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Eblex conference highlights international experience

Speakers at the Eblex Processor Conference last week highlighted best practices by drawing on experiences from across the globe.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UKs first bacon-tasting product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Tulip reduces salt for Danepak bacon

Tulip has revealed its Danepak bacon will contain 30% less salt than normal bacon as the result of a new curing process.

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Associations (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Cornish butcher launches wholesale business

A new wholesale business has been launched in the South West by the man behind Kernow Sausages.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

Eblex stages Singapore event for beef

Eblex has hosted an event to showcase Quality Standard Beef to the foodservice sector in Singapore, where there could be significant opportunities for exports.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

Faccenda Foods sees profits rise for fourth consecutive year

Faccenda Foods has reported an increase in profits for the fourth year running.

New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

Sheep body elects new chairman

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has elected Northern Irish Samuel Wharry as its new chairman.

China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UKs first agriculture and food counsellor in China has been appointed, to help increase British food and drink exports to the country.

HFA points to misuse of halal logo

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has accused kosher food supplier Hermolis of displaying its halal logo on products despite the companys accreditation having expired.

MP pursues Red Meat Month campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was only fair to launch a Red Meat Month to celebrate Britains livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a simplified family of brands.

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Boxer visits butchery sponsor

English light-welterweight champion Tyler Goodjohn has made a late-night visit to his sponsor, Smithfields wholesale meat suppliers James Burden.

New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the companys wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Knife hygiene firm strikes Australian export deal

An international meat firm based in Australia has given a huge boost to a Northern Ireland equipment company which specialises in knife sterilisation.

Morrisons boss steps down, as retailer sees sales fall

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Phillips is to leave the company after five years in his role, as the supermarket announced a fall in like-for-like sales (LFLs).

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised its campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against scandalously high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Tesco announces store closures despite better results

Despite reporting better-than-expected sales results, Tesco has announced it will close 43 unprofitable stores across the country.

Eblex strengthens communications team

Eblex has increased the size of its communications team after calls from levy payers and stakeholders for more information to help drive the industry forward.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the governments long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Jane King appointed AHDB CEO

Former Farmers Weekly editor Jane King has been announced as the new chief executive of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Competition body steps up investigation on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

A phase two investigation has began into the proposed merger of the chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business of Kerry Foods Limited and Pork Farms, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reported.

New study linking red meat and cancer will be harder to prove in humans

New research has apparently uncovered a link between red meat consumption and the formation of cancerous tumours.

Festive meat sales see decline compared with 2013

Christmas meat sales were down on last year, despite a last-minute surge from shoppers, according to IRI data.

Campylobacter scare causes drop in chicken sales

Year-on-year sales of whole chickens dropped in the 12 weeks ending 7 December, prompting speculation that consumers are buying less due to the campylobacter scare.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a crunch year for the Scottish meat industry.

Marketing authority to investigate pork pie merger

The Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) is to investigate the merger of Pork Farms and Kerry Foods over concern it could form a monopoly in the pork pie market.

HCC action plan on track

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) five-year action plan, to ensure a profitable and sustainable meat industry for the future, is continuing to hit targets, according to the organisation.

Eblex encourages revival of casseroles

English beef and sheep industry levy body Eblex is undertaking a Casserole Revival project to improve the popularity of the casserole and braising sector, and halt its long-term decline.

Finalists of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards revealed

The judging is complete and Meat Trades Journal can now reveal the finalists in the 2015 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Fitness website slashes fresh turkey price

Fitness food website MuscleFood.com is offering affordable fresh turkeys for the festive market for only 9.

Westaways Sausages included in Business is GREAT advent campaign

Westaways Sausages has been featured in a government campaign to promote small firms at Christmas.

Traditional meals in long-term decline, finds study

Family meals and time-consuming dishes, such as traditional meat roasts, are in long-term decline, according to Kantar Worldpanel research, commissioned by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Can the FSA deliver a Food Crime Unit?

Concern over whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) can deliver a Food Crime Unit by the end of the year have been heard at a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.

Beef prices to strengthen as supplies slow

Tighter local and global beef supplies are expected in 2015, and this will help to underpin GB producer prices, according to experts.

New allergen labelling rules imminent

New allergen labelling comes into force tomorrow (13 December 2014), including new labelling protocol for frozen meat and frozen meat preperations.

Federation of Small Businesses calls for reform

Business rates are the third biggest expense for small businesses, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which said the gorvernment needs to abolish the tax.

Pig herd improvements observed

The physical performance of the British pig herd continues to improve, according to the latest Interpig report, published by Bpex.

Tesco issues warning on profits

Tesco has issued an unscheduled profits warning stating the supermarket does not expect yearly profits to exceed 1.4bn in its next interim results.

Pork processor introduces online initiative

Tulip has launched a new online community to engage with its consumers and provide real-time insights for both the business and its customers.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterdays Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

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