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Northern Irish beef industry drives processing sector

A new survey published in Insider magazine revealed that 26 out of Northern Ireland’s top 100 manufacturers come from the agri-food industry. 

Chunk of Devon develops three new sausage rolls

Pasty and pie creator, Chunk of Devon, has unveiled three new varieties of sausage rolls available from this month. 

New managing director for MLCSL

Christine Walsh has been appointed managing director of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of AHDB. 

Moy Park director praised for charity fundraising

Alan Gibson, executive director of Moy Park, has been named one of the UK’s top fundraisers for 2015 on Just Giving, one of the world’s leading online fundraising platforms. 

Dunbia launches graduate programme

One of the nation’s leading companies in the agri-food sector, Dunbia, is set to create new job opportunities after launching a graduate programme for 2016. 

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

E.coli risk management to be addressed

Tackling shiga-toxin producing E.coli (STEC) and providing risk management for it will be a focus at this year’s AHDB Beef & Lamb Processor Conference. 

BEEFit expands listings

High-protein biltong snack company BEEFit has increased its availability into GNC and Tesco’s NutriCentre stores. 

Easy Eats UK recalls chicken products

Easy Eats UK is recalling various Snacksters, Snax on the Go and Best In Chicken Tikka products, due to the possible presence of salmonella. 

Pulled pork romps home in Black Farmer customer poll

Pulled pork sausages are the latest innovation from The Black Farmer, following a Facebook poll to determine its next new flavour. 

Cranswick grows sales over third quarter

Cranswick has posted a 5% increase in total revenue for the three months to 31 December 2015. 

Convenience key to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry has been urged to give the consumer what they want through their products. 

Pork pie firm relaunches website

Pork pie producer Dickinson & Morris has relaunched its website, www.porkpie.co.uk.

2 Sisters to create 200 jobs at Derby facility

2 Sisters is to open a new manufacturing facility in Derby, which will create 200 new jobs. 

Dunbia plays down JBS speculation

Dunbia has moved to debunk rumours about a takeover by JBS. 

Tesco given supplier deadline by GCA

Tesco has been given a month to improve how it treats suppliers following an investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA). 

Greencore’s UK division drives progress

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

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A £2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector. 

O’Brien Fine Foods announces €14m development

O’Brien Fine Foods, producer of cooked meats under the Brady Family and Rudds brands, yesterday announced a €14 million development at its ham processing Timahoe facility in Co Kildare, Ireland. 

Faccenda Foods reports solid financial results

Poultry producer Faccenda Foods has filed annual results for the 2014/15 financial year, reflecting solid business. 

Saria mourns the loss of William Gordon Braide

Food products and services company Saria has announced that former managing director, William Gordon Braide (Gordon) (76), passed away on 9 January 2016.

‘Interest’ shown in northern abattoir

KPMG has received “expressions of interest” over the acquisition of Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, which ceased trading in December 2015, resulting in 131 job losses. 

Yorkshire Game sees 10% increase in turnover

Wild game and venison supplier Yorkshire Game has experienced a 10% rise in turnover as a result of investing in state-of-the-art processing equipment. 

Moy Park to shut Wisbech site

Moy Park is to close its Wisbech site in Cambridgeshire. It will move production to its Grantham site in Lincolnshire. The Wisbech site currently focuses on cooked whole birds, marinated chicken, snacking products and cooked sliced meats.

Bernard Matthews records sales loss

Turkey processor Bernard Matthews has reported a loss in sales for the year ending 28 June 2015. 

Dunbia unlocks new global markets

Northern Ireland’s largest meat processor, Dunbia, delivered its first shipment of pork to India at the end of December. 

Pulled pork campaign set to return

After the success it brought last year, the pulled pork advertising campaign is set to return to television screens next month. 

Cranswick gives it some Welly with new cooked meat brand

Cranswick has launched its new Welly brand of cooked meats. 

Karro Food Group to take on 140 employees

Karro Food Group, a leading pork processor in the UK, has revealed plans to employ an additional 140 people at its Scunthorpe plant. 

Elmgrove Foods aims to maintain momentum after profit growth

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

Moy Park to provide innovative chicken range to Morrisons

Northern Irish poultry meat processor Moy Park has secured listings in all Morrisons’ stores across Great Britain with new Chicken Sensations. 

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme. 

Linergy acquisition of Ulster Farm By-Products approved

Linergy’s completed acquisition of Ulster Farm By-Products has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Karro’s Cookstown launches new convenience Bacon Delights

Karro Foods’ Cookstown brand has launched a new convenience bacon product in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Meat & Poultry Processing Awards shortlist announced

The finalists for the 2016 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards have been unveiled. 

Jobs at risk at Tulip's Bodmin site

Operational changes by meat processor Tulip could lead to 430 redundancies at its Bodmin cooked meat facility. 

Black pudding recalled over incorrect labelling

The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Co has recalled its black pudding slices over a labelling error. 

Management buyout of Glendale Foods Limited completed

Glendale Foods Limited has undergone a partial shareholder buyout leaving full control to management. 

Northern Irish meat processor sees a rise in profits

Meat processor Dunbia, based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, saw pre-tax profits rise by more than 40% in 2015.

New appointment at Dawn Meats

Dawn Meats has appointed David O’Flynn as its new group corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager.
 

Scottish roast meat company to wholesale for first time

Scotland’s the Juicy Meat Company is launching its roast meat range to the trade at the 2016 Scotland Speciality Food Show next month. Up until now, the company has only catered hog roasts for events. 

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. 

Scottish pie producer enters partnership with Aldi

Scotland’s Wee Pie Company last week launched a range of quality pies in 61 of the country’s Aldi supermarket stores. 

Dunbia considering sales options

Irish processor Dunbia has confirmed it is considering offers from buyers for the business. 

2 Sisters optimistic despite sales drop

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, is remaining optimistic despite seeing a total sales drop for the first quarter of 2015/2016. 

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UK’s food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms. 

New levy distribution scheme proposed

Levy boards across England, Scotland and Wales have outlined an alternative method for the distribution of the red meat levy income. 

Meat tax proposal labelled ‘unrealistic’

A proposed tax on meat to help decrease consumption has been labelled as “unrealistic” by AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Karro Food receives congratulations for progress in the East

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Jonathan Bell, has offered his congratulations to Karro Food Group following the news that the company’s pork plant has been provisionally recommended for approval to export to China.

Linden Food Group and ABP announce Slaney Foods partnership

Linden Food Group has announced a joint venture with ABP to manage its Republic of Ireland-based Slaney Foods business. 

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