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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. 

Brakes commits to all-British lamb range

Brakes is to relaunch its Prime Meats lamb range to enable caterers to serve products which are easily traceable and produced by British farmers. 

Suffolk chicken plant acquired by 1Stop Halal

A chicken processing plant in Eye, Suffolk, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group is to be taken over by Angus-based 1Stop Halal in July. 

Positive future predicted for Hilton Food Group

The Hilton Food Group has overcome its poor performance in the second half of 2014, according to a report by investment group Shore Capital. 

New look and structure at AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has unveiled new branding and a new organisational structure, which will see its activities divided into six separate brands - beef and lamb; pork; cereals and oilseeds; dairy; horticulture; and potatoes. 

UK businesses sweep the board at animal welfare awards

A clutch of UK businesses have won awards recognising the commitment of international food companies to improving animal welfare. 

Redundancies limited to 51 at processing plant

The number of redundancies at the 2 Sisters Food Group chicken processing plant in Llangefni, north Wales, is fewer than was originally feared. 

Cargill’s efficient chicken chiller goes live

Cargill has officially opened its Hereford chiller, marking a milestone in a three-year, £35M investment programme that has seen a host of other site enhancements.

Importance of working together and good supply chains highlighted at BMPA conference

Good supply chains are vital to the success of the meat industry, said the president of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Peter Mitchell, at its annual conference last week. 

Game meat market tipped as for further growth

The game meat sector has been earmarked as one of the top markets to watch, according to Mintel. 

Best of Irish chicken producers rewarded by Moy Park

Northern Irish chicken producer Moy Park has recognised its top-performing farmers at a special awards ceremony. 

Pork Farms gets go ahead to buy Kerry Foods pastry division by Competition Markets Authority

The Pork Farms acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business has been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Haggis maker recognised for contribution to food and drink industry

The joint managing directors of Edinburgh-based haggis producer Macsweens have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to food and drink at the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards. 

Meat producers and convenience stores missing out on sales by not offering right range

Meat producers and convenience stores are missing a trick by not offering convenience store shoppers a wider range of beef and lamb products. 

Call for input on future Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock

The industry has been encouraged to help shape the future of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). 

Poultry business owner given suspended sentence over chicken deaths

The owner of a poultry business in Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence and fined £12,500 following an investigation into the death of more than 6,000 chickens due to heat exhaustion. 

Findus reports sales increase in Q2

Frozen food giant Findus Group has announced strong second-quarter results for the three months to 28 March 2015, with sales up by 2% and operational cash flow up 17% on last year. 

Karro secures £74m funding package to aid expansion

Karro Food Group has secured a £74m funding package to fund its UK and international expansion strategy, including a move into the Far East. 

Beef association calls for pricing support for farmers

The South West regional branch of the National Beef Association (NBA) has called for more support for farmers on pricing. 

AIMS accuses FSA of ruining Farmbox Meats business with investigation

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has slammed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the Farmbox Meats verdict over the mislabelling of goat meat as lamb or mutton, earlier this week. 

More work for pig producers under COOL

New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean pig producers will now have to answer some extra questions on the electronic pig movement service, eAML2. 

Linden Foods launches salt moss aged beef range in Marks & Spencer

Linden Foods in Northern Ireland has developed salt moss ageing to produce a salt-aged beef product range for Marks & Spencer. 

Tulip to expand apprenticeship programme

Pork processor Tulip is expanding its apprenticeship programme and is in search of new butchers, engineers and technical specialists. 

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over £1bn due to “excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year”, the company reported.

QMS warns of volatile 2015 for pig market

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned against a turbulent year for values in the pig market. 

Moy Park hits five million weekly milestone

Northern Ireland chicken producer Moy Park has increased its output to five million chickens per week for the first time in its 72-year history. 

Scottish meat processor reports healthy performance

Scottish food processor Campbells Prime Meat has posted a strong set of financial results for 2014, with sales and profits in healthy growth. 

Bernard Matthews plans future of environmental sustainability

The UK’s largest turkey producer has launched a series of green energy initiatives as part of its ‘The Big Green Plan’.

Meat industry grows green credentials

The meat industry is taking environmental concerns more seriously than ever before. 

Scotch meats stimulate Asian interest

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI have attracted keen interest at Hofex, “Asia’s leading food and hospitality trade show”, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Dunbia seals joint venture deal with Dutch beef firm

Meat processor Dunbia has announced a joint venture agreement with Dutch-based company Shannon Meats.

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Sausage firm shows support for coeliac sufferers

Sausage-maker Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka the Black Farmer, is supporting Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week diagnosis campaign by featuring ‘Get Tested’ stickers on all his packs.

Sheep genetics project seeks suitable rams

A new project that aims for genetic improvement in the sheep industry is looking for rams for artificial insemination (AI).

AHDB leads bid to establish livestock centre of excellence

The food and livestock industries have backed the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) bid for a Centre of Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

Sainsbury’s feels discounter impact, with £72m loss

Sainsbury’s has posted a £72 million loss in its yearly results – the supermarket’s worst results for a decade.

New lamb season sees slow start

A strong sterling, low export demand, and heavy hoggs have all contributed to a slow start for the new lamb season, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

BDCI to offer £5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) is to offer a £5,000 bursary through Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

ABP Food Group subsidiary wins sustainability award

The renewable energy division of the ABP Food Group, Olleco, has won an award at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.

2 Sisters makes antibiotic commitment on poultry

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) is to stop using in its poultry production all antibiotics prioritised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being critically important to human health. 

British meat bodies increase overseas activity

British red meat bodies are stepping up efforts to promote Welsh and Scottish red meat overseas.

QMS reports boost to Scottish Quality Assurance scheme

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed increased numbers of farmers joining Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Quality Assurance scheme.

Organic body meets Welsh Government on farming policy

Soil Association representatives met members of the Welsh Government yesterday (Thursday 30 April), to discuss their priorities for farmers and agricultural policy for the next 12 months.

Don’t miss future of food and drink conference

Today is the last day to get your hands on early bird tickets for our New Frontiers in Food and Drink conference.

Scotch pie line rolled out in Asda

Ayrshire meat company, We Hae Meat, has rolled out its single-portion Scotch pie range to 62 Asda stores across Scotland.

Celebrity chef to become pulled pork ambassador

Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge has been announced as ambassador to Bpex’s new pulled pork campaign.

New meat sensor aims to help combat waste

Scientists at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) have created a sensor which detects gases emitted from rotting meat, which could help to reduce food waste.

Halal firm extends product line in Tesco

Halal meat brand Ghanim International UK has extended its range of frozen, microwavable products in Tesco.

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