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Faccenda raises lowest pay beyond minimum wage

Employees on the minimum wage at Faccenda Foods have seen their wages rise 0.69p per hour, a move that has been welcomed by its trade union.

FSA gets set to introduce new audit system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to launch its new audit system for meat plants in August 2014, subject to approval at its next board meeting on 23 July.

Concern over lamb prices deepens

Another meat body has expressed its concern at the fall in lamb prices as supply increases.

Tulip seeks closer working relationship with suppliers

Food producer Tulip has launched a new campaign which aims to work closer with suppliers and share expertise.

Meat body reports cooling for lamb prices

Lamb prices have cooled over the past five weeks, due to a strong sterling and extra availability of lambs on the market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Goat speciation screening service offered

The Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) has reported it will add goat speciation screening to its list of services.

Moy Park to invest in Northern Irish plants

Poultry processor Moy Park has revealed plans for an expansion of three of its sites, which will create 628 new jobs.

Welsh Lamb and Beef exports boost country’s economy

International sales of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef earned the Welsh economy more than £224 million last year, according to new figures.

Eblex provides opportunity for foreign contact

A marketing event for British beef and lamb has given producers the chance to build relationships with foreign delegates, according to Eblex.

Waitrose raises price floor for British beef

In the wake of the UK’s beef pricing crisis, Waitrose has raised its “price floor” for British beef.

Biomass experts win renewable energy award

Poultry biomass specialist Rural Energy has won Installer of the Year at the British Renewable Energy Awards, which it hopes will boost business for renewable energy.

Dunbia rises in Sunday Times top 100 list

Meat processing company Dunbia has secured its place on the Sunday Times 100 Top Track list for the fourth year in a row.

Meat firm reports soaring sales as Tour de France hits Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has seen sales soar by 150% as the Tour de France arrives in the area.

EFRA calls for robust approach to food security

Sustainable intensification and focused government leadership are needed to address the needs of UK food security, a parliamentary report has claimed.

Halal producer clinches European supermarket deals

A leading halal food producer is celebrating after landing a series of deals to give it a strong foothold across a number of European markets.

Beef industry gathers to tackle ‘perfect storm’

A “perfect storm” was responsible for the crisis affecting the beef industry as leaders and politicians gathered to find solutions with farming minister George Eustice this week.

PETA backs bid for CCTV in abattoirs

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has got behind a petition for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs, but the British Meat Processing Association (BMPA) said it has concerns over such regulations.

Welsh Lamb makes play for US market

Negotiations are under way to open up exports of Welsh Lamb to the USA, which could be worth £20 million a year to the Welsh meat industry.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Export conference highlights opportunities for future growth

Opportunities for market growth and insights into the performance of the red meat sector were discussed at the Eblex Export Conference which took place this week (25 June).

Bpex and Eblex stage Chinese trade mission

Bpex and Eblex mounted another trade mission to China during the World Meat Congress in Beijing earlier this month.

Eblex releases new beef carcase brochure

A new educational guide from Eblex shows how to identify age and conformation and distinguish between bulls, steers and heifers, by studying the carcase.

One-ton haggis crowned world’s largest

Hall’s of Scotland has officially reclaimed the world’s largest haggis title, which it won in 1978, and the record has been verified by the Guinness Book of Records.

Northern Irish meat company seals gluten-free deal with Ocado

Northern Irish meat firm Doherty’s will launch gluten-free sausages, meatballs and burgers into the online supermarket Ocado.

Moy Park adds new instruction label on chickens

Moy Park is printing ‘No need to wash’ labels on its whole birds in support of the Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) campaign, ‘Don’t wash your chicken’.

McDonald’s bestows sustainability award on Dawn Meats

Irish company Dawn Meats was “honoured” to receive a global sustainability award from McDonald’s.

Grocery Code survey reveals suppliers’ concerns

Results from a survey revealed at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) conference in Westminster yesterday (23 June) showed that suppliers feared retribution if they reported mistreatment by retailers.

Scottish bodies join forces on lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has announced it will work in partnership with other Scottish bodies to help further promote Scotch Lamb.

Groceries Code Adjudicator reports forensic audits success

Christine Tacon reported ‘significant progress’ at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Conference today (23 June) in Westminster, announcing that eight of the 10 largest retailers had made voluntary commitments to time-limit forensic audits of suppliers.

AIMS hits back at FSA over suggested U-turn on SRM

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has reacted to claims by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that it has done a U-turn over specified risk material (SRM) controls.

Dunbia joins Bord Bía sustainability group

Dunbia has achieved Origin Green membership, becoming the latest company to join Bord Bía’s initiative, which aims for sustainability in the food chain throughout Ireland. 

Slaughter statistics up in May

Defra has released slaughter statistics for May 2014, showing higher numbers of slaughterings than in May 2013 for cattle, sheep and pigs.

Pork Farms gets social for summer

Pork Farms has launched a new summer campaign promoting National Picnic Week and The National Village Cup, which it hopes will boost sales.

Campbells new haggis set to ‘fill market gap’

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a “gap in the market”, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Retailers enjoy World Cup effect as barbecue products soar

With the weather hotting up and the Football World Cup in full swing, retailers and processors have benefited from increased sales of barbecue products.

FSA under fire over abattoir radio programme

The Association for Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has accused the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of “scaremongering” in a recent BBC radio programme.

2 Sisters reports strong Q3 results

Boparan Holdings, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, has released its third-quarter (Q3) results, showing strong growth.

Scottish meat industry reports a difficult year in 2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched its Red Meat Industry Profile for last year, which shows that despite the sector generating over £2 billion, 2013 was a tough year.

BHJ recruits new production manager

Meat protein manufacturer BHJ Ingredients has appointed a new production manager to oversee on-site productions.

Poultry is UK’s number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a £1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Exports in focus at Eblex conference

Eblex is to put the UK’s beef and lamb export strategy under the spotlight at its annual export conference next week.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A “complex international market” has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

High recognition for Red Tractor among children

Red Tractor Assurance reported that more than half of schoolchildren recognise and understand the Red Tractor Logo.

BMPA presses Defra on new pig inspection regime

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is calling on Defra to seek approval from third countries on the new post mortem visual pig inspection system, which comes into force this month.

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this year’s prestigious David Black Award.

Defra and FSA investigate undeclared blood and offal

A scientific study has found undeclared blood and offal to be mixed into meats, which has sparked a Defra and Food Standards Agency (FSA) study into the issue.

KellyBronze turkey turns 30

The KellyBronze slow-grown turkey has stood the test of time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

Moy Park achieves landfill target

Moy Park celebrated reaching its goal of becoming 100% landfill free on World Environment Day on 5 June.

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