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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Talking Pork and responding to the challenges of COVID-19

In this week’s special episode of APL’s Talking Pork and All Things Foodservice host Venessa Barnes is joined by APL CEO Margo Andrae to talk about how the industry is responding to the challenges of COVID-19. Margo grew up in Bourke and her interest in the communities and industries of rural and regional Australia has shaped her career. The opportunity to be a leading advocate for Australian pork producers and help steer the advancement of Australia’s $5.3 billion pork industry drew …

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Drivers of consumption volatility

Article originally written by Peter Haydon for Australian Pork Newspaper The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted our lives in recent weeks and is causing a high degree of demand and supply volatility. For our industry, this is in turn is causing a high degree of volatility, particularly for uncontracted pigs. As I see it, there are five causes to the short-term situation. 1. Grocery shopping increased as people substituted food eaten out-of-home to in-home. In the pre-pandemic stable market, about 74 percent of food was bought …

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Accelerating herd health improvement

Part one of a three-part series on potential business improvement opportunities from R&I, originally written by Peter Haydon for Australian Pork Newspaper As mentioned in April’s APN article, the research team continue to focus on finding ways to reduce production costs, keep our farms safe, and improve our license to operate. In a time where it’s difficult to get any news that’s not related to COVID-19, we thought we’d put together an update on some of the things the R&I team are …

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Join Aussie pig farmers to fight MND

Getting some pork on your fork this month could help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Aussie pork producers have teamed up with Coles to support FightMND, raising funds for MND research in Australia and overseas. Underway from now until 16 June, Coles will donate 10 cents from the sale of each pack of Coles Brand fresh Australian pork at its supermarkets. In addition, Aussie pork farmers who supply Coles will also donate to the FightMND foundation. Australian Pork Limited …

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The rise and fall of the virus impact

Editorial by APL CEO, Margo Andrae, for Australian Pork Newspaper Recent weeks have tested the strength and agility of Australia’s pork producers and our markets in unprecedented ways. For our industry, the significant social and economic disruption caused by COVID-19 will have long lasting impacts, many of which be difficult to predict. For now, our supply chains are adapting to the loss of foodservice sales which normally absorb about a quarter of all Australian pork, particularly popular restaurant cuts like ribs and …

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Assistance sought by the zoo industry

Through our networks with other industry bodies, APL received information that the zoo industry were seeking assistance through discounted or donated meat to feed their animals. The industry has been severely affected through reduced visitor numbers and tourists and were seeking help from other industries. To ensure the maintenance of an adequate diet, zoos are seeking cuts that are lower in fat, such as ribs. Please contact Nicolas de Graaf of the Zoo and Aquarium Association on nick@zooaquarium.org.au if you need more information …

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Are you prepared for a crisis?

Significant disruptions to pork processing and sales, especially in North America, has provided a timely opportunity for producers to revisit their own business preparedness in case of a supply chain break-down in Australia. While much of industry’s focus in terms of emergency business measures has focussed on an emergency animal disease outbreak, the principles can be applied to almost any potential crisis situation, including some worst-case scenarios arising from COVID-19. With this in mind, APL’s ‘30-Minute Plan for Piggeries’ for preparing for, and navigating through, an …

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SA Farm Trespass laws passed

Protesters who trespass on primary production land will now face tougher penalties under new laws that passed South Australia’s Parliament on Tuesday 28 April 2020. Read the PIRSA media release explaining the changes and penalties South Australian producers can also refer to the Rural Security factsheet produced by SA Police on what to do in case of a farm trespass.

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Challenge, opportunity and a time to band together

Written by Katana Smith, APL Marketing Communications Manager, for Hospitality Magazine. When the new year began, nobody could have predicted what was to come, but resilience and innovation have shone through as the foodservice industry seeks to survive – and thrive – beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. City-based restaurants have been hit particularly hard by pandemic control measures. Once bustling business hubs quickly became deserted. Nino Zoccali, owner of The Restaurant Pendolino and La Rosa in Sydney’s iconic The Strand Arcade, closed …

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Make Mother’s Day memorable with pork!

Mother’s Day is just a week away so it’s time to start planning how you’ll mark the day. This Mother’s Day we all have to #switchitup because we can’t spoil the mums in our lives by taking them out and some of us won’t even get to be together. So, the Marketing Team’s digital channels will be helping consumers #switchitup with pork – which is also a broader pork substitution campaign. The Australian Pork facebook and Instagram accounts, Aussie bacon and ham facebook page, plus butchers and …

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New ads show pork as menu boredom buster

New television ads will elevate the versatility of pork and encourage people to experiment with new recipes. The ads were created during the COVID-19 pandemic, with utilising existing versatility creative and some additional shots, to show consumers a wide range of pork dishes with the tagline “You’ll never be bored when there’s pork on your fork”. The new ads will start this week, while roast versatility advertising will also continue. Radio, digital screen and digital partnerships will also continue, with channels and …

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[updated] China: Consultations on Draft Ractopamine-free Assurance Scheme

In support of our request for market access for exports to mainland China, APL has been working on programs to ensure our industry will meet China’s strict import requirements. One of these is a zero tolerance of pigs fed ractopamine, so we have developed a ractopamine-free assurance scheme for industry consideration. APL will be consulting with the pork supply chain to introduce the program and its potential requirements. We are keen to hear producers views and answer any questions. A …

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