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Valentines and Mothers Day bolster Bookers meat sales

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

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry.

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions.

Article 50: industry demands from Brexit talks

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter that will trigger Article 50, notifying Brussels that Britain wants to exit the European Union we discuss with the industry what it wants from the talks.

Dawn Meats sets out sustainability targets

Beef and lamb processor Dawn Meats has set the ambitious target of becoming Europes most sustainable meat company.

How consumer demand and flexible offerings can help the burger market stack up sales

With new product development (NPD) driving continued growth in the market for burgers and other formed products, the categorys affordability relative to other meat cuts bodes well for its prospects, as food inflation rises and economic uncertainty surrounds Brexit.

Scottish meat exports experience successful 2016

Exports of Scottish meat products rose by 11% in 2016.

NFMFT names National Barbecue Competition winners

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has crowned the winners of its National Barbecue Competition.

WorldSkills butchery competition adds two new heat venues

The WorldSkills Butchery UK Competition has added two new heats this year for butchers to participate in.

Meat sales romanced by Valentines Day

Consumer demand for meat, fish and poultry around Valentines Day has helped bolster volume and value sales.

Vet association welcomes results of antibiotic resistant bacteria testing

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has labelled the Food Standards Agencys (FSA) risk assessment on MRSA and LA-MRSA as very positive news.

Safety first: Why industry and inspection agencies are being encouraged to collaborate

It is hard to look at the safety and security of the meat supply chain without referencing the major impact that the horsemeat scandal had in 2013. It highlighted major flaws in the supply chain and has been the catalyst for increased scrutiny on the meat served to consumers.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs at research centre

Irish processor Dawn Farms is to create 150 new jobs over the next five years at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre as part of a 25 million investment programme.

Creating the total package

Changing consumer demands continue to drive trends in meat packs, creating a challenging market for suppliers, Alyson Magee investigates the packaging world.

Retail price war: will the discounters win ground in meat?

A retail price war will continue in 2017 as the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl, compete with the supermarket giants and each other for increased meat sales.

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.

Cutting out the middle men: Aldi takes on the major retailers

Aldi has been making a name for itself in the retail world with the big players taking notice of what they're doing. Meat Trades Journal sat down with buying director of fresh meat Will Barstow to discuss their protein offering.

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.

Halal meat suppliers gain export boost

Halal meat firms can now access groundbreaking newly-endorsed UK-based certification enabling them to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once the country closes its borders to non-certified halal products later this year.

Looking ahead to 2017

The past 12 months have been tumultuous for the meat industry and beyond. As the sector dusts itself off after a messy 2016, we look at what the industry hopes to see in 2017.

Calls made for efficiency in Welsh red meat industry

Efficiency is key to the Welsh red meat sectors survival, experts stressed at a farmer meeting organised by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) last week.

Nick Allen unveiled as new BMPA chief executive

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has announced the appointment of Nick Allen as its new chief executive.

Morrisons brings in New Year with cuts to meat prices

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced a price cut on 800 items to help families eat wholesome food this January.

Not so weird science

Science now dictates the quality of the meat eaten, nutrition, genetics and even the health of the animal.

Beef volumes grow, but value sales falter as prices fall

Beef sales experienced strong volume growth in the 12 weeks before December, but value sales remained static compared to the same period last year.

Scottish red meat trade no more than steady

Trade in the run-up to the festive period in Scotland has been no more than steady, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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).

Scottish red meat industry contributes 733m to GDP

The Scottish red meat industry is reported to contribute 733 million (m) to Scotlands Gross Domestic Product and 2.4 billion to total output.

Scottish prime stock prices fall year-on-year

Scottish prime stock prices in 2015 were generally lower than the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Post-Brexit export strategy planned for Welsh meat

A ten-year Welsh red meat export strategy is in the works to maximise on global market opportunities for when the UK leaves the European Union.

Welsh lamb receives celebrity chef support

Food writer and television personality Gizzi Erskine has developed a Welsh Lamb PGI recipe to be featured in new booklets by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) this winter.

Disgraced butcher found guilty of meat theft from employer

A former butcher has been found guilty of stealing meat from his employer.

Meat and poultry dips as fish reels in the customers

Fresh primary meat and poultry sales have taken a hammering for the 12 weeks to 9 October, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures.

Hard Brexit may spark job losses in meat and farming

A hard break from the European Union could lead to job losses for small meat and farming businesses trapped between rising production costs and fixed shelf prices, warns Nick Clegg.

Manchester takeaway fined for substituting meat

A Rochdale takeaway restaurant has been hit with a 6,000 fine after being found guilty of substituting meat in meals.

Welsh meat board conference to address volatility

Uncertainty and volatility caused by Brexit will be discussed by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) at its conference in November.

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.

British charcuterie range launched by Eversfield Organic

Devon-based Eversfield Organic has launched what it has called an exciting range of all-British organic charcuterie.

Cabrito and Farm Africa team up for #Goatober

UK goat meat producer James Whetlor of Cabrito has teamed up with development charity Farm Africa for the first-ever #Goatober.

Meat Promotion Wales hails major deal with Canada

A deal that will see Randall Parker Food Groups Welsh lamb sold across 300 retail stores in Canada has been described as hugely significant by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Welsh-Danish connections grow following 20% sales rise

Carmarthenshire farmers Huw and Sheila Davies played host to visitors from Denmark following promotions by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) that saw a 20% uplift in sales of Welsh lamb.

Importance of livestock genetics showcased

The importance of genetic improvement in livestock has been highlighted at an event hosted by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Riverford cuts meat prices and trims range

Riverford, the organic food delivery company, has lowered the price and size of its meat boxes to attract new consumers after research found UK meat demand was falling.

Co-op expands British meat initiative

The Co-op has boosted its support for British farmers, announcing a move to 100% British sourcing for all fresh bacon and lamb.

Teeside meat firm to add 18 jobs as it invests millions

Teesside meat processor and wholesaler Country Valley Foods (CVF) is to create 18 jobs and safeguard 18 more amid a 2 million investment, which includes a 1m fit-out and 200,000 spent on butchery equipment.

BMPA advisor questions calls for mandatory origin labels

A representative of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned against latest calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) across all meat products.

Launch of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017

Its time for the meat processing sectors brightest and best to showcase their talent as the 2017 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards opens for entries.

Morrisons cuts meat and poultry prices by 12%

This week will see supermarket chain Morrisons cut prices of its meat and poultry products by 12% in an effort to help families cook more with meat this autumn.

Meat, poultry and fish experience strong growth

Continued sunshine into early August has given the fresh primary meat and poultry and chilled fish sectors a healthy boost in volume terms.

Food writer to present Q Guild Smithfield awards

Food luminaryTom Parker Bowles will present the 2017 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards, to be held early in 2017.

Meat industry contacts Prime Minister over FSA bias concern

The British meat industry has combined forces to voice their concerns about Food Standards Agency (FSA) bias against the sector.

Interim results confirm operational fears for Devro

Fears that sausage casings company Devro might be entering a period of significant operational risk have been confirmed by Shore Capital, following the recent announcement of Devros interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016.

Wham Bam Lamb campaign from Quality Meat Scotland

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is set to launch a new advertising campaign for Scotch Lamb PGI.

Essentia develops new meat protein powders

A new range of meat proteins has been launched in response to growing demand from the food industry for nutritionally high protein products.

Export opportunities dominate discussion at Royal Welsh Show

The fallout from Brexit and access to overseas markets were the main focuses for Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) at the opening day of this weeks Royal Welsh Show.

Scottish red meat industry bullish after Brexit result

Scotlands red meat industry is in a good position to adapt to the period of change that will follow the EU referendum, according to the chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Jim McLaren.

Meat wholesaler fined for waste offences

A Birmingham meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than 25,500, after being found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises.

Poultry testing

Meat production projects win Agri-Tech Catalyst support

A whole supply chain approach to campylobacter is among four meat- and fish-related projects that have been awarded funding as part of the governments Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme.

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future uncertainty following Great Britains decision to leave the EU.

Online lean meat delivery service gets pumped up

A meat delivery service in Lincolnshire, specialising in products with lower fat content, has been launched.

Welsh butchers challenged to meat cutting contest

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is challenging Wales finest butchers to take part in its inaugural meat cutting contest during the Royal Welsh Show, open to members of its Butchers Club.

Industry to focus on meat exports post-referendum

The aftermath of the EU referendum will enter the spotlight at the 12th Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Meat Export Conference, to take place in Warwick on 29 June.

Scottish beef and pig herds grow but sheep numbers drop

Scottish beef and pig herds increased in size during 2015, while the sheep flock contracted slightly, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry.

Meat quality tops concerns in supermarket burger survey

The quality of meat in a burger still ranks high among consumers concerns.

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 conferences organiser, Laura Ryan.

Halal Food Authority to certify non-stun slaughter

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is to launch a certification scheme for non-stun slaughter in the meat and poultry processing sector.

Top-quality butchers provide real life learning

Two butchers shops, which are members of industry body the Q Guild, the industry body representative, have been developing connections with local schools.

Leatherhead proves mechanically butchered meat is fresh

Leatherhead Food Research has called for more sophisticated analyses for meat harvested from advanced mechanical butchery technologies, following a High Court ruling.

AIMS launches Assured Meat Processing Standard

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has launched the Assured Meat Processing Standard (AMPS), which will become United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved to EN45011.

WorldSkills butchery competition returns for second year

Following on from a successful first year, the WorldSkills butchery competition is returning for 2016.

Waste ultimatum for meat and fish processors

Meat and fish processors generate 540,000 tonnes (t) of food waste, but could only cut 20,000t of that out of their supply chains by 2025, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Half of Britons concerned about quality of meat from supermarkets

New research suggests that half of all Brits are concerned about the quality of the meat they are purchasing from UK supermarkets.

Warm weather boosts meat sales

An early May heatwave has lead to a growth in meat sales as British shoppers fired up the barbecues.

Meat products country of origin labelling call repeated by MEPs

European Parliament has repeated its call for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) of meat and dairy products.

Latvian meat snacks launch in the UK

Rezekne Meat Factory, based in Latvia, has launched its new range of meat snacks, BOOMS, into the UK.

Global opportunities to be discussed at AHDB industry conference

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to highlight international markets and innovation for growth at the 12th AHDB Meat Export Conference.

FSA to appeal against Newby Foods ruling

Newby Foods is bracing itself for a Food Standards Agency (FSA) appeal against the high court ruling exempting it from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM).

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.

Easter volume sales growth for meat

The majority of fresh primary meats grew in terms of volume sales, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 24 April 2016.

Lockwoods launches Maddocks consumer-facing meat brand

Liverpool-based food manufacturer Lockwoods has launched Maddocks, a new meat brand for consumers.

Meat Business Women networking event speaker list expanded

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

Scottish consumers encouraged to cook with local meat

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new series of family-friendly, quick-step recipe videos to help consumers get the most out of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Speciality Selected Pork.

Enter now for SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards 2016

Entries are now being accepted for this years SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards.

James Martins staff trained in meat knowledge

Staff members at James Martins Manchester restaurant have become the first in the North West to be trained in meat knowledge and quality.

AIMS speaks out on U-turn

Defras decision to backtrack on its decision to repeal animal welfare guidance has been slammed by the Association of Meat Suppliers (AIMS).

MTJ Green Survey now open

The Meat Trades Journal annual Green Survey is now open, giving the industry the chance to have its say on sustainability matters.

Meat Business Women to host London networking event

Tickets are now available for Meat Business Womens third networking event on Wednesday 25 May.

National Meat Products Competition Supreme Champion crowned

Craig Finch of Craig Finch Butchers in Harborne, Birmingham, has won the Supreme Champion accolade at this years National Meat Products Competition.

New appointments for Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has sworn in three new executives after the former incumbents completed their respective terms of presidency.

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers calls for common sense from Food Standards Scotland

Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), has said Food Standards Scotland (FSS) should employ more common sense to meat safety issues.

Meat outlook provides mixed fortunes

Data collection body Mintec has revealed varying meat outcomes in its latest meat index, revealed on Friday 15 April 2016.

Ginsters bulks up meat content in pasty slices

Ginsters has revamped its range of backed slices to incorporate even more British-sourced beef and chicken in its meaty pasty slices.

London hotel benefits from NI meat supplier

Northern Irish meat producer, Hannan Meats, has helped a London hotel find success.

Meat industry encouraged to claim compensation

Meat businesses operating within Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) are being told that they could benefit from a government scheme to improve their competitiveness.

Keith Fisher retires from AHDB

AHDB master butcher advisor Keith Fisher has retired from the levy board after dedicating over 40 years to the meat industry.

Restaurants urged to cut antibiotic usage

Food companies have been asked by investors to stop sourcing their meat and poultry from suppliers that use antibiotics.

Meat sales benefit from an early Easter

The meat, fish and poultry sectors have experienced market growth off the back of the Easter period.

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.

British red meat exports highlighted

A new film, produced by the industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb, is showcasing the important role that red meat exports play in the British economy.

Bacon industry still threatened by cancer scare

The bacon market could be feeling a backlash from the World Health Organizations (WHO) previous report that claimed processed meat causes cancer.

Anti-meat agenda concerns for industry

A leading figure in the meat industry has warned of a growing anti-meat agenda and fears it may be the next food to be targeted by health bodies after sugary drinks and fatty snacks.

Newby Foods celebrates high court vindication

Newby Foods aims to win back millions of pounds in lost business after a high court victory exempting it from Food Standards Agency (FSA) restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM).

Meat adulteration webinar fast approaching

Its less than one week to Meat Trades Journals webinar on meat adulteration.

Volume sales of red meat suffer decline

Volume sales of beef, lamb and pork have all seen a decline over the 12 weeks to 28 February, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

NFMFT calls for beefing up of food fraud penalties

The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) has said the government should impose stricter penalties on those caught selling illegal meat, as a nationwide crack-down on food crime gets underway.

Sheep and beef production expected to increase in 2016

Sheepmeat and beef production are both predicted to experience a year-on-year rise in 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

International opportunities for Welsh meat

Wales red meat industry is hoping to get an international boost to European territories.

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Groups food division has today announced that it will be cutting the cost of over 200 of its own-brand British-sourced meat and poultry products.

Tulip enters collective consultation

Tulip announced on Monday (29 February) that it has entered into a period of collective consultation with a number of its employees at its site in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

US requirements on beef imports discussed

US import requirements for beef have become a focus for the UK meat industry.

FSA and AHDB team up to deliver better health and animal welfare practices

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is undergoing consultations on a new system of data collection and communication for meat hygiene inspectors in the hopes of assisting the meat industry in identifying animal health and welfare issues more efficiently.

Sign up to MTJs meat adulteration webinar

Its less than a month until Meat Trades Journals webinar on meat adulteration.

Sales of organic food on the rise

The UK organic food market grew 4.9% in sales in 2015, according to The Soil Associations 2016 Organic Market Report.

ABP pilots AHDB Beef & Lambs Meat Education Programme

Processor ABP has stress-tested the AHDB Beef & Lamb Meat Education Programme with a class of butchers, product development experts, meat buyers and traders all passing with flying colours.

Alfresco Chef is new corporate member of Q Guild

Barbecue equipment supplier Alfresco Chef has been awarded corporate membership of the Butchers Q Guild.

Flexitarians on the rise, according to City Food Lecture

New ways of eating meat were addressed at this years City Food Lecture at the Guildhall in London.

Beef sales drop while chicken thrives

The meat sector saw continued deflation in the 12 weeks to 31 January 2016.

Organic meat boasts more nutrients, report finds

Eating organic meat instead of non-organic meat could provide consumers with double the number of essential nutrients and lower the risk of heart disease, a study by Newcastle University has found.

Industry called on to work together to promote red meat sector

The meat supply chain has been urged to work together in finding ways to stimulate demand for beef and lamb.

Meat adulteration webinar launched by Meat Trades Journal

To learn more about protecting the supply chain in the UK food industry, be sure to register for Meat Trades Journals webinar on meat adulteration.

Weighing & Labelling: Ready, willing and label

Increased scrutiny on the meat sector means that weighing and labelling systems need to be top quality. Michelle Perrett reports.

UK red meat production increases during 2015

Beef production in the UK experienced a 0.6% rise, while sheep meat production saw a rise of 0.5% during the 12 months of 2015.

Meat business named and shamed

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

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Welsh lamb

Red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be celebrating the passing of the Year of the Sheep with Welsh Lamb through its digital marketing platforms this month.

Deli bacon and ham bucks the trend in falling grocery prices

Although grocery prices in January fell to their cheapest level in over a year, deli bacon and ham saw a rise of 4%. That is according to latest figures from mySupermarket.co.uk.

Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

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

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Convenience key to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry has been urged to give the consumer what they want through their products.

Glasgow food businesses to be inspected

Full traceability inspections are to be carried out at all halal butchers in Glasgow during 2016, following concerns over meat transparency.

Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance.

Interest shown in northern abattoir

KPMG has received expressions of interest over the acquisition of Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, which ceased trading in December 2015, resulting in 131 job losses.

Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

Turkey has been outperformed by chicken as Christmas traditions fall by the wayside.

Videos show importance of sending clean livestock to slaughter

Two new videos produced by the industrys levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb have been designed to showcase the importance of presenting clean livestock at the time of slaughter.

Moy Park to shut Wisbech site

Moy Park is to close its Wisbech site in Cambridgeshire. It will move production to its Grantham site in Lincolnshire. The Wisbech site currently focuses on cooked whole birds, marinated chicken, snacking products and cooked sliced meats.

Cranswick gives it some Welly with new cooked meat brand

Cranswick has launched its new Welly brand of cooked meats.

Environment Secretary commits to exploring new markets for British meat

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, has today welcomed the increasing global appetite for British meat as we enter the Year of Great British Food.

NFMFT grieves the passing of former president Ken Wakelin

The meat industry has been mourning the loss of former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) president Ken Wakelin, who passed away on Wednesday 6 January following a short illness.

Butcher praises community following 3,500 meat theft

A butcher in Riverhead, Kent, has applauded the brilliant community for the support they have shown after 3,500-worth of meat was taken just before Christmas.

Turkey and lamb grow sales in late winter

Lamb gave turkey a run for its money in the run-up to the Christmas period as sales skyrocketed.

Asda buys key meat suppliers Forza AW and Kober

Retailer Asda has purchased two of its key meat suppliers.

HCC urges industry to become more sustainable

Consumer and retailers must work alongside farmers to create a more sustainable 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Jobs at risk at Tulip's Bodmin site

Operational changes by meat processor Tulip could lead to 430 redundancies at its Bodmin cooked meat facility.

Volume outstrips value in Christmas meat sales

Volume sales of meat over the Christmas period outgrew value sales as competition between mainstream and discount retailers intensified.

Stanforths Butchers now owned by Simon Barker

Simon Barker has taken over 100% control of the Stanforths butchery business, including the meat production unit at Skipton Auction Mart and the retail shop in Skipton.

Game to shoot past 100m sales barrier

Consumers trying new meats at Christmas could help the game category break the 100million sales barrier in 2015.

2015: A year in review

Our month-by-month look at what has happened in the meat industry over the past year.

Duck and goose sales take flight

Duck and goose were the success stories of the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish & Poultry Market Update.

Welsh Lamb hopeful of export boost in Dubai

Key exporters in the Welsh red meat industry met with over 50 of Dubais high-end purchasers in a networking event hosted by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), with the purpose of boosting Welsh Lamb exports.

Consumers told not to fear antibiotic superbugs

Food safety specialist Acoura has told consumers that they shouldnt be concerned about antibiotic-resistant superbugs in British red meat.

Meat thief faces jail time

A man found guilty of stealing 300-worth of meat is facing a two-year prison sentence, reported the Northampton Chronicle.

Discounters experience increase in fresh meat sales

Value for money supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have seen a rise in fresh meat sales in the face of an unpredictable market.

Over half the UK male population suffer from Lack of Meat Syndrome

Research conducted by the Sizzling Pubs chain has revealed that, at 53%, over half of the male population suffer from Lack of Meat Syndrome (LMS).

New food packaging combats waste

The meat and poultry industry is set to benefit from waste-reducing packaging.

Meat tax proposal labelled unrealistic

A proposed tax on meat to help decrease consumption has been labelled as unrealistic by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Diners concerned over meat provenance

Diners are showing an increased interest in where their meat is sourced from in restaurants, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Pringles launches meat-scented candles

For meat-lovers looking for an alternative gift to fill stockings with this Christmas, crisp giant Pringle may just have the answer.

Meat value sales drop once again

Fresh meat and poultry sales have seen another decline in value sales. According to Kantar Worldpanels Meat, Fish & Poultry Market update for the 12 weeks to 8 November 2015, value sales dropped 0.7% while volume sales saw modest growth at 1.5%.

Change needed in the red meat industry, says expert

The head of agriculture and research for meat processor Dunbia has encouraged the meat industry to embrace change.

Top meat suppliers awarded by Dalziel

The top-performing meat suppliers of the year for retail butchery specialist Dalziel have been awarded at the firms second annual supplier awards.

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

Linden Foods expands horizons

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

Meat snack claims to defeat hangovers

A Peckham-based charcuterie specialist has claimed to have created a snack that prevents hangovers.

Investment leads to 100 new jobs for Moy Park

Moy Park has revealed a massive 10 million investment, which will lead to the creation of 100 new jobs.

Food deflation deepens

Food deflation has deepened to 3% year-on-year, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for October 2015.

We Hae Meat celebrates partnership with The Co-operative

Ayrshire-based family butcher business We Hae Meat has forged a supply deal worth 600,000 with 50 Co-operative stores throughout Scotland.

Super sleuth or superspy?

With ever growing integration of information technology into commerce, its become so much easier for those bent on criminal acts to be able to commit them. But while it may be a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, it is still nevertheless important to investigate all fraud to stem the damage done, recover assets and prevent a future occurrence.

Red Tractor calls for view on standards

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is calling for the industry to give its views on the latest update to its Meat Processing Standards, which will be implemented in summer 2016.

Red meat vital to Welsh food industry growth, says minister

The red meat sector has a vital role to play in helping the Welsh Government grow the food and drink industry by a further 30% in five years, deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans has said.

Butchery competition heads to annual Skills Show

Six of the industrys top butchers are set to battle it out at the inaugural Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final at Birminghams NEC.

Irish farmers address mislabelled red meat concerns

Members of the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) met with environmental health officers (EHOs) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise concerns about the mislabelling of red meat.

Sainsburys looks forward, despite suffering sales decline

The latest interim results for supermarket chain Sainsburys have revealed that deflation has had a damaging impact on grocery sales.

Deadline for M&PPA 2016 approaches

Processors have until next Friday, 20 November, to enter the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2016.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

AHDB Beef & Lamb encourages dialogue with levy payers

Delegates from the agriculture industry gathered yesterday (3 November 2015) for AHDB Beef & Lambs annual conference, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Red and processed meat report fails to impact sales

The study into red and processed meat by the World Health Organisations (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has had little impact on sales, reports UK butchers.

Meat industry to climb new heights for Farm Africa

Personnel from the meat industry are looking to test their endurance as they hope to trek in Ethiopias Bale Mountains in aid of Farm Africa.

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.

Meat sees value and volume sales growth

Fresh meat, processed meat and cooked meat are all in growth, according to the latest meat, fish and poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 11 October 2015.

Red meat cancer fears played down by industry

Research that labels processed meats as carcinogenic to humans has been played down by food and medical experts.

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).

Impending meat report debunked by UK experts

A report into the carcinogenic effects of meat set to be launched next week has already been slammed by UK industry experts.

NI meat processor cuts carbon in government initiative

Northern Irish fresh meat processor Linden Foods has radically reduced its carbon footprint, following a 1m investment.

School children learn the value of Scottish meat

A Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) initiative is providing the opportunity for every secondary school in Scotland to apply for a voucher worth up to 100, which can be exchanged at local retailers for meat products such as Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI, and specially selected pork.

Morrisons promises continued innovation despite Dumfries House split

Morrisons says it will not sacrifice innovation in its meat sourcing as it ends its partnership with Dumfries House next month.

Boss fined for storing unsafe meat

A company director of Chrysalis Enterprises Ltd, Ben Loeber, has been fined 10,500 over storing unsafe meat in the human supply chain.

Beef producers urged to combat liver fluke

Beef producers and farmers are being warned to brace themselves for an increased risk of liver fluke in cattle. The warning came from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), Meat Promotion Wales, which recommended that producers should plan for on-farm parasite management.

Conference to address Welsh red meat supply chain

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), also known as Meat Promotion Wales, is to discuss solutions to developing a sustainable and commercial red meat supply chain in Wales at its annual conference, taking place in Llandrindod Wells on 12 November.

The Black Farmer sees continued success

Gluten-free meat producer The Black Farmer has experienced a week of triumph.

Scottish butcher teams up with Asda

Wholesale butcher Malcolm Allan has signed a contract worth 150,000 with supermarket chain Asda.

Scottish red meat imports thriving

The annual survey of Scottish red meat exporters by QMS has revealed a 4.3% increase in the total red meat exported from Scotland for the year ending September 2015 to approximately 76.6 million (excluding fifth-quarter value).

Young butcher recognised at Somerset Business of the Year awards

A Somerset butcher has been named a finalist in the local Business of the Year awards.

New packaging to benefit meat products

An original packaging format is set to enhance the presentation, preservation and protection of fresh meat and fish products.

One in three veggies admit to eating meat when drunk

New research by a money-saving website in the UK has revealed that over a third of vegetarians eat meat whilst under the influence of alcohol.

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.

Cranswick exceeds expectations in first half of 2015

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswicks revenues for the first half of the year have exceeded board expectations.

Slowdown continues for meat sales

Volume sales for fresh primary meat and poultry have slowed again.

Essentia Protein Solutions launches new meat flavours

Essentia Protein Solutions has launched into the flavours market with a new range of meat broth-based flavours for meat, savoury and seasoning applications.

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.

Lovers of meat rejoice at annual Meatopia festival

Meat-lovers congregated this weekend, 19-20 September, as Londons Tobacco Dock hosted the UKs third Meatopia festival.

Meat wholesaler faces jail time

A Bridgend meat wholesaler has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail after falsifying business records.

Technology helps minimise bacteria on meat

Odour management firm Dax Airscience is working alongside a prominent UK beef supplier to help reduce the level of bacteria found on beef carcases.

Family butcher experiences revival

JBS Family Butcher, located in Sudbury, Suffolk, reopened on Thursday 10 September two months after closing, although not without caution.

British meat to be showcased at Anuga

AHDB Beef & Lamb is due to take Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb products to one of the worlds leading food fairs.

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.

Walls extends Ready Baked range

Walls has added two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range: Cumberland and Pork & Onion.

Edwards of Conwy makes burgers with Sir Terry

Butchers Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy will appear on TV this week following a visit from Sir Terry Wogan.

Welsh lamb EID project proves a success

The initial findings from Wales Electronic Identification (EID) project have revealed that 80% of participating farmers found the recording device easy to operate.

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

Enter the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

The search is on for the meat industrys shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2016.

British beef and lamb receives new promotional campaign

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled a new promotional campaign for beef and lamb cuts, due to launch next month.

#BritishLambWeek social media campaign hailed a success

Following a difficult few months for British lamb, the industry has taken to social media to promote the meat with an encouraging lift in sales for independent retailers.

BMPA director announces retirement

Stephen Rossides, director of British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), has announced his retirement.

Superstore fined after falsely labelling meat

A Manchester supermarket has been issued with a 20,000 fine after selling beef mince disguised as lamb meat.

Kantar reveals latest meat figures

Kantar Worldpanel has published its Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures for the 12 weeks ending 16 August.

Welsh Lamb receives a Danish makeover

Top chefs from Denmark proved how versatile Welsh Lamb is as they came together to create delicious barbecue meals from the meat.

Research highlights lack of food-origin knowledge

A new study has revealed that UK adults are worryingly oblivious when it comes to the origins of their food.

Better burgers on the menu

Research from Mintel finds that consumers are looking for a better burger, with 7% of those who have visited a fast-food restaurant in the past three months saying they have switched from these restaurants to gourmet burger restaurants.

Sacrifice guidelines set out for UKs Muslim community

Demand for sheep meat in the UK is set to see a significant increase in sales during the end of September when the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha falls.

Foodservice firm boosted by butchery buy

Wales-based Harlech Foodservice has boosted its turnover substantially following the acquisition of a butchery business three years ago.

Update: Roberts receives support in levy row

The British Meat Processors Associations (BMPA) has backed Stuart Roberts' reasons for resigning from his post at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Midlothian supports Scotch Beef Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has become a member of Quality Meat Scotlands Scotch Beef Club, the first Scottish Premiership club to do so.

Stuart Roberts resigns from his role at AHDB

Stuart Roberts, AHDB board member and chairman of the AHDB Beef & Lamb sector board, has sparked strong reactions from the industry after announcing his resignation on August 28.

Deadline day to enter Butchers Shop of the Year

If you havent entered Meat Trades Journals annual search for the best butchers and farm shops in the UK, do it now!

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice.

Couple sentenced for producing fake meat

A Staffordshire couple have been sentenced for selling fake meat on unlicensed premises and selling it on to unaware butchers and local residents under the name Lionheart Marketing, reported the Uttoxeter Advertiser.

Wasted meat damaging our environment

Discarded meat is having a negative effect on our environment, according to research.

Sheep meat imports down in June

Sheep imports to the UK fell by 18% in June year-on-year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Clear country-of-origin labels introduced for Welsh meat

Packaging on Welsh fresh and frozen meat products must now carry a country-of-origin label.

Range extension boosts Aldis fresh meat sales

Supermarket chain Aldi has seen an increase in sales of its fresh meat range, which it attributes to the expansion of its offering.

Bespoke training scheme benefits butchers

Hundreds of staff from butchery businesses across England have benefited from a 1m fund to provide training courses designed by employers for their specific needs.

Lamb supplies expected to grow

UK lamb and mutton production in 2015 is expected to be up 7% on last year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb figures.

Grouse supplies affected by weather

Supplies of grouse this season are likely to be variable, due to poor weather on some moors during the chick hatching period in early May.

Top chef to present prestigious awards

One of Londons top female chefs will present the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

Multiple factors affect farmgate price movements

Recent inconsistent farmgate prices can be attributed to volume and currency fluctuations, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Progress towards lifetime-assured beef receives support

Upon reviewing a consultation completed earlier in the year, Red Tractor has revealed that progress has been made towards changing the classification of lifetime assurance for beef.

New opportunities for pie manufacturer

One of the countrys largest manufacturers of pies and pasties has secured a distribution agreement with the largest ethnic superstore chain in the north of England Manchester Superstores.

New campaign promotes cooking with lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has joined forces with the European Union, Interbev in France and Bord Ba in Ireland to create the Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun campaign in an effort to tackle the decline in sales and to promote it as an easy alternative to other, more common, meats.

Court orders seized meat to be destroyed

An article published by the Swindon Advertiser has revealed that nearly half a tonne of food belonging to a Swindon caterer is to be destroyed after it was revealed he was taking a delivery of raw meat from a pet food supplier.

British barbecue hygiene at a dangerous level

The British barbecue season may be a time to relax, but research has shown that hygiene levels could be a cause for concern.

Pulled pork campaign a success

Figures released today from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed that a marketing campaign led by AHDB Pork has helped fuel a dramatic increase in fresh pork sales.

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).

Aldi backs Team GBs Olympic hopefuls

Supermarket chain Aldi has revealed plans to back Team GB on their road to Rio.

Traditional butcher eyes up an exotic future

Bosworths Butchers of Coventry is reaching out to a wider audience by stocking unconventional meat products.

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.

New butchers opens, after dropping crowdfunding

A new butchers shop is set to open in Ladywell, London, on 26 August, which is the brainchild of Callum Heckstall-Smith.

Award-winning journalist Kate Adie to address Meat Business Women

Kate Adie OBE, who is best-known for her former role as BBCs chief news correspondent, will be addressing the second Meat Business Women networking seminar, taking place on 30 September at Londons Ironmongers Hall.

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.

Volume beats value again in meat sales

Volume continues to grow ahead of value in meat, fish and poultry sales.

Time is running out to enter Butchers Shop of the Year Awards 2015

Theres just one week left to enter Meat Trades Journals annual search for the best butchers and farm shops in the UK.

Scottish pig meat prices drop 17% year-on-year

The price of Scottish pig meat is down 17% on this time last year, the latest market information from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has revealed.

Industry expert cycling to save lives

Meat marketing consultant Rob Smith is set to take on his biggest challenge yet.

New opportunities arise at North Yorkshire livestock auction

Craven Cattle Marts (CCM) is encouraging more farmer cattle feeders and retail butchers to attend its weekly Monday sale of prime cattle at its auction mart.

Sausage sales simmer down, but not everyone is concerned

Sausages have been failing to make an impact on the barbecue season, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

JJ Food Service adds theatre with new counter

JJ Food Service has opened a new state-of-the-art fresh meat and poultry counter at its Enfield branch in an effort to capitalise on impulse sales.

Premium trout produced by RR Spink & Sons

To celebrate its 300th anniversary, smoked fish producer RR Spink & Sons has unveiled the 375g Royal Fillet of trout.

Welsh pig producers get online support

A new website is being launched to encourage customers to consume high-quality Welsh pork.

QMS lamb campaign to debut in August

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is set to hit 3.7 million consumers with its latest advertising campaign.

Wales eyes red meat export opportunities

New overseas markets are continuing to provide fresh opportunities for exporting Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Lack of meal planning hits long-term Co-op meat sales

Changing consumer habits over the past 50 years have caused meat products to be removed from shopping baskets in convenience stores.

Christmas SuperMeat & Fish judging underway

Christmas is coming early for the meat industry as the judging for SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products gets underway.

Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society appoints new chief executive

Johnny Mackey has been revealed as the new chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

Buyer reshuffle at Marks & Spencer

Tom Harvey has left his position as beef, lamb and game buyer at Marks & Spencer to take up a role in its dairy division.

Tesco makes bold campylobacter promise

Tesco has pledged to further reduce levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens.

Lancashire exports to Hong Kong hit by avian flu case

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has announced that, in view of a notification from the UK authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza in Lancashire, it has banned imports of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from that area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

Greek crisis impacts UK meat exporters

UK meat exporters to the EU could be hit as the pound continues to strengthen against the euro in the wake of the Greek debt agreement, according to one market analyst.

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future.

HCC to highlight concerns facing Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) aims to tackle issues facing the Welsh red meat industry at this years Royal Welsh Show.

Discounters meat strength can be countered

Aldis and Lidls fresh meat sales growth outstrips that of the top four supermarkets, but traditional grocery retailers could learn from them, according to Ed Garner, communications director, Kantar Worldpanel.

Prime cattle see a rise in prices

Prime cattle prices have risen 8% in the past four weeks, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Welsh students get a taste of local red meat

In an attempt to promote Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, sixth-form students from South Wales were taught about the importance of their countrys red meat.

All the action from SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015

The best of the industry gathered at the Hilton Park Lane in London on 2 July for the 2015 SuperMeat & Fish Awards. Hosted by actor and comedian Stephen Mangan, we saw Marks & Spencer pick up the award for Best Meat & Fish Retailer and Best Overall Product.

New Budget a step in the right direction for butchers

The new Summer Budget, revealed yesterday by Chancellor George Osborne, has largely been welcomed by independent butchers.

Jim Viggars leaves role as head of fresh meat at Asda

Long-standing Asda meat specialist Jim Viggars has left the supermarket after three decades of service.

Glastonbury Festival meat supplier has another successful year

Glastonburys main meat supplier, Jon Thorners, has seen out another successful festival as it gets better each year.

Video: AHDB Meat Export Conference

Delegates gathered to hear guest speakers discuss the future of exporting British meat.

National Meat Products Champion crowned

Mike Maloney of Maloneys Country Butchers & Bakers has been crowned National Meat Products Champion 2015.

JJ Food Service grows range to include smaller packs

In an effort to support more smaller caterers and encourage customers to sample more fresh meat, JJ Food Service has introduced smaller pack sizes for its fresh meat and poultry.

HCC acts to counter falling lamb prices

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to make an early start on marketing campaigns in an effort to tackle falling lamb prices.

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.

Doubts cast over processed meat products

Consumers are not confident that processed meat products contain the species labelled.

Fish batters meat in value sales

Deflation is continuing to hold back overall spend in the meat, fish and poultry market, while chilled fish is the success story for the sector.

Aldi commits to the Scottish meat industry

Aldi has continued to encourage locally sourced meat products in its Scottish stores.

Changing consumer habits creates opportunity for processors

Processors willing to embrace the chilled convenience sector and create products that save time for consumers are likely to grow faster than those who focus only on primary meat products, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Quality overtakes price in barbecue meat selection

Quality is more important than price when it comes to choosing meat for a barbecue. This was one of the findings of a new survey by organic certification body The Soil Association about how consumers choose barbecue meat.

Importance of halal recognised by AHDB

Red meat levy body AHDB Beef & Lamb has produced a new facts booklet, highlighting the importance of halal and the value it adds to the UK sheep market.

Iceland grows speciality meat range

Iceland has extended its range of Kezie frozen speciality meats.

UK pig meat production keeps growing

Latest figures from Defra show that the strong growth in UK pig meat production continued in May, with output over 5% higher than a year earlier at 66,700 tonnes.

Value set to return to meat sales

Plummeting meat prices could be coming to an end, an industry expert has predicted. Following the recent announcement that Consumer Price Inflation rose 0.1% in May, up from -0.1% in April, Kantar Worldpanel believes that meat prices could start to rise by the end of the year.

QMS calls for praise of Scottish red meat

The chairman of Quality Meat Scotland has urged the red meat industry to recognise the value of its brands in Scotland.

Ginger Pig to sell premium charcoal in stores

London butcher The Ginger Pig is to start selling charcoal alongside its meat.

Unison warns against changes to inspection laws

Trade union Unison fears possible changes in European law will jeopardise independent meat inspections for both white and red meat, putting food standards at risk.

Meat sale sparks near riot in Tesco

An ugly scene broke out in a Tesco store in Northampton as customers milled around staff merchandising reduced price meat.

ABP gives students experience in meat industry

Food processor ABP has employed three students from Leeds City College since announcing a partnership to give young people experience in the meat and supply chain industry.

British meat key to foodservice success

Foodservice companies looking to gain consumers trust should use more British meat and making customers aware of it, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

NI consumers prefer butchers to supermarkets

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

Scottish lamb industry facing challenge

The Scottish lamb industry faces a challenge to increase consumption of Lamb in the country, Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has claimed.

Price falls continue to hit meat, fish and poultry

Deflation remains a key trend in fresh meat and poultry with volumes growing and values declining, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel, covering the 12 weeks to 24 May 2015.

Importance of working together and good supply chains highlighted at BMPA conference

Good supply chains are vital to the success of the meat industry, said the president of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Peter Mitchell, at its annual conference last week.

The search is on for worlds best steak!

A new international competition, from the team behind Meat Trades Journal, has been launched - the World Steak Challenge.

Value sales of meat falling in supermarkets

Value sales of meat, fish and poultry in UK supermarkets dropped 3.2% year-on-year in the four weeks to 23 May 2015, according to Nielsen figures.

Game meat market tipped as for further growth

The game meat sector has been earmarked as one of the top markets to watch, according to Mintel.

Farmers see drop in meat returns due to oversupply

UK farmers have seen their returns drop in recent months due to an oversupply of domestically produced meat, an increase in imports, plateauing consumer demand and a strong pound.

New Meat Trades Journal editor announced

Rod Addy has been appointed as the new editor of Meat Trades Journal.

Meat producers and convenience stores missing out on sales by not offering right range

Meat producers and convenience stores are missing a trick by not offering convenience store shoppers a wider range of beef and lamb products.

Morrisons appoints new category director for meat

Morrisons has appointed a new category director for meat, Yorkshire-born Tom Richardson.

AIMS accuses FSA of ruining Farmbox Meats business with investigation

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has slammed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the Farmbox Meats verdict over the mislabelling of goat meat as lamb or mutton, earlier this week.

Fill up on meat at Gloucester Services

Gloucester Services has opened a new southbound site, enabling commuters to get their meat while filling up their car.

New summer campaign from Quality Meat Scotland

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork in summer recipes.

Greater lamb numbers create trading difficulties

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has reported increased ewe numbers to be causing a subdued marketplace.

New chairman announced for Irish meat body

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has appointed a new chairman. Philip Carroll is taking over from departing chairman Ciaran Fitzgerald in the organisation that represents the business interests of the Irish meat sector.

Scottish meat processor reports healthy performance

Scottish food processor Campbells Prime Meat has posted a strong set of financial results for 2014, with sales and profits in healthy growth.

Lack of butchery apprentices creates skills shortage risk

The meat industry is at risk of a serious skills shortage, according to the managing director of catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, who is calling on the new government to implement a clear strategy when it comes to apprenticeships.

Sign up now for future of food conference

Meat industry professionals looking to innovate are being urged to snap up tickets to a food innovation conference in London.

Free meat supply chain event organised

Pork and red meat levy bodies Bpex and Eblex are offering meat industry professionals a free conference set to discuss the use and flow of information in the supply chain.

Scotch meats stimulate Asian interest

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI have attracted keen interest at Hofex, Asias leading food and hospitality trade show, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Fresh meat and poultry decline in value and volume

Sales of fresh meat and poultry have dropped in both value and volume over the 12 weeks to 26 April 2015.

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

BDCI to offer 5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) is to offer a 5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

QMS reports boost to Scottish Quality Assurance scheme

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed increased numbers of farmers joining Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Quality Assurance scheme.

Scotch pie line rolled out in Asda

Ayrshire meat company, We Hae Meat, has rolled out its single-portion Scotch pie range to 62 Asda stores across Scotland.

New meat sensor aims to help combat waste

Scientists at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) have created a sensor which detects gases emitted from rotting meat, which could help to reduce food waste.

Video: The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2015

This year's Farm Shop & Deli Show saw over 400 suppliers descend on Birmingham to exhibit at the NEC.

SuperMeat product finalists are revealed

After a lengthy judging process, we are delighted to reveal the product finalists of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015.

Bill Gates issues pro-meat blog

Former vegetarian and billionaire Bill Gates has backed meat production in his latest blog post, stating you can eat meat and still be environmentally friendly.

QMS gains funding boost for Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry is set to receive 1.2 million (861,000) from the European Commission (EC), thanks to a grant secured by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Butchery academy renews deal for Jamie Oliver apprentices

Etheringtons Butchery Academy has renewed its partnership with Jamie Olivers Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme, providing butchery training to Jamies young students.

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.

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be best in class, at this years Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a short-term blip by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

Systems Integration lands Canada contract

A British software firm has landed a contract at a state-of-the-art beef processing facility set to open in Canada this year, which its owners claim is the first of its kind in North America.

Robin Hood sausage contest celebrates 21st year

Meat organisation the Nottinghamshire Council of Retail Meat Traders is celebrating its 100th year with its annual Robin Hood Sausage Championship in Nottinghamshire.

Aldi lists quality Scotch haggis

Aldi in Scotland has started stocking a specially developed Scotch haggis, the only one on the market that contains Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Retailers win out against foodservice on public trust for British meat

Supermarkets have stolen a march on restaurants and fast food chains when it comes to gaining public trust, due to a policy of sourcing more British meat, according to new data.

Scottish butchers uses Himalayan salt wall to cure meat

Aberdonian firm Davidsons has become the first butchers in Scotland to install a special Himalayan salt wall to enhance its meat curing process.

SuperMeat judging gets under way

The judging for the 2015 SuperMeat & Fish Awards has kicked off, with the deadline for entries now closed.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nations favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

Red Tractor embarks on major barbecue drive

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is running a major on-pack barbecue promotion this summer to drive awareness and understanding of Red Tractor standards.

Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

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.

Halal franchise butchers opens new store

London-based Tariq Halal has opened its fifth butchers shop in Fulham, with plans to open more this year.

Lab meat closer to a reality

Meat grown in a laboratory will become commercially viable in the next decade, the scientist who grew the worlds first stem-cell burger has claimed.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

Independent butchers should look to pork to capitalise on the trend for premium burgers, according to pork levy board Bpex.

Midlands butchers opens ambitious outlet

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

Scottish butchers strikes burger deal with Tesco

Perthshires Simon Howie butchers will launch its steak burgers into 51 Scottish Tesco stores next week.

Ingredients company introduces curry sauces for meats

Ingredients provider Verstegen has launched a new curry-inspired range of sauces for meat products, allowing butchers to make their own quality curries.

MLCSL defends carcase grading system

Inspectors organisation Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) has hit back at claims that the current carcase grading system is flawed and needs updating.

Supply chain partners join forces on sheep genetics initiative

The UK sheep and lamb industries have pulled together on a new sheep genetics programme, which aims to increase industry awareness of breeding values.

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Power to the people in new retail butchery initiative

Supermarket customers are to be offered the chance to butcher their own meat, in a new initiative by one of the major multiples.

#Butcherisbetter campaign review

We picked out some of the best from our #butcherisbetter campaign for National Butchers' Week.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

National Butchers' Week - Edwards of Conwy

It's National Butchers Week so we caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy.

Meat box supplier plans 1.3m expansion

Meat industry supplier Northern Paper Board, which supplies boxes for meat products, has revealed plans of a 1.3 million expansion at its site in Yorkshire.

Expert points to importance of red meat in diet

Red meat could potentially become a more important source of long chain omega-3 than fish in the next 50 years, politicians have been told.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

Meat cutting and casserole work on show at IFE

The latest developments in meat cutting and the casserole and braising categories will be on show at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) this week.

Irish pork DNA testing scheme deemed incomplete by EC

The European Commission has called Irish Farmers Associations (IFA) DNA testing scheme has been called incomplete by the European Commission.

Law creates more stress at slaughter for sheep, finds study

Legislation requiring the individual handling of sheep in non-stun slaughterhouses increases stress levels in animals, according to research presented at Tuesdays Eblex Halal Seminar.

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.

FSA issues burger cooking advice

As we edge towards the barbecue season, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued advice for the public on how best to prepare home-cooked burgers.

Integreater boosts SI customer base

Meat and poultry processing software company Systems Integration (SI) has doubled its customer base since launching the Integreater brand in 2010.

ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Eblex offers technical masterclass

A new two-day science masterclass has been introduced for meat industry workers by beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

Welsh to present PGI Beef and Lamb at IFE

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is preparing to showcase Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at the UKs largest food and drink event, IFE.

Steak pie finalists selected

The finalists in this years Englands Best Steak Pie 2015 competition have been revealed.

Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwalls 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.

Valentines Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentines Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

Campaign launched for stun/non-stun labelling

A campaign has been launched for clear and honest labelling on halal meat to show whether the animal was stunned before slaughter or not.

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to 776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Consumers continue to back British pork, finds study

A new survey shows consumers are backing British pork, with 80% saying supermarkets should continue to stock high levels of British meat.

Video: Butchers' Week #butcherisbetter campaign

Ahead of this year's National Butchers' Week (23-29 March), Meat Trades Journal has launched the #butcherisbetter campaign.

Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Tulip wins top accolade at processing awards

The annual Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA) reached its finale last night at the Deansgate Hotel in Manchester, with Tulip crowned Processor of the Year 2015.

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

Ginsters extends range with meat snacks

Ginsters is capitalising on the snacking and food-to-go trend with a launch of a new range, Ginsters Meat Club.

New MD for Yorkshire butchers

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

New processor code slammed

The new processor code of practice, aimed at improving relationships between processors and livestock producers, has come under fire, being described as ineffective and a nonsense.

Consumer meat survey launched

Meat Trades Journal has launched a consumer survey to find out about shopping habits when it comes to the retail butcher.

Ex-BDCI chair to continue fundraising efforts

Former festival chairman of the The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI), Norman Hatcliff, will continue to support charities associated with the meat trade.

Rise in sheep meat production forecast

UK sheep meat production is set to rise again this year, according to AHDB/Eblex forecasts.

Video: AHDB Outlook Conference 2015

The annual AHDB Conference took place last Wednesday (11 February) at One Great George Street, London. The new chief executive of AHDB, Jane King, kicked off proceedings in the morning, outlining the organisations plans and focus going forwards.

New commercial director at ABP

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

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

The poultry meat industry likes recessions, according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asias growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods.

Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Retailers gear up for SuperMeat rivalry

Tesco will be hoping to defend its crown against rivals from across the supermarket sector as the industry gears up for the years most hotly contested contest in meat the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015.

Industry veteran passes on

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

FSA testing reveals undeclared meat in lamb takeaways

In an Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey on lamb takeaway dishes, almost a quarter of samples tested contained undeclared meat, the body has revealed.

College to open butchers shop as part of course

A North-East college is involving students in a field-to-fork project by opening a butchers shop from which to sell its own farms meat.

Carrier bag advice for Scottish butchers

New advice for Scottish butchers on charging for carrier bags has just been issued by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

Morrissey cancels concert in latest meat protest

Former The Smiths frontman and vegetarian, Morrissey, has cancelled a concert in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the evening.

Irish meat firm expands UK retail presence

Irish cooked meat company Green Farm Foods is celebrating securing three new UK listings for its range of premium carvery products.

Study proposes return to stone-age diet

New research suggests we should follow in the dietary footsteps of our stone-age ancestors and eat lean meat to help combat the rising epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases.

Welsh meat body to promote at Gulfood

Welsh food companies and organisations, including Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales, are aiming to identify new customers and partners at this years Gulfood show in Dubai.

BVA non-stun petition reaches 100,000 signature goal

The British Veterinary Associations (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

Warm and Tasty campaign offers surprise pies

A Glasgow postman received a surprise delivery from TV presenter Carol Smillie this week as part of the Warm and Tasty pie campaign.

Welfare activists hijack Red Meat Month Twitter account

The Red Meat Month campaign being promoted by MP Neil Parish has been hijacked on social media by animal welfare activists.

Welsh body reports on positive visit to Norway

A recent Welsh trade mission to Norway was extremely positive and could lead to increased exports of lamb to the country, reported Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

New beef and lamb pasture-fed label launched

A new Pasture For Life certification mark has been launched for meat from animals that are purely pasture-fed.

MP pursues Red Meat Month campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was only fair to launch a Red Meat Month to celebrate Britains livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a simplified family of brands.

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Boxer visits butchery sponsor

English light-welterweight champion Tyler Goodjohn has made a late-night visit to his sponsor, Smithfields wholesale meat suppliers James Burden.

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands largest hospitality fair next week.

Big expansion for Farm Shop & Deli Show

Due to exceptional demand, The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2015 is set to be 100% bigger than last year.

Welsh meat body reviews lamb performance

As it looked back over the last 12 months, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) reported a fluctuating market for lambs in 2014.

BDCI announces new festival chairman

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has appointed Ocado.com head of buying Rose Price as its new festival chairman.

AHDB conference to look at emerging opportunities

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to address the prospects for the beef, lamb, pig, poultry and dairy sectors in its 2015 Outlook Conference next month.

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.

Eblex strengthens communications team

Eblex has increased the size of its communications team after calls from levy payers and stakeholders for more information to help drive the industry forward.

Sainsburys to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsburys has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarkets Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

New study linking red meat and cancer will be harder to prove in humans

New research has apparently uncovered a link between red meat consumption and the formation of cancerous tumours.

Welsh trade mission to Norway

Welsh meat bosses are hoping to build on strong success in the Scandinavian markets with a major trade mission planned for Norway in the New Year.

Quality Meat Scotland announces 2015 events

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

Meat body urges farmers to clip lambs at the final hour

With changeable weather forecast in coming weeks, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has urged farmers to ensure lambs are clipped and clean when sent to the abattoir.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a crunch year for the Scottish meat industry.

HCC action plan on track

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) five-year action plan, to ensure a profitable and sustainable meat industry for the future, is continuing to hit targets, according to the organisation.

Finalists of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards revealed

The judging is complete and Meat Trades Journal can now reveal the finalists in the 2015 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

QMS conducts festive survey, publishes meaty celebrity cookbook

In a rather festive survey, Billy Connolly has topped a list of celebrities that Scots would like to have at their Christmas dinner table.

Can the FSA deliver a Food Crime Unit?

Concern over whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) can deliver a Food Crime Unit by the end of the year have been heard at a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.

Pig veteran joins Bpex board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Suffolk pig producer Simon Watchom as the newest member of the Bpex board.

New allergen labelling rules imminent

New allergen labelling comes into force tomorrow (13 December 2014), including new labelling protocol for frozen meat and frozen meat preperations.

Scottish red meat firm reports nearly 3m loss

J W Galloway, Scotlands 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.

Majority of US vegetarians revert to meat, finds study

An American study has revealed that the large majority of vegetarians in the US cannot resist going back to eating meat, with 84% failing to stick to a meat-free diet.

Scottish schools prompted to apply for meat vouchers

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has urged Scottish secondary schools to apply for its Meat Vouchers Scheme before the deadline at the end of the year.

Glasgow pork project meets opposition

An ethical food project in Glasgow has come under fire from members of the public after rearing pigs for slaughter in a local park.

Welsh red meat roadshow reaches conclusion

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Red Meat Roadshow reached the last stage of its two-year journey at the weekend, at the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion.

Poultry body presents 2020 Vision

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released its manifesto, laying out its 2020 Vision, as well as its calls for government assistance in ensuring the continuing success of the British poultry meat industry.

Meat industry hits back at misleading reports

The UK meat industry has defended itself after two separate studies claimed that livestock production and meat consumption must be reduced to tackle climate change.

Co-op to boost British meat credentials

The Co-operative Food has committed to sourcing all its own-brand meat from British farmers as part of a 1.5bn initiative announced today (5 December).

Industry prepares for new EU labelling rules

Food businesses are gearing up for the implementation of new labelling regulations which include the requirement to declare certain allergenic ingredients and to state the first date of freezing on products including meat.

2 Sisters slammed over flood plain chicken farm move

An animal welfare charity has criticised 2 Sisters Food Group over its decision to rebuild a chicken farm on a flood plain where 700,000 chickens drowned.

Scottish lamb prices up slightly on 2013

Farm gate lamb prices are slightly ahead of last year according to the latest market update from meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Morrisons to trial first halal counter

Morrisons will pilot its first-ever stand-alone halal meat concession at its re-fitted Preston North End store.

Meat companies make fastest-growth list

Northern Irish meat firm Finnebrogue and chicken firm Benson Park have been listed as two of the fastest-growing companies in the UK.

Video: Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales' 2014 annual conference

Meatinfo.co.uk was at Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales 2014 annual conference, where speakers included TV celebrity Kate Humble.

Scottish meat company to triple production site

Scottish meat firm, We Hae Meat, has announced plans to triple the size of its site in Ayrshire, opening up jobs for local people.

QMS appoints new marketing executive

Graeme Sharp, 24, has been appointed Quality Meat Scotlands new marketing executive.

Video: Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014

Meat Trades Journals Butchers Shop of the Year Awards was a great success again in 2014, and here is our video round-up of the event.

NFU sets stage for scientific discussion on bovine TB

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has hosted leading UK experts to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB (bTB).

Defra reveals results of UK meat law consultation

The responses from a consultation on the Meat Products (England) Regulations 2014 (MPR 2014), which is due to come into force in December, have been published by Defra.

Organisations get together for British Game Week

The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have joined forces to launch the Great British Game Week to be held later this month.

Bright future for red meat, says QMS boss

There are a number of signs that point to an encouraging future for the Scottish red meat industry, according to Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

Donut burger slammed for containing 2,000 calories

Pub chain Hungry Horse has been slammed by a nutritionist for launching a new burger containing 1,966 calories.

ABP joins forces with Leeds College

Meat company ABP has teamed up with Leeds City College to help students develop skills essential for the meat industry.

Beef and lamb outlook positive, but volatility to remain

Due to increasing global demand for meat, the outlook for the UK beef and lamb industry is positive, but volatility is here to stay, said speakers at Eblexs annual conference.

QMS boss emphasises importance of Scotch meat quality assurance

Maintaining the integrity of the Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb labels is crucial to ensuring the long-term profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive.

Scottish butcher addresses youngsters on job prospects

A West Lothian butcher has helped Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) raise awareness of careers in the meat industry during a Skills Scotland event.

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.

Scotland meat industry needs to maximise carcase to expand exports, says QMS

Scotland doesnt currently have the volumes of meat to significantly grow its export market, but is looking to maximise returns for the whole carcase, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) head of marketing Laurent Vernet.

Tulip to relaunch Danepak bacon

UK pork producer Tulip is to relaunch its iconic bacon brand, Danepak, early next year.

Welsh minister presents Beef and Lamb DVD to Sial delegates

Wales deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans attended the Welsh stand at Sial Paris this year, and launched a multilingual DVD to promote Welsh meat to different markets.

Government pledges to open new markets for meat

Meat remains a very important part of the UK export mix, and the priority of the UK government is to open new markets, according to Defra secretary of state Elizabeth Truss.

French importer rewarded for commitment to Scotch Lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has rewarded a French importer for its commitment to Scotch Lamb.

Rise for Scottish meat exports

Scottish red meat exports have increased on last year, with growing demand for value and fifth-quarter products.

Study finds lower sperm count in vegetarians

A study into sperm count and diet found vegetarian men to have significantly lower sperm motility and concentration.

Lamb prices start to rise

Lamb prices are beginning to pick up after declining over recent months, but they still remain lower than last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Eblex gains marketing boost for lamb from EU

Eblex has announced it will receive a 6.17m boost for a co-marketing campaign set to encourage more people in Europe to cook with lamb.

Newby Foods loses long-running legal battle on MSM

Northallerton meat processor Newby Foods has lost a long-running court battle in which it fought for its products to be classified as a meat preparation.

British meat bodies get set for Paris showcase

British meat bodies are preparing to go head-to-head with competitors from across the globe at this years Sial food show in a bid to increase global sales.

Eblex demonstrates slow cooking benefits to foodservice execs

Eblex held a special lunch event in London to showcase the benefits of slow cooking to chefs and menu developers from a range of pub and restaurant groups.

Pannage pork proving a hit with consumers

Pannage pork, from New Forest pigs roaming free in the woods, is being promoted by a local quality assurance scheme.

Smithfield Awards attract high level of entries

Britains best butchers will present their products in Glasgow this week to battle it out for the Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

HCC brings forward campaign to support Welsh Beef

Welsh red meat promotion body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has brought forward its new marketing campaign, promoted by the Welsh rugby team, in reaction to falling market prices.

Are you visiting Bakers' and Butchers' Fair this Sunday?

With only days to go until this years Bakers and Butchers Fair, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at whats in store for visitors.

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 UKs most prestigious competitions.

White meat consumption could reduce liver cancer risk, finds study

A high level of white meat and fish consumption could reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, according to a study.

Northern meats feature in retailers new Christmas Book

North of England supermarket chain Booths has released a Christmas Book, featuring northern meat products which are now available for delivery across the country.

Company fined over horse meat sausage

Trading standards bosses have fined food importer Expo Foods Ltd after a pork sausage was discovered to have almost 50% horse meat.

Welsh meat body runs lamb recipe competition

Budding Welsh chefs are being encouraged to enter their best lamb recipes for the chance to win the Baafta Award.

Defra pig census reveals lower farmgate prices

Although UK pig prices remain some of the highest in Europe, UK pig farmgate prices are 9% lower than this time last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Golfing day brings in 6k for meat charity

The countrys largest meat charity, the Butchers & Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI), has managed to raise nearly 6,000 through a fundraising golf day attended by 85 golfers.

Young butcher crowned champion

A young butcher has been declared the Yorkshire champion in the 2014 Young Butchers Creative Meat Display Competition.

Ishida launches X-ray model for small bone detection

Ishida Europe has revealed a new X-ray model, which can detect bones in meat fillets.

RSPCA highlight poultry welfare with Chicken Challenge

The RSPCA is encouraging people to stand on a piece of A4 for 20 minutes to campaign for poultry welfare, but the industry has defended British welfare standards.

False meat claims see Fortnum & Mason stripped of Royal grocer title

Fortnum & Mason been ditched as the Royal grocer after it became apparent it was making false claims on its meat packaging, according to the Mail Online.

Linden Foods to support Ulster Rugby team

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Foods has announced it will be the official meat supplier of meat and poultry to the Ulster Rugby squad for the 2014/2015 season.

Tesco discovers more meat contamination

Tesco has suffered a further blow after testing revealed unlabelled meat content in products including venison burgers and pork sausages.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

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.

Welsh meat body appoints Dutch marketer

The red meat promotion body for Wales has appointed a Dutch marketing representative, which it hopes will increase exports to the country.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

Online artisan butchery Meat Porter has announced a partnership with renowned British duck producer Gressingham.

FSA agrees discount reforms

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has answered calls for modernisation by agreeing to go ahead with discount reforms at its recent board meeting.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotlands farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Close ties with supermarkets pay dividends for meat producers

The annual Food and Drink index from OCC&C Strategy Consulants has predicted a tough year ahead for meat producers, while those integrated with supermarkets are performing better.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

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.

UK young butchers build international kudos

Despite suffering set-backs early in the competition, the UK team gave its best-ever performance in the International Young Butcher Competition, held in Bazenheid, Switzerland.

Eblex points to domestic opportunity for fifth-quarter products

As reported by Doctor Phil Hadley, senior regional manager at Eblex, as the export market for fifth-quarter products is growing, a market in the UK has opened up for small processors, which should not be missed.

London butcher to open Selfridges concession

London butchers Turner & George is set to open a concession in London Selfridges food hall next week.

JBS Group sees stars in UKs Great Taste Awards

A leading international supplier was celebrating after scooping top recognition for its imported meat in one of the UKs leading artisan food competitions.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

Asda launches Roast in a Tray range

Asda is hoping to shake up the roasting category with the launch of an innovative new product range that aims to introduce further convenience to the roast dinner.

Red meat improves health of elderly, says research

Research carried out by Deakin University, Australia, said that eating red meat three to four times a week could be key to keeping body and mind in peak condition as we age.

Eblex releases Carvery point-of-sale kit

Butchers could benefit from a bumper Carvery point-of-sale (POS) kit for autumn, which has been created by Eblex.

UK sheep delegation visits China

Representatives from the British sheep industry are visiting China to explore possible export opportunities to the country.

FSA reacts to Unison reform attack

The Food Standards Agency has hit out at union leaders for making extraordinary claims ahead of a board meeting vote tomorrow.

Hunt on for meat processing stars

The search is on for the meat industrys shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2015.

Young butchers ready for international contest

Two budding master butchers are prepared and ready to represent the UK in this years International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland, taking place later in September.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Sausage firm gets a hand from TV business guru

Sausage company Heck has had a helping hand from retail guru Alex Polizzi, appearing on her new BBC2 series The Fixer.

Artists illustrate Smithfield Market nightlife

Depictions of life in Smithfield Market will be exhibited by artists at the Three Night Markets exhibition at City Hall in London this autumn.

Welsh meat to the fore at NATO Summit

With the NATO Summit Wales taking in place in Newport this week, the worlds press will be treated to Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at a reception, courtesy of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Meat bodies offer new online statistics

Eblex and Bpex have revealed a new online library of meat statistics ranging from livestock numbers to the seasonality of meat markets.

Meat debate latest: Scots point to meat credentials

Following the latest attack on the meat industrys environmental impact, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has responded by highlighting the excellent sustainability credentials behind Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

Butchers targets students with value meat box

Butchers shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases

Bpex has reported steady progress in the prevention of exotic diseases, such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) entering the UK.

Bagley accuses Unison of "scaremongering" in latest blog post

Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) accuses Unison of scaremongering in his latest blog post for Meatinfo.co.uk.

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.

FSA inspectors take second strike action

The second day of Unison strikes went ahead yesterday (27 August) as Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors walked out over pay.

Scotch Lamb campaign deemed a success

The Love Scotch Lamb Weekend, which took place across Scotland last weekend, has been hailed a success by its organisers.

BDCI welcomes bursary applications

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

Positive growth for sheep meat exports

Exports of UK sheep meat were valued at 183.9 million for the first half of 2014, reported Eblex.

QMS points to cooling pig prices

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has highlighted the cooling of pig prices, suggesting there are more pigs on the market.

FSA brings barbecue hygiene into focus

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a statement urging consumers to uphold hygiene standards when barbecuing during the remaining days of summer.

Scottish beef action plan revealed

The Beef 2020 report, a Scottish beef industry action plan, has been unveiled to facilitate sustainable and long-term beef production growth.

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

DNA sample meat testing in Ireland reveals surprising results

DNA testing in butchers shops in Ireland has shown that more than half of the sampled products were not Irish.

BREAKING: Meat inspectors prepare for strike action

Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors are set for two four-hour walkouts on 26 and 27 August over pay disputes.

Horizon programme explores livestocks environmental impact

In the second part of the BBCs Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Environmentalists lock horns over holistic grazing systems

After The Guardian columnist George Monbiot rubbished Allan Savorys holistic grazing management theory, the Sustainable Food Trusts Patrick Holden has hit back with an open letter, asking Monbiot not to dismiss the idea so brusquely.

Red meat body hosts Dominican Republic visit

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

The best of the #meatdebate

Last nights BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

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.

Welsh red meat body to embark on autumn campaign for lamb

Not all lamb is created equal is the motto of the new marketing campaign from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), which aims to raise consumer demand of Welsh Lamb.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBCs Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

Scottish union voices concern on retailers lamb policy

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has criticised some major retailers for not stocking enough Scottish and British lamb.

Titanic butchers building faces demolition

A Liverpool butchers shop, which supplied meat to the doomed Titanic, is under threat of demolition.

Farming unions slam retailers over beef price share

UK farming unions have called for retailers to increase farmers share of beef prices, or risk undermining future supplies.

Meat products do well at Great Taste Awards

Meat brands cleared up at this years Great Taste Awards with a whole host of meat products now eligible to use the Great Taste logo.

Matthew Fort to present Q Guild awards

Celebrity food writer Matthew Fort has been revealed as the presenter of the 2014 Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into disrepute

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into disrepute with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

C & K Meats expands into Asia

Suffolk producer C & K Meats has secured overseas orders worth around 100,000, after expanding into Asia with help from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

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.

Roadshow promotes Welsh meat to visitors

The Welsh Red Meat Roadshow, organised by Hybu Cig Cymru the meat promotion body for Wales will make its next stop at Oakwood Theme Park.

Russian ban has minimal impact on UK meat

Russia has banned meat imports from the EU, as well as the USA, Canada and Norway, but the move will have minimal impact on UK exports.

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 sectors leading charity, the Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI).

Parliamentary group calls for more halal labelling research

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report calling for more research into labelling of halal products.

Datamonitor study points to meat-reduced flexitarianism diets

Research carried out by consumer analyst company Datamonitor has suggested consumer are moving away from meat, posing significant concern for meat manufacturers.

Halal feature: Labelling under the spotlight

With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.

FSA gives green light to new audit scheme

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) approved plans for a new audit system at last weeks board meeting.

Consumers unfazed by halal meat, finds study

The majority of UK consumers are not concerned about the consumption of halal meat, according to a new survey from Canadean.

UK farmer embarks on chicken welfare tour

A young Devon farmer is preparing to set off on a 39-day tour of Europe to campaign for clearer poultry labelling and she is doing it dressed as a chicken.

Welsh red meat body embarks on Netherlands campaign

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is looking to increase overseas demand for Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef by starting a marketing drive in the Netherlands.

Kate Humble to address Welsh red meat conference

Television personality Kate Humble will speak at this years Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) annual conference, it was announced today (22 July).

UK meat bosses hit back at beef and environment critique

UK meat leaders have expressed disappointment over the reporting of a US-based study which claimed that beef production was 10 times more damaging to the environment than other livestock.

Meat Porter joins online market place

Meat Porter, an online artisan butchery, has been added to the online marketplace Not On the High Street.

Meat industry award recognises high achievers

The Royal Smithfield Club is calling for nominations for its Bicentary Trophy 2014, which celebrates excellence in the meat industry.

Price most important factor for meat buying public

Price is the most important consideration when buying meat for consumers, according to research comissioned by the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Video: Significant opportunities discussed at export conference

Meat Trades Journal reports on the Tenth Meat Export Conference which took place in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, last month, and highlights the issues mentioned by the key speakers.

Lamb leads rise in meat production

Beef, lamb and pig meat production has increased on last year, according to the latest slaughter figures from Defra.

Video: Tri-Nations Butchers' Challenge 2014

Three teams of the finest butchers from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand battled it out for the Tri-Nations crown at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

SuperMeat and Fish Awards 2014
SuperMeat and Fish Awards 2014

FSA staff to be balloted for strike action

A proposed strike by meat hygiene inspectors and supporting staff could cause disruption to the meat supply chain, processing bosses have warned.

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.

Faccenda raises lowest pay beyond minimum wage

Employees on the minimum wage at Faccenda Foods have seen their wages rise 0.69p per hour, a move that has been welcomed by its trade union.

Welsh meat body uses show to offer livestock advice

Expert advice on a wide range of livestock issues will be available to farmers at the Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) stand during the Royal Welsh Show.

Pig industry backs regulation proposals on disease

The pig industry has given its support to proposals for new regulation on the handling of exotic diseases in pigs.

Concern over lamb prices deepens

Another meat body has expressed its concern at the fall in lamb prices as supply increases.

Tulip seeks closer working relationship with suppliers

Food producer Tulip has launched a new campaign which aims to work closer with suppliers and share expertise.

Meat body reports cooling for lamb prices

Lamb prices have cooled over the past five weeks, due to a strong sterling and extra availability of lambs on the market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Lamb open day focuses on flock performance

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported a successful open day for lamb producers, after more than 100 farmers attended an event looking to improve flock performance.

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Eblex provides opportunity for foreign contact

A marketing event for British beef and lamb has given producers the chance to build relationships with foreign delegates, according to Eblex.

Butchers Challenge should educate and inspire, says Eblex chairman

Global co-operation and inspiration to a younger generation of butchers should be just some of the shared objectives of competitions like the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, guests to the events Gala Dinner were told.

Northern butchers spreads south with latest buy

The South Yorkshire-based Underwood Meat Company has enlarged its portfolio by acquiring St Albans catering butchers Butlers.

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.

Meat firm reports soaring sales as Tour de France hits Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has seen sales soar by 150% as the Tour de France arrives in the area.

Quality Standard mark shows strong influence on meat purchasing

The Eblex Quality Standard Mark (QSM) is one of the most influential logos affecting the decision to purchase meat and poultry products, according to a survey.

EFRA calls for robust approach to food security

Sustainable intensification and focused government leadership are needed to address the needs of UK food security, a parliamentary report has claimed.

Halal producer clinches European supermarket deals

A leading halal food producer is celebrating after landing a series of deals to give it a strong foothold across a number of European markets.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards nearly here

The annual SuperMeat & Fish Awards are just around the corner, so make sure youve got your ticket sorted for the industry event of the year.

Welsh Lamb makes play for US market

Negotiations are under way to open up exports of Welsh Lamb to the USA, which could be worth 20 million a year to the Welsh meat industry.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Export conference highlights opportunities for future growth

Opportunities for market growth and insights into the performance of the red meat sector were discussed at the Eblex Export Conference which took place this week (25 June).

Northern Irish meat company seals gluten-free deal with Ocado

Northern Irish meat firm Dohertys will launch gluten-free sausages, meatballs and burgers into the online supermarket Ocado.

Butchery federation ready to meet future challenges

John Mettrick, president of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT), discussed successes and future challenges in a speech at the organisations AGM on 22 June.

Ostrich meat hits supermarket shelves

Ostrich meat is starting to appear on UK supermarket shelves, with Tesco trialling ostrich kebabs, and Lidl and Aldi due to stock the speciality meat later in the year.

Veterinary body to reassure MPs on antimicrobial resistance

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced it will reassure members of parliament (MPs) of its dedication to tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Moy Park adds new instruction label on chickens

Moy Park is printing No need to wash labels on its whole birds in support of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) campaign, Dont wash your chicken.

McDonalds bestows sustainability award on Dawn Meats

Irish company Dawn Meats was honoured to receive a global sustainability award from McDonalds.

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.

Slaughter statistics up in May

Defra has released slaughter statistics for May 2014, showing higher numbers of slaughterings than in May 2013 for cattle, sheep and pigs.

Campbells new haggis set to fill market gap

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a gap in the market, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

UK and China to start beef and lamb talks

The UK and China are in negotiations that could see the export ban on British beef and lamb being lifted for the first time since the BSE outbreak 30 years ago.

Scottish meat industry reports a difficult year in 2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched its Red Meat Industry Profile for last year, which shows that despite the sector generating over 2 billion, 2013 was a tough year.

BHJ recruits new production manager

Meat protein manufacturer BHJ Ingredients has appointed a new production manager to oversee on-site productions.

Video: A Special Danish Butcher's Shop

On a recent tour of Denmark, Meatinfo.co.uk stopped in on a butcher's shop in Copenhagen which is doing things a little bit differently.

Poultry is UKs number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a 1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Exports in focus at Eblex conference

Eblex is to put the UKs beef and lamb export strategy under the spotlight at its annual export conference next week.

High recognition for Red Tractor among children

Red Tractor Assurance reported that more than half of schoolchildren recognise and understand the Red Tractor Logo.

Meat retailing masterclass on offer

Westley Consulting, a consulting agency for food and agricultural businesses, is hosting a meat retailing masterclass, which aims to educate butchers and farmers on the importance of meat retailing and best retailing practice.

Spotlight on Scottish red meat at Highland Show

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is gearing up to promote Scotch Beef and Lamb at this years Royal Highland Show, which gets under way next week.

BVA calls on Defra to explain poultry stunning delay

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that Defra must explain for the delay in implementation of EU poultry stunning laws.

Scottish farmers join forces for Aldi poultry deal

Scottish poultry farmers from Strathaven, Kilmaurs and Laurencekirk have joined forces to secure a 400,000 contract to supply Aldi with free-range whole chickens.

Meat industry rejects latest red meat-breast cancer link

A US study showing a link between red meat and breast cancer in women has been refuted by the meat industry.

Welsh farmer demonstrates large-scale pedigree pig production

The owner of Wales biggest herd of Pedigree Welsh Pigs sought to demonstrate that it is possible to survive as a large-scale, sustainable producer of the breed, at an open day on his Gower farm.

Aldi set to offer Wagyu steaks

Budget supermarket Aldi will now add Wagyu beef steaks from New Zealand to its growing range of premium meats.

Brand new beef processing plant opens in Shropshire

A new 10m state-of-the-art meat plant has been opened, with an eye for the export market.

Book your seats for SuperMeat today

There is just over a month to go before we announce this years winner of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition is starting to hot up.

Last chance to create butcher of the future

The English meat industry has one last chance today to play a role in helping to design the butcher of the future.

Non-EU sheep meat exports hit record high

UK sheep meat export volumes to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have reached record levels, according to Eblex.

Video: Q Guild 2014 BBQ Championships

Butchers from across the UK travelled to the Weber grill Academy in Oxford to fight it out over hot coals for a range of titles at this year's Q guild BBQ Competition.

Scottish bodies tackle Johnes disease in cattle

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) Skills Development Scheme will run a series of workshops for farmers on the best practice to avoid the spread of Johnes disease in cattle.

Halal butcher chain expands with 1m Lloyds loan

Tariq Halal Meats, one of Londons largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butchers shop to its operations, with the help of a 1m loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Beef and offal exports jump 25%

Red meat levy body Eblex has reported an increase in beef and offal exports, with the Africa and the Far East as important emerging markets.

Farming minister highlights careers in food

The meat industry, along with the wider food sector, is the UKs largest manufacturing business and should not be overlooked, food and farming minister George Eustice told delegates to the British Meat Processors Associations (BMPA) annual conference.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen relaunches grocery range

Burger restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has relaunched its grocery range, currently listed in Waitrose, in a new skin pack format to increase shelf life and sales, and reduce wastage.

Roar meat: Katy Perry feasts on racks of lamb from Manchester butcher

Manchester butchers W H Frost found themselves preparing racks of lamb for Katy Perry yesterday (20 May) before her show at the Phones 4U Arena.

Investment made in new meat DNA testing

Food advisory and testing group Exova has invested in new DNA testing equipment to confirm the source of meat found in products.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

Welsh company fined over frozen meat mislabelling

A Welsh meat supplier has been fined 15,000 for storing frozen meat that was past its use-by-date by as much as three years.

Welfare body makes plea to incentivise carcase-only trade

The RSPCA is urging the government to incentivise the livestock sector to switch from live animal trade to meat only.

Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UKs leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

QMS recommends fertility tests for bulls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is urging Scottish suckler herd farmers to think about a Bull MOT to ensure cows can reproduce next spring.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Irish beef imports put pressure on Welsh supply

An increase in Irish beef imports has resulted in a dramatic fall in prices of Welsh steers according to the Welsh red meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

Special sausages created for start of Tour de France

A Yorkshire butcher has teamed up with a local brewer to produce French-style sausages in celebration of the start of the Tour de France (Grand Depart) in Yorkshire.

Sainsburys alters lean mince labelling

Sainsburys has reported changes to its labelling of lean mince and reformulated its own-brand beef mince meat to remove fat.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Scottish meat producers set sights on Sweden

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported possible opportunities for Scotch Beef and Lamb after a Swedish food event.

Butchers invited to enter Great British Food awards

The Great British Food, Farm and Produce Awards have launched, with meat products categories for pork sausages, ribeye steaks and traditional pork pies.

Scottish pupils to compete on Commonwealth Burger

Scottish pupils have been invited to create a special burger for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow this summer

Muddy Boots steps into retail

Meat brand Muddy Boots has opened its first meat shop in Crouch End after turning down a lucrative Tesco deal last year.

Industry experts dismiss sensationalist supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

Meat industry advises caution on iron and heart disease link

Meat bosses have said any move to discourage iron intake among consumers would be misguided, after a study from the US claimed further evidence that red meat consumption increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 57%.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotlands (NFUS) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Green success for haggis firm

Haggis brand Macsween have become 100% land-fill free through collaboration with waste management companies.

Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this years Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Morrisons enters meat price war fray

Morrisons is the latest supermarket to force down the prices of its everyday meat products, with bacon and mince seeing the biggest cuts.

YouGov discovers drop in meat consumption

Cautious spending by consumers has resulted in decreased meat consumption, according to a recent YouGov study.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UKs supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Bursary for food and farming journalism announced

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) have launched an initiative to encourage people into a career in agriculture.

Eblex brochure to back mini roasts

Eblex has launched a new brochure for its carvery range of mini lamb and beef roasting joints.

Meat wholesaler set to hit 3m in first year

Meat wholesaler Grassroots Wholesale Food is reported to be on schedule for a turnover of over 3m in their first year.

Moy Park put Brazil Fifa World Cup tickets up for grabs

Poultry producer Moy Park has launched an on-pack competition giving football fans in the UK and Ireland the chance to win a trip to the Fifa World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsburys have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Harper Adams to set up taste test panel for meat

Harper Adams University is looking to recruit sensory panel members, who will be paid to taste meat.

European meat delegates take knowledge exchange trip to USA

Eblex and the Young European Meat Committee (YEMCO) explored the possibility of a free trade agreement with the US during a knowledge exchange trip earlier this month.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Meat fraud discovered in takeaways

Consumer magazine Which? has found shocking evidence of food fraud in lamb takeaway dishes, with 40% of meat tested contaminated with other meats.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a chapter of change and opportunity, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Producers, processors and auction marts optimistic, says survey

An Eblex survey has revealed that, after a number of difficult years, confidence among beef and sheep farmers, meat processors and auction marts is growing.

ABP first food processor to receive Carbon Trusts triple award

ABP Food Group has become the first food processing company to receive the Carbon Trusts triple certification for water, carbon and waste reduction initiatives.

More Welsh lambs meet market requirements

The Welsh sheep industry saw an increased number of lambs meeting market requirements in 2013, according to new figures from Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Union says pig inspection changes will bring infected meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in infected meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

Acquisitions boost sales at Cranswick

Cranswick saw total sales increase 13% for the year to 13 March 2014, following a series of acquisitions.

Butchery firm toasts centenary with ale

A Cumbrian brewery has produced a special ale to mark the centenary of the butchery and food specialist company Cranstons.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Guernsey abattoir waits for export opportunity

It could be up to six months before Guernseys new 1.7m abattoir will be able to export its meat.

Scottish farmers union meets with upcoming Sainsburys boss

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has met with future Sainsburys CEO Mike Coupe, where he pledged the retailers commitment to British produce.

Levy payers pleased with value for money as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Butchery skills tested at Chef of the Year Awards

Finalists at this years British Culinary Federations (BCF) Chef of the Year Awards had their butchery skills put to the test last week, in the penultimate stage of the competition.

Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

Collaboration the key for sausage supplier

The owner of a Devon sausage supplier has urged small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industry to collaborate with each other for success.

Report details importance of poultry to British economy

The British poultry industry contributes 3.3 billion gross to the UK GDP and supports 73,200 jobs, according to a report.

Italian stores in Welsh Beef promotion

Welsh Beef is available in Italy for the first time, as the PGI product has hit the shelves of 80 stores in a special promotion this spring.

Beer-marinated meat could help fight cancer cells, finds report

Researchers at the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry have identified that beer could help reduce chemicals that have been linked to colorectal cancer found in meat cooked at high temperatures.

Supreme Champion crowned at Meat Products Competition

The fifth consecutive National Meat Products Competition, held at this years Foodex, was won by Alison Maloney, from Maloneys Country Butchers & Bakers, Newark.

British Pie Awards announce head judge

The British Pie Awards 2014 have appointed Ian Nelson, technical account manager at Hovis, as the head judge.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to 383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federations (FDF) annual export figures.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were surprising and very positive.

UKs Premier Young Butcher sought

Some of the UKs best young butchers will be heading to Birmingham tomorrow (Tuesday, 25 March) for a gruelling contest to establish who is the UKs Premier Young Butcher.

Two more retailers join SuperMeat battle

The Co-operative Group and Aldi are the latest supermarket chains to join the battle for prizes at the prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2014.

Tesco cowed by ad blunder

Tesco has found itself in hot water after a gaffe over its latest milk adverts led to farmers and the general public milking it for all it is worth.

Welsh red meat on display at Food & Drink Expo

Welsh Lamb and Beef will feature at the UKs largest food and drink trade show next week.

Funding approved for Isle of Man Meats factory

A 1.6 million investment package for Isle of Man Meats ailing factory has been approved by the parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald.

Industry welcomes government investment in apprenticeships

The food industry has welcomed plans by the government to invest a further 85m in the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) scheme, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday (19 March).

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Artist explores consumers view of meat

An artist, who has used art to look at our relationship with meat, is presenting her work in Brighton throughout April.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

HCC sponsors green energy event

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be one of the main sponsors of the Royal Welsh Grassland & Alternative Energy Event 2014, which will focus on green renewable energy.

New joint venture could increase meat exports

Certification companies Longbridge Veterinary Services and Assure-IP have formed a joint venture with the aim of increasing the volume of meat and dairy exports.

French chefs showcase Quality Standard beef and lamb

Eight French chefs used English Quality Standard beef and lamb in a number of recipes at a top Paris food show.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

BBC seeks meat industry artists

BBC One is hunting for the best of Britains amateur artists for a new competitive arts series, and they have asked for any budding maestros in the meat industry to put themselves forward.

Environmentalists to launch Meat Free May

Not content with meat-free Mondays, environmental campaigners have launched a campaign to encourage consumers to sign up to a whole month of meat abstinence with the