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Mixed response as government backs soft Irish border

The government’s plan for a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has received a mixed reaction from the meat sector. 

Lamb producers’ shares decline in July

Retail prices for lamb remained steady in July, but producers’ shares fell during the month. 

Welsh charity rewarded with hog roast

A charity and school cluster from Wales were awarded with a hog roast after winning a competition. 

More Cornish Charcuterie manufactured products recalled

Further products manufactured by Cornish Charcuterie have been recalled due to food poisoning controls. 

Big Daddy Rump Steak back at Aldi

Aldi has reintroduced its ‘Big Daddy’ extra thick British rump steak for a limited time, following the success of its previous launch. 

Asda and Tesco defend lamb facings

Retailers Asda and Tesco have defended the amount of lamb on shelf sourced from Scotland and the UK. 

Scunthorpe butcher goes head-to-head with Morrisons

A butcher from Scunthorpe has introduced a foot-long sausage roll in response to Morrisons launching its own version. 

Pâtés and rillettes recalled due to food poisoning fears

A selection of pâtés and rillettes have been recalled by Cornish Charcuterie. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that consuming the listed products could lead to potentially fatal food poisoning.

Solid second-quarter growth for Moy Park

JBS Europe – Moy Park saw a “solid” rise in revenue in the second quarter of the year thanks to fluctuating currencies. 

Australia FTA 'clearly a threat'

A trade deal between the UK and Australia is “a threat” to Britain’s meat industry, according to an industry spokesperson. 

Creamy Leek and Bacon Cooking Sauce recalled by Tesco

Retailer Tesco has recalled a batch of its Creamy Leek and Bacon Cooking Sauce as it contains eggs that are not mentioned on the packaging. This may cause harm to consumers that have an egg intolerance. 

Meat Business Women confirms venue

Tallow Chandlers Hall in London has been confirmed as the venue for the fourth Meat Business Women forum, taking place on Wednesday, 4 October. 

NI firm launches hickory-smoked burgers

Northern Ireland-based Buchanan Foods has added an innovative burger solution to its growing portfolio. 

Grant assists UK’s farming and rural life

A total of £540,000 worth of funding has been allocated to 18 projects in rural communities throughout the UK.

UK tackles poultry meat fears linked to toxic eggs

After Dutch scientists began testing chicken meat plants for traces of fipronil, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants to establish if Britain imported meat from these implicated farms too. 

Colman’s taps into convenience market

Condiments, mustards and packet mixes specialist Colman’s is reaching out to the convenience category by adding ‘meal makers’ to its portfolio.

French beef genetics to benefit from UK breed

A new agreement has been reached that will see UK cattle genetics used to enhance the French industry. 

Lack of supply results in strong farmgate beef prices

Strong farmgate prices for Scottish beef are expected to continue, due to a low number of cattle available on the market.

Central Foods gets Red Tractor seal of approval

Central Foods has achieved Red Tractor accreditation for its KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs.

Seven UK pork processors given China access

Seven businesses in England and Northern Ireland have been granted access to supply pork to China following the agreement of a new export deal. 

RECIPE: Confit chicken with chef Mark Walsh and Walter Rose & Son

Britain’s best butcher's shop of the year 2016, Walter Rose & Son, recently lent a helping hand in nurturing prospective butchers at Harvey Nichols in Birmingham. 

Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger under CMA investigation

An investigation has been launched into the joint venture of Dawn Meats and Dunbia by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

You’re hired with Meat Business Women

Women across the meat supply chain are being encouraged to attend the fourth Meat Business Women seminar.

Glass fragments cause Peter’s recall

Peter’s Food Service has recalled meat and vegetarian pasty products due to the potential presence of glass fragments. 

Northern Irish butcher launches booze-infused bangers

Maguire Meats of Irvinestown has unveiled two unconventional alcohol sausages to inspire customers this barbecue season. 

Defra launches mandatory CCTV consultation

Defra has launched a consultation on implementing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses.

UK-Philippines trade deal welcomed by Scotland

The new multi-million beef export deal between the UK and the Philippines has been labelled as “excellent news for the Scottish red meat industry”. 

Kerry sees increased competition in UK market

The Kerry Group’s UK and Ireland consumer foods division saw increased competition in the first half of the year. 

Butcher celebrates 150 of business with celebration pie

A Yorkshire butcher is celebrating a century-and-a-half of success, by marking the landmark birthday with a limited-edition pie. 

Eden Project commits to sustainable fish

The Eden Project has joined 70 other local businesses, including a local Jamie Oliver restaurant, in a commitment to only serve sustainable Cornish seafood. 

Free waste management service available to meat industry

A new, free waste management service has been launched to help food manufacturing companies save money and reduce their environmental footprint.

Morrisons rules out fake farm branding

Morrisons has pledged not to use fictitious farm branding for its produce. 

UK signs £34 million beef export deal with Philippines

The UK has signed a beef export deal with the Philippines worth £34 million (m) over the next five years.

Quality Meat Scotland’s new addition to drive healthy eating

Scottish industry body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has welcomed a new health and education executive to the organisation. 

Save meat to save money and the environment, says HCC

The Welsh red meat levy board is encouraging consumers to make the most of leftover meat. 

Flexitarianism on the rise amongst UK consumers

Flexitarianism in the UK is predicted to grow further, according to a recent survey.

North Yorkshire butcher begins new chapter

A North Yorkshire butcher has warned that the rise in rent and parking rates is threatening trade for smaller independents.

Scottish meat firms win over £600k in government funding

Two Scottish butchers, one meat processor and an abattoir association between them have secured more than £600,000 in funding from the Scottish Government to expand operations. 

Unexplained fire causes extensive damage to Scottish pig abattoir

A fire in a Scottish pig abattoir has left the slaughterhouse with extensive damage. 

Bacon and whiskey producers team up for innovative product

Kennedy Bacon, based in Northern Ireland, has joined forces with Dingle Irish Whiskey from Co Kerry in the Republic to create a whiskey-infused bacon. 

Beef and lamb specialists to improve industry competitiveness

New livestock specialists have been trained across the country to help the industry meet market requirements.

Sheep farmers champion Love Lamb Week

The next generation of sheep farmers is calling on the next generation of shoppers to put lamb back on plates across Britain through Love Lamb Week. 

Morrisons rolls out foot-long sausage roll

Retailer Morrisons has introduced what it believes to be the largest sausage roll in the UK. 

UK pig production decline greater than expected

Year-on-year UK pork production fell by more than expected for the second quarter of the year.

Scottish pork takes centre stage at Aldi

Customers at Aldi’s Inverurie store in Scotland were encouraged to embrace local pork last week.

Government set five tests to rewrite agriculture policy

High standards for animal welfare, the environment and labour cannot be watered down post-Brexit as they need to be the bedrock of Britain’s new food and farming vision, the Soil Association has claimed.

Butcher beefs up record-breaking race

A Newcastle upon Tyne butcher has helped his local university to break records at an annual inter-university track race at Silverstone.

Wall’s launches ‘heat to eat’ breakfast options

Sausage firm Wall’s has extended its product offering and launched two new breakfast roll options. 

Fully traceable fish launched by JJ Food Service

JJ Food Service has introduced a new range of Icelandic cod and haddock.

Nando’s launches investigation into chicken supplier

Chicken restaurant Nando’s has announced it will investigate a poultry farm that has been accused of animal abuse. 

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