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Industry prepares for new EU labelling rules

Food businesses are gearing up for the implementation of new labelling regulations which include the requirement to declare certain allergenic ingredients and to state the first date of freezing on products including meat.

US cutting methods to be shown at Eblex conference

Adopting new US cutting methods could help British processors and butchers maximise carcases, according to Eblex.

High alert on bird flu

After the first outbreak of avian influenza in the UK since 2008 and new cases confirmed in the Netherlands almost daily, the poultry industry remains on high alert. 

Bagley blog reacts to campylobacter results

In the wake of the FSA's latest quarterly campylobacter survey results, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers' (AIMS) Norman Bagley gives his reaction in our latest blog post.

2 Sisters slammed over flood plain chicken farm move

An animal welfare charity has criticised 2 Sisters Food Group over its decision to rebuild a chicken farm on a flood plain where 700,000 chickens drowned.

Scottish lamb prices up slightly on 2013

Farm gate lamb prices are slightly ahead of last year according to the latest market update from meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Meat companies make fastest-growth list

Northern Irish meat firm Finnebrogue and chicken firm Benson Park have been listed as two of the fastest-growing companies in the UK.

Foreign interest in Welsh Lamb revealed

Details of recent trade missions to Wales from foreign retailers, importers and journalists interested in Welsh Lamb were revealed today (1 December) at the Royal Welsh Show by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

Report claims demand must dictate Welsh Beef supply

Co-operation across the supply chain and better knowledge of consumer demand would help secure a positive future for Welsh Beef, a report into the industry has found. 

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Video: Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales' 2014 annual conference

Meatinfo.co.uk was at Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales’ 2014 annual conference, where speakers included TV celebrity Kate Humble.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

Categories extended in British Pie Awards

The 2015 British Pie Awards are now open for entry, with the competition this year offering 20 different categories.

Scottish meat company to triple production site

Scottish meat firm, We Hae Meat, has announced plans to triple the size of its site in Ayrshire, opening up jobs for local people.

Cranswick reports profitable H1

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

NI poultry farmer enhances biosecurity with viewing gallery

Moy Park poultry farmer Graham McIlroy has installed a new viewing gallery that will enhance biosecurity.

Duck producer wins top marketing award

British duck producer Gressingham Foods has added to its list of awards after receiving an Excellence in Marketing Award.

2 Sisters reports loss, despite rise in sales

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £143.3 million loss for the 53 weeks ending 2 August 2014, although total sales were up 18.5% and protein performed strongly.

Welsh sheep electronic ID scheme proves resounding success

A £1 million electronic identification scheme for Welsh sheep farmers has proved a hit, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

QMS appoints new marketing executive

Graeme Sharp, 24, has been appointed Quality Meat Scotland’s new marketing executive.

Eblex helps meat industry prepare for US opening

Eblex has been preparing the UK beef and lamb sector for the opening of the US market, should a trade agreement be reached between the two countries.

Co-op tackles bacteria with new roast-in-the-bag initiative

The Co-operative has announced plans to change to ‘roast-in-the-bag’ packaging for all of its whole chickens to reduce the instances of campylobacter.

Scottish abattoir to be relocated

Scotbeef is to relocate an historic abattoir after planning permission to replace it with housing has been given the green light.

Need to target younger audience for lamb, says HCC

In order to increase the consumption of lamb, a younger audience needs to be targeted and more convenient products need to be developed, according to Welsh meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Ukraine bans poultry imports from UK, Netherlands and Germany

Ukrainian officials have announced a ban on all live birds and poultry products from the countries affected by bird flu.

Bird flu outbreak: the latest from across Europe

After the first case of avian influenza was confirmed in the UK since 2008, Meantinfo.co.uk looks at the spread of the bird flu outbreak across Europe.

West Country Beef and Lamb chosen for Tesco’s Finest pies

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) West Country Beef has been chosen by Tesco for use in its ‘Finest’ range.

NFU sets stage for scientific discussion on bovine TB

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has hosted leading UK experts to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB (bTB).

Defra reveals results of UK meat law consultation

The responses from a consultation on the Meat Products (England) Regulations 2014 (MPR 2014), which is due to come into force in December, have been published by Defra.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Yorkshire bird flu strain identified

Defra has confirmed the bird flu outbreak at a Yorkshire farm has been identified as the highly contagious H5N8 strain found recently in the Netherlands.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Cherry Valley identified as owner of bird flu farm

The Yorkshire farm involved in the recent H5 avian flu outbreak is owned by Cherry Valley Foods, due to be acquired by Faccenda Foods by the end of the year.

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 Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2014.

Smithfield award-winning butchers revealed

The recipients of the Smithfield Awards were announced at Butcher’s 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, Castellano’s 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 organisation’s 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.

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