2016]
China’s pork imports (excluding pork offal) are expected to hit 1.2 million tonnes this year, up from 0.78 million in 2015, as more pork processors are turning to cheaper raw meat overseas, said Chinese agricultural consulting firm Bric Data. “Processors are under cost pressure since the local hog prices have been growing, while the prices of processed products maintain stable,” the consultancy said. Data from China Customs show that in the first five months of 2016, the nation’s pork imports totaled 0.57 million tonnes, up 120% from a year earlier. In May alone, the imports soared 202% year-on-year to 0.16 million tonnes. Bric Data said the June imports are likely to climb further to a record 0.18 million tonnes.
Feed industry’s demand increases Indonesia’s wheat imports
[24 June 2016]
Indonesia’s wheat imports could climb 35% to a record 10 million tonnes this year to replace corn for use as animal feed amid limited domestic supply, according to an industry group. “Wheat imports are increasing because of the animal feed industry. They can’t import corn,” said Franciscus Welirang, Chairman of the Indonesian Flour Producers Association (Aptindo). “Around 80% of the wheat that Indonesia will import this year will be used to produce flour, and the remainder will be used by feedmills,” he added. In the first quarter of this year Indonesia imported 2.9 million tonnes of wheat, about 500,000 tonnes of which went to feedmills, Mr Welirang said. Indonesia imports wheat from Australia, the US and Canada.
Rhone Ma intends to offer 42 million shares for IPO
[24 June 2016]
Malaysia’s Rhone Ma Holdings Bhd, supplier of animal health solution and food ingredients, intends to offer 42.12 million shares of USD 0.12 each for its initial public offer on Bursa Malaysia. In terms of capex, Rhone Ma intends to build a GMP-compliant plant. The total estimated cost of construction including cost of furnishing and fitting is about USD 3.22 million. “We are currently in the designing stage and construction is expected to commence in Q2 of 2017, subject to obtaining approval from the relevant authorities. The construction of the plant is estimated to be completed within 18 months from the commencement date of the construction,” the company said.
Foreigners can now own 100% stake in food retail in India
[24 June 2016]
India announced fresh liberalisation of FDI rules by opening food retail to higher overseas flows. An article in Business Standard said this will make it easier for retail outlets to set up food manufacturing and food-only retail bases in India. “Companies like Walmart and Tesco may look to embrace this new policy through a special purpose legal entity for trading in specific product category,” said Amarjeet Singh, partner–tax, KPMG in India. Until now, there were restrictions on multi-brand retailing, though 51% in single brand retail and 100% FDI in the cash-and-carry or wholesale business were permitted.
Wheat is first substitution choice for Indonesian millers over limited corn supply
[23 June 2016]
In the first quarter of this year Indonesia imported 2.9 million tonnes of wheat, about 500,000 tonnes of which went to feedmills, according to the Indonesian Flour Producers Association (Aptindo). Desianto Budi Utomo, Secretary General of the Indonesian Feed Producers Association (APPI) told Asian Agribiz that wheat is the first option to substitute the use of corn when its supply cannot meet demand from feed millers. Previously APPI members use corn of around 50-55% in their poultry feed formulations. However, with the limited supply of corn, the use is reduced to 35%. “The remainder 15-20% is substituted with wheat. We do this to prevent a drastic change in our feed formulations,” said Mr Utomo. As the consequence of using wheat, feed millers have to invest in enzymes to better utilise the cereal grain, which means an additional cost for the feed millers.
Cargill Vietnam targets 1.7 mt of feed by 2017
[23 June 2016]
Cargill’s feed and nutrition business in Vietnam hopes to produce about 1.7 million tonnes of feed in total production capacity by end next year. Its 12th feedmill in the country, located at Binh Duong, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017. “The USD 30 million facility will have a total capacity of 260,000 tonnes per year,” Jorge Becerra, Country Representative and Managing Director told Asian Agribiz. In May Cargill opened its 11th feedmill in Nghe An, Vietnam. The USD 8.5 million plant has one production line for livestock feed and a total capacity of 66,000 tonnes per year. It has the ability to produce a full portfolio of products for all phases for pig and poultry production.
China declares Shandong Peninsula as first bird flu free zone
[23 June 2016]
China’s Ministry of Agriculture said the Shandong Peninsula in east China has been accepted by the ministry as a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) free zone, the first of its kind in the country. The Peninsula, which is comprised of cities of Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai and Weifang, was also declared as a foot-and-mouth disease free zone. The free zone is home to major Chinese poultry exporters whose shipments account for more than 40% of the country’s total, according to the local government.
Vemag sees business opportunities in meatball in Asia
[23 June 2016]
Allan Tibble, International Sales Manager of Vemag told Asian Agribiz during ProPak Asia 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand that convenience food is growing in Asia and demand is getting stronger. “At the moment, we see business development and opportunities in the meatball market here in Asia,” he said. According to Mr Tibble, the equipment that customers are now using is old and slow and not very accurate. “Our machine has a very high output and deliver consistent shape and weight control,” he said. Vemag’s Ball Control 236 is a machine for the manufacture of convenience products such as meatballs, fish balls and other products. “For this type of machine, I see strong demand in Thailand and Indonesia,” he added.
First shipment of Australian cattle arrives in Cambodia
[23 June 2016]
Cambodia received its first shipment of 2766 heads of cattle from Australia last week. Phnom Penh and Canberra finalised health protocols two years ago, reported Cambodia Daily. The cattle was transported to SLN Meat Supplies facilities within three hours, said Hor Sim Leang, SLN Managing Director. The cattle, each weighing 370-600 kg, and costing up to USD 1900, are expected to fetch USD 10-20 per kg once slaughtered, about 40% cheaper than imported frozen beef, he said. Following the initial shipment, a second delivery of nearly 2000 cattle mid-July will mark the beginning of up to four deliveries per month, he added.
Phytogenics market to be worth USD770m by 2021
[23 June 2016]
The global feed phytogenics market is projected to reach USD 769.5 million by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2016 to 2021. One of the main reasons for its growth is its role as a substitute to antibiotic growth promoters, said new report from Market and Markets. The poultry segment accounted for the largest share of the global market in 2015. Significant growth for feed phytogenics is observed in the Asia Pacific region. Emerging countries in the region with increasing number of livestock and efficient management of feed operating cost are factors pushing the demand for nutritive feed and sustainable animal nutrition products.
Early nutrition strategies for peak performance in broiler chickens
[22 June 2016]
The production cycle of broilers has been reduced to such an extent that the starter phase represents more than a quarter of the cycle, poor feeding at this time can have a significant negative impact on the final weight of birds. Dr Paul Iji, Professor of Animal Science, University of New England, Australia will present two papers at the Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference, on August 18-19, in Bangkok, Thailand. These will consider using otherwise cost-prohibitive feed additives - spray dried plasma and processed vegetable protein that may improve health and performance during the first week. More details www.asian-agribiz.com/pdf/BroFeedQC16_web.pdf
Ningbo Tech-bank to set up 14 subsidiaries for pig farming
[22 June 2016]
Ningbo Tech-bank Co, an aqua feed and vaccine producer as well as pork integrator based in east China, said it is setting up 14 subsidiaries to expand its pig farming operations nationwide. The subsidiaries will be located in eastern provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui and Shandong, northern provinces of Shanxi and Hebei, and Guangxi in the south. In January, Tech-bank said it targets to produce 30 million pigs by 2025, up from 0.28 million pigs in 2015 and a goal of 1 million heads this year. The company is seeking to raise USD 225 million via a private placement to fund the expansion plan.
Thai livestock associations insist feed ingredients imports are necessary
[22 June 2016]
The Thailand Federation of Livestock and Aquaculture, which consists of 11 associations, said corn-based distillers dried grains with solubles (corn DDGS) and wheat imports are necessary because there is not enough local output to address growing demand for feed. The National Farmers Council recently asked the Commerce Ministry to strictly control the import of corn DDGS and wheat, saying the import negatively affects local raw material prices such as corn and cassava, as well as hurts local farmers. However, Pornsil Patchrintanakul, President of Thai Feed Mills Association said that corn production in Thailand is around 4.5-4.6 million tonnes a year but the livestock industry needs around 7.8-7.9 million tonnes of corn a year. “Demand of raw materials for feed grew at an average rate of 7.2% during the past 10 years, but the growth of local raw materials such as corn is not keeping pace with growing demand,” he said.
Australia suspends cattle trade to three abattoirs in Vietnam
[22 June 2016] The Australian government has suspended trade to three abattoirs in Vietnam after footage emerged of workers killing what appear to be Australian cows with sledgehammers. Australia exports live cattle to Vietnam – its second-biggest customer – on the condition that cattle are transported to approved abattoirs. The New Daily said the footage suggests some Australian cattle are instead being transported to brutal, unapproved slaughterhouses. The Vietnamese workers who were secretly filmed reportedly told Animals Australia the cattle were from Australia, and notches on their ears reportedly matched Australian animals.
No EMS outbreak in India
[22 June 2016]
Scientists from India confirmed there was no outbreak of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis, also known as early mortality syndrome (EMS), in the country. At a recently-held workshop organised by the ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (Ciba) aimed at creating awareness among shrimp farmers on the disease, scientists explained that the disease spreads because of poor quality water used in farming. India exports seafood worth USD 4.4 billion, of which 70% are shrimp. In 2009 where China first reported the outbreak of the disease, panic spread among Indian shrimp farmers as the species had just been introduced in the country. “Until now, India is free of the pathogen that causes the disease,” said KK Vijayan, Ciba Director.
Unitherm to open innovation centre in Bangkok
[22 June 2016]
Barry Hansell, Sales Director of Asia Pacific at Unitherm Asia told Asian Agribiz at ProPak Asia 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand that Asia is an extremely large growth potential for Unitherm due to rising middle class and growing demand for high quality foods. “We are opening an innovation centre in Bangkok, Thailand in the middle of July and it will provide sales and service backup to our local agents,” Mr Hansell said. The centre will contain its full range of equipment. “Bangkok was selected because we consider it as the most central position within the region,” he added. Unitherm is a US-based company that supplies ranges of thermal processing systems including oven and chilling, pasteurizing and smoking processors to the food industry.
Daesang takes over Duc Viet Food to expand its market to SE Asia
[21 June 2016]
Daesang Corporation, a leading food producer in South Korea, is taking over a Vietnamese meat processing company to target the refrigerated ham market in Southeast Asia. The company recently announced that it signed an agreement with Duc Viet Food Joint Stock Company, a processed meat producer in Vietnam, to acquire its shares for USD 31.97 million. It will secure 13 million shares, or 99.99%, of Duc Viet Food by August. With the latest contract, Daesang plans to expand its market to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, based on the Vietnamese market. In the long term, the company will strengthen the competitiveness in processing meat through Duc Viet Food and target the domestic refrigerated ham market in earnest.
CP Indonesia welcomes Salim Group
[21 June 2016]
Salim Group’s decision to enter the poultry business in Indonesia in a bid to expand has yet to deter poultry giant Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, which holds a 34% market share. CP Indonesia voiced optimism that its parent company, Charoen Pokphand Group, will support the company, especially in term of technology. “We have not prepared any special strategy to anticipate their entrance into the market. We welcome newcomers in the competition,” said Tjiu Thomas Effendy, President Director of CP Indonesia. In December last year, Salim Group purchased a controlling stake in Malaysia-based poultry company CAB Cakaran, and together will form a joint venture in Indonesia this year. This opens the door for Salim, as the big player in the food industry, to enter, especially as Salim owns 35.8% of Fast Food Indonesia, the licensee for KFC in Indonesia.
China’s Foresun to set up Spain unit for beef business M&A
[21 June 2016]
Chinese beef supplier Foresun Group said it is building a platform for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) of overseas beef operations, by setting up a wholly-owned unit in Spain. The unit will have a registered capital of USD 6 million. In April, Foresun agreed to buy three beef slaughterhouses and a livestock confinement unit in Argentina from Brazilian meatpacker Mafrig Global Foods SA for USD 75 million. Foresun, headquartered in Qiqihar in north-eastern Heilongjiang province, is seeking a backdoor listing via Shenzhen-listed motorbike manufacturer Sundiro Holding.
Seydelmann says Asia is a growing market
[21 June 2016]
Steffen Kromer, Sales Manager of Seydelmann told Asian Agribiz at ProPak Asia 2016 in Bangkok that the company is active in Asia and it has a wide range of machines, including cutters, mixers, grinders, emulsifiers and other production lines. “We have a lot of projects in Asia, such as for sausage, nugget and pet food productions. Seydelmann can deliver machines for smaller capacities, mid-size and big customers,” Mr Kromer said, adding that the big customers want complete production lines and everything is fully automatic. More companies will go for automation, to save labour costs. “Asia is a growing market for us,” he added.
Pioneerindo targets 15% business growth
[21 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Pioneerindo Gourmet International, the operator of California Fried Chicken (CFC), targets its business to grow by 15% this year with sales of USD 35 million. Teh Kian Kun, Director said the QSR chain is optimistic the target is achievable since in Q1 it recorded a 21.7% sales growth to USD 6.7 million compared with the same period of last year, driven by the increasing sales of its ‘Paket Hemat’ menu. Mr Kun noted that the price of raw material (chicken meat) increased 10% in Q1. “However, our sales also increased,” he said.
Fujian Sunner imports broiler GP from Spain
[20 June 2016]
Fujian Sunner Development Co said it imported 31,450 sets of broiler GP from Spain in June, the first introduction by China’s largest broiler integrator in half a year after the nation banned US and French breeders last year. “We had 10 GP farms with a combined stock of 216,000 sets at the end of 2015, and the breeds were Ross and Cobb from the US,” Chen Zhihong, Deputy Director of Media Office told Asian Agribiz. China imported only 24,200 sets of broiler GP from New Zealand in Q1 due to the ban, compared with an annual introduction of 1.54 million sets at the peak in 2013.
New shrimp feed plant inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh
[21 June 2016]
Prathipati Pulla Rao, Agriculture Minister of India’s Andhra Pradesh recently inaugurated a shrimp feed plant for BMR Industries at Damavaram village, Andhra Pradesh. The feed plant was set up at a cost of USD 19 million. Mr Rao said the feed plant will be very much helpful to meet the growing requirements of aquaculture in the region. “There are about 39,000 aqua farmers who have been actively involved in the sector making large contributions to its growth,” he said.
San Miguel on USD1.1b expansion
[20 June 2016]
The Philippines’ San Miguel Pure Foods Co Inc (SMPFCI) is expected to finish a USD 1.1 billion expansion that will boost its feed milling, food business and flour business units over the next five years. A report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said the company is adding seven feed plants, each with a capacity of 500 million tonnes, although San Miguel Corp President Ramon Ang said that even with this increased capacity, SMPFCI would still only capture about 37% of the market. The company is also expanding capacity for its processed meats products, its poultry dressing plant, and its ready-to-eat chicken and pork businesses, as well as its poultry and piggery operations.
Fast Food Indonesia to open 30 new KFC outlets
[20 June 2016]
Fast Food Indonesia, the operator of the QSR chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Indonesia, has said that this year it only plans to open 30 new regular outlets since it will focus more on KFC Box (outlet with a free standing & take-away concept). Justinus Juwono, Director said the company will open five more KFC Boxes this year. “KFC Box only costs a third of the investment for a regular outlet of USD 336,000”, he said. As of now, Fast Food has opened eight KFC Boxes in Greater Jakarta. The company has had successful trials with the KFC Box concept since last year.
Inotec sees strong demand for its complete processing lines
[20 June 2016]
Inotec is a Germany-based company that manufactures a complete range of processing equipment, emulsifiers and sausage separators. “We installed one of the biggest lines for chicken sausage in Thailand last year and we see the move in Thailand for more and more complete processing lines,” Adrien Dessert, Managing Director of Inotec told Asian Agribiz. Inotec has at least 3-4 projects of complete sausage processing lines in Thailand and it has also similar projects in Indonesia and Philippines, he said. “We offer unique processing lines concept based on vacuum emulsifier because we are the global leader in vacuum emulsifier,” Mr Dessert said, adding that its machine also performs specific mixing actions, where companies can produce cheese hot dogs.
Bisi International to increase corn seed sales
[20 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Bisi International, a crop seeds producing company owned by Thailand’s Jiaravanon family who controls the majority stake of Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, this year targets its corn seed (Bisi-18 variety) sales to increase 77% to 100,000 tonnes over last year, motivated by Indonesia’s corn self-sufficiency program. Jemmy Eka Putra, President Director said to reach the target the company will extend it partnership with corn farmers from 19,100ha last year to 30,000ha this year. “We will also try to integrate corn farming with palm plantation,” he said. Of its Q1 2016 financial performance, corn seed sales was USD 8 million.
India learns from UK to develop its pork industry
[20 June 2016]
India’s senior Punjabi government officials have visited UK pork factories to develop production methods, with India braced for a surge in meat demand. The delegation visited pig breeding firms, a feedmill, an abattoir and the headquarters of UK levy board AHDB Pork, driven by India’s aims to boost its booming pork sector. The Indian team were interested in pig genetics, breeding techniques, animal welfare and the economics underpinning the UK pork sector. “They [India] are seeking our pig genetics and management systems as they want to improve productivity, welfare and product quality,” said Jonathan Eckley, AHDB Pork Senior Export Manager as quoted by Globalmeatnews.
Can feeding the broiler breeder improve chick quality and offspring performance?
[17 June 2016]
Studies on the direct effects of breeder nutrition on subsequent chick quality and offspring performance are limited. Alex Chang, Aviagen, Poultry Nutritionist, Global Technical Operations will review the nutritional factors in broiler breeders that may improve chick quality and progeny performance at the Asian Agribiz 2016 Broiler Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok this August . Recent research has suggested that the feeding of low crude protein and medium to high energy breeder diets in both rearing and laying period will not only have a positive impact on egg production, egg size, breeder fertility, hatchability and embryonic livability, but also on offspring performance. More information is available here.
Guangdong Wens to expand pig farming in southwest China
[17 June 2016]
Guangdong Wens Foodstuff Group is expanding pig farming aggressively in the mountainous Yunnan province, one of the two southwest regions identified by China’s Ministry of Agriculture as a potential area for pork production. Wens has signed a framework agreement with the Qujing municipal government in Yunnan to build eight pig complexes, targeting a combined annual output of 5 million heads. A 2 million-tonne feedmill as well as administrative and living quarters will also be built to support the contract farming. In April, Wens signed an agreement to start a 3 million-head pig farming project in Honghe, Yunnan.
Imported feed raw materials in Indonesia charged 10% VAT
[17 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance recently raised the value added tax (VAT) of imported feed raw materials including corn, wheat and soybean meal to 10%. Sudirman FX, Chairman of the Indonesian Feed Producers Association (APPI), said feed millers will include the tax in their production cost. As a result, the price of feed, for instance broiler feed, will increase from USD 0.48 to USD 0.51 per kg. “This price increase will then increase the price of chicken and eggs,” said Mr Sudirman. He added that the association hopes the Ministry of Agriculture can discuss with the Ministry of Finance to remove the tax.

Onsite at ProPak Asia 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
Reports by ARIEF FACHRUDIN and PAYUNGSAK WIRIYABUNDITKUL
[17 June 2016
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Amidst slowing economy, producers eye Asian-made machines
The meat processing industry in Thailand had grown steadily in the past years, according to Aisoon Sirichainakhon, Managing Director of Erawan Union, a distributor of meat processing equipment. However, due to the slowing economy, limited local market volume and limited export market, the industry tends to be saturated, Mr Aisoon told Asian Agribiz. The slowing economy, he said, also impacts investment for automation in the industry. “Not so much investment this year, but the interest to reduce labour is high. So some companies are eyeing Asian-made machines from Thailand, China and Japan.”    

Trends in automation and ready meals in Thailand
Automation is set to become a common thing in Thailand since labour is getting more expensive and hard to find, according to Somsuda Sriwattananont, Sales Manager of Forefront Foodtech, a distributor of meat processing equipment. Ms Somsuda told Asian Agribiz that neighbouring countries like Myanmar and Cambodia now are opening up their markets for investments, “so they need their people to work in their countries.” On ready meals, Ms Somsuda sees more companies venturing into the ready meals sector. “CP Food, with its 7-Eleven stores, is leading this sector, but companies like S&P and Bangkok Ranch also eyeing potential,” she said.

Frey sees more projects in Myanmar and Cambodia
Germany-based filling technology specialist Frey Maschinenbau is happy with their sales in Thailand and Vietnam. Now the company is looking for potential markets in Myanmar and Cambodia. Heinrich Frey, Managing Director of Frey told Asian Agribiz that the first filling machine in Myanmar was from Frey and the machine has been working for 10 years now. Frey has also sold machines in Cambodia. “The markets there are still on small-scale sausage production. However, with more tourists, this market will grow,” said Mr Frey. He revealed that Frey's client in Cambodia plans for a big project for sausage production in response to the growing population, income, and western style sausages.

Siam Food focuses on small-medium scale customers
Although the Thai economy is slowing, Siam Food Consultant, a distributor of primary and secondary meat processing equipment, still has many projects. Thanchanok Sirisap, Managing Director told Asian Agribiz: “It’s because we focus on the small-medium scale players who produce for the local market.” Ms Thanchanok said the small-medium scale players are growing and they are increasing their production capacity, as well as their market reach to neighbouring countries like Cambodia and Laos. “We have a customer who sells frozen marinated pork and beef slices to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The buyers are from the restaurant industry,” she said.

Automation and food safety key issues in food industry in Asia
“What’s important now for the food industry in Asia are food safety, automation and reproducibility,” Uwe Kessler, Sales Director of Handtmann told Asian Agribiz. Handtmann specialises in portioning, forming, linking and hanging equipment for the meat industry. Mr Kessler said that it will be more difficult for companies to get skilled labour and machines will take over some human jobs. “So what they need is automation, which always having the same product with the same quality and the same material and no human error,” he said. In Thailand, Mr Kessler also expects more automation because labour is becoming expensive and hard to find.

Lima sees big opportunities in Thailand
Roger America, International Sales Director of Lima, a France-based producer of meat-bone separators, deboners and desinewers, told Asian Agribiz that when it comes to further processing and special products, Thailand is the most developed country in this field in Asia. After cutting up the chicken, there is meat with sinew or some bone particles and Lima’s deboning and desinewing machines enable the production of high quality meat ideally textured for further processing. Mr America said companies in Thailand have big enough production and volume and it’s profitable for them to invest in the machine to upgrade output.


InVivo NSA Philippines to launch global brands
[16 June 2016]
After acquiring Popular Feedmill Corp, InVivo NSA Philippines plans to introduce its global brands to the Philippine market. Mathieu Guillaume, Senior Director Business, told Asian Agribiz they are targeting to launch the Evialis brand, which will cater to commercial hog, broiler and layer producers by the end of the year. Noting too that Popular is involved in the country’s backyard livestock sector, he said InVivo will “continue to provide support to this segment” and help these farmers to improve efficiencies and productivity.
Pioneerindo to open 40 new CFC outlets
[16 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Pioneerindo Gourmet International, the operator of California Fried Chicken (CFC), plans to set up 40 new outlets this year, consisting of 25 restaurants and 15 semi-satellite outlets. Teh Kian Kun, Director said these will be in Greater Jakarta, Central Java, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. The restaurant and a semi-satellite outlet will need investments of USD 75,000 and USD 19,000, respectively. Mr Kun said the company has also allocated USD 280,000 to renovate its 15 existing outlets. As of now, Pioneerindo has 49 CFC outlets throughout Indonesia.
Thaifoods Group to supply chicken meat to Thai Airways
[16 June 2016]
Thailand’s Thaifoods Group (TFG) will supply chicken meat to the catering department of Thai Airways International from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, efinanceThai reported. “We are pushing deeper into the domestic market,” Cherdsak Kukiattinun, Chief Operating Officer of TFG said, adding that TFG’s chicken meat will be served on Thai Airways and other international airlines. Meanwhile, with relatively high pork prices in Thailand, TFG will increase its pig raising capacity to 55,000 pigs a month, from 45,000 currently.
Slow sales at chicken outlet causes drop in Berjaya Food earnings
[16 June 2016]
Malaysia’s Berjaya Food Bhd, which holds the worldwide franchise for Kenny Rogers Roasters franchise, reported its lowest quarterly earnings in three years in the fourth financial quarter ended April 30, 2016. Its bottom line figure dropped to USD 905,276 compared with USD 1.57 million in last year’s corresponding quarter, despite revenue growing by 7.9% to USD 34.01 million. The company attributed the drop to lower contributions from the roast chicken label’s operations in Malaysia. It said consumers were cautious following the introduction of the goods and service tax last year.
Controversy over Indonesia’s beef import quota
[16 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Evita Manunggal received approval from the Ministry of Trade to import 9000 tonnes of frozen beef to support the government’s target of bringing the price of beef down to USD 6/kg. However, Evita is in a bind as it has not got a recommendation from the Ministry of Agriculture. Thomas Sembiring, Chairman of the Indonesian Meat Importers Association (Aspidi) said Evita is a new player and not an Aspidi member. “The appointment raised questions as a criteria is that the importer should have its own cold storage facility and reefer trucks,” he said.
Broiler Feed Quality Conference Keynote Address - Toward optimal enteric health in broilers
[15 June 2016]
The conference keynote address 'Toward optimal enteric health in broilers' will be presented by Dr Aaron Cowieson, Principal Scientist, DSM Nutritional Products, Scotland and Adjunct Professor, Poultry Nutrition, University of Sydney Australia on 18 August at the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok . He will discuss the impact of exogenous enzymes on gut health, and their role in digestive health, physiological health, microbiological health and immunological health. Dr Cowieson considers that as AGP removal becomes more commonplace, the role of feed enzymes in gut health will increase. For more info click here.
Indonesia’s Serena to produce sausages
[15 June 2016]
Indonesia’s meat processor Serena Harsa Utama which specialises in meatball production has said that it plans to venture into sausage production this year. Imam Basuki, Director told Asian Agribiz that it has bought a bowl cutter from K+G Wetter, a Handtmann’s vacuum filler and a smoke house system. “All the equipment cost around USD 113,000,” Mr Basuki said. “The equipment is now being installed and we target to start commercial production in the second half of this year,” he added. Once the sausage production proceeds well, the company also plans to produce nuggets, but this will be a separate project.
China’s Xilinguole area to introduce 100,000 Angus, Simmental cattle breeders
[15 June 2016]
The Xilinguole League in Inner Mongolia, a major pastoral area in north China, said it is planning to introduce 100,000 heads of Angus and Simmental cattle breeders in 2016-2018, in an effort to expand its cattle stock to more than 3 million heads by 2020, from 1.39 million in 2015. In a guideline to promote the cattle industry, the local government said it will also cut the stock of sheep, which stood at 13.86 million heads last year.
Nepal poultry farms rake in USD 314 million in annual turnover
[15 June 2016]
Commercially run poultry farms in Nepal recorded an annual turnover of USD 314.29 million, equivalent to 1.5% of the country’s economy, stated a HimalayanTimes article quoting a survey commissioned by the Central Bureau of Statistics. The sector’s gross value addition stands at USD 63.75 million a year. Poultry owners spent USD 250.54 million a year on feed, vaccine, day-old chicks and salary for employees, among others, against total earnings of USD 314.29 million. “Seventy six per cent of the farms are in profit and 80% of the farm owners are considering expanding their business,” noted the survey.
Native chicken feed sees potential in Indonesia
[15 June 2016]
According to Ade Zulkarnain, Chairman of the Indonesian Native Poultry Farmers Association, there is no special complete feed for native chicken. So big scale farmers and breeders of native chicken use broiler complete feed. “I hope there feed companies consider producing native chicken feed. The market potential is good since the number of native chicken farmers and breeders continues to increase,” Mr Zulkarnain told Asian Agribiz. Without calculating the supply of live birds from backyard farmers, the current production of native chicken from intensive farming in Indonesia is around 90 million birds, according to Mr Zulkarnain. If the average feed conversion is 2.5, the potential market of native chicken feed is around 225,000 tonnes/year.
Thailand's CFR to increase online meat sales
[14 June 2016]
Sopaphan Juyjaroen, Vice President of Perishable at Thailand's Central Food Retail (CFR) told Asian Agribiz that people are buying more meat products online and CFR is seeing online business opportunities.  CFR is now selling meat products in packs on its website (Tops Shop Online) such as minced pork, but it hasn't sold meat by weight online yet. Ms Sopaphan said CFR is looking for a mechanism to handle the price by weight issue. CFR plans to sell meat by the kilo on its website in the third quarter of this year. It also plans to add more product variety to its meat by weight sales.
Cargill Indonesia will launch new dairy cattle feeds
[14 June 2016]
Cargill Feed and Nutrition Indonesia plans to launch new dairy cattle feeds in the second half of this year. Insanto Endro Bawono, Swine & Ruminant Business Development Manager told Asian Agribiz that so far the company has been producing three feeds namely Lactoplus for lactating cows, Calf Starter for weaned calves and Lactomix Mitra, a basemix specially made for milk cooperatives. “To complete our offering for different phases of a dairy cattle life, we will launch three new feeds namely feeds for calf growers, heifers and cows in dry period,” said Mr Bawono. According to him, special feed for cows in dry period is important as they are vulnerable to negative energy balance, so good and balanced nutrition should be assured.
Yisai Beef in China plans for 200,000-cattle complex in Inner Mongolia
[14 June 2016]
Henan Yisai Beef (Stock) Co., a halal beef producer based in central China, will invest total USD 463 million to build a cattle complex in Kailu County, Inner Mongolia. According to the local government, the complex will include a 200,000-cattle slaughterhouse and a 100,000-tonne feedmill. Construction of both is scheduled to start in July and with operations due to commence a year later. Another 20,000-tonne further processing plant is expected be launched within five years when the slaughterhouse is running at full capacity.
India embraces decade of dairy
[14 June 2016]
India is embracing a 'decade of dairy' and the government has embarked on efforts to raise the current milk production that is estimated at 140 mmt/year and to 180mmt by 2021. "The government is trying hard to drive change in this sector and is providing both the training and tools to small farmers, but the uptake is slow because of resistance to change. This group that numbers in the millions, makes up the bulk of the suppliers," Consultant Dr P G Phalke told Asian Agribiz. However, he feels that change has to be driven by the private sector, and sees companies like Amul, Mother Dairy and Nestle empowering co-ops and medium sized farmers. This he says will be the turning point for the industry.
Imports will lower beef price in Indonesia
[14 June 2016]
With a target to reduce the price of beef in the market to USD 6/kg, Indonesia’s government has passed on the import quota to some state-owned enterprises. Rini Soemarmo, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises mentioned that Bulog, Berdikari and PD Dharma Jaya have got beef import quotas of 10,000 tonnes, 5000 tonnes and 500 tonnes, respectively. Beyond these figures, the government through Bulog also plans to import carabeef from India. Djarot Kusumayakti, Bulog President Director said imports from India will benefit end consumers since the price of carabeef is cheaper than imported beef from Australia. “Besides India, we also have options to import from Spain and New Zealand,” said Mr Kusumayakti.
Singapore bakkwa producer to roll out new marketing strategy
[13 June 2016]
Singapore-based barbecued meat (bakkwa) producer Bee Cheang Hiang hopes to roll out a creative marketing strategy to promote brand awareness especially among the young, who prefer convenient, on-the-go snacks. Simon Teo, Chairman, told Asian Agribiz that for a product to have lasting appeal it must move out of the traditional perception of bakkwa. “Firstly there has to be brand awareness. The young can access our history from the Internet, they can read the comments section, and see that bakkwa makes a nice gift,” he said. “By mid-2017 the company hopes to roll out a creative marketing move that will see a loyalty program, connection with customers via facebook, an app as well as retail trucks with barbeque pits that can go out to the customers.”
Indonesia’s native chicken business to grow 10%
[13 June 2016]
Indonesia’s native chicken business this year is expected to grow at 10% since many farmers in Central and East Java will increase their production capacities, according to Ade Zulkarnain, Chairman of the Indonesian Native Poultry Farmers Association (Himpuli). Mr Zulkarnain told Asian Agribiz that native chicken business in the country had grown at a rate of 10-12% since 2013. Last year, production was recorded at 270 million birds or equivalent to 270,000 tonnes of carcass. With this figure, the market value was around USD 1 billion. He revealed that Himpuli targets native chicken meat to contribute 25% to animal protein consumption in the country in 2019. This means the production will be around 1 billion birds with a market value of USD 3.7 billion.
Hong Kong resumes live poultry trade
[13 June 2016]
Live poultry trade resumed in Hong Kong last Thursday after being suspended the week before after a faecal sample taken from a Tuen Mun retail market tested positive for H7N9 virus. Hong Kong's Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said 3360 samples taken from all local poultry farms as well as the 270 samples from Cheung Sha Wan wholesale poultry market tested negative for H7N9 bird flu virus, a BusinessStandard report stated.

Web special
Lifestyle changes transform cured meat sector
[13 June 2016]

Like manufacturers of other processed meat products, cured meat producers in Asia are eager to stay updated with current market trends. Changing lifestyles across Asia has pushed for innovation in almost all aspects of the sector. The Asian Agribiz team delves into the shifting trends in the region.

Cutting back on salt
There are calls for the use of less salt, and safer and natural preservatives in the processing of cured meat products in Asia. Some producers in the Philippines are now turning away from chemical curing salts, claiming that their products are free of preservatives such as nitrites and nitrates. Marlene Santos, who last year began manufacturing tocinos and tapas from her home, said she decided to use only natural ingredients and preservatives. “I use sea salt, when possible, or iodised salt,” she said. As such her tocinos do not have the red tinge due to nitrates and nitrites that is typical of the mass market counterparts. She also uses only natural flavourings and spices.

Amazing Ham from Jinzi
Although more traditional hams are sold in smaller cuts, it is still not convenient for young and busy white collar workers in China to slice and cook them. According to the Jinzi Ham Co survey, about 37% of the respondents expect ham products to be applied in a variety of dishes without much cutting. In response to this Jinzi launched the Amazing Ham last July. The product is selected from the top portion of a ham – a 3kg ham can only produce 200g of Amazing Ham. These are sold at USD 10 each. According to Jinzi, the manually-sliced ham has a lean meat rate of more than 85% after the removal of excess fat and skin. The ham is good for steaming, frying, stewing and boiling. It can even be enjoyed within seconds when used for shabu shabu.

Thailand’s CFR now offers dry-aged beef
Last October Thailand’s Central Food Retail (CFR) launched its in-house produced dry-aged beef, aiming to add value to its processed meat range.  CFR selects local premium beef from KU Kamphaeng Saen Campus Beef Producer Cooperative Ltd (KU Beef). Malinee Suwattanachot, General Manager of Perishable Meat and Seafood, said the farm raises young cows and the cows are not fed with pineapple, so the meat texture is soft. To make the product, fresh beef is marinated with salt and then is moved to a temperature-controlled dry-aging equipment for at least 21 days. CFR also sells dry-aged T-bones and prime-ribs at Central Chidlom’s Central Food Hall. Both products are priced at USD 44.78/kg.

Better quality raw materials
Health reasons and changing lifestyles have propelled changes in the sector, and producers in the region have responded by using better quality raw materials. Singapore’s leading barbecued meat (bakkwa) producer Bee Cheng Hiang, for instance, imports 95% of its raw material from Europe for its Malaysian market. Only a small percentage of raw material is sourced locally. Its floss products, for instance, require fresh meat, which has not been frozen. This comes from selected local suppliers. Bee Cheng Hiang is also particular on the breed of pigs it uses. “We favour breeds that have more fat. We also pick the first generation of pigs. We like black pigs because of the marbling but it is expensive,” said Simon Teo, Chairman.

Chance for chicken
With the price of beef at around USD 7.50/kg and limitations placed on importing high quality raw materials such as whole muscle meat, the price of cured beef products like smoked beef and beef salami in Indonesia has skyrocketed. “Price is the main reason why the sale of cured beef products is stagnant or perhaps even decreasing,” said Ishana Mahisa, Chairman of the Indonesian Meat Processors Association (Nampa). But this is an opportunity for cured chicken products. The price of chicken is much lower than beef. Also chicken is the meat of choice in terms of consumption and production. CP Food Indonesia, experts in producing chicken and processing chicken-based food products, developed smoked chicken breast and gave consumers in modern markets more options. Global Foods International also produces smoked broiler and native chicken meat.

Read the full report in Asian Meat Magazine, July/August 2016


2016 Broiler Feed Quality Conference addresses four key topics
[10 June 2016]
Attracting more than 300 delegates from throughout Asia and beyond, the annual Asian Agribiz Broiler Feed Quality Conference is one of Asia's leading conferences and scientific forums for poultry and feed industry professionals to update their knowledge and network with industry peers. With the theme ‘Science, trial data and applications’ the conference will feature a strong technical program with leading regional and international speakers addressing four key topics;
•         Effect of nutrition on gut health
•         Understanding chick nutrition
•         Maximising macro/micro minerals
•         Harnessing feed technology
Registration form here.
Chicken prices in Thailand likely to rise in H2 due to falling supply
[10 June 2016]
Broiler prices in Thailand are likely to rise in the second half of this year due to a decline in supply, Somboon Watcharapongphan, Secretary of Broiler Association told Asian Agribiz. In early 2015, the US reported the presence of avian influenza and Thailand has banned GP imports from the US. “Hence, we will see lower supply of PS in the second half of this year, which means supply of broiler will decline in that period,” Mr Somboon said. Moreover, the surge in pork prices will encourage people to consume more chicken meat, driving chicken prices higher. Pork prices recently rose due to the drought in Thailand.
Indonesian government encourages salted duck eggs producer to widen export market
[10 June 2016]
The government is ready to support Indonesia’s UD Surya Abadi based in Karawang, West Java in increasing its salted duck egg exports. Muladno, Director General of Livestock & Animal Health of the Ministry of Agriculture said he is ready to reduce bureaucratic obstacles and to coordinate with the Ministry of Trade. Rully Lesmana, owner of the firm told Asian Agribiz that it is the first livestock firm in Indonesia that is authorised by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore to export salted duck eggs to the island state. “At the moment we produce around 40,000 raw salted duck eggs per day. These are sold to traditional markets and the horeca industry, as well as for export to Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan,” Mr Lesmana said.
Two more Jollibee stores open in Singapore
[10 June 2016]
Jollibee opened two new stores in Singapore bringing to four the number of outlets the popular Philippine fast food chain has in the city. The stores are at Square 2 Novena and at Changi City Point. A Jollibee official told Asian Agribiz that while the first two stores were located at Lucky Plaza, a mall popular to the Filipino population in Singapore, the new locations allow the company to reach a more diverse clientele. Three new menu items especially geared to suit Singaporean taste were introduced in the new stores: Spicy Chickenjoy, Crispy Chicken Burger and Chicken Tenders.
Royal De Heus cuts stake in China's Wellhope to 9.63%
[10 June 2016]
Liaoning Wellhope Agri-Tech Joint Stock Co. said its second largest shareholder Royal De Heus of the Netherlands has cut its stake to 9.63% from 12.83% previously. De Heus sold 26.67 million Wellhope shares at USD 61.17 million, and it’s expected to allocate the capital to fund its business expansion in west Europe, where the Dutch company recently purchased a feed miller and a poultry processor. Wellhope is more than 50% controlled by its Chairman Jin Weidong.
KKR takes 10.44% stake in Japfa Comfeed Indonesia
[09 June 2016]
Leading agri-food company, Japfa Ltd yesterday announced that global investment firm KKR will invest approximately USD 81.2 million for a 10.44% interest in the Group’s major subsidiary, PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia Tbk. KKR will take up a 6.57% stake in PT Japfa Tbk via a private placement and acquire another 3.87% stake from Japfa, which will continue to hold a 51.00% stake in PT Japfa Tbk. Tan Yong Nang, CEO of Japfa said : "We believe PT Japfa Tbk will benefit from KKR's deep knowledge and experience in the agriculture and food sectors."
China’s Ningxia region to build beef complex with Argentina's Grupo Insud
[09 June 2016]
China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region said it will partner with Argentine conglomerate Grupo Insud to build an Angus cattle complex in the western province where many of the country's Muslim Hui ethnic minority live. The complex will include a 30,000-head Angus breeder farm to serve about 10,000 contract farmers. It will also build a 50,000-head feedlot of its own and a 100,000-head processing plant for halal beef. Construction of the complex is expected to finish in 3-5 years.
Agro Investama eyes sheep exports to Singapore
[09 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Agro Investama is keen on developing its sheep breeding business. At the moment it has 350 breeding stock (pure Garut breed) which is targeted to produce 78 feeder sheep per month. Once this project is successful, owner Yudi Guntara Noor told Asian Agribiz that the company will increase its breeding capacity then venture into sheep commercial farming. “The commercial farming is aimed for export. Three years ago, I received an order for 5000 sheep for qurban from Singapore. But since I collected the sheep from different farmers, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore turned down the order due to concerns on quality and traceability,” Mr Noor explained.
Texas Chicken to open first outlet in Laos
[09 June 2016]
Texas Chicken recently finalised a deal that will increase the brand’s exposure in Laos. The deal, which will see seven restaurants over the next few years, will make Texas Chicken the largest, most visible quick-service fried chicken restaurant in the country. The first restaurant location is expected to begin end July-August, said Jean-Boris Roux, Hospitality Division Director of RMA Group of Laos, the franchisee for this endeavour. “With its strategic location near Thailand and Vietnam, where we currently operate 13 restaurants, Laos is a logical next step in our development in Asia,” said Tony Moralejo, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Texas Chicken/Church’s Chicken.
South Korea imported 30,000 tonnes of shrimp from Vietnam in 2015
[09 June 2016]
Vietnam is exporting more shrimp to South Korea. According to Choi Dug-Boo, Director, Korean Fishery Trade Association (KFTA), South Korea imports shrimp from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Vietnam’s shrimp products makes up almost half of the total volume and value of imports. He was speaking at the Busan International Seafood and Fisheries Expo 2016 press meeting held by KFTA and the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers. Last year Korea imported about 140,000 tonnes of seafood products worth USD 600 million. Of these 70,000 tonnes were shrimp, reaching USD 240 million. Vietnam being the biggest supplier at 30,000 tonnes.
Malaysia's CAB Cakaran buys Farm’s Best processing unit
[08 June 2016]
Malaysia’s CAB Cakaran Corporation Bhd and three other parties are buying the entire stake in Farm’s Best Bhd’s poultry processing unit, Farm’s Best Food Industries Sdn Bhd, for USD 2.30 million. Farm’s Best said it had terminated the earlier USD 59.03 million deal to sell the processing plant, Sinmah Breeders Sdn Bhd and Sinmah Livestocks Sdn Bhd to CAB Cakaran. CAB Cakaran together with its 51%-owned subsidiary Tong Huat Poultry Processing Factory Pte Ltd, Plant Wealth Holdings Ltd and Brighton Property Pte Ltd entered into a conditional share sale agreement with Farm’s Best last Friday. Together with Tong Huat, the processing plant will effectively become a 53.04%-owned subsidiary of CAB Cakaran.
Hong Kong culls poultry in wake of H5N1 confirmation
[08 June 2016]
All poultry at Hong Kong's Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market was to be culled yesterday according to Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man. The ShanghaiDaily reported that the health chief made the announcement after a special meeting following a fecal sample taken from a Tuen Mun retail market tested positive for H7N9 avian flu virus. Live poultry trade has been suspended in Hong Kong. Mr Ko said there are 4,500 live poultry at the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market, the only poultry wholesale market in Hong Kong. The government will inspect and take samples from the remaining 20 local chicken farms, he said, hoping that the results could come out before the Dragon Boat Festive, when chickens are in high demand in Hong Kong.
Bee Cheang Hiang to open bakkwa pie outlet in Malaysia
[08 June 2016]
Current market trends are seeing processed meat producers push the boundaries of innovation to come up with new offerings for their customers. Singapore bakkwa manufacturer Bee Cheang Hiang is creating a bakkwa pie. “It is a Chinese pastry pie with bakkwa filling. This will be sold by our company, Chun Qiu Tang, that produces dim sum. By October we plan to open our first outlet in Kuala Lumpur. The branding will be Chun Qiu Tang by Bee Cheang Hiang. If some months later we find this is a good concept we may duplicate it all over the region,” Simon Teo, Chairman, told Asian Agribiz.
Pacific West Foods promotes fish consumption at event
[08 June 2016]
Pacific West Foods (M) Sdn Bhd, the producer of Pacific West ready-to-cook seafood, has launched the Fish Fry Day campaign in Malaysia to encourage Malaysians to make fish their main protein. The campaign will run through the months of June to July 2016. As part of the campaign the company has published a collection of recipes by local and foreign celebrity chefs who have developed their own recipes using fish as the main ingredient. “Aside from introducing our wonderful line up of fish and seafood products the campaign’s main objective is to create awareness among Malaysians of the benefits of a fish diet,” Saw Lip Teik, Director, said at the launch recently.
Pakistan milk processors decry new import duties
[08 June 2016]
Pakistan’s decision, in the budget for 2016/17, to impose a 25% regulatory duty on the import of powdered milk and whey powder, has angered milk processors. Total duties, including 20% customs duty, now stands at 45%. Chief Operating Officer Haroon Lodhi at Haleeb Foods said the steps announced in the federal budget will lead to an increase in the cost of inputs for processors. Mr Lodhi termed the withdrawal of zero rating status as a step to marginalise the dairy processing industry. “This will be a killer as it will increase the cost by at least 10%,” he said. Small farmers, meanwhile, felt the move will directly benefit local farmers.
China’s Truein launches cured ham products
[07 June 2016]
Truein Agro-Pastoral Group, a pork integrator based in central China’s Henan province, said it has launched high-end cured hams branded ‘Dexury’. “The products are for pre-sale now as they have to be fermented for a year,” Hou Jie, Deputy General Manager for Marketing told Asian Agribiz. In September 2015, Truein started operations of a ham factory equipped with processing lines from Travaglini S.p.A. of Italy, and the factory can produce 150,000 hams a year.
Berkah Citra Agro to open meat shops in other regions in Indonesia
[07 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Berkah Citra Agro has said that its pilot project with a meat shop selling fresh chilled and frozen beef in Bandung, West Java shows a promising future. The company plans to take this concept to other regions. Owner Yudi Guntara Noor told Asian Agribiz: “The key strength of our Agro Meatshop is the supply. We have our own beef cattle feedlot in West Java so that we can sell beef at cheaper prices. At the same time, we guarantee the quality and traceability of our beef.” Every day the company slaughters 3-4 cows for its meat shop. However, Mr Noor said: “We only take the hindquarters since it is the fast moving parts. The forequarters or the slow moving parts, are sold to meat processing companies.”
Philippine milk output up 3%
[07 June 2016]
Philippine milk output reached 20.38 million litres in 2015, up 3% from 19.73 million litres the previous year, data from the National Dairy Administration (NDA) showed. Since 2010, milk output has been slowly but steadily rising as farm productivity improved. According to the NDA, a growing number of players are investing in the industry. One local player however, told Asian Agribiz that production is still negligible in relation to the country’s total milk requirement, adding that one of the biggest challenges local dairy farmers face today is getting the right feed to help the animals reach their genetic potential.
Thaifoods Group to produce 500,000 chicks a day by end 2016
[07 June 2016]
Thailand’s Thaifoods Group (TFG) plans to produce 500,000 chicks a day by the end of this year, up from 360,000 chicks a day currently, Cherdsak Kukiattinun, Chief Operating Officer of TFG said, efinanceThai reported. TFG has managed to control chicken production costs effectively and the firm has decided to increase production, he said, adding that it plans to supply chicken meat to airlines, modern trade and food service networks. TFG has also increased its production capacity at its chicken slaughter house in Prachinburi province, aiming to boost exports to Japan and Europe. The firm is confident of achieving USD 566.83 million revenue this year, Mr Cherdsak added.
Agro Investama invests in sheep breeding stock
[07 June 2016]
Sheep meat demand in Indonesia for religious festivals and also for the horeca industry continues to increase. However, the supply cannot meet growing demand. This situation led West Java based Agro Investama to invest in 350 breeding sheep at its farming facilities in Garut. “There are many sheep feedlotters, but the main problem is not enough supply of feeder sheep,” Deiwan Rahwanandi, R&D Director, told Asian Agribiz. “With the breeding stock, each month we plan to produce 78 feeder sheep -- aged four months with an average weight of 16-20kg -- for the market. Each feeder sheep will be priced at around USD 90.”
GFPT joint venture to build new further processing plant
[06 June 2016]
McKey Food Services (Thailand) Limited, a joint venture between Thailand’s GFPT and Keystone Foods Inc, said recently that it will build a new further processing factory at Amphur Thungkwang in Chonburi Province. The new factory will produce and supply processed chicken products to leading quick service restaurants in both domestic and international markets. McKey’s new further processing factory will have a capacity of 25,000 tonnes per year, with an investment of USD 42.11 million. The factory is expected to be completed and ready to produce for export markets by the end of 2017. McKey Thailand directly serves key markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, McKey has a total capacity of processed chicken products of 25,000 tonnes per year.
Vinamilk is the most favoured FMCG in Vietnam
[07 June 2016]
Vietnam’s leading dairy products company Vinamilk is currently the most favoured fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brand in the country, according to a Kantar World Panel’s study announced early June. Vinamilk is ranked in three categories including FMCG, beverage and food. In Asia, three leading dairy companies made the list including Thailand’s Dutch Mill (Thai Lan), China’s Yili and Vietnam’s Vinamilk, which is targeting to be one of the 50 biggest dairy companies in the world with turnover of USD 3 billion. Kantar Worldpanel is the global expert in shoppers’ behaviour.
Fauji Group launches new halal meat processing plant
[06 June 2016]
Pakistan’s Fauji Group, through its subsidiary Fauji Meat Ltd, has launched the country’s biggest halal abattoir, meat processing and exporting unit near Port Qasim, Karachi. The facility, which cost around USD 75 million, has been fully operational since April. It has a daily production capacity of 100 tonnes of meats (85 tonnes of beef and 15 tonnes of mutton) in both frozen and chilled categories for worldwide export. Rehan Munawar, the facility’s Chief Coordinating Officer said at present the company is exporting all its processed meats. “The facility is exporting 7-10 tonnes per day to Kuwait,” he said, adding that the facility will be running at full capacity by mid-2017. The company is now in the process of securing approval for exporting processed meat to other countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia, Egypt and the UAE.
QL Resources net profit down 20% on El Nino conditions
[06 June 2016]
Malaysia's QL Resources said its Q4 net profit fell 20% year -on-year, dragged down by lower prices of eggs and palm oil that offset gains in fish products exports. Net profit for the three months ended March 31 totalled USD 9.3 million compared with USD 11.53 million a year earlier, the company said. Quarterly revenue however climbed 16% year-on-year to USD 186.34 million from USD 161.11 million. The company said searing heat lowered productivity of its livestock, although the warmer temperature boosted fish catch.

Vietnam’s HCMC to centralise animal slaughterhouses
[06 June 2016]
In order to make Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) a better city for living, as well as to ensure food safety and traceability, HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development plans to modernise and centralise animal slaughterhouses in the city by the end of 2017. All unlicensed and manual slaughterhouses in the city, small and medium scale, will be closed. Existing pig slaughterhouses in the city will be replaced by six modern slaughterhouses with a combined capacity of 10,000-15,000 pigs/day, located in Hoc Mon and Cu Chi districts. For poultry, two modern slaughterhouses with a combined capacity of 250,000-300,000 birds/day have been prepared in Cu Chi district. Meanwhile for cattle, two companies namely Delta JSC and Vietnam Meat Industries JSC (Vissan) will support the program.


Southeast Asia provides market for Australian chicken meat
[06 June 2016]
Australian chicken meat producers should look to Asia for market expansion, according to a report by Rabobank. But with higher cost of production, they may have to focus on lower-value cuts to Asia for a greater overall return for each bird. “With an ever-increasing market of protein consumers in Southeast Asia, they need to be viewed as potential opportunities for production growth,” the report said. “Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia area expected to increase chicken consumption by 15% in the next five years.”
New Hope launches new chicken complex in north China
[03 June 2016]
China's New Hope Liuhe Co has launched a broiler complex in Laoting in northern Hebei province. According to the local government, the complex includes a 240,000-tonne feedmill, an abattoir with daily processing capacity of 120,000 birds, as well as 10-15 commercial farms to produce 20 million broilers a year. A further processing plant is also in the pipeline. Total investment is expected to be around USD 200 million.
Anugerah Cipta starts value added eggs campaign
[03 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Anugerah Cipta, a poultry consultancy firm has recently started promoting antibiotic, Salmonella and E coli-free chicken eggs in Banten province. Ani Juwita, Director told Asian Agribiz that the mission is to educate consumers on good quality and safe eggs. The eggs are sold at USD 1.65 per pack of 10 eggs for promotion, while the regular price is USD 1.88. The eggs are produced at the company’s partner farms in Sukabumi and Bogor that apply an ecosystem balance concept developed by the company, and only use probiotics – no antibiotics, no disinfectant, but vaccines are still administered for disease protection.
Thailand ready to join TPP
[03 June 2016]
Thailand is ready to join the US-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as soon as the pact is open for new membership, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said recently during a visit to Tokyo. Thailand will conduct a public hearing to gather opinion from all stakeholders before signing the agreement. Thailand is also ready to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Mr Somkid added. “The livestock industry plans to protest if Thailand joins the TPP,” said Wawat Pongwiwatchai, Chairman of Ratchaburi Livestock Cooperative Limited. If Thailand joins the TPP, Mr Wawat said it will push livestock producers, and corn, cassava and soybean farmers into bankruptcy. US livestock products including ractopamine-fed pork and unwanted pork parts will flood the Thai market and negatively affect farmers. According to the Thai law, ractopamine is prohibited for use in animal feed.
Cambodia lifts ban on snakehead farming
[03 June 2016]
Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration said the government has removed a 12-year ban on farm-raised snakehead fish. The ban was imposed to stop farmers from catching small fish during the breeding season to be used as feed for the farm-raised snakehead fish. Snakehead fish will now be fed with processed fish food, which is a combination of small salt water fish and animal carcass. Hav Viseth, Deputy Director General of the Fisheries Administration, said it will provide technical assistance to farmers and teach them cost-effective means of farming. He said the ban on harvesting small fish during the breeding season would remain in place.
Indonesia to import frozen cattle semen from Spain
[03 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture recently signed an MoU with the Embassy of Spain in Indonesia on imports of frozen beef cattle semen from the European country. Andi Amran Sulaiman, Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture said in the next two months the country will start importing frozen semen from Spain. “We will import in a big volume since it’s estimated that we have a standing breeding cow population of around 4 million heads,” he said. With the average success rate of artificial insemination at 90%, Mr Sulaiman believes the initiative will give more value and profits for farmers.
Orient Fresh Deli secures food safety certs
[02 June 2016]
Malaysian producer of pork hams, bacon and sausages Orient Fresh Deli Sdn Bhd last week secured the HACCP, ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System and Good Manufacturing Practice certifications. The company produces 1200-1500 kg of products daily for sale at its own retail outlet called Mr Bacon and at four concession outlets with retailer Aeon Co (M) Sdn Bhd. “The certifications will help us expand our business and export our products to Sabah and Sarawak. We are also looking at opportunities in the Philippines and Indonesia,” Robert Kok, Managing Director, told Asian Agribiz.
Thailand to establish food innovation hub
[02 June 2016]
Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology last week signed a memorandum of understanding with 13 food companies, 12 universities and 10 government agencies, to establish the Food Innopolis. Located at Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani province, it will be a food innovation hub, focusing on research, development and innovation. The food cluster will provide spaces for a variety of businesses including central lab, a one stop service centre and other facilities. Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology said that Food Innopolis will focus on high value added food products such as premium seafood and aquaculture, food additives and ingredients. It will also support innovation in packaging, design, information technology, food safety, traceability, testing and certification.
Potential in Indonesia’s native chicken business
[02 June 2016]
Indonesia’s native chicken business grew 10% in the last five years, offering good future potential for expansion to existing players, according to Bambang Krista, Chairman of the Indonesian Local Chicken Breeders Association (Gapali). He said at times, demand exceeds supply. In addition, the price of live birds is relatively stable at around USD 2.3/kg. The biggest market for native chicken is still in Greater Jakarta. In the breeding sector, supply and demand of native DOC is balanced. Combined with non Gapali members, national native DOC (broiler & layer types) production is around 2 million per month, Mr Krista told Asian Agribiz.
Guangdong Wens eyes one tenth of China’s pig market
[02 June 2016]
Guangdong Wens Foodstuff Group in China said it targets an average 10% growth of in pig production, and eventually hopes to gain one tenth of China’s pig farming market, or an output of 50 million pigs a year, according to a roadshow memo obtained by Asian Agribiz. The company is seeking to raise USD 176 million through a private placement to fund its pig farm expansion in northeast China. Wens, already the largest livestock producer in China, produced 15.35 million pigs, 744 million chickens and 18.74 million ducks last year.
Tamil Nadu implements measures to prevent bird flu spread
[02 June 2016]
As part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of avian flu from India’s Karnataka, the Tamil Nadu government has suspended transportation of poultry items including chicken and eggs until the disease is brought under control in Karnataka. All district collectors have been instructed to monitor this. In all, 38 check-posts have been functioning round the clock in 10 districts bordering the neighbouring states. As many as 1200 rapid response teams have been kept ready across Tamil Nadu to take measures to curb the flu.
Omega-3 eggs to become new norm in Indonesia
[02 June 2016]
Omega-3 eggs are set to be a new norm in Indonesia since consumers are offered many choices at reasonable prices. The price is a bit higher than regular eggs, and consumers get clean eggs packed in proper packaging with added value in egg content. Pioneered by Sumber Inti Harapan Group led by Yoseph Setiabudi since 1990s, now many new players have joined the market. Although the competition is building up it is indirectly educating consumers. QL Group Indonesia this year targets to supply its QL Omega eggs to 4000 Indomaret stores. Last year it supplied around 1.5 million QL Omega eggs to 1500 Indomaret stores in Greater Jakarta and West Java each month.
Citra Lestari grows native chicken carcass production
[01 June 2016]
Indonesia’s Citra Lestari Food, the food division of native chicken breeder Citra Lestari Farm, plans to escalate its native chicken carcass production by 2000 carcasses per day this year. Currently it processes some 1500 carcasses per day, owner Bambang Krista told Asian Agribiz. Its latest product is Burangkeng native chicken, a marinated and ready-to-cook whole carcass product. All the products are sold to end consumers directly as well as via agents. Plans are afoot to market the Burangkeng native chicken to neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
Betagro restructures it business units into two
[01 June 2016]
Betagro Group in Thailand has consolidated its six business units into two major units, agro business and food business, said Narongchai Srisantisaeng, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of food business at Betagro. The company' previous six business units were food, swine, poultry, regional, feedmill and animal health. The Group has invested in enterprise resource planning software, which will help increase operational efficiency and competitiveness, he added. Meanwhile, Betagro is setting up a food innovation centre at the company's head office in Bangkok. This will be opened by the end of this year and will develop new products and packaging.
Lay Hong looks for JV partner for China market
[01 June 2016]
  Malaysian poultry producer Lay Hong Bhd is looking for a joint venture partner in China to manufacture and sell halal food products there in its bid to expand into the overseas market, reported The Star. Executive Chairman Yap Hoong Chai on a recent trip to China said he was keen to explore opportunities in the Chinese market after attending a business-matching extravaganza organised by the Bank of China. “We wish to find a partner in China to produce halal food products, just like what we have done with our Japanese partner recently,” said Mr Yap referring to Lay Hong’s JV with Japan-based NH Foods Ltd to, among others, make and sell processed meat-based foods.
The Wagyu House plans expansion beyond Jakarta
[01 June 2016] 
The Wagyu House, an online meat shop based in Jakarta, plans to expand its market to other big cities in Indonesia. Jessica Andrylie, owner told Asian Agribiz that it will soon launch a website to attract more customers. Founded in May 2015, its marketing & promotions is via social media and messaging apps. The Wagyu House offers only 21 portioned cuts of wagyu beef which are imported from Australia and Japan. Of the products, Ms Andrylie said round steak is the bestselling product, followed by tenderloin. “A cut of wagyu beef at supermarkets is more than USD 14.7, and it’s calculated per 100g. While a cut of my wagyu beef is only USD 5.1-5.8,” she said.
Chen Chunhua leaves as Co-Chairwoman of New Hope
[01 June 2016]
New Hope Liuhe Co. of China has announced that its Co-Chairwoman and CEO, Chen Chunhua has stepped down after a three-year term and will return to her education post. Liu Chang, daughter of New Hope founder Liu Yonghao, will remain the Chairwoman. With the contributions from Ms Chen, a well-known professor in business management, New Hope said it “has successfully expanded business to livestock farming and food processing from feed only amid a domestic overcapacity in the feed industry”, while the company posted an annual net profit growth of over 16% in 2013-2015.
India will require 32mt of feed corn by 2025
[01 June 2016]
By 2025, India will require 50 million tonnes of corn for domestic consumption, of which 32 million tonnes will be for feed. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said doubling India’s corn production will be an opportunity “and it can be achieved.” Mr Singh said in order to explore maximum uses of the crop, the corn-based industry needs to be promoted in a big way and special incentives need to be given for the cultivation of corn. In spite of the drought last year, corn production stood at 24.17 million tonnes in 2014-15, Mr Singh said adding this signifies the resilience of corn cultivation against climatic variability. About 64% of the total corn production is used for poultry feed.

Special focus on feedmill construction in Asian Feed Magazine, June/July 2016
[31 May 2016]

The 2016 Feedmill Construction Report in the latest edition of Asian Feed Magazine, reveals that the region is building more feed processing plants to support growing demand for meat. “The recent economic slowdown in Asia did not stymie animal protein consumption. Instead meat consumption has continued to grow moving feed producers to pursue expansion plans,” the report reveals. The Construction Report tracks the annual development of feedmills in Asia.

Feed companies pursue expansion plans
In China despite the number of feed companies decreasing from 10,000 to 6000, production is on the rise, with some companies moving into livestock farming and food processing. In India Amit Saraogi, Chairman, Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association, said the industry is expected to grow to 40 million tonnes by 2020. In 2014/15, compound feed production hit 28 million tonnes. “The growth of compound feed will keep pace with livestock GDP,” he said.

More fully-automated plants being built across the region
Across Asia feedmills are starting to look like efficient control centres. “Feed producers in the region are looking at efficiency and technology to ensure consistent quality, safety and lower costs. They are also concerned with traceability,” Kevin M Roepke, Regional Director, US Grains Council, told Asian Agribiz. He said another factor pushing for full automation is the cost and availability of labour. “Labour determines where a plant is built, how it is built and equipped,” he said.

India supports aqua sector with more feedmills
Early mortality syndrome was a major setback to the Thai shrimp industry but it opened doors for Indian farmers. India’s introduction of the Pacific white shrimp in 2009 and the cut back of black tiger on its farms, also proved to be a good move. With seafood production growing at a rate of 4% per year since 2012, its aqua feed demand is expected to touch 7 million tonnes by 2017-2018, according to Yes Bank at a Global Grain and Feed event. At least one shrimp company is taking on backward integration. Major shrimp exporter Devi Seafoods is building at 50,000 tonne per year shrimp feed plant.

Despite weak currency Indonesia sees room for growth
Indonesia’s feed consumption will increase alongside meat consumption. The Indonesia Feed Producers Association, formerly known as GMPT, expects feed consumption to touch 17.3 million tonnes this year, up 7% from last year. “There is room for growth in the industry for both local and international players,” Sudirman FX, Chairman, told Asian Agribiz. However, he added that currency exchange rates and government policies could derail its performance. Last year feed consumption reached 16.1 million tonnes, lower than the projected 16.8 million tonnes. This year it sees slower growth as the livestock industry recovers.

Foreign feed firms push on with investments in the region
Foreign feed companies are continuing to invest in Asia. Archer Daniels Midland launched a premix plant in Nanjing and hopes to launch its first facility in southern China by Q4. Cargill unveiled its largest plant in South Korea last year and opened its 11th and 12th plant in Nghe An and Binh Dong, Vietnam, respectively. DLG and partner Puai Feed will build a pig feedmill in China. Evonik has started work on its second facility in Singapore. Nutreco is converting its compound facility in China into a premix plant, and Royal De Heus is into its seventh feedmill in Vietnam, and is working on its first plant in Myanmar.

Asian firms continue expanding beyond their borders
Asian producers are strengthening their regional presence. QL Group Indonesia, via QL Agrofood, launched its first feedmill in Indonesia. The USD 17 million investment in Bekasi, West Java, has an installed capacity of 20,000 tonnes per month. This year Betagro will complete its feedmill in Cambodia. CJ Cheiljedang is eyeing a poultry and swine feedmill in Vietnam, while CJ Feed Indonesia targets two facilities in Indonesia. Japfa Comfeed is extending its presence in India with two new feedmills. Taiwanese aqua feed producer Grobest Feed is investing USD 15 million in a fish and livestock feedmill in the Philippines.


Cargill opens USD8.5m animal nutrition plant in Vietnam
[31 May 2016]
Cargill officially inaugurated a USD 8.5 million animal nutrition plant in Nghe An province, Vietnam on May 28.  This brings Cargill’s total number of animal feed mills in Vietnam to 11. The new facility will provide animal feed for livestock and will have a total capacity of 66,000 metric tonnes per year. It will incorporate Cargill’s uncompromising approach to feed safety, ingredient quality and product integrity.  “Vietnam is one of our best performing markets in our animal nutrition business globally. Our success in Vietnam is an invigorating story of how we are able to grow our business in a country, and at the same time contribute to the development of agricultural practices and improve the livelihoods of thousands of farmers,” said Sarena Lin, President of Cargill’s global feed and nutrition business.
CPF's new plant to produce food for seniors and hospitals
[31 May 2016]
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) will spend USD 19.59 million for a new facility in Ayutthaya province's Wang Noi district, Sukhawat Dansermsuk, Chief Operating Officer of Food Business at CPF said. Construction will begin in July this year and will produce sauces, seasoning, curry paste, vegetarian food and food for the elderly and hospitals. The new facility will be completed by mid-2017. CPF will produce ready to eat, liquid foods for the elderly and patients in hospitals, with a production capacity of 12 million packs a year. The company will sell its liquid food to hospitals and plans to sell the products in 7-Eleven convenience stores. “People are now living longer and the number of older people is increasing in Thailand,” Mr Sukhawat said.
CP Indonesia records moderate growth in 2015
[31 May 2016]
Indonesia’s largest poultry integrator Charoen Pokphand Indonesia reported that it achieved moderate growth with sales of USD 2.2 billion, a 3.28% increase from 2014. Meanwhile, net income climbed 4.98% to USD 134 million. Poultry feed was the largest contributor (73%) to the total revenue, followed by DOC and processed food businesses. The company said the weak rupiah last year raised the price of imported feed raw materials. Besides, the weak market sentiment presented the company with limited opportunities. With the stabilisation of the rupiah, the company is confident of recording better performance this year.
CPF to open third sausage factory by end 2016
[30 May 2016]
Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) plans to open a new USD 28 million sausage factory in Nakhon Ratchasima province by the end of this year, said Sukhawat Dansermsuk, Chief Operating Officer of Food Business at CPF. CPF’s third sausage factory will have a production capacity of 60 tonnes a day. The firm operates sausage plants in Bangkok's Nong Chok district and in Saraburi province with a combined capacity of 70,000-80,000 tonnes a year. With the new factory, CPF will have a total sausage production capacity of 100,000 tonnes a year. Mr Sukhawat said that CPF has a market share of 28-30% in the sausage segment in Thailand. The company also plans to export its sausage products to Asean markets in the future.
Philippines endorses anti-agricultural smuggling law
[30 May 2016]
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10845, known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act, which considers large scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage. Pushed by the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag), a multi-sectoral group that included the country’s livestock and poultry raisers, the law is expected to give “smugglers and their cohorts in government second thoughts. The offense is nonbailable and carries harsher penalties,” Chester Warren Tan, President of the South Cotabato Swine Producers Association told Asian Agribiz, adding that they hope the implementing rules and regulations to be drafted by the Bureau of Customs will truly make the law effective.
More egg choices for health-conscious Thai consumers
[30 May 2016]
Premium eggs, such as omega-3 enriched eggs and free-range and organic eggs, are good choices for health-conscious consumers, Manoch Chootubtim, Chief Advisor of Thai Layer Farmers Association told Asian Agribiz. Health-conscious consumers are growing every year in Thailand. “If consumers know that premium eggs are as good as advertised, I think that more people will consume these types of eggs.” Mr Manoch sees business potential in premium eggs that retail at USD 0.23-0.28/egg. Meanwhile, the price of mixed size eggs in Thailand is currently at USD 0.08/egg. “Premium eggs offer good profit but raising layers are difficult for farmers,” he said, adding famers need to build their credibility about the value in these eggs.
Indonesia’s cold storage industry needs more capacity
[30 May 2016]
The cold storage industry in Indonesia needs around USD 902 million to raise installed capacity to a sufficient level. Currently, the country has to cope with a deficit in terms of the availability of cold storage facilities. This is a challenge to preserving and transportation of (processed) seafood, meats, as well as fruits and vegetables. Hasanuddin Yasni, General Chairman of the Indonesian Cold Storage Association (ARPI), said the seafood industry requires some 14 million tonnes of cold storage capacity per year. However, currently only 7.5 million tonnes is available. The chicken meat industry requires about 5 million tonnes of cold storage facilities but only 1.5 million tonne capacity is available.
Sundaily gains largest market share with value-added eggs
[30 May 2016]
China’s Sundaily Farm, a specialised egg producer based in southwest Sichuan province, said it has ranked top for the fourth consecutive year with the biggest share of fresh egg market in the country. Its products range from free-range organic eggs to multigrain-fed eggs, omega-3, as well as vegetarian diet-fed eggs said to have lower cholesterol. According to the company, its vegetarian eggs are produced by layers fed without animal fat, but supplemented by alfalfa, seaweed and flax seed that could help reduce over 30% of cholesterol in eggs. Founded in 2001, Sundaily has set up seven layer farms of its own with a total stock of more than 4.5 million birds, including some 800,000 sets of breeders developed by itself.
Indonesia’s government urged to develop local cattle
[30 May 2016]
The Indonesian Cattle & Buffalo Farmers Association (PPSKI) has urged the government to give priority to developing local beef cattle rather than focusing on breeder cattle and frozen semen imports. Teguh Boediyana, PPSKI Chairman said local beef cattle like Bali and Ongole cattle also have good production performance. In addition, they have a strong adaptability to the environment in Indonesia. “We see that the government so far has no good programs in developing local beef cattle to support its beef self-sufficiency program,” said Mr Boediyana.
China's Truein builds sales through partnership with fast food chain
[27 May 2016]
Chinese pork integrator Truein Agro-Pastoral Group said it will partner with Shaxian Delicacies, a local fast food chain with about 20,000 restaurants nationwide, for fresh and processed pork supply, new product development as well as e-commerce operations. “We have pork processing plants from the south to the north of China, and a new complex with annual capacity of 4 million pigs will soon be launched in northeastern Jilin province,” Hou Jie, Deputy General Manager for Marketing told Asian Agribiz.
QSRs in Indonesia prepare for Ramadhan
[27 May 2016]
With the fasting month Ramadhandue to begin in early June, some QSR chains in Indonesia have prepared strategies to boost sales. McDonald’s Indonesia will launch a new menu said Sutji Lantyka, Communication Director of Rekso National Food, the operator of McDonald’s in Indonesia. “During Ramadhan our stores are always full, even more crowded than regular days.” Not poles apart, Fast Food Indonesia, the master franchisee of KFC in Indonesia will also launch special menus. During the month, Fast Food expects its sales to increase by 15-20%.
Balance needed between automation and management
[27 May 2016]
Poultry producers cannot fully automate broiler production but they need skilled management to obtain good production results, said Niels Henrik Lundgaard, Product Manager of Farm Management at Skov A/S. “We need to find a right balance between management and the right tools - it’s the man machine interface,” he said, at a seminar organised by Skov in Bangkok this week. “It is about enhancing the human factor by using automation,” he added. The value of automation is to increase productivity and give early warnings on feed and water intake, daily weight gains and weight uniformity.
Sustainability is main challenge for Indonesia’s tuna industry
[27 May 2016]
Indonesia has become one of the largest tuna producing countries in the world. It is estimated that Indonesia supplies about 1 million tonnes of the saltwater finfish per year or 16% of the world’s total tuna supply. As such, the tuna fishing industry has become a vital component of Indonesia’s fishing industry. However, according to Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s Minister of Fisheries & Marine Affairs, the main challenge in the industry is the conservation of tuna resources as only 66% of total tuna fishing takes into account the sustainability of tuna resources. The remainder is fished beyond ecologically safe limits.

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China’s white broiler segment tipped for better days
[27 May 2016]

China’s white-feather broiler segment is seen to be the most advanced part within its animal protein sector, both for its large scale and high standards. However, the segment has been suffering from losses since 2012 and upstream breeders have had to limit the introduction of overseas GPs. At the recent annual conference hosted by the China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA), in Shenyang, government officials, scientists and industry executives shared their views on the segment's future and initiatives to meet the challenge.

China association says current white-feather broiler GP stock ‘appropriate’
Gong Guifen, Vice Secretary General of the CAAA said it would be appropriate for the nation’s white-feather broiler segment to keep a laying GP stock of about 800,000 sets. The GP stock has fallen to 796,800 sets as of Q1 2016 after introduction fell 39% to 720,200 sets last year. Ms Gong said the 2015 introduction could ensure abundant supply of parent and commercial stocks this year, and the segment is expected to bottom out from a four-year downturn.

China Broiler Alliance sees 2016 GP introduction at about 500,000 sets
Li Jinghui, President of the China Broiler Alliance said the nation’s introduction of white-feather broiler GP stock is expected to reach about 500,000 sets in 2016, as international breeders are expanding their capacities in New Zealand and Spain, countries that are permitted to export GPs to China. China imported only 24,200 sets of broiler GP in Q1 2016 and this may cause a shortage of commercial stocks around early 2018, Mr Li said, adding that China may need another one million sets of GP in 2017 to fill the gap.

White chicken sees growing competition from yellow chicken
Zhang Fu, Deputy Director for animal monitoring and analysis at China’s Ministry of Agriculture, said the white-feather broiler segment is facing growing competition from the local yellow broilers as well as waterfowls. China produced 4.28 billion white broilers and 3.73 billion yellow chicken in 2015. Meat output was at 7.58 million tonnes and 3.64 million tonnes respectively. The nation also produced 6.94 million tonnes of duck meat and 1.51 million tonnes of goose last year.

China eyes 20% market share for locally-developed white broilers
China targets to develop two or three fast-growing white-feather broiler breeds of its own by 2025, with market share to exceed 20% of the segment, said Wen Jie, Chief Scientist for the National Broiler Industry Technology System. China introduced white broilers in 1980s, and now the segment is about half owned by Abor Acres Plus, followed by Ross 308 and Hubbard, according to Mr Wen.

CP China to expand further processing
Lv Pan, Vice Chairman of Agro-industry & Food Business at CP China, said the company targets to process 80% of its chicken into cooked or prepared products, up from a current 60% further-processing rate that already tops Chinese broiler integrators. He revealed that CP China recently launched two factories in Qingdao and Qinhuangdao to produce Chinese food like baozi, jiaozi and shaomai, with a combined capacity of 200,000 tonnes a year.

Fujian Sunner to sell processed products online via ‘weishang’
Fujian Sunner, the largest white-feather broiler integrator in China and supplier to KFC and McDonald’s, said it is enlisting ‘weishang’ (micro online business sellers) to promote its frozen processed chicken products on social media. The company has allocated 14 products in small packs such as grilled wings, popcorn and sausages for the online sale. “We will expand the channel after improving on logistics,” Brand Manager Lin Xiuying told Asian Agribiz.


 


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