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Pork trade defends CO2 stunning

The pork industry has defended the use of group CO2 stunning following claims made by animal activists that the process causes “severe distress”.

Rise in sheep meat production forecast

UK sheep meat production is set to rise again this year, according to AHDB/Eblex forecasts.

Processor code of practice finalised

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have finalised a processor code of practice, which is now set to be introduced.

Video: AHDB Outlook Conference 2015

The annual AHDB Conference took place last Wednesday (11 February) at One Great George Street, London. The new chief executive of AHDB, Jane King, kicked off proceedings in the morning, outlining the organisation’s plans and focus going forwards.

New commercial director at ABP

ABP UK has appointed Livery Man, Darren Jones as its new commercial director.

Swedish supermarket takes Scotch Beef across chain

Scotch Beef and Lamb will now be sold in all 1,300 stores of Sweden’s leading supermarket ICA.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

“The poultry meat industry likes recessions,” according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

IFE will be held at the ExCel centre in London
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Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase “exciting new beef and lamb product developments” at this year’s International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asia’s growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

AHDB points to steady recovery for cattle

For the cattle sector, 2014 was a rollercoaster year, with prices at one point falling back to the same levels of 2012, the beef and lamb session at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Outlook Conference were told.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Outlook Conference were told.

FSA investigates alleged abuses at Staffordshire abattoir

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that it has launched an immediate investigation into the alleged animal abuse at the S Bagshaw and Sons abattoir, and stopped any further processing at the site.

EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods. 

Despite falling sales, bacon remained the most popular processed meat
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Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

Tulip creates jobs with £16m plant extension

Tulip has created an additional 145 jobs at its Westerleigh plant following the completion of a £16m expansion at the site. 

Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Tesco back in growth, although market share falls

Tesco has returned to growth for the first time in over a year, according to the latest market research by analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a “challenging” market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

Hillside claims ‘cruelty’ at Staffordshire abattoir

Just days after the Bowood Lamb abattoir scandal, another slaughterhouse has been accused of “barbaric” cruelty to animals after more covert footage was released apparently showing sheep and pigs being kicked and hit. 

FSA testing reveals undeclared meat in lamb takeaways

In an Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey on lamb takeaway dishes, almost a quarter of samples tested contained undeclared meat, the body has revealed. 

Tulip introduce pulled pork in cans

Pork-producing giant Tulip has launched the UK’s first canned pulled pork product, which it believes will revitalise the canned meat category.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

Ireland’s ABP Food Group has become the first European company to agree a deal to supply beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related ban a year ago.

Beef firm spends £5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested £5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new £2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Eblex adds video news and ‘ask’ feature to web

Beef and sheep levy board Eblex has launched a monthly online news round-up video, “which reports the latest industry news and market information in a short, easily-digestible form”.

Tesco under investgation for alleged Groceries Code breaches

Tesco is to be investigated following “reasonable suspicion” that the retailer breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Eblex raises flag for beef and lamb in France

Eblex has been raising the profile of Quality Standard beef and lamb in France, by showcasing it at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon.

Advocates of slaughterhouse CCTV gain increasing support

Support for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses seems to be growing, with a number of industry and government reviews backing the installation of the surveillance equipment in recent days.

Bowood scandal update: Abattoir defends record following footage

Bowood Lamb has defended itself, stating that animal welfare is its “highest priority”, after covert footage appears to show cruelty in its slaughterhouse

Morrissey cancels concert in latest meat protest

Former The Smiths frontman and vegetarian, Morrissey, has cancelled a concert in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the evening.

Irish meat firm expands UK retail presence

Irish cooked meat company Green Farm Foods is celebrating securing three new UK listings for its range of premium carvery products.

FSA launches e-newsletter on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) e-newsletter.

Slaughterhouse ‘cruelty’ footage condemned by animal groups

An animal rights group has released footage of alleged cruelty at a non-stun slaughterhouse in Yorkshire.

Possible human bird flu cases linked to Hants outbreak

Three people were tested for bird flu after showing symptoms following a confirmed case of the H7 strain on a chicken farm in Hampshire.

Masterchef winner heads Scotch Beef campaign

Winner of BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals Jamie Scott has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI.

Welsh meat body to promote at Gulfood

Welsh food companies and organisations, including Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales, are aiming to identify new customers and partners at this year’s Gulfood show in Dubai.

Dunbia targets business from China

Northern Irish meat processing giant Dunbia has its sights firmly set on winning business in China, according to Invest Northern Ireland.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Halal body criticises FSA on animal welfare report

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has criticised the latest Animal Welfare Survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as “wholly inaccurate and misleading”.

Campylobacter campaign launched

Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

BVA non-stun petition reaches 100,000 signature goal

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

Cranswick sees rise in Q3 sales following strong Christmas

Pork processor Cranswick has released its third-quarter trading statement showing sales to be slightly up on last year.

Knife skills course launched

Duchy College and Etherington’s Butchery Academy are running a new knife skills course.

Eblex conference highlights international experience

Speakers at the Eblex Processor Conference last week highlighted best practices by drawing on experiences from across the globe.

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