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Frozen meat firms face soaring refrigerant costs

Rocketing refrigerant costs are in store for companies running freezers and chillers, including distributors of temperature-controlled meat products, according to Star Refrigeration, which counts top meat suppliers among its clients. 

Inflation and avian flu hit 2 Sisters profit

A combination of avian influenza, cost inflation and redundancy costs have adversely impacted 2 Sisters’ third quarter profits. 

Bread basket case costs poultry companies thousands

Two poultry firms face paying £50,000 in costs and charges after using bread baskets and other equipment from another company without permission. 

How artificial casings are gaining ground in the UK

Rising global demand for natural casings is paradoxically aiding prospects for artificial alternatives, as manufacturers come under pressure to secure consistent supply, keep costs down and improve production efficiency. 

Butcher’s shop boss fined after man loses fingers

The boss of a Lancashire butcher’s faces a £3,500 fine and must pay £2,500 towards prosecution costs after one of his employees severely injured his right hand in a faulty mincing machine. 

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.

Deli bacon and ham pushing basket spend up

Shoppers looking for deli bacon and ham are seeing rising costs of produce. 

Scottish producers see lower costs offset by falling prices in red meat sector

Scottish livestock producers benefited from lower input costs, increased productivity and better weather conditions in 2014. 

Historic livestock club to restructure

The Royal Smithfield Club is to undergo a restructure to reduce its costs and protect its dwindling investments. 

NFU voices concern over abattoir waste charges

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has claimed that abattoir waste charges have been hiked up in recent weeks, and has called on processors to explain the rises.

NI poultry firm fined for killing fish

A Northern Irish poultry business has been fined £2,000 for polluting a waterway and killing almost 3,000 fish.

Cranswick reports positive performance

Cranswick has released its trading statement for the first six months of the year, in which it reported trading was “in line with the board’s expectations”.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Bpex workshop looks at reducing pig feed costs

Reducing feed costs in the pig meat sector was one of the topics discussed in a live online workshop run by Bpex this week.

Devro lowers annual profit forecast

Sausage casing supplier Devro said its full-year operating profit would be around 3% down on expectations due to currency fluctuations, inflation in hide costs and delays to capacity expansion projects.

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