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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 UK’s sole licensor of Iposol Gmbh’s 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 UK’s top young butchers will be taking to the stage to compete for the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015, up from the previous year’s six.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s 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 MTJ’s 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.

Devro’s 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-Sainsbury’s head to advise 2 Sisters

Former Sainsbury’s 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 government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s 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”.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

Ginsters extends range with meat snacks

Ginsters is capitalising on the snacking and food-to-go trend with a launch of a new range, Ginsters Meat Club.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would “offend the human senses” of its neighbours.

FSA to make unannounced abattoir visits

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun the process of making unannounced visits to slaughterhouses in Great Britain, following the recent video footage from Bowood Lamb and S Bagshaw and Sons abattoirs.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

Pro-religious slaughter e-petition smashes signature target

An e-petition calling for non-stun slaughter to be supported in the UK and the EU has smashed through its 100,000 signature target, only days after it was launched.

Pork body puts focus on Asia

Bpex is looking to “open and develop” markets in Asia by attending a series of events in the continent in the coming months.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

300 jobs under threat at Welsh poultry plant

Hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, it has been reported.

Rival e-petition launched in support of non-stun slaughter

A e-petition in support of religious slaughter in the UK and the EU is gaining momentum, amassing more than 60,000 signatures in one week.

New processor code slammed

The new processor code of practice, aimed at improving relationships between processors and livestock producers, has come under fire, being described as “ineffective” and “a nonsense”. 

Asda sees drop in LFL sales amid ‘turbulent’ market

Asda has revealed plans to invest £600m in new and existing stores as it announces a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for its final quarter of the year.

Date set for debate on non-stun slaughter

MPs are set to debate the issue of non-stun slaughter after an e-petition by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reached its 100,000 signature target, at the end of last month.

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