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Gower salt marsh lamb back on the menu

Welsh butchers Hugh Phillips is getting ready for its first deliveries of Gower salt marsh lamb in May/June of this year.

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.

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.

HCC launches Welsh Butcher of the Year competition

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has begun its search for the 2017 Welsh Butcher of the Year.

WorldSkills butchery competition adds two new heat venues

The WorldSkills Butchery UK Competition has added two new heats this year for butchers to participate in.

Co-op underlines successes amid Aldi market share coup

The Co-op has responded to news that Aldi has overtaken it as the fifth biggest grocery retailer, highlighting the successes it has enjoyed over the past year.

Butchers Shop of The Year hosts book signing

Butchers Shop of The Year 2016 winner Walter Rose & Son hosted a book signing on 20 January by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, a regular customer of the business.

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.

Rare-breed Narragansett turkey makes Tesco return

After a 70-year absence, the Narragansett turkey has made a return to supermarket shelves.

Scottish prime stock prices fall year-on-year

Scottish prime stock prices in 2015 were generally lower than the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Prime Scottish cattle throughputs on the rise

The pattern of prime cattle throughputs peaking in October and November looks set to continue this year.

Pig industry scholarship returns for fourth year

The pig industry scholarship scheme is now open to recruit students for its fourth year.

Love Lamb Week campaign returns for second year

The Love Lamb Week campaign is set to return for a second year, with additional support from key players in the sheep-meat industry.

Dunbia gets royal approval for Queens birthday

Leading Northern Irish meat processor, Dunbia, has appeared in the official commemorative publication for the Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations, taking place at Windsor this year.

Discussing costs at the SAMW conference

I always enjoy going to the SAMW conference each year, not just for the whisky, the presentations aren't bad either! It was interesting last week to glean that competition is emerging between Food Standard Scotland and Aviation House on cost of meat inspection, nearly 10 years after Tierney recommended competition to be a key requirement for change to the FSA Board.

Welsh abattoir businesses need further investment

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recognised cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering businesses as contributing 461 million every year to the Welsh economy.

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.

Cheshire lad named best farm shop butcher

A nationwide competition has crowned its 2016 Farm Butcher of the Year champion.

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.

Better before bigger strategy begins to pay off for 2 Sisters

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has reported a modest growth in sales for the second quarter of the year as its Better before bigger strategy begins to pay dividends.

Scotch Crme Eggs make welcome return for Southport butcher

A Southport butcher is making the most the Easter period by reintroducing Scotch Crme Eggs for the third year.

Sheep and beef production expected to increase in 2016

Sheepmeat and beef production are both predicted to experience a year-on-year rise in 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Moy Park launches 8m skills programme for staff

Moy Park has unveiled a major 8m investment in a strategic multi-year skills programme.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Welsh lamb

Red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be celebrating the passing of the Year of the Sheep with Welsh Lamb through its digital marketing platforms this month.

Elmgrove Foods aims to maintain momentum after profit growth

Dunbia-owned processor Elmgrove Foods plans to grow its product range following a strong year.

Flooding fails to deter bullish Carrs

Agricultural, food and engineering company Carrs Group has revealed that it is in line to meet expectations for its complete financial year, despite disruption from the recent UK floods.

Scotch Butchers Club embraces the Christmas spirit

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

Carrs Group to continue UK investment

Agricultural and food business Carrs Group has set out growth plans for its UK and global divisions following its full-year results.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sees sales success due to premium demand

Premium burger chain, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, has cooked up 1 million of retail sales already this year.

Young butcher competition opens

Butchery apprentices are invited to take part in the 2016 Premier Young Butcher Competition hosted by William Reed Business Media at Foodex at the Birmingham NEC on 1820 April next year.

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.

Samworth Brothers hopes to continue growth

Following the release of a financial report for the year ended 27 December 2014, Samworth Brothers (Holding) Limited claimed it will continue to seek new opportunities.

We Hae Meat nominated for Scottish Business Award

Ayrshire meat company We Hae Meat has been nominated for a Scottish Business Award in the Family Business of the Year category.

Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales.

Butchers Shop of the Year finalists announced

The entries have been examined and the finalists for the 2015 Butchers Shop of the Year have been revealed.

Sheep meat imports down in June

Sheep imports to the UK fell by 18% in June year-on-year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Eurostock sees strong year

Eurostock Food Group has reported a mammoth 176% growth in profit.

Red Tractor gears up for largest ever on-pack promotion

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) has unveiled its biggest ever on-pack promotional campaign for later this year.

Welsh farmers plan #nolambweek

In response to dropping lamb prices, a group of Welsh farmers plan to withhold their prime lambs between August 1-7.

Young New Zealand butcher champion learns from Britains finest

New Zealands Young Butcher of the Year has been learning from the best of British as part of a study tour.

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.

Lamb sales grow in mid-June

Lambs saw a strong week during the Royal Highland Show (15-21 June).

Tesco sees positive progress though sales still down

Tesco is tackling flagging sales, although more needs to be done, according to a trading statement covering its first quarter this year (Q1).

Value set to return to meat sales

Plummeting meat prices could be coming to an end, an industry expert has predicted. Following the recent announcement that Consumer Price Inflation rose 0.1% in May, up from -0.1% in April, Kantar Worldpanel believes that meat prices could start to rise by the end of the year.

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.

Iceland suffers challenging year despite new format

Like-for-like sales at Iceland fell by 4.4% due to an exceptionally challenging year, it reported on June 10.

Value sales of meat falling in supermarkets

Value sales of meat, fish and poultry in UK supermarkets dropped 3.2% year-on-year in the four weeks to 23 May 2015, according to Nielsen figures.

The search to find UKs best butchers shop is on!

The time has come to start Meat Trades Journals annual search for the best butchers and farm shops in the UK. Entries to the Butcher's Shop of the Year competition are now officially open, with 12 categories to enter this year.

BDCI awards bursaries to students

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has awarded two bursaries to students undertaking a course of study for the academic year 2015/16.

Animal farm gate prices drop in March

Overall farm gate prices for animals have dropped year-on-year for the month of March.

Moy Park sees revenue rise in Q1 of 2015

Moy Park has posted a rise in revenue and underlying profits for the first quarter of the year.

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over 1bn due to excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year, the company reported.

QMS warns of volatile 2015 for pig market

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned against a turbulent year for values in the pig market.

Blakemore reaps reward of investment

Blakemore Fresh Foods has said its turnover reached a new high of 39m for the 2014/15 financial year, an increase of 3m on the year before, after it secured 40 new clients and opened a new office in Bristol at the start of this year.

Moy Park hits five million weekly milestone

Northern Ireland chicken producer Moy Park has increased its output to five million chickens per week for the first time in its 72-year history.

Sheep genetics project seeks suitable rams

A new project that aims for genetic improvement in the sheep industry is looking for rams for artificial insemination (AI).

Gressingham keen for more consumers to try duck at home

A focus on recipes and cooking tips is what Gressingham Duck hopes will tempt more consumers into the category, delegates to the latest Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) event were told.

New lamb season sees slow start

A strong sterling, low export demand, and heavy hoggs have all contributed to a slow start for the new lamb season, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

BDCI to offer 5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) is to offer a 5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Beef supply and demand set to settle, says QMS

Beef prices could begin to firm up in the coming months, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has predicted, in welcome news for cattle farmers, who have faced falling prices during the first part of the year.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Robin Hood sausage contest celebrates 21st year

Meat organisation the Nottinghamshire Council of Retail Meat Traders is celebrating its 100th year with its annual Robin Hood Sausage Championship in Nottinghamshire.

Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Youngsters display skills in livestock and butchery event

More than 100 young enthusiasts in the livestock, auctioneering and butchery sectors showcased their skills at the inaugural National Young Show Stars event in Malvern.

Supply chain partners join forces on sheep genetics initiative

The UK sheep and lamb industries have pulled together on a new sheep genetics programme, which aims to increase industry awareness of breeding values.

National Butchers' Week - Edwards of Conwy

It's National Butchers Week so we caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy.

Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

Steak pie finalists selected

The finalists in this years Englands Best Steak Pie 2015 competition have been revealed.

Valentines Day boosts meat despite deflation

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

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

Turkey awards entries open

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

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).

Bacon Report: Healthy drivers

While the bacon category has remained relatively static in the past year, a number of factors are keeping it popular with shoppers, finds Oli Haenlein

Devros profits suffer following restructuring

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

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

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.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

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.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

Asda sees drop in LFL sales amid turbulent market

Asda has revealed plans to invest 600m in new and existing stores as it announces a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for its final quarter of the year.

Ex-BDCI chair to continue fundraising efforts

Former festival chairman of the The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI), Norman Hatcliff, will continue to support charities associated with the meat trade.

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.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a challenging market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Cranswick sees rise in Q3 sales following strong Christmas

Pork processor Cranswick has released its third-quarter trading statement showing sales to be slightly up on last year.

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).

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

British butchers sought for Tri-Nations challenge

Team GB is looking for six winning butchers to take on Australia and New Zealand as The Tri-Nations Butchery Competition returns in 2015.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

Faccenda Foods sees profits rise for fourth consecutive year

Faccenda Foods has reported an increase in profits for the fourth year running.

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.

Perth bakers takes Scotch Pie title

A Perth bakers has been crowned World Scotch Pie champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.

QMS reports strong 2015 start for sheep

The sheep market is seeing a firm start to 2015, with hogg prices stronger than is typical at this time of the year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Hilton Food reports business as expected

Hilton Food Group has said trading is in line with expectations in a statement for the year ending 28 December 2014, despite European markets being subdued.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

Dunbia acquisitions push down pre-tax profits

Northern Irish meat giant Dunbia has recorded another successful year with a turnover of 769m, but a year of new acquisitions and contracts has seen pre-tax profits fall.

Sainsburys to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsburys has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarkets Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

Reorganisation sets Scottish meat firm on path for future

Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported stronger results following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October 2014.

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Dalehead takes on scholarship placements

Dalehead Foods, a division of Tulip, has chosen two scholars from Harper Adams University to complete a year of placement with the company.

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.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

The cattle market is demonstrating stability as the year draws to a close, according to Eblex.

Carol Smilie lends festive help to butchers shop

Scottish television presenter Carol Smillie offered a festive helping hand at a West Lothian butchers shop during its one of the busiest week of the year.

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.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a crunch year for the Scottish meat industry.

Lamb prices gain pace

Lamb sales are struggling compared to 2013, but prices are gathering pace in recent weeks, according to Eblexs Sheep Weekly.

Butchers 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.

Pig scholarship applications increase

The Pig Industry Scholarship, facilitated by Bpex in conjunction with Harper Adams University, is gaining in popularity after receiving an increased number of applications in 2014.

Pig herd improvements observed

The physical performance of the British pig herd continues to improve, according to the latest Interpig report, published by Bpex.

Tesco issues warning on profits

Tesco has issued an unscheduled profits warning stating the supermarket does not expect yearly profits to exceed 1.4bn in its next interim results.

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.

Scottish red meat firm reports nearly 3m loss

J W Galloway, Scotlands largest red meat processor, has posted pre-tax losses of 2.94 million for the year ending 2 March 2014, blaming a hike in meat prices following horsegate for the results.

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.

Welsh Young Butcher of the Year crowned

Peter Rushford of Swans Farm Shop has been crowned Welsh Young Butcher of the year, claiming his place in the British team, due to compete in Paris next year.

Poultry body presents 2020 Vision

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released its manifesto, laying out its 2020 Vision, as well as its calls for government assistance in ensuring the continuing success of the British poultry meat industry.

Ewe research could boost UK sheep trade

Research into the genetics of ewe longevity could give the UK sheep industry a 4.35 million boost, according to Eblex.

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).

Industry awaits name and shame campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will name and shame poor performers.

Three to vie for Welsh Young Butcher title

The Welsh Young Butcher competition gets under way next week and it is hotting up to be the toughest competition yet.

Categories extended in British Pie Awards

The 2015 British Pie Awards are now open for entry, with the competition this year offering 20 different categories.

Cranswick reports profitable H1

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

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.

Video: Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014

Meat Trades Journals Butchers Shop of the Year Awards was a great success again in 2014, and here is our video round-up of the event.

Scotch Beef Farm of the Year revealed

A Berwickshire family farm committed to producing top-quality Scotch Beef PGI has been crowned the 2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

QMS points to firmer cattle and sheep prices, but a tough pig market

Cattle and sheep prices have strengthened over recent months, but Scottish pig prices continue to struggle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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:

Edwards of Conwy crowned Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014

Edwards of Conwy was celebrating today (Friday 14 November) after being the first Welsh butchery business to take the overall title of Butchers Shop of the Year 2014.

Firmer beef prices expected in 2015

Beef cattle prices will become stronger next year amid tighter supplies, according to the latest market update from Eblex.

Butchers Shop awards revealed tomorrow

The winners of Meat Trades Journals Butchers Shop of the Year 2014 competition will be revealed tomorrow at the Rosewood London Hotel.

Demand from Europe drives UK beef exports

August figures for UK beef exports show smaller European markets are driving growth, according to beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Morrisons woes continue

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

Cargill director named Poultry Person of the Year

John Reed, agricultural director of Cargills European Poultry has been awarded the Poultry Person of the Year title.

Dunbia head named UK Director of the Year

Dunbias group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

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.

Tesco chairman steps down amid 263m profits overstatement

Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down as Tescos chairman after a gross overstatement of profits totalling 263m.

Rise for Scottish meat exports

Scottish red meat exports have increased on last year, with growing demand for value and fifth-quarter products.

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).

Butchery fair proves a resounding success

The Bakers and Butchers Autumn Fair 2014 saw butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Cranswick reports positive performance

Cranswick has released its trading statement for the first six months of the year, in which it reported trading was in line with the boards expectations.

Charity dinner tickets selling fast

The annual Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) is urging industry to get their seats booked for its annual dinner as tickets are reportedly running out.

Staffordshire firm aims to bring classroom to the countryside

Staffordshire pig and poultry producer Packington Free Range is investing in the next generations education by launching an education project that works with schools to bring the classroom to the countryside.

Young Welsh butchers in Apprenticeship Awards shortlist

Two young Welsh butchers are hoping for success after being shortlisted in the finals for the prestigious Welsh Apprenticeship Awards.

Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

Linden Foods to support Ulster Rugby team

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Foods has announced it will be the official meat supplier of meat and poultry to the Ulster Rugby squad for the 2014/2015 season.

Morrisons takes top turkey title

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

Karro announces strong increase in earnings

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has announced an EBITDA improvement of 10 million in its first year as an independent business.

Tesco suspends executives after overstating profits

Tesco has suspended four executives including its managing director after revealing that it had overstated its profits for the six months to 23 August 2014.

Tulip aims to raise 100k for youngsters charity

Pork-producing giant Tulip is attempting to raise 100,000 over the next two years for charity Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Lidgate recognised at Great Taste Awards

A Q Guild founder and shop owner, David Lidgate, has received a lifetime achievement award at this years Great Taste Awards, celebrating his 54-year career in butchery.

NFU takes to social media to expose foreign lamb retailing

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging producers to take to social media to bring retailers who are promoting out-of-season foreign lamb into light.

Morrisons sees drop in LFLs

Morrisons has claimed conditions are tough as it released its half-year results, showing a 7.4% fall in like-for-like sales.

UK missing out on Eid sacrifice income, says expert

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Young finalists chosen in Butchers Shop awards

Four young butchers have been selected to go head-to-head for the prestigious title of Young Butcher of the Year in the Butchers Shop of the Year Awards.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

Butchers Shop of the Year finalists revealed

Butchers throughout the UK are celebrating after being named as finalists in the prestigious Butchers Shop of the Year Awards.

BDCI welcomes bursary applications

The BDCI is now welcoming applications for its bursary programme announced earlier this month.

Burgers reach popularity peak in foodservice

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

Green light given for new badger culls

Natural England has given the go-ahead for the second of four years of badger culling in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset to attempt to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the eat less meat brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

Pork sales see year-on-year drop

Bpex reported that sales of pork were down 2% year-on-year during May and June, despite solid sales of pork mince.

William Hague presents Heck sausage awards

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague took time out his schedule to present awards at Hecks sausage and beer festival, as the company celebrates a 3m turnover.

Fresh beef brings in 2bn to UK economy

The fresh beef market in Britain was worth more than 2bn this past year, according to figures from market analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

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.

Cranswick reports "strong growth"

Cranswick PLC has released its first quarter (Q1) results showing strong growth, with total sales up 14%.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

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

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.

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The sword of Damocles is hanging over the beef industry due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

Scottish meat industry reports a difficult year in 2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched its Red Meat Industry Profile for last year, which shows that despite the sector generating over 2 billion, 2013 was a tough year.

UK lamb forecast revised down

Fewer lambs will be reared in the UK this year, partly down to poor weather conditions, leading to an 8% decrease on the estimated crop.

Food and drink badge of excellence

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards have been opened for entry.

British Cattle Breeders outline conference details

Dates have been announced for the British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) annual conference, which will be held this year at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on in Shropshire from 21-23 January.

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