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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.

HMC is a halal certifying body
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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.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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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.

Andrew Rhodes is to move to the Department for Work and Pensions
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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.

New Chairman: Samuel Wharry
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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.

Champion: Linda Hill
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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 James Russell
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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.

Dalton Philips is to leave after five years in charge
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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.

Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’ open for entry

Businesses are being urged to enter this year’s 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 government’s 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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Sainsbury's Chief Executive, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsbury’s has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarket’s 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.

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