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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.

Cranswick reports "strong growth"

Cranswick PLC has released its first quarter (Q1) results showing “strong growth”, with total sales up 14%.

Red Tractor set to promote quality during dedicated week

Red Tractor has urged licensees to get behind Red Tractor Week (15-21 September), saying it is a great opportunity to promote their own quality assurance credentials.

Welsh red meat body embarks on Netherlands campaign

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is looking to increase overseas demand for Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef by starting a marketing drive in the Netherlands.

Meadow Vale gets Klucky

Meadow Vale Foods is offering suppliers the chance to win up to £500 through its new marketing campaign, Klucky.

Hilton Food Group on target

The Hilton Food Group performed in line with expectations despite “challenging conditions” for consumers, according to its latest trading statement.

FSA staff to be balloted for strike action

A proposed strike by meat hygiene inspectors and supporting staff could cause disruption to the meat supply chain, processing bosses have warned.

Meat body reports cooling for lamb prices

Lamb prices have cooled over the past five weeks, due to a strong sterling and extra availability of lambs on the market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

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 UK’s 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 UK’s 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 year’s 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 London’s largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butcher’s 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 Scotland’s (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 Company’s 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 year’s 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 UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

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