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KFC defends high standards of chicken welfare

Fast food chain KFC UK has said it is “proud” of the chickens it sources, after it found itself under fire from activist group World Animal Protection.  

Meatsnacks reveals refreshed Wild West image

Appealing to the ‘modern snacking consumer’, Meatsnacks Group has revealed its new fresher look for its Wild West range of jerky and biltong. 

Meatsnacks Group diversifies with new salmon jerky

Biltong and jerky firm the Meatsnacks Group is expanding its portfolio and has introduced a Speyside Smokehouse Salmon Jerky. 

Free waste management service available to meat industry

A new, free waste management service has been launched to help food manufacturing companies save money and reduce their environmental footprint.

Hilton Food Group confirms acquisition talks

Processor Hilton Food Group has confirmed that it is in discussions to acquire fish supplier Icelandic Seachill. 

2 Sisters and Innovis grow lamb initiative

A lamb supply chain scheme between processor 2 Sisters Food Group and genetic expert Innovis has been expanded. 

Barbecue season boosts Hilton Food Group UK turnover

Hilton Food Group (Hilton) has reported a growth in turnover in its UK division, thanks to trading-up and a good barbecue season. 

PHWC publishes biennial report

The Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) has published its third biennial report detailing the work completed by the group between 2015 and 2016. 

Sale of Karro Food Group reaches completion

The sale of pork supplier Karro Food Group has been completed by Endless LLP to CapVest Partners LLP. 

Crawshaw to enter into multi-million pound partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group

Crawshaw Group plc has announced today (Wednesday 26 April) that it has entered into a “transformational” supply chain partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group.

Wild West Jerky to fuel firefighters’ charity race

Two firefighters racing across the Atlantic Ocean are being supported by Wild West Jerky, part of the Meat Snacks Group. 

LDC backs Addo Food Group buyout

Equity investment firm LDC has backed the secondary buyout of pork pie and sausage roll producer Addo Food Group for an undisclosed sum. 

St Bart’s Smithfield introduces new barbecue menu

London’s St Bart’s Smithfield, part of the Hush Heath Estate pub and hotel group, is celebrating the approach of summer with the launch of an exclusive BBQ menu. 

The Dalesman Group awarded for high standard of practices

Seasonings manufacturer The Dalesman Group has been awarded with an AA status following a recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit. 

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.

Hilton Food grows revenue and profit in 2016

Strong volume growth in the UK has helped Hilton Food Group to a successful 2016. 

Addo Food Group to take action on food waste

Addo Food Group has joined forces with charity FareShare and logistics operator Fowler Welch to tackle hunger and food waste. 

Boparan confirms acquisition of Bernard Matthews

Boparan Private Office has agreed terms for its acquisition of Bernard Matthews in a pre-pack administration deal. 

ABP Food Group looks to create 400 jobs via expansion

Processor ABP Food Group hopes to create 400 jobs with the latest development at its Shrewsbury plant. 

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Packaging solution adds value to producers

Irish-based Holfeld Plastics, part of the Waddington Europe group, has introduced a packaging solution designed to add value and help boost the environmental credentials of a business. 

Profit rise for Hilton Food Group as expansion plans come to fruition

Hilton Food Group saw strong operational growth in 2015, completing two major estate projects over the past 12 months. 

Jonathan Russell has been appointed director of group procurement at 2 Sisters
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In-house promotion for 2 Sisters

One of the UK’s leading food manufacturers, 2 Sisters Food Group, has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the company’s £1.5 billion-a-year purchasing budget. 

(from left to right) Nick De Mulder, Anthony De Mulder, Richard De Mulder and Franz-Bernhard Thier
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Saria Group completes acquisition

Germany’s Saria Group has completed the acquisition of leading UK animal by-products processing and collection specialist, Saria Ltd. 

Greencore’s UK division drives progress

Product innovation has led to a solid quarter of trading for the Greencore Group. 

New guidance on pig antibiotics published by PHWC

Pig-keepers should review their use of antibiotics at least every quarter, new guidance from the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) Antimicrobial Sub-group and the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) has advised. 

Robust volume growth at Hilton Food Group

Food producer Hilton Food Group has revealed a “robust volume growth” in its interim results for the 28 weeks to 12 July 2015. 

Eurostock sees strong year

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

Jerky and biltong companies merge to create Meatsnacks Group

The Jerky Group has merged with biltong brand Cruga to form the largest ambient beef snack manufacturer in Europe. 

Greencore Group welcomes positive start to 2015

International manufacturer of convenience foods Greencore Group has revealed that it has seen an increase in revenue for the 13 weeks to 26 June 2015. 

Crawshaws to create 2,500 jobs in expansion plan

Crawshaws has announced plans to create 2,500 jobs as it embarks on its national expansion plan. 

Challenging consumer conditions hit Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group has posted a half-year trading update that is “in line with expectations”. 

Total sales drop for 2 Sisters

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has posted a 3.9% drop in total sales for the 13 weeks to 2 May 2015. 

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. 

Positive future predicted for Hilton Food Group

The Hilton Food Group has overcome its poor performance in the second half of 2014, according to a report by investment group Shore Capital. 

Colin Crawshaw steps down as buying director of Crawshaw Group

Colin Crawshaw has stepped down as buying director of independent butchers Crawshaw Group after 40 years in the industry. 

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Hilton sees pre-tax profits rise despite ‘challenging’ trade

Pre-tax profits are up at Hilton Food Group despite “challenging market conditions”, the meat processor has announced.

Karro announces 141 job losses

Karro Food Group has confirmed that it is cutting 141 jobs at its Scunthorpe site.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

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.

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

New MD James Russell
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New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the company’s wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Job losses at pork processing firms

Karro Food Group and Tulip, two of the country’s biggest pork processors, have announced job losses after both suffered ‘significantly’ fewer bacon orders.

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.

Crawshaw appoints former Lidl man as CEO

Butchery group Crawshaw has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Noel Collett, who previously spent 12 years at Lidl. 

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

Scottish abattoir to be relocated

Scotbeef is to relocate an historic abattoir after planning permission to replace it with housing has been given the green light.

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.

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MPs debate slaughter and stunning issues

Neil Parish MP, chairman of the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef & Lamb called for a reduction in the number of animals that are not stunned at the time of slaughter, during a debate on Meat Slaughtered in Accordance with Religious Rites yesterday (4 November).

APPG on religious meat slaughter deemed ‘anti-Muslim’

Muslim representatives from the halal meat industry have hit out at today’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) debate, calling it ‘anti-Muslim’.

Dunbia head named UK Director of the Year

Dunbia’s group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

Tulip creates new group innovation & NPD director role

Meat processor Tulip has created a new group innovation & NPD director role, appointing Stacey Howe to fill the position.

Moy Park brings in new IT director

With over 20 years’ experience, Moy Park has appointed Brian Acheson as its new director of information systems and business solutions.

FSA agrees discount reforms

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has answered calls for modernisation by agreeing to go ahead with discount reforms at its recent board meeting.

Women’s beef group gets behind mini roast campaign

A female beef farming group has launched the campaign Go Mini for Autumn! to promote Eblex’s midweek mini roasts initiative.

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.

Scottish beef action plan revealed

The Beef 2020 report, a Scottish beef industry action plan, has been unveiled to facilitate sustainable and long-term beef production growth.

Butchery apprenticeship standard receives government go-ahead

The new butchery apprenticeship standard, developed by a Trailblazer Employer Group, has received ministerial approval after “months of hard work”.

Kerry Group announces positive results

The Kerry Group have reported a solid financial performance for the half year ending June 2014.

Co-op sells farm division to The Wellcome Trust

The Co-operative Group has sold its farm business to The Wellcome Trust for a reported £249m to help cut its debt.

Hilton Food Group on target

The Hilton Food Group performed in line with expectations despite “challenging conditions” for consumers, according to its latest trading statement.

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.

ABP Food Group presents £100,000 to Belfast City Hospital

ABP have donated £100,000 to Belfast City Hospital for kidney research, following the successful treatment of Lurgan plant manager Seamus Kenny.

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