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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