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Fire at 2 Sisters factory leads to evacuation

Fire crews were called to 2 Sisters Food Group’s factory in Caxton Way, Thetford around 3pm on Sunday, 17 July following reports of a burning smell from employees. 

Ireland’s Black Pudding Festival returns for a fourth year

This year’s Black Pudding Festival is set to run in conjunction with Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink’s ‘Love NI Meat’, which is the theme for the month of August. 

IMTA plans post-Brexit strategy for members

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has set out a post-Brexit strategy to help its members navigate Great Britain exiting the EU. 

Meat wholesaler fined for waste offences

A Birmingham meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £25,500, after being found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises. 

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Meat production projects win Agri-Tech Catalyst support

A whole supply chain approach to campylobacter is among four meat- and fish-related projects that have been awarded funding as part of the government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme. 

AB Agriculture contract row prompts strike threat

Close to 50 employees at animal feed firm AB Agriculture Ltd are threatening strike action over a contract dispute.

EHL Ingredients expands team as it targets £7m sales target

Natalie Daley has been appointed technical manager at ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients.

TV programme showcases halal sector

A new TV programme showing how to cook with halal beef and lamb has hit the airwaves as part of Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb’s commitment to the sector. 

Wagyu set for rapid growth

The growing demand for wagyu is expected to transform the UK beef market. That was the message delegates took away at the first UK Wagyu Revolution Conference, which took place in Warrendale Farm in East Yorkshire on Monday 27 June. 

Hammond Charcuterie to expand with move to new premises

Hammond Charcuterie is planning to more than quadruple production and set up a dedicated butchery workshop and retail outlet when it moves into new premises in the autumn. 

Buffalo meat range launched in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s only buffalo producer, Ballyriff Farm in Co Derry, has launched a range of buffalo meats. 

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies. 

Bernard Matthews’ German subsidiary finds new owner

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced that its German branch has been purchased by Sprehe Gruppe (Sprehe Group). 

Faccenda Foods invests in packing equipment

Faccenda Foods, a company that supplies poultry to the foodservice and retail sectors, has invested in new packaging equipment from Ishida Europe, which accurately weighs chicken legs and drumsticks. 

Welsh red meat sector “proactive” in addressing climate change

Welsh beef and lamb producers are driving forward the industry’s climate change agenda by linking environmental actions to good commercial practices, according to research from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Burnley abattoir bought from administration

The sale of Burnley-based abattoir B Riley & Sons to Dale Valley Rossendale has reached completion. 

Bernard Matthews up for sale

Turkey producer Bernard Matthews has been put up for sale, according to the BBC.

Dalziel acquires Burma Bacon Supplies

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has expanded its business after acquiring Staffordshire-based Burma Bacon Supplies for an undisclosed sum. 

Richmond Perfect Bake returns to TV

Sausage brand Richmond is back on TV with its Richmond Perfect Bake campaign. 

Moy Park renews SportFest sponsorship for second year

Moy Park is to continue as official sponsor of annual family sports festival SportFest. 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

New AHDB Beef & Lamb head of domestic marketing

Nick White has been appointed as the new head of domestic marketing for beef and lamb at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Dunbia gets royal approval for Queen’s birthday

Leading Northern Irish meat processor, Dunbia, has appeared in the official commemorative publication for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, taking place at Windsor this year. 

Bowmans Ingredients refocuses strategy

Ingredients specialist Jas Bowman & Sons is withdrawing from the milling market to focus on its ingredients business. 

Moy Park announces support for remaining in EU

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has revealed its support for the UK remaining in the EU as the referendum is now less than a week away. 

Consistency key to steak sales

Retailers risk losing sales unless they ensure consistent steak quality, according to a report just published by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

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Waitrose and Moy Park launch omega 3 enriched chicken range

Waitrose has teamed up with Moy Park to launch the UK’s first-ever chicken range that is a source of omega 3. 

Innovative Food Ingredients expands portfolio

Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) is responding to demand by adding Newly Weds Foods (NWF) rusk to its product range. 

Gwyn Howells of HCC congratulates Daphne on her achievement and commitment to Welsh Lamb
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Top Welsh lamb producer receives royal recognition

Some of London’s top chefs were joined by industry professionals to honour Daphne Tilley of Daphne’s Original Welsh Lamb on receiving her MBE. 

AIMS makes progress on judicial review

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has taken a massive step forward in securing a judicial review of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) refusal to allow appeals against Official Veterinarian’s (OV) decisions. 

Dawn Meats creates billionth beef burger for McDonald’s

The Republic of Ireland’s Dawn Meats has been celebrating after producing its billionth Irish beef burger for fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s. 

Oakpark Foods plans to expand bacon range in Morrisons

Oakpark Foods, based in Co Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, is hoping to expand its line of bacon products to over 500 Morrisons stores within the next three months. 

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Dawn Meats farm welcomes guests

More than 2,000 farmers gathered at the Dawn Meats Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm for a showcase of the farm’s full year in operation. 

Welsh abattoirs reveal improvements in carcase conformation

Recent carcase classification results from Welsh abattoirs have shown that conformation standards increased for 2015, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Finnebrogue Artisan opens multi-million processing facility

Northern Irish food processor Finnebrogue Artisan has officially opened its new £25 million processing facility in Co. Down.

UK meat companies ‘non-respondent’ in soy survey

UK meat processing companies have been named as ‘non-respondent’ in the WWF Soy Scorecard 2016. 

Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo launched

Corndale Charcuterie, based in Limavady in Co Derry, has launched Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo product. 

Jim Dobson OBE with the Worshipful Company of Butchers Master Patricia Dart
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Dunbia chief executive Jim Dobson receives industry honours

Chief executive and co-owner of red meat processor Dunbia, Jim Dobson OBE, has been the recipient of two industry honours. 

New Moy Park BBQ range available at Budgens and Ocado

Moy Park has secured listings for its new ‘Moy Park BBQ & Roast’ range in Budgens and Ocado. 

Meat Business Women hits new peaks with latest networking event

The latest Meat Business Women networking event has been hailed as a success by the conference’s organiser, Laura Ryan. 

Halal Food Authority to certify non-stun slaughter

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is to launch a certification scheme for non-stun slaughter in the meat and poultry processing sector. 

Shropshire abattoir boosts treatment capacity to deal with increased business

Euro Quality Lambs (EQL) is boosting its wastewater treatment capacity at its abattoir in Craven Arms, Shropshire, to help deal with the company’s growth. 

Hilton Foods sees continued growth

Meat packing firm Hilton Food Group has reported “good progress in a number of markets”. 

Pastry and poultry drive Cranswick’s growth

Cranswick reported the highest growth rates in pastry, premium poultry and burgers in preliminary full-year results, posted on 24 May.

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Leatherhead proves mechanically butchered meat is fresh

Leatherhead Food Research has called for more sophisticated analyses for meat harvested from advanced mechanical butchery technologies, following a High Court ruling. 

‘Hands-on’ initiative launched by AHDB Pork

The industry’s levy board AHDB Pork has launched a new Focus Farm initiative for pig producers. 

FSA meat incidents so far this year

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its entire list of food incidents for the first three months of 2016. 

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. 

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