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Coalville butcher closed following hygiene violations

A butcher’s shop in Coalville, north-west Leicestershire, has been ordered to close after Environmental Health Officers found “unacceptable hygiene practices”. 

Dawn Meats wins top energy certification

Dawn Meats’ retail packing plant in South Wales has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its efficiencies in energy-use policy. 

Thai firm CP Foods buys Westbridge Food Group

UK-based protein, desserts and vegetable supplier Westbridge Food Group has been bought by Thailand-based Charoen Popkhand Foods plc (CP Foods) for an undisclosed sum.

Doherty’s Meats signs ‘significant deal’ with Musgrave

Doherty’s Meats in Derry has been listed by Musgrave Retail Partners for its network of SuperValu and Centra stores throughout the island of Ireland. 

Innovation introduction to reduce campylobacter contamination

Air Products has introduced a new rapid chilling system, designed to further decrease the contamination of campylobacter for poultry processors. 

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

The Dalesman Group awarded for high standard of practices

Seasonings manufacturer The Dalesman Group has been awarded with an AA status following a recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit. 

Dicksons Pork Butchers’ profits fall over £1 million

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has experienced a substantial decrease in profit for the year ending 30 June 2016, although the company remains positive about the future. 

New 2 Sisters Sainsbury’s retail director unveiled

2 Sisters has appointed Gill Pendergrast as its new Sainsbury’s retail director. 

Birmingham butcher jailed for tax fraud

The owner of a Midlands meat processing company has been sentenced to two years for tax fraud.

Decision pending on processing plant application

A decision on a new processing plant in Helensburgh, Scotland is due shortly. 

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

Scottish butcher capitalises on sausage health craze

Malcolm Allan, Scotland’s Family Butcher, is the latest to make the most out of the health trend by introducing two low-fat sausage products. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

Business ‘booming’ for new Tariq Halal Tooting store

Award-winning Tariq Halal butchers has opened its eighth store, in Tooting.

Concerns raised over alleged job losses at Dunbia plant

Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has written to Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, over allegations that up to 10 jobs have been lost at Dunbia’s abattoir in Llanybydder. 

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of ‘Vision for the Future of Farming’ papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bolster Booker’s meat sales

Wholesaler Booker saw a strong fourth quarter overall as its meat sales were boosted by dining events.

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

Hilton Food grows revenue and profit in 2016

Strong volume growth in the UK has helped Hilton Food Group to a successful 2016. 

Welsh butcher returns from US fact-finding mission

One of Wales’ top young butchers has flown in from San Francisco with a set of new skills he hopes will help bring innovation to north Wales. 

UK butcher to make history at Dutch prime cattle showcase

A North Yorkshire butcher will become the first in the UK to take part in Holland’s premier Easter prime showcase, Paasvee 2017, next week.

Roundworm resistance initiative to help sheep breeders

Lleyn sheep producers will be able to select animals for their resistance to roundworm, based on an estimated breeding value (EBV). 

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the papers triggering Article 50 this morning, the livestock industry has vowed to protect trade and welfare standards as the UK leaves the European Union. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

Gower salt marsh lamb back on the menu

Welsh butcher’s Hugh Phillips is getting ready for its first deliveries of Gower salt marsh lamb in May/June of this year. 

Article 50: industry demands from Brexit talks

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter that will trigger Article 50, notifying Brussels that Britain wants to exit the European Union we discuss with the industry what it wants from the talks.

Morrisons shortens payment terms for small suppliers

As of 1 April 2017, retailer Morrisons will shorten its payment terms to a maximum of 14 days following receipt of a valid electronic invoice. 

The Snaffling Pig Co announces partnership with Colman’s

Premium pork crackling producer the Snaffling Pig Co has announced its first partnership, with condiment company Colman’s. 

Chicken consumption declines for 2016 BBQ season

Figures for Kantar Worldpanel have shown that chicken consumption during the BBQ period experienced a fall in 2016, compared to the previous year. 

Profit and accounting errors to cost Tesco over £235m

Tesco faces bills of over £235m after false accounting practices  led to overstating profits in its 29 August 2014 trading statement, but will avoid prosecution.

Karro Foods set to be bought

Karro Food Group looks set to be acquired from private equity group Endless by funds advised by fellow private equity outfit CapVest Partners.

Scottish pig prices reach nine-week high

Farmgate pig prices in Scotland have strengthened after a period of downward seasonal pressure during the early parts of 2017.

Contamination and labelling issues cause product recalls

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has issued a recall for its chicken and vegetable soup as it may be tainted by chemical contamination. 

Scotch meat receives Olympic swimmer’s backing

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI has received support from 10 Scottish swimmers, including Olympian Duncan Scott and Commonwealth Games star Ross Murdoch. 

2 Sisters hit by headwinds as profits falter

A competitive market and “strong headwinds” have hit profits at Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, in the second quarter of the year.

Welsh food sector gets £21m cash injection

A £21m investment programme for Wales’ food and drink sector, designed to deliver £100m of growth for the Welsh economy, was announced at the Taste Wales conference in Newport today (23 March). 

NFU welcomes Lidl’s British farming support pledge

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has praised retailer Lidl for its promise to support British farming by signing up to the Back British Farming Charter. 

Sarval to invest £8 million in pet food by-product plant

Ingredients supplier to the UK pet food market Sarval has announced a major upgrade project to its animal by-product processing facility in Nottingham. 

Quality assurance scheme targets Cypriot tourist community

British Quality Standard beef has been showcased in Cyprus, to meet the demands of British ex-pats and holidaymakers.

Farmers’ union highlights importance of trade deals amid Brazil meat scandal

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has emphasised the importance of securing trade deals and the high standards of British food production. This comes after allegations that Brazil has been selling and exporting rotten meat. 

Meat products recalled due to the presence of plastic

Douglas Willis Ltd has issued a recall for a variety of meat products on a precautionary basis as they may contain small pieces of hard plastic. This recall affects Wales only. 

New MOR sausage range launches at Tesco

A new flexitarian range of sausages has been launched at Tesco. 

Northern Irish pie company wins business in Hong Kong

Cloughbane Farm Foods, a manufacturer of beef, chicken, lamb and pork pies, has secured its first business in Hong Kong.

On-the-go offering from Fire & Smoke

Kerry Foods is aiming to tap into the growing food-to-go market with the launch of a 50g format for its Fire & Smoke Chicken Chunks – in Fire Grilled and Sweet Heat versions. 

Prime Minister’s commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

Butchers benefit from National Butchers' Week 2017

Butchers from across Britain made the most of National Butchers’ Week 2017. 

Halal sector manager appointed by agriculture levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb has appointed its first halal sector manager. 

Dawn Meats tie-up with Dunbia rumoured

Dawn Meats is close to securing a takeover of Northern Ireland-based meat processor Dunbia, according to an industry expert. 

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