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Farmers’ Union takes on rural crime in new report

Combating rural crime has become an area of focus for the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Cymru branch. 

Beef and pork prices rise ‘dramatically’

At an 11% year-on-year increase per kg, beef prices have reached an all-time high, according to Beacon Purchasing. 

John Dracup to leave 2 Sisters

2 Sisters’ red meat procurement director John Dracup has decided to leave the business. 

Hannan Meats expands supply deal outside Northern Ireland

World Steak Challenge-winning meat producer Hannan Meats has secured its second supply deal in England. 

VIDEO: How to make Texan Link Sausages

Andy Benn of Scobie & Junor taught Meat Trades Journal how to make Texan Link Sausages. 

Liam Fox warned not to ‘undermine’ British poultry industry

Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has been told to trust food producers from the UK in the same way that the public do.

Meat education resources launched at Royal Welsh Show

A range of new learning materials has been introduced at the Royal Welsh Show, designed to help schoolchildren understand the farm-to-fork ethos and how to prepare meat in a healthy and balanced diet. 

Asda’s meat line generates multi-million pound sales

Retailer Asda’s new ‘Farm Stores’ meat products line has helped to generate sales of over £58 million for the supermarket.

New appointment at Tariq Halal Meats

Tariq Halal Meats has appointed Mansur Ahmed as halal assurance and development director. 

Swansea butcher’s goes digital

Swansea-based Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher is set to enter the digital world with the launch of its new retail website, bestonlinebutcher.co.uk, at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. 

Cranswick sees ‘positive start’ to the financial year

Cranswick has reported a “positive start” for the first three months of the financial year, driven by a growth in volume sales. 

Cannon & Cannon still suffering after terror attack

Cured meat retailer and wholesaler Cannon & Cannon is still counting the costs of last month’s terror attack at London Bridge. 

2 Sisters and Innovis grow lamb initiative

A lamb supply chain scheme between processor 2 Sisters Food Group and genetic expert Innovis has been expanded. 

Snaffling Pig continues to crack grocery sector

Premium pork crackling producer Snaffling Pig has expanded its portfolio with the launch of its new pork crumb seasoning. 

North Sea cod receives sustainability certification

Sustainability and traceability concerns surrounding North Sea cod have been weathered, as the fish will now be identified with a label demonstrating its origins. 

Asda stores throw weight behind Welsh Lamb

Asda has announced it will stock premium PGI Welsh lamb in the butchery counters of 72 of its largest stores, from now through to the autumn.

New chairman for HCC - Meat Promotion Wales

Kevin Roberts, the new chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), has outlined his priorities following his appointment.

Gove: UK has historic opportunity to review animal welfare

The UK has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to review animal welfare policy, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

FSA confronts Brexit vet risk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating worst-case scenarios for its veterinary workforce should non-UK EU nationals not be given working visas when Great Britain leaves the European Union.

Adding value highlighted at Royal Welsh Show

Consumers are to be given an insight as to how the country’s meat sector can add value and create innovative new products at the Royal Welsh Show. 

2 Sisters Food Group expands Perthshire cutting site

2 Sisters Food Group has expanded its cutting operation at its chicken processing site in Perthshire.

Job threat at meat plant as Tulip targets inefficiency

Up to 118 jobs could go at Tulip Ltd’s cooked meat processing facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk as the company strives to turn its losses into profits.

Barbecue season boosts Hilton Food Group UK turnover

Hilton Food Group (Hilton) has reported a growth in turnover in its UK division, thanks to trading-up and a good barbecue season. 

Butcher introduces boozy bangers into market

A Northern Irish butcher is capitalising on the popularity of alcoholic favourites, by infusing them into his widely recognised sausages. 

RSC to run competitions at English Winter Fair

The English Winter Fair is to host two competitions run by the Royal Smithfield Club (RSC). 

‘Prioritise food fraud or risk another horsemeat scandal’

Another horsemeat scandal could happen if enforcement authorities fail to prioritise food fraud, according to professor Chris Elliott, author of the food supply chain review following the debacle.

Food Standards Agency: firms will pay for audits

Charging food businesses for audits will be part of an overhaul of the way food safety and hygiene regulations are implemented, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Woodall’s expands audience reach with ‘sophisticated snacks’

Charcuterie specialist Woodall’s has entered into the meat snacking category with a range of products it has branded as “sophisticated snacks”. 

High hopes after Japan inspection

The UK beef industry has expressed optimism following an inspection visit from a Japanese delegation.

Specialist finance for venison producers launched

Lloyds Bank has unveiled a new range of finance options for the UK venison industry in an effort to help boost domestic production. 

Growth-hungry Powters launches new sausages, packaging

Family-run firm Powters Sausages has refreshed its branding and launched two new products today (19 July) as it targets nationwide growth.

Halal baby food firm revamps image

Halal baby food company For Aisha has launched its rebranded image, alongside introducing an alternative flavour to the range. 

Fears of lynx introduction reaffirmed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has repeated its concerns over lynx being reintroduced into the British countryside.

PHWC publishes biennial report

The Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) has published its third biennial report detailing the work completed by the group between 2015 and 2016. 

Macsween recalls products due to food poisoning fears

Macsween of Edinburgh Ltd has recalled a large number of its products due to inadequate procedures to control Clostridium botulinum. 

Royal Welsh Show to highlight best in butchery

A selection of Wales’ most celebrated butchers will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and promote the trade at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. 

European markets targeted as New Zealand imports fall short

Abattoirs have been told to target European markets for sheep exports, as competition from New Zealand fell short last year. 

Welsh lamb welfare showcased for Danish campaign

Danish consumers of Welsh lamb are being granted the privilege of accessing a 24-hour live stream, allowing them to see the high quality standards in which the animals are being raised.

Horsemeat trading group taken down by police

An investigation, linked to the horsemeat scandal, has led to the arrest of 66 people and the dismantling of a horsemeat trading ring.

Bidfood’s ‘innovative’ turkey the centrepiece of huge Christmas range

Bidfood has launched its largest-ever selection of on-trend Christmas products, with its innovative no-bone turkey cushion the star of the show. 

Post-Brexit antibiotic usage fears raised by campaign group

The UK government has been called upon to work with EU member states to end routine preventative on-farm antibiotic use. 

Livestock yearbook highlights challenges, opportunities for red meat

The beef sector saw a return of £370 million last year, with beef and veal exports up 10% year-on-year at over 110,000 tonnes. 

John West makes waves in improving sustainable image

John West’s parent company, Thai Union, has announced its commitment to more responsible fishing. 

Butchers benefit from card payments

For the first time, card payments have overtaken those made by cash among UK retailers. 

Tesco recalls chicken salad over campylobacter fears

Superstore Tesco has issued a recall notice for two of its chicken salad products as they have been found to contain campylobacter. 

Funding made to improve pig slaughter applauded by sector

In an effort to improve pig slaughter methods, and reduce distress levels of the animal, a £400,000 investment has been made to research more humane methods. 

Morrisons to stock 100% fresh British lamb

Morrisons has announced that it is to stop selling New Zealand and Australian fresh lamb and will only stock British fresh lamb products. 

Welsh Lamb strengthens ties with French consumers

The Welsh red meat industry said that it is “determined” to show its commitment to its European customers, including France, which is its largest overseas market.

Industry sees pork and Hepatitis E link as ‘low risk’

The pork industry has moved to downplay the link between the consumption of raw or undercooked pork and Hepatitis E. 

Raw pork is main cause of hepatitis E, says EFSA

Raw or undercooked pork meat is the most common cause of hepatitis E (HEV) in the EU, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
 

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