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EHL adds to international flavours range in time for BBQ season

Ingredients manufacturer EHL has launched new seasonings in time for the summer, including Creole and Chakalaka seasonings for meat, Chermoula seasoning for fish, and cauliflower rice.

Ginsters launches major new poster campaign

Ginsters is to run a heavyweight six-sheet poster campaign across the UK from 8 May for four weeks, targeting shoppers across the grocery, impulse and convenience channels.

Reduced availability drives farmgate price rise

A drop in availability has led to farmgate prime cattle prices in Scotland rising modestly over the past couple of weeks. 

Range extension for Porky Lights planned

Porky Whites is planning a “significant range extension” to its Porky Lights range.

Porky Lights and Slimming World row keeps sizzling

The battle between sausage manufacturer Porky Whites and Slimming World over the fat content of Porky Lights rumbles on despite trading standards and BBC’s The One Show getting involved. 

Border and trade post-Brexit top of IFA priorities

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture. 

Bacon company faces huge fine after plant accident

Bacon processor Becketts Foods must pay £377k after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat separating machine at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry.

LDC backs Addo Food Group buyout

Equity investment firm LDC has backed the secondary buyout of pork pie and sausage roll producer Addo Food Group for an undisclosed sum. 

Leicester halal meat fraud duo jailed for five years

Two men found guilty of conspiring to defraud customers have been sentenced to five years each. 

Welsh red meat production grows in 2016

The Welsh red meat market has seen growth in 2016, highlighting its importance to the domestic agricultural sector. 

FSA to engage more with meat industry

New Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Jason Feeney has pledged to work together more with the meat industry on key issues, including the development of a voluntary protocol structure for the use of CCTV in abattoirs. 

Bolton Halal ordered to stop using bakery equipment

Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd has been ordered to stop using bread baskets and other equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its membership, for transporting its products without permission, in addition to paying £3,000 in costs. 

Home Office minister pressed on Brexit fears

Under-fire Home Office minister Robert Goodwill has written to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) after the organisation raised fears with government over access to migrant labour. 

Bernard Matthews’ previous owner: customers scuppered pensions deal

Bernard Matthews’ former owner Rutland Partners has rejected allegations it deliberately avoided a sale of the business that fully covered pension liabilities, claiming key customers sabotaged such a deal.

Danish Crown aims for top spot in UK pork market

Danish Crown aims to grab the largest share of the UK pork market through its subsidiary Tulip, according to Danish Crown chief executive Jais Valeur and Tulip chief executive Steve Francis. 

NFUS welcomes Marks & Spencer lamb pledge

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has welcomed Marks & Spencer’s commitment to stock more Scottish lamb. 

Irish butcher launches healthy black pudding

Capitalising on the trend towards healthy eating, Northern Irish butcher Pat O’Doherty has developed a new black pudding option. 

Grass management workshop aims to grow profitability

Producers of red meat are being taught about the connections between grass management and profitability. 

New test created to detect raw pork presence

Diganosis solutions company Neogen has introduced a new kit to detect raw pork in meat and environmental samples. 

MP seeks justice for Welsh butcher

Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, has written to the government requesting an investigation into the collapse of a Carmarthenshire hotel business. 

Fish making a splash this Easter

Alternatives to traditional Easter meats are rising in popularity this year, as fish is almost as popular as chicken. 

History-making butcher returns from the Netherlands

Anthony Kitson of Kitson & Sons Butchers has returned from his visit to Holland’s premier Easter prime cattle highlight, Paasvee, where he was the first British butcher to compete.

Poultry firm to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds after worker injured

Moy Park Ltd must pay £211,924 after a worker was injured at its site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 

Dunbia debunks Great Britain move rumours

Northern Irish meat producers Dunbia has dismissed rumours that it is considering moving operations to Great Britain. 

Irish flair for Fortnum & Mason

Prestigious retailer Fortnum & Mason has introduced a Glenarm Shorthorn branded premium burger from Northern Irish producer Hannan Meats. 

Jason Feeney unveiled as new FSA chief executive

Jason Feeney has been appointed chief executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), effective immediately. 

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

Morrisons and Tulip launch TGI Fridays-branded products

Tulip is launching sous vide barbecue-style products for Morrisons under the TGI Fridays brand, which are designed to enable shoppers to recreate the restaurant group’s dishes  quickly and conveniently at home.

Slaughterhouses could save hundreds of thousands of pounds annually

Abattoirs could save more than £240,000 a site and farms could collectively cut one million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, according to measures proposed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

AI poultry rules to be softened

The government has announced that mandatory housing for poultry in ‘Higher Risk Areas of England’ will be lifted as of Thursday, 13 April. 

Charity BBQ initiative launched in Scotland

Scottish hospices are to benefit from a new BBQ campaign that will raise funds for the care homes.

Unite prepares plan to save 2 Sisters Food Group jobs

Plans to save as many 2 Sisters Food Group jobs as possible at its Bevan Way factory in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which is set to close, have been launched by trade union Unite.

2 Sisters proposes Smethwick closure – 630 jobs at risk

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed that it plans to cease production at a processing site in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which could result in the loss of up to 630 jobs. 

Blazing the trail in butchery

The first intake of Trailblazer apprentices have completed their final assessment.

Kettyle Irish food partners with Guinness for new burger

Northern Irish meat processor Kettyle Irish Foods has joined forces with Guinness to introduce a premium beef burger. 

‘Huge potential’ for Welsh Lamb in US if access granted

The momentum behind exporting Welsh Lamb to the United States is growing, after one importer claimed to be “very excited about Welsh Lamb”. 

Prices of pigs fly high on tight supply ahead of Easter

Pig prices rose for the fourth consecutive week in the w/e 25 March on limited supplies and rising pre-Easter demand, AHDB Pork has claimed. 

Tulip commits to multi-million investment in training

Tulip plans to invest millions in training amid ambitions to be a "world class" meat processor, CEO Steve Francis told this site.

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

St Bart’s Smithfield introduces new barbecue menu

London’s St Bart’s Smithfield, part of the Hush Heath Estate pub and hotel group, is celebrating the approach of summer with the launch of an exclusive BBQ menu. 

Lamb strong as retailers prepare for Easter

The liveweight lamb market strengthened further in the w/e 29 March, with demand increasing as Easter approaches. 

Retail rivalry softens cattle price drops

Competition between discount retailers and traditional supermarkets is boosting beef sales, softening typical seasonal falls in deadweight cattle prices, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Boparan slammed over 128 Bernard Matthews job losses

Workers at Bernard Matthews’ Great Witchingham plant “feel betrayed and let down” by Boparan Private Office following the confirmation of job losses at the site, according to workers’ union Unite. 

Swan becomes commercial director at Snowbird

Snowbird Foods’ new commercial director Helen Swan will spearhead its product development and marketing programmes. 

Meatsnacks brings jerky to vending machines

Beef jerky is finding a new platform in the UK vending market thanks to the Meatsnacks Group. 

Holland’s Pies range undergoes 'nostalgic' rebranding

Holland’s Pies, based in Lancashire, has revealed a new look to complement a year of growth and innovation for the firm. 

Ispini Charcuterie launches new cured pork product

Northern Irish producer Ispini Charcuterie has introduced a new innovative cured pork product. 

RSPCA awarded grant to grow China animal welfare standards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a bursary from the US foundation, the Open Philanthropy Project, to support its long-term work in China to improve animal welfare standards. 

Bawnbua Foods wins new contracts worth £10m

Processor Bawnbua Foods, formerly known as Eurostock Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million (m). The business has won contracts with international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers. 

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