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Sainsburys LFLs down 1.9% in challenging market

Sainsburys said the market was set to remain challenging for the foreseeable future as it announced a drop in sales for its fourth quarter.

Integreater boosts SI customer base

Meat and poultry processing software company Systems Integration (SI) has doubled its customer base since launching the Integreater brand in 2010.

ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Eblex offers technical masterclass

A new two-day science masterclass has been introduced for meat industry workers by beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

Welsh to present PGI Beef and Lamb at IFE

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is preparing to showcase Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at the UKs largest food and drink event, IFE.

AHDB chair says changes will benefit industry

Changes in the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mean it can do more for the industry, chairman Peter Kendall told delegates at a farming conference.

Export worries dent poultry sector confidence

Poultry industry confidence has been knocked due to export uncertainty, according to a new British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.

Karro announces 141 job losses

Karro Food Group has confirmed that it is cutting 141 jobs at its Scunthorpe site.

Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

Valentines Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentines Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

ABP man to scale Everest in charity challenge

Meat industry veteran, Elwyn Pugh, will climb Mount Everest in a bid to raise 50,000 for Downs Syndrome Charity, DSGN.

Tulip to license sea salt solution

Tulip has agreed a deal to become the UKs sole licensor of Iposol Gmbhs sea salt solution, which the pork giant uses to reduce the salt in its Danepak bacon by 30%.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Moy Park keen to make most of popular poultry

Moy Park is looking to capitalise on consumers preference for local produce as it looks to grow its fresh poultry sales in the UK and Ireland.

Welsh red meat body offers free beef carcase selection course

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has introduced a free course for beef carcase selection training.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef.

Turkey awards entries open

The British Turkey Awards has announced it is open for entries.

UK hogg kill up, but tightening

UK abattoirs handled almost 470,000 more prime sheep in the last six months compared with the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to 776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Seven to vie for Premier Young Butcher title

Seven of the UKs top young butchers will be taking to the stage to compete for the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015, up from the previous years six.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defras Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJs latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Halal seminar to debate issues

Eblex will focus on the current opportunities and challenges in the halal sector in a seminar later this month.

British beef and lamb access to Thailand celebrated

British beef and lamb will be served up to guests at a dinner in Bangkok to celebrate gaining access to the Thai market.

Bacon Report: Healthy drivers

While the bacon category has remained relatively static in the past year, a number of factors are keeping it popular with shoppers, finds Oli Haenlein

Ian Wright to head up food body

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed drinks man, Ian Wright, as its new director general.

Consumers continue to back British pork, finds study

A new survey shows consumers are backing British pork, with 80% saying supermarkets should continue to stock high levels of British meat.

Permission granted for new Welsh poultry plant

A new Welsh poultry processing plant will create 150 new jobs, after planning permission was granted for the multi-million-pound investment in Wrexham.

Devros profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

Ex-Sainsburys head to advise 2 Sisters

Former Sainsburys boss Justin King has been appointed as an advisor to 2 Sisters Food Group, the chicken processor has confirmed.

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

Welfare group embarks on duck campaign

The RSPCA is campaigning for farmed ducks to have more access to bathing water, and has urged consumers to think more about ducks welfare standards.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the governments 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britains food and drink industry.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

MEP calls for EU limits on campylobacter

In the wake of the release of the latest results from the FSA campylobacter survey, a Liberal Democrat MEP has called on EU limits to be set for levels of the bacteria in poultry meat.

Provision trade body details new strategy

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) outlined a new vision and strategy at its Annual Dinner last night (26 February).

Tulip wins top accolade at processing awards

The annual Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA) reached its finale last night at the Deansgate Hotel in Manchester, with Tulip crowned Processor of the Year 2015.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

Marel sells slicing site to US firm

Global meat processing equipment manufacturer Marel is to sell its high-speed slicing facility in Norwich.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

Morrisons appoints new CEO

Morrisons has appointed ex-Tesco man David Potts as its new chief executive officer.

Job losses confirmed at 2 Sisters Food Group

After reports last week that hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, Unite Union said their worst fears have been confirmed.

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