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Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Leicester removes halal products from schools, following kebab discovery

Halal meat products have been taken off Leicester school menus, after one lamb product – a lamb sheek kebab – was found to contain more than 50% beef.

Tulip investment to create 80 jobs at BBQ plant

Tulip Ltd has created 80 new jobs with a £2.3 million investment in a new production facilty in the Midlands, which is dedicated to BBQ, slow-cooked and pulled meat products.

Tulip Foodservice launches sous vide range

Tulip Foodservice is promoting its new sous vide range, having trialled it at Hotelympia.

Best Burger finalists revealed

The finalists of England’s Best Burger Challenge 2014 have been announced before the overall winner is awarded the title of England’s Best Burger next month.

Butchery opened at new M5 services

Gloucester Services, a new farm shop and café opening on the M5 today (7 May 2014), will include a local butchery.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotland’s (NFUS’) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Apple pie fought off savoury opposition to win pie title

A Bramley apple pie, produced by Morecambe Football Club, has been crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Scottish pupils engage in burger concept for processor

Pupils from Bathgate Academy, West Lothian, have created and marketed a healthy new burger concept for beef processor AK Stoddart.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Premier Foods sees Q1 fall in grocery

Premier Foods, owner of gravy and stock brands Aah Bisto and Oxo, has announced a 6.2% decrease in grocery sales in the first quarter.

QMS Lamb campaign up for marketing award

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb’ campaign has been shortlisted for a national marketing award.

Harper Adams to set up taste test panel for meat

Harper Adams University is looking to recruit sensory panel members, who will be paid to taste meat.

Irish processor enjoys strong profits

Fane Valley Co-operative has reported a 17% increase in turnover, as well as a 50% rise in pre-tax profits, for the last year. 

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Meat fraud discovered in takeaways

Consumer magazine Which? has found shocking evidence of food fraud in lamb takeaway dishes, with 40% of meat tested contaminated with other meats.

Meat industry concerned over small business inspection charge

The European Parliament has voted to delete an exemption which currently saves small meat businesses millions of pounds each year.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

McDonald’s launches new digital business tool to help farmers save money

Fast food giant McDonald’s has launched a new digital business tool, which aims to help the beef industry save money and reduce CO2 emissions.

Summer recipes for Welsh Beef and Lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has developed some new Welsh Beef and Lamb recipes, just in time for summer.

Former Masterchef finalist wins Chef of the Year contest

2013 Masterchef finalist Adam Handling, has been crowned the British Culinary Federation’s (BCF) Chef of the Year 2014 at a special awards ceremony on Monday night (7 April).

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Celebrity chef helps Bpex with pork demo

TV chef Cyrus Todiwala cooked up some of his favourite pork dishes using Red Tractor meat during an event organised by Bpex.

Sian Lloyd to present Welsh curry awards

ITV weather girl Siân Lloyd is to present the Welsh Curry House of the Year Awards, which will include a specially created Welsh lamb curry.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Butchery skills tested at Chef of the Year Awards

Finalists at this year’s British Culinary Federation’s (BCF) Chef of the Year Awards had their butchery skills put to the test last week, in the penultimate stage of the competition.

Cam Catering Butchers invests in new expansion

Cam Catering Butchers in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is to invest £600,000 in the expansion of their premises in order to meet Food Standards Agency (FSA) requirements.

Eblex pushes new lamb marketing campaign

Eblex’s marketing channel, Simply Lamb and Beef, has teamed up with celebrity chef Mark Sergeant to promote its latest lamb campaign, Adventure Lamb.

Sunderland AFC to sell assured meat only

Sunderland AFC has become the latest Premier League football club to become Red Tractor-certified for its red meat products.

Poultry council targets manifesto at would-be Euro MPs

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has asked candidates for the May European Parliamentary elections to consider 12 priorities for next term, to help the UK poultry industry to grow and ensure food security.

British Pie Awards announce head judge

The British Pie Awards 2014 have appointed Ian Nelson, technical account manager at Hovis, as the head judge.

Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to £383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual export figures.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Welsh red meat on display at Food & Drink Expo

Welsh Lamb and Beef will feature at the UK’s largest food and drink trade show next week.

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Celebrity chef promotes English beef in Hong Kong

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton promoted Quality Standard beef at an event in Hong Kong last week, to coincide with UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Great Week.

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.

French chefs showcase Quality Standard beef and lamb

Eight French chefs used English Quality Standard beef and lamb in a number of recipes at a top Paris food show.

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