PGI status like ‘winning the lottery’ for Carmarthen Ham

The producers of Carmarthen Ham have revealed their delight for being awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. 

Meat & Poultry Processing Awards deadline approaches

Time is running out to put an entry forward for Meat Trades Journal’s Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017. 

2 Sisters nurtures future workforce

2 Sisters Food Group has teamed up with the Jobcentre and IGD to provide young unemployed people with practical skills to help them find work. 

Investigation opened over Bernard Matthews purchase

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an initial investigation into the acquisition of Bernard Matthews by Ranjit Boparan. 

Tulip sets out further changes to organisation

Tulip CEO Steve Francis has provided more details on the recent shake-up to the company.

Memorial service for Graham Roach

A memorial service for former Tulip vice-chairman Graham Roach is to be held at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall at 2pm on Monday 7 November. 

Member engagement a top priority for BMPA in chief executive search

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is on the hunt for a new chief executive. 

Poultry and foodservice deals to September generate £74m

Meat industry acquisitions in the year to 31 August generated £74m, although Boparan Private Office’s acquisition of Bernard Matthews in September will boost the value of 2016 transactions. 

Bernard Matthews deal “carefully crafted” to extract maximum cash

The Bernard Matthews acquisition was “carefully crafted to extract maximum cash from the company”, a Commons Work and Pensions Committee has been told.

Over three-quarters willing to pay more for free-range eggs

Seventy-eight per cent of UK shoppers who buy free-range eggs said they would be prepared to pay a premium for them, according to a OnePoll survey. 

Bernard Matthews creditors informed they won’t be paid

More than 900 creditors have been left out of pocket following the acquisition of turkey producer Bernard Matthews by Boparan Private Office from Rutland Partners in a pre-pack administration. 

Bernard Matthews blasts off with FAB new line

Bernard Matthews has partnered with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) to create the company’s first licensed offering. 

Producer share of lamb retail prices remains stable

The producer share of the retail price for lamb has remained over 50% during the past few months, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Stun-free halal certification scheme launched

Traditional Halal Limited has launched its stun-free certification scheme. 

Meat Promotion Wales hails ‘major’ deal with Canada

A deal that will see Randall Parker Food Group’s Welsh lamb sold across 300 retail stores in Canada has been described as “hugely significant” by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Beef + Lamb New Zealand to close UK office

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is to close its UK office as part of a strategy refocus. 

Long-awaited Brechin abattoir opens in Scotland

Scotland’s £10m Brechin abattoir has opened, employing 58 people and providing much-needed additional capacity to the pigmeat industry in the country.

Labour's living wage pledge "a burden for consumers"

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has criticised Labour’s promises of an increased living wage, saying it will led to a “higher cost burden” for consumers. 

Horsemeat trio appear in court

Three men arrested in connection with the horsemeat scandal have appeared at the City of London magistrates court. 

Post-Brexit opportunities on agenda for AHDB Seminar

Opportunities for beef and lamb in a post-Brexit landscape will be addressed at the 2016 AHDB Beef & Lamb Stakeholder Seminar. 

Debbie & Andrew’s launches new festive-themed products

To celebrate British Sausage Week (31 October-6 November), premium sausage producer Debbie & Andrew’s has launched two new products. 

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. 

Doherty’s unveils rebranding

Northern Irish gluten-free meat specialist Doherty’s has refreshed its brand as part of a marketing drive to expand business in Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

Boparan confirms acquisition of Bernard Matthews

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

Appley Orchard Farm moves into poultry business

A farm near Wellington in Somerset is to begin rearing free-range broiler chickens.

2 Sisters Bernard Matthews deal expected soon

A deal to purchase turkey producer Bernard Matthews is expected to be announced this week by 2 Sisters parent company Boparan Holdings. 

Poultry supplier supports Beverley Food Festival

The 11th annual Beverley Food Festival, organised by Beverley Town Council, takes place on 2 October.

Teeside meat firm to add 18 jobs as it invests millions

Teesside meat processor and wholesaler Country Valley Foods (CVF) is to create 18 jobs and safeguard 18 more amid a £2 million investment, which includes a £1m fit-out and £200,000 spent on butchery equipment.

Tulip to split business into four divisions

Tulip is planning to split its business into four unique divisions after newly-appointed CEO Steve Francis admitted the pork processor had “lost its edge” in the UK meat industry. 

Continued growth for Hilton Food Group

Despite “challenging market conditions”, retail meat packaging business Hilton Food Group has reported strong growth for the 28 weeks to 17 July 2016.

MII weighs in on ABP Slaney deal

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has debunked the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) claims that the ABP-Slaney joint venture would harm the Irish meat industry. 

Illegal meat business owner prosecuted

The owner of an illegal meat business was fined on Tuesday, 6 September for 16 hygiene offences. 

Moy Park welcomes chief financial officer

Northern Irish poultry processors Moy Park has appointed Sian Land to the position of chief financial officer.

Ireland welcomes “very positive” progress on beef access application to China

The Republic of Ireland has been engaging in productive talks with China to gain access to its beef market. 

EHL Ingredients launches 20 new lines to celebrate birthday

In honour of being in operation for 20 years, EHL is launching ten new products over the course of this month. In total, it will introduce 20 new blends over 2016. 

Innovative snap pack design for Walls sausage rolls

A new joint venture from Pork Farms, part of the Addo Foods Group, and packaging manufacturer Parkside has seen the creation of a new snack pack for Pork Farms’ Walls sausage rolls range. 

Snaffling Pig gets in Brazilian spirit

With the Paralympic Games kicking off yesterday (Wednesday, 7 September), premium pork scratchings firm The Snaffling Pig Co. has launched a new limited edition flavour to celebrate the success of Team GB in Rio. 

Gourmet sausages celebrate Love Lamb Week

With Love Lamb Week in full swing, three Northern Irish artisan enterprises have joined forces to produce a speciality gourmet sausage in honour of the event. 

Northern Irish beef named Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016

Hannan Meats’ Glenarm Shorthorn 4 Rib Roast has been named as the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016 after beating 10,000 entries. Hannan Meats is the first meat producer to take the top title for the second time. 

Gourmet chicken dishes launched by Northern Irish firm

Six added-value gourmet chicken meals have been launched under the new Chook Chook brand by Northern Irish poultry producer HK Dickey. 

Moy Park stays ahead of consumer trends with product relaunch

Northern Irish-based Moy Park has relaunched its branded breaded product range to support growth in the chilled coated sector. 

Tulip appoints new CEO to tackle financial woes

Tulip CEO Chris Thomas has stepped down and will be replaced by Steve Francis, a restructuring and turnaround expert, on 5 September as the company addresses a range of commercial problems. 

Scotland expresses concern over future of immigrant workers

Scotland’s meat processing and farming sectors have united to urge the government to provide assurance on the status of workers from outside of the UK. 

Beef producer to cast net into fish market

Somerset-based Brown Cow Organics has launched a range of fresh fish on its website. 

Westaway Sausages announces partnership with Co-op

Devon-based Westaway Sausages has signed a new contract with the Co-op to supply sausages to the retailer’s outlets across the south-west. 

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. 

AIMS rubbishes FSA campylobacter claims

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has continued to apply pressure to the Food Standards Agency, saying it has continued to “undermine the meat processing sector”. 

Beef industry urged to work together for greater returns

The British beef supply chain is faced with a lack of transparency that is affecting returns for all, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

2 Sisters' Scunthorpe poultry plant in £45m investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £45m investment in its poultry plant in Scunthorpe, which it claims will create the "world's most advanced poultry plant".

Essentia takes top award for food-safety standards

Ingredients specialists Essentia Protein Solutions, which includes numerous butchers among its customers, has been recognised with the BRC Global Standard for food safety for the 21st consecutive year. 

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