PorkStar returns

Porkstar, the chef-influencer marketing program at Australian Pork Limited, returns to in-person events and activations this month after a hiatus due to COVID-19 lockdowns and pandemic restrictions on hospitality and events. PorkStar is the connector between new industry innovators and pork knowledge, armed with the task of elevating pork in peoples’ minds. Having an ongoing…

Big year in foodservice

Despite another turbulent year from a foodservice perspective at Australian Pork Limited, the overall eat-out rate – the proportion of the population eating out for lunch or dinner on any given day – recovered to 28 percent, after the low of 2020 at 25 percent. The overall improvement was driven by increases across all meal…

Celebrating women in pork

Last year, Australian Pork Limited made a commitment to address the gender inequality that exists within the global meat sector and closer to home, in Australia. With March 8 marking the United Nations-led International Women’s Day, it was an appropriate time to reflect on the achievements made and cement further work in this space. To…

Successful transplant of gene-edited pig heart into human

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old male with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically modified pig heart on January 10 and continues to do well according to doctors. It was the only available option for the patient. The historic surgery was conducted by the University of Maryland Medicine. This organ transplant…

A stabilisation of pork sales for Christmas 2021

Christmas 2021 was down slightly according to sales data obtained from Australian Pork Limited. An analysis has shown total fresh meat volume decreased by 3.6 percent compared to the abnormal bumper year of 2020. This was due to a decline in the percentage of Australian households purchasing fresh meat in the Christmas period and shoppers…

Destructive wild pigs can help build rainforests

Wild pigs are often thought of as ecosystem destroyers, but a new study found they also cultivate biodiverse rainforests in their native habitats. Dr Matthew Luskin from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland has been researching the effect of native pigs in Malaysian rainforests and found their nests may be critical…

Aussie dry aged pork debut

If you’re looking for something a little different for dinner, a new flavour sensation is dry aged pork. While high-end restaurants and butcheries have been using the method of dry aging pork almost exclusively, the Australian product has made its debut and is now available at supermarkets. Agnes co-owner and chef Ben Williamson said dry…

APL program inspiring butcher shop owners

Australian Pork Butchers is a free program resourced by Australian Pork Limited dedicated to providing insights, resources and marketing material to support the sale of pork within retail butchers. The past year has seen an overhaul for the program, with a shift to focus on creating a supportive community and unlocking new communication channels. APL…

Island neighbours funded to fight African swine fever

The Australian Government has given Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea a helping hand in their battle to respond and recover from devastating African swine fever outbreaks. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said Timor-Leste had received $180,000 and PNG had received an extra $205,000 to help combat the effects of the highly contagious…

Future leaders of pork value chain

The Australian pork sector is full of hard working and passionate people and, for many, it is more than just a job – the role they play in society is fundamental to their identity. When supply chain participants are attacked for carrying out their professions and their passion, it can become a personal attack on…

Immunocastration benefits

Boar taint is one of the main reasons consumers may have product failure rates. Immunocastration is one of the tools producers can use to deal with off-odour and off-flavour issues in pork. However, while approximately 60 percent of the Australian herd utilises IC in their production, the remaining portion may not use this technology due…

Pig waste turned into clean and green power

Australian producers are converting their animal waste into fuel for biogas power plants – turning ponds of poop into power. Not known for being clean or green, piggeries are rapidly becoming greener than vegetables where climate change is concerned. Investment and effort by industry organisations and producers have seen pork production develop into the country’s…