NFMFT complains about BBC Michel Roux Jr programme

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has sent a letter of complaint to BBC Twos Food and Drink series, complaining of the inaccuracy of information shown on the subject of butchery in a January episode.

Champion butcher appeals for VQ award

Welsh butcher Tomi Jones is encouraging learners and employers to enter the Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards, launched today (5 February).

Eleven E.coli cases in Glasgow possibly linked to burgers

A total of 11 cases of E.coli O157 have been reported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), all linked to the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow and the consumption of burgers.

Bolster Moor takes north east champion title

Bolster Moor Farm Shop took the Overall Champion title for the north east at the Bpex Regional Pork Product Excellence Awards Roadshow.

Yorkshire Dales Meat supplies rugby club

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company is now offering players and supporters of Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club the opportunity to buy meat boxes.

Telford butcher introduces stock track app

A family-run butcher in Telford has launched an app to help staff track the movement of stock coming into the shop and identify exactly where its come from.

Clayton Park brings out new pie line

Pie, pasty and savoury supplier Clayton Park has added new pies to its range.

Great British Banger competition returns

The Great British BBQ campaign has launched another Great British Banger competition this year, with the aim of promoting year-round barbecuing and supporting local produce.

Belfast pies boom after good rugby sales

Artisan pie-maker Jolly Pies has seen an increase in orders around Britain after visiting fans to Ulster rugby games, where they are sold, developed a taste for the handmade pies.

British Pie Awards take on military theme

British pie-makers across the country are dusting off their aprons in readiness for this years British Pie Awards 2014. The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association (MMPPA), the events organiser, is hoping to build on last years event, which attracted 983 entries from bakers and butchers around the country.

Exotic meats butcher joins Q Guild

Tilehurst Village Butchers, which sells homemade pies containing bison, zebra and alpaca, has landed one of the top accolades in the industry acceptance into the Q Guild of Butchers.

Scotch Lamb campaign sees very positive results

The Wham Bam Thank You Lamb Scotch Lamb advertising campaign has delivered strong results, according to findings from the food and grocery research charity IGD.

Search is on for Englands best burger

This years Englands Best Burger Challenge is now open for entry, with a special new category for 2014.

Scottish pie campaign launched

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has developed a new campaign to encourage people to warm up and beat the winter blues with meat pies.

Former World Scotch Pie champion wins new category

Paul Boyle, from Boghall Butchers, West Lothian, has won the Scotch Pie Club Awards first apple pie contest.

Perth butchery service saved

A Perth butchery service for small farmers has been bought by Vikki Banks, of Seriously Good Venison, after it was threatened with closure.

Chadwicks Butchers assist in drive for red tape cuts

Chadwicks Butchers in Balham has been working with the governments Business, Innovations & Skills department (BIS) in a project aimed at cutting red tape for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Bpex launches pork roasting video guides

Bpex has produced a collection of short films to encourage chefs and caterers to get the most out of pork roasting joints.

New BDCI festival chairman reveals plans

The Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) has appointed a new festival chairman, Norman Hatcliff, who has revealed his plans for the coming year.

Whole turkey sales poor, but butchers report good Christmas

While standard whole turkey sales suffered, many butchers enjoyed a positive Christmas period, with alternatives such as beef proving a big hit.

Bpex invites response to confidence survey

Bpex has launched its annual confidence survey, which is being sent out to the pig industry.

Taste Cumbria backs Herdwick meat project

Taste Cumbria has recently launched a project which promotes Cumbrian product, Herdwick meat, and the way it is farmed.

Pop star in new anti-meat outburst

Campaigning vegeterian and former pop-star Morrisey is back on the anti-meat bandwagon, this time comparing meat consumption with paedophilia.

Turkey firms raise 2k for charity

Small traditional turkey producers taking part in the Turkeys for Troops campaign have raised 2,000 for Help for Heroes.

Bpex reveals pig health assessment dates

Bpex has launched new dates for abattoir assessments involving the Bpex Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) from July through to the end of December this year.

Easy and appy meat purchasing

Eblex has launched a new app in order to help caterers and retailers order the right cuts more efficiently and accurately.

Food and drink badge of excellence

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards have been opened for entry.

Butchers see rise in footfall in light of horsemeat issues

We speak with a Surrey-based butcher to see how the horsemeat scandal has effected his business.

British Cattle Breeders outline conference details

Dates have been announced for the British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) annual conference, which will be held this year at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on in Shropshire from 21-23 January.

Rooker to step down as FSA chair

Jeff Rooker has confirmed that he will step down as chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in July 2013.

NBW 2013 gets off the starting blocks

Butchers are being urged to get ready for next year's National Butchers' Week, with MTJ again gearing up to put the trade firmly in the spotlight.

It's nearly here

The long-awaited final of MTJ's prestigious Butcher's Shop of the Year awards is fast approaching, with this year's ceremony to be hosted by a special celebrity guest.

Devro lowers annual profit forecast

Sausage casing supplier Devro said its full-year operating profit would be around 3% down on expectations due to currency fluctuations, inflation in hide costs and delays to capacity expansion projects.

Butchers' Fair sets out its autumn stall

Registration is now open for MTJ's Butchers' Fair Autumn, which organisers are claiming will be the best yet. The event, taking place at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Sunday 7 October 2012, will host the final of MTJ's prestigious Champions of Champions sausage competition, sponsored by Bpex and Lucas Ingredients, as well as the National Pie Competition, with categories sponsored by Eblex.

Grant stirs it up

Standard cooking vessels can now be transformed into sous-vide baths thanks to the launch of Grant Instruments' SV200 stirred heater.

Genus sets new trap

Control of flying insects in butchers' shops has been made easier by Genus' latest insect light traps.

Bizerba focuses on hygiene

Bizerba has launched a new checkweigher, which it claims eliminates bacteria contamination when weighing highly perishable foods.

Butcher's Shop finalists chosen

Butchery businesses up and down the country will be vying with each other for the top spot following the first round of judging in MTJ's popular Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards. The finalists are now revealed across all of the competition's categories and judges will be hitting the road to assess each business on the ground.

Successful customer awareness campaign boosts Scottish pig industry

A customer awareness campaign has provided a boost to the Scottish pig industry, after it raised awareness of the Specially Selected Pork label by 41%

Smoke signals

Ness' FR series of friction smokers generate smoke with the lowest temperature of all known methods, according to the firm. They also deliver smoke with little or no formation of carcinogens.

Mailbox delivers on bucket list

Mailbox, the materials handling company, has developed a new 15-litre bucket to help reduce cross-contamination in production areas.

Cures line relaunched

Lucas has relaunched its Cures range to include some existing products previously supplied by its parent, Kerry Foods. Pokelsalz Cover Pickle, Pokelsalz Dry Cure, Pokelsalz Pump and Complete Cure (3V62) will retain their names, but will now all be branded as 'Lucas'.

Week extension for BSOTY entries

Butchers are still in with a chance of being named 2012 Butcher's Shop of the Year, with the entry deadline extended by a week to 11 August.

Champion opportunity

Award-winning sausages from across the UK will be competing to see which can claim the UK's ultimate sausage title in MTJ's Champion of Champions competition. Taking place at the Butchers' Fair Autumn on 7 September in Harrogate, Yorkshire, the competition will see the best sausages from across the UK brought together to decide the best of the best.

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