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Booths shows off Christmas meat dishes

Northern supermarket chain Booths has unveiled its Christmas food range, including a tantalising array of meat starters and mains. 

Bidfood’s ‘innovative’ turkey the centrepiece of huge Christmas range

Bidfood has launched its largest-ever selection of on-trend Christmas products, with its innovative no-bone turkey cushion the star of the show. 

Snowbird feeling festive with Christmas selection

Wholesale sausage supplier Snowbird Foods has launched its new Christmas selection to go up against classic party food favourites, such as its own mini burgers. 

Whole turkey back on the menu for Christmas

Whole turkey sales at Christmas are holding their own after a big swing to crowns and breast joints at major retailers over the past few years, according to Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkeys Farmgate Hatcheries. 

Feathering the nest: MTJ catches up with Faccenda Foods' General Manager

Once upon a time everybody would sit around the table and carve up a whole turkey at Christmas. These days, UK consumers are hugely more varied in their tastes. For Robert Jennings, the man who has to square that circle and make turkey pay dividends for Faccenda Foods, the key is added value, fresh and convenience. 

Farmison & Co. sees festive revenue growth

Online butchery business, Farmison & Co. experienced a rise of 67% year-on-year for its December ecommerce revenue. 

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. 

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. 

Bells Food Group predicts festive spike in sales

Scottish pastries company Bells Food Group is expecting sales of its Festive Steak Pie range to benefit from Christmas sales, with sales forecasts to peak at £2.5 million. 

Measures to reduce Smithfield Market congestion return

Smithfield Market is to have special parking and travel arrangements during the Christmas period. 

Get your pigs in blankets out from the cold!

What leaps to mind when you think of the traditional Christmas lunch? 

Tesco meat volume sales outperform value

Supermarkets’ premium own-label brands have experienced a strong performance in the run-up to Christmas. 

The Black Farmer donates Christmas ad slot to charity

Sausage producer The Black Farmer has bought a Channel 4 TV advertising spot on Christmas Day and donated it to charity. 

Waitrose launches bacon trifle

Unconventional chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with Waitrose to introduce a Banana and Bacon Trifle just in time for Christmas. 

Get your piece of the Christmas feast

Christmas is coming and our research shows that most shoppers plan to buy their festive meat from supermarkets. 

Research indicates over a third of Brits have misconceptions about freezing meat

Research has shown that over a third of people living in Britain have inaccurate beliefs about freezing meat. 

Dalziel gets into Christmas spirit by helping homeless

National retail butchery specialist Dalziel Ltd has partnered with world boxing title contender Josh Warrington to help the homeless in Leeds this Christmas season. 

A new approach to staff training

Staff training is a constant source of difficulty for busy butchers, but it's a vital part of operations. Expert butcher Mark Turnbull offers up a seasonal solution.

Festive favourites return for Ginsters

Ginsters is to bring back two festive limited-edition sandwiches and a festive limited-edition pasty as part of its Christmas range. 

North Yorkshire develops heritage breed Christmas alternatives

Online heritage breed butcher Farmison & Co has produced a number of alternative dinner options for the festive season. 

Asda plucks competition at British Turkey Awards

Asda picked up the accolade of British Turkey Retailer of the Year at the annual British Turkey Awards once again. 

MTJ searches for Champion of Champions

Entries are now open for the nation’s biggest sausage competition. 

Heck gets ready for Christmas

We may be reaching the end of summer, but that isn’t stopping Heck sausages from getting into the Christmas spirit. 

Who are the winners of the SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Product Awards?

It may be the middle of summer – despite what the weather might suggest – but Meat Trades Journal is getting ready to reveal the winners of its Christmas Product Awards.

Christmas is coming so get your entries in

It may be summer but the SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Product Awards are fast approaching and time is running out to submit your entries. 

Enter now for SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards 2016

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards. 

Cut price deals could damage industry, warns turkey farmer

Turkey producers have been warned that rearing birds to supply to local wholesale markets and auctions at spot prices will do long-term damage to the traditional Christmas turkey sector. 

Debbie Butcher, senior analyst for AHDB, discusses the year's forecast for the beef market
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AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

Industry delegates gathered on Tuesday 9 February to hear what 2016 will hold for the livestock market. 

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. 

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. 

Crawshaw Group sees strong growth over festive season

The Crawshaw Group has posted a 64% increase in group sales for the 15-week period to the 3 January 2016. 

Christmas hailed a success by butchers

As we enter a new year, the UK’s butchers reflect on another successful Christmas period for their businesses. 

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.

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.

GN Badley & Sons are looking for record breaking sales this Christmas period
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Telford butcher on track for record Christmas sales

GN Badley & Sons butchers in Telford, Shropshire, is looking to break its own sale records this Christmas period with the help of online sales.

Alasdair Swan (l) from the Bank of Scotland with Gordon Allan of Malcolm Allan
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Malcolm Allan takes on Christmas staff to cope with demand

Scottish meat producer Malcolm Allan has created 20 temporary roles to meet increased demand for its handmade steak pies over the Christmas period. 

Jude McCann from Rural Support with Philip Rainey of Simple Power
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Moy Park helps rural families in need at Christmas

Moy Park has donated produce to a Christmas Hamper Scheme, which provides help for rural and farming families. 

Festive sausage raises money for charity

A Cirencester butcher has unveiled a limited edition Christmas sausage for the festive period in aid of charity. 

NFU encourages consumers to back British this Christmas

As the final countdown to Christmas approaches, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is taking the opportunity to highlight to consumers how they can support British farming beyond the festivities. 

GammonWatch revealed British gammon can be supported more in some retailers
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GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Association’s (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons. 

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. 

The Christmas Dinner wontons are made from turkey breast, bacon and stuffing
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Chinese takeaway develops Christmas wontons

Fully embracing the Christmas spirit, experimental Chinese takeaway Zing Zing has created novel Christmas Dinner wontons. 

Butchers hail Small Business Saturday a success

Shoppers across the country took advantage of Small Business Saturday, which falls on the first shopping Saturday of December every year. The campaign is designed to highlight small businesses and to encourage customers to ‘shop local’.

Butchers are gearing up for Christmas
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Scotch Butchers Club embraces the Christmas spirit

With Christmas around the corner, Scottish butchers are bracing for their busiest time of year. 

Geese sales have risen thanks to The Archers radio programme
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The Archers helps increase Christmas geese orders

Early orders of Christmas geese have been driven from an unlikely source. 

Pringles has launched a trio of novel candles
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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.

Fresh turkey prices have dropped 12% year-on-year according to mySupermarket
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Fresh turkey consumer prices fall in time for Christmas

The cost of a fresh turkey has seen a year-on-year decreases as supermarkets look to offer value at Christmas. 

Bernard Matthews has bolstered its fleet of refrigerated trailers in time for Christmas
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Bernard Matthews increases refrigerated trailer fleet

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has taken on six new Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers to join the 35 others that make up the fleet as Christmas approaches. 

Retailers selling mislabelled gammon will be named and shamed by the NPA
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Misleading gammon labelling to be “named and shamed” this Christmas

Retailers not supporting Britain’s high-welfare pig farmers this Christmas season can expect to be named and shamed by the National Pig Association (NPA).  

Christmas dinner bookings on Bookatable have increased 63% year-on-year
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Christmas Day bookings on the increase

A record number of Brits are choosing to dine out this Christmas, according to Bookatable. The restaurant booking site reported a 63% year-on-year spike for Christmas Day bookings. 

Cranswick reveals “strong commercial and strategic progress”

Cranswick, a leading UK food producer, has today announced its unaudited results for the six months ending 30 September 2015.

Christmas challenges for carcase balance

As the Christmas season approaches, the challenges that processors face in achieving carcase balance is brought into the spotlight. 

Meat snack claims to defeat hangovers

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

Goose sales set to surge this Christmas

Christmas is set to be bumper for goose sales, forecasts John Franklin, chairman of British Goose Producers (BGP).

Lidl continues festive spirit

Lidl is to sell reindeer for the fifth year running as part of its Christmas product range.

Retail food sales slow for October

Total food sales remained flat for the month of October based on like-for-like sales, although the three-month and 12-month rolling average experienced small growth. That’s according to BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor for October 2015.

Boparan has become the UK’s largest grocery supplier
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Boparan becomes the UK’s largest grocery supplier following acquisitions

After a series of acquisitions, including Goodfella’s Pizza, Fox’s Biscuits and Matthew Walker Christmas Puddings, Boparan has quadrupled its revenue in five years. The company’s success has resulted in it being named number one in QC&C’s Food & Drink 150 rankings, becoming the biggest food and drink producer in the UK. 

Christmas feature: Cracking Christmas

While turkey is still viewed as the Christmas hero, consumer demand is always evolving and butchers need to keep up with the trends. 

SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards: The Results

After some particularly tough judging, the results of the inaugural 2015 SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards are in. 

Christmas SuperMeat & Fish judging underway

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

Smaller turkey breed developed

FarmGate Hatcheries is introducing a new breed of turkey “developed to help producers meet the growing demand for smaller Christmas turkeys”. 

Turkey awards entries open

The British Turkey Awards has announced it is open for entries.

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.

Dalton Philips is to leave after five years in charge
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Morrisons boss steps down, as retailer sees sales fall

Morrisons’ chief executive Dalton Phillips is to leave the company after five years in his role, as the supermarket announced a fall in like-for-like sales (LFLs).

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.

ABP spread festive cheer

An ABP plant has helped spread a little festive cheer over the Christmas period by providing a beef Christmas lunch for residents of a homeless shelter.

Westaways Sausages included in Business is GREAT advent campaign

Westaways Sausages has been featured in a government campaign to promote small firms at Christmas.

Butcher’s Christmas sales leap by 30%

Catering butcher the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) has “smashed” all previous Christmas sales records this year, with a 30% increase on 2013.

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.

Holland’s Pies makes charitable Christmas gesture

Holland’s Pies will donate 100 pies to Manchester charity The Booth Centre to help feed the homeless this Christmas.

PETA urges EC to remove foie gras from festive fare

Animal welfare group PETA has appealed to the President of the European Commission to remove foie gras from its festive menu, after it was revealed that the duck and goose liver product would be served to MEPs for their Christmas meal.

Turkey firm embarks on new Christmas promotion

Kelly Turkeys, which has celebrated 30 years of business, has announced a new Christmas promotional campaign. 

Winter promotional kit to boost beef and lamb sales

Eblex Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme members are set to receive a winter promotional kit to help sales of beef and lamb.

Northern meats feature in retailer’s 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.

Morrisons takes top turkey title

Morrisons was celebrating after scooping the top title in the annual British Turkey Awards last week.

Turkey awards finalists revealed

The shortlist for the British Turkey Awards has been revealed, with Hot & Spicy Steaks and Turkey Mini Fillets with Brie, Cranberry Sauce & Bacon among the products competing for prizes.

KellyBronze turkey turns 30

The KellyBronze slow-grown turkey has stood the test of time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

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