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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 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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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 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.

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.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

Systems Integration lands Canada contract

A British software firm has landed a contract at a state-of-the-art beef processing facility set to open in Canada this year, which its owners claim is the “first of its kind” in North America.

Aldi lists quality Scotch haggis

Aldi in Scotland has started stocking a specially developed Scotch haggis, the only one on the market that contains Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nation’s favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

Red Tractor embarks on major barbecue drive

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is running a major on-pack barbecue promotion this summer “to drive awareness and understanding of Red Tractor standards”.

Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

Celebrity chef gets behind drive for British farming

TV chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his weight behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) campaign to back British farming and food.

Lab meat closer to a reality

Meat grown in a laboratory will become commercially viable in the next decade, the scientist who grew the world’s first stem-cell burger has claimed.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

Banker-turned-butcher opens Manchester city centre outlet

A former banker has opened an artisan butcher’s shop in Manchester’s city centre.

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