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Sharing mini roasts to drive Great British Beef Week

Foodservice operators are being encouraged to embrace roast beef as a mini sharing dish to promote beef in the run-up to Great British Beef Week (GBBW).

Bernard Matthews job cuts deeply disappointing

Bernard Matthews plans to cut up to 155 jobs after its takeover by Boparan Private Office are deeply disappointing, according to trades union Unite.

Halal meat suppliers gain export boost

Halal meat firms can now access groundbreaking newly-endorsed UK-based certification enabling them to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once the country closes its borders to non-certified halal products later this year.

Purety introduces fresh flavours to coatings and glazes

Purety has added six new flavours to its coating and glaze tubs range.

Chicken sandwich recall over blue discolouration

Great Northern Sandwich Co Ltd is recalling six products containing chicken because of a blue discolouration on the meat.

Sainsburys Master Butcher appointed BDCI festival chair

Sainsburys Master Butcher Julien Pursglove has been appointed as the new festival chairman of the Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI).

Finalists announced for Chefs Choice Awards

Finalists have been announced for the Chefs Choice Awards, created by Meat Trades Journals sister title The Grocer, in association with Food Innovation Solutions, to showcase the best work of foodservice suppliers.

National Beef Association campaign targets new farmers

A new campaign from the National Beef Association (NBA) is encouraging young farmers to embrace the beef sector.

Festival prime stock event dropped by Royal Smithfield Club

The Royal Smithfield Club will not run its Festival prime stock event at the East of England Showground at Peterborough in November following a sustained drop in attendance and competition entries.

Co-op underlines successes amid Aldi market share coup

The Co-op has responded to news that Aldi has overtaken it as the fifth biggest grocery retailer, highlighting the successes it has enjoyed over the past year.

Farmers urged to use data more efficiently

Sheep producers have been told that they should make the most of farm data to improve efficiency.

Pork exports to China more than double for 2016

Pork shipments to China reached 1.6 million tonnes (t) in weight for 2016, more than double the previous year.

ABP Wessex adds to Oakridge BBQ House range

ABP Wessex has introduced two new products to its Oakridge BBQ House collection.

Welsh beef finds new market in Singapore restaurant

The first shipment of Celtic Pride Welsh Beef to Singapore will soon be enjoyed in one of the countrys most esteemed restaurants.

Welsh butcher steaks out future in the United States

Award-winning butcher Peter Rushforth has made the journey to the United States in search of international specialist skills.

2 Sisters appoints new operations and commercial directors

Poultry producer 2 Sisters has made two key appointments to its UK team.

QMS industry development welcomes new team member

Dr Heather McCalman has joined Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) industry development team as its knowledge transfer specialist.

H G Walters crowned Supreme Champion at Smithfield Awards

London butcher H G Walters picked up a hat-trick of accolades at this years Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

Cranswick reports solid trading in third quarter

Cranswick has reported a solid third quarter of 2016, with trading in line with expectations.

Meat supplier rewarded for manufacturing practices

Eurostock Foods, a value meat supplier with locations in Northern Ireland and Wigan, has been awarded with the British Retail Consortiums (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7).

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.

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