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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.

Sainsbury’s to invest £150m in price cuts

Sainsbury’s 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.

Turnbull’s 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 Eblex’s 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.

Sainsbury’s launches own-label game range

Sainsbury’s 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 Cargill’s 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 today’s 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

Dunbia’s group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

Debbie & Andrew’s to run ‘Tweet to Eat’ sausage kitchen

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

Holland’s Pies to recognise war veterans

Pie makers, Holland’s 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 Aid’s 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.

Parliament to debate religious slaughter

A debate on religious slaughter is to be held in parliament next week, following an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

Poultry plant proposed in Wrexham

A poultry company is looking to set up a state-of-the-art processing plant at a former cheese packing factory near Wrexham, potentially investing up to £10 million and creating 150 jobs in the area.

UK to come into line with EU on trichinella

New pig testing requirements, to bring the UK in line with EU trichinella regulations, are due to be enforced by the end of October, said Bpex.

UK halal authority welcomes new test from France

French entrepreneurs have launched a halal test, which has been welcomed by the UK halal trade.

Countryfile appearance for Ladies in Beef member

Ladies in Beef member and Yorkshire farmer Rosey Dunn has appeared on BBC1’s Countryfile, promoting UK meat assurance schemes.

Eblex targets students with lamb campaign

With the new term under way, Eblex is aiming to get more university students cooking with lamb, using its ‘LambSoc’ campaign.

Irish farmers endure long night in protest over UK beef price gap

Irish beef farmers are in the midst of a 24-hour blockade outside abattoirs in protest against the growing price gap between Irish and British cattle.

Tulip creates new group innovation & NPD director role

Meat processor Tulip has created a new group innovation & NPD director role, appointing Stacey Howe to fill the position.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

Irish farmers stage cattle price protest

Irish beef farmers are to stage a blockade outside abattoirs today in a 24-hour protest over the price gap between Irish and UK cattle prices.

Sausage firm reports successful Paris show

Westaways Sausages enjoyed a successful Sial, selling a 40-foot container to South Korea, as well as sealing other deals and meeting potential customers, according to managing director Charles Baughan. 

Moy Park to open 100th poultry house

Moy Park has announced it will open its 100th poultry house through its ‘Plan to Grow’ expansion programme.

Scotland meat industry needs to maximise carcase to expand exports, says QMS

Scotland doesn’t currently have the volumes of meat to significantly grow its export market, but is looking to maximise returns for the whole carcase, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) head of marketing Laurent Vernet.

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