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Yorkshire butcher takes ‘Rural Oscars’ award

British butchers were celebrated at the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards, presented at the Houses of Parliament.

Green success for haggis firm

Haggis brand Macsween have become 100% land-fill free through collaboration with waste management companies.

Apple pie fought off savoury opposition to win pie title

A Bramley apple pie, produced by Morecambe Football Club, has been crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

H R Jasper & Son prosecuted

Cornish-based slaughterhouse H R Jasper & Son Limited has been prosecuted for breach of the regulations introduced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to control the risks from BSE.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this year’s Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Black pudding firm to double capacity with £1.4m spend

The Bury Black Pudding Company has the capacity to double its production and is targeting overseas markets after a £1.4m investment programme.

Opportunities highlighted for Scottish red meat industry

Speaking at the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) ‘Foundation for Growth’ conference in Glasgow on Saturday (26 April), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren said there were many reasons for the Scottish red meat industry to feel confident about the future.

Take a #beefie for Great British Beef Week

Ladies in Beef, who run Great British Beef Week, are asking people take a #beefie – the bovine version of a #selfie.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Warning over misuse of ‘halal’ on labelling

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has expressed fears of misuse of the term halal and urged the industry to be more proactive in ensuring products are labelled correctly.

Heck wins Asda deal and predicts sector dominance

Sausage company Heck Food, which started selling in Tesco last April, has had its contract extended, as well as winning a new deal with Asda. Heck's founder told meatinfo.co.uk that it had been a great first year, and that Heck would be “the number one premium sausage brand in 18 months”.

QMS Lamb campaign up for marketing award

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb’ campaign has been shortlisted for a national marketing award.

Infographic: Risk assessment vs risk management

After the tasks of risk assessment and risk management were separated a decade ago to strengthen Europe’s food safety, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released an explanation of the differences, seeking to dispel any uncertainty.

Moy Park put Brazil Fifa World Cup tickets up for grabs

Poultry producer Moy Park has launched an on-pack competition giving football fans in the UK and Ireland the chance to win a trip to the Fifa World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Eblex introduces image library to web

Eblex has launched a new image library on its website which can be used as a promotional tool for its users.

Welsh meat promotion body seeks next study scholars

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has launched a search for scholars to enrol in their new livestock scholarship.

Organic suppliers look to China for exports

With organic demand in China growing the UK Soil Association Certification (SAC) has teamed up with its Chinese counterparts to make it cheaper and simpler for UK suppliers to export.

2 Sisters poultry supply firm modernises heating systems

The sister company of food manufacturing group 2 Sisters Food Group – 2Agriculture – has announced a new £20m investment to improve chicken welfare standards.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Meat fraud discovered in takeaways

Consumer magazine Which? has found shocking evidence of food fraud in lamb takeaway dishes, with 40% of meat tested contaminated with other meats.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a “chapter of change and opportunity”, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Meat industry concerned over small business inspection charge

The European Parliament has voted to delete an exemption which currently saves small meat businesses millions of pounds each year.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

Infographic: UK beef carcase quality improving

British prime beef carcases increased in quality in 2013, with 3.8% more reaching the ‘R4L or better’ target than in 2012, according to Eblex’s recent annual carcase classification results.

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

Green Party manifesto tackles animal welfare

Ahead of the European elections this year, the Green Party has released a manifesto that aims to fight against factory farming, live exports and the badger cull.

Faccenda to become Faccenda Foods

Fresh poultry firm Faccenda is to rebrand as Faccenda Foods at the end of this month.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

ABP first food processor to receive Carbon Trust’s triple award

ABP Food Group has become the first food processing company to receive the Carbon Trust’s triple certification for water, carbon and waste reduction initiatives.

Moy Park appoints chief financial officer

Moy Park, one of Europe’s largest poultry producers, has appointed Barry McGrane to the Moy Park executive board as chief financial officer.

2 Sisters’ free-range chicken suppliers celebrate milestone

Westcountry Free Range Farmers, a co-operative of free-range chicken farmers and a key supplier to 2 Sisters Food Group, is celebrating after reaching a milestone 100-flock cycles of chicken production.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

Stockcroft Pigs joins LEAF

Pork producer Stockcroft Pigs has joined sustainable farming organisation LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

Acquisitions boost sales at Cranswick

Cranswick saw total sales increase 13% for the year to 13 March 2014, following a series of acquisitions.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Guernsey abattoir waits for export opportunity

It could be up to six months before Guernsey’s new £1.7m abattoir will be able to export its meat.

Scots display beef and lamb in Belgium

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) showcased PGI Scotch Beef and Lamb at an event in Belgium, which generated export interest from Belgian and Dutch retailers.

Celebrity chef helps Bpex with pork demo

TV chef Cyrus Todiwala cooked up some of his favourite pork dishes using Red Tractor meat during an event organised by Bpex.

Sian Lloyd to present Welsh curry awards

ITV weather girl Siân Lloyd is to present the Welsh Curry House of the Year Awards, which will include a specially created Welsh lamb curry.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Bpex introduces additional pig price scheme

Following the announcement of the discontinuation of the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) and the launch of the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP), Bpex will now expand its historical pig price reporting to include an all-new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Butchery skills tested at Chef of the Year Awards

Finalists at this year’s British Culinary Federation’s (BCF) Chef of the Year Awards had their butchery skills put to the test last week, in the penultimate stage of the competition.

Burgers for breakfast? Survey says yes

Having a burger for breakfast might seem strange for some, but they are fast becoming the preferred option for many British consumers, according to new data from NPD Group.

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