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Northern Ireland-made biltong targets delis and farm shops

A Belfast-based beef biltong company has been launched, celebrating the traditional South African snack.

Dohertys Meats signs significant deal with Musgrave

Dohertys Meats in Derry has been listed by Musgrave Retail Partners for its network of SuperValu and Centra stores throughout the island of Ireland.

Britains best butchers called on to take part in the World Butchers Challenge

The most skilled butchers in Britain are being sought after to participate in the World Butchers Challenge 2018.

Sheep producers told to sell hoggs at optimum weight

Sheep farmers have been advised that to achieve maximum producer margin, hoggs should be sold at optimum weight and cleanliness to counterbalance a fall in prices year-on-year.

International meat business makes senior appointments

ABP Food Group has appointed Finbarr McDonnell as chief operating officer, effective from April this year, filling the role vacated by Frank Stephenson, who was named group chief executive in October 2016.

Great British sausage slump

Sausages are about as quintessentially British as you can get. Sadly, the Great British provenance story now a feature of government food trade rhetoric post-Brexit may not be doing much for UK sausages.

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterlings weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year.

Ireland joins the World Butchers Challenge

Ireland has become the fifth team to join the World Butchers Challenge, with preparations already underway to encourage participants.

Irish pork exports increase, but at slower rate than previously

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that exports of Irish fresh and frozen pork for the first three quarters of the year increased 13% on the previous year at 139,100 tonnes (t).

Ireland to host World Butchers' Challenge 2018

Butchery Excellence Irelands bid to host the World Butchers Challenge in 2018 has been accepted.

Northern Ireland pushes export opportunities for meat and poultry

The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has launched a report into the impact that Brexit will have on the local food and drink sector.

Dohertys unveils rebranding

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

UK pork exports decrease

Shipments of UK fresh and frozen pork experienced a year-on-year (YOY) fall of 7% to 14,300 tonnes (t) for the month of July, said AHDB Pork.

Devro benefits from weakened sterling in first half of 2016

Casings producer Devro has reported a stable first half of the year.

AHDB outlines huge potential for exports to Asia

The impact of Brexit on trade could be partly offset by rising demand for meat in Asia, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

WorldSkills butchery challenge heads to Northern Ireland

The second heat of this years WorldSkills butchery challenge is taking place in Northern Ireland today.

Performance-enhancing drug found in cow not a threat to human health

Following on from an investigation into the discovery of performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol on an Irish farm, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said that it poses no threat to human health.

Dawn Meats creates billionth beef burger for McDonalds

The Republic of Irelands Dawn Meats has been celebrating after producing its billionth Irish beef burger for fast food restaurant chain McDonalds.

Irish cattle farmers see a boost in income for 2015

Family farm incomes in Ireland grew by 6% last year, according to the agricultural and food development authority Teagasc's National Farm Survey, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to 26,526.

Oakpark Foods launches own-label products

Pork and bacon producers Oakpark Foods, based in Co Tipperary, Ireland, is to launch a selection of its own-label bacon products into supermarket chain Morrisons in the UK.

Ballineen gains Sainsburys listing

Irish convenience food processor Ballineen Fine Foods Chip Shop Style Irish Sausages in a Crispy Batter is to be sold in 450 Sainsburys stores.

Critical cocktail hits lamb exports

A critical cocktail of low consumer purchasing power, punitive exchange rates, cheap imports and supply surfeits have forced UK lamb exports to dip by nearly a quarter in the last 12 months, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) latest Market Bulletin.

Northern Irish butchers dominate burger and sausage competition

The first All-Ireland Sausage and Burger Championships for family butchery businesses saw seven out of the 12 categories won by Northern Irish Butchers.

Moy Park announces 4m investment

Poultry specialist Moy Park has invested 4 million in its Craigavon facilities in Northern Ireland.

Dawn Meats graduates complete custom-made management programme

Twelve of Dawn Meats UK-based graduates joined 12 of their Irish counterparts in Dublin last week to complete a specially designed management programme at University College Dublin (UCD).

Hannan Meats wins Hong Kong market

Northern Irish catering butcher, Hannan Meats, has won its first business in Hong Kong and Macau with its premium Himalayan salt aged beef.

Interfood to offer BladeStop through new butchery division

Interfood has been appointed as the sole distributor of BladeStop in the UK and Ireland as part of its new butchery division.

McDonald's UK study helps farmers get greener and richer

Fast-food chain McDonald's has launched one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for Co2 reduction and boost profits.

Pig producers advised on cost-saving strategies

To help overcome the challenge of low prices currently facing the pig industry, producers have been advised to stick to a strict culling policy and remove non-productive sows.

Essentia launches functional ingredient for sausage market

Sausage producers in Ireland are set to benefit from Essentia Protein Solutions Republic of Ireland (ROI) Drinde, a clean label functional protein made from Irish pork rind.

AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

Industry delegates gathered on Tuesday 9 February to hear what 2016 will hold for the livestock market.

Moy Park extends roast in the bag range

Northern Ireland processor, Moy Park, has launched a new variation of its Good Kitchen roast-in-the-bag product range.

Butcher celebrates Six Nations with special sausages

To commemorate the launch of the Six Nations rugby tournament this weekend, A D Turner & Sons, based in Newport, Wales, has created a range of sausages to honour each participating country.

Abolishment of pre-export testing on brucellosis welcomed

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Association Northern Ireland have welcomed the announcement that pre-export testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland will be made redundant.

OBrien Fine Foods announces 14m development

OBrien Fine Foods, producer of cooked meats under the Brady Family and Rudds brands, yesterday announced a 14 million development at its ham processing Timahoe facility in Co Kildare, Ireland.

Provisional approval for Northern Ireland to export pork to China

Northern Ireland processors have been provisionally approved for exporting pork to China.

Linden Foods expands horizons

Award-winning Irish meat processor Linden Foods has recently launched a new premium brand for the European and US markets.

Dawn Meats automates Red Tractor Assurance checking

Dawn Meats, the UK and Ireland meat supplier, has implemented an Integrated Checker service for verifying supplier Red Tractor assurance claims for beef.

Support needed for the beef sector

The government, meat processors and retailers need to do more to market the UKs beef sector, the National Farmers Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters has said.

Northern Ireland welcomes new member to Livestock and Meat Commission

Michelle ONeill, agriculture and rural development minister for Northern Ireland, has welcomed Gerry Maguire to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

Canada opens borders for UK beef

The UK and Ireland are among countries that are now able to send beef to Canada, after it opened its borders to EU beef products for the first time in nearly 20 years.

New range of premium cooked meats launched

Foodservice supplier Portal Foods has introduced a new range of premium cooked innovative meat toppings, developed in conjunction with its long-term cooked meats partner Dawn Farms.

Irish Minister claims agri-food sector needs a rethink

The current agri-food supply chain needs to be rethought in order to rebuild trust in the food industry. That was the key message today from Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle ONeill to delegates at a high-level conference of producers, processors and retailers.

Brady Family ham hits Budgens

Following a successful initial trial in three London stores, Irish pre-packed ham brand Brady Family has secured a listing across the full estate of Budgens UK stores, for its two best-selling products Glazed By Hand and Traditional ham.

The worlds best steak is soon to be revealed

We are just days away from the results of the World Steak Challenge.

TPP agreement welcomed in UK and Northern Ireland

The successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been welcomed by the UK and Northern Ireland food industry.

New packaging brings benefits to cooked meats range

Irelands leading cooked meats company, Greene Farm Foods, has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch new packaging for its products.

Farm animal numbers grow in Northern Ireland

Every major species of farm animal in Northern Ireland has increased in number over the past year, according to the latest farm census figures, despite the sustained pressure on farm gate prices.

Moy Park invests 180,000 in Craigavon hatchery

Moy Park has invested 180,000 in four incubators at its hatchery in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland pig farm devastated by fire

A fire on a pig farm near Strabane in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, has killed 33 sows and 434 piglets, according to the BBC.

PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

British cooked meat industry heats up

Irelands Kerry Foods is looking to expand its market by launching its new premium cooked meat brand, Fire & Smoke, in Great Britain.

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.

Ireland set to return to a 'controlled risk' status

Ireland is expected to return to a controlled risk status following the confirmation of BSE.

Northern Ireland Butchery Worldskills heat decided

The Northern Ireland heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition has been won by Dylan Gillespie of Clougher Valley Meats in Co Tyrone.

Ireland outperforms UK in tackling bovine TB

The minister for agriculture in Ireland has claimed its badger cull had been a huge success and said Ireland was tackling bovine TB better than the UK.

COOL affecting lamb prices in Northern Ireland

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) has caused lamb prices in Northern Ireland to slump, because UK consumers are put off buying lamb labelled as being from another country, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has claimed.

Defra talks to food firms about extending COOL

Informal conversations between Defra officials and UK food companies have begun over the possibility of extending country-of-origin labelling (COOL) to differentiate between food produced in the different countries, regions or towns of the UK.

Sterling linked to cattle export fall

The rise in value of sterling has been attributed to the drop in exports of finished cattle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Dunbia seals joint venture deal with Dutch beef firm

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

Northern Irish butchers wins innovation accolade

Butchers Hannan Meats has been awarded an Excellence in Innovation at the Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards.

Horsemeat investigation results in numerous arrests

A European crackdown on the illegal horsemeat trade resulted in 26 arrests on Friday (24 April), according to the European Unions Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

Dunbia to spend 27m on high-tech deboning hall

Dunbia has reported it will invest 27 million in new headquarters, creating 209 new jobs over the next three years.

Northern Ireland seeks brucellosis-free status for cattle

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed news that Stormonts Department of Agriculture is applying to the EU for Northern Ireland cattle to be declared brucellosis-free.

Moy Park keen to make most of popular poultry

Moy Park is looking to capitalise on consumers preference for local produce as it looks to grow its fresh poultry sales in the UK and Ireland.

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.

Knife hygiene firm strikes Australian export deal

An international meat firm based in Australia has given a huge boost to a Northern Ireland equipment company which specialises in knife sterilisation.

Ireland to restart beef exports to US

Ireland will export beef to the US for the first time in almost 16 years, following the lifting of a ban on European imports last year.

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.

Irish beef farmers continue protest at UK price gap

Thousands of Irish beef farmers have staged another protest outside meat factories as anger grows over the price gap with the UK.

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Irish farmers stage cattle price protest

Irish beef farmers are to stage a blockade outside abattoirs today in a 24-hour protest over the price gap between Irish and UK cattle prices.

Irish pork firm completes major traceability investment

Irish pork supplier Oakpark Foods, which supplies bacon and pork products to the UK, will complete a 2.4m (3m) investment at its Cahir Co, Tipperary site.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the eat less meat brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

Beef imports vital for UK, says public body

With the UK only 80% self-sufficient in beef production according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), imports will continue to play a vital support role for beef consumption in Britain, an analyst has said.

LA-MRSA found in piglet in Northern Ireland of no great concern

A piglet in Northern Ireland has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is reportedly the first incident of its kind in the UK.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

The cattle trade is steadying, due to tightening supply and increased demand, according to industry experts.

Linden sees surge in turnover, but profits remain static

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Foods has recorded sales of more than 300m despite particularly challenging trading conditions.

Dunbia joins Bord Ba sustainability group

Dunbia has achieved Origin Green membership, becoming the latest company to join Bord Bas initiative, which aims for sustainability in the food chain throughout Ireland.

Three British chefs awarded Irish Beef Club status

Three of Britains top chefs have been awarded membership to the Chefs Irish Beef Club, run by Irish food body Bord Ba.

Revenue up 9.1% at Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group announced a 9.1% increase in revenue this year, along with a 2% increase in volume growth.

Antrim goat meat company wins award

Northern Irish goat kids meat producer Broughgammon Farm has been recognised for its enterprise at the Countryside Alliance Awards.

Helping Northern Ireland meat exports

An initiative to help Northern Ireland meat exports grow has been made by Invest Northern Ireland along with the Livestock and Meat Commission.

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