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VIDEO: Why Britain’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year is supporting Big Sausage Week

With the Big Sausage Week just over one month away, Meat Trades Journal caught up with Walter Rose & Sons, voted Butcher’s Shop of the Year, to find out why it is important to support the event. 

Police appeal over 200 stolen pigs

Cheshire Constabulary is appealing for information after nearly 200 pigs were stolen from a commercial farm near Frodsham. 

NFU to Tesco: Be clear on your lamb sourcing policies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed its concerns over Tesco’s drop in lamb facings. 

Why sausage processors need to keep up with shifting consumer tastes

Cowed last year by a barrage of attacks related to health concerns over fat content and processed meats, sausages have flexed their muscles and fought back.

Asda’s meat line generates multi-million pound sales

Retailer Asda’s new ‘Farm Stores’ meat products line has helped to generate sales of over £58 million for the supermarket.

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. 

Meat products recalled over health concerns

Daylesford has recalled two of its ham products due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes. 

Poultry antibiotic use cut by 71% since 2012

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has reported a massive drop in the use of antibiotics over the past five years. 

Moy Park facing charges over welfare allegations

Poultry processor Moy Park is facing a court hearing over allegations that its chickens were mistreated prior to slaughter. 

Fresh meat helps Tesco increase sales

Barbecue occasions have driven sales of fresh meat for Tesco, helping the retailer attract over 250,000 additional customers. 

Spar recalls chicken tikka over glass contamination

Retailer Spar has issued a recall of its chicken tikka chunks over fears they may contain small pieces of glass, presenting a safety risk. 

Welsh red meat sector to ‘intensify’ export quest

Welsh meat firms are courting customers in Hong Kong, Canada, Europe and the Middle East among others as the country's export push builds momentum.

How the Welsh industry is focusing on quality over quantity

It was a year of quality over quantity for Welsh Lamb. Despite a growth in flock numbers in 2016, fewer lambs were marketed and carcase weights decreased slightly. This has been attributed to unfavourable weather and growing conditions in early 2016. 

Industry split over new-season lamb volume numbers

The British livestock community has expressed differing opinions over the number of new-season lambs. 

World Angus Forum returns to its roots

For the first time in 40 years, the 2017 World Angus Forum will be heading to the home of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the UK and will be hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society in the UK.

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Article 50 a 'non-event' in currency terms

The pound managed to shrug off any concerns the market may have had over the triggering of Article 50. 

Concerns raised over alleged job losses at Dunbia plant

Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has written to Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, over allegations that up to 10 jobs have been lost at Dunbia’s abattoir in Llanybydder. 

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. 

Government stays out of levy row between IFA and ABP

The Department of Agriculture is to remain neutral in an ongoing spat between the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and ABP over the collection of levies. 

Blakemore Fresh Foods expansion pays dividends

Blakemore Fresh Foods has reported a year of record sales, attributing the success to expansion over the period. 

AHDB Pork publishes 2015 Yearbook

The industry levy board AHDB’s Pork division has published its Yearbook covering 2015, highlighting the effort that has gone into the pig sector over the past 12 months. 

Industry legend Keith Fisher has retired from AHDB
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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. 

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. 

Scotch Beef campaign expected to reach 2.2 million consumers

A new radio campaign from Scotch Beef PGI is expected to reach over 2.2 million Scottish consumers. 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Irish farmers urge minister to show commitment

Farmers in Ireland have expressed concerns over the lack of commitment shown by the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney. 

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. 

Fast food workers protest for higher pay

Workers in the fast food industry are expected to be joined this afternoon by members of union GMB in a protest over wages. 

Black pudding recalled over incorrect labelling

The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Co has recalled its black pudding slices over a labelling error. 

Burger bar reacts to fine

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

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

Targeted butcher thanks supporters

A butcher whose business was targeted by vegan protestors over the past fortnight has thanked those who have supported him. 

Farmers throw down gauntlet to retailers over British lamb

Lamb farmers have called on supermarkets to do more to support British lamb. 

Lidl praised for stocking British pork

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised supermarkets, including Lidl, for giving over more shelf space to British pork. 

Photos of the Mr Meat site found animal carcases piled on the ground
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Mr Meats abattoir under investigation

A Birmingham abattoir is under investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following nine years of complaints over bad smells. 

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. 

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. 

New Red Tractor chairman unveiled

Assured Food Standards (AFS), the company that operates the Red Tractor scheme, has announced that Jim Moseley will take over as chairman from the end of November 2015, succeeding David Gregory. 

The American-inspired Pulled Pork Slice has been launched by Ginsters
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US products inspire new Ginsters launches

UK savoury pastry brand Ginsters is to launch new limited-edition products over the summer months. 

Brits want more from product packaging

Over three-quarters of Brits are concerned about the well-being of livestock, according to new research from Mintel. 

HCC has moved to combat falling lamb prices
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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.

Doubts cast over processed meat products

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

Over 480 lambs, ewes and rams have been stolen from farms in Somerset
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Abattoirs alerted in sheep rustling outbreak

Police have involved UK abattoirs in the hunt for thieves who have stolen at least 480 lambs, ewes and rams in Somerset over a six-week period. 

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. 

Suffolk chicken plant acquired by 1Stop Halal

A chicken processing plant in Eye, Suffolk, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group is to be taken over by Angus-based 1Stop Halal in July. 

Halal bodies urge further action by Food Standards Agency and Defra on wrongly labelled products

Two organisations representing Muslims have called on the government to ban food manufacturers from self-certifying foods as halal, following uproar over a ‘halal’ Aldi product which actually contained pork. 

Concerns over new bTB testing regime

Cattle farmers have raised concerns over a new bovine TB (bTB) testing programme, due to come into force in England on 1 May, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has reported.

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.

Steak tops beef dish poll

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

Tesco accused of giving too much support to NZ lamb

Tesco has denied consistently underestimating demand for British lamb after chef James Martin complained shelves were full of New Zealand product over the Easter weekend. 

Dawn Meats celebrates 10th anniversary of Welsh site

Irish meat supplier Dawn Meats is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Cross Hands site in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

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.

Eblex encourages revival of casseroles

English beef and sheep industry levy body Eblex is undertaking a ‘Casserole Revival’ project to improve the popularity of the casserole and braising sector, and halt its “long-term decline”.

NFU voices concern over abattoir waste charges

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has claimed that abattoir waste charges have been hiked up in recent weeks, and has called on processors to explain the rises.

Yorkshire wins out in pie ‘war’

A Halifax farm shop has been crowned supreme champion at the sixth annual Great Northern Pie Competition, allowing Yorkshire to laud it over its Lancashire rivals in the ‘War of the Roses’.

Infographic: Christmas food and drink spend set to rise, but patterns to change

Spending on Christmas food and drink is set to grow this year, but shoppers will spread their purchases across a number of stores, with less emphasis on one large trip, according to food researcher IGD.

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.

INTERACTIVE: Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014 winners

Meat Trades Journal would like to congratulate all the finalists of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014. Here are the winners:

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.

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.

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).

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.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

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

Tesco chief executive to step down

Tesco’s chief executive Philip Clarke is to step down in October following the supermarkets poor performance in a “challenging market”.

King to step down from Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King is to step down from his role after a decade in charge of the supermarket chain.

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