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Birds Eye chicken portfolio returns to growth

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

RECIPE: Confit chicken with chef Mark Walsh and Walter Rose & Son

Britain’s best butcher's shop of the year 2016, Walter Rose & Son, recently lent a helping hand in nurturing prospective butchers at Harvey Nichols in Birmingham. 

Nando’s launches investigation into chicken supplier

Chicken restaurant Nando’s has announced it will investigate a poultry farm that has been accused of animal abuse. 

Subway launches limited premium chicken option

Sandwich bar chain Subway has introduced a new premium chicken sandwich to its offerings. 

‘Prioritise food safety’ says butcher amid chlorine-washed chicken spat

Government must put food safety first in trade talks for Brexit and beyond, amid a dispute that imports of US chicken rinsed in chlorine could undermine British producers, a butcher has warned. 

Liam Fox warned not to ‘undermine’ British poultry industry

Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has been told to trust food producers from the UK in the same way that the public do.

Tesco recalls chicken salad over campylobacter fears

Superstore Tesco has issued a recall notice for two of its chicken salad products as they have been found to contain campylobacter. 

Cargill grows partnership with FareShare

Poultry processor Cargill has announced a new agreement to supply FareShare, an organisation fighting hunger by tackling food waste, with fresh chicken every week free of charge. 

Eastern flavours inspire Riverside’s new goujon range

Riverside Foods has drawn inspiration from eastern curry flavours as it expands its chicken goujon and chunk range. 

Industry fights to narrow meat origins education gap

The meat industry has highlighted its work with children to raise awareness of where their food comes from, amid British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) results highlighting worrying gaps in their knowledge.

Retailer Booths launches British BBQ range

Northern food and drink retailer Booths has launched a new 100% British BBQ range.

MuscleFood bulks out for summer with frozen chicken range

Health and fitness retailer MuscleFood.com has launched seven flavours of chicken ready meals in time for summer.

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. 

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. 

KFC opens kitchen to public

Fast food chain KFC is opening its restaurant kitchens to the public, offering a chance to see how the famous fried chicken is made. 

Poultry firm fined £2k on chicken carcases

Newark-based poultry producer Germany Farms faces a £2,000 fine for the irresponsible disposal of around 10,000 chicken carcases on woodland near Knapthorpe in Nottinghamshire.

Asda recalls Szechuan Chicken

Retailer Asda has issued a recall on its limited edition Szechuan Chicken because the product failed to declare the presence of barley as an allergen in the product.

Fish making a splash this Easter

Alternatives to traditional Easter meats are rising in popularity this year, as fish is almost as popular as chicken. 

How consumer demand is helping poultry take flight

It has been a difficult few years for the reputation of the poultry market. Avian Influenza (AI) has been plaguing the sector and campylobacter in chicken has been a hot news story. 

Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bolster Booker’s meat sales

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

Chicken consumption declines for 2016 BBQ season

Figures for Kantar Worldpanel have shown that chicken consumption during the BBQ period experienced a fall in 2016, compared to the previous year. 

On-the-go offering from Fire & Smoke

Kerry Foods is aiming to tap into the growing food-to-go market with the launch of a 50g format for its Fire & Smoke Chicken Chunks – in Fire Grilled and Sweet Heat versions. 

JJ Foodservice celebrates National Poultry Day

Wholesaler JJ Food Service will be launching discounts on fresh chicken products, offering free point-of-sale (POS) and sharing educational videos to celebrate National Poultry Day on 19 March 2017. 

University study identifies campylobacter preventative measures

A three-year study into the factors influencing campylobacter in chicken broiler houses has been published by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences. 

Birds Eye drives frozen chicken category with multi-million pound relaunch

Frozen food company Birds Eye has announced the revamp of its improved quality chicken range as part of a £7.1 million relaunch. 

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

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

New chicken fillet and thigh range launched by Dalziel

Retail butcher specialist Dalziel has teamed up with Netherlands’ poultry processor Vriesekoop to launch its own premium quality chicken brand. 

Straight approach: How new technology is reducing the need for manual labour

At a large poultry processing plant in Zell, Switzerland, thousands of chickens are being gutted, chilled and portioned at an astonishing speed.

Bernard Matthews job cuts ‘deeply disappointing’

Bernard Matthews’ plans to cut up to 155 jobs after its takeover by Boparan Private Office are “deeply disappointing”, according to trades union Unite.

Chicken sandwich recall over blue discolouration

Great Northern Sandwich Co Ltd is recalling six products containing chicken because of a blue discolouration on the meat. 

Muscle Food launches new meat-based meals

Online retailer MuscleFood.com has introduced a Live Clean ready meal range – each containing fewer than 500 calories and entirely free of additives and preservatives. 

Allergy concerns cause chicken product recalls

Two chicken products have been recalled following concerns over allergen labelling.

Faccenda suffers profit dip amid export and wholesale struggles

Faccenda Foods revealed a 30% drop in full-year operating profit amid price deflation in export and wholesale markets, currency exchange troubles and fierce retail competition in its latest set of annual results. 

Farm shop banned from trading for selling chicken contaminated with fly eggs

A Heckfield farm shop has been fined and banned from operating a food business after selling chicken pieces containing fly eggs. 

Figures show beef and chicken win Christmas meat battle

Beef and chicken were the categories that saw solid value and volume sales growth over the festive period. 

Tesco recalls Takeaway Chicken due to cashew ingredient that was not named on label

Supermarket giant Tesco has recalled two batches of its Tesco Takeaway Chicken because the sauce contains cashew nuts, which is not mentioned on the label, and presents a potential health risk. 

MDA Foods products recalled over repackaging concerns

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a recall of MDA Foods Ltd’s frozen fish and chicken. 

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February. 

Outbreak of Avian Influenza confirmed in Wales

A case of Avian Influenza (AI) has been confirmed on premises in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire. 

Fresh turkey decline speeds up as Christmas approaches

Fresh turkey sales have been falling at a faster rate than in previous quarterly periods, according to 12-week figures just released by Kantar, against a backdrop of strong fish sales growth.

Up to five Haloodies lines will be available in more than 110 Sainsbury's stores
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Halal food brand hits more than 110 Sainsbury’s stores

Halal food brand Haloodies has launched its ready-to-eat cooked chicken range into more than 110 Sainsbury’s stores and has extended its presence with Tesco and AmazonFresh.

Cranswick Dunbia Ballymena acquisition signals intent to grow on global scale

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

Boparan Holdings files third consecutive quarter of growth

The parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group and, more recently Bernard Matthews, Boparan Holdings, has reported its third consecutive quarter of operating profit progress.

Lean Butcher closes doors

Andrew Gordon: The Lean Butcher, has closed its doors for the last time. 

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.

CP Foods announces acquisition of The Foodfellas Ltd

CP Foods (UK) has revealed that it has acquired a controlling interest in The Foodfellas Ltd. 

Cornish student suggests protein alternatives

A pupil at Cornwall’s Duchy College Stoke Climsland has suggested that insect larvae could soon replace traditional meats as a main source of protein. 

Over three-quarters willing to pay more for free-range eggs

Seventy-eight per cent of UK shoppers who buy free-range eggs said they would be prepared to pay a premium for them, according to a OnePoll survey. 

Challenging times for chicken

Chicken remains a force to be reckoned with, but virus fears and a retail price war could throw a spanner in the works. 

Volume sales of fresh meat on the rise but value slides

Volume sales of beef, chicken and turkey continue to see volume sales growth but are struggling in value terms. 

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. 

Meat-based baby meals for the UK market

Mediterranean-themed baby food range Piccolo is set to unveil its new stage two products. 

Frozen meal range inspired by American flavours

Kerry Foods’ The Shack brand has launched nine meal options exclusively to Iceland. 

Antibiotic-resistant E.coli in supermarket meat “worse than expected”

A new study has shown extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics - used to treat human E.coli infections – present in British supermarket chicken and pork. 

Gourmet chicken dishes launched by Northern Irish firm

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

‘Pink’ chicken livers putting consumers at campylobacter risk

A trend towards serving chicken livers rare, or ‘pink’, is increasing the threat level of campylobacter, which is responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Country Choice introduces new potato dog to retailers

The savoury pastries sector has been presented with a chicken and chorizo rösti potato dog courtesy of Country Choice. 

Meat industry faces rush to cut campylobacter

Supermarkets could lose half their customers to rival retailers for stocking above-average quantities of chicken at ‘high risk’ of campylobacter contamination, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports. 

Haloodies launches packaging for new cooked-foods range

Halal food brand Haloodies has partnered with packaging manufacturer Coveris, design agency theSpiritof, and supplier CP Foods for the retail launch of its new range in Tesco. 

Butcher goes for gold with backing for Olympic hopeful Rebekah Tiler

Yorkshire butcher Ian Hewitt of I and J Hewitt Butchers will be paying close attention to the Olympic Games today as 17-year-old local woman Rebekah Tiler represents Great Britain in the weightlifting competition. 

Derbyshire butcher gets behind Olympics with speciality sausage

Croots Farm Shop is celebrating the world’s greatest sporting event by launching Croots Rio Sausages.

Poultry producers renews fleet to meet demand

Faccenda Foods has said it will renew its fleet of delivery trucks at one of its main distribution centres in an effort to keep up with growing demand for British meat. 

Kerry Foods expands Fire & Smoke range

Following on from the success of Fire & Smoke’s first year, Kerry Foods is adding three ‘On the Go’ chicken snacks to the range. 

Sainsbury’s joins the fight against waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is the latest retailer to do its part in fighting waste by introducing a new ‘snap-pack’ to its range of Taste the Difference sausages. 

Burgers and sausages see depressed sales volume

Sales of traditional barbecue products such as burgers and sausages have come under pressure as consumers favour primary and sous vide barbecue products, figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicated. 

Nutrition brand targets demand for convenience

UK nutrition brand, GoNutrition.com, has launched a range of gourmet macro meals, catering to individuals who have busy lifestyles but want to find a convenient and nutritionally balanced dish. 

Mattessons issues recall due to presence of plastic

Certain batches of Mattessons Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products have been recalled as they may be contaminated by pieces of plastic. 

Greencore gains from £15m Cranswick sandwich deal

Greencore’s £15m acquisition of The Sandwich Business from pork processor Cranswick extends its reach into the convenience store and travel channels of the food-to-go market, according to the company.

Holland’s looks to strengthen position

A dominant pie manufacturer in the UK, Holland’s, is hoping to strengthen its position as a market leader with the launch of two new products. It is now introducing new four pack chicken and vegetable pies and new four pack minced beef and onion puddings. 

Faccenda Foods invests in packing equipment

Faccenda Foods, a company that supplies poultry to the foodservice and retail sectors, has invested in new packaging equipment from Ishida Europe, which accurately weighs chicken legs and drumsticks. 

Whole Foods Market recalls chicken salad products

A number of chicken salad products have been recalled by Whole Foods Market as they may contain undercooked chicken. 

Tesco launches waste-reducing poultry packaging

Tesco has unveiled new packaging for its chicken fillets in an effort to keep food fresher for longer and reduce wastage. 

Moy Park’s O’Kane frozen range secures convenience listings

Moy Park has secured listings for its new O’Kane Frozen Breaded Range in Costcutter, Palmer & Harvey, One Stop and Nisa Retail. 

Food Standards Scotland launches Pink Chicken BBQ Food Safety Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its Summer BBQ food safety campaign: ‘Nothing spoils summer like Pink Chicken’. 

Action plan for protein

Considering the amount of pressure on him, you would think The Co-op’s protein buyer Graham Dunn, who tends a category worth a cool £550m, would be looking harried and worn.

Waitrose claims the range has the potential to have a significant impact on health
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Waitrose and Moy Park launch omega 3 enriched chicken range

Waitrose has teamed up with Moy Park to launch the UK’s first-ever chicken range that is a source of omega 3. 

Halal range launches on AmazonFresh

Haloodies (Halal Foodies) is now available through the newly-launched AmazonFresh service, offering produce aimed at millennial Muslims. 

Chicken category wins big thanks to supermarket promotions

Chicken has seen value and volume sales growth thanks to retailer price reductions that have attracted more shoppers to the category. 

Spar launches ready-to-cook chicken

Spar has launched two new ready-to-cook chicken lines in an effort to make cooking chicken even easier and more convenient for shoppers this summer. 

New Moy Park BBQ range available at Budgens and Ocado

Moy Park has secured listings for its new ‘Moy Park BBQ & Roast’ range in Budgens and Ocado. 

Campylobacter down in poultry, says survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown there has been a decrease in both the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

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

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

Spar extends ready-to-cook chicken range

Spar UK has launched two new ready-to-cook chicken evening meals. 

Supermarkets back mini roast category

Product development work by industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has seen supermarkets introduce 22 new lines into the mini-roast category in the last year. 

Argo Foods issues chicken recall

Scottish poultry firm Argo Foods has recalled some whole cooked chicken products, due to the fact it had been producing and selling them with a shelf-life that was extended beyond the validated shelf-life, potentially posing a risk to human health. 

Antibiotic usage in poultry drops

The British Poultry Council’s (BPC) Antibiotic Stewardship Scheme yesterday published a report on its strategy for responsible use of antibiotics, revealing a decrease in the use of antibiotics.

Cranswick acquires poultry business

Meat producer Cranswick has today announced that it has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of CCL Holdings Limited (Crown), alongside its 100%-owned subsidiary Crown Chicken Limited from the Thacker family and management. 

Government under fire for U-turn on animal welfare guidance

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has decided to reverse its decision to allow “industry-led” guidance, leading to criticism from livestock organisations. 

Aldi commits to British lamb

Discounter Aldi has revealed its support for British farmers after selling fresh whole leg of British lamb in over 600 stores across the nation. It claims that this makes it one of the only major supermarkets to sell 100% fresh British lamb this Easter period. 

Asda's B&B chicken contract with Cargill will end on June 1
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Loss of Asda poultry contract hits Cargill

Cargill will stop producing breaded & battered (B&B) poultry products for Asda at its poultry processing plant in Yazor Road, Hereford from June 1 2016. 

Spar recalls Tikka Chicken Chunks

Spar (UK) is recalling its Tikka Chicken Chunks, due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause foodborne illness. 

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Group’s 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.

Walter Rose & Son have entered a sponsorship deal with boxer Nick Blackwell (right)
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Award-winning butcher teams up with local boxing champion

Meat Trades Journal’s 2015 Butcher’s Shop of the Year winners for the South of England, Walter Rose & Son, has entered a sponsorship deal with local professional boxer Nick Blackwell. 

Further reductions of campylobacter found in poultry

Results published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed further decreases of the presence of campylobacter in fresh shop-bought chickens.

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens. 

Beef sales drop while chicken thrives

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

New corporate members for Q Guild

West Midlands-based Theo’s Food Company and XL Refrigerators of West Yorkshire have joined the Q Guild as corporate members. 

Chicken tikka sandwiches recalled

Lytham Foods has recalled Taylors of Lytham Chicken Tikka Sandwiches due to the potential threat of salmonella. 

Easy Eats UK recalls chicken products

Easy Eats UK is recalling various Snacksters, Snax on the Go and Best In Chicken Tikka products, due to the possible presence of salmonella. 

Sainsbury’s recalls Just Cook Chicken Breasts

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has recalled its Just Cook Chicken Breast with Piri Piri sauce (326g), due to some products being incorrectly packaged and containing Chicken and Bacon Lattice. This means the product contains milk and wheat, which is not mentioned on the product label.

Chicken outperformed turkey this Christmas period, according to Kantar Worldpanel
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Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

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

Jewish families may pay an extra £12,700 to eat Kosher, say Tricot and Silberman
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‘Kosher Chicken Index’ highlights the cost of Jewish living

Economists Anthony Tricot and Andrea Silberman found that living the Jewish lifestyle in the UK can cost an additional £12,700 a year. 

Chicken Ramen bowl
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Educational health food concept to open in London

A healthy food and juice eatery is set to open in the UK capital this spring.

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.

Industry needs to promote beef and lamb, says NFU deputy president

The red meat industry ought to do more to promote and market its products, said Minette Batters. 

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’.

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. 

Moy Park to provide innovative chicken range to Morrisons

Northern Irish poultry meat processor Moy Park has secured listings in all Morrisons’ stores across Great Britain with new Chicken Sensations. 

15% more turkey and other fresh poultry was sold in Christmas week compared to 2014
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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.

Christmas turkey falling out of favour, says study

Research from online restaurant booking platform Bookatable.co.uk has revealed that the traditional Christmas dinner is becoming less popular with Millennials. 

Sheep and beef farmers less attuned to what their marketplace demands, according to report
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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.
 

Linden Foods expands horizons

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

Announcing a £10m investment are (l-r): Angie Posey, HR Business Partner, Colin Grubb, General Manager and James Colley, Factory Manager
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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.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed a decrease in the highest band of campylobacter in birds from July to September of this year, compared to the same time period in 2014. 

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.

Chicken restaurant seeks crowdfunding investment

H.en, the chicken shop concept, is looking to raise £100,000 by crowdfunding with Crowdcube.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

Tesco on course for campylobacter reduction target

Supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it has driven down campylobacter at the highest level in its fresh chickens to less than 9%.

Lidl recalls chicken thighs

Supermarket chain Lidl has recalled its 450g Italiamo Italian Style Chicken Thighs due to a labelling error.

Spar recalls Chicken Bites

As a precaution, Spar is recalling a batch of its Chicken Bites Snack Bag 56g owing to a limited presence of mould. 

Andy Deutsch previously worked with Hain Daniels and Vion
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Bernard Matthews appoints chief operating officer

Bernard Matthews has appointed Andy Deutsch to the new role of chief operating officer. 

Chicken McNugget origins explained

Leading fast food chain McDonald’s has launched a new campaign that aims to educate the public about its famous chicken nuggets.

Traditional sandwich range receives ‘exotic’ update

Pie specialist Wrights has given its sandwich range a modern makeover.

Cargill takes steps to tackle campylobacter

Global food provider Cargill has unveiled plans to introduce the new SonoSteam technology to its main chicken processing site in the UK. The innovative piece of technology is part of the company’s farm-to-fork action plan designed to tackle campylobacter.

New packaging brings benefits to cooked meats range

Ireland’s leading cooked meats company, Greene Farm Foods, has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch new packaging for its products.

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.

Poultry prices fail to take off

The price of poultry has risen only 44% from 1987 to 2014, while other meat prices have more than doubled during the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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).

Tesco makes bold campylobacter promise

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

Scotland’s Co-ops see a boost in locally sourced chicken

The Co-operative Food is selling more chicken sourced from Scotland in its Scottish stores.

Rook & Sons to offer national delivery service

Kent butcher J C Rook & Sons has rolled out a national delivery service through its RooksOnline offering. 

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. 

Redundancies limited to 51 at processing plant

The number of redundancies at the 2 Sisters Food Group chicken processing plant in Llangefni, north Wales, is fewer than was originally feared. 

Cargill's new Hereford chicken chiller is more efficient and has improved product quality
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Cargill’s efficient chicken chiller goes live

Cargill has officially opened its Hereford chiller, marking a milestone in a three-year, £35M investment programme that has seen a host of other site enhancements.

Moy Park awarded some of its top farmers at a ceremony in Northern Ireland
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Best of Irish chicken producers rewarded by Moy Park

Northern Irish chicken producer Moy Park has recognised its top-performing farmers at a special awards ceremony. 

Progress at Asda supplier leads to Sonostream roll-out to combat campylobacter

Asda is rolling out the use of a steam process at the plants that supply it with chicken, after a trial found it dramatically reduced levels of campylobacter. 

Husband and wife duo, Carlyn and Alex Paton
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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.

Chicken creation takes the crown at British Pie Awards

The Great North Pie Co. has been crowned the Supreme Champion of this year’s British Pie Awards for its Chicken, Mushroom, English Mustard & Cream creation.

Chicken firm scoops International Safety accolade

Chicken processor Moy Park has been presented an International Safety Award  with merit for promoting high standards of health and safety management in the workplace.

2 Sisters’ chicken sales stay flat amid ‘tough’ trading

2 Sisters has posted flat sales in its chicken processing business in “the toughest commercial environment” in many years, according to CEO Ranjit Singh. 

Campylobacter webinar gets to heart of the bug

A successful ‘Cracking down on Campy’ webinar, a joint project between MTJ and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), saw a range of experts discuss what the industry is doing, and needs to do, to combat the bacteria. A recording of the webinar can still be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the story.

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.

2 Sisters’ Welsh plant workers in consultancy

Unite the union has entered into a 45-day consultancy process with 2 Sisters food group as it has confirmed job losses at the Llangefni chicken processing factory.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

Job losses confirmed at 2 Sisters Food Group

After reports last week that hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, Unite Union said “their worst fears have been confirmed”.

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.

300 jobs under threat at Welsh poultry plant

Hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, it has been reported.

Chicken firm to unveil new range at IFE

Cheshire chicken processor Forresters will launch its new Delamere range of ready-to-eat and chilled ready-to-cook chicken products at the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) 2015.

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.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Campylobacter bug stabilises in Europe

Despite the headlines in the UK, the amount of illness caused by campylobacter has stabilised, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

HMC is a halal certifying body
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Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s first ‘bacon-tasting’ product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Campylobacter scare causes drop in chicken sales

Year-on-year sales of whole chickens dropped in the 12 weeks ending 7 December, prompting speculation that consumers are buying less due to the campylobacter scare.

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.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

2 Sisters reports loss, despite rise in sales

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £143.3 million loss for the 53 weeks ending 2 August 2014, although total sales were up 18.5% and protein performed strongly.

Co-op tackles bacteria with new roast-in-the-bag initiative

The Co-operative has announced plans to change to ‘roast-in-the-bag’ packaging for all of its whole chickens to reduce the instances of campylobacter.

Faccenda continues expansion with proposed deal for Cherry Valley

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is to acquire duck business Cherry Valley Foods by the end of the year.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

BPC defends UK chicken rearing standards, following BBC report

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has responded to a BBC article. Do people know where their chicken comes from?, which looks at intensive chicken farming in the UK.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews’ rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry’s campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

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.

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.

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.

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

‘Devastating blow’ for Scotland’s chicken industry

The Scottish chicken industry has been dealt a “devastating blow” after contracts with four free-range producers were terminated, according to NFU Scotland (NFUS).

Moy Park introduces new chicken range

Moy Park has launched a new range of pre-prepared, added-value chicken products under its ‘Good Kitchen’ brand.

The best of the #meatdebate

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

CHICKEN SCANDAL UPDATE: FSA changes stance on hygiene at 2 Sisters poultry plant

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has admitted that 2 Sisters Food Group did breach hygiene regulations at its Scunthorpe facility.

Moy Park seeks poultry farmers to continue growth

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

2 Sisters reports positive outcome on hygiene audits

2 Sisters has reported that, in the wake of the recent scandal, Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits of two of its factories have returned positive results.

Chicken scandal update: Health secretary orders factory probe

The secretary for health Jeremy Hunt has stepped into the chicken factory food safety scandal and ordered an immediate investigation at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants at Llangefni and Scunthorpe.

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.

Meadow Vale gets Klucky

Meadow Vale Foods is offering suppliers the chance to win up to £500 through its new marketing campaign, Klucky.

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 Standard’s Agency (FSA) campaign, ‘Don’t wash your chicken’.

2 Sisters reports strong Q3 results

Boparan Holdings, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, has released its third-quarter (Q3) results, showing strong growth.

New shredded chicken goes down well with retailers

Nythe Farm Kitchen has launched a new shredded chicken product, which has been received well by the retail sector.

Poultry is UK’s 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.

FSA launches campylobacter campaign aimed at poultry supply chain

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign, Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT), to get the poultry supply chain to work together to combat the bacterium.

Wakefield farm shop celebrates World Cup

Blacker Hall Farm Shop is to celebrate the football World Cup with a South American-style barbecue chicken product.

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.

Poultry farmers win right to create energy from litter

New European poultry litter rules will help the poultry industry become more sustainable and produce healthier birds, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Fresh pork sales fall

Value and volume sales of fresh pork fell in the last quarter, according to Bpex’s Quarterly Category Report.

Moy Park achieves landfill target

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

Tesco sees third consecutive quarter of sales decline

UK like-for-like sales have fallen yet again for Tesco, down 3.7% (excluding petrol), for the first quarter of 2014-2015.

New Moy Park products in Tesco

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

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

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.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

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

Poultry firm enjoys 10% revenue hike

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

YouGov discovers drop in meat consumption

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

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 Sainsbury’s 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.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

2 Sisters’ free-range chicken suppliers celebrate milestone

Westcountry Free Range Farmers, a co-operative of free-range chicken farmers and a key supplier to 2 Sisters Food Group, is celebrating after reaching a milestone 100-flock cycles of chicken production.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

NFU advisor concerned about poultry overproduction

Speaking to MTJ after the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 12 February, national poultry advisor Christopher Dickinson said it was vital not to get into a state of poultry overproduction.

2 Sisters to hold workshops to combat campylobacter

In line with a national £4m initiative to reduce the risk of campylobacter, 2 Sisters has announced that it will hold 20 biosecurity workshops from the beginning of February to communicate best practice. 

Chicken chain seeks to open drive-thru in Sunderland

Fast-food giant KFC is looking to add another feather to its cap with proposals for a new drive-thru restaurant in Sunderland.

2 Sisters plans multi-million-pound expansion for poultry plant

The 2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to build a new 11,000sq ft extension to its chicken processing plant in Cambuslang near Glasgow, creating up to 180 new jobs.

Scottish politicians call for local poultry sourcing

Scottish politicians have launched a campaign to boost opportunities for the country’s poultry sector and have written to the UK’s multiple retailers and food service operators for clarification on sourcing policies.

Rotisserie chicken tax could cost industry millions

Introducing VAT on whole rotisserie chickens could cost the poultry sector £17m in lost sales, according to research carried out by Morrisons.

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