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Meat firm reports soaring sales as Tour de France hits Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has seen sales soar by 150% as the Tour de France arrives in the area.

Halal producer clinches European supermarket deals

A leading halal food producer is celebrating after landing a series of deals to give it a strong foothold across a number of European markets.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Export conference highlights opportunities for future growth

Opportunities for market growth and insights into the performance of the red meat sector were discussed at the Eblex Export Conference which took place this week (25 June).

Bpex and Eblex stage Chinese trade mission

Bpex and Eblex mounted another trade mission to China during the World Meat Congress in Beijing earlier this month.

Grocery Code survey reveals suppliers concerns

Results from a survey revealed at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) conference in Westminster yesterday (23 June) showed that suppliers feared retribution if they reported mistreatment by retailers.

Campbells new haggis set to fill market gap

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a gap in the market, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Poultry is UKs number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

Exports in focus at Eblex conference

Eblex is to put the UKs beef and lamb export strategy under the spotlight at its annual export conference next week.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A complex international market has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this years prestigious David Black Award.

Rise in online sales of pork

Bpex has welcomed reports that online sales for pork have increased, highlighting that pork purchasers are using modern purchasing methods.

Last chance to create butcher of the future

The English meat industry has one last chance today to play a role in helping to design the butcher of the future.

Non-EU sheep meat exports hit record high

UK sheep meat export volumes to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have reached record levels, according to Eblex.

PTF head to retire

After 19 years as the director general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), Clare Cheney is retiring and will be succeeded by Terry Jones.

Halal butcher chain expands with 1m Lloyds loan

Tariq Halal Meats, one of Londons largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butchers shop to its operations, with the help of a 1m loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Beef and offal exports jump 25%

Red meat levy body Eblex has reported an increase in beef and offal exports, with the Africa and the Far East as important emerging markets.

UK pork exports on the up

Bpex has reported record pork export figures as China becomes a high performing market for British pork.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Investment made in new meat DNA testing

Food advisory and testing group Exova has invested in new DNA testing equipment to confirm the source of meat found in products.

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

QSM marketing kit will help summer sales sizzle

Eblex has issued members of the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme with promotional material to help butchers boost sales during the summer.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Scottish meat producers set sights on Sweden

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported possible opportunities for Scotch Beef and Lamb after a Swedish food event.

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Scottish associations to join forces over beef marketing

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) and the NFU Scotland (NFUS) are to work together in a bid to address the issues of price pressure and premium cattle losses.

Bernard Matthews to close turkey processing site

Around 80 jobs losses are expected at Bernard Matthews Lincs Turkey plant in Grainthorpe, Lincolnshire, after the firm put forward proposals to close the site.

Industry experts dismiss sensationalist supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

New chief for packaging association

The Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) has appointed Andrew Stark as its new chief operating officer, starting early this month.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotlands (NFUS) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Yorkshire Dales Meat extends bacon deal with Asda

After good sales figures since going into Asda stores in the north of England last summer, the Yorkshire Dales Meat Companys bacon will be going into 10 additional Asda branches.

Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this years Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Poultry firm enjoys 10% revenue hike

Poultry producer Moy Park reported strong sales for 2013 with a 10% increase in revenue to 1.2bn.

New chief executive at Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews has announced the appointment of Rob Burnett as its new chief executive.

Black pudding firm to double capacity with 1.4m spend

The Bury Black Pudding Company has the capacity to double its production and is targeting overseas markets after a 1.4m investment programme.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UKs supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Meat wholesaler set to hit 3m in first year

Meat wholesaler Grassroots Wholesale Food is reported to be on schedule for a turnover of over 3m in their first year.

Premier Foods sees Q1 fall in grocery

Premier Foods, owner of gravy and stock brands Aah Bisto and Oxo, has announced a 6.2% decrease in grocery sales in the first quarter.

QMS Lamb campaign up for marketing award

Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Wham Bam Thank You Lamb campaign has been shortlisted for a national marketing award.

European meat delegates take knowledge exchange trip to USA

Eblex and the Young European Meat Committee (YEMCO) explored the possibility of a free trade agreement with the US during a knowledge exchange trip earlier this month.

Irish processor enjoys strong profits

Fane Valley Co-operative has reported a 17% increase in turnover, as well as a 50% rise in pre-tax profits, for the last year.

Organic suppliers look to China for exports

With organic demand in China growing the UK Soil Association Certification (SAC) has teamed up with its Chinese counterparts to make it cheaper and simpler for UK suppliers to export.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a chapter of change and opportunity, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Meat industry concerned over small business inspection charge

The European Parliament has voted to delete an exemption which currently saves small meat businesses millions of pounds each year.

British success at Asian trade show

British meat exporters, who exhibited on an Eblex/Bpex stand, reported high levels of interest after showcasing their products at the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 (FHA2014) convention in Singapore last week (8-11 April).

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

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