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Dalton Philips is to leave after five years in charge
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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).

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands’ largest hospitality fair next week.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s 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.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

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 government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Sainsbury's Chief Executive, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsbury’s has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarket’s Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

Reorganisation sets Scottish meat firm on path for future

Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported stronger results following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October 2014.

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.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

The cattle market is “demonstrating stability” as the year draws to a close, according to Eblex.

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.

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

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.

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.

2 Sisters in spotlight as contract terms are criticised

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting “beyond unreasonable” terms of contract by one of its suppliers on a BBC Newsnight programme.

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.

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.

Lidl claims strong reindeer sales

Rudolph is proving popular on dinner plates this Christmas, with Lidl reporting strong sales of its smoked reindeer.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers’ favourite

Ahead of shortbread, smoked salmon and even haggis, Scotch Beef PGI has been named as Scotland’s favourite food.

Pig herd improvements observed

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

Infographic: Christmas food and drink spend set to rise, but patterns to change

Spending on Christmas food and drink is set to grow this year, but shoppers will spread their purchases across a number of stores, with less emphasis on one large trip, according to food researcher IGD.

Poultry body presents 2020 Vision

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released its manifesto, laying out its ‘2020 Vision’, as well as its calls for government assistance in ensuring the “continuing success of the British poultry meat industry”.

Meat industry hits back at ‘misleading’ reports

The UK meat industry has defended itself after two separate studies claimed that livestock production and meat consumption must be reduced to tackle climate change.

Co-op to boost British meat credentials

The Co-operative Food has committed to sourcing all its own-brand meat from British farmers as part of a £1.5bn initiative announced today (5 December).

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

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

Poultry industry awards winners revealed

The British Poultry Council (BPC) rewarded excellence in the poultry industry at its Annual Awards at the House of Commons on Tuesday (2 December).

Chancellor commits to businesses rates relief

Chancellor George Osborne has announced another year of tax relief for small businesses and tax cuts for employers with apprentices.

Industry prepares for new EU labelling rules

Food businesses are gearing up for the implementation of new labelling regulations which include the requirement to declare certain allergenic ingredients and to state the first date of freezing on products including meat.

Morrisons to trial first halal counter

Morrisons will pilot its first-ever stand-alone halal meat concession at its re-fitted Preston North End store.

Foreign interest in Welsh Lamb revealed

Details of recent trade missions to Wales from foreign retailers, importers and journalists interested in Welsh Lamb were revealed today (1 December) at the Royal Welsh Show by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

Report claims demand must dictate Welsh Beef supply

Co-operation across the supply chain and better knowledge of consumer demand would help secure a positive future for Welsh Beef, a report into the industry has found. 

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Northern Irish butcher scoops European sausage title

A Northern Irish butcher’s has won a European competition with its products at the Sausage Awards in Normandy, France.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

Categories extended in British Pie Awards

The 2015 British Pie Awards are now open for entry, with the competition this year offering 20 different categories.

Scottish meat company to triple production site

Scottish meat firm, We Hae Meat, has announced plans to triple the size of its site in Ayrshire, opening up jobs for local people.

Cranswick reports profitable H1

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

Duck producer wins top marketing award

British duck producer Gressingham Foods has added to its list of awards after receiving an Excellence in Marketing Award.

2 Sisters reports loss, despite rise in sales

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £143.3 million loss for the 53 weeks ending 2 August 2014, although total sales were up 18.5% and protein performed strongly.

Welsh sheep electronic ID scheme proves resounding success

A £1 million electronic identification scheme for Welsh sheep farmers has proved a hit, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

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