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Artist explores consumers view of meat

An artist, who has used art to look at our relationship with meat, is presenting her work in Brighton throughout April.

Finalists chosen in Premier Young Butcher contest

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has announced six of the best young butchers in the UK to compete for the Premier Young Butcher 2014 title.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

Minister’s seal of approval for young butchers

Employment minister Esther McVey stopped in at Tulip’s Dukinfield site in Cheshire to meet two young butchery talents.

Proud Q Guild butcher hangs up apron after 53 years

A north east butcher and a servant to the Q Guild has decided to call it a day after a long and successful career in the trade.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

East Midlands winners awarded for pork product excellence

The East Midlands Roadshow produced some worthy winners in the Pork Product Excellence Awards last week.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

Scottish programme reduces salt in butchers’ bangers

A reformulation programme from The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) has reduced salt in seasonings for the butchery trade, to help create healthier products.

Environmentalists to launch Meat Free May

Not content with meat-free Mondays, environmental campaigners have launched a campaign to encourage consumers to sign up to a whole month of meat abstinence with the launch of Meat Free May.

Eblex gets behind new beef cuts

Eblex is promoting its new beef cut development programme in an attempt to counteract declining beef consumption in the home.

High street consumers more confident, finds report

Consumer confidence is returning to the high street, with around one in five shoppers, or 19%, now expecting to be better off in the year ahead. Those numbers are the highest confidence boost since January 2011, when only 10% felt they would be better off.

Aubrey Allen pays visit to Number 10

A representative from Aubrey Allen met with George Osborne at 10 Downing Street last week, as part of a trade mission to bridge the skills gap across the meat industry.

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

Butcher and TV Dragon choose flood relief sausage

Dragon’s Den’s entrepreneur Theo Paphitis and Q Guild butchers James of Shepperton have linked up to select a signature ‘Chertsey Sausage’ to raise funds towards flood relief across the south of England.

Butchers’ ball raises £500 for charity

The 2014 Bolton & District Butchers annual ball took place at Rivington Hall Barn in Bolton, raising over £500 for two local charities.

MTC changes name to cover food supply chain

The Meat Training Council (MTC) registered charity will now be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC), after it announced it would now be covering the full food supply chain.

Eblex steak guide added to beef box options

Eblex has added a new steak guide to its beef box scheme kit, which is designed to provide farmers with all the resources they need to sell their meat directly to consumers.

Pasty champion keeps it in the family

Twelve-year-old Simon Cornish became the third member of his family to be crowned a champion at the Eden Project’s World Pasty Championships.

Suspected illegal meat operations discovered in the Midlands and Northern Ireland

Suspected illegal meat operations were discovered and products seized in separate investigations in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Telford butcher introduces meat delivery service

A Shropshire-based butcher is hoping to tempt his customers with the launch of new service delivering meat boxes directly to their doors.

Survey suggests poor understanding about red meat nutrition could be detrimental

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has carried out a survey which it says reveals a lack of understanding on the nutritional value of red meat, causing a knowledge gap that could be detrimental to UK health.

Video: MTC and IOM awards 2014

Meatinfo.co.uk's video review of the MTC and IOM awards 2014, held at Butchers' Hall in London on 25 February 2014.

New Malcolm Allan factory officially opened

Scottish family butcher Malcolm Allan’s new factory was officially opened by MSP Richard Lochhead yesterday (25 February), following a £4m investment.

Health and safety poster update warning

Legislation will come in from April requiring new health and safety law posters to be displayed in workplaces, but equipment supplier Slingsby said that many organisations were unaware of the deadline.

Stars of the future announced at MTC and IOM awards

The Institute of Meat (IOM) and Meat Training Council (MTC) Awards, held at the historic Butchers’ Hall in London on 25 February, saw a number of winners rewarded for endeavour and excellence within meat industry training.

Foodservice operators urged to reassess bacon offering

Brakes is urging operators to reassess their bacon offering, in light of the rising popularity of smoked bacon.

Experts dispute meat and Alzheimer’s link

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has hit back at a new US study which claims grilled, fried or barbecued meat could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

New chairman as BDCI prepares 2014 fundraising events

Meat industry charity the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has a number of events planned for 2014, after the festival chairman’s official handover lunch.

Mineral levels and meat consumption linked

Lower consumption of meat could be linked to low levels of mineral intakes, according to a new study.

Eblex launches new Beef Yield Guide

A new guide to help the supply chain maximise the value of beef carcase has been launched by Eblex.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Mayfair butcher welcomes brave 12-year-old

Samuel Collins, who suffers from a rare bone cancer, was treated to a fun-packed trip to butcher Allen’s of Mayfair and hotel The Connaught, organised by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Places at Eblex Processor Conference going fast

Around 30 delegates have already confirmed attendance at the Eblex Processor Conference in March.

Farm Shop & Deli winners announced

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards has announced nine regional winners who showed highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

GB Olympic bobsledders thank butchers

Wiltshire’s Olympic bobsleigh hopefuls John Jackson and Paula Walker were in Devizes earlier this week to thank their sponsor – award-winning butcher’s Walter Rose & Son.

Northern butcher praised by food critic

North of England catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) has been praised by tough food critics in the north.

Booker boss advises food industry to change strategy

Food suppliers need to rethink their strategies and avoid being “ground down” by the supermarkets for “limited growth”, according to the chief executive of wholesale giant Booker.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Butchers and suppliers donate meat to Somerset flooding victims

Evans Butchers in Langport, with help from Tican meat suppliers, have been delivering meat to those cut off by the floods in Somerset.

Constraint in long-term beef supplies

Beef supplies will remain tight into the long term, but consumer demand remains robust, delegates to the Outlook Conference were told.

Expert says 2014 meat outlook is positive

Richard Brown, director of consultancy and research company Gira, talked positively about the trading environment for the UK meat industry at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday.

Beef and veal supply expected to remain tight

AHDB Market Intelligence and Eblex forecasts suggest that while beef and veal supply is expected to be up on last year, the long-term situation will remain tight.

Yorkshire butcher’s again announced as 2013 Countryside Alliance regional champion

H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers in Pateley Bridge has been chosen as Yorkshire champion in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards for the second year running.

MEPs reject labelling proposal in spite of RSPCA support

MEPs have rejected a European Commission proposal on country-of-origin labelling as not being comprehensive enough, but the RSPCA say parliament’s opposition could be a step backwards.

Scotch Beef PGI campaign targets 11 million people

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) last week launched a £650,000 campaign to promote PGI Scotch Beef, targeting 11 million consumers.

Egg industry warns butchers over display dangers

The British Egg Industry Council has written to leading butchers’ organisations warning them of the dangers of storing eggs in window displays.

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 Two’s 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).

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