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Industry encouraged to participate in charity golf day

Members of the meat industry are being encouraged to take part in the Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI) 2017 annual golf day.

Northern Ireland-made biltong targets delis and farm shops

A Belfast-based beef biltong company has been launched, celebrating the traditional South African snack.

How Highland cattle breed reached Smithfield's restaurant menu

Londons Smiths of Smithfield has entered into partnership with Grace Noble, a supplier of Aberdeenshire Highland cattle, in a move that builds on its commitment to British.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards to be biggest yet

Meat Trades Journals flagship event, the SuperMeat & Fish Awards, is coming back bigger and better than ever before for 2017.

New post for AHDBs Dr Phil

Dr Phil Hadley has been appointed to the new post of international market development director for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Crawshaw Group sets out 2 Sisters deal advantages

More details on the 2 Sisters and Crawshaw Group partnership have been revealed including the proposed commercial benefits to the retail butchery chain.

Industry split over new-season lamb volume numbers

The British livestock community has expressed differing opinions over the number of new-season lambs.

Samworth Brothers takes healthy ready meals to Waitrose

Samworth Brothers is launching its my healthy kitchen (myhk) range of low-calorie ready meals in Waitrose stores UK-wide from 15 May, incorporating two chicken lines boasting 100% British chicken.

Pork firm eyes global growth with factory investment

Cranswick Country Foods has won permission to extend its pork abattoir in Preston from East Ridings District Council and now plans to use it to build on product development and global trade.

Norfolk poultry farm to support local produce

JW Spencer Farms in Thetford is having a planning application considered by the council to build a new poultry farm for barn-reared birds, with the aim of promoting local produce.

British pork targets US market

Quality cuts of British pork will be displayed at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago later this month.

60 seconds with the SAMW president

Frank Clark was named president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) at an event in Glasgow and spoke to this site about his main priorities.

Cranstons to refurbish Carlisle store

Cranstons plans to complete refurbishment of its Carlisle store in Fisher Street by the end of June.

American trends prompt TGI Fridays brand expansion

Brand expansion agency Beanstalk is to work with TGI Fridays to develop its international licensing programme, with a focus on the UK.

Yorkshire butcher promotes local lamb in school workshop

Yorkshire butcher Brindon Addy promoted local lamb at a butchery workshop at Holmfirth High School, West Yorkshire, last week.

World Angus Forum returns to its roots

For the first time in 40 years, the 2017 World Angus Forum will be heading to the home of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the UK and will be hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society in the UK.

Scottish levy board welcomes new knowledge transfer specialist

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has welcomed 24-year-old Rebecca Rainnie as a new Knowledge Transfer Specialist. She will work in the organisations industry development team.

New avian influenza case confirmed in Lancashire

Defra has confirmed that another case of H5N8 avian flu has been found at a farm in Lancashire.

Emerging Northern Irish producers receive guidance from charcuterie specialists

Northern Irish meat producers that are getting off the ground will receive advice from charcuterie specialist Chris Moorby at the School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire.

Fraud could lead to 12 billion loss annually

FTSE food businesses have been told they could double their profits by reducing fraud losses.

Hollands Pies targets Fathers Day for sales opportunities

Lancashire-based Hollands Pies is aiming to tap into the Fathers Day market this year.

Red Tractor Assurance chief executive to step down

David Clarke, chief executive of Red Tractor Assurance, has announced he is to retire after 19 years in the role.

Butchers shop boss fined after man loses fingers

The boss of a Lancashire butchers faces a 3,500 fine and must pay 2,500 towards prosecution costs after one of his employees severely injured his right hand in a faulty mincing machine.

Seasonal events boost Morrisons first-quarter sales

St Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter falling in quick succession has helped Morrisons to a strong first quarter.

Ill have a pizza that: MuscleFoods launches four new products

Four guilt-free pizzas that contain a third of the calories found in similar supermarket products have been launched by lean meats online retailer MuscleFoods.com.

UK sheep flock increases

Industry figures have revealed that the UKs breeding flock has increased year-on-year.

2 Sisters grows south west chicken production after multi-million investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced that 27.5 million has been invested in its south west supply chain last year, enabling it to increase its chicken production in the region.

Sainsburys performance slips despite online and convenience growth

Sainsburys like-for-like sales fell slightly over the past full year, as did pre-tax profit, despite growth in online and convenience grocery channels and a non-food boost from its Argos acquisition highlighted by CEO Mike Coupe.

Sale of Karro Food Group reaches completion

The sale of pork supplier Karro Food Group has been completed by Endless LLP to CapVest Partners LLP.

Innovative Food Ingredients appoints Q Guilds Gordon Newlands

Food distributor Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has appointed former Q Guild general manager Gordon Newlands to help develop its independent butchery and processor customer base.

BBQ trends report designed to benefit industry

BBQ trends and influences for 2017 are at the centre of a report delivered by Dalziel Ingredients.

Denmark firm buys bolt stunning specialist

UK captive bolt stunning specialist Accles & Shelvoke is being bought by Frontmatec, a global supplier of processing equipment to the red meat industry.

AI latest for England, Scotland, Wales, NI

Avian influenza (AI) prevention zones in Scotland and Wales have been scrapped, although they remain in England until 15 May, and in Northern Ireland measures have been extended until 31 May.

Co-op commits to British meat

As of today (Tuesday 2 May) The Co-operative will commit to sourcing only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb, ditching Danish bacon and New Zealand lamb.

KFC opens kitchen to public

Fast food chain KFC is opening its restaurant kitchens to the public, offering a chance to see how the famous fried chicken is made.

National Farmers' Union warns of farm income volatility

The agriculture industry needs mechanisms to help deal with increasing volatility. This is the message being delivered by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Poultry firm fined 2k on chicken carcases

Newark-based poultry producer Germany Farms faces a 2,000 fine for the irresponsible disposal of around 10,000 chicken carcases on woodland near Knapthorpe in Nottinghamshire.

Topping Pies launches new gourmet range

The Topping Pie Company has launched gourmet and speciality fresh and baked frozen pie ranges and unbaked frozen products at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, organised by Meat Trades Journal publisher William Reed.

Asda recalls Szechuan Chicken

Retailer Asda has issued a recall on its limited edition Szechuan Chicken because the product failed to declare the presence of barley as an allergen in the product.

Farming union inspires younger generation

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging young people to take up agriculture as a career path.

Bacon-sellers sentenced for fraudulent activity

Two businessmen have been sentenced for selling misleading bacon products.

Scotch red meat targets international audience

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI are heading to Toronto and Hong Kong, where they will have a presence at trade shows SIAL Canada and Hofex respectively.

Dry-ageing bacon firm launches into foodservice

Kennedy Bacon, based out of Co Tyrone, is expanding its audience reach and launching a new product aimed at chefs and retailers.

Foodservice inflation bucks traditional trend

The current exchange rate has potentially led to a new norm for meat and poultry inflation prices in the foodservice sector, experts have concurred.

Crawshaw to enter into multi-million pound partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group

Crawshaw Group plc has announced today (Wednesday 26 April) that it has entered into a transformational supply chain partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group.

Fergus Ewing to fight for Scotlands post-Brexit agri funds

Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity in Scotland, will fight to ensure money is available for farmers after the UK exits the European Union.

Wild West Jerky to fuel firefighters charity race

Two firefighters racing across the Atlantic Ocean are being supported by Wild West Jerky, part of the Meat Snacks Group.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards build momentum

Entries are underway for this years SuperMeat & Fish Awards, with Morrisons, Iceland and Aldi and a variety of suppliers all already stepping up to the plate.

Great British Beef Week pulls in support from Haldon Ladies Tug of War team

Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has this year attracted the attention of one of the nations top female Tug of War teams.

Team GB entries close this week

Time is running out to apply to become part of Team GB and take on the rest of the globe at the World Butchers Challenge 2018.

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