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RSPCA launches investigation into dumped chicks

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after officers were called to a sea of day-old chicks abandoned in a field in Cambridgeshire.

FSA hits back at meat inspection report

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has responded to a report into hygiene levels at UK slaughterhouses published by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Processing hygiene report slammed by meat industry

A report into UK slaughterhouses by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been debunked by industry experts.

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.

Bank of England to launch consultation on polymer notes

The Bank of England will launch a full consultation on 30 March about the content of polymer substrate to be used in future banknotes.

Last chance to attend the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

There are just two weeks to go to the annual Meat & Poultry Processing Awards and anyone who wants to be in on the action needs to book tickets now.

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

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

Isle of Man meat plant to seek private operator

The Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) has decided to seek private operators for the islands meat plant in an effort to make it more competitive and save public money.

Prime pig prices ease back after festive high point

Pig prices have eased back from a 26-month high of 151.9p/kg dwt in the final week of 2016, to below the 150p/kg mark at the beginning of February after five weeks of marginal declines.

ABP remains confident ahead of Brexit process

Processing giant ABP UK is confident that the future of the business will be secure as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

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.

Halal meat suppliers gain export boost

Halal meat firms can now access groundbreaking newly-endorsed UK-based certification enabling them to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once the country closes its borders to non-certified halal products later this year.

ABP Wessex adds to Oakridge BBQ House range

ABP Wessex has introduced two new products to its Oakridge BBQ House collection.

Welsh beef finds new market in Singapore restaurant

The first shipment of Celtic Pride Welsh Beef to Singapore will soon be enjoyed in one of the countrys most esteemed restaurants.

Rutland Charcuterie launches new meat range

Online charcuterie supplier Rutland Charcuterie Co. has launched a new range of salamis and air dried meats.

2 Sisters appoints new operations and commercial directors

Poultry producer 2 Sisters has made two key appointments to its UK team.

Cranswick reports solid trading in third quarter

Cranswick has reported a solid third quarter of 2016, with trading in line with expectations.

Meat supplier rewarded for manufacturing practices

Eurostock Foods, a value meat supplier with locations in Northern Ireland and Wigan, has been awarded with the British Retail Consortiums (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7).

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.

Opportunities for meat producers to target international investors

Investment from overseas firms in the UKs food and drink sector has continued to increase. According to the latest research from business and finance adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 2016 saw the highest levels for three years.

Pukka Pies undergoes multi-million pound makeover

Hot pie brand Pukka Pies has announced its first-ever brand relaunch, supported by 8 million in marketing activity.

Book your place at the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

Time is running out to book your place among the greats as the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017 is fast approaching.

BMPA partners with Acoura to develop Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has teamed up with food safety and certification provider Acoura to give its Pork Scheme members a wider choice of audit providers and an increased range of combined services.

International meat business makes senior appointments

ABP Food Group has appointed Finbarr McDonnell as chief operating officer, effective from April this year, filling the role vacated by Frank Stephenson, who was named group chief executive in October 2016.

Multi-million investment in Moy Park boosts production

Moy Parks multi-million pound investment in its Ashbourne facility has allowed the poultry processor to produce one million chickens per week.

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.

Hecks heart-shaped sausages return for Valentines Day

Heck is getting into the romantic spirit again with its latest limited-edition offering.

Local sourcing trend big for Irelands shoppers

Two-thirds of Irelands consumers believe buying local food is important and one-third claim they are buying such food more now than they did 12 months ago.

Gressingham Foods opens new distribution centre

Gressingham Foods has opened a new 5m distribution centre at its plant in Redgrave, near Diss in Norfolk.

Welsh meat industry welcomes new US Administration

With the USs new commander-in-chief seated in the Oval Office, the Welsh red meat industry said that it is looking forward to working with President Trump to open up the market for lamb and beef exports.

Pork pie brand gets cheesy

Maker of posh pork pies, Tottle has launched a Pork, Cheddar and ale pie to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day on 20 January.

Top comedian to entertain at Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017

Stand-up comedian Alfie Moore has been revealed as the entertainment at this years Meat & Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA).

Welsh food industry to discuss future of food names

Representatives from the Welsh food industry will congregate in London next week to discuss how iconic brand names will be protected once the UK leaves the European Union.

Halal sector divided over industry support

Calls have been made for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to focus more on the halal sector.

Bernard Matthews acquisition given all clear by CMA

Boparan Private Offices acquisition of Bernard Matthews has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Moy Park announces new commercial director

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has welcomed Andrew Richards to the post of commercial director UK & Ireland.

Consumer demands in the halal sector to enter the spotlight

With the halal market increasing, customers needs will be the main topic discussed at an upcoming halal industry event next month.

Devro profits for 2016 in line with expectations

Casings producer Devro has reported that underlying operating profit for 2016 is predicted to be in line with expectations.

Carrs Group starts the year with solid feedblock sales

Agricultural and engineering company Carrs Group has reported a growth in feed volume sales.

Nick Allen unveiled as new BMPA chief executive

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has announced the appointment of Nick Allen as its new chief executive.

Leonards develops new butchery seasoning ranges

Leonards has launched two new ranges of seasonings for the retail and catering sectors.

75m claim made for Bernard Matthews pension fund

The Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) has submitted a claim for 75 million (m) from the administrators of Bernard Matthews.

The Jolly Hog hits more Sainsburys stores

Sausage producer The Jolly Hog has gained additional listings in Sainsburys stores.

Functional offerings from Debbie & Andrews

Debbie & Andrews has launched a new flexitarian line that is now available in Asda as part of a range of new functional products.

2 Sisters to create 100 new jobs at Derby facility

2 Sisters is to increase investment in its Derby plant, creating 100 new jobs.

Boozy ham launched by Northern Irish processors

Two Northern Irish food processors have joined forces to develop a new innovative pork product.

Labour and Brexit progress top 2017 wish lists

A skilled workforce and answers to still-burning questions on Great Britains EU referendum decision are top of the meat industrys wish list for 2017.

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.

Four cured meat servings a week worsen asthma symptoms, says report

Eating four servings of cured or processed meat a week might make asthma symptoms worse, according to a study in French journal Thorax.

AIMS and FSA find common ground after saving the meat industry millions

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has welcomed the decision by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to not charge food business operators (FBOs) for EU minima underpayments.

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