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Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

Collaboration the key for sausage supplier

The owner of a Devon sausage supplier has urged small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industry to collaborate with each other for success.

Eblex pushes new lamb marketing campaign

Eblex’s marketing channel, Simply Lamb and Beef, has teamed up with celebrity chef Mark Sergeant to promote its latest lamb campaign, Adventure Lamb.

O’Doherty’s wins Burger of the Year Award 2014

O’Doherty’s Fine Meats, based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, has won the Speciality Burger of the Year 2014 award for its lamb and anchovy burger. The Burger of the Year award, which coincided with National Butchers’ Week, was held at this year’s Food & Drink Expo 2014/Farmshop & Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

Report details importance of poultry to British economy

The British poultry industry contributes £3.3 billion gross to the UK GDP and supports 73,200 jobs, according to a report.

Revenue up 9.1% at Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group announced a 9.1% increase in revenue this year, along with a 2% increase in volume growth.

Italian stores in Welsh Beef promotion

Welsh Beef is available in Italy for the first time, as the PGI product has hit the shelves of 80 stores in a special promotion this spring.

Sunderland AFC to sell assured meat only

Sunderland AFC has become the latest Premier League football club to become Red Tractor-certified for its red meat products.

Eblex/Bpex launch latest meat cuts guide

The latest edition of an invaluable cutting guide has been launched, with an expanded range that includes pork cuts for the first time.

BVA concerned at calls for sick animals to be slaughtered

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has questioned remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Sally Davies that sick animals should be slaughtered rather than treated, and has asked for clarification on the issue.

Manufacturer joins food waste initiative

Rigid plastics packaging manufacturer RPC Group has joined the SAVE FOOD campaign, which aims to fight global food loss and waste.

Poultry council targets manifesto at would-be Euro MPs

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has asked candidates for the May European Parliamentary elections to consider 12 priorities for next term, to help the UK poultry industry to grow and ensure food security.

New appointments at NFU

Leicester farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected for a second term as chairman of National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) national livestock board.

Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to £383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual export figures.

Well Hung Meat increases investment following Abel & Cole contract

The Well Hung Meat Company has been able to ramp up investment in its staff and infrastructure, following a recent contract gain with organic food delivery company Abel & Cole.

Dunbia embarks on CSR strategy

Dunbia has launched its first ever corporate social responsibility (CSR) report in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC).

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Pig & Poultry Fair to look at utilising media

This year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair will discuss how businesses can use media to grow.

Welsh red meat on display at Food & Drink Expo

Welsh Lamb and Beef will feature at the UK’s largest food and drink trade show next week.

Swedish supermarket giant to sell Welsh Lamb

‘Europe’s largest supermarket’, which will open in Sweden in April, will stock a range of PGI Welsh Lamb products.

Bpex abandons DAPP following controversial drop-outs

Following a significant decline in participating processors in the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP), the Bpex board has decided to launch a new historical pig price report, called the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP).

Funding approved for Isle of Man Meats factory

A £1.6 million investment package for Isle of Man Meats’ ailing factory has been approved by the parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald.

Industry welcomes government investment in apprenticeships

The food industry has welcomed plans by the government to invest a further £85m in the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) scheme, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday (19 March).

Sales up at 2 Sisters’ protein business

Like-for-like sales in 2 Sisters Food Group’s protein business increased 13.8% for the 13 weeks to 5 January 2014, compared to the same period last year.

Food testing firm announces acquisition

Synergy Health has acquired food allergen testing and authentication company Genon Laboratories, as it looks to extend its services across Europe and beyond.

Morrisons to stock New Zealand lamb

Morrisons will offer New Zealand lamb this spring, before reverting back to 100% British in June.

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

2 Sisters appoints new managing director of red meat

Dominic Turner has been appointed as the new managing director of 2 Sisters Food Group’s red meat division with immediate effect.

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Celebrity chef promotes English beef in Hong Kong

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton promoted Quality Standard beef at an event in Hong Kong last week, to coincide with UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Great Week.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

Sharia Halal Board issues response to BVA

The Sharia Halal Board (SHB) has hit back at comments made by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) John Blackwell, regarding the morality of non-stun slaughter, calling them confusing to Muslims and Jews.

New joint venture could increase meat exports

Certification companies Longbridge Veterinary Services and Assure-IP have formed a joint venture with the aim of increasing the volume of meat and dairy exports.

French chefs showcase Quality Standard beef and lamb

Eight French chefs used English Quality Standard beef and lamb in a number of recipes at a top Paris food show.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

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 Men’s Health branded beef jerky snacking range.

Bernard Matthews and Lumicity announce £24.5m biomass boiler deal

The UK’s 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 Scotland’s (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.

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