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EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods. 

Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Tesco back in growth, although market share falls

Tesco has returned to growth for the first time in over a year, according to the latest market research by analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a “challenging” market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

College to open butcher’s shop as part of course

A North-East college is involving students in a field-to-fork project by opening a butcher’s shop from which to sell its own farm’s meat. 

Northern butcher takes helm at Q Guild

Northumberland butcher Mark Turnbull has been elected as the new national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, taking over from Brindon Addy, who has been at the helm for three years.

Carrier bag advice for Scottish butchers

New advice for Scottish butchers on charging for carrier bags has just been issued by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

Beef firm spends £5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested £5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new £2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Lucas clarifies allergens on website

Lucas Ingredients has added a new section to its website to provide clear information on any allergens present in particular products.

Eblex adds video news and ‘ask’ feature to web

Beef and sheep levy board Eblex has launched a monthly online news round-up video, “which reports the latest industry news and market information in a short, easily-digestible form”.

Tesco under investgation for alleged Groceries Code breaches

Tesco is to be investigated following “reasonable suspicion” that the retailer breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Morrissey cancels concert in latest meat protest

Former The Smiths frontman and vegetarian, Morrissey, has cancelled a concert in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the evening.

Masterchef winner heads Scotch Beef campaign

Winner of BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals Jamie Scott has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI.

English butchers scoop top title in European competition

A victorious Team England clinched the crown at the European Butchery competition in France last weekend.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Knife skills course launched

Duchy College and Etherington’s Butchery Academy are running a new knife skills course.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s first ‘bacon-tasting’ product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Association’s (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Steak contest finalists announced

The finalists of Eblex’s inaugural ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ competition have been announced after significant interest from businesses.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

Eblex stages Singapore event for beef

Eblex has hosted an event to showcase Quality Standard Beef to the foodservice sector in Singapore, where there could be significant opportunities for exports.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

British butchers sought for Tri-Nations challenge

Team GB is looking for six winning butchers to take on Australia and New Zealand as The Tri-Nations Butchery Competition returns in 2015.

Warm and Tasty campaign offers surprise pies

A Glasgow postman received a surprise delivery from TV presenter Carol Smillie this week as part of the ‘Warm and Tasty’ pie campaign.

Welfare activists hijack Red Meat Month Twitter account

The ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign being promoted by MP Neil Parish has been hijacked on social media by animal welfare activists.

New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

Sheep body elects new chairman

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has elected Northern Irish Samuel Wharry as its new chairman.

China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UK’s first agriculture and food counsellor in China has been appointed, to help increase British food and drink exports to the country.

New beef and lamb ‘pasture-fed’ label launched

A new ‘Pasture For Life’ certification mark has been launched – for meat from animals that are purely pasture-fed.

MP pursues ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was “only fair” to launch a ‘Red Meat Month’ to celebrate Britain’s livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Perth bakers takes Scotch Pie title

A Perth bakers has been crowned World Scotch Pie champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a “simplified family of brands”. 

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Dalesman invests £750k in extension

The Dalesman Group has invested £750,000 in an extension of its Bradford headquarters, including a new pilot plant and development kitchen.

New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the company’s wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

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).

Big expansion for Farm Shop & Deli Show

Due to “exceptional demand”, The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2015 is set to be 100% bigger than last year.

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.

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