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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.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s first ‘bacon-tasting’ product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Grillstock launches first retail range

BBQ brand Grillstock has partnered with Tulip to introduce its first Smokehouse retail range.

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Tulip reduces salt for Danepak bacon

Tulip has revealed its Danepak bacon will contain 30% less salt than normal bacon as the result of a new curing process.

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Association’s (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

Irish pork processor gains Aldi listing

Family-run Irish pork processor Connolly Meats has secured a new contract with Aldi in Ireland.

Steak contest finalists announced

The finalists of Eblex’s inaugural ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ competition have been announced after significant interest from businesses.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

NZ expert is key speaker at Scottish grazing group meetings

The next round of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing Group meetings will take place in the coming weeks, with “leading light in the New Zealand sheep world” Trevor Cook as the key speaker.

Eblex stages Singapore event for beef

Eblex has hosted an event to showcase Quality Standard Beef to the foodservice sector in Singapore, where there could be significant opportunities for exports.

NFU welcomes sentencing of badger cull activist

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the sentencing of a prominent badger cull activist for breaching an injunction designed to protect those involved in culls.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

Faccenda Foods sees profits rise for fourth consecutive year

Faccenda Foods has reported an increase in profits for the fourth year running.

Welfare activists hijack Red Meat Month Twitter account

The ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign being promoted by MP Neil Parish has been hijacked on social media by animal welfare activists.

New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

Sheep body elects new chairman

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has elected Northern Irish Samuel Wharry as its new chairman.

China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UK’s first agriculture and food counsellor in China has been appointed, to help increase British food and drink exports to the country.

Welsh body reports on positive visit to Norway

A recent Welsh trade mission to Norway was “extremely positive” and could lead to increased exports of lamb to the country, reported Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

HFA points to misuse of halal logo

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has accused kosher food supplier Hermolis of displaying its halal logo on products despite the company’s accreditation having expired.

MP pursues ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was “only fair” to launch a ‘Red Meat Month’ to celebrate Britain’s livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Irish report positive performance for exports

Bord Bía, the Irish food board, has announced that exports in 2014 rose by 4% to reach a record high of €10.5 billion.

Perth bakers takes Scotch Pie title

A Perth bakers has been crowned World Scotch Pie champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a “simplified family of brands”. 

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Dalesman invests £750k in extension

The Dalesman Group has invested £750,000 in an extension of its Bradford headquarters, including a new pilot plant and development kitchen.

QMS reports strong 2015 start for sheep

The sheep market is seeing a firm start to 2015, with hogg prices stronger than is typical at this time of the year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the company’s wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Morrisons boss steps down, as retailer sees sales fall

Morrisons’ chief executive Dalton Phillips is to leave the company after five years in his role, as the supermarket announced a fall in like-for-like sales (LFLs).

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands’ largest hospitality fair next week.

Hilton Food reports business as expected

Hilton Food Group has said trading is “in line with expectations” in a statement for the year ending 28 December 2014, despite European markets being “subdued”.

Job losses at pork processing firms

Karro Food Group and Tulip, two of the country’s biggest pork processors, have announced job losses after both suffered ‘significantly’ fewer bacon orders.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Bpex sends out annual pig survey

Bpex’s annual confidence survey is now being distributed to the pig industry.

Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’ open for entry

Businesses are being urged to enter this year’s Scottish Food & Drink ‘Oscars’, which has been officially opened by broadcaster Kaye Adams. 

Welsh meat body reviews lamb performance

As it looked back over the last 12 months, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) reported a “fluctuating market for lambs” in 2014.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

AHDB conference to look at emerging opportunities

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to address the prospects for the beef, lamb, pig, poultry and dairy sectors in its 2015 Outlook Conference next month.

Dunbia acquisitions push down pre-tax profits

Northern Irish meat giant Dunbia has recorded another successful year with a turnover of £769m, but a year of new acquisitions and contracts has seen pre-tax profits fall.

Eblex strengthens communications team

Eblex has increased the size of its communications team after calls from levy payers and stakeholders for more information “to help drive the industry forward”.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Sainsbury’s to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsbury’s has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarket’s Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

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