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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Allan’s 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.

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.

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.

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 chairman’s official handover lunch.

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.

Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

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

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.

Booker boss advises food industry to change strategy

Food suppliers need to rethink their strategies and avoid being “ground down” by the supermarkets for “limited growth”, according to the chief executive of wholesale giant Booker.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Constraint in long-term beef supplies

Beef supplies will remain tight into the long term, but consumer demand remains robust, delegates to the Outlook Conference were told.

Expert says 2014 meat outlook is positive

Richard Brown, director of consultancy and research company Gira, talked positively about the trading environment for the UK meat industry at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday.

Beef and veal supply expected to remain tight

AHDB Market Intelligence and Eblex forecasts suggest that while beef and veal supply is expected to be up on last year, the long-term situation will remain tight.

Halal Authority Board plans conference

A conference is set to be held to establish a consensus within the halal community when it comes to the ritual slaughter of poultry.

Bidvest 3663 doubles fresh meat offering

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has doubled its fresh meat lines from 15 to 30, after selling 550 tonnes of beef, pork, lamb and poultry since March 2013.

Dawn Meats acquires Cornish abattoir

Irish supplier Dawn Meats has agreed a deal with the Jasper family to take over the Jasper beef abattoir and boning facility in Treburley, Cornwall.

April arrives at 2 Sisters

April Preston, former head of food product development at Marks & Spencer, has been appointed as innovation director at 2 Sisters Food Group.

JBT FoodTech adds infrared system to cooking options

Global food technology solutions provider JBT FoodTech has added an infrared system to its integrated range of multi-phase in-line cooking options.

NPA blasts Cranswick's actions

Cranswick’s decision to walk away from the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) system is a blatant move to source cheaper pigs, the chairman of the NPA has claimed.

Tulip plans £490k development project

Pork, bacon and cooked meat producer Tulip is launching an ambitious growth project with the help of a £147,000 grant from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Demand from Third Countries increases UK sheep meat exports

Demand from Third Countries has led to an increase in UK sheep meat exports in 2013, according to Eblex.

Prime hogg prices up as supply falls

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported a rising trend in prime hogg prices, underpinned by a tightening of supply.

Eblex and Bpex eye up Asian export opportunities

Eblex and Bpex are eyeing up export potential for beef, lamb and pork in Asia following a mission to Japan, South Korea and India.

FSA begins study on geographic origin of foods

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is due to begin its study into the geographical origin of food, in a bid to ensure products with UK labels are correct.

NFU and Soil Association commend Paterson’s vision

Major players in UK farming and agriculture have supported Owen Paterson’s call for self-suffuciency after the environment secretary spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference on Tuesday.

Cattle conference to focus on healthy diet

The British Cattle Conference will focus on ‘breeding healthy food in a hungry world’ across its two-and-a-half day event in January.

Brand new lorries for Suffolk supplier

An East Anglian slaughterhouse and wholesale supplier has started the New Year by taking delivery of two new Renault Premium Eco lorries.

Eblex event to highlight beef and lamb trends

Global beef and lamb sector trends and developments will be highlighted at an Eblex and agri benchmark event in June.

British Cattle Breeders outline conference details

Dates have been announced for the British Cattle Breeders’ Club (BCBC) annual conference, which will be held this year at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on in Shropshire from 21-23 January.

Rooker to step down as FSA chair

Jeff Rooker has confirmed that he will step down as chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in July 2013.

Devro lowers annual profit forecast

Sausage casing supplier Devro said its full-year operating profit would be around 3% down on expectations due to currency fluctuations, inflation in hide costs and delays to capacity expansion projects.

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