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Birds Eye drives frozen chicken category with multi-million pound relaunch

Frozen food company Birds Eye has announced the revamp of its improved quality chicken range as part of a 7.1 million relaunch.

Butcher invests 2.25m to add wholesale division

Award-winning West Country butcher Malcolm Pyne is developing a wholesale arm to his butchery shop business by investing 2.25 million in a new purpose-built butchery and storage plant near the site of a proposed huge park-and-ride scheme for workers constructing the Somerset nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C.

Quality Standard Mark Lamb showcased at Gulfood

British Quality Standard Mark Lamb has enjoyed a presence at an international trade show in Dubai this past week.

Robertsons Fine Foods opens new processing site

Scottish pork and bacon producer John Robertson & Sons, the parent company of Robertsons Fine Foods of Ayrshire has opened a second processing unit in Irvine, Ayrshire.

Booths to stock Moy Park breaded chicken range

Northern Irelands Moy Park has gained listings in retailer Booths for its breaded chicken range.

Heck to create 50 jobs at new multi-million pound factory

Sausage producer Heck is set to introduce 50 local jobs after its new factory in Sinderby, North Yorkshire, is created at the end of April.

Pig cakes for Pancake Day at Oxford restaurant chain

Pancake Day Pigcakes, concoctions made entirely of meat, are on offer from Oxford restaurant chain House of Jacob throughout 28 February, the business has claimed.

Joint investigation launched over Skegness abattoir fire

A joint fire and police investigation is underway following a fire at an abattoir in Skegness on Friday, 24 February.

AHDB Pork appoints four new board members

Four new members have been appointed to the AHDB Pork board to replace members whose terms of office will end on 31 March 2017.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs at research centre

Irish processor Dawn Farms is to create 150 new jobs over the next five years at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre as part of a 25 million investment programme.

Scientists create infection-resistant super pigs

The pig industry could save billions of pounds thanks to a new type of super pig bred by scientists to resist infection by Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Scotlands wholesalers welcome BSE breakthrough

Recommendations to upgrade Scotlands BSE status from 'controlled risk' to neglible risk have been hailed by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) as a real breakthrough.

Game meat warning issued to food traders in Kent

Food businesses in the Kent region have been advised to ensure they are not buying illegally killed game following a suspected poaching incident.

New packaging film range unveiled by Linpac

Food packaging manufacturer Linpac has launched its new Lintop PE HB SKIN film range.

Eastleigh butcher wins Hampshire Fare crown

Eastleigh butchers LJ Smith scooped the Supreme Champion award at Hampshire Fares The Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition, for the second year in a row.

Retail price war: will the discounters win ground in meat?

A retail price war will continue in 2017 as the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl, compete with the supermarket giants and each other for increased meat sales.

Institute of Meat names top apprentice

Samuel Deighton was named Champion Meat Apprentice of The Year at the Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) annual prize-giving on 21 February.

Butchers on National Minimum Wage underpayment list

Two butchers have been named and shamed by HMRC for not paying workers the correct National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Organic meat sales at Tesco grow 13%

Sales of organic meat at retailer Tesco rose by 13% last year, helping it achieve the highest category growth in over a decade.

Morrisons recall follows Listeria discovery

Morrisons is recalling a batch of Peppered Beef Slices following the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

Addo Food Group to take action on food waste

Addo Food Group has joined forces with charity FareShare and logistics operator Fowler Welch to tackle hunger and food waste.

Morrisons seeks future Great British suppliers

Retailer Morrisons has announced it is searching for new domestic food producers to supply the supermarket chain.

Bidvest Foodservice changes name to Bidfood

Bidvest Foodservice is to change its trading name to Bidfood.

Liverpool butcher fined thousands for mice and dirt

A halal butcher must pay more than 4,500 for seven food safety violations, according to a verdict delivered by Liverpool Magistrates Court.

Young consumers targeted as driving food retail

Farmers are being told to position themselves to meet obstacles as the food retail sector is expected to be impacted by the current political climate.

Clarity urged on online origin labelling

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called for more information on a products country of origin to be provided for online shoppers.

NFMFT roadshow and barbecue competition announced

The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) is to stage a one-day show and barbecue competition.

Duck firm moves production amid bird virus threat

Gressingham Foods has halted processing at its poultry slaughter plant in Redgrave, Suffolk after bird flu restrictions were imposed at a neighbouring Banham Poultry site, transferring operations to Debach, near Woodbridge.

Foodservice sector offered advice ahead of Great British Beef Week

With the run-up to Great British Beef Week (GBBW) under way, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has provided foodservice operators with tips on getting the most out of British beef.

Traditional Welsh pork gains protected status

Pork from traditionally-reared Pedigree Welsh Pigs has been awarded Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) status from the European Commission, the first of its kind in Wales.

Strive Beef Biltong secures first major distributor

Meatsnacks Group Ltd has announced that its Strive Beef Biltong range will launch nationwide through BP Marks & Spencer Simply Food forecourts at the beginning of March 2017.

Bank of England to launch consultation on polymer notes

The Bank of England will launch a full consultation on 30 March about the content of polymer substrate to be used in future banknotes.

Waitrose to rebrand lamb products over origin concerns

Supermarket chain Waitrose has responded to the unacceptable labelling of New Zealand lamb branded as Waitrose British by committing to clearer labels.

Last chance to attend the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards

There are just two weeks to go to the annual Meat & Poultry Processing Awards and anyone who wants to be in on the action needs to book tickets now.

Romantic Brits planned 6bn Valentines Day spend

UK consumers were set to splash out 6 billion on Valentines Day, with slap-up meals topping the bill, and a quarter of those who were planning to stay in set to cook steak.

Brazilian meat giant launches European foodservice platform

BRF Europe looks to expand in foodservice with the launch of an online platform positioning itself as a partner of choice for poultry.

Leading nutritionist fears EU health claim gag

Food processors could be gagged from communicating emerging scientific evidence of the health benefits of their products because of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling, according to a leading nutritionist.

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Food Group has introduced a new 20-strong range of gourmet burgers.

Survey shows lack of commitment to antibiotic reduction in food outlets

Food outlets are being called on to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the use of antibiotics in company supply chains.

Isle of Man meat plant to seek private operator

The Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) has decided to seek private operators for the islands meat plant in an effort to make it more competitive and save public money.

Herdwick lamb back in Booths

Herdwick lamb has returned to retailer Booths for a limited four-month season.

Late Easter potential for wholesale sector

Easters late arrival could lead into a successful summer barbecue season for retailers, according to industry experts and wholesalers are advised to be ready.

ABP remains confident ahead of Brexit process

Processing giant ABP UK is confident that the future of the business will be secure as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

Aurora Foods enters bacon wholesale market

Yorkshire-based Aurora Foods have launched a new venture in the bulk bacon market, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal.

Morrisons' New Zealand lamb offer criticised by NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on Morrisons to adhere to its 100% British lamb policy when sourcing all of its own products.

New chicken fillet and thigh range launched by Dalziel

Retail butcher specialist Dalziel has teamed up with Netherlands poultry processor Vriesekoop to launch its own premium quality chicken brand.

Prime pig prices ease back after festive high point

Pig prices have eased back from a 26-month high of 151.9p/kg dwt in the final week of 2016, to below the 150p/kg mark at the beginning of February after five weeks of marginal declines.

Premier Young Butcher shortlist revealed

This years nine butchers shortlisted for the Premier Young Butcher 2017 have been named.

New bird flu measures pose serious risk to industry

Poultry keepers are now facing significant threats to their businesses with the introduction of updated measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.

Butcher fined thousands after worker slashes hand

A butchers has been fined after a worker suffered deep lacerations to one of his hands when working.

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