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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.

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 Scotland’s (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.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Bpex introduces additional pig price scheme

Following the announcement of the discontinuation of the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) and the launch of the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP), Bpex will now expand its historical pig price reporting to include an all-new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

Collaboration the key for sausage supplier

The owner of a Devon sausage supplier has urged small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industry to collaborate with each other for success.

Eblex pushes new lamb marketing campaign

Eblex’s marketing channel, Simply Lamb and Beef, has teamed up with celebrity chef Mark Sergeant to promote its latest lamb campaign, Adventure Lamb.

O’Doherty’s wins Burger of the Year Award 2014

O’Doherty’s Fine Meats, based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, has won the Speciality Burger of the Year 2014 award for its lamb and anchovy burger. The Burger of the Year award, which coincided with National Butchers’ Week, was held at this year’s Food & Drink Expo 2014/Farmshop & Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

Italian stores in Welsh Beef promotion

Welsh Beef is available in Italy for the first time, as the PGI product has hit the shelves of 80 stores in a special promotion this spring.

Eblex/Bpex launch latest meat cuts guide

The latest edition of an invaluable cutting guide has been launched, with an expanded range that includes pork cuts for the first time.

Manufacturer joins food waste initiative

Rigid plastics packaging manufacturer RPC Group has joined the SAVE FOOD campaign, which aims to fight global food loss and waste.

Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Welsh red meat on display at Food & Drink Expo

Welsh Lamb and Beef will feature at the UK’s largest food and drink trade show next week.

Bpex abandons DAPP following controversial drop-outs

Following a significant decline in participating processors in the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP), the Bpex board has decided to launch a new historical pig price report, called the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP).

Funding approved for Isle of Man Meats factory

A £1.6 million investment package for Isle of Man Meats’ ailing factory has been approved by the parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald.

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

2 Sisters appoints new managing director of red meat

Dominic Turner has been appointed as the new managing director of 2 Sisters Food Group’s red meat division with immediate effect.

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