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Chefs celebrate Welsh lamb as part of Love Lamb Week 2017

Welsh lamb entered the spotlight last week, as under-appreciated cuts were showcased by celebrated chefs as part of Love Lamb Week (1-7 September).

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I had always dreamed that, one day, I ‘d be my own boss and own my own business. But never in my wildest dreams did I think it would come true, certainly after hitting a few barriers in my personal life.

Last call for Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Fancy your chances against the best in the country? Well, you have until Monday 14 August to get your entries into Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017.

A focus on provenance is helping butchers get a bigger slice of pork sales

Something strange is going on in the pork market, and it’s not a second year-on-year decline in value. After the latest round of retail price cuts, grocery inflation is up and retailers are passing the price on to customers with households paying more for food than last year. Seven in 10 of those households still buy a pack of bacon, sausages or, increasingly, mince, but household penetration is down 2%, according to Kantar Worldpanel data (52 w/e 21 May 2017). 

European markets targeted as New Zealand imports fall short

Abattoirs have been told to target European markets for sheep exports, as competition from New Zealand fell short last year. 

Livestock yearbook highlights challenges, opportunities for red meat

The beef sector saw a return of £370 million last year, with beef and veal exports up 10% year-on-year at over 110,000 tonnes. 

Japan inspects UK beef production controls

A government delegation from Japan inspected beef production controls across the UK last week – which could reopen the market on UK exports. 

Lower carcase weights drives Scottish beef prices

Farmgate prices of Scottish beef are an estimated 13% higher than this time last year, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Farmer confidence hit by political uncertainty

A National Farmers’ Union (NFU) survey has revealed an 18-point drop in mid-term confidence in the last two years. It says the political environment is a key driver for this fall. 

Scottish pig prices reach three-year high

Pig prices in Scotland have reached their highest level since mid-2014, and are 38% higher than this time last year. 

Last call for National Meat Products Competition

Butchers seeking to showcase their talents at the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders' (NFMFT's) National Meat Products Competition must register entries by close of play on Friday 19 May.

Europe lagging behind in technological advances in agriculture

The agricultural industry heard how technology can help boost productivity at a conference last week. 

Last week to enter SuperMeat & Fish Retail and Supply Chain awards

This is the last week to submit your entries for the Retail and Supply Chain categories of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2017. 

2 Sisters grows south west chicken production after multi-million investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced that £27.5 million has been invested in its south west supply chain last year, enabling it to increase its chicken production in the region. 

Premium meat and fish lines win big over Christmas

Premium cooked meats and fish were big winners at major retailers’ tills this Christmas, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

Supermarket sales experience fastest growth of the year

Latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel have shown that supermarket sales have increased 1.1% compared to the same period for last year. 

Moy Park grows revenue and sales volume in 2015

Poultry processor Moy Park has grown revenue 1.4% year-on-year over the last 12 months. 

Growing online food sales have impacted on the traditional retailers
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Supermarkets struggle as online sales surge

Supermarket sales grew just 0.8% for the 12 weeks ending 11 October 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. 

NBA Beef Expo heads to Peak District

The Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Market, is set to host the National Beef Association’s (NBA) 2016 Beef Expo, 15 years after the event was last held there. 

Lancashire poultry farm restrictions lifted following avian flu

Restrictions have now been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month, Defra has confirmed. 

Beef imports on the up, while exports slow

Beef imports to the UK were up by 870 tonnes to 21,200 tonnes in April compared with the same time last year, according to the AHDB. 

Findus reports sales increase in Q2

Frozen food giant Findus Group has announced strong second-quarter results for the three months to 28 March 2015, with sales up by 2% and operational cash flow up 17% on last year. 

Some of the winners from the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Awards
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Scottish Craft Butchers Awards winners revealed

The best haggis, pork sausages, beefburgers and savoury products in Scotland were decided upon last weekend at the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Awards. 

Ingredients firm sees rise in demand for allergen-free

EHL Ingredients has reported an increase in demand for its allergen-free ingredients and blends, with the appetite for its curry powder blend increasing by 35% within the last year.

Retailers offered Valentine's Day promos
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Valentine’s Day boosts meat despite deflation

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

UK hogg kill up, but tightening

UK abattoirs handled almost 470,000 more prime sheep in the last six months compared with the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Despite falling sales, bacon remained the most popular processed meat
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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.

Tesco back in growth, although market share falls

Tesco has returned to growth for the first time in over a year, according to the latest market research by analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Welsh body reports on subdued beef demand in 2014

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) reported a “testing time” for beef producers as it reflected on 2014.

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.

Festive meat sales see decline compared with 2013

Christmas meat sales were down on last year, despite a last-minute surge from shoppers, according to IRI data.

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.

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’ woes continue

Morrisons has again posted poor results after what it described as a period of “intense industry competition”.

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).

Scottish union turns to CMA over chicken market plight

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers’ contracts.

Burgers reach ‘popularity peak’ in foodservice

According to research carried out by one foodservice consultancy, burgers are the nation’s favourite dish to order when eating out, but they may have reached a popularity ceiling.

Dip in food sales signals continuation of price wars

Food sales have experienced the deepest three-month average decline since 2008 according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Devro profits hit by restructuring and job cuts

Devro has released its six month trading results showing slipping profits as a result of its site restructuring and job cuts.

Linden sees surge in turnover, but profits remain static

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

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.

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