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AIMS launches Assured Meat Processing Standard

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has launched the Assured Meat Processing Standard (AMPS), which will become United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved to EN45011. 

AIMS issues response to CCTV calls from BVA and VPHA

The recent call from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, and that official veterinarians (OV) should have unrestricted access to footage, has sparked debate within the industry. 

Paul Finnerty to retire from ABP CEO role

Irish processor ABP Food Group (ABP) has announced that Paul Finnerty will retire from his role as CEO on 30 September 2016. 

RSPCA backs CCTV in abattoirs campaign

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has added support to a campaign backed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses. 

Dunbia hosts USDA fact-finding mission

Processor Dunbia has hosted the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a recent fact-finding mission to Wales. 

The Jolly Hog pork producer set to expand business

Bristol-based pork producer, The Jolly Hog, has secured a finance package from HSBC to help grow the business. 

Moy Park sales up but revenue down

Sales volume grew 2% compared to the same period in 2015, reporting a strong performance in its UK & Ireland and Continental Europe business units. 

Meat products country of origin labelling call repeated by MEPs

European Parliament has repeated its call for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) of meat and dairy products. 

Industry builds on new Scottish Beef Efficiency Scheme

Several Scottish industry bodies are looking to drive uptake of the new Scottish Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) before the 31 May deadline. 

Global opportunities to be discussed at AHDB industry conference

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to highlight international markets and innovation for growth at the 12th AHDB Meat Export Conference. 

CCTV in slaughterhouses call repeated

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) have repeated their call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and legislation to ensure official vets (OVs) have unrestricted access to slaughterhouse CCTV footage. 

Beef no longer a part of Mercosur deal

News that South American beef will no longer be a part of the Mercosur negotiations has been welcomed by industry bodies. 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition cat food pouches recalled due to high levels of iron

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is withdrawing certain packs of cat food pouches due to high levels of iron. According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the error was made by the ingredient supplier. 

Success for British Pig & Poultry Fair

The British Pig & Poultry Fair, which started on Tuesday (10 May 2016) has started well, with standing room only at the popular forum programmes. 

FSA to appeal against Newby Foods ruling

Newby Foods is bracing itself for a Food Standards Agency (FSA) appeal against the high court ruling exempting it from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM). 

Increased cooked meats production leads to Tulip jobs boost

Tulip is looking to recruit over 100 people for its King’s Lynn production facility, following an increase in the volume of sliced, cooked meats manufactured at the site. 

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

AHDB Pork has launched a new interactive app, ‘Think BioRisk’, to help prevent disease in the pig industry. 

Dan Biggar revealed as new Welsh beef ambassador

Welsh international rugby star Dan Biggar has been named the new ambassador for the Celtic Pride Premium Beef Partnership. 

Broughgammon Farm plans farm shop and café expansion

Northern Irish artisan cabrito and veal processor Broughgammon Farm has announced plans to add a farm shop and café to its estate. 

Ginsters launches limited edition for Help for Heroes

Ginsters has partnered with military charity Help for Heroes to launch a new Limited Edition Beef and Horseradish Pasty, with 10p from every sale donated to the charity. 

Meat Business Women networking event speaker list expanded

A new speaker has been added to the third Meat Business Women event. 

Northern Irish processor completes multimillion pound expansion

Northern Irish pork and venison products producer Finnebrogue has completed a £25 million expansion and launched a new brand identity to boost sales, particularly in Great Britain. 

Scottish consumers encouraged to cook with local meat

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new series of family-friendly, quick-step recipe videos to help consumers get the most out of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Speciality Selected Pork. 

Dalziel recognised for gluten-free products

Dalziel Ingredients, suppliers of seasoning blends, cures and functional ingredients into the butchery sector, has been recognised with a Crossed Grain symbol by Coeliac UK for its gluten-free products. 

Snaffling Pig takes Dragon’s Pantry crown

Flavoured pork crackling specialists The Snaffling Pig Co were crowned the winners of the Dragon’s Pantry pitch competition at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show, which took place at Birmingham’s NEC from 18-20 April. 

Combatting campylobacter: More work to be done

Our sister title Food Manufacture held a panel discussion on campylobacter during Foodex about the scale of the issue. 

Industry celebrates Great British Food

Organisations from across the farming industry are joining forces to celebrate British food. 

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

Kerry Group has revealed positive growth for the first quarter ended 31 March 2016, with the convenience market recognised as a key division of growth. 

Wales hopes to boost lamb exports to Scandinavia

A team of top red meat industry representatives from Wales will be attending one of northern Europe’s biggest food and hospitality trade fairs next week, with the hopes of increasing imports of Welsh Lamb PGI into the region. 

Meat Business Women to host London networking event

Tickets are now available for Meat Business Women’s third networking event on Wednesday 25 May. 

AHDB Beef & Lamb pinpoints West Indies as opportunity

Exports of premium beef and lamb cuts to the West Indies present a significant opportunity for the industry, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

NFU Scotland calls for lamb support

NFU Scotland has written to some of the UK’s largest retailers asking when they expect to exclusively stock home-produced lamb in their stores. 

Dawn Meats wins at Green Awards

Dawn Meats has been awarded in two categories at the prestigious Green Awards 2016 at the Double Tree Hilton, Dublin. 

New appointments for Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has sworn in three new executives after the former incumbents completed their respective terms of presidency. 

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers calls for common sense from Food Standards Scotland

Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), has said Food Standards Scotland (FSS) should employ more “common sense” to meat safety issues. 

AHDB Beef & Lamb to give video address after board meetings

AHDB Beef & Lamb has announced plans to launch a video address from its chairman Adam Quinney, following every board meeting held by the agricultural body. 

AHDB Pork marketing campaign shortlisted for award

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork sector has been shortlisted for a Marketing Week award. 

Welsh abattoir businesses need further investment

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recognised cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering businesses as contributing £461 million every year to the Welsh economy. 

Meat industry encouraged to claim compensation

Meat businesses operating within Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) are being told that they could benefit from a government scheme to improve their competitiveness. 

Devro finds solution to ammonia problem

One of the world-leading sausage casings company, Devro, has overcome an ammonia discharge issue in its Glasgow plant. 

Cranswick acquires poultry business

Meat producer Cranswick has today announced that it has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of CCL Holdings Limited (Crown), alongside its 100%-owned subsidiary Crown Chicken Limited from the Thacker family and management. 

PHWC to create industry-led pig animal welfare guidance

New guidance to help pig producers comply with legislation is to be drawn up by the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC). 

Meat Business Women announce third networking event

Meat Business Women, the networking group for women working in the UK meat industry, is to host its third event next month in London. 

British red meat exports highlighted

A new film, produced by the industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb, is showcasing the important role that red meat exports play in the British economy. 

Cranswick grows sales volumes

Cranswick has reported an increase in sales volumes for the past year in its latest trading update. 

Meat industry zeros in on visual learning

A pictorial-based training company has proved a hit with meat products firm TMI Foods and aims to win others in the meat processing sector over to its methods.

Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters Food Group

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, protein, effective from 4 April 2016. 

The Black Farmer flies the flag ahead of new TV campaign

To coincide with its new TV campaign, The Black Farmer has updated the packaging on its gluten-free lines to include the Union Jack flag. 

Profit rise for Hilton Food Group as expansion plans come to fruition

Hilton Food Group saw strong operational growth in 2015, completing two major estate projects over the past 12 months. 

Importance of halal sector highlighted on British Muslim TV

Industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has announced plans to launch a programme of activity emphasising the importance of the halal sector to the meat industry. 

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