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Butchers urged to donate bones for charity

Butchers and farm shops around the country are being invited to get involved with the ‘Bones for Bones’ leukaemia and lymphoma charity scheme, started by Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Expert points to importance of red meat in diet

Red meat could potentially become a more important source of long chain omega-3 than fish in the next 50 years, politicians have been told.

Beef bucks flat meat export trend

Exports of meat and animal products in 2014 were broadly flat on the previous year, but beef was up by 6%, with only salmon, chocolate and cheese ahead of it among top export product categories.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

Cooperation key to success in supply chain security

Greater cooperation and collaboration throughout the UK food supply chain was highlighted as a key factor in tackling the challenges of effective supply chain security, at a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on the subject last week.

Irish pork DNA testing scheme deemed ‘incomplete’ by EC

The European Commission has called Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA) DNA testing scheme has been called “incomplete” by the European Commission.

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

FSA issues burger cooking advice

As we edge towards the barbecue season, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued advice for the public on how best to prepare home-cooked burgers.

ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat – a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

Yorkshire meat company plays key role in Clarkson “fracas”

Catering butcher’s the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) was at the centre of the Jeremy Clarkson debacle, as it was the lack of availability of one of its sirloin steaks that caused the alleged fracas.

Yorkshire meat company plays key role in Clarkson “fracas”

Catering butcher’s the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) was at the centre of the Jeremy Clarkson debacle, as it was the lack of availability of one of its sirloin steaks that caused the alleged fracas.

Barbers outpace food apprentices

There are nearly as many apprentice barbers as apprentices across the entire food sector, and the numbers are continuing to fall, figures have revealed.

Steak pie finalists selected

The finalists in this year’s England’s Best Steak Pie 2015 competition have been revealed.

Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwall’s Brian Etherington Meat Company has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation, a food safety standard “signifying a greater paradigm of excellence in food practice”.

Valentine’s Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentine’s Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef. 

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to £776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Seven to vie for Premier Young Butcher title

Seven of the UK’s top young butchers will be taking to the stage to compete for the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015, up from the previous year’s six.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJ’s latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Masterclasses planned for Butchers’ Week

To mark National Butchers’ Week and raise money for charity Scope, Alnwick butcher Daniel Turnbull will be giving butchery masterclasses.

Devro’s profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

Video: Butchers' Week #butcherisbetter campaign

Ahead of this year's National Butchers' Week (23-29 March), Meat Trades Journal has launched the #butcherisbetter campaign. 

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

#Butcherisbetter campaign goes viral

With this year’s National Butchers’ Week fast approaching, Meat Trades Journal’s #butcherisbetter campaign is also building momentum.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

New MD for Yorkshire butcher’s

Catering butcher’s The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Michelin-star chef endorses QSM scheme

Eblex has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Nigel Howarth to be the ambassador for its Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

Sausage King sets himself a new challenge

A UK sausage expert has set out on a mission to try the nation’s best bangers, most recently sampling a “stunning array” at a Derbyshire Farm Shop.

Scottish butcher’s scoops hotel deal

Despite only trading for a year, butcher’s shop Premier Cuts Lanark has secured a substantial contract with a local hotel.

Scottish butcher creates yellow sausage for charity

An Aberdonian butchers has come up with a yellow sausage recipe in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’.

Consumer meat survey launched

Meat Trades Journal has launched a consumer survey to find out about shopping habits when it comes to the retail butcher.

Asda sees drop in LFL sales amid ‘turbulent’ market

Asda has revealed plans to invest £600m in new and existing stores as it announces a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for its final quarter of the year.

Devon butcher’s takes new approach to NPD

A Devon butcher’s shop has turned to an unusual source to help with new product development.

Bonativo brings online farmers’ market to London

A start-up company, Bonativo, has launched an online farmers’ market for Londoners, offering meat and other products from local producers.

Irish farming body under fire over pork testing

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been accused of attempting to push up the price of pork in the marketplace through a scheme of  testing of pork products in Irish butchers’ shops which opponents have branded as “flawed”.

Ex-BDCI chair to continue fundraising efforts

Former festival chairman of the The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI), Norman Hatcliff, will continue to support charities associated with the meat trade.

Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase “exciting new beef and lamb product developments” at this year’s International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Outlook Conference were told.

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