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Jerky firm teams with health magazine

A leading meat snack company is hoping to tap into the health sector with the launch of a new Mens Health branded beef jerky snacking range.

Bernard Matthews and Lumicity announce 24.5m biomass boiler deal

The UKs largest turkey producer, Bernard Matthews, has announced a biomass roll-out project that will see 179 boilers installed across 21 of its turkey farms.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

Scottish programme reduces salt in butchers bangers

A reformulation programme from The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) has reduced salt in seasonings for the butchery trade, to help create healthier products.

Environmentalists to launch Meat Free May

Not content with meat-free Mondays, environmental campaigners have launched a campaign to encourage consumers to sign up to a whole month of meat abstinence with the launch of Meat Free May.

Pig industry keeps watch for virus

The British pig industry is being extra vigilant to ensure the virulent porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) does not enter the country, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eblex gets behind new beef cuts

Eblex is promoting its new beef cut development programme in an attempt to counteract declining beef consumption in the home.

High street consumers more confident, finds report

Consumer confidence is returning to the high street, with around one in five shoppers, or 19%, now expecting to be better off in the year ahead. Those numbers are the highest confidence boost since January 2011, when only 10% felt they would be better off.

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotlands (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

ABP Food Group presents 100,000 to Belfast City Hospital

ABP have donated 100,000 to Belfast City Hospital for kidney research, following the successful treatment of Lurgan plant manager Seamus Kenny.

Prices up 6% for prime sheep in Scotland

The price that Scottish producers are receiving for prime sheep at auction continue to hold at 6% up on this time last year, according to the latest data from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

NFU wants retailers to value British food more

The NFU has urged supermarkets not to devalue British food by entering price wars which could undermine farmers.

TMI hope to cook up success in the US

A UK bacon producer is celebrating after becoming the first in the country to gain approval from the US Department of Agriculture for its cooked bacon range.

Pork supplier clinches Spanish deal

A Northern Irish meat processor is celebrating after landing a deal to supply a leading wholesaler in Spain.

Devro announces decline in pre-tax profits

Scottish manufacturer of collagen sausage casings Devro has revealed pre-tax profit fell 4.5% to 37.5m for the full year ended 31 December 2013.

BVA reiterates position on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Associations (BVAs), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmarks example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

Tesco backs veggie week

Tesco has been announced as the headline sponsor for National Vegetarian Week, which organisers use to campaign for people to move to a meat free diet.

Bright future for UK meat in Hong Kong and Macau

An Eblex delegation and a group of English meat exporters will be supporting UK Trade & Investments (UKTI) Great Week mission in Hong Kong and Macau this week, while Macau has given the green light for beef and lamb imports from the UK.

MTC changes name to cover food supply chain

The Meat Training Council (MTC) registered charity will now be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC), after it announced it would now be covering the full food supply chain.

Eblex steak guide added to beef box options

Eblex has added a new steak guide to its beef box scheme kit, which is designed to provide farmers with all the resources they need to sell their meat directly to consumers.

Suspected illegal meat operations discovered in the Midlands and Northern Ireland

Suspected illegal meat operations were discovered and products seized in separate investigations in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Forum to look at legal uncertainty surrounding animal welfare

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum will look at legislation covering welfare on the farm, during transport and at the slaughterhouse, to decide whether a lack of clarity is causing animals unnecessary suffering.

Halal trader turns to HMC

A leading Halal supplier has announced it has gained accreditation for its production from the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Independent study claims badger cull was inhumane

An independent review leaked to The Guardian and the BBC has claimed that last years badger cull was inhumane and ineffective.

Beef jerky business sold to customer

Bare Earth, producer of Biltong dried meat snacks, has been sold to customer Mariani Foods Europe in a pre-pack deal.

ANSA calls Cargill Meats halal trial into question

The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs (ANSA) has taken issue over Cargill Meats Europe paying for covert trials into halal recovery.

Survey suggests poor understanding about red meat nutrition could be detrimental

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has carried out a survey which it says reveals a lack of understanding on the nutritional value of red meat, causing a knowledge gap that could be detrimental to UK health.

Video: MTC and IOM awards 2014

Meatinfo.co.uk's video review of the MTC and IOM awards 2014, held at Butchers' Hall in London on 25 February 2014.

Full enquiry launched into live exports from Dover

A full enquiry has begun into the resumption of live exports from the Port of Dover a move welcomed by the RSPCA.

UK increases beef exports to France

France has been importing increased volumes of UK beef, according to Eblex, as the organisation aims to promote higher-value cuts.

New Malcolm Allan factory officially opened

Scottish family butcher Malcolm Allans new factory was officially opened by MSP Richard Lochhead yesterday (25 February), following a 4m investment.

Kerry Group achieves good underlying growth in 2013

Kerry Foods Group has revealed figures showing a solid financial performance in 2013.

Receding flood waters pose dangers to animals, say vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that animals in flood-stricken areas are at risk from disease as waters recede.

Health and safety poster update warning

Legislation will come in from April requiring new health and safety law posters to be displayed in workplaces, but equipment supplier Slingsby said that many organisations were unaware of the deadline.

Stars of the future announced at MTC and IOM awards

The Institute of Meat (IOM) and Meat Training Council (MTC) Awards, held at the historic Butchers Hall in London on 25 February, saw a number of winners rewarded for endeavour and excellence within meat industry training.

GB sees finished pig prices up year on year

Finished pig prices have remained 5-6% up year on year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), despite the seasonal dip normally experienced early in the new year.

Foodservice operators urged to reassess bacon offering

Brakes is urging operators to reassess their bacon offering, in light of the rising popularity of smoked bacon.

Experts dispute meat and Alzheimers link

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has hit back at a new US study which claims grilled, fried or barbecued meat could increase the risk of Alzheimers disease.

New chairman as BDCI prepares 2014 fundraising events

Meat industry charity the Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has a number of events planned for 2014, after the festival chairmans official handover lunch.

Mineral levels and meat consumption linked

Lower consumption of meat could be linked to low levels of mineral intakes, according to a new study.

Moy Park awards latest Harper Adams scholarship

Moy Park has selected its latest scholar under the British Poultry Councils scholarship scheme at Harper Adams University.

Eblex launches new Beef Yield Guide

A new guide to help the supply chain maximise the value of beef carcase has been launched by Eblex.

Video: Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

Linden Foods took top accolade at this year's Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Award-winning Gressingham plans aggressive marketing strategy for 2014

Gressingham Duck plans to drive further growth in 2014, investing in more above-the-line activity and launching a new partnership with country house hotel group Hand Picked Hotels.

Places at Eblex Processor Conference going fast

Around 30 delegates have already confirmed attendance at the Eblex Processor Conference in March.

Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

UK and Irish unions met in Stirling this week to discuss livestock concerns, including beef price difficulties.

Pig body issues swill feed warning

The National Pig Association (NPA) has used the anniversary of the UK foot-and-mouth outbreak to remind pig producers of the risks of swill feeding.

Northern Ireland firm scoops top processor award

Northern Irish-based processor Linden Foods was celebrating after taking home the title of Processing Business of the Year at the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Poultry company announces World Cup sponsorship

After agreeing sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Moy Park brand will be beamed to millions of viewers across the globe this summer.

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