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QMS points to firmer cattle and sheep prices, but a tough pig market

Cattle and sheep prices have strengthened over recent months, but Scottish pig prices continue to struggle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Study suggests a limit to consumers willingness to pay for sustainability

Consumers may not be willing to pay food companies a premium for high standards of social and environmental responsibility, according to a new report.

Defra moves swiftly to contain bird flu outbreak

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed a case of bird flu on a Yorkshire duck breeding farm.

Welsh take lamb sector lead in Italy

PGI Welsh Lamb is now the market leader in the category in Italy, according to Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales Italian agent Jeff Martin.

Turkey firm embarks on new Christmas promotion

Kelly Turkeys, which has celebrated 30 years of business, has announced a new Christmas promotional campaign.

INTERACTIVE: Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014 winners

Meat Trades Journal would like to congratulate all the finalists of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014. Here are the winners:

Edwards of Conwy crowned Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014

Edwards of Conwy was celebrating today (Friday 14 November) after being the first Welsh butchery business to take the overall title of Butchers Shop of the Year 2014.

Smithfield award-winning butchers revealed

The recipients of the Smithfield Awards were announced at Butchers Hall yesterday, with the Supreme Champion title won by a Manchester butcher.

NI poultry firm fined for killing fish

A Northern Irish poultry business has been fined 2,000 for polluting a waterway and killing almost 3,000 fish.

Firmer beef prices expected in 2015

Beef cattle prices will become stronger next year amid tighter supplies, according to the latest market update from Eblex.

Research reveals chicken juice influence on campylobacter

Liquid released from chicken carcases helps spread campylobacter, scientists have found in new research.

Tulip snaps up charcuterie firm

Tulip has purchased a Bristol-based charcuterie business, Castellanos Charcuterie.

Welsh Beef and Lamb gain 4.1m shot in the arm

Welsh Beef and Lamb will receive a 4.1 million boost to promote Welsh PGI meat across Europe, it was announced this morning (13 November 2014).

Organisations get together for British Game Week

The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have joined forces to launch the Great British Game Week to be held later this month.

AHDB chairman reveals organisations ambition

Alongside new headquarters the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chairman has announced a new long-term ambition to become a world-leading centre of excellence for UK agriculture.

Sainsburys to invest 150m in price cuts

Sainsburys has announced a 150m investment in price cuts as it revealed a 2.1% fall in like-for-like sales.

Bright future for red meat, says QMS boss

There are a number of signs that point to an encouraging future for the Scottish red meat industry, according to Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Irish beef farmers continue protest at UK price gap

Thousands of Irish beef farmers have staged another protest outside meat factories as anger grows over the price gap with the UK.

Bpex puts focus on pulled pork

Pork levy board, Bpex has announced it is to make pulled pork the focus of its spring pork promotional campaign, aimed at younger consumers.

Faccenda continues expansion with proposed deal for Cherry Valley

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is to acquire duck business Cherry Valley Foods by the end of the year.

British Sausage Week round-up

Butchers, supermarkets and food service outlets celebrated British Sausage Week last week with promotions and competitions taking place across the country, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what was on offer.

Winter promotional kit to boost beef and lamb sales

Eblex Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme members are set to receive a winter promotional kit to help sales of beef and lamb.

Turnbulls extends meals on wheels service

A Northumberland Q Guild butcher is adding a second mobile shop to its long-standing meals on wheels service.

AHDB moves to 5m headquarters

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has moved to new headquarters at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Demand from Europe drives UK beef exports

August figures for UK beef exports show smaller European markets are driving growth, according to beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

Big rise in chicken feed prices

Government figures show that the cost of chicken feed has risen significantly more than feed for other livestock.

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Conwy butcher exports to Malaysia

A Q Guild butcher has received its biggest ever overseas order for homemade sausages and dry cured bacon.

ABP joins forces with Leeds College

Meat company ABP has teamed up with Leeds City College to help students develop skills essential for the meat industry.

Tesco triumphs in supermarket sausage awards

Bpex has announced the winners of the Mulitple Retailer and Branded Manufacturer sausage awards to coincide with British Sausage Week.

Morrisons woes continue

Morrisons has again posted poor results after what it described as a period of intense industry competition.

Heck moves into burger and meatball market

Sausage brand Heck has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art processing site in Ripon as it moves into the burger and meatball market.

Beef and lamb outlook positive, but volatility to remain

Due to increasing global demand for meat, the outlook for the UK beef and lamb industry is positive, but volatility is here to stay, said speakers at Eblexs annual conference.

MAP dismisses findings into red meat and heart disease

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has refuted suggestions in a recent report that red meat causes heart disease.

Sainsburys launches own-label game range

Sainsburys has launched its first own-label range of venison in response to market demand, which will be supplied by Scottish venison supplier Highland Game.

Tulip joins forces with Scottish pig producers in new initiative

Tulip and Scottish pork producers have taken control of a Scottish processing plant as part of a new collaboration said to be fantastic news for the Scottish pig industry.

Blog points to social media benefits

In our latest blog post sausage expert and managing director of Westaways Sausages Charles Baughan talks about the importance of an online business.

Radio station runs contest to coincide with British Sausage Week

Radio station XFM Manchester is running a sausage competition throughout British Sausage Week, which will see winners receive their height in sausages.

MPs debate slaughter and stunning issues

Neil Parish MP, chairman of the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef & Lamb called for a reduction in the number of animals that are not stunned at the time of slaughter, during a debate on Meat Slaughtered in Accordance with Religious Rites yesterday (4 November).

Cargill director named Poultry Person of the Year

John Reed, agricultural director of Cargills European Poultry has been awarded the Poultry Person of the Year title.

APPG on religious meat slaughter deemed anti-Muslim

Muslim representatives from the halal meat industry have hit out at todays All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) debate, calling it anti-Muslim.

Veterinary body pushes for consumers to be better informed on slaughter

Nine out of 10 British vets believe consumers need to be better informed about slaughter methods and welfare at slaughter, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Sausage Week starts with a swing

British Sausage Week kicked off yesterday andis already attracting a lot of attention across social media, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what you are all up to.

Parents want school food to be British wherever possible, according to NFU poll

Parents want more British food in schools and more education on food and farming, according to a recent poll for the National Farmers Union (NFU).

QMS boss emphasises importance of Scotch meat quality assurance

Maintaining the integrity of the Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb labels is crucial to ensuring the long-term profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive.

Dunbia head named UK Director of the Year

Dunbias group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

Debbie & Andrews to run Tweet to Eat sausage kitchen

Sausage company Debbie & Andrews is marking British Sausage Week (3-9 November) by staging what it believes to be the first ever Tweet to Eat sausage kitchen.

Hollands Pies to recognise war veterans

Pie makers, Hollands Pies, has created a limited-edition commemorative pie, which it intends to give away to war veterans in the north west of England.

MPs back slaughterhouse CCTV campaign

MPs from Manchester and Birmingham have expressed their support for Animal Aids campaign to introduce mandatory CCTV to the inside of UK slaughterhouses.

Soil Association claims success for organic campaign

The Soil Association has claimed its Organic September campaign caused a boom in the organics market, causing growth of 3.6% during the month.

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