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Wednesday 11th May 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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Victory for Canadian Beef as Restaurant Chain Reverses Decision

Following last week’s newsletter, Canadian restaurant chain Earls Restaurants reversed its decision to begin sourcing beef from the US, after an outcry from customers and beef producers.

The chain said it would switch to a beef supplier in Kansas, after it was unable to source the large volumes of beef they needed under a 'Certified Humane' label in Canada. Beef associations said the move gave an incorrect impression that Canadian beef is not humanely raised.

However, in its latest statement, the company reversed its decision and said it will be working with local farms to build a supply of Alberta beef that meets their criteria.

“We made a mistake when we moved away from Canadian beef,” said Earls President, Mo Jessa.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) said it believes the apology issued by Earls is a good first step, whilst Alberta Beef Producers said it was pleased with the development – click here to read more.

Meanwhile, the latest data on US beef exports show that although first-quarter beef export volumes were up 2 per cent from the same period in 2015, the value of these exports was down 13 per cent.

The data, released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), showed beef exports performed especially well in Asia.

“Exports showed an encouraging level of improvement in March, especially to our key Asian markets,” said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng.

“Beef exports continued to perform well in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. So while US exports continue to recover from a down year in 2015, volumes are on track for improvement in most markets this year.” – Read more.

 



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