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2 Sisters invests in oriental meal development

2 Sisters Food Group’s staff are celebrating a £10m investment in the development of prepared oriental meals at its Rogerstone factory, as it predicts year-on-year turnover there will grow by 20% this year.

Dawn Meats blazes responsible working trail

Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. 

Welsh red meat sector to ‘intensify’ export quest

Welsh meat firms are courting customers in Hong Kong, Canada, Europe and the Middle East among others as the country's export push builds momentum.

Northern Ireland-made biltong targets delis and farm shops

A Belfast-based beef biltong company has been launched, celebrating the traditional South African snack.

Crawshaw Group sets out 2 Sisters deal advantages

More details on the 2 Sisters and Crawshaw Group partnership have been revealed including the proposed commercial benefits to the retail butchery chain.

Emerging Northern Irish producers receive guidance from charcuterie specialists

Northern Irish meat producers that are getting off the ground will receive advice from charcuterie specialist Chris Moorby at the School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire. 

Holland’s Pies targets Father’s Day for sales opportunities

Lancashire-based Holland’s Pies is aiming to tap into the Father’s Day market this year. 

2 Sisters grows south west chicken production after multi-million investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced that £27.5 million has been invested in its south west supply chain last year, enabling it to increase its chicken production in the region. 

Sale of Karro Food Group reaches completion

The sale of pork supplier Karro Food Group has been completed by Endless LLP to CapVest Partners LLP. 

Innovative Food Ingredients appoints Q Guild’s Gordon Newlands

Food distributor Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has appointed former Q Guild general manager Gordon Newlands to help develop its independent butchery and processor customer base. 

BBQ trends report designed to benefit industry

BBQ trends and influences for 2017 are at the centre of a report delivered by Dalziel Ingredients. 

Topping Pies launches new gourmet range

The Topping Pie Company has launched gourmet and speciality fresh and baked frozen pie ranges and unbaked frozen products at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, organised by Meat Trades Journal publisher William Reed. 

Dry-ageing bacon firm launches into foodservice

Kennedy Bacon, based out of Co Tyrone, is expanding its audience reach and launching a new product aimed at chefs and retailers. 

Have your say on sustainability

The Meat Trades Journal annual Green Survey is still open for submissions. It’s the opportunity to make your voice heard in environmental matters in the meat industry. 

EHL adds to international flavours range in time for BBQ season

Ingredients manufacturer EHL has launched new seasonings in time for the summer, including Creole and Chakalaka seasonings for meat, Chermoula seasoning for fish, and cauliflower rice.

Porky Lights and Slimming World row keeps sizzling

The battle between sausage manufacturer Porky Whites and Slimming World over the fat content of Porky Lights rumbles on despite trading standards and BBC’s The One Show getting involved. 

Bacon company faces huge fine after plant accident

Bacon processor Becketts Foods must pay £377k after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat separating machine at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry.

Leicester halal meat fraud duo jailed for five years

Two men found guilty of conspiring to defraud customers have been sentenced to five years each. 

FSA to engage more with meat industry

New Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Jason Feeney has pledged to work together more with the meat industry on key issues, including the development of a voluntary protocol structure for the use of CCTV in abattoirs. 

Bolton Halal ordered to stop using bakery equipment

Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd has been ordered to stop using bread baskets and other equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its membership, for transporting its products without permission, in addition to paying £3,000 in costs. 

Home Office minister pressed on Brexit fears

Under-fire Home Office minister Robert Goodwill has written to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) after the organisation raised fears with government over access to migrant labour. 

Bernard Matthews’ previous owner: customers scuppered pensions deal

Bernard Matthews’ former owner Rutland Partners has rejected allegations it deliberately avoided a sale of the business that fully covered pension liabilities, claiming key customers sabotaged such a deal.

Danish Crown aims for top spot in UK pork market

Danish Crown aims to grab the largest share of the UK pork market through its subsidiary Tulip, according to Danish Crown chief executive Jais Valeur and Tulip chief executive Steve Francis. 

New test created to detect raw pork presence

Diganosis solutions company Neogen has introduced a new kit to detect raw pork in meat and environmental samples. 

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

Poultry firm to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds after worker injured

Moy Park Ltd must pay £211,924 after a worker was injured at its site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 

Dunbia debunks Great Britain move rumours

Northern Irish meat producers Dunbia has dismissed rumours that it is considering moving operations to Great Britain. 

Irish flair for Fortnum & Mason

Prestigious retailer Fortnum & Mason has introduced a Glenarm Shorthorn branded premium burger from Northern Irish producer Hannan Meats. 

Slaughterhouses could save hundreds of thousands of pounds annually

Abattoirs could save more than £240,000 a site and farms could collectively cut one million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, according to measures proposed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Unite prepares plan to save 2 Sisters Food Group jobs

Plans to save as many 2 Sisters Food Group jobs as possible at its Bevan Way factory in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which is set to close, have been launched by trade union Unite.

2 Sisters proposes Smethwick closure – 630 jobs at risk

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed that it plans to cease production at a processing site in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which could result in the loss of up to 630 jobs. 

Kettyle Irish food partners with Guinness for new burger

Northern Irish meat processor Kettyle Irish Foods has joined forces with Guinness to introduce a premium beef burger. 

‘Huge potential’ for Welsh Lamb in US if access granted

The momentum behind exporting Welsh Lamb to the United States is growing, after one importer claimed to be “very excited about Welsh Lamb”. 

Tulip commits to multi-million investment in training

Tulip plans to invest millions in training amid ambitions to be a "world class" meat processor, CEO Steve Francis told this site.

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Boparan slammed over 128 Bernard Matthews job losses

Workers at Bernard Matthews’ Great Witchingham plant “feel betrayed and let down” by Boparan Private Office following the confirmation of job losses at the site, according to workers’ union Unite. 

Swan becomes commercial director at Snowbird

Snowbird Foods’ new commercial director Helen Swan will spearhead its product development and marketing programmes. 

Meatsnacks brings jerky to vending machines

Beef jerky is finding a new platform in the UK vending market thanks to the Meatsnacks Group. 

Holland’s Pies range undergoes 'nostalgic' rebranding

Holland’s Pies, based in Lancashire, has revealed a new look to complement a year of growth and innovation for the firm. 

Ispini Charcuterie launches new cured pork product

Northern Irish producer Ispini Charcuterie has introduced a new innovative cured pork product. 

Bawnbua Foods wins new contracts worth £10m

Processor Bawnbua Foods, formerly known as Eurostock Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million (m). The business has won contracts with international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers. 

Dawn Meats wins top energy certification

Dawn Meats’ retail packing plant in South Wales has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its efficiencies in energy-use policy. 

Thai firm CP Foods buys Westbridge Food Group

UK-based protein, desserts and vegetable supplier Westbridge Food Group has been bought by Thailand-based Charoen Popkhand Foods plc (CP Foods) for an undisclosed sum.

Doherty’s Meats signs ‘significant deal’ with Musgrave

Doherty’s Meats in Derry has been listed by Musgrave Retail Partners for its network of SuperValu and Centra stores throughout the island of Ireland. 

Quality Meat Scotland names new chief executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

The Dalesman Group awarded for high standard of practices

Seasonings manufacturer The Dalesman Group has been awarded with an AA status following a recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit. 

New 2 Sisters Sainsbury’s retail director unveiled

2 Sisters has appointed Gill Pendergrast as its new Sainsbury’s retail director. 

Decision pending on processing plant application

A decision on a new processing plant in Helensburgh, Scotland is due shortly. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

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