Foodservice

Strong six months for Crawshaw

The Crawshaw Group has posted strong results for the first half of 2015.

Best British Roast Dinner finalists announced

The five finalists for the Best British Roast Dinner Competition 2015 have been announced. 

Fare of London teams up with Laverstoke Park Farm

Contract and event caterer Fare of London has announced a partnership with buffalo supplier Laverstoke Park Farm, as part of its 25th anniversary Forgotten Fare campaign. 

Organic farm expands empire

Award-winning Eversfield Organic Farm has announced that it has acquired Dorset Farms for an undisclosed sum. This transaction has elevated the business to become one of the nation’s biggest brands in providing organic and free-range products.

NPD could generate £92m in added sales

Almost £92m in extra sales could be generated if the meat industry pursued new product development opportunities proposed by AHDB Beef & Lamb, according to the sector group.

Essentia Protein Solutions launches new meat flavours

Essentia Protein Solutions has launched into the flavours market with a new range of meat broth-based flavours for meat, savoury and seasoning applications. 

Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales. 

2 Sisters announces £55m investment

2 Sisters Food Group is to invest £55 million in its Meal Solutions Division, including a £38m revamp of its Pennine site.

Braehead appoints new managing director

One of Scotland’s leading wholesalers and game processors, Braehead Foods, has promoted Gavin Tennent from general manager to managing director.

MPs seek answers for falling meat prices

Following a difficult summer for cattle producers, the government’s environment, food and rural affairs committee is to examine aggravating factors affecting farmgate prices.

Apprentices bring abattoir success

A Welsh abattoir business that uses an apprenticeship scheme to create the next-generation workforce has been shortlisted for a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015.

Traditional sandwich range receives ‘exotic’ update

Pie specialist Wrights has given its sandwich range a modern makeover.

Pork Farms Group becomes Addo Food Group

Pork Farms Group has been rebranded as Addo Food Group.

Premier Food recalls Bisto Gravy Granules

Premier Food has recalled some batches of Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules and Reduced Salt Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules because some packs may contain small pieces of metal due to a production fault.

British meat to be showcased at Anuga

AHDB Beef & Lamb is due to take Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb products to one of the world’s leading food fairs.

Welsh lamb industry urged to increase shelf-life

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales is seeking industry views on how to help Welsh Lamb products stay on shop shelves for longer, increase their market value and boost export potential.

New packaging brings benefits to cooked meats range

Ireland’s leading cooked meats company, Greene Farm Foods, has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch new packaging for its products.

Wall’s extends Ready Baked range

Wall’s has added two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range: Cumberland and Pork & Onion.

Steak cuts guide published by AHDB

A new guide to help chefs and foodservice operators maximise their profits from a range of steak cuts and provide menu inspiration has been unveiled by AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

Indian chef brings a taste of home to The Lake District

A well-known restaurant in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth has launched a unique ‘signature dish’.  

Burger bar offers full halal menu

Family-run restaurant Brioche Burger is capitalising in on London’s large Muslim population. 

FSA puts forward rare burger guidance

The increased popularity of burgers served rare has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to look at how businesses can meet consumer demand while ensuring public health remains protected. 

Crawshaw welcomes new director

Alan Richardson is set to join butchery business Crawshaw Group as chief financial officer.

Foodservice firm boosted by butchery buy

Wales-based Harlech Foodservice has boosted its turnover substantially following the acquisition of a butchery business three years ago.

Hunt’s Foodservice goes mobile with new website

Hunt’s Foodservice has launched a new mobile-friendly website, huntsfoodservice.co.uk with a new design and key information about products and company updates. 

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

London to get a taste of The Highlands

The Wild Game Co is set to bring its authentic Scottish street food to London’s West End. 

Ballymaguire Foods to open new plant

Irish-based ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods is to create 100 new jobs and add €4 million (£2.8m) to the Irish economy annually with the construction of a new food plant. 

Traditional turkey gets unconventional makeover from chef Rachel Green

The Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association (TFTA) has been working with award-winning chef Rachel Green to develop non-traditional turkey recipes out of leftover dishes. 

‘Best British Roast Dinner’ competition deadline approaches

Time is running out to enter the ‘Best British Roast Dinner’ competition, sponsored by Knorr Gravy and supported by Colman’s mustard. 

Progress towards lifetime-assured beef receives support

Upon reviewing a consultation completed earlier in the year, Red Tractor has revealed that progress has been made towards changing the classification of lifetime assurance for beef.

New opportunities for pie manufacturer

One of the country’s largest manufacturers of pies and pasties has secured a distribution agreement with the largest ethnic superstore chain in the north of England – Manchester Superstores.

New campaign promotes cooking with lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has joined forces with the European Union, Interbev in France and Bord Bía in Ireland to create the ‘Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun’ campaign in an effort to tackle the decline in sales and to promote it as an easy alternative to other, more common, meats.

Pulled pork campaign a success

Figures released today from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed that a marketing campaign led by AHDB Pork has helped fuel a dramatic increase in fresh pork sales.

PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Ginsters appoints new managing director

Ginsters, which claims to have the largest selling product in the whole of the savoury pastry market, has appointed Kieran Hemsworth as their new managing director.  

British cooked meat industry heats up

Ireland’s Kerry Foods is looking to expand its market by launching its new premium cooked meat brand, Fire & Smoke, in Great Britain.

Opportunity knocks for sous-vide

AHDB Beef & Lamb believes there are clear opportunities in exploring sous-vide and enhancing ready-cooked product ranges in the beef and lamb categories. 

Clifton Quality Meats adds new premises

Wholesale catering butcher Clifton Quality Meats is eyeing expansion after investing in new premises. 

Fine dining restaurant to offer in-house aged meats

London-based Crocker’s Folly is reinventing the traditional pub experience with its own aged meats, produced on the premises, served in historic surroundings. 

JJ Food Service adds theatre with new counter

JJ Food Service has opened a new state-of-the-art fresh meat and poultry counter at its Enfield branch in an effort to capitalise on impulse sales. 

Moy Park wins safety award

Moy Park has won the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Food and Drink Health & Safety Award for 2015.

Welsh pig producers get online support

A new website is being launched to encourage customers to consume high-quality Welsh pork.

QMS lamb campaign to debut in August

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is set to hit 3.7 million consumers with its latest advertising campaign.

Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award winners unveiled

Tebay and Gloucester Services have won the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award, in recognition of their support for local rural communities.

Dicksons aims to grow range with new appointment

Dicksons Butchers is set to grow its retail and wholesale range with the appointment of a new product development consultant. 

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future. 

New standard set for catering butchers

The National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB) has officially launched its new standard. 

Interfood tops grid at charity race day

Interfood Technology is in pole position to raise over £6,000 for charity following a karting race day at Daytona Motorsport in Milton Keynes.  

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