Supermarkets and Convenience

Bright future for red meat, says QMS boss

There are a number of signs that point to an “encouraging future” for the Scottish red meat industry, according to Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Irish beef farmers continue protest at UK price gap

Thousands of Irish beef farmers have staged another protest outside meat factories as anger grows over the price gap with the UK.

Faccenda continues expansion with proposed deal for Cherry Valley

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is to acquire duck business Cherry Valley Foods by the end of the year.

British Sausage Week round-up

Butchers, supermarkets and food service outlets celebrated British Sausage Week last week with promotions and competitions taking place across the country, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what was on offer.

Winter promotional kit to boost beef and lamb sales

Eblex Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme members are set to receive a winter promotional kit to help sales of beef and lamb.

Turnbull’s extends ‘meals on wheels’ service

A Northumberland Q Guild butcher is adding a second mobile shop to its long-standing ‘meals on wheels’ service.

Iceland launches exotic meats to coincide with jungle TV show

Iceland has launched an exotic meat box to tie in with its sponsorship of ITV’s reality series ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!’. 

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Conwy butcher exports to Malaysia

A Q Guild butcher has received its biggest ever overseas order for homemade sausages and dry cured bacon.

Tesco triumphs in supermarket sausage awards

Bpex has announced the winners of the Mulitple Retailer and Branded Manufacturer sausage awards to coincide with British Sausage Week.

Morrisons’ woes continue

Morrisons has again posted poor results after what it described as a period of “intense industry competition”.

Heck moves into burger and meatball market

Sausage brand Heck has announced plans to open a “state-of-the-art” processing site in Ripon as it moves into the burger and meatball market.

Waitrose works on antimicrobial resistance issue

Waitrose has embarked on a scheme to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance in livestock, while also working on various environmental projects, according to agriculture manager Duncan Sinclair.

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.

Tulip joins forces with Scottish pig producers in new initiative

Tulip and Scottish pork producers have taken control of a Scottish processing plant as part of a new collaboration said to be “fantastic news” for the Scottish pig industry.

Cargill director named Poultry Person of the Year

John Reed, agricultural director of Cargill’s European Poultry has been awarded the Poultry Person of the Year title.

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’.

Veterinary body pushes for consumers to be better informed on slaughter

Nine out of 10 British vets believe consumers need to be better informed about slaughter methods and welfare at slaughter, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

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.

Parents want school food to be British wherever possible, according to NFU poll

Parents want more British food in schools and more education on food and farming, according to a recent poll for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

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.

Holland’s Pies to recognise war veterans

Pie makers, Holland’s Pies, has created a limited-edition commemorative pie, which it intends to give away to war veterans in the north west of England.

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.

Irish farmers endure long night in protest over UK beef price gap

Irish beef farmers are in the midst of a 24-hour blockade outside abattoirs in protest against the growing price gap between Irish and British cattle.

Tulip creates new group innovation & NPD director role

Meat processor Tulip has created a new group innovation & NPD director role, appointing Stacey Howe to fill the position.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

Irish farmers stage cattle price protest

Irish beef farmers are to stage a blockade outside abattoirs today in a 24-hour protest over the price gap between Irish and UK cattle prices.

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.

Cranswick moves into poultry with Yorkshire purchase

Pork processors Cranswick will make its first move into poultry with the acquisition of a fellow Yorkshire firm Benson Park.

BPC defends UK chicken rearing standards, following BBC report

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has responded to a BBC article. Do people know where their chicken comes from?, which looks at intensive chicken farming in the UK.

Tesco chairman steps down amid £263m profits overstatement

Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down as Tesco’s chairman after a gross overstatement of profits totalling £263m.

French importer rewarded for commitment to Scotch Lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has rewarded a French importer for its commitment to Scotch Lamb.

Study finds lower sperm count in vegetarians

A study into sperm count and diet found vegetarian men to have significantly lower sperm motility and concentration.

Lamb prices start to rise

Lamb prices are beginning to pick up after declining over recent months, but they still remain lower than last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews’ rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry’s campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

QMS wins award for lamb campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has picked up another marketing award for its successful ‘Wham bam thank you lamb’ campaign.

Sausage Week competition reveals brand finalists

The finalists in the ‘Brands’ category of this year’s British Sausage Week competition have now been revealed.

Feature: Sial - 50 years young

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

Bakers' and Butchers' Fair 2014: the day in pictures

The Bakers’ and Buthers’ Autumn Fair 2014, held at Newark Showground, seen butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Cranswick reports positive performance

Cranswick has released its trading statement for the first six months of the year, in which it reported trading was “in line with the board’s expectations”.

Dragon’s Den star lists new spicy sausage with Asda

Dragon’s Den star Alf Turner has launched a new spiced sausage, Dragon’s Fury, which will be launched into 200 Asda stores.

Three new members join AHDB board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Board (AHDB) has appointed three new board members.

X Factor finalist helps promote British lamb

Former X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon has teamed up with Eblex to promote British lamb in a series of recipe videos.

Morrisons offers Beef Shorthorn cattle premium

Morrisons is offering a premium price for Beef Shorthorn-sired cattle for its Traditional Beef Scheme.

M&S appoints new agriculture manager

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has appointed Peter Kennedy from Tesco as its new agriculture manager, in charge of sourcing pig and poultry meat.

Northern meats feature in retailer’s new ‘Christmas Book’

North of England supermarket chain Booths has released a ‘Christmas Book’, featuring northern meat products which are now available for delivery across the country.

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