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Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Jewish families may pay an extra £12,700 to eat Kosher, say Tricot and Silberman
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‘Kosher Chicken Index’ highlights the cost of Jewish living

Economists Anthony Tricot and Andrea Silberman found that living the Jewish lifestyle in the UK can cost an additional £12,700 a year. 

The Kernow Sausage Company's Gluten Free Herby Pork Sausages
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Two Brothers Foods extends gluten-free range

A Cornish food wholesaler has extended its gluten-free range due to an increase in consumer demand. 

Greggs reports strong 2015

Greggs, one of the UK’s leading sausage roll, pasty and bakery retailers, experienced a growth of 5.2% in total sales for the 2015 financial year.

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme. 

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UK’s food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms. 

Whole Foods Markets to supply edible insects

Grub, an edible insect company, has announced it has secured its first listing for the Roasted Cricket snack range with Whole Foods Markets. 

Representatives of the charities presented with their share of the gift support from SAMW
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Scottish meat body shows charity support

Five major charities have shared a total of £13,000 in gift support from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Lidl recalls chicken thighs

Supermarket chain Lidl has recalled its 450g Italiamo Italian Style Chicken Thighs due to a labelling error.

Fast food chains targeted for Living Wage protests

Fast food chains including McDonald’s and Burger King will face protests from members of the GMB union about the Living Wage today.  


Samworth Brothers hopes to continue growth

Following the release of a financial report for the year ended 27 December 2014, Samworth Brothers (Holding) Limited claimed it will continue to seek new opportunities. 

China’s appetite for UK pork continues to grow

China is now the biggest market for UK pork exports outside of Europe, according to AHDB Pork, with strong demand for offal likely to continue to grow. 

Amazon food delivery service faces own-label challenge

Kantar Worldpanel has warned that Amazon faces challenges as it rolls out its chilled and frozen one-hour delivery service to parts of London. 

Malcolm Allan signed a contract with Asda worth £150,000, lasting until the end of the year
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Scottish butcher teams up with Asda

Wholesale butcher Malcolm Allan has signed a contract worth £150,000 with supermarket chain Asda.

Delegates at a previous Anuga exhibition
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Minister highlights export growth at Anuga

Farming Minister George Eustice has praised the 4,000 food and drink businesses that have exported almost £1 billion of British produce to shops and restaurants around the world over the past two years.

Poultry value sales grew by 1.6% last year
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Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales. 

Gavin Tennent, Arlene Bonomi and Craig Stevenson
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Braehead appoints new managing director

One of Scotland’s leading wholesalers and game processors, Braehead Foods, has promoted Gavin Tennent from general manager to managing director.

Meat wholesaler faces jail time

A Bridgend meat wholesaler has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail after falsifying business records.

Ginsters appoints new managing director

Ginsters, which claims to have the largest selling product in the whole of the savoury pastry market, has appointed Kieran Hemsworth as their new managing director.  

Bill Abbey, factory manager at Clifton Quality Meats, with Andy Nurse of Yorkshire Bank
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Clifton Quality Meats adds new premises

Wholesale catering butcher Clifton Quality Meats is eyeing expansion after investing in new premises. 

AHDB Pork appoints Mick Sloyan to strategy post

Industry stalwart Mick Sloyan, who successfully led the creation of Bpex in 1999, has accepted the post of pork strategy director at AHDB. 

Joanne Bland has been tasked with creating new retail and wholesale products for Dicksons
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Dicksons aims to grow range with new appointment

Dicksons Butchers is set to grow its retail and wholesale range with the appointment of a new product development consultant. 

Greek crisis impacts UK meat exporters

UK meat exporters to the EU could be hit as the pound continues to strengthen against the euro in the wake of the Greek debt agreement, according to one market analyst. 

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future. 

New standard set for catering butchers

The National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB) has officially launched its new standard. 

Poultry industry adds £300m extra to UK GDP

The affordability of poultry products relative to other foods has helped the industry grow its contribution to UK GDP by £300 million. 

SAMW issues warning over EU referendum

Scotland’s meat wholesalers have warned that the export market for Scotch Beef and Lamb must not be damaged, whatever decision is reached on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. 

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over £1bn due to “excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year”, the company reported.

Supply chain issues prompt abattoir closure

A Scottish halal abattoir is set to close with the loss of more than 100 jobs, after its owners said its location caused the business “significant supply chain complexities”. 

Blakemore reaps reward of investment

Blakemore Fresh Foods has said its turnover reached a new high of £39m for the 2014/15 financial year, an increase of £3m on the year before, after it secured 40 new clients and opened a new office in Bristol at the start of this year. 

UK pork imports grow in March

UK pork imports increased 3% year-on-year for the month of March 2015, HMRC data has revealed. 

Sales of fresh meat and poultry have dropped in both value and volume in the 12 weeks to 26 April.
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Fresh meat and poultry decline in value and volume

Sales of fresh meat and poultry have dropped in both value and volume over the 12 weeks to 26 April 2015.

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

AHDB leads bid to establish livestock centre of excellence

The food and livestock industries have backed the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) bid for a Centre of Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

Sainsbury's boss, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s feels discounter impact, with £72m loss

Sainsbury’s has posted a £72 million loss in its yearly results – the supermarket’s worst results for a decade.

British meat bodies increase overseas activity

British red meat bodies are stepping up efforts to promote Welsh and Scottish red meat overseas.

Organic body meets Welsh Government on farming policy

Soil Association representatives met members of the Welsh Government yesterday (Thursday 30 April), to discuss their priorities for farmers and agricultural policy for the next 12 months.

Don’t miss future of food and drink conference

Today is the last day to get your hands on early bird tickets for our New Frontiers in Food and Drink conference.

Husband and wife duo, Carlyn and Alex Paton
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Scotch pie line rolled out in Asda

Ayrshire meat company, We Hae Meat, has rolled out its single-portion Scotch pie range to 62 Asda stores across Scotland.

Celebrity chef to become pulled pork ambassador

Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge has been announced as ambassador to Bpex’s new pulled pork campaign.

Video: The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2015

This year's Farm Shop & Deli Show saw over 400 suppliers descend on Birmingham to exhibit at the NEC.

Bill Gates issues pro-meat blog

Former vegetarian and billionaire Bill Gates has backed meat production in his latest blog post, stating you can eat meat and still be environmentally friendly.

QMS gains funding boost for Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry is set to receive €1.2 million (£861,000) from the European Commission (EC), thanks to a grant secured by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Chicken creation takes the crown at British Pie Awards

The Great North Pie Co. has been crowned the Supreme Champion of this year’s British Pie Awards for its Chicken, Mushroom, English Mustard & Cream creation.

Eblex reveals Best Steak competition results

The winners of ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’, ‘England’s Best Innovative Steak’ and ‘England’s Best Steak Pie’ have been revealed at Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards at Underglobe in London.

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Eblex offers mobile video resource

Producers now have “a wealth of video resources” available to them on the Eblex mobile app, which can be accessed even without a live internet connection, according to the levy body.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

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