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Beef and lamb outlook positive, but volatility to remain

Due to increasing global demand for meat, the outlook for the UK beef and lamb industry is positive, but volatility is here to stay, said speakers at Eblex’s annual conference.

Sainsbury’s launches own-label game range

Sainsbury’s has launched its first own-label range of venison in response to market demand, which will be supplied by Scottish venison supplier Highland Game.

Blog points to social media benefits

In our latest blog post sausage expert and managing director of Westaways Sausages Charles Baughan talks about the importance of an online business.

APPG on religious meat slaughter deemed ‘anti-Muslim’

Muslim representatives from the halal meat industry have hit out at today’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) debate, calling it ‘anti-Muslim’.

Sausage Week starts with a swing

British Sausage Week kicked off yesterday andis already attracting a lot of attention across social media, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what you are all up to.

QMS boss emphasises importance of Scotch meat quality assurance

Maintaining the integrity of the Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb labels is crucial to ensuring the long-term profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive.

Parliament to debate religious slaughter

A debate on religious slaughter is to be held in parliament next week, following an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

Eblex targets students with lamb campaign

With the new term under way, Eblex is aiming to get more university students cooking with lamb, using its ‘LambSoc’ campaign.

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

Tulip to relaunch Danepak bacon

UK pork producer Tulip is to relaunch its iconic bacon brand, Danepak, early next year.

Devro turns in solid performance

Despite sliding profits in the first half of the year, Devro has released its third-quarter (Q3) statement showing trading is “in line with expectations”.

Welsh minister presents Beef and Lamb DVD to Sial delegates

Wales’ deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans attended the Welsh stand at Sial Paris this year, and launched a multilingual DVD to promote Welsh meat to different markets.

Government pledges to open new markets for meat

Meat remains a very important part of the UK export mix, and the priority of the UK government is to open new markets, according to Defra secretary of state Elizabeth Truss.

Scottish meat body shows charity support

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has announced it has donated £8,000 to three UK charities.

Eblex gains marketing boost for lamb from EU

Eblex has announced it will receive a £6.17m boost for a co-marketing campaign set to encourage more people in Europe to cook with lamb.

Feature: Sial - 50 years young

Sial is back in 2014 with a number of new developments, as well as a 50th anniversary to celebrate. 

British meat bodies get set for Paris showcase

British meat bodies are preparing to go head-to-head with competitors from across the globe at this year’s Sial food show in a bid to increase global sales.

Bpex reveals sausage finalists in multiple retailer and brands category

British Sausage Week has announced the finalists for its ‘multiple retailer and brands’ sausage category after a week of “intense judging”.

Golfing day brings in £6k for meat charity

The country’s largest meat charity, the Butchers’ & Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI), has managed to raise nearly £6,000 through a fundraising golf day attended by 85 golfers.

Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

False meat claims see Fortnum & Mason stripped of Royal grocer title

Fortnum & Mason been ditched as the Royal grocer after it became apparent it was making false claims on its meat packaging, according to the Mail Online.

Welsh meat body appoints Dutch marketer

The red meat promotion body for Wales has appointed a Dutch marketing representative, which it hopes will increase exports to the country.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Westaways introduces frozen sausage range

Westaways Sausages is launching a new range of cook-from-frozen Traditional British Pork Sausages, which it claims will help minimise food waste.

RSPCA rebrands animal welfare scheme

The RSPCA’s animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to ‘RSPCA Assured’ in response to consumer research.

Scottish union turns to CMA over chicken market plight

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers’ contracts.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this year’s British Sausage Week.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Artists illustrate Smithfield Market nightlife

Depictions of life in Smithfield Market will be exhibited by artists at the Three Night Markets exhibition at City Hall in London this autumn.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Butchers urged to register for fair

With competitions, speakers and latest innovations on display, butchers are being urged to register for free entry to this Autumn’s Butchers and Bakers Fair.

Linden Foods introduces meat boxes range to Fane Valley

Red meat processor Linden Foods has revealed a new range of meat boxes to be sold in Fane Valley Co-operative stores in Northern Ireland.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the ‘eat less meat’ brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

Meat products do well at Great Taste Awards

Meat brands cleared up at this year’s Great Taste Awards with a whole host of meat products now eligible to use the ‘Great Taste’ logo.

Great Taste Award-winner brings out snacking salami

Salami charcuterie specialist Serious Pig has launched a new ‘snacking salami’ product for retailers.

C & K Meats expands into Asia

Suffolk producer C & K Meats has secured overseas orders worth around £100,000, after expanding into Asia with help from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Russian ban has ‘minimal’ impact on UK meat

Russia has banned meat imports from the EU, as well as the USA, Canada and Norway, but the move will have “minimal” impact on UK exports.

Tulip shortlisted in IGD awards

Food producer Tulip is “delighted” to be shortlisted for the consumer and retail analysis IGD awards.

Fresh beef brings in £2bn to UK economy

The fresh beef market in Britain was worth more than £2bn this past year, according to figures from market analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

UK and Irish foods stand up to origin test

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has not found any misleading information in a study looking at foods which have UK and Ireland country of origin claims.

UK sheepmeat exports show good growth

Sheepmeat exports continued to perform strongly last year, according to the AHDB/Eblex Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.

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