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      Poultry & Meat Industry

      For nearly 40 years, FPE has been proud contributors to and supporters of the Australian meat industry. We supply meat processing equipment to the broader meat industry in Australia and New Zealand. So, from traditional red meat producers to smallgoods, chicken and other poultry processors, we have the equipment and processing line solutions to optimise your business.


      Supporting the New Zealand & Australian meat industry

      FPE began with the meat industry all those years ago. And today, meat is still at the heart of what we do. Our team includes members from all corners of the meat industry so we understand the sorts of challenges our customers face. 

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      As well as world-leading equipment, we also have partnerships in place with external providers that enable us to deliver complementary services to food producers in New Zealand and Australia.

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      Trusted New Zealand & Australian meat industry partners

      The meat industry is one of the most important and lucrative to Australia and New Zealand’s economy. Getting quality cuts of meat requires specialist machinery, highly trained staff and world-class manufacturers—that’s why producers big and small trust FPE.

      Meat industry supplies/equipment for every stage of processing

      FPE supplies best-in-class solutions for fresh and cooked meat and poultry producers in Australia and New Zealand.

      PROCESSING ACTIVITY MANUFACTURER Fresh red meat and livestock industry/abattoir Chicken meat industry & other poultry Cooked/cold meat industry & smallgoods
      Slaughtering Accles & Shelvoke ✔️ ✔️
      Tempering/thawing AMTek Microwave ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
      Fat & bone trimming Bettcher Industries ✔️ ✔️
      Dehairing & paunch cleaning Materiel Charles Mecal (MCM) ✔️
      Skinning and derinding Grasselli ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
      Hard and soft separation Sepamatic ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
      Slicing  Magurit ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
      Fat analysis & contaminant detection Eagle PI ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
      Production hygiene Elpress ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
      Material handling SYSPAL ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

      Quality control in meat processing industry

      HACCP is still the most important quality control mechanism for today’s New Zealand & Australian meat industry. It is supported by a growing body of technology to facilitate the 24/7 monitoring and automated quality control processes required in today’s meat processing plants. 

      Eagle’s dual energy (MDX) X-Ray machines are world-leading in this field. Capable of measuring chemical lean, detecting previously undetectable contaminants like bone and some plastics, and conducting a range of other production line quality checks. 

      Not only that, these machines can be further enhanced with their specially designed software solutions allowing you maximum uptime and HACCP compliance. Due to the critical nature of this equipment, FPE provides a 24 hour hotline to all X-Ray equipment customers.

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      So, if you’re a meat industry processor, trust FPE. For all your processing equipment, plant hygiene, mechanical handling, equipment maintenance and supplies, we’re the leading provider in Australia and New Zealand. Contact us today on 1800 882 549 in Australia and 0800 100 003 in New Zealand to discuss your business needs. 

      New Zealand & Australian meat industry FAQs

      What is the meat industry?

      The meat industry is often thought of as referring to the production of fresh red meat for consumers. However, the meat industry as a whole also encompasses the production of chicken and other poultry for human consumption, as well as cold meats like salami and ham (also known as “smallgoods”). 

      How big is the meat industry in Australia?

      In 2019, the domestic supply and export of Australian red meat totalled $28.5 billion in sales, and in the same year Australia was the second largest beef exporter in the world. With the global meat consumption increasing year on year, we can expect to see the size of the Australian meat industry to grow.

      How much meat does New Zealand produce?

      The New Zealand meat industry processes around 25 million sheep and five million cattle every year. (source: NZ Meat Industry Association)

      How much meat is produced in Australia?

      Meat production in Australia varies based on the type of livestock. Typically there has been a year on year growth across most segments of the industry.

      As of 2020, the amount of meat produced in Australia was:

      Animal Average amount of meat produced in Australia from 2019-2020
      Cattle  196,106 tonnes
      Calves 2,196 tonnes
      Sheep 16,882 tonnes
      Lamb 39,894 tonnes
      Pigs 33,392 tonnes

      Who is the largest beef producer in Australia?

      In Australia, the largest beef and cattle producer is the Australian Agricultural Company, which has been operating since 1824. 

      What are the challenges to the Australian & New Zealand meat industry? 

    • Staff availability and absenteeism
    • Migrant workers, visa issues & cultural barriers
    • Poor industry perception (see also: She Looks Like Me)
    • Market
    • Low prices offered by competitors
    • Expensive export certification
    • Energy
    • Energy costs and inefficiencies
    • Water
    • Water costs and accessibility
    • Wastewater management
    • Lack of ability to recycle wastewater
    • Consumer Trends
    • Meat-free and plant-based trend
    • Health scaremongering around red meat
    • Expectation around provenance & welfare
    • Animal Welfare
    • Poor industry perception
    • Lack of industry-wide cohesion
    • Technology & Equipment
    • Gap between R&D and implementation
    • Inability to identify opportunities in existing technology
    • Regulatory
    • High cost of compliance
    • Packaging
    • Expectation for eco-friendly
    • Certification costs
    • Different requirements for different markets
    • Supply
    • Climate
    • Infrastructure, food, pest, transportation costs