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.

MEATY MATTERS: Meat exports hold up despite covid-19

Against a very uncertain economic background caused directly by the outbreak of covid-19 coronavirus one thing remains certain – the Chinese population must still have food to eat and their government has to make sure they can get it, though the purchase channels might have changed.

MEATY MATTERS: Brexit by no means a done deal

At long last, three and a half years after the surprise referendum result, Britain has formally left the European Union, with expressions of sorrow in the EU Parliament, dignified satisfaction from the United Kingdom government, anger and sadness on the part of Remainers and noisy displays of joy by chief Brexiteer Nigel Farage and his cohort in the European Parliament.

MEATY MATTERS: Don’t panic: Price drops a blip

It is difficult to see any real reason for panic over the sudden pre-Christmas reduction in demand for sheep meat and beef from Chinese importers that has led to prices coming off their peak. 

MEATY MATTERS: Jury still out on Alliance reset

Alliance's 2019 annual report states upfront the company is in the fourth year of its transformation strategy to capture greater market value and maximise operational performance, which has resulted in taking on some extra costs but already shows strong results and improved profitability.

MEATY MATTERS: Stars align for red meat sales

The Lamb Company was established nearly 60 years ago in Toronto to represent several New Zealand meat companies in North America, focusing initially on lamb and the Canadian market.

MEATY MATTERS: Confidence down but all not lost

The latest Rabobank quarterly Rural Confidence Survey has shown a dramatic fall in farmers’ view of the outlook for agriculture in the coming year though their pessimism is not so pronounced when considering the prospects for their own farm performance.