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Welsh butchers helped to promote PGI

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to help butchers promote PGI Welsh Lamb this month by sending them new promotional materials.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

UK young butchers build international kudos

Despite suffering set-backs early in the competition, the UK team gave its best-ever performance in the International Young Butcher Competition, held in Bazenheid, Switzerland.

Lidgate recognised at Great Taste Awards

A Q Guild founder and shop owner, David Lidgate, has received a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Great Taste Awards, celebrating his 54-year career in butchery.

London butcher to open Selfridges’ concession

London butcher’s Turner & George is set to open a concession in London Selfridges’ food hall next week.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

Eblex releases ‘Carvery’ point-of-sale kit

Butchers could benefit from a “bumper” Carvery point-of-sale (POS) kit for autumn, which has been created by Eblex.

Young finalists chosen in Butcher’s Shop awards

Four young butchers have been selected to go head-to-head for the prestigious title of Young Butcher of the Year in the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this year’s British Sausage Week.

Young butchers ready for international contest

Two budding master butchers are “prepared and ready” to represent the UK in this year’s International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland, taking place later in September.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Sussex farmer creates online farm shop

Entrepreneurial farmer Paul Ross has teamed up with design and branding company L&CO to create “online farm shop” The Marvellous Meat Company.

Artists illustrate Smithfield Market nightlife

Depictions of life in Smithfield Market will be exhibited by artists at the Three Night Markets exhibition at City Hall in London this autumn.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Butcher’s targets students with value meat box

Butcher’s shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Butchers urged to register for fair

With competitions, speakers and latest innovations on display, butchers are being urged to register for free entry to this Autumn’s Butchers and Bakers Fair.

Eblex embarks on ‘Festival of Lamb’

With a host of promotional activity and British lamb in abundance as we enter autumn, Eblex has announced a ‘Festival of Lamb’.

Butchers’ Shop of the Year finalists revealed

Butchers throughout the UK are celebrating after being named as finalists in the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

‘Cor Blimey’ chilli launched

Meat seasoning manufacturer Unbar Rothon has launched a new seasoning for burgers and sausages with the help of a Q Guild butcher.

FSA inspectors take second strike action

The second day of Unison strikes went ahead yesterday (27 August) as Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors walked out over pay.

BDCI welcomes bursary applications

The BDCI is now welcoming applications for its bursary programme announced earlier this month.

Pork roadshows ‘postponed’

Bpex has “postponed” its Regional Roadshow events this year in an “overall review” of its marketing programme.

Makeover for Hazlemere butcher’s

A Buckinghamshire butcher’s shop, Halls of Hazlemere, has been refurbished for the first time in almost 30 years.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

DNA sample meat testing in Ireland reveals surprising results

DNA testing in butcher’s shops in Ireland has shown that more than half of the sampled products were not Irish.

Butchery apprenticeship standard receives government go-ahead

The new butchery apprenticeship standard, developed by a Trailblazer Employer Group, has received ministerial approval after “months of hard work”.

The best of the #meatdebate

Last night’s BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

Welsh red meat body to embark on autumn campaign for lamb

‘Not all lamb is created equal’ is the motto of the new marketing campaign from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), which aims to raise consumer demand of Welsh Lamb.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBC’s Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

Bpex updates butchers’ website

Bpex has revamped its ‘PorkforButchers’ website, which it said now contained the latest information on Bpex marketing campaigns, the latest consumer recipe booklets, advice on pork cuts and industry news.

Titanic butcher’s building faces demolition

A Liverpool butcher’s shop, which supplied meat to the doomed Titanic, is under threat of demolition.

Meat products do well at Great Taste Awards

Meat brands cleared up at this year’s Great Taste Awards with a whole host of meat products now eligible to use the ‘Great Taste’ logo.

Dicksons butcher’s supports Tyneside music event

Historic family business Dicksons pork butcher’s is supporting some of the UK’s biggest music stars by signing up to sponsor the SoundWaves 2014 open air concert.

Great Yorkshire contest introduces new UK-wide category

The prestigious Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is to feature a new category this year for open small pork pies.

Matthew Fort to present Q Guild awards

Celebrity food writer Matthew Fort has been revealed as the presenter of the 2014 Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

KellyBronze celebrates 30th birthday

KellyBronze has turned 30, and celebrated with a birthday bash on the farm in Essex.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into ‘disrepute’

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into “disrepute” with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

Dip in food sales signals continuation of price wars

Food sales have experienced the deepest three-month average decline since 2008 according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Farm shop’s sausages go online

Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire, has launched an online sausage shop, meaning its bangers are now available for home delivery throughout the country.

Framlingham aims to repeat SausageFest success

Following last year’s “runaway success”, SausageFest is back this autumn, to treat the people of Framlingham to a day of family fun.

Meat industry charity to award bursaries amid change to organisation

Students will now be able to train for a career in the meat industry with a little helping hand, courtesy of the sector’s leading charity, the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI).

FSA publishes figures on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its report into the prevalence of campylobacter in fresh chicken.

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