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Double delight for UK exports

British meat exporters were in jubilant mood last month after the government tied up multi-million pound export deals with China and the Philippines in the space of a few days.

Processors show ‘lack of commitment’ to NI cattle producers

Meat processors have been accused of taking advantage of Northern Irish beef producers, by not providing them with fair prices.

Mixed response as government backs soft Irish border

The government’s plan for a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has received a mixed reaction from the meat sector. 

Seven UK pork processors given China access

Seven businesses in England and Northern Ireland have been granted access to supply pork to China following the agreement of a new export deal. 

Hospital food operators urged to promote healthy eating

Hospital eateries must provide healthier alternatives as part of efforts to tackle rising obesity rates in Northern Ireland. 

Keepers warned of importing European animals amid Bluetongue fears

Herd keepers in Northern Ireland have been told to consider the risks of importing animals from Continental Europe as Bluetongue closes in on Britain. 

Avian Influenza prevention zone lifted in Northern Ireland

The Avian Influenza (AI) prevention zone in Northern Ireland will not be renewed once it is lifted today. 

Butchers prepare for first heat of Worldskills Competition 2017

The first heat of the Worldskills Competition 2017 is taking place on Wednesday, 31 May at the Southern Regional College in Newry, Northern Ireland. 

Marks & Spencer demonstrates support for NI pork

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has introduced a new range of locally-sourced pork in its Northern Ireland stores.

Northern Ireland-made biltong targets delis and farm shops

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

Northern Irish pie company wins business in Hong Kong

Cloughbane Farm Foods, a manufacturer of beef, chicken, lamb and pork pies, has secured its first business in Hong Kong.

Dawn Meats tie-up with Dunbia rumoured

Dawn Meats is close to securing a takeover of Northern Ireland-based meat processor Dunbia, according to an industry expert. 

Christmas demand leads to Himalayan salt chamber investment

Northern Ireland processor Buchanan Foods is now developing its own Himalayan salt chamber following massive consumer demand for salt aged turkey over the festive period. 

Northern Irish chorizo specialist introduces Tuscan-style sausage

Following on from the successful launch of its original and chilli chorizo varieties last year, Corndale Farm Charcuterie has now launched a Tuscan-style sausage. 

Volume sales aid Moy Park revenue growth

Northern Ireland poultry producer Moy Park has seen like-for-like revenues grow in 2016. 

Broughgammon Farm creates prosecco sausage

Northern Irish producer Broughgammon Farm has launched a new Free Range Rose Veal, Prosecco and Lemon sausage.

Booths to stock Moy Park breaded chicken range

Northern Ireland’s Moy Park has gained listings in retailer Booths for its breaded chicken range. 

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Food Group has introduced a new 20-strong range of gourmet burgers. 

Meat supplier rewarded for manufacturing practices

Eurostock Foods, a value meat supplier with locations in Northern Ireland and Wigan, has been awarded with the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7). 

McAtamney’s expands customer reach by acquiring property

Hunters Butcher Shop in Limavady, Northern Ireland, has been acquired by K&G McAtamney’s.

Moy Park announces new commercial director

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has welcomed Andrew Richards to the post of commercial director UK & Ireland. 

Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Ireland’s red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry. 

Masterclass launched by Northern Irish butcher

Corries, a prominent butcher in Northern Ireland, has introduced a Butcher Masterclass initiative. 

Boozy ham launched by Northern Irish processors

Two Northern Irish food processors have joined forces to develop a new innovative pork product. 

Industry figures recognised by Queen in Honours List

Respected names from the meat and agricultural industry have been among those named in the New Year’s Honours List 2017. 

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season. 

Northern Irish buffalo farm signs export deal

Northern Ireland’s only producer of buffalo meat has signed its first export opportunity. 

Beef shin named Northern Ireland’s favourite dish

Northern Ireland consumers have voted beef as its most popular dish. 

Dunbia chiefs receive lifetime achievement award

Jim and Jack Dobson, owners of meat processors Dunbia, were the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the UTV Businesses Eye Awards in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. 

Northern Irish pig herd shows more growth than anticipated

The final results from the June Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland, delivered by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has suggested that the nation’s pig herd grew more than expected. This is in juxtaposition to the small Welsh herd, which declined further.

Volume growth aids successful half year for Cranswick

Cranswick has reported a strong first half-year performance, thanks to volume growth across most categories.

Knowledge development ‘fundamental’ to progressing Northern Irish beef industry

All areas of the Northern Irish beef industry have been called upon to work together in developing the sector. 

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. 

Ambitious graduates called on to join top poultry processor

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park is looking for its next intake of young people to partake in its Graduate Management Trainee Programme. 

Cranswick Dunbia Ballymena acquisition signals intent to grow on global scale

Hot off the announcement of the acquisition of the Northern Ireland-based pork producer Dunbia Ballymena, Adam Couch, Cranswick chief executive took some time to speak about how the deal fits into the company’s plans. 

Finnebrogue launches flexitarian brand at Waitrose

Northern Irish food processor Finnebrogue Artisan has launched its first flexitarian brand, Funky Flexitarian, at Waitrose in Britain. 

Northern Irish chorizo market heats up

A new chilli-flavoured smoked chorizo product has been launched by Corndale Charcuterie, based in Limavady in Co Derry. 

FSA could take CCTV debate to Defra

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering whether it should encourage the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, (Defra) to enforce new legislation for CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

Moy Park welcomes chief financial officer

Northern Irish poultry processors Moy Park has appointed Sian Land to the position of chief financial officer.

Gourmet sausages celebrate Love Lamb Week

With Love Lamb Week in full swing, three Northern Irish artisan enterprises have joined forces to produce a speciality gourmet sausage in honour of the event. 

Northern Irish beef named Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016

Hannan Meats’ Glenarm Shorthorn 4 Rib Roast has been named as the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016 after beating 10,000 entries. Hannan Meats is the first meat producer to take the top title for the second time. 

Gourmet chicken dishes launched by Northern Irish firm

Six added-value gourmet chicken meals have been launched under the new Chook Chook brand by Northern Irish poultry producer HK Dickey. 

Moy Park stays ahead of consumer trends with product relaunch

Northern Irish-based Moy Park has relaunched its branded breaded product range to support growth in the chilled coated sector. 

Ireland prepares for first cross-border Butchery Trade Expo

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are preparing for the inaugural All-Ireland Butchery Expo next month. 

Moy Park poultry farmers recognised for production standards

A dozen poultry farmers who supply to Northern Irish food producer Moy Park have been honoured for their high standard of production at an awards ceremony held by US broiler breeder firm, Aviagen. 

Concerns grow for Irish beef producers, as price differentials increase

Fears are growing for Northern Irish beef farmers due to the increasing price difference with Great Britain, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

Moy Park recognised for commitment to health and safety

Leading European poultry producer Moy Park has been awarded with two 2016 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards. 

Ireland’s Black Pudding Festival returns for a fourth year

This year’s Black Pudding Festival is set to run in conjunction with Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink’s ‘Love NI Meat’, which is the theme for the month of August. 

Buffalo meat range launched in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s only buffalo producer, Ballyriff Farm in Co Derry, has launched a range of buffalo meats. 

James Gracey wins WorldSkills NI heat

Twenty-year-old James Gracey, of Quails of Dromore in Co Down scored the most points in the Northern Irish heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge. 

WorldSkills butchery challenge heads to Northern Ireland

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

Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo launched

Corndale Charcuterie, based in Limavady in Co Derry, has launched Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo product. 

Finnebrogue Artisan taps into healthy market

Northern Irish-based Finnebrogue Artisan is reaching out to a health-conscious audience by developing special sausages for Marks & Spencer (M&S).
 

Gerry Maguire said Linden Foods wanted to create something that stands out against beef burgers available at this time of year
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Linden Foods wins innovation award with chicken burger

Northern Irish meat processing company Linden Foods has been awarded with the Marks & Spencer (M&S) Best New Product Development Award for its innovative coriander and lemon chicken burger. 

Norfolk butcher named Retailer of the Year

Arthur Howell butcher’s shop in Norfolk took home a hat-trick at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. 

Animal welfare enters election debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), including its Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh branches, has launched three manifestos urging parliamentarians to act upon animal health and welfare under a One Health agenda for government, ahead of next month’s national elections in the three areas of the UK. 

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. 

The team at Hopetoun Butchery are among the butchery finalists at the Farm Shop & Deli Show
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Butcher finalists prepare for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

The five butchers’ shops that have been announced as finalists in the butchery category at the 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards have been busy finalising preparations. The winner will be announced on Monday 18 April, in conjunction with Foodex. 

UK retail beef sales report decline

Northern Irish meat processors have suggested demand for beef has been relaxed during much of 2016, with current supplies of prime cattle meeting demand for beef. 

Buchanan’s launches innovative range of meat products

Northern Irish-based Buchanan’s has launched a unique range of meat products to grow the business year-round. 

Dunbia announces innovation investment

Northern Irish red meat processor Dunbia has announced an investment worth nearly £500,000, to strengthen its food development team. 

Burgers meet beer for hotel chain

Northern Irish catering butcher’s Hannan Meats has announced it will be creating gourmet burgers for the Stock Burger Co restaurant chain. 

Goat gammon goes on sale in Ireland

Shoppers in Northern Ireland looking for an alternative twist to their eggs, ham and chips are in for a treat, thanks to Broughgammon Farm.

BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March. 

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

Corries launches new Himalayan salt product

Northern Irish meat business Corries has developed a Himalayan salt product for cooking at home. 

Moy Park announces £4m investment

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

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. 

UFU announced concerns over the volume of sheep imports from the southern hemisphere
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Northern Irish sheep imports ‘deeply concerning’

The Ulster Farmers’ Union’s (UFU) deputy president Ivor Ferguson has said that the number of sheep imports that came through Belfast port during the year of 2015 was deeply concerning.

Nigel Logan outside Hillstown farm shop
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Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

Northern Irish artisan meat processing business Hillstown Farm has developed its own Wagyu-style beef.

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. 

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

Dunbia saw a rise in profit of over 40% in 2015
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Northern Irish meat processor sees a rise in profits

Meat processor Dunbia, based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, saw pre-tax profits rise by more than 40% in 2015.

Jude McCann from Rural Support with Philip Rainey of Simple Power
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Moy Park helps rural families in need at Christmas

Moy Park has donated produce to a Christmas Hamper Scheme, which provides help for rural and farming families. 

Karro Food Group has been commended on creating opportunities in China
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Karro Food receives congratulations for progress in the East

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Jonathan Bell, has offered his congratulations to Karro Food Group following the news that the company’s pork plant has been provisionally recommended for approval to export to China.

Badger vaccination has been suspended in Wales
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Badger vaccination project suspended in Wales

The decision to suspend the badger vaccination project in Wales has been met with disappointment.

Provisional approval for Northern Ireland to export pork to China

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

Matthew Edwards (r) receives his medal from Arwyn Watkins
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North Wales butcher wins UK WorldSkills contest

North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards won the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition on Saturday 21 November.

Gary Leslie and Mike Mullan accepted the overall company award on behalf of Moy Park
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Moy Park adds to trophy cabinet

Moy Park, the self-proclaimed largest poultry processor in Northern Ireland, was crowned the overall company at the UK Food Manufacture Excellence Awards on Tuesday (3 November).

Gerry Maguire of Linden Foods has been appointed to the NI Livestock and Meat Commission
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Northern Ireland welcomes new member to Livestock and Meat Commission

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

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 O’Neill to delegates at a high-level conference of producers, processors and retailers.

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

Ireland’s 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. 

The new incubators at Moy Park's hatchery
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Moy Park invests £180,000 in Craigavon hatchery

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

A fire on a pig farm cost the lives of 33 sows and 434 piglets (Image: @StaffordJimmy)
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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.  

Six butchers qualify for Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final

The six top-scoring butchers from the combined heats in Wales, Northern Ireland and England have been announced and will now put their skills to the test in the final at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham from 19 to 21 November. 

Northern Ireland's Broughgammon Farm has developed a new caribto bacon product
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Goat meat processors develop cabrito smoked bacon

A new smoked cabrito bacon product has been developed by a leading goat kid processor in Northern Ireland.

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. 

Meat firm misled Asda in food fraud case

Freeza Meats Ltd has been fined £42,500 after pleading guilty to 12 offences, including claiming products containing non-halal components were halal. 

Dylan Gillespie with (from left) Southern Regional College’s chief executive Brian Doran and judges Chris Jones and Viv Harvey.
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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. 

NI consumers prefer butchers to supermarkets

Consumers in Northern Ireland believe that meat should be purchased in a butcher’s shop and not a supermarket. 

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. 

Northern Irish butcher’s wins innovation accolade

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

Inspiration: Oscar Wilde
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Butcher takes literary inspiration for pork pies

A Northern Irish butcher has paid tribute to playwright and poet Oscar Wilde by creating two new pork pies.

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.

Northern Ireland seeks brucellosis-free status for cattle

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

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.

The 'Econoliser'
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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.

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.

Northern Irish butcher scoops European sausage title

A Northern Irish butcher’s has won a European competition with its products at the Sausage Awards in Normandy, France.

Edwards of Conwy crowned Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014

Edwards of Conwy was celebrating today (Friday 14 November) after being the first Welsh butchery business to take the overall title of Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2014.

NI poultry firm fined for killing fish

A Northern Irish poultry business has been fined £2,000 for polluting a waterway and killing almost 3,000 fish.

Linden Foods introduces meat boxes range to Fane Valley

Red meat processor Linden Foods has revealed a new range of meat boxes to be sold in Fane Valley Co-operative stores in Northern Ireland.

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.

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Moy Park seeks poultry farmers to continue growth

Moy Park has announced its grower expansion programme in Northern Ireland has been a success, with over 250 new poultry houses planned for completion by the end of 2015.

Moy Park to invest in Northern Irish plants

Poultry processor Moy Park has revealed plans for an expansion of three of its sites, which will create 628 new jobs.

Dunbia rises in Sunday Times top 100 list

Meat processing company Dunbia has secured its place on the Sunday Times 100 Top Track list for the fourth year in a row.

Moy Park achieves landfill target

Moy Park celebrated reaching its goal of becoming 100% landfill free on World Environment Day on 5 June.

Northern Irish corned beef celebrated by Slow Food

Ulster Corned Beef from O’Doherty’s Fine Meats in Enniskillen has been named as one of the Slow Food Movement’s ‘Seven New Forgotten Foods’, as Slow Food seeks to showcase and rejuvenate artisan food products that are close to being forgotten.

New Moy Park products in Tesco

Moy Park launched two new branded Ready-to-Cook products in 23 Tesco stores across Northern Ireland this May.

NI producers sign Asda sausage deal

Northern Irish pork processors Finnebrogue and Karro Food Group have secured a multi-million pound deal with Asda.

Poultry firm enjoys 10% revenue hike

Poultry producer Moy Park reported strong sales for 2013 with a 10% increase in revenue to £1.2bn.

O’Doherty’s wins Burger of the Year Award 2014

O’Doherty’s Fine Meats, based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, has won the Speciality Burger of the Year 2014 award for its lamb and anchovy burger. The Burger of the Year award, which coincided with National Butchers’ Week, was held at this year’s Food & Drink Expo 2014/Farmshop & Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

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.

Pork supplier clinches Spanish deal

A Northern Irish meat processor is celebrating after landing a deal to supply a leading wholesaler in Spain.

Northern Irish beef company wins Selfridges contract

Antrim-based beef farmer and processor Bruces Hill Cattle Company has agreed a contract to supply Selfridges with its Dexter beef.

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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