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Meat supplier rewarded for manufacturing practices

Eurostock Foods, a value meat supplier with locations in Northern Ireland and Wigan, has been awarded with the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7). 

Feathering the nest: MTJ catches up with Faccenda Foods' General Manager

Once upon a time everybody would sit around the table and carve up a whole turkey at Christmas. These days, UK consumers are hugely more varied in their tastes. For Robert Jennings, the man who has to square that circle and make turkey pay dividends for Faccenda Foods, the key is added value, fresh and convenience. 

Opportunities for meat producers to target international investors

Investment from overseas firms in the UK’s food and drink sector has continued to increase. According to the latest research from business and finance adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 2016 saw the highest levels for three years. 

Pukka Pies undergoes multi-million pound makeover

Hot pie brand Pukka Pies has announced its first-ever brand relaunch, supported by £8 million in marketing activity. 

Book your place at the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

Time is running out to book your place among the greats as the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017 is fast approaching. 

BMPA partners with Acoura to develop Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has teamed up with food safety and certification provider Acoura to give its Pork Scheme members a wider choice of audit providers and an increased range of combined services. 

International meat business makes senior appointments

ABP Food Group has appointed Finbarr McDonnell as chief operating officer, effective from April this year, filling the role vacated by Frank Stephenson, who was named group chief executive in October 2016. 

Multi-million investment in Moy Park boosts production

Moy Park’s multi-million pound investment in its Ashbourne facility has allowed the poultry processor to produce one million chickens per week.

Faccenda suffers profit dip amid export and wholesale struggles

Faccenda Foods revealed a 30% drop in full-year operating profit amid price deflation in export and wholesale markets, currency exchange troubles and fierce retail competition in its latest set of annual results. 

Heck’s heart-shaped sausages return for Valentine’s Day

Heck is getting into the romantic spirit again with its latest limited-edition offering. 

Local sourcing trend big for Ireland’s shoppers

Two-thirds of Ireland’s consumers believe buying local food is important and one-third claim they are buying such food more now than they did 12 months ago.

Gressingham Foods opens new distribution centre

Gressingham Foods has opened a new £5m distribution centre at its plant in Redgrave, near Diss in Norfolk. 

Welsh meat industry welcomes new US Administration

With the US’s new commander-in-chief seated in the Oval Office, the Welsh red meat industry said that it is looking forward to working with President Trump to open up the market for lamb and beef exports. 

Pork pie brand gets cheesy

Maker of ‘posh pork pies’, Tottle has launched a Pork, Cheddar and ale pie to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day on 20 January. 

Top comedian to entertain at Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017

Stand-up comedian Alfie Moore has been revealed as the entertainment at this year’s Meat & Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA). 

Welsh food industry to discuss future of food names

Representatives from the Welsh food industry will congregate in London next week to discuss how iconic brand names will be protected once the UK leaves the European Union. 

Halal sector divided over industry support

Calls have been made for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to focus more on the halal sector. 

Bernard Matthews acquisition given all clear by CMA

Boparan Private Office’s acquisition of Bernard Matthews has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Moy Park announces new commercial director

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has welcomed Andrew Richards to the post of commercial director UK & Ireland. 

Consumer demands in the halal sector to enter the spotlight

With the halal market increasing, customers’ needs will be the main topic discussed at an upcoming halal industry event next month. 

Devro profits for 2016 in line with expectations

Casings producer Devro has reported that underlying operating profit for 2016 is predicted to be in line with expectations. 

Carr’s Group starts the year with solid feedblock sales

Agricultural and engineering company Carr’s Group has reported a growth in feed volume sales. 

Nick Allen unveiled as new BMPA chief executive

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has announced the appointment of Nick Allen as its new chief executive.

Leonards develops new butchery seasoning ranges

Leonards has launched two new ranges of seasonings for the retail and catering sectors. 

£75m claim made for Bernard Matthews pension fund

The Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) has submitted a claim for £75 million (m) from the administrators of Bernard Matthews. 

The Jolly Hog hits more Sainsbury’s stores

Sausage producer The Jolly Hog has gained additional listings in Sainsbury’s stores. 

Functional offerings from Debbie & Andrew’s

Debbie & Andrew’s has launched a new flexitarian line that is now available in Asda as part of a range of new functional products. 

2 Sisters to create 100 new jobs at Derby facility

2 Sisters is to increase investment in its Derby plant, creating 100 new jobs. 

Boozy ham launched by Northern Irish processors

Two Northern Irish food processors have joined forces to develop a new innovative pork product. 

Labour and Brexit progress top 2017 wish lists

A skilled workforce and answers to still-burning questions on Great Britain’s EU referendum decision are top of the meat industry’s wish list for 2017. 

Bells Food Group predicts festive spike in sales

Scottish pastries company Bells Food Group is expecting sales of its Festive Steak Pie range to benefit from Christmas sales, with sales forecasts to peak at £2.5 million. 

Four cured meat servings a week ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms, says report

Eating four servings of cured or processed meat a week might make asthma symptoms worse, according to a study in French journal Thorax.

AIMS and FSA find common ground after saving the meat industry millions

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has welcomed the decision by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to not charge food business operators (FBOs) for EU minima “underpayments”. 

Europe's largest microwaving centre unveiled in Derbyshire

Cold storage food provider Rick Bestwick has revealed its new up-tempering facility is ready for production. 

Northern Irish buffalo farm signs export deal

Northern Ireland’s only producer of buffalo meat has signed its first export opportunity. 

Scottish meat industry raises awareness for homelessness

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this morning served up Specially Selected pork rolls to participants of the Social Bite CEO sleep-out. 

Singh expects ‘strong headwinds’ for 2 Sisters in 2017

2 Sisters Food Group CEO Ranjit Singh is expecting a difficult 2017 as the combination of Brexit, currency fluctuations and retail price pressures combine to create a perfect storm. 

Beef shin named Northern Ireland’s favourite dish

Northern Ireland consumers have voted beef as its most popular dish. 

Beef sales dominated by steak

Beef steak sales have reached a five-year high, making up almost 70% of sales in the category, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Book your place at Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017

Time is running out to book a place at the upcoming Meat & Poultry Processing Awards. 

Post-Brexit protection for Geographical Indication

British products with Geographical Indication (GI) status may still get EU protection from imitation after the UK leaves the EU. 

The Black Farmer donates Christmas ad slot to charity

Sausage producer The Black Farmer has bought a Channel 4 TV advertising spot on Christmas Day and donated it to charity. 

Snowbird Foods adds to technical and innovation teams

Snowbird Foods has beefed up its technical and new product development services with two new senior appointments. 

Poultry industry’s top contributors recognised

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has celebrated the industry’s top professionals at its annual awards ceremony. 

Northern Irish charcuterie firm expands range

Corndale Farm Charcuterie has added two new free-range salamis to its already existing chorizos. 

Update: 'Active discussions' underway to make polymer five pound note meat-free

Actions are being taken to seek vegetable-based alternatives to the tallow used in the new polymer five pound note. 

Dunbia chiefs receive lifetime achievement award

Jim and Jack Dobson, owners of meat processors Dunbia, were the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the UTV Businesses Eye Awards in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. 

Bank of England working on ‘potential solutions’ to make five pound note meat-free

Following on from the backlash by the vegetarian and vegan community, the Bank of England has said it is addressing concerns over the new polymer £5 note containing tallow.

Volume growth aids successful half year for Cranswick

Cranswick has reported a strong first half-year performance, thanks to volume growth across most categories.

Bacon producer Turners of Bond Street sold out of liquidation, securing jobs

West Midlands bacon producer Turners of Bond Street has been sold out of liquidation, saving 13 jobs. 

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