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New Worshipful Company Master announced

The Worshipful Company of Butchers has elected Geoff Gillo as its new Master. 

Birds Eye chicken portfolio returns to growth

Birds Eye’s chicken portfolio is in growth for the first time in three years, following a £7.1m relaunch in April this year, the company has reported. 

FSA: Cleveland Meat Company suspension ‘not taken lightly’

Stopping production at wholesaler Cleveland Meat Company, which saw the firm axe 68 jobs and go into administration, was a decision not taken lightly, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has claimed.

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company revamps retail range

The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has relaunched its retail range of Burgers and Steaks with a new brand and packaging look. 

Job threat at meat plant as Tulip targets inefficiency

Up to 118 jobs could go at Tulip Ltd’s cooked meat processing facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk as the company strives to turn its losses into profits.

John West makes waves in improving sustainable image

John West’s parent company, Thai Union, has announced its commitment to more responsible fishing. 

Bread basket case costs poultry companies thousands

Two poultry firms face paying £50,000 in costs and charges after using bread baskets and other equipment from another company without permission. 

Dicksons Pork Butchers’ profits fall over £1 million

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has experienced a substantial decrease in profit for the year ending 30 June 2016, although the company remains positive about the future. 

The Snaffling Pig Co announces partnership with Colman’s

Premium pork crackling producer the Snaffling Pig Co has announced its first partnership, with condiment company Colman’s. 

Institute of Meat names top apprentice

Samuel Deighton was named Champion Meat Apprentice of The Year at the Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) annual prize-giving on 21 February. 

Past Master Roy Seeman passes away, aged 83

The industry is saddened to learn of the passing of Roy Seeman, past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. 

Hot dog company secures contract with the Welsh Rugby Union

Mom’s Fabulous Hot Dogs has entered into a new partnership with the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 

BEEFit expands listings

High-protein biltong snack company BEEFit has increased its availability into GNC and Tesco’s NutriCentre stores. 

Burger bar reacts to fine

Southsea burger bar, 6oz Burgers, has expressed disappointment over the outcome of a court battle, which saw the company fined £125,000. 

Well Hung Meat Company launches Firecracker Back Bacon

Online organic meatbox delivery firm, the Well Hung Meat Company, has launched a new limited-edition bacon onto the market. 

Intertek's new facility will help poultry processors tackle campylobacter
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Intertek to help processors take on campylobacter

Product testing company Intertek has unveiled a new campylobacter facility. 

Butchery trade receives national recognition

Thanks to the endeavours of learning provider Cambrian Training Company, butchery has been adopted as a WorldSkills UK National Competition. 

We Hae Meat has been nominated for a Scottish Business Award
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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. 

Hunt’s Foodservice goes mobile with new website

Hunt’s Foodservice has launched a new mobile-friendly website, huntsfoodservice.co.uk with a new design and key information about products and company updates. 

Animal welfare is a high priority for consumers when deciding if a company is ethical or not
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Animal welfare top priority for consumers

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers claim that meat sourced from well-looked-after animals is a top issue that makes a food company ethical, according to Mintel. 

FSA wins beef carcase judicial review

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has won a judicial review brought against it by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Cleveland Meat Company Limited regarding a beef carcase that had been deemed unfit to enter the food chain. 

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.

Moy Park secures green accolade from KFC

Poultry producer Moy Park has been recognised for sustainability and environmental performance by KFC, at the fast food chain’s recent Supplier Awards.

Wrexham poultry man receives ban for tax dodging

A director of a Wrexham poultry house has been banned for seven years for failures to ensure payment of the company’s taxes and account for company assets.

Protein ingredient firms in strategic merger

Meat protein manufacturer, BHJ Ingredients has merged with US companies Proliant Meat Ingredients and Proliant Health to form a new protein brand company, Essentia Protein Solutions. 

Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwall’s Brian Etherington Meat Company has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation, a food safety standard “signifying a greater paradigm of excellence in food practice”.

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.

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Devro’s profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

New MD: James Knox
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New MD for Yorkshire butcher’s

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

New commercial director at ABP

ABP UK has appointed Livery Man, Darren Jones as its new commercial director.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

Ireland’s ABP Food Group has become the first European company to agree a deal to supply beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related ban a year ago.

Cranswick sees rise in Q3 sales following strong Christmas

Pork processor Cranswick has released its third-quarter trading statement showing sales to be slightly up on last year.

Cornish butcher launches wholesale business

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

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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.

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”.

Dunbia acquisitions push down pre-tax profits

Northern Irish meat giant Dunbia has recorded another successful year with a turnover of £769m, but a year of new acquisitions and contracts has seen pre-tax profits fall.

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Dalehead takes on scholarship placements

Dalehead Foods, a division of Tulip, has chosen two scholars from Harper Adams University to complete a year of placement with the company.

Tesco issues warning on profits

Tesco has issued an unscheduled profits warning stating the supermarket does not expect yearly profits to exceed £1.4bn in its next interim results.

Scottish red meat firm reports nearly £3m loss

J W Galloway, Scotland’s largest red meat processor, has posted pre-tax losses of £2.94 million for the year ending 2 March 2014, blaming a hike in meat prices following horsegate for the results.

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.

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.

Dunbia head named UK Director of the Year

Dunbia’s group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

UK halal authority welcomes new test from France

French entrepreneurs have launched a halal test, which has been welcomed by the UK halal trade.

Tesco chairman steps down amid £263m profits overstatement

Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down as Tesco’s chairman after a gross overstatement of profits totalling £263m.

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.

Hunt begins for best young Welsh butcher

The Cambrian Training Company, alongside Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), has announced the annual search is on for the best young Welsh butcher.

New clerk joins Worshipful Company of Butchers

The Worshipful Company of Butchers has appointed ex-Royal Marine Jeff Mason as its new clerk.

Cranswick reports positive performance

Cranswick has released its trading statement for the first six months of the year, in which it reported trading was “in line with the board’s expectations”.

Tulip aims to raise £100k for youngsters’ charity

Pork-producing giant Tulip is attempting to raise £100,000 over the next two years for charity Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Samworth Brothers veteran passes on

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

BDCI welcomes bursary applications

The BDCI is now welcoming applications for its bursary programme announced earlier this month.

Pork Farms purchases Kerry Foods division

Pork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.

William Hague presents Heck sausage awards

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague took time out his schedule to present awards at Heck’s sausage and beer festival, as the company celebrates a £3m turnover.

Meat industry charity to award bursaries amid change to organisation

Students will now be able to train for a career in the meat industry with a little helping hand, courtesy of the sector’s leading charity, the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI).

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.

Queen's Award for Enterprise for Ishida Europe

Ishida Europe has been awarded the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for its “entrepreneurship and economic performance”.

Baroness leaves 2 Sisters

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has stepped down as non-executive director of 2 Sisters after accepting a post as a business minister.

Jobs saved in Newquay meat company takeover

A Newquay meat company has been acquired by The Kernow Sausage Company which will protect 13 local jobs.

Pig Industry Scholarship offer doubles

The number of companies offering Pig Industry Scholarships, facilitated by Bpex and Harper Adams, has doubled this year to eight.

Strike action looms at ABP Wessex

Talks will be held today (20 May) to avoid possible strike action at frozen meats firm ABP Wessex, according to workers union Unite.

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