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Aldi overtakes Waitrose to become sixth-largest UK retailer

Aldi has become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket, fuelled by over half a million new shoppers and a 7% increase in basket size.

Scottish butcher’s strikes burger deal with Tesco

Perthshire’s Simon Howie butcher’s will launch its steak burgers into 51 Scottish Tesco stores next week.

Scottish food safety body takes the reins from FSA

Stand-alone organisation Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has taken over the functions of the Food Standards Agency in the Scottish market as of yesterday (1 April).

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Cargill awarded top supplier award by Morrisons

Morrisons has named Cargill, the supermarket’s largest source of fresh chicken, as its Supplier of the Year 2015.

Welsh body takes lamb promotion to Denmark

The British ambassador to Denmark hosted a Welsh Lamb reception at her home near Copenhagen to allow Welsh exporters to discuss potential business deals with Danish importers and retailers.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Welsh butcher gains Ocado listing for meats

Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy, in North Wales, has launched a range of meat products with online supermarket Ocado.

Charcuterie firm launches innovative cures

The founder of a Bristol-based artisan charcuterie business is looking to redefine British cured meats with a new range of innovative products.

TV chefs boost game sales

The fortunes of British game have been boosted by the publicity given to it by celebrity chefs, according to Yorkshire Game.

Meat box supplier plans £1.3m expansion

Meat industry supplier Northern Paper Board, which supplies boxes for meat products, has revealed plans of a £1.3 million expansion at its site in Yorkshire.

Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in pork’s footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Expert points to importance of red meat in diet

Red meat could potentially become a more important source of long chain omega-3 than fish in the next 50 years, politicians have been told.

Beef bucks flat meat export trend

Exports of meat and animal products in 2014 were broadly flat on the previous year, but beef was up by 6%, with only salmon, chocolate and cheese ahead of it among top export product categories.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

Meat cutting and casserole work on show at IFE

The latest developments in meat cutting and the casserole and braising categories will be on show at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) this week.

Cooperation key to success in supply chain security

Greater cooperation and collaboration throughout the UK food supply chain was highlighted as a key factor in tackling the challenges of effective supply chain security, at a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on the subject last week.

UK ‘corners’ the EU lamb market, claims Eblex

The UK has cornered the lamb and mutton export market, and is the only EU member making money out of it, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex export manager.

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Welsh to present PGI Beef and Lamb at IFE

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is preparing to showcase Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef at the UK’s largest food and drink event, IFE.

Export worries dent poultry sector confidence

Poultry industry confidence has been knocked due to export uncertainty, according to a new British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.

Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwall’s Brian Etherington Meat Company has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation, a food safety standard “signifying a greater paradigm of excellence in food practice”.

Valentine’s Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentine’s Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Moy Park keen to make most of popular poultry

Moy Park is looking to capitalise on consumers’ preference for local produce as it looks to grow its fresh poultry sales in the UK and Ireland.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef. 

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJ’s latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Halal seminar to debate issues

Eblex will focus on the current opportunities and challenges in the halal sector in a seminar later this month.

Devro’s profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

Job losses confirmed at 2 Sisters Food Group

After reports last week that hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, Unite Union said “their worst fears have been confirmed”.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

Ginsters extends range with meat snacks

Ginsters is capitalising on the snacking and food-to-go trend with a launch of a new range, Ginsters Meat Club.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would “offend the human senses” of its neighbours.

New MD for Yorkshire butcher’s

Catering butcher’s The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

Pork body puts focus on Asia

Bpex is looking to “open and develop” markets in Asia by attending a series of events in the continent in the coming months.

Video: AHDB Outlook Conference 2015

The annual AHDB Conference took place last Wednesday (11 February) at One Great George Street, London. The new chief executive of AHDB, Jane King, kicked off proceedings in the morning, outlining the organisation’s plans and focus going forwards.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

“The poultry meat industry likes recessions,” according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asia’s growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Outlook Conference were told.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

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