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Deflation continues in fresh sales

The BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI) has reported further deflation of fresh food prices in September. 

TPP agreement welcomed in UK and Northern Ireland

The successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been welcomed by the UK and Northern Ireland food industry. 

Intertek to help processors take on campylobacter

Product testing company Intertek has unveiled a new campylobacter facility. 

Moy Park poultry suppliers join prestigious club

A selection of Northern Irish farmers who supply to Moy Park have been rewarded for their hard work. 

New flavours hit the sausage market

With the arrival of autumn, ingredients supplier Unbar Rothon has unveiled six imaginative sausage flavours, created to establish something unique for the market. Cinnamon-flavoured pork and toffee apple, and a warm and spicy pork and mango chutney are among the new flavours. 

HAIP revises halal policy

HalalAssure-IP (HAIP) has reissued its Halal Certification policy to ensure a trained slaughter-man is present during the time of slaughter. 

NBA Beef Expo heads to Peak District

The Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Market, is set to host the National Beef Association’s (NBA) 2016 Beef Expo, 15 years after the event was last held there. 

Tulip blossoms at awards

One of the UK’s leading food producers has won big at this year’s Engagement Excellence Awards. 

ABP completes Ellesmere expansion

ABP Food Group has completed a £30m investment into its facility in Ellesmere, Shropshire. 

Moy Park appoints Continuous Improvement lead

Moy Park has appointed experienced business advisor, Michael O’Neill, to head up its Continuous Improvement programme. 

E.coli plan under fire warn trade bodies

Meat processors could face £1m in bills for unnecessary and costly recalls if draft European Commission (EC) guidance for tackling food poisoning bug E.coli is implemented, trade bodies are warning. 

Asda wins top turkey award

Asda has won the best retailer prize at this year’s British Turkey Awards. 

Fare of London teams up with Laverstoke Park Farm

Contract and event caterer Fare of London has announced a partnership with buffalo supplier Laverstoke Park Farm, as part of its 25th anniversary Forgotten Fare campaign. 

Essentia Protein Solutions launches new meat flavours

Essentia Protein Solutions has launched into the flavours market with a new range of meat broth-based flavours for meat, savoury and seasoning applications. 

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. 

Boparan becomes the UK’s largest grocery supplier following acquisitions

After a series of acquisitions, including Goodfella’s Pizza, Fox’s Biscuits and Matthew Walker Christmas Puddings, Boparan has quadrupled its revenue in five years. The company’s success has resulted in it being named number one in QC&C’s Food & Drink 150 rankings, becoming the biggest food and drink producer in the UK. 

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. 

Popular game fair comes to an end

The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) has cancelled the annual Game Fair, including calling off next year’s event at Ragley Hall. 

Food organisation rethinks approach to packaging

Campden BRI, the food and drink technology company, has invested in five new pieces of equipment designed to expand its range of packaging testing services which will in turn help companies reduce food and packaging waste. 

Qurbani guide published by AHDB

A Qurbani guide has been issued by AHDB Beef & Lamb to help industry, butchers and consumers during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. 

Apprentices bring abattoir success

A Welsh abattoir business that uses an apprenticeship scheme to create the next-generation workforce has been shortlisted for a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015.

Technology helps minimise bacteria on meat

Odour management firm Dax Airscience is working alongside a prominent UK beef supplier to help reduce the level of bacteria found on beef carcases.

Enter the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

The search is on for the meat industry’s shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2016. 

Transformation leads to profit for Karro

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has delivered a significant annual profit following a period of transformation. 

First for Northern Irish beef

The inaugural Northern Ireland Beef Event, Beef NI Expo and Pedigree Calf Fair will take place on 14 November at the old Balmoral Belfast venue. 

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. 

#BritishLambWeek social media campaign hailed a success

Following a difficult few months for British lamb, the industry has taken to social media to promote the meat with an encouraging lift in sales for independent retailers. 

BMPA director announces retirement

Stephen Rossides, director of British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), has announced his retirement. 

Dalziel launches premium gammon

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has launched its own premium gammon brand called Oakwell Gold, under an exclusive partnership with supplier Pork Traders Oakwell. 

Study shows customers value taste in lamb

Taste is the main reason people purchase lamb, new research has revealed. 

BGP hopes to put geese back on the menu for Michaelmas

British Goose Producers (BGP) is hoping to revive tradition by encouraging the public to eat goose on Michaelmas. 

Charges dropped against halal slaughterhouse

A controversial slaughterhouse in Boosbeck, North Yorkshire, had charges dropped after appearing in court in late August, one local newspaper reported.  

Shoppers at a Yorkshire Tesco to get a taste of local produce

Four small food producers who supply Tesco’s Northallerton store will be on hand on 4 September to offer customers samples and tasters of their products. 

AHDB plans revitalisation in response to intervention accusations

AHDB Beef & Lamb has responded to concerns over government intervention in marketing campaigns raised by the resignation of chairman Stuart Roberts. 

Welsh Lamb receives a Danish makeover

Top chefs from Denmark proved how versatile Welsh Lamb is as they came together to create delicious barbecue meals from the meat. 

Richmond adds new flavours to scrum

Kerry Foods’ sausage brand Richmond is going for the try with its new rugby-inspired limited-edition flavours. 

Copas wins Red Ribbon award

Copas Traditional Turkeys has been presented with a Red Ribbon award, which recognises family businesses, in the Kent Investor Network ‘Best of British’ awards.

Midlothian supports Scotch Beef Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has become a member of Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Beef Club, the first Scottish Premiership club to do so. 

Food trends reflected in pastry slices

Pork Farms has created an innovative range of limited-edition slices to add some diversity to the UK’s chilled savoury pastry sector. 

New Danepak social media campaign targets bacon lovers

Launched by creative advertising agency isobel, and backed by Danepak, The Serious Bacon Club is a new social media campaign targeted at lovers of bacon. 

Poultry companies team up to tackle campylobacter

Two UK companies have announced a partnership aimed at developing a feed additive for poultry to reduce levels of campylobacter in chickens. 

Bernard Matthews unveils £3m rebrand

Bernard Matthews is returning to its roots as part of a £3 million complete rebrand in an effort to make it more relevant for today’s consumers. 

Moy Park completes first phase of Dungannon investment

Poultry processor Moy Park has completed the first phase of a £20m investment at its Dungannon facility, which it said would significantly enhance its production capabilities at the site. 

Wasted meat damaging our environment

Discarded meat is having a negative effect on our environment, according to research. 

UK beef and veal production expected to fall

According to the latest AHDB Beef & Lamb Market Outlook report, the production of beef and veal is predicted to fall by 2% to 860,000 tonnes (t) in 2015. 

Labelling laws help British pork

European Union mandatory origin labelling rules for fresh and frozen meat have helped boost interest among foodservice companies in sourcing pork from British farms, according to the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Enjoy what’s left of barbecue season

A series of cooking demonstration videos have been released to assist butchers in taking advantage of barbecue trends, and to help families make the most of the remaining summer period. 

Moy Park invests £180,000 in Craigavon hatchery

Moy Park has invested £180,000 in four incubators at its hatchery in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. 

Ballymaguire Foods to open new plant

Irish-based ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods is to create 100 new jobs and add €4 million (£2.8m) to the Irish economy annually with the construction of a new food plant. 

Bord Bía launches new beef campaign

A new campaign is being launched this week to highlight the qualities of Irish beef to UK consumers.

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