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Exclusive: Gen Y market worth 85m for Welsh lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) wants to accelerate demand for PGI Welsh Lamb with millennials, who represent an untapped opportunity worth 85m.

Welsh lamb industry to welcome NZ delegates

The Welsh red meat levy board Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is this week hosting representatives from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ).

Innovation key to success for National Butchers Week 2017

As we enter February, were now just over a month away from National Butchers Week and we want to make sure you know all you need to about the event.

Alternative meat preservatives to increase food safety

A new natural, formulation-specific preservative designed to lower the risk of cancer and extend the shelf-life of chilled meats has been launched.

Opportunities for meat producers to target international investors

Investment from overseas firms in the UKs food and drink sector has continued to increase. According to the latest research from business and finance adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 2016 saw the highest levels for three years.

Sheep producers told to sell hoggs at optimum weight

Sheep farmers have been advised that to achieve maximum producer margin, hoggs should be sold at optimum weight and cleanliness to counterbalance a fall in prices year-on-year.

Bidvest Foodservice adds 140 trendy foods to menu

Bidvest Foodservice has added 140 new products to its catalogue of foods and beverages for the summer menu, with premium burgers and American-style beef ribs expected to be popular.

Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Paul Cadman appointed to Institute for Apprenticeships board

The Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC) has announced that Paul Cadman is to sit on the board of the new Institute for Apprenticeships.

Allergy concerns cause chicken product recalls

Two chicken products have been recalled following concerns over allergen labelling.

BMPA partners with Acoura to develop Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has teamed up with food safety and certification provider Acoura to give its Pork Scheme members a wider choice of audit providers and an increased range of combined services.

British pork product facings decline in November

The proportion of British pork products in retail outlets fell in November 2016, according to the latest AHDB Porkwatch survey.

Innovative solutions called for to curb antimicrobial resistance

Alternative methods in preventing and treating infections in animals are required to overcome antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to industry experts.

Tesco and Booker announce food business merger

Retailer Tesco is to acquire wholesaler Booker in a deal worth 3.7bn.

Calls made to improve rabbit farming methods

Alternative methods have been called upon to phase out conventional battery cages for farming rabbits.

Brexit to provide improved animal welfare opportunities

Leaving the European Union could lead to higher animal welfare standards for the UK.

International meat business makes senior appointments

ABP Food Group has appointed Finbarr McDonnell as chief operating officer, effective from April this year, filling the role vacated by Frank Stephenson, who was named group chief executive in October 2016.

Vampire horse farm claims downplayed by pig industry

News that blood from pregnant horses is being injected into other animals to boost meat production would never be used for pigs destined for meat, said the National Pig Association (NPA).

Multi-million investment in Moy Park boosts production

Moy Parks multi-million pound investment in its Ashbourne facility has allowed the poultry processor to produce one million chickens per week.

Eville and Jones win meat inspection tender process

Eville and Jones has won the tender for the Official Meat Control services in meat plants.

Moy Park brings out ready-to-eat snacking line

Moy Park has launched a ready-to-eat branded snacking range, Moy Park Good to Go, highlighting the continued flurry of activity around the meat snacks category.

Faccenda suffers profit dip amid export and wholesale struggles

Faccenda Foods revealed a 30% drop in full-year operating profit amid price deflation in export and wholesale markets, currency exchange troubles and fierce retail competition in its latest set of annual results.

National Farmers' Union airs fears over supermarkets anti-meat agenda

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed major concerns over an initiative to encourage consumers to eat more vegetarian options.

Hecks heart-shaped sausages return for Valentines Day

Heck is getting into the romantic spirit again with its latest limited-edition offering.

Uel Morton to step down from Quality Meat Scotland

Uel Morton, chief executive of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), is to step down from his role later this year.

Brexit and a US trade deal to create perfect storm for British farming

Leaving the Single Market and opening up borders to cheap food imports could have severe consequences for the British farming industry, according to the Liberal Democrats.

Local sourcing trend big for Irelands shoppers

Two-thirds of Irelands consumers believe buying local food is important and one-third claim they are buying such food more now than they did 12 months ago.

Butchers Shop of The Year hosts book signing

Butchers Shop of The Year 2016 winner Walter Rose & Son hosted a book signing on 20 January by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, a regular customer of the business.

Farm shop banned from trading for selling chicken contaminated with fly eggs

A Heckfield farm shop has been fined and banned from operating a food business after selling chicken pieces containing fly eggs.

Record run-up to Burns Night for Scottish butcher

Simon Howie The Scottish Butcher, a family business based out of Perthshire that prides itself on its renowned haggis, is celebrating record-breaking sales for its expanded haggis range in the run-up to Burns Night.

Supermarket chain Aldi launches new lean mince

Aldi is to launch a limited edition flexitarian offering through its Specialbuy range.

Future of Isle of Man Meats plant to be decided

The Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) is to discuss the future of a meat plant on the island.

Cranswick in top tier of farm animal welfare

Cranswick is the only UK meat processor to appear in the top tier of companies rated in a wide-ranging report on farm animal welfare standards.

Gressingham Foods opens new distribution centre

Gressingham Foods has opened a new 5m distribution centre at its plant in Redgrave, near Diss in Norfolk.

Industry concerns as Schmallenberg cases increase

Livestock producers are being encouraged to submit lambs with suspected Schmallenberg virus (SBV) for post-mortem inspection. This call for action follows on from a rise in confirmed cases of the disease.

Welsh meat industry pleased with food name protection talks

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed progressive talks in Westminster over securing the food name protection given to Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef and other products as the UK leaves the European Union.

Asia Pacific tipped as important pork market

UK pork exporters have been told to consider the Far East as a potential market.

Farmison & Co. sees festive revenue growth

Online butchery business, Farmison & Co. experienced a rise of 67% year-on-year for its December ecommerce revenue.

Calls made for efficiency in Welsh red meat industry

Efficiency is key to the Welsh red meat sectors survival, experts stressed at a farmer meeting organised by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) last week.

Pig industry to benefit from training tool

A training and development web-based tool is scheduled to be introduced to the pig industry.

Pork pie brand gets cheesy

Maker of posh pork pies, Tottle has launched a Pork, Cheddar and ale pie to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day on 20 January.

Welsh farmers warn of free trade New Zealand deal

The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) has warned a free trade deal with New Zealand would not benefit UK livestock producers, amid prospects of the Hard Brexit pursued by prime minister Theresa May.

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterlings weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year.

Greggs launches delivery service in London

Sausage rolls, pasties and steak bakes are now available for delivery in the UKs capital city.

New incident of avian influenza found in Lincolnshire

The UKs Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed another incident of H5N8 avian influenza in a flock of turkeys at a farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire.

Tesco recalls Takeaway Chicken due to cashew ingredient that was not named on label

Supermarket giant Tesco has recalled two batches of its Tesco Takeaway Chicken because the sauce contains cashew nuts, which is not mentioned on the label, and presents a potential health risk.

UK meat exporters strengthen ties with US market

A selection of meat exporters travelled to Washington DC last week to receive training on meeting US regulatory requirements for beef and lamb imports.

McAtamneys expands customer reach by acquiring property

Hunters Butcher Shop in Limavady, Northern Ireland, has been acquired by K&G McAtamneys.

Wholesale meat market expected to experience extremely competitive 2017

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned that the wholesale meat market will remain competitive over the next 12 months.

Positive outlook for new-season lamb, says farming union

New-season lamb at farm level prices is "marginally above" last year's levels, according to the National Farmers' Union's (NFU) chief livestock adviser John Royle.

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