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Welsh butcher overhauls store as sales swell

A Welsh butcher is pumping cash into a refit amid a surge in sales for a store based on an industrial estate in Swansea.

‘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.

Election result compounds fears over Brexit trade deals

Meat trade leaders' fears are deepening about the UK’s lack of preparedness for Brexit trade negotiations in the wake of the General Election results.

Tips to help pig producers boost productivity and cut costs

Pig farmers could boost productivity and save almost US$6,000 (£4,600) per farm by implementing measures including labour and feed efficiencies, according to researchers at Rabobank. 

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.

British pork targets US market

Quality cuts of British pork will be displayed at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago later this month. 

After a lengthy period of huge increase, are there still growth opportunities for burgers?

Traditional burgers are as likely to be found on sale in most butchers’ shops as sausages. They are almost a staple on the shopping list for some. Yet sales in the UK and the US are under pressure after several years of booming growth.

‘Huge potential’ for Welsh Lamb in US if access granted

The momentum behind exporting Welsh Lamb to the United States is growing, after one importer claimed to be “very excited about Welsh Lamb”. 

Welsh butcher returns from US fact-finding mission

One of Wales’ top young butchers has flown in from San Francisco with a set of new skills he hopes will help bring innovation to north Wales. 

Scottish pig prices reach nine-week high

Farmgate pig prices in Scotland have strengthened after a period of downward seasonal pressure during the early parts of 2017.

Pork exports to China more than double for 2016

Pork shipments to China reached 1.6 million tonnes (t) in weight for 2016, more than double the previous 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.

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterling’s weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year. 

Research finds meat consumption does not impact heart disease risk

A new study has found that there is no connection between eating red meat and cardiovascular disease risk factors. 

UK should learn from leading US broiler standards

The UK has a lot to learn from the US when it comes to chicken welfare standards, according to Compassion in World Farming.

Devro predicts 10% sales drop in 2017

Sausage casings company Devro has today announced that sales volumes for 2017 will be 10% lower than previously anticipated. 

China lifts ban on Italian pork

Are British pork exports to the highly prized Chinese market really at risk from humble Italian sausages?

Devro benefits from weakened sterling in first half of 2016

Casings producer Devro has reported a stable first half of the year.

Kelly Turkeys ready to take on US Thanksgiving market

Poultry producer Kelly Turkeys is confident of cracking the United States Thanksgiving market following a recent sales mission by managing director Paul Kelly. 

AHDB outlines huge potential for exports to Asia

The impact of Brexit on trade could be partly offset by rising demand for meat in Asia, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

US beef showcased in capital

Chefs and the media industry were treated to a dinner at the deputy ambassador to the United States’ house in London yesterday evening (Monday 25 April) to showcase US beef. 

Chadwick will be hitting the screens in the US
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British butcher makes waves across the pond

A Balham-based butcher has been chosen as the face of the Premier League in the US. 

Devro enters period of financial risk

Scottish manufacturer of sausage casings, Devro, is entering a phase of "operational risk”, according to the investment management firm Shore Capital. 

US requirements on beef imports discussed

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

Devro set for an increase in pre-tax profits

Manufacturer of collagen meat casings, Devro, is set to report an increase in pre-tax profits at the end of the financial year, according to Investec. 

Pig producers could save money when exporting to the US thanks to a new agreement
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Pig processors to save money on US exports

Pork processors exporting to the US may be able to benefit from cost savings after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to AHDB Pork.

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.

NFU to discuss exports to the US

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is meeting with senior US officials this week to talk about the potential resumption of beef and lamb exports to the country. 

Foodservice: Spoilt for choice

With influence from the US and growing interest in provenance and quality, consumers in the UK now have a wealth of choice available to them when dining out, as Helen Arnold reports. 

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. 

JBS to purchase Moy Park in $1.5 billion deal

JBS SA has announced the acquisition of chicken producer Moy Park from Marfrig Global Foods in a US$1.5 billion deal. 

Products like beef jerky are proving popular
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Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

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.

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. 

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat – a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJ’s latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Devro specialises in collagen sausage casings
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Devro’s profits suffer following restructuring

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

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.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Marel sells slicing site to US firm

Global meat processing equipment manufacturer Marel is to sell its high-speed slicing facility in Norwich.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

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

Dunbia targets business from China

Northern Irish meat processing giant Dunbia has its sights firmly set on winning business in China, according to Invest Northern Ireland.

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Ireland to restart beef exports to US

Ireland will export beef to the US for the first time in almost 16 years, following the lifting of a ban on European imports last year.

Pig producers improve biosecurity

British pig producers have made huge progress in improving biosecurity and preventing foreign diseases, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

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.

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.

US cutting methods to be shown at Eblex conference

Adopting new US cutting methods could help British processors and butchers maximise carcases, according to Eblex.

Eblex helps meat industry prepare for US opening

Eblex has been preparing the UK beef and lamb sector for the opening of the US market, should a trade agreement be reached between the two countries.

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.

Devro turns in solid performance

Despite sliding profits in the first half of the year, Devro has released its third-quarter (Q3) statement showing trading is “in line with expectations”.

JBS Group sees stars in UK’s Great Taste Awards

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

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Foodservice feature: Back to school

From school meals to ethnic trends in mainstream foodservice, there are plenty of opportunities for quality-assured meat suppliers to grasp, says Oli Haenlein.

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.

Horizon programme explores livestock’s environmental impact

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

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.

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 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.

Eblex event to highlight beef and lamb trends

Global beef and lamb sector trends and developments will be highlighted at an Eblex and agri benchmark event in June.

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