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China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UKs 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 Britains 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 companys 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 its 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.

Scottish food and drink Oscars open for entry

Businesses are being urged to enter this years Scottish Food & Drink Oscars, which has been officially opened by broadcaster Kaye Adams.

BDCI announces new festival chairman

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has appointed Ocado.com head of buying Rose Price as its new festival chairman.

Tesco announces store closures despite better results

Despite reporting better-than-expected sales results, Tesco has announced it will close 43 unprofitable stores across the country.

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

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British Baker and Meat Trades Journal, owned by William Reed Business Media (WRBM), are market-leading brands that focus on delivering the best information in print, on-line and face-to-face to their respective communities.

Sainsburys to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsburys has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarkets 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.

Crawshaw appoints former Lidl man as CEO

Butchery group Crawshaw has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Noel Collett, who previously spent 12 years at Lidl.

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.

Ireland to restart beef exports to US

Ireland will export beef to the US for the first time in almost 16 years, following the lifting of a ban on European imports last year.

Tributes paid following butcher's death

Tributes are being paid to a young butcher who died in an road traffic accident over the Christmas break, leaving behind a baby daughter.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

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

Carol Smilie lends festive help to butchers shop

Scottish television presenter Carol Smillie offered a festive helping hand at a West Lothian butchers shop during its one of the busiest week of the year.

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.

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.

Entries urged for young butcher contest

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders is urging hopefuls to get applications in for its Premier Young Butcher competition as the competition is already hotting up.

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.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

Fitness website slashes fresh turkey price

Fitness food website MuscleFood.com is offering affordable fresh turkeys for the festive market for only 9.

Top ten of 2014: Butchers

Take a look at some of our most popular articles on butchers from 2014 with this 'top ten' photo gallery. Click on the picture to read the full story.

Westaways Sausages included in Business is GREAT advent campaign

Westaways Sausages has been featured in a government campaign to promote small firms at Christmas.

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.

Federation of Small Businesses calls for reform

Business rates are the third biggest expense for small businesses, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which said the gorvernment needs to abolish the tax.

Butchers Christmas sales leap by 30%

Catering butcher the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) has smashed all previous Christmas sales records this year, with a 30% increase on 2013.

Pig scholarship applications increase

The Pig Industry Scholarship, facilitated by Bpex in conjunction with Harper Adams University, is gaining in popularity after receiving an increased number of applications in 2014.

Online livestock auction firm offers free trading platform

Online livestock auction software company Livestock Live is now offering its online trading platform to customers for free.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers favourite

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

Yorkshire wins out in pie war

A Halifax farm shop has been crowned supreme champion at the sixth annual Great Northern Pie Competition, allowing Yorkshire to laud it over its Lancashire rivals in the War of the Roses.

Tesco issues warning on profits

Tesco has issued an unscheduled profits warning stating the supermarket does not expect yearly profits to exceed 1.4bn in its next interim results.

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.

Pork processor introduces online initiative

Tulip has launched a new online community to engage with its consumers and provide real-time insights for both the business and its customers.

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