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Riverford cuts meat prices and trims range

Riverford, the organic food delivery company, has lowered the price and size of its meat boxes to attract new consumers after research found UK meat demand was falling. 

Black pudding enthusiasts unite on the continent

Managing director of the Real Lancashire Black Pudding Co, Andrew Holt, last week met with a selection of other ‘blood sausage’ producers dedicated to promoting the product throughout Europe. 

JJ Food Service boosts seafood customer base

In an effort to increase its presence within the seafood category, JJ Food Service has purchased Sykes Seafoods local delivery operation, based out of Sykes, Manchester. 

British vets call for mandatory animal welfare labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on meat and dairy products. 

Wales eyes up Germany to develop markets

PGI Welsh Lamb could soon have a more dominant presence on German menus, as trade supplier TransGourmet has added products to its listings. 

France names British lamb product of the year

Quality Standard Mark British lamb has been voted as the “best product of the year” by French consumers. 

Industry discusses trade relationships with Switzerland

Organisational bodies from the red meat sector met in Bern, Switzerland on Tuesday, 13 September to discuss trade relationships outside of the European Union. 

Charity efforts help to boost Welsh pork

Following on from a social media campaign, a charity triathlon is getting a helping hand from Porc.Wales. 

Chinese restaurant fined over under-cooked sausage

Tin Sang Chinese Takeaway in Dan-y-Twyn, Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has been ordered to pay £1,085 for selling a battered sausage that was under-cooked.

EHL Ingredients launches 20 new lines to celebrate birthday

In honour of being in operation for 20 years, EHL is launching ten new products over the course of this month. In total, it will introduce 20 new blends over 2016. 

Snaffling Pig gets in Brazilian spirit

With the Paralympic Games kicking off yesterday (Wednesday, 7 September), premium pork scratchings firm The Snaffling Pig Co. has launched a new limited edition flavour to celebrate the success of Team GB in Rio. 

Insects crawl onto the menu in Cornwall

Cornwall can expect to get something a little bit different as the county prepares for its Great Cornish Food Festival. 

Country Choice introduces new potato dog to retailers

The savoury pastries sector has been presented with a chicken and chorizo rösti potato dog courtesy of Country Choice. 

Sales of burgers on the rise amongst Brits

The British public is continuing its love affair with the fast-food burger, research from data analysts Mintel has revealed. 

First wagyu steak shop opens in Scotland

The first UK steak retailer dedicated to wagyu beef has been launched in Stirling, Scotland with an opening ceremony attended a by a string of leading chefs. 

Welsh Lamb hits the festival crowd

Some of the biggest names in pop will have the chance to sample high-quality PGI Welsh Lamb at this year’s V Festival. 

Avocado bun takes burger market by storm

Joe’s Southern Table and Bar in Covent Garden has provided an alternative option for the classic burger, by offering the meat patty in an avocado bun. 

Meatsnacks Group targets independent retailers with trade website launch

The Meatsnacks Group has launched a dedicated trade website to offer independent retailers greater flexibility in both orders and payment. 

British Sausage Week returns for 19th year

Entrants for the British Sausage Week competition are now open, as the event returns for its 19th year. 

FSA tweet causes industry fury

A tweet promoting #meatfreeweek sent out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has caused anger in the meat processing industry. 

French chefs treated to an insight into British beef and lamb

A group of 25 French chefs were given an insight into beef and lamb production in England during a recent visit organised by AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Nutrition brand targets demand for convenience

UK nutrition brand, GoNutrition.com, has launched a range of gourmet macro meals, catering to individuals who have busy lifestyles but want to find a convenient and nutritionally balanced dish. 

Immigration raid at Byron burger chain

Dozens of employees at London branches of burger chain Byron have been arrested in an immigration raid, according to the Home Office. 

New food and drink apprenticeship schemes launched

Ten new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the Food & Drink Industry have been unveiled at a House of Commons event attended by industry leaders, training providers and members of parliament. 

Farmison & Co secures 60 supply deals in six months

Since launching the trade side of the business in March of this year, British heritage breed butcher Farmison & Co has seen weekly turnover from trade sales increase by more than 500% after securing 60 contracts supplying meat to some leading UK restaurants. 

EHL Ingredients expands team as it targets £7m sales target

Natalie Daley has been appointed technical manager at ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients.

Turkey farm joins Q Guild

The Q Guild has welcomed poultry producer Caldecott’s as its newest corporate member. 

Holland’s looks to strengthen position

A dominant pie manufacturer in the UK, Holland’s, is hoping to strengthen its position as a market leader with the launch of two new products. It is now introducing new four pack chicken and vegetable pies and new four pack minced beef and onion puddings. 

Faccenda Foods invests in packing equipment

Faccenda Foods, a company that supplies poultry to the foodservice and retail sectors, has invested in new packaging equipment from Ishida Europe, which accurately weighs chicken legs and drumsticks. 

Beef burgers recalled due to labelling error

Sykes House Farm has issued a recall for a batch of its Smiths Beef & Caramelised Onion Burgers over an incorrect ‘use by’ date of 25 July. 

South African dish hits pork-themed restaurant

After opening in March, a taste of South Africa has been welcomed by Windermere’s The Pig. 

Yorkshire wagyu a hit at Hao Cow

Driffield’s The Yorkshire Wagyu Company has become the sole meat supplier to Weymouth-based independent burger restaurant Hao Cow. 

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A cut above the rest

There’s increasing fusion going on at the moment between meat-driven restaurants and butchers.

Dawn Meats creates billionth beef burger for McDonald’s

The Republic of Ireland’s Dawn Meats has been celebrating after producing its billionth Irish beef burger for fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s. 

Wales celebrates top lamb producer

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to honour Daphne Tilley on receiving an MBE for her contribution to the food industry, in particular Welsh Lamb. 

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Trainee chefs receive hands-on learning from top butchers

WH Frost Butchers of Manchester and meat wholesaler Hartshead Meats of Lancashire, both Q Guild members, teamed up to deliver an educational programme to catering students. 

HCC commits to developing sustainable food

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has signed an agreement to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable. 

Square Pie gets political

London-based Square Pie has launched two special Brexit-themed pies in time for the EU referendum, one ‘In’ and one ‘Out’. 

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Celtic Pride beef producers optimistic about future

Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme producers were told of “ambitious plans” to increase sales of Celtic Pride Beef to premium catering establishments in the south east at Celtic Pride’s annual supplier meeting. 

Meatcure seeks consumer backing

Burger chain Meatcure has begun a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to expand its empire. 

Scottish shoppers urged to ‘Do More With Pork’

A new Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) campaign is encouraging consumers to “Do More With Pork” by cooking with Specially Selected Pork. 

Halal beef demand rising as number of younger Muslims grows

The rising demand for halal beef and a younger Muslim population is creating huge opportunity, according to industry experts. 

Smashburger plans UK expansion

US restaurant chain Smashburger has announced the acquisition of a further five sites in the UK, following the launch of its first UK restaurant at the Kingston Centre in Milton Keynes retail park this May. 

Lucas Ingredients celebrates 90 years of success

Lucas Ingredients, a producer of quality ingredients, seasonings and mixes for the butchery industry in the UK, is this year celebrating 90 years of operation.

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Linden Foods wins innovation award with chicken burger

Northern Irish meat processing company Linden Foods has been awarded with the Marks & Spencer (M&S) Best New Product Development Award for its innovative coriander and lemon chicken burger. 

CCTV footage call ignites debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s recent call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and that official veterinarians (OV) to have unrestricted access to footage has divided the sector. 

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Authenticate celebrates 75,000th product

Authenticate Information Service (IS), a food supply chain data and software firm that provides a platform for food chain transparency, has mapped its 75,000th product. In addition, it is now working with more than 4,000 food businesses in 69 countries. 

Bernard Matthews responds to redundancy claims

Turkey processing company Bernard Matthews has responded to claims that it is facing financial hardship. 

New steak range launched by C&J Meats

One of Ireland’s leading meat processors, C&J Meats, has launched a new range of branded premium steak products aimed at Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

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