MEATY MATTERS: Co-product prices keep falling

The sale of Wallace Group’s tanning, rendering and composting operations in Waikato, Northland and Manawatu is the latest step in the consolidation of what is often termed the fifth quarter of the meat industry.

MEATY MATTERS: Meat sector dynamics changed

A little over a year since the launch of the Taste Pure Nature country-of-origin brand in California, Beef + Lamb’s market development general manager Nick Beeby is thrilled with the evolution of the programme.

MEATY MATTERS: Anzco achieves huge turnaround

Anzco Foods’ 2019 pre-tax profit was $30.6 million on record sales revenue of $1.7 billion, which, admittedly, represents a margin on sales of less than 2% and a return on assets of 3.74% but it is a huge improvement on the pre-tax loss of $39.1m in 2018.

MEATY MATTERS: Ethical divide splits meat firms

The country’s meat processors have followed two distinctly different paths in response to the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which is available to all businesses for 12 weeks providing they can substantiate a 30% drop in revenue during the period.

MEATY MATTERS: Ritchie drove meat sector change

Tim Ritchie came to the Meat Industry Association as chief executive at the end of 2007, initially intended to be for 18 months, and retired earlier this month more than 12 years later.

MEATY MATTERS: Time takes on new perspective

My last few columns have dealt with the potential impact of covid-19 on world trade, exports to China and meat processors but suddenly, in the last two weeks, the virus has become the main factor in our lives. 

What was previously just a growing concern has, with alarming speed, destabilised the whole global economy with no certainty about how, when or even whether it will revert to normal.

MEATY MATTERS: Meat industry in shape to cope

When I started to trawl through possible topics to write about this week I had the bright idea it might be worth asking meat processors what contingency plans they have in place in case an employee, more particularly one on the processing floor, tests positive for the covid-19 coronavirus.

MEATY MATTERS: Virus major test for Government

Headlines driving panic buying in Auckland supermarkets suggest either we are all facing an existential threat or, more likely, a small percentage of the population is reacting like idiots, presumably stocking up large in case one covid-19 case so far means they will have to self-isolate.