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Eurostock sees strong year

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

Wilf Lewis, of Lewis Pies, is excited about new opportunities the halal brand will bring
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New opportunities for pie manufacturer

One of the country’s largest manufacturers of pies and pasties has secured a distribution agreement with the largest ethnic superstore chain in the north of England – Manchester Superstores.

UK farming bodies call for emergency meeting

The UK’s farming unions are calling for an urgent meeting with UK farming ministers to discuss pressing issues concerning the industry.

British cooked meat industry heats up

Ireland’s Kerry Foods is looking to expand its market by launching its new premium cooked meat brand, Fire & Smoke, in Great Britain.

Northern Ireland's Broughgammon Farm has developed a new caribto bacon product
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Goat meat processors develop cabrito smoked bacon

A new smoked cabrito bacon product has been developed by a leading goat kid processor in Northern Ireland.

Devro expansion plans remain on track

Sausage casings manufacturer Devro’s plans to establish new plants in the USA and China remain on track to commence production in 2016.

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. 

The new-look Danepak range
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Danepak launches new look packaging

Danepak has unveiled a relaunch for its range, including new re-closable packaging. 

Alan McKeown, supply chain director, and HR director Mike Mullan have both been shortlisted for industry awards
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Northern Irish food directors nominated for top award

Directors from two of Northern Ireland’s largest companies, Moy Park and Dunbia - both from the food industry, have been recognised for their commitment to the sector. 

Sous-vide products could be an opportunity to grow sales, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb
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Opportunity knocks for sous-vide

AHDB Beef & Lamb believes there are clear opportunities in exploring sous-vide and enhancing ready-cooked product ranges in the beef and lamb categories. 

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. 

Nominations still open for David Black Award

There is still time to nominate somebody to receive the David Black Award – the highest honour the pig industry can bestow. 

Cranswick reports 8% revenue increase

Food producer Cranswick has reported a revenue increase of 8% for the three months to 30 June. 

Pork sales have declined over the past year
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Pork sales dropping in value and volume terms

Pork sales are continuing to drop in both volume and value terms, according to Kantar Worldpanel data. 

New engineering manager for CES

Machinery and supplies company Cutting Edge Services (CES) has appointed Mike Woods as its new engineering manager. 

Innovative breakfast kebab launched

Premium kebab specialist Chifafa has created a unique breakfast kebab. 

The American-inspired Pulled Pork Slice has been launched by Ginsters
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US products inspire new Ginsters launches

UK savoury pastry brand Ginsters is to launch new limited-edition products over the summer months. 

AHDB Pork appoints Mick Sloyan to strategy post

Industry stalwart Mick Sloyan, who successfully led the creation of Bpex in 1999, has accepted the post of pork strategy director at AHDB. 

Challenging consumer conditions hit Hilton Food Group

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

Greek crisis impacts UK meat exporters

UK meat exporters to the EU could be hit as the pound continues to strengthen against the euro in the wake of the Greek debt agreement, according to one market analyst. 

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future. 

Dalziel launches premium pork brand

Dalziel has launched its own premium pork brand, under an exclusive partnership with Belgium pork producer Westvlees. 

The winners of the Interfood Technology charity race day celebrate their hard-fought victory
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Interfood tops grid at charity race day

Interfood Technology is in pole position to raise over £6,000 for charity following a karting race day at Daytona Motorsport in Milton Keynes.  

Northern Irish meat processor seals first export deal

J H Givan, a bacon and ham specialist from Northern Ireland, has secured its first export business in the Republic of Ireland. 

Essentia Protein Solutions adds new account manager

Meat protein ingredients specialist Essentia Protein Solutions has grown its national sales team with the appointment of Dave Martin as account manager. 

Provision Trade Federation appoints new chair and vice-chair

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has announced the appointment of its new chair and vice-chair. 

Doubts cast over processed meat products

Consumers are not confident that processed meat products contain the species labelled. 

Progress claimed by Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has been labelled 'fanciful'
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Groceries Code progress is slammed by AIMS

Huge progress in supermarket supplier relationships claimed by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has been described as “fanciful”. 

Poultry industry adds £300m extra to UK GDP

The affordability of poultry products relative to other foods has helped the industry grow its contribution to UK GDP by £300 million. 

Experts gather to learn about British meat exports

The strength of sterling against the euro is affecting export volumes, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier. 

Cyclists from the Cranswick Country Foods Flying Pigs Charity Bike Ride
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Cranswick employees get on their bikes for charity

Staff from Cranswick Country Foods set off on a 115-mile round bike ride to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 

Meat firm misled Asda in food fraud case

Freeza Meats Ltd has been fined £42,500 after pleading guilty to 12 offences, including claiming products containing non-halal components were halal. 

Direct Table Foods brings home the bacon

Direct Table Foods boosted pre-tax profit and sales in the past full financial year, helped by more stable raw material prices, according to accounts posted earlier this month at Companies House. 

New Q Guild corporate members announced

Six meat sector suppliers from across the country have been awarded Butchers Q Guild corporate membership.  

Chilled convenience meals see success in supermarkets.
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Changing consumer habits creates opportunity for processors

Processors willing to embrace the chilled convenience sector and create products that save time for consumers are likely to grow faster than those who focus only on primary meat products, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Musclefood.com supplies healthy barbecue menu

A new variety of unconventional barbecue foods aims to offer a healthy alternative.  

Dylan Gillespie with (from left) Southern Regional College’s chief executive Brian Doran and judges Chris Jones and Viv Harvey.
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Northern Ireland Butchery Worldskills heat decided

The Northern Ireland heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition has been won by Dylan Gillespie of Clougher Valley Meats in Co Tyrone. 

Importance of halal recognised by AHDB

Red meat levy body AHDB Beef & Lamb has produced a new facts booklet, highlighting the importance of halal and the value it adds to the UK sheep market. 

New training opportunity in the beef industry

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has teamed up with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) in a new scheme designed to educate and inform those involved in the beef industry. 

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. 

JBS to purchase Moy Park in $1.5 billion deal

JBS SA has announced the acquisition of chicken producer Moy Park from Marfrig Global Foods in a US$1.5 billion deal. 

AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a ‘listening tour’ to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy. 

Prestwich kosher supplier gains finance deal

A kosher meat trader has secured a new finance facility that will allow it to continue to grow throughout Europe. 

Value set to return to meat sales

Plummeting meat prices could be coming to an end, an industry expert has predicted. Following the recent announcement that Consumer Price Inflation rose 0.1% in May, up from -0.1% in April, Kantar Worldpanel believes that meat prices could start to rise by the end of the year. 

QMS calls for praise of Scottish red meat

The chairman of Quality Meat Scotland has urged the red meat industry to recognise the value of its brands in Scotland. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods to supply Aldi

Pork processor Robertson’s Fine Foods has struck a deal to supply Aldi stores across Scotland with 20 tonnes of its Ayrshire Middle Bacon in a deal worth £100,000. 

L-R Tulip’s Kerry Varney, Garth Murphy, Make-A-Wish volunteer and Chris Thomas, CEO Tulip Ltd
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Tulip golf day raises £43,000 for charity

A fundraising golf day held by Tulip and companies in its supply chain has raised over £43,000 for charity. Thirty-one teams took part in the event, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish charity. 

Scottish farmers’ union calls for abattoir co-operation

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on Scotland’s abattoir sector to work more closely with producers to ensure beef cattle meet market specifications. 

ABP gives students experience in meat industry

Food processor ABP has employed three students from Leeds City College since announcing a partnership to give young people experience in the meat and supply chain industry. 

Pork pie firm outlines expansion plans

Yorkshire-based pork pie supplier Vale of Mowbray hopes a rebrand and factory expansion will help it secure more contracts nationwide. 

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