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Young people show increased interest in agriculture sector

Research showed that more young people are following a career in the agricultural sector.

Quarter of sheep and goat slaughtered pre-stunning

Research has indicated that the number of animals being killed without being stunned first is on the rise. 

Flexitarianism on the rise amongst UK consumers

Flexitarianism in the UK is predicted to grow further, according to a recent survey.

Funding made to improve pig slaughter applauded by sector

In an effort to improve pig slaughter methods, and reduce distress levels of the animal, a £400,000 investment has been made to research more humane methods. 

Research pinpoints viruses to protect pigs versus germs

Friendly bacteria that could replace antibiotics to treat pigs have been identified by a University of Leicester team funded by farmers through AHDB Pork.

Grilled steak is top of the menu in British pubs

Grilled steak is the most popular food dish in British pubs, according to new research from Mintel. 

Get your piece of the Christmas feast

Christmas is coming and our research shows that most shoppers plan to buy their festive meat from supermarkets. 

Lamb genetics project delivers positive results

The early results of an innovative research project to improve genetics in lambs have shown the initiative has gotten off to a strong start. 

Musclefood.com calculates calorie content of barbecues

New research from Musclefood.com has revealed that our favourite grilled meats may come at a cost. 

Sales of burgers on the rise amongst Brits

The British public is continuing its love affair with the fast-food burger, research from data analysts Mintel has revealed. 

Research agreement set to improve livestock and aquaculture breeding

The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics have collaborated to create a research alliance designed to improve the sustainability of animal production. 

Half of Britons concerned about quality of meat from supermarkets

New research suggests that half of all Brits are concerned about the quality of the meat they are purchasing from UK supermarkets. 

Poultry vaccine research receives £5.7m grant from BBSRC

Research into developing a cheap and effective poultry vaccine has been awarded a £5.7 million grant by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). 

Sheep and beef farmers less attuned to what their marketplace demands, according to report
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Change needed in the red meat industry, says expert

The head of agriculture and research for meat processor Dunbia has encouraged the meat industry to embrace change.
 

Shoppers buying little and often

The big weekly shop may be getting smaller, according to research from IGD. 

Nigel Penlington has been appointed head of research and development and knowledge exchange at AHDB Pork
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New appointment at AHDB Pork

Nigel Penlington has been appointed the head of research and development and knowledge exchange for AHDB Pork. 

Sales of organic produce have increased 3% year-on-year
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Organic sales experience growth

There is an increasing demand for organic products, according to research from the Soil Association. Figures suggest that since August 2014, organic sales have outperformed their non-organic counterparts. 

Study shows customers value taste in lamb

Taste is the main reason people purchase lamb, new research has revealed. 

Research highlights lack of food-origin knowledge

A new study has revealed that UK adults are worryingly oblivious when it comes to the origins of their food.

Better burgers on the menu

Research from Mintel finds that consumers are looking for a “better burger”, with 7% of those who have visited a fast-food restaurant in the past three months saying they have switched from these restaurants to gourmet burger restaurants.

QVC research shows that more women are taking control of the grill
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Barbecue Queens step up to the grill

The art of barbecuing is often a chance for the male sex to show off their culinary skills. However, research shows that Barbecue Queens, or ‘BBQs’, are finding their place on the grill. 

Wasted meat damaging our environment

Discarded meat is having a negative effect on our environment, according to research. 

Brits want more from product packaging

Over three-quarters of Brits are concerned about the well-being of livestock, according to new research from Mintel. 

Farm production at odds with consumer demand

New research from Barclays has shown a disconnect between what consumers want and what British farmers are producing. 

Pig producers could use viruses to tackle bacterial infections

Pig producers could soon be using viruses to treat bacterial infections, if innovative new research proves effective. Prof Martha Clokie from the University of Leicester is to lead a new research project examining whether certain types of viruses could be used to treat brachyspira and salmonella in pigs. 

Livestock health research to receive £6m funding boost

Eblex and Bpex will receive funding to improve livestock health as part of a £6m research programme.

Lab meat closer to a reality

Meat grown in a laboratory will become commercially viable in the next decade, the scientist who grew the world’s first stem-cell burger has claimed.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

AHDB divisions develop cattle information initiative

Just shy of £300,000 has been made available to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain.

Meat cutting and casserole work on show at IFE

The latest developments in meat cutting and the casserole and braising categories will be on show at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) this week.

Law creates more stress at slaughter for sheep, finds study

Legislation requiring the individual handling of sheep in non-stun slaughterhouses increases stress levels in animals, according to research presented at Tuesday’s Eblex Halal Seminar.

Consumers continue to back British pork, finds study

A new survey shows consumers are backing British pork, with 80% saying supermarkets should continue to stock high levels of British meat.

IFE will be held at the ExCel centre in London
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Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase “exciting new beef and lamb product developments” at this year’s International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

Report suggests testing more effective than culls in bTB fight

A new research report shows that testing cattle for bovine TB (bTB) would be more effective than badger culls in the fight to control the disease.

Eblex gains funding boost for breeding project

Beef and lamb levy board Eblex has won £1.75m-worth of funding for a selective breeding project which aims to improve the sustainability of the meat industry

New study linking red meat and cancer will be harder to prove in humans

New research has apparently uncovered a link between red meat consumption and the formation of cancerous tumours.

Traditional meals in long-term decline, finds study

Family meals and time-consuming dishes, such as traditional meat roasts, are in long-term decline, according to Kantar Worldpanel research, commissioned by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Majority of US vegetarians revert to meat, finds study

An American study has revealed that the large majority of vegetarians in the US cannot resist going back to eating meat, with 84% failing to stick to a meat-free diet.

Ewe research could boost UK sheep trade

Research into the genetics of ewe longevity could give the UK sheep industry a £4.35 million boost, according to Eblex.

Need to target younger audience for lamb, says HCC

In order to increase the consumption of lamb, a younger audience needs to be targeted and more convenient products need to be developed, according to Welsh meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

Research reveals ‘chicken juice’ influence on campylobacter

Liquid released from chicken carcases helps spread campylobacter, scientists have found in new research.

MAP dismisses findings into red meat and heart disease

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has refuted suggestions in a recent report that red meat causes heart disease.

APPG on religious meat slaughter deemed ‘anti-Muslim’

Muslim representatives from the halal meat industry have hit out at today’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) debate, calling it ‘anti-Muslim’.

Humane slaughter body open to scholarship applications

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for scholarships worth up to £2,000.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Red meat improves health of elderly, says research

Research carried out by Deakin University, Australia, said that eating red meat three to four times a week could be key to keeping body and mind in peak condition as we age.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

‘Savvy’ shopping now the norm, finds study

Food and grocery research and training charity, IGD, has reported that “savvy” shopping tactics have become the norm.

Pork sales see year-on-year drop

Bpex reported that sales of pork were down 2% year-on-year during May and June, despite solid sales of pork mince.

Horsemeat scandal research given go ahead

Two British universities have been awarded grants through the Global Food Security Programme to research the effects of the horsemeat scandal.

Research could help industry fight climate change

New research being carried out in Scotland and Africa hopes to defend the meat and livestock industries against climate change.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a £1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

Beer-marinated meat could help fight cancer cells, finds report

Researchers at the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry have identified that beer could help reduce chemicals that have been linked to colorectal cancer found in meat cooked at high temperatures.

ABP Food Group presents £100,000 to Belfast City Hospital

ABP have donated £100,000 to Belfast City Hospital for kidney research, following the successful treatment of Lurgan plant manager Seamus Kenny.

Student research supports meat’s health benefit claims

New research by an Aberystwyth University student has helped to reinforce the fact lean red meat is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

FSA to research new meat inspection system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking a contractor to carry out research to explore a new system where plant staff would act as spotters, flagging up carcase and offal defects before inspection by Official Veterinarians or Meat Hygiene Inspectors.

Research could solve campylobacter problem

Experts at the University of Nottingham have found that campylobacter uses a particular set of sugar-coated bacterial molecules to colonise and disperse – a discovery that might prevent the spread of gastroenteritis.

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