Per capita chicken consumption, measured on a boneless weight basis, surpassed beef consumption for the first in 2010, according to a report in the September 2012 edition of Amber Waves from USDA’s Economic Research Service.

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China is expected to import 250,000 metric tons of broiler in 2013, 4.2 percent more than the 240,000 tons in 2012 and 5.0 percent above the 238,000 tons in 2011, according to the recent GAIN report from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)  office in Beijing. 

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After 15 years since Laos applied to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), membership negotiations with Laos finally concluded last week, according to a news report from Bangkok, Thailand.

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The National Chicken Council (NCC) and other coalition organizations on September 28 filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction challenge to two “partial waiver” decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Growth in food and beverage industry sales (dollar sales through multi-outlets, including the convenience channel) has slowed from 5 percent in 2011 to 4.1 percent in 2012 year to date, according to a new SymphonyIRI Group study.

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) gave notice in the October 1 issue of the Federal Register that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to renew the charter of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan for a two year time period.

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Foodmate US, Ball Ground, Georgia, is the latest company to join the National Chicken Council (NCC) as an allied industry member. Scott Hazenbroek, president and founder of Foodmate, will serve as the official representative to NCC. 

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending October 6 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 154,439,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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