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EHL Ingredients doubles manufacturing space

Food ingredients firm EHL has acquired a new 8,000 square foot manufacturing site in Stockport that will allow the business to expand operations and trigger a recruitment drive. 

Scottish pork company to hire two apprentices

Scottish pork processor Robertson’s Fine Foods will continue on its path of expansion, with plans in motion to launch an apprenticeship scheme, Meat Trades Journal can reveal.

Dawn Meats blazes responsible working trail

Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. 

Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bolster Booker’s meat sales

Wholesaler Booker saw a strong fourth quarter overall as its meat sales were boosted by dining events.

Pub manager fined after food poisoning death

A food business operator and the manager of a public house in Cornwall has been fined following the death of an elderly lady.

Artisan butcher Damon Buckingham ready to open doors

Top independent butcher Damon Buckingham took some time out from setting up his new business Buckinghams Artisan Butchery to speak to Meat Trades Journal about his road from manager to business owner. 

Bernard Matthews job cuts ‘deeply disappointing’

Bernard Matthews’ plans to cut up to 155 jobs after its takeover by Boparan Private Office are “deeply disappointing”, according to trades union Unite.

Cranswick in top tier of farm animal welfare

Cranswick is the only UK meat processor to appear in the top tier of companies rated in a wide-ranging report on farm animal welfare standards. 

Kelly Turkeys talk the hatch of the day

By not compromising on quality and looking to take calculated risks, Paul Kelly of turkey producer Kelly Turkeys discusses how a family business took flight. 

Business rate hike could hit meat traders

Meat companies face being swept up in a wider storm of substantial business rate increases, according to an expert at a major UK law firm. 

Doherty’s unveils rebranding

Northern Irish gluten-free meat specialist Doherty’s has refreshed its brand as part of a marketing drive to expand business in Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

Packaging solution adds value to producers

Irish-based Holfeld Plastics, part of the Waddington Europe group, has introduced a packaging solution designed to add value and help boost the environmental credentials of a business. 

Meat Business Women hits new peaks with latest networking event

The latest Meat Business Women networking event has been hailed as a success by the conference’s organiser, Laura Ryan. 

The Jolly Hog pork producer set to expand business

Bristol-based pork producer, The Jolly Hog, has secured a finance package from HSBC to help grow the business. 

Halal Food Authority condemns Britain First following slaughterhouse visit

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is considering action against political party Britain First following a visit to a halal meat business. 

Meat Business Women networking event speaker list expanded

A new speaker has been added to the third Meat Business Women event. 

Meat Business Women to host London networking event

Tickets are now available for Meat Business Women’s third networking event on Wednesday 25 May. 

Meat Business Women announce third networking event

Meat Business Women, the networking group for women working in the UK meat industry, is to host its third event next month in London. 

Business apologises for gammon labelling error

A Welsh food business has apologised for a labelling error that misled customers about the origin of gammon. 

Meat business named and shamed

London-based P&S Foods, which trades as Sam’s Chicken, has been named among the latest list of employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage. 

Importance of animal welfare highlighted in annual report

Businesses in the food sector are becoming more aware of the importance of displaying their animal welfare procedures, according to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report. 

Young butcher competition opens

Butchery apprentices are invited to take part in the 2016 Premier Young Butcher Competition hosted by William Reed Business Media at Foodex at the Birmingham NEC on 18–20 April next year. 

2 Sisters to invest £150m in poultry business

The parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has announced a £150m investment in its poultry business over the coming three to four years, with state-of-the-art technology and changes that would “revolutionise the supply chain end to end”. 

Second Meat Business Women a success

Women in the meat industry gathered on Wednesday (30 September) to network and share their experiences of working within the sector. 

We Hae Meat nominated for Scottish Business Award

Ayrshire meat company We Hae Meat has been nominated for a Scottish Business Award in the Family Business of the Year category. 

Butchery Excellence Scheme launched to aid business skills

Montgomery Food Consulting has launched the Butchery Excellence Scheme to help butchers improve their business skills. 

Etherington Meats unveils £30,000 kitchen expansion project

Etherington Meats is set to grow its business with a new industrial kitchen. 

Northern Irish meat processor seals first export deal

J H Givan, a bacon and ham specialist from Northern Ireland, has secured its first export business in the Republic of Ireland. 

Budget 2015: What does it mean for you?

It was a mixed bag for business owners as Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Conservative Budget of the new government. 

Crawshaws plans nationwide growth

The Crawshaws Group has unveiled ambitious long-term plans to significantly grow its business and increase its presence throughout the UK. 

Butcher unveils Plan Bee for store

A butcher’s shop in Wishaw is to start selling honey alongside its meat after it acquired four beehives, which sit next to the shop.

Pork Farms gets go ahead to buy Kerry Foods pastry division by Competition Markets Authority

The Pork Farms acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business has been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Poultry business owner given suspended sentence over chicken deaths

The owner of a poultry business in Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence and fined £12,500 following an investigation into the death of more than 6,000 chickens due to heat exhaustion. 

Slaughterhouse owner banned from keeping livestock for 20 years

A slaughterhouse owner has been banned from keeping livestock or managing a food business for 20 years. 

Supply chain issues prompt abattoir closure

A Scottish halal abattoir is set to close with the loss of more than 100 jobs, after its owners said its location caused the business “significant supply chain complexities”. 

Butcher issues business warning to government

A butcher set to close her doors for the final time has warned that the industry will be forced to do the same unless the government does more to support small businesses. 

Bernard Matthews plans future of environmental sustainability

The UK’s largest turkey producer has launched a series of green energy initiatives as part of its ‘The Big Green Plan’.

Welsh butcher scoops two local awards

Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year, Edward’s of Conwy, has received two business awards in a local competition.

General Election fallout: Who's in?

Despite the upheaval caused by the Conservative majority victory in the General Election, the status quo was largely kept in terms of political posts for the sector.

Dunbia seals joint venture deal with Dutch beef firm

Meat processor Dunbia has announced a joint venture agreement with Dutch-based company Shannon Meats.

Moy Park gains high ranking for corporate responsibility

For the second year, Moy Park has achieved three stars on the Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index, which measures responsible business practice.

Farm shop bosses share knowledge

A panel of farm shop experts gave visitors their top tips for running a successful business in a special talk at the Farm Shop & Deli show in Birmingham earlier this week.

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Midlands butcher’s opens ‘ambitious’ outlet

A sixth store has now been opened by Lincolnshire’s G Simpson Butchers, described by the business as its most ambitious outlet yet.

Cargill awarded top supplier award by Morrisons

Morrisons has named Cargill, the supermarket’s largest source of fresh chicken, as its Supplier of the Year 2015.

Osborne bullish in latest Budget statement

Chancellor George Osborne today delivered what could be his last Budget announcement when he stated Britain “is walking tall again” after five years of Conservative rule.

Karro announces 141 job losses

Karro Food Group has confirmed that it is cutting 141 jobs at its Scunthorpe site.

Permission granted for new Welsh poultry plant

A new Welsh poultry processing plant will create 150 new jobs, after planning permission was granted for the multi-million-pound investment in Wrexham.

Morrisons appoints new CEO

Morrisons has appointed ex-Tesco man David Potts as its new chief executive officer.

New MD for Yorkshire butcher’s

Catering butcher’s The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Northern butcher takes helm at Q Guild

Northumberland butcher Mark Turnbull has been elected as the new national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, taking over from Brindon Addy, who has been at the helm for three years.

Dunbia targets business from China

Northern Irish meat processing giant Dunbia has its sights firmly set on winning business in China, according to Invest Northern Ireland.

Cornish butcher launches wholesale business

A new wholesale business has been launched in the South West by the man behind Kernow Sausages.

Upland farming conferences planned

Eblex and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) are teaming up to host two conferences, focusing on helping upland farmers develop profitable farming businesses.

Dalesman invests £750k in extension

The Dalesman Group has invested £750,000 in an extension of its Bradford headquarters, including a new pilot plant and development kitchen.

New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the company’s wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Morrisons boss steps down, as retailer sees sales fall

Morrisons’ chief executive Dalton Phillips is to leave the company after five years in his role, as the supermarket announced a fall in like-for-like sales (LFLs).

Hilton Food reports business as expected

Hilton Food Group has said trading is “in line with expectations” in a statement for the year ending 28 December 2014, despite European markets being “subdued”.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

New opportunity

British Baker and Meat Trades Journal, owned by William Reed Business Media (WRBM), are market-leading brands that focus on delivering the best information in print, on-line and face-to-face to their respective communities.

Quality Meat Scotland announces 2015 events

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is encouraging livestock farmers to register for next year’s ‘Sharing Best Practice’ industry development conference, as well as a range of free workshops.

Westaways Sausages included in Business is GREAT advent campaign

Westaways Sausages has been featured in a government campaign to promote small firms at Christmas.

Federation of Small Businesses calls for reform

Business rates are the third biggest expense for small businesses, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which said the gorvernment needs to abolish the tax.

Pork processor introduces online initiative

Tulip has launched a new “online community” to engage with its consumers and provide real-time insights for both the business and its customers.

Butchers get involved in Small Business Saturday

Butchers are being urged to take part in Small Business Saturday tomorrow to boost trade and raise awareness of their business before Christmas.

Moy Park chief given ‘Outstanding’ award

Moy Park chief executive Janet McCollum has been named ‘Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year’ at the fourth annual Women in Business Northern Ireland Awards.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

Chancellor commits to businesses rates relief

Chancellor George Osborne has announced another year of tax relief for small businesses and tax cuts for employers with apprentices.

Cranswick reports profitable H1

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

2 Sisters reports loss, despite rise in sales

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £143.3 million loss for the 53 weeks ending 2 August 2014, although total sales were up 18.5% and protein performed strongly.

Turkey firm embarks on new Christmas promotion

Kelly Turkeys, which has celebrated 30 years of business, has announced a new Christmas promotional campaign. 

Tulip snaps up charcuterie firm

Tulip has purchased a Bristol-based charcuterie business, Castellano’s Charcuterie.

Faccenda continues expansion with proposed deal for Cherry Valley

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is to acquire duck business Cherry Valley Foods by the end of the year.

Conwy butcher exports to Malaysia

A Q Guild butcher has received its biggest ever overseas order for homemade sausages and dry cured bacon.

Sainsbury’s launches own-label game range

Sainsbury’s has launched its first own-label range of venison in response to market demand, which will be supplied by Scottish venison supplier Highland Game.

Blog points to social media benefits

In our latest blog post sausage expert and managing director of Westaways Sausages Charles Baughan talks about the importance of an online business.

Devro turns in solid performance

Despite sliding profits in the first half of the year, Devro has released its third-quarter (Q3) statement showing trading is “in line with expectations”.

Franklins hosts annual goose walk

One Bedfordshire goose farm has opened its doors for the British Goose Producers’ (BGP’s) annual walk.

Moy Park brings in new IT director

With over 20 years’ experience, Moy Park has appointed Brian Acheson as its new director of information systems and business solutions.

Deadline looming for meat and poultry awards

Processing companies across the meat sector are being urged to polish up their entries for one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions.

Meat Packers veteran passes away

Roger Baker, one quarter of the ‘Baker Boys’ and a famous name in the UK meat and livestock industry, passed away on 21 September aged 73, after a long illness.

Karro announces strong increase in earnings

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has announced an EBITDA improvement of £10 million in its first year as an independent business.

Samworth Brothers veteran passes on

John Samworth, of chilled foods company Samworth Brothers, passed away aged 81, on Sunday 31 August.

Tulip shortlisted in IGD awards

Food producer Tulip is “delighted” to be shortlisted for the consumer and retail analysis IGD awards.

Moy Park man to join Dunbia

Meat company Dunbia has announced it will appoint a new group deputy chief executive, Tony O'Neill from Moy Park.

Co-op sells farm division to The Wellcome Trust

The Co-operative Group has sold its farm business to The Wellcome Trust for a reported £249m to help cut its debt.

Deadline extended for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards

Entrants to the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards are being given an extra bit of breathing room with the deadline for entry extended by a week to 8 August.

Cranswick reports "strong growth"

Cranswick PLC has released its first quarter (Q1) results showing “strong growth”, with total sales up 14%.

Tesco chief executive to step down

Tesco’s chief executive Philip Clarke is to step down in October following the supermarkets poor performance in a “challenging market”.

Hilton Food Group on target

The Hilton Food Group performed in line with expectations despite “challenging conditions” for consumers, according to its latest trading statement.

Cheshire farm shop seeks apprentices

After an “exciting” start to the year, Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire, is looking to expand its team by taking on two new apprentices.

Brindon Addy extension results in boost to business

J Brindon Addy’s butcher’s has invested in a £160,000 extension, which has doubled its retail area and improved business.

Sales up at 2 Sisters’ protein business

Like-for-like sales in 2 Sisters Food Group’s protein business increased 13.8% for the 13 weeks to 5 January 2014, compared to the same period last year.

Faccenda managers enter new poultry course

After working with Harper Adams University for two years to develop the qualification, food company Faccenda has enrolled 12 managers on to the post-graduate Poultry Business Management course.

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