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Farm shop bosses share knowledge

A panel of farm shop experts gave visitors their top tips for running a successful business in a special talk at the Farm Shop & Deli show in Birmingham earlier this week.

Organic drive for independent retailers

Organic body the Soil Association has launched a new campaign to support independent retailers and help them promote sales of organic produce.

Quality and education important for butchers, says futurologist

Butchers and farm shops should focus on quality not quantity, while providing a premium and educational service, according to leading food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.

BBQ competition finalists announced

Representing their respective regions, Q Guild Butchers from across the UK will go head-to-head in the 2015 BBQ contest finale.

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Eblex offers mobile video resource

Producers now have “a wealth of video resources” available to them on the Eblex mobile app, which can be accessed even without a live internet connection, according to the levy body.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

UKIP changes tack on non-stun slaughter

After backing down from plans to ban non-stun slaughter, UKIP’s new election manifesto supports continuation of the slaughter method, and insists on “formal non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen”.

Robin Hood sausage contest celebrates 21st year

Meat organisation the Nottinghamshire Council of Retail Meat Traders is celebrating its 100th year with its annual Robin Hood Sausage Championship in Nottinghamshire.

Aldi lists quality Scotch haggis

Aldi in Scotland has started stocking a specially developed Scotch haggis, the only one on the market that contains Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

Bpex launches pulled pork campaign for butchers

Bpex has launched point-of-sale material for butchers as part of its campaign to promote pulled pork.

Scottish butcher’s uses Himalayan salt wall to cure meat

Aberdonian firm Davidsons has become the first butcher’s in Scotland to install a special Himalayan salt wall to enhance its meat curing process.

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nation’s favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

Red Tractor embarks on major barbecue drive

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is running a major on-pack barbecue promotion this summer “to drive awareness and understanding of Red Tractor standards”.

GB team selected for Tri-Nations butchery challenge

Britain’s best butchers are preparing for the Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge, after the GB team was decided in a competition at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) last month.

Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

Halal franchise butcher’s opens new store

London-based Tariq Halal has opened its fifth butcher’s shop in Fulham, with plans to open more this year.

Celebrity chef gets behind drive for British farming

TV chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his weight behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) campaign to back British farming and food.

Lab meat closer to a reality

Meat grown in a laboratory will become commercially viable in the next decade, the scientist who grew the world’s first stem-cell burger has claimed.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

Youngsters display skills in livestock and butchery event

More than 100 young enthusiasts in the livestock, auctioneering and butchery sectors showcased their skills at the inaugural National Young Show Stars event in Malvern.

Banker-turned-butcher opens Manchester city centre outlet

A former banker has opened an artisan butcher’s shop in Manchester’s city centre.

Red Tractor life proposal meets farmer resistance

Beef farmers have raised concerns about plans to extend the Red Tractor (RT) assurance scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period. Nearly two-thirds opposed the change, according a survey carried out by the National Beef Association (NBA).

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

Independent butchers should look to pork to capitalise on the trend for premium burgers, according to pork levy board Bpex.

Midlands butcher’s opens ‘ambitious’ outlet

A sixth store has now been opened by Lincolnshire’s G Simpson Butchers, described by the business as its most ambitious outlet yet.

Scottish butcher’s strikes burger deal with Tesco

Perthshire’s Simon Howie butcher’s will launch its steak burgers into 51 Scottish Tesco stores next week.

Norfolk butcher to sponsor Paralympic swimmer

Q Guild’s Bradwell Butchery from Norfolk has announced it will be sponsoring Paralympic British swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE.

Ingredients company introduces curry sauces for meats

Ingredients provider Verstegen has launched a new curry-inspired range of sauces for meat products, allowing butchers to make their own quality curries.

Southampton butcher helps to inspire young cooks

Children in Southampton have been competing in a creative cooking competition, organised by Q Guild butcher Owton’s.

Scottish food safety body takes the reins from FSA

Stand-alone organisation Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has taken over the functions of the Food Standards Agency in the Scottish market as of yesterday (1 April).

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Power to the people in new retail butchery initiative

Supermarket customers are to be offered the chance to butcher their own meat, in a new initiative by one of the major multiples.

#Butcherisbetter campaign review

We picked out some of the best from our #butcherisbetter campaign for National Butchers' Week.

NFU urges retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK’s major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this year’s lambing season.

Revamped butcher’s gains alcohol licence

A North Yorkshire butcher’s shop has been celebrating its revamped shop, which includes a licence to sell alcohol and a food-to-go counter.

Scotch Beef and Lamb sponsor pie competition

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI will be on show at the British Pie Awards, as they are on the line-up of sponsors at the Melton Mowbray event.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Welsh butcher gains Ocado listing for meats

Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy, in North Wales, has launched a range of meat products with online supermarket Ocado.

National Butchers' Week - Edwards of Conwy

It's National Butchers Week so we caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy.

Charcuterie firm launches innovative cures

The founder of a Bristol-based artisan charcuterie business is looking to redefine British cured meats with a new range of innovative products.

Meat box supplier plans £1.3m expansion

Meat industry supplier Northern Paper Board, which supplies boxes for meat products, has revealed plans of a £1.3 million expansion at its site in Yorkshire.

Eblex creates online POS Hub for butchers

A new online point-of-sale Hub for butchers has been launched by Eblex, to “provide more useful tools and resources than ever before”.

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