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Celebrated chef showcases Welsh Lamb in new pop-up

Amateur chef and food blogger Imran Nathoo has thrown his support behind Welsh Lamb to develop his take on the classic kebab. 

UK to regain control of fishing access post-Brexit

The government has announced plans to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention in a move it called an “historic” step in delivering a fairer deal for the UK’s fishing industry. 

Scottish butcher boosts burger sales

Simon Howie – The Scottish Butcher is celebrating a bumper summer, with sales of its premium BBQ range growing. 

Waitrose commits to recyclable packaging

Retailer Waitrose has introduced easily-recyclable sandwich wrappers, with the aim of rolling this initiative out across all own-label packaging.

Pork Farms launch new TV ad campaign for 2017

Pork Farms has launched a new heavyweight TV advertising campaign. 

Scottish butchers rally behind pork campaign

Butchers across Scotland are supporting a campaign encouraging consumers to ‘Do More with Pork’. 

Farm minister ‘understands’ Brexit labour fears

The government hopes to offer work permits to EU meat factory staff but has stressed its priority remains controlling immigration, farming minister George Eustice said. 

Industry united over charity football event

The meat industry has united behind a charity football event supporting homeless young people organised by Northamptonshire butcher William Ross.

Waitrose launches Prosecco turkey for Christmas

Waitrose is combining turkey and Prosecco in its latest festive offering.

Lucas Ingredients launches ‘Smokehouse’ burger mixes

Lucas Ingredients is bringing the smokey taste of the US deep south to butchers’ burger offers, launching Tennessee and Louisiana ‘Smokehouse’ burger mix lines as the first in a broader range of mixes.

Funnybones adds spice to foodservice with Tex-Mex bites

Funnybones Foodservice has produced a new range of bite-sized pork products for foodservice operators. 

Red meat key to health, says expert

Unprocessed red meat has a key role to play in improving the nation’s health, but product changes may be needed to ensure Britain eats enough high quality protein.

Sainsbury’s pledges to buy British lamb

Sainsbury’s has announced today (29 June) that as of 1 July its fresh lamb will be 100% British and 100% new season. 

New technical director for Authenticate

Food supply chain mapping provider Authenticate IS has appointed Dawn Welham as technical director in a bid to strengthen its expertise in the retail, food manufacture and agribusiness industries. 

Like-for-like sales drop at Crawshaws

Retail butchery chain Crawshaw Group posted a drop in like-for-like sales but is focusing on its new shop models to get it back on track.

Heck launches low-fat pork sausages

Sausage producer Heck has expanded its range with the introduction of Super Slim low-fat pork sausages. 

Butcher’s Shop of The Year Awards welcomes all

Butchery businesses of all shapes and sizes, not just traditional high street outlets, are invited to enter Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of The Year Awards 2017. 

Hard Brexit could lead to 80% tax on premium beef

Luxury beef could face tariffs of up to 80% if the government fails to clinch a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU, forcing the industry to adopt World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. 

Liquid enzymes to improve biogas production for agriculture sector

A new strategic partnership to improve biogas production in anaerobic digesters through the use of liquid enzymes has the potential to benefit rural and farm communities on both a financial and environmental level, according to the companies involved. 

Puddledub expands with new butcher’s shop

A Fife farm is set to open its first standalone butcher’s shop under the Puddledub brand next month, following a successful pop up. 

Poultry antibiotic use cut by 71% since 2012

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has reported a massive drop in the use of antibiotics over the past five years. 

Inflation and avian flu hit 2 Sisters profit

A combination of avian influenza, cost inflation and redundancy costs have adversely impacted 2 Sisters’ third quarter profits. 

New chairwoman joins Provision Trade Federation

Rob Nugent, Direct Table Foods’ operations director, has stepped down as chairman of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) to make way for newly-elected chairwoman Liz Sutton, founder and director of Delamere Dairy.

Northern Ireland improves animal health system

The Northern Irish government has begun to introduce a new initiative that will oversee the welfare of livestock. 

Final Worldskills butchery heat winner named

The fourth and final winner of the Worldskills butchery competition has been named. 

Celebrity campaign to highlight pig welfare

Animal welfare lobby group Farms Not Factories has launched a series of videos featuring celebrity chefs and the high welfare farmers who provide their pork. 

Meat industry voices post-Brexit labour fears

The British meat and farming industries have again raised concerns about access to EU workers following Brexit as the government outlined its legislative plan in the recent Queen’s address to Parliament. 

2 Sisters commended by vegan protestors

Animal rights group Devon Animal Save continues to protest again outside 2 Sisters’ Cullompton plant, but the meat processor has been commended for allowing activists to hold vigils for slaughter-bound chickens. 

‘Antibiotic-free’ messages could confuse consumers, warns NPA

The pork industry has been warned of spreading confusing messages about the use of antibiotics after the launch of a new ‘antibiotic-free’ bacon. 

Scottish meat industry wins millions in grant funding

Scottish meat processors and butchers have secured funds totalling £3.7 million through Scotland’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) Grant Scheme. 

Butcher ‘thrilled’ by royal recognition

A Welsh butcher has become one of an exclusive club of 16 Royal Warrant Holders in Wales, and is the only butcher in the country to achieve the recognition.

Investment firms eye Moy Park acquisition

UK-based private equity firms are circling poultry processor Moy Park, which has been put up for sale by Brazilian parent company JBS to pay off debts.

Butcher takes on baker in Scotch pie contest

One of Scotland’s most renowned butchers is to take on a leading Kilmarnock baker in a Scotch pie bake-off today. 

Northern Irish cured meats producer adds bresaola to range

Northern Ireland’s Ispini Charcuterie has expanded its range of products with a new bresaola. 

ABP and Fane Valley grow joint venture to include Linden Foods

Fane Valley Co-op and ABP Food Group are to extend their joint venture relationship to include Linden Foods, the UK-based meat processing business of Fane Valley. 

Rally call for Scotland’s supply chain post-EU

To overcome challenges that are expected to be created from Brexit, the Scottish red meat supply chain has been called upon to work together. 

Meat Trades Journal and partners launch Food Export Conference

Registration is now open for our Food Export Conference. 

Dunbia loses deputy chief exec following merger

Tony O’Neill OBE is to step down from his role as group deputy chief executive at Dunbia.

Jamie Oliver’s commitment to high-welfare meat recognised

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been rewarded for supporting animal welfare by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA).

Packaging firm invests in energy-saving technology

Linpac spent £320,000 on an advanced cooling system to slash energy and water consumption at its Featherstone HQ to boost its image as an eco-friendly food packaging manufacturer. 

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

Scottish red meat abattoirs see turnover decline in 2016

Red meat primary processors in Scotland saw livestock numbers and figures for animals processed down year-on-year, despite a slight increase in the amount of cattle slaughtered. 

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

Scottish plants risk closure over inspection charge hikes

Some Scottish meat plants risk closure as a result of “excessive” meat inspection charges planned by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), according to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Hospital food operators urged to promote healthy eating

Hospital eateries must provide healthier alternatives as part of efforts to tackle rising obesity rates in Northern Ireland. 

Dawn Meats creates ‘ultimate burger experience’

Dawn Meats’ butchery team has developed what it claims to be the “ultimate burger experience”.

Fire & Smoke uses social media to drive awareness

Kerry Foods is heavily targeting Millennials via social media and outdoor events as part of a nationwide road show for its Fire & Smoke branded cooked meats, bacon and snack pots. 

M&S faces up to challenge of cutting beef carbon emissions

Marks & Spencer’s Plan A 2025 strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for raw materials, such as beef, will be “extremely challenging”, according Steve McLean, M&S’s head of agriculture and fisheries.

Partnership tackles food fraud on international level

Belfast-based Arc-net has entered into a partnership that aims to fight food fraud by utlising innovation and technologies. 

Meat Scholarship Association celebrates landmark year

Members of the Welsh red meat sector are being called upon to apply for a potentially life- and career-changing experience. 

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