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GCA asks Tesco to look at attitude to suppliers

Just one week after Tesco announced a serious over-stating of profits and another meat contamination case, Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon said she has asked the retailer to examine its behaviour towards suppliers.

RSPCA highlight poultry welfare with ‘Chicken Challenge’

The RSPCA is encouraging people to stand on a piece of A4 for 20 minutes to campaign for poultry welfare, but the industry has defended British welfare standards.

Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

False meat claims see Fortnum & Mason stripped of Royal grocer title

Fortnum & Mason been ditched as the Royal grocer after it became apparent it was making false claims on its meat packaging, according to the Mail Online.

FSA slammed over dropped prosecution against abattoir workers

A farming lawyer has accused The Food Standards Agency (FSA) of being “over-zealous” in charging five horse abattoir workers, in case which has now been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Linden Foods to support Ulster Rugby team

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Foods has announced it will be the official meat supplier of meat and poultry to the Ulster Rugby squad for the 2014/2015 season.

Tesco discovers more meat contamination

Tesco has suffered a further blow after testing revealed unlabelled meat content in products including venison burgers and pork sausages.

New president for veterinary body

Shropshire farm animal and equine veterinary surgeon John Blackwell has been elected as president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2014/15.

Morrisons takes top turkey title

Morrisons was celebrating after scooping the top title in the annual British Turkey Awards last week.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

Poultry firm manager completes leadership programme

Moy Park manager Ian Dowsland has completed the prestigious Institute of Agricultural Management’s Leadership Development Programme, which the company hopes will see him “lead the way” in agriculture.

Meat Packers veteran passes away

Roger Baker, one quarter of the ‘Baker Boys’ and a famous name in the UK meat and livestock industry, passed away on 21 September aged 73, after a long illness.

Welsh meat body appoints Dutch marketer

The red meat promotion body for Wales has appointed a Dutch marketing representative, which it hopes will increase exports to the country.

Beef labelling to take “step backwards”

The move to drop the requirement for independent verification of voluntary beef and veal labelling claims has been branded “a step backwards” by an industry expert.

Deer association launches venison quality mark

With the popularity of venison soaring as reported by Kantar Worldpanel, a new quality assurance mark has been launched to ensure welfare and quality standards for retailers and consumers.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

Online artisan butchery Meat Porter has announced a partnership with renowned British duck producer Gressingham.

John Reed retains chair of British Poultry Council

John Reed has been re-elected as chairman of The British Poultry Council (BPC) for a third term.

New lamb supplier goes direct online

A new meat brand, Upper Teesdale Limited, is taking on the supermarkets by offering farmers higher returns, while shortening the lamb supply chain.

FSA agrees discount reforms

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has answered calls for modernisation by agreeing to go ahead with discount reforms at its recent board meeting.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Eblex introduces Cow Beef Guide

Eblex has released a new Cow Beef Guide to help industry explore different classifications and qualities.

Women’s beef group gets behind mini roast campaign

A female beef farming group has launched the campaign Go Mini for Autumn! to promote Eblex’s midweek mini roasts initiative.

Karro announces strong increase in earnings

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has announced an EBITDA improvement of £10 million in its first year as an independent business.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Tulip aims to raise £100k for youngsters’ charity

Pork-producing giant Tulip is attempting to raise £100,000 over the next two years for charity Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Eblex points to domestic opportunity for fifth-quarter products

As reported by Doctor Phil Hadley, senior regional manager at Eblex, as the export market for fifth-quarter products is growing, a market in the UK has opened up for small processors, which should not be missed.

Eblex manager highlights fifth-quarter benefits

Phil Hadley, senior regional manager at Eblex, has pointed to the economic and ecological benefits of fifth-quarter products in meatinfo.co.uk’s latest blog post.

Westaways introduces frozen sausage range

Westaways Sausages is launching a new range of cook-from-frozen Traditional British Pork Sausages, which it claims will help minimise food waste.

Red Tractor debut at KFC

As Red Tractor week kicks off, it has been announced that Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is displaying the Red Tractor logo on its packs for the first time this autumn.

JBS Group sees stars in UK’s Great Taste Awards

A leading international supplier was celebrating after scooping top recognition for its imported meat in one of the UK’s leading artisan food competitions.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

UK sheep delegation visits China

Representatives from the British sheep industry are visiting China to explore possible export opportunities to the country.

UK missing out on Eid sacrifice income, says expert

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

Scottish union turns to CMA over chicken market plight

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers’ contracts.

Welsh red meat body to offer SME training

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) is to offer employees of small and medium (SME) Welsh abattoirs and cutting plants new training opportunities to “maximise efficiency”.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Eblex brings out Lamb Yield Guide

After the success of Eblex’s Beef Yield Guide, the levy body has developed a new Lamb Yield Guide, to help businesses gain maximum yield and value from the lamb carcase.

Birds Eye sees post-horsegate profit uplift

Frozen food giant Birds Eye has reported a profit increase of almost 9%, to £85.4m, for the full year to 31 December 2013. Profit for 2012 stood at £78.1m in comparison.

FSA reacts to Unison reform attack

The Food Standards Agency has hit out at union leaders for making extraordinary claims ahead of a board meeting vote tomorrow.

Hunt on for meat processing stars

The search is on for the meat industry’s shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2015.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this year’s British Sausage Week.

AHDB seeks new chief executive

The hunt is on for a new leader for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), following the resignation of its current chief executive, Tom Taylor.

Samworth Brothers veteran passes on

John Samworth, of chilled foods company Samworth Brothers, passed away aged 81, on Sunday 31 August.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

Sausage firm gets a hand from TV business guru

Sausage company Heck has had a helping hand from retail guru Alex Polizzi, appearing on her new BBC2 series ‘The Fixer’.

‘Devastating blow’ for Scotland’s chicken industry

The Scottish chicken industry has been dealt a “devastating blow” after contracts with four free-range producers were terminated, according to NFU Scotland (NFUS).

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