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Initiative partners Scotch meat with craft beer

In celebration of St Andrew’s Day (30 November), a new #Meat4Beer initiative has been launched to encourage consumers to pair Scottish beef, lamb and pork with craft beers. 

New knowledge transfer officer for AHDB Pork

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork’s newest recruit has returned to her pig farming roots after joining the knowledge transfer team. 

Pork outperforms market in retail

A major pork consumer campaign has driven an increase in sales over the past 12 weeks. 

Sausage brand MOR bags Ocado listing

MOR has rolled out its four-strong range of flexitarian sausages at online retailer Ocado, Meat Trades Journal can reveal. 

Meat recipe channel caters to 21st century audience

A new recipe channel has been launched to showcase the versatility of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef and pork. 

Pork sales return to growth

Sales of pork in the retail sector have returned to value and volume growth over the past 12 weeks. 

Rebecca Adlington is the ambassador for the new AHDB Pork campaign
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Rebecca Adlington is new AHDB Pork campaign ambassador

Olympian Rebecca Adlington OBE has been unveiled as the ambassador of the new AHDB Pork Midweek Meal campaign.

Fall in pork production leads to less shelf facings

A decrease in domestic pork production has contributed towards a drop in British pork facings in UK supermarkets. 

Annual Great Yorkshire pork pie and sausage competition deadline looms

The cut-off date for this year’s Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is approaching, with contestants having until 30 September to submit entries. 

Essentia celebrates 30 years of Drinde

Ingredients specialist Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new video to mark 30 years of its Drinde functional pork protein brand. 

Hepatitis E in pork: what should be done?

Rod Addy, editor of Meat Trades Journal, speaks to Richard Tedder, professor of medical virology, UCL Division of Infection and Immunity about the virus. 

Beef and pork exports drop in first half of 2017

A “slow start” has hit UK beef and pork exports, resulting in a year-on-year decline for the first half of 2017.

Central Foods gets Red Tractor seal of approval

Central Foods has achieved Red Tractor accreditation for its KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs.

Seven UK pork processors given China access

Seven businesses in England and Northern Ireland have been granted access to supply pork to China following the agreement of a new export deal. 

Scottish pork takes centre stage at Aldi

Customers at Aldi’s Inverurie store in Scotland were encouraged to embrace local pork last week.

A focus on provenance is helping butchers get a bigger slice of pork sales

Something strange is going on in the pork market, and it’s not a second year-on-year decline in value. After the latest round of retail price cuts, grocery inflation is up and retailers are passing the price on to customers with households paying more for food than last year. Seven in 10 of those households still buy a pack of bacon, sausages or, increasingly, mince, but household penetration is down 2%, according to Kantar Worldpanel data (52 w/e 21 May 2017). 

Snaffling Pig continues to crack grocery sector

Premium pork crackling producer Snaffling Pig has expanded its portfolio with the launch of its new pork crumb seasoning. 

Industry sees pork and Hepatitis E link as ‘low risk’

The pork industry has moved to downplay the link between the consumption of raw or undercooked pork and Hepatitis E. 

VIDEO: How to make Virginia Barbecue Pulled Pork

We caught up with chef Andy Benn to learn how to make Virgina Barbecue Pulled Pork.

Pork Farms launch new TV ad campaign for 2017

Pork Farms has launched a new heavyweight TV advertising campaign. 

Scottish butchers rally behind pork campaign

Butchers across Scotland are supporting a campaign encouraging consumers to ‘Do More with Pork’. 

Funnybones adds spice to foodservice with Tex-Mex bites

Funnybones Foodservice has produced a new range of bite-sized pork products for foodservice operators. 

Heck launches low-fat pork sausages

Sausage producer Heck has expanded its range with the introduction of Super Slim low-fat pork sausages. 

Celebrity campaign to highlight pig welfare

Animal welfare lobby group Farms Not Factories has launched a series of videos featuring celebrity chefs and the high welfare farmers who provide their pork. 

Pork sector advised on burgeoning markets in Asia

Chicken exports are 'the big winner' for the UK meat industry internationally, amid continued opportunities for pork in China, delegates at a recent trade conference heard. 

Retailer Booths launches British BBQ range

Northern food and drink retailer Booths has launched a new 100% British BBQ range.

Northern Irish pork receives Bake Off finalist’s backing

Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth has thrown his support behind Northern Irish pork. 

Hepatitis E in sausage fears allayed

The meat industry has reassured consumers that the risk of contracting hepatitis E (HEV) in sausages and other processed pork products remains low. 

Marks & Spencer demonstrates support for NI pork

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has introduced a new range of locally-sourced pork in its Northern Ireland stores.

Pork firm eyes global growth with factory investment

Cranswick Country Foods has won permission to extend its pork abattoir in Preston from East Ridings District Council and now plans to use it to build on product development and global trade. 

British pork targets US market

Quality cuts of British pork will be displayed at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago later this month. 

Sale of Karro Food Group reaches completion

The sale of pork supplier Karro Food Group has been completed by Endless LLP to CapVest Partners LLP. 

Co-op commits to British meat

As of today (Tuesday 2 May) The Co-operative will commit to sourcing only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb, ditching Danish bacon and New Zealand lamb.

How Snaffling Pig is crackling the UK's pork snacks market

Gourmet burgers, premium sausages, BBQ ribs: the pork sector has been a canvas board for innovation and premiumisation over the past few years. Pork has rebranded itself as a meat option of choice.

New AHDB Pork sector chair appointed

The government has appointed two new members to the board of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will be chair of the pork sector. 

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. 

Ispini Charcuterie launches new cured pork product

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

Sterling frailty distorts growth

Food and drink exports broke the £20bn barrier last year, but experts are concerned a battered pound that made trade growth possible could fall further, raising the cost of imported goods.

Ginsters to launch two new flavoured rolls

Ginsters is to launch two new flavoured rolls to its range.

Northern Irish chorizo specialist introduces Tuscan-style sausage

Following on from the successful launch of its original and chilli chorizo varieties last year, Corndale Farm Charcuterie has now launched a Tuscan-style sausage. 

Sainsbury’s plans meat product launches

Sainsbury’s is launching numerous own-label meat lines this spring and summer, targeting key consumer trends, such as barbecueing, the continuing burger craze and slow cooking.

Pork pie crowned Supreme Champion at British Pie Awards

A Melton Mowbray pork pie won the British Pie Awards, organisers announced on 10 March. 

Mixed outlook for beef and lamb markets in coming year

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Livestock Outlook conference embraced the digital age this year, and moved online for the first time. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods opens new processing site

Scottish pork and bacon producer John Robertson & Sons, the parent company of Robertson’s Fine Foods of Ayrshire has opened a second processing unit in Irvine, Ayrshire. 

Pig cakes for Pancake Day at Oxford restaurant chain

Pancake Day ‘Pigcakes’, concoctions made entirely of meat, are on offer from Oxford restaurant chain House of Jacob throughout 28 February, the business has claimed. 

A food quality threat from US: would a trade deal benefit or hinder the industry?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May faced all the pomp and pageantry Donald Trump could muster as she became the first foreign premier to meet the leader of the free world. Both agreed a UK-US trade deal should be done quickly – but is this good for the meat industry? From chicken washed in chlorine, livestock feed brains and spinal cords, to beef and pork treated to a range of growth-promoting hormones and steroids, there are several issues that could scrape the gloss off the puffed-up policy. 

Traditional Welsh pork gains protected status

Pork from traditionally-reared Pedigree Welsh Pigs has been awarded Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) status from the European Commission, the first of its kind in Wales. 

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Food Group has introduced a new 20-strong range of gourmet burgers. 

Red Tractor launches pig antibiotic-recording scheme

Pig producers that are Red Tractor-certified will be required to use the electronic medicine book (e-MB) to record the total collated antibiotics used on their herds every three months. 

Turkey takes flight: Sales of turkey mince have soared this year amid market deflation

Mince can be found in nearly eight in 10 households and the market is worth £892m. However, the latest evidence suggests the market may be flagging and deflated. 

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. 

Muscle Food launches new meat-based meals

Online retailer MuscleFood.com has introduced a Live Clean ready meal range – each containing fewer than 500 calories and entirely free of additives and preservatives. 

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. 

NPA seeks assurances for pork industry following Tesco/Booker deal

The National Pig Association (NPA) has called for assurances for the pork supply chain, following Tesco’s acquisition of Booker, the UK’s largest food wholesaler and owner of Londis and Budgens.

‘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). 

Heck’s heart-shaped sausages return for Valentine’s Day

Heck is getting into the romantic spirit again with its latest limited-edition offering. 

Great British sausage slump

Sausages are about as quintessentially British as you can get. Sadly, the Great British provenance story – now a feature of government food trade rhetoric post-Brexit – may not be doing much for UK sausages. 

Asia Pacific tipped as ‘important’ pork market

UK pork exporters have been told to consider the Far East as a potential market.

Pork pie brand gets cheesy

Maker of ‘posh pork pies’, Tottle has launched a Pork, Cheddar and ale pie to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day on 20 January. 

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterling’s weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year. 

Figures show beef and chicken win Christmas meat battle

Beef and chicken were the categories that saw solid value and volume sales growth over the festive period. 

Marks & Spencer introduces low-calorie pork sausage

To help people stick to their New Year’s diet, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a Skinny Sausage, containing as few as 78kcals. 

Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Ireland’s red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry. 

Whitbread defends lasagne following accusations of misleading menu listings

Catering operator Whitbread has defended its lasagne listing on its menus after The Sun claimed it had “secretly” been adding pork to its beef lasagne. 

Leonards develops new butchery seasoning ranges

Leonards has launched two new ranges of seasonings for the retail and catering sectors. 

UK pig prices end 2016 on a high

The EU-spec Standard Pig Price (SPP) bounced back from a modest decline in the week ending 31 December 2016. This was mainly driven by tighter supplies. 

Boozy ham launched by Northern Irish processors

Two Northern Irish food processors have joined forces to develop a new innovative pork product. 

UK pig semen used to improve Indian pork quality

For the first time, pig semen from UK animals has been used in India in a project to improve the country’s pig breeding stock and to produce better-quality pork.

Nicholls Meats taking legal advice over food alert

Norfolk-based butcher’s Nicholls Meats Ltd is to seek legal advice on the actions of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a supplier, centring on a consumer warning issued on the FSA's website concerning certain pork products. 

AHDB Pork's Focus Farm scheme hailed a success

AHDB Pork’s Focus Farm scheme has been touted as a success after achieving a 61% reduction in pre-weaning mortality. 

Welsh red meat industry prepares for volatile year

The Welsh red meat sector has been told it must show the “greatest resilience, agility and adaptability” in what is predicted to be a volatile 12 months. 

Research finds meat consumption does not impact heart disease risk

A new study has found that there is no connection between eating red meat and cardiovascular disease risk factors. 

Pre-packed English Quality Standard Meat beef goes on sale in Hong Kong and Macau

Quality Standard Mark English beef products pre-packed in the UK have been launched in Hong Kong and Macau for the first time. 

Beef volumes grow, but value sales falter as prices fall

Beef sales experienced strong volume growth in the 12 weeks before December, but value sales remained static compared to the same period last year.

Winter Fair crowns new Welsh Young Butcher for 2016

The Welsh Young Butcher has been unveiled at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Irish pork exports increase, but at slower rate than previously

Latest figures from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have shown that exports of Irish fresh and frozen pork for the first three quarters of the year increased 13% on the previous year – at 139,100 tonnes (t). 

Demand and supply balance presents challenge for Irish beef farmers

The latest analysis from Teagasc has shown that margins fell on most Irish farms this year. 

Toppings Pies heads to the Channel Islands

Yorkshire-based family bakery firm, The Topping Pie Company, has secured listings with The Channel Islands Co-Operative Society. 

AHDB board sets out post-Brexit strategy

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said it will be working out where levy funds can best add value and have the greatest impact once we leave the European Union. 

Get it connected: How can the meat industry benefit from IT solutions?

With businesses of all sizes facing ever-increasing demands for information about the meat products they sell, from traceability of ingredients through to allergens and nutritional content, IT solutions are on hand to make life easier while boosting efficiency and profitability.

Research shows pork prices contribute to increased Christmas dinner costs

The Mintec Christmas Dinner Index 2016 has shown that the cost of Christmas dinner is set to be 1% more expensive this year, but still lower than the 2013 and 2014 prices. 

Volume growth aids successful half year for Cranswick

Cranswick has reported a strong first half-year performance, thanks to volume growth across most categories.

Christmas advent calendars get 'porky kick up the backside'

The Snaffling Pig Co this year is offering something different to the traditional chocolate advent calendar.

Fresh turkey decline speeds up as Christmas approaches

Fresh turkey sales have been falling at a faster rate than in previous quarterly periods, according to 12-week figures just released by Kantar, against a backdrop of strong fish sales growth.

Cranswick Dunbia Ballymena acquisition signals intent to grow on global scale

Hot off the announcement of the acquisition of the Northern Ireland-based pork producer Dunbia Ballymena, Adam Couch, Cranswick chief executive took some time to speak about how the deal fits into the company’s plans. 

New independent member sought for AHDB Pork

AHDB is looking for a pig producer and an independent member to join the board of AHDB Pork. 

Bolster Moor Farm Shop makes Yorkshire competition history

For the first time in its 28-year history, a single business has won the top titles in two flagship categories at the Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition. 

JC Rook & Sons adds to trophy cabinet with BSW success

Fresh off the back of winning Meat Trades Journal’s Champion of Champions, Andrew Rook of JC Rook & Sons has been announced the winner of the Best British Banger. 

Meat and poultry dips as fish reels in the customers

Fresh primary meat and poultry sales have taken a hammering for the 12 weeks to 9 October, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures.

CP Foods announces acquisition of The Foodfellas Ltd

CP Foods (UK) has revealed that it has acquired a controlling interest in The Foodfellas Ltd. 

Method in the madness of Dingley Dell Pork

Meet the Suffolk-based producer who ditched supermarkets in favour of foodservice and focuses on breeding pigs with excellent marbling to improve flavour. 

China lifts ban on Italian pork

Are British pork exports to the highly prized Chinese market really at risk from humble Italian sausages?

Fake farms help Tesco grow sales

Tesco’s controversial in-house farm brands have helped the retailer grow sales by 1.3% in the 12 weeks to 9 October 2016, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Tulip sets out further changes to organisation

Tulip CEO Steve Francis has provided more details on the recent shake-up to the company.

Memorial service for Graham Roach

A memorial service for former Tulip vice-chairman Graham Roach is to be held at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall at 2pm on Monday 7 November. 

New buffet range unveiled in time for foodservice category

Mini steak and ale pies, pork and chorizo sliders and duck gyozas are among Caterforce’s new buffet range. 

Q Guild butchers defy sausage sale decline

Q Guild butchers are bucking the overall retail trend for falling sausage sales, reporting strong growth even of traditional lines.

Co-op launches Scottish bacon range

The Co-operative Scotland has introduced a new 100% Scottish Ayrshire-style bacon produced from Specially Selected Pork, available in 60 stores across the country. 

MPs urged to take action on antibiotic use

An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Zac Goldsmith MP on veterinary antibiotic use is encouraging MPs to join the fight against the overuse of antibiotics in animals from which UK supermarkets source their meats. 

Northern Irish chorizo market heats up

A new chilli-flavoured smoked chorizo product has been launched by Corndale Charcuterie, based in Limavady in Co Derry. 

UK beef and pork prices up thanks surge in exports

Average wholesale prices of beef and pork have increased markedly over the last few months, driven by growth in exports and a spike in summer meat consumption. 

NPA airs Brexit concerns to Defra

The National Pig Association (NPA) has urged Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom to ensure pig farmers get a fair Brexit deal. 

MRSA strains found in UK supermarket pork

Pork purchased at two leading British supermarkets has been found to be infected with strains of MRSA. 

Pork campaign sparks jump in sales

Phase two of the AHDB’s Pulled Pork campaign in March helped boost value sales of pork by £13 million.

Innovative technology extends meat products’ life

The butchery sector is benefiting from a new piece of technology designed to increase shelf-life and speed up the maturation process of meat.

Frozen meal range inspired by American flavours

Kerry Foods’ The Shack brand has launched nine meal options exclusively to Iceland. 

AHDB Pork awards open for entries

Butchers across the country are being encouraged to enter the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork awards. 

Charity efforts help to boost Welsh pork

Following on from a social media campaign, a charity triathlon is getting a helping hand from Porc.Wales. 

UK pork exports decrease

Shipments of UK fresh and frozen pork experienced a year-on-year (YOY) fall of 7% to 14,300 tonnes (t) for the month of July, said AHDB Pork. 

Chinese restaurant fined over under-cooked sausage

Tin Sang Chinese Takeaway in Dan-y-Twyn, Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has been ordered to pay £1,085 for selling a battered sausage that was under-cooked.

Tulip to split business into four divisions

Tulip is planning to split its business into four unique divisions after newly-appointed CEO Steve Francis admitted the pork processor had “lost its edge” in the UK meat industry. 

World's best pork sausages for Team GB

The British Beefeaters took home the best pork sausage title at this year’s World Butchers’ Challenge. 

Antibiotic-resistant E.coli in supermarket meat “worse than expected”

A new study has shown extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics - used to treat human E.coli infections – present in British supermarket chicken and pork. 

MTJ searches for Champion of Champions

Entries are now open for the nation’s biggest sausage competition. 

Ireland prepares for first cross-border Butchery Trade Expo

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are preparing for the inaugural All-Ireland Butchery Expo next month. 

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

14 pigs have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, Hampshire. 

Danish pork producer Tican moves production to UK

After losing ground in the UK pork sector, Danish pork producer Tican has said it will move its pork deboning and bacon production operations for the UK market to Germany and the UK. 

Welsh pork campaign urges consumers to shop local

In an effort to promote local pork producers, Welsh consumers are being offered the chance to win a hog roast in a campaign driven by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Derbyshire butcher gets behind Olympics with speciality sausage

Croots Farm Shop is celebrating the world’s greatest sporting event by launching Croots Rio Sausages.

British Sausage Week returns for 19th year

Entrants for the British Sausage Week competition are now open, as the event returns for its 19th year. 

Snaffling Pig slays entrepreneurial dragons to win £70,000

Premium pork crackling brand Snaffling Pig Co. won over Moonpig.com founder Nick Jenkins in last night’s episode of BBC’s Dragons’ Den. 

Sainsbury’s joins the fight against waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is the latest retailer to do its part in fighting waste by introducing a new ‘snap-pack’ to its range of Taste the Difference sausages. 

Bright future for Scottish pig industry

The future for pig farming in Scotland is looking positive, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scotland’s New Generation Committee and Scottish Pig Producers. 

Nutrition brand targets demand for convenience

UK nutrition brand, GoNutrition.com, has launched a range of gourmet macro meals, catering to individuals who have busy lifestyles but want to find a convenient and nutritionally balanced dish. 

Lucas Ingredients launches Gluten Free Pork Sausage mix

Lucas Ingredients has unveiled its new Gluten Free Pork Sausage mix. 

Greencore gains from £15m Cranswick sandwich deal

Greencore’s £15m acquisition of The Sandwich Business from pork processor Cranswick extends its reach into the convenience store and travel channels of the food-to-go market, according to the company.

Bradford to host Great Yorkshire Competition

The Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition returns to Bradford this year. 

Pig prices back to 2015 levels

The EU-spec SPP climbed for the 13th consecutive week in week ending 2 July, by over 1.5p to 123.77/kg. 

Collaborative pig project a success

More than 50 representatives from the pig industry attended the first Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork Focus meeting on 20 June.

AHDB appoints senior marketing communications manager

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division has appointed Ellen Noakes as the new senior marketing communications manager. She will be covering Helen Brothwell as she is on maternity leave.

AHDB outlines huge potential for exports to Asia

The impact of Brexit on trade could be partly offset by rising demand for meat in Asia, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Outdoor pig production enters spotlight

Securing the future of outdoor pig production is the topic of discussion at AHDB Pork’s upcoming meeting, ‘Maintaining water quality in East Anglia’. 

Industry to focus on meat exports post-referendum

The aftermath of the EU referendum will enter the spotlight at the 12th Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Meat Export Conference, to take place in Warwick on 29 June. 

Eversfield Organic charcuterie range to launch next month

Eversfield Organic is launching a new range of British organic charcuterie nationwide from 15 July.

Compact X-ray fat analyser helps meat sector

Analytical solution company Foss has announced the launch of the MeatMaster II C – a compact version of the MeatMaster II X-ray analyser for fat analysis and foreign object detection. 

Action plan for protein

Considering the amount of pressure on him, you would think The Co-op’s protein buyer Graham Dunn, who tends a category worth a cool £550m, would be looking harried and worn.

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Pig producers offered environmental training

Pig farm managers are being offered the opportunity to benefit from workshops tailored to educate them about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). 

New sausage-making world record set

An Inverurie butcher has set the new world record for sausage-making at the Grampian food festival over the weekend. 

Nominations open for David Black Award

One of the pig industry’s most prestigious awards is now open for nominations. 

AHDB Pork publishes 2015 Yearbook

The industry levy board AHDB’s Pork division has published its Yearbook covering 2015, highlighting the effort that has gone into the pig sector over the past 12 months. 

Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo launched

Corndale Charcuterie, based in Limavady in Co Derry, has launched Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo product. 

Scottish shoppers urged to ‘Do More With Pork’

A new Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) campaign is encouraging consumers to “Do More With Pork” by cooking with Specially Selected Pork. 

Oakpark Foods launches own-label products

Pork and bacon producers Oakpark Foods, based in Co Tipperary, Ireland, is to launch a selection of its own-label bacon products into supermarket chain Morrisons in the UK. 

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Smith replaces Howard at Danish trade body

Robert Smith is replacing John Howard as market director at the Danish Agricultural and Food Council in the UK in June, with Howard set to retire shortly.

Stay vigilant in show season, pork producers warned

Pork producers in Wales are being encouraged to stick strictly to general biosecurity practices ahead of the summer show season. 

The Jolly Hog pork producer set to expand business

Bristol-based pork producer, The Jolly Hog, has secured a finance package from HSBC to help grow the business. 

AHDB Pork supports Ladies in Pigs

Ladies in Pigs (LIPs) has been given support of £100,000 thanks to a sponsorship deal with AHDB Pork. 

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

AHDB Pork has launched a new interactive app, ‘Think BioRisk’, to help prevent disease in the pig industry. 

Scottish consumers encouraged to cook with local meat

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new series of family-friendly, quick-step recipe videos to help consumers get the most out of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Speciality Selected Pork. 

AHDB Pork agree on abattoir monitoring transition

Industry levy board AHDB Pork has announced an agreement on the 12 offal conditions to be monitored at abattoir-level under the new Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) programme. 

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Q Guild welcomes Lincolnshire butchers

Two butchers’ shops, run by Stuart Stables in south Lincolnshire, have been welcomed into the national Butchers Q Guild.
 

QMS to continue focus on marketing

Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive, said the organisation’s priority, in terms of budget spend, remained marketing the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

Irish consumers shift from pork to turkey bacon

There’s less pork on the fork in Irish consumers’ breakfasts as people turn to lean, low-salt food items in the morning, according to a Bord Bía report on eating habits. 

AHDB Pork marketing campaign shortlisted for award

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork sector has been shortlisted for a Marketing Week award. 

The Topping Pie Company launches new products

Yorkshire-based The Topping Pie Company is set to launch a ‘deli to go’ range, using premium-quality British Red Tractor pork meat. 

Asda to support British pork producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed that it will increase its fresh pork to 80% British by next year. 

Parents encouraged to buy quality Scottish meat

Scotland’s consumers are set to get an insight into the role that Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork plays in a balanced diet from an early age, thanks to a new series of weaning videos.

University of Manchester battles meat fraud

A research team at the University of Manchester has used ‘metabolic fingerprints’ to detect whether or not beef mince has been contaminated with pork. 

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Livestock industry’s young talent showcased

More than 140 young farmers between the ages of eight and 24 demonstrated their abilities at the National Young Stars from 23-24 March at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. 

Stability seen in pig abattoirs

The long-term trend of the declining number of abattoirs slaughtering pigs in England may be stabilising, according to research by AHDB Pork. 

Workshops boost industry awareness

A series of courses have helped increase the red meat industry’s knowledge of shopper preferences and abattoir operations. 

Buchanan’s launches innovative range of meat products

Northern Irish-based Buchanan’s has launched a unique range of meat products to grow the business year-round. 

Aldi commits to British lamb

Discounter Aldi has revealed its support for British farmers after selling fresh whole leg of British lamb in over 600 stores across the nation. It claims that this makes it one of the only major supermarkets to sell 100% fresh British lamb this Easter period. 

Aldi praised for driving pork sales

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised Aldi for boosting sales of pork. 

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

Pig producers could be forced out of the business, warns AHDB Pork

A report issued by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division has revealed that the price pig farmers and producers are receiving for their produce has fallen by a third over a two-year period.

Tulip enters collective consultation

Tulip announced on Monday (29 February) that it has entered into a period of collective consultation with a number of its employees at its site in Bromborough, on the Wirral. 

AHDB Pork tackles pig tail-biting

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is calling on pig producers to provide data regarding tail-biting. 

Yitzchok Kleerekoper is set to open new kosher butcher, Pulkele in Edgware, north London
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Edgware welcomes new kosher butcher

The Jewish community of Edgware, north London, is set to get a new kosher butcher arriving on Mowbray Parade imminently, thanks to Australian-born Yitzchok Kleerekoper. 

Defra says no to EU exit, NFU reticent

The government says an EU exit would create uncertainty for UK farmers and their ability to trade internationally, but the National Farmers’ Union is still undecided on what outcome would be best for the industry. 

Origin of pork testing steps up a gear

Origin testing of pork and pork products is being stepped up by AHDB Pork from once a quarter to once a month. 

Challenges for the livestock sector highlighted

Livestock farmers are facing an uphill struggle to achieve positive margins when selling finished animals, according to latest figures from Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) economics services team. 

Alfresco Chef is new corporate member of Q Guild

Barbecue equipment supplier Alfresco Chef has been awarded corporate membership of the Butchers Q Guild. 

Butchers James Thomas (l) and Gavin Edwards. Images sourced from the South Wales Argus
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Butcher celebrates Six Nations with special sausages

To commemorate the launch of the Six Nations rugby tournament this weekend, A D Turner & Sons, based in Newport, Wales, has created a range of sausages to honour each participating country. 

PIPR is to undergo a major consultation
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Pig Industry Professional Register to get re-examined

The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is set to undergo a major consultation to focus on the functionality the service provides, as well as its day-to-day running and the value it offers its members. 

Ham and deli bacon saw an increase in price
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Deli bacon and ham bucks the trend in falling grocery prices

Although grocery prices in January fell to their cheapest level in over a year, deli bacon and ham saw a rise of 4%. That is according to latest figures from mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Pulled pork romps home in Black Farmer customer poll

Pulled pork sausages are the latest innovation from The Black Farmer, following a Facebook poll to determine its next new flavour. 

Butchers invited to get ready for pulled pork campaign

Butchers are being urged to register for pulled pork point-of-sale kits for when the high-profile campaign returns to air in February. 

Pork pie firm relaunches website

Pork pie producer Dickinson & Morris has relaunched its website, www.porkpie.co.uk.

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A £2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector. 

Game meat is becoming more prominent on the supermarket shelves, says Countryside Alliance
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Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance. 

(l-r) Michael Cantwell, Enterprise Ireland; Bill O’Brien, O’Brien Fine Foods; Minister Simon Coveney; John O’Brien, O’Brien Fine Foods
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O’Brien Fine Foods announces €14m development

O’Brien Fine Foods, producer of cooked meats under the Brady Family and Rudds brands, yesterday announced a €14 million development at its ham processing Timahoe facility in Co Kildare, Ireland. 

Chicken outperformed turkey this Christmas period, according to Kantar Worldpanel
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Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

Turkey has been outperformed by chicken as Christmas traditions fall by the wayside. 

The pig industry in being impacted by low feed costs, says National Pig Association
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Pig farming like ‘taking a punt at Ladbrokes’

The National Pig Association (NPA) has warned that current low feed prices are doing nothing to reduce pig producers’ losses. 

Dunbia unlocks new global markets

Northern Ireland’s largest meat processor, Dunbia, delivered its first shipment of pork to India at the end of December. 

Pulled pork campaign set to return

After the success it brought last year, the pulled pork advertising campaign is set to return to television screens next month. 

Environment Secretary commits to exploring new markets for British meat

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, has today welcomed the increasing global appetite for British meat as we enter the ‘Year of Great British Food’.

Livestock conference to tackle Free Trade Agreements

The impact that free trade agreements (FTAs) have on the livestock sector’s global competitiveness is expected to be the main focus of discussion at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) annual Outlook Conference next month.

Karro Food Group to take on 140 employees

Karro Food Group, a leading pork processor in the UK, has revealed plans to employ an additional 140 people at its Scunthorpe plant. 

Turkey and lamb grow sales in late winter

Lamb gave turkey a run for its money in the run-up to the Christmas period as sales skyrocketed. 

Dunbia saw a rise in profit of over 40% in 2015
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Northern Irish meat processor sees a rise in profits

Meat processor Dunbia, based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, saw pre-tax profits rise by more than 40% in 2015.

2015: A year in review

Our month-by-month look at what has happened in the meat industry over the past year.

The Juicy Meat Company is getting ready to launch its roast meat across the trade
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Scottish roast meat company to wholesale for first time

Scotland’s the Juicy Meat Company is launching its roast meat range to the trade at the 2016 Scotland Speciality Food Show next month. Up until now, the company has only catered hog roasts for events. 

Fears raised over antibiotic-resistant pigs

Concerns have been raised in the UK after pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics - used on humans when all other medication fails - have been found. 

Sales of duck and geese have seen an increase
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Duck and goose sales take flight

Duck and goose were the success stories of the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish & Poultry Market Update. 

Pig producers could save money when exporting to the US thanks to a new agreement
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Pig processors to save money on US exports

Pork processors exporting to the US may be able to benefit from cost savings after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to AHDB Pork.

East dominates EU pork exports

The month of October saw China double shipments of EU pork exports, taking volumes to 182,300 tonnes, according to AHDB Pork. 

Bacon not as environmentally destructive as lettuce, says report

After being revealed in a Chatham House report that meat production contributes to around 15% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it has now been reported that lettuce carries three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon.

GammonWatch revealed British gammon can be supported more in some retailers
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GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Association’s (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons. 

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. The move will mean that pig-keepers and vets will be legally obligated to inform the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) should they suspect a case of the disease.

Karro Food Group has been commended on creating opportunities in China
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Karro Food receives congratulations for progress in the East

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Jonathan Bell, has offered his congratulations to Karro Food Group following the news that the company’s pork plant has been provisionally recommended for approval to export to China.

More and more diners want to know where their meat comes from when eating out
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Diners concerned over meat provenance

Diners are showing an increased interest in where their meat is sourced from in restaurants, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

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.
 

Provisional approval for Northern Ireland to export pork to China

Northern Ireland processors have been provisionally approved for exporting pork to China. 

AHDB outlook conference 2016 announced

AHDB’s 2016 outlook conference is set to discuss EU membership and the competitiveness of the livestock sector.

Linden Foods expands horizons

Award-winning Irish meat processor Linden Foods has recently launched a new premium brand for the European and US markets.

Bacon briefs

J&D’s Foods, the creators of Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, have further expanded their range of innovative bacon-themed products be developing what they claim to be the world’s first underwear that “looks and smells like bacon”.

Scottish pig issues addressed in seminar

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Scottish Pig Industry conference last week focused on issues facing the industry, as well as opportunities ahead.

Premium pork crackling finds new market

The Snaffling Pig Co, a creator of premium pork crackling, is now supplying products to pub group Brewhouse and Kitchen across the country.

Diamond award winners at the 2015 Q Guild Smithfield Awards at London's Ironmongers Hall. Front with guest presenter Monica Galetti are staff from supreme championship-winning Owton’s Butchers
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Owton's Butchers claims top Q Guild award

Owton’s Butchers in Southampton is the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion. It is the highest honour a Q Butcher can achieve in the annual product evaluation event, open to the Guild’s 110 members nationwide.

Red Tractor calls for view on standards

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is calling for the industry to give its views on the latest update to its Meat Processing Standards, which will be implemented in summer 2016.

Specially Selected Pork to get new campaign

A new promotional campaign to relaunch the Specially Selected Pork brand is to be developed.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

Mike Wright, chairman of Hampshire Fare, photographed with Donna and Pip Smith (center) with Tracy Nash, commercial manager
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Sibling butchery team win at Hampshire Fare

A brother and sister team have taken the top prize at the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

Butcher creates most expensive sausage

A butcher has made a sausage that costs £37 a pop. The banger is made from pork from the rare Mangalitsa pig, known by some as the Kobe beef of pork.

AHDB Pork's Sam Bowsher meets Princess Anne
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Royal appointment for AHDB Pork

Sam Bowsher, skills development co-ordinator at AHDB Pork, had an encounter of the royal kind when she met Princess Anne. 

Debbie & Andrew’s celebrates awards success

Kent-based sausage producers Debbie & Andrew’s Perfect Cumberland Pork Sausage took the top title in the meat category at The Grocer New Products Awards. 

Lidl praised for stocking British pork

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised supermarkets, including Lidl, for giving over more shelf space to British pork. 

Serious Pig calls for ‘craft, not crap’

Salami brand Serious Pig is calling for food companies to open up about their ingredients.

Billy Hoy from Findlays of Portobello is joined by judo champion Sarah Clark and Jenni Henderson, QMS health and education executive
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School children learn the value of Scottish meat

A Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) initiative is providing the opportunity for every secondary school in Scotland to apply for a voucher worth up to £100, which can be exchanged at local retailers for meat products such as Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI, and specially selected pork.

China’s appetite for UK pork continues to grow

China is now the biggest market for UK pork exports outside of Europe, according to AHDB Pork, with strong demand for offal likely to continue to grow. 

Pork organisation urges clearer ‘slap marks’

AHDB Pork has provided instructions on how pig producers can achieve clear and legible ‘slap marks’ on its website to help improve traceability in the food chain. 

The Black Farmer sees continued success

Gluten-free meat producer The Black Farmer has experienced a week of triumph.

Scotland’s geographically protected meat gains attention

Italian-based Bennet group has officially been recognised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for its continued support and commitment to Scotch Beef PGI.

Irish Minister claims agri-food sector needs a rethink

The current agri-food supply chain needs to be rethought in order to rebuild trust in the food industry. That was the key message today from Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to delegates at a high-level conference of producers, processors and retailers.

Laura Ryan has been appointed new strategy director for AHDB Beef & Lamb
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AHDB Beef & Lamb appoints new strategy director

Laura Ryan has been appointed as AHDB Beef & Lamb’s new sector strategy director. After successfully launching premium beef and lamb brands in the North East of England, she joined AHDB in 2007. Prior to her new appointment, she held the position of head of strategic marketing.

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. 

The sausage market has seen new range additions in time for autumn
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New flavours hit the sausage market

With the arrival of autumn, ingredients supplier Unbar Rothon has unveiled six imaginative sausage flavours, created to establish something unique for the market. Cinnamon-flavoured pork and toffee apple, and a warm and spicy pork and mango chutney are among the new flavours. 

The Black Farmer is set to move into the convenience sector with roast in the bag pork
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First ever roast in the bag pork launched by The Black Farmer

The Black Farmer is to launch a new Roast in the Bag Sage & Onion Pork Loin Joint as part of the brand’s move into the convenience sector. 

Lovers of meat rejoice at annual Meatopia festival

Meat-lovers congregated this weekend, 19-20 September, as London’s Tobacco Dock hosted the UK’s third Meatopia festival.

Producer of savoury pastry products, Pork Farms Group, has been re-branded as Addo Food Group
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Pork Farms Group becomes Addo Food Group

Pork Farms Group has been rebranded as Addo Food Group.

British meat to be showcased at Anuga

AHDB Beef & Lamb is due to take Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb products to one of the world’s leading food fairs.

AHDB establishes new leadership team

Three new senior appointments to the agricultural levy board AHDB complete the newly restructured leadership team.

Wall's has launched two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range
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Wall’s extends Ready Baked range

Wall’s has added two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range: Cumberland and Pork & Onion.

Richmond enters free-from category

Kerry Foods’ sausage brand Richmond has entered the free-from market with the launch of a new pork sausage made with rice flour instead of wheat. 

Dalziel launches premium gammon

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has launched its own premium gammon brand called Oakwell Gold, under an exclusive partnership with supplier Pork Traders Oakwell. 

Precautions taken to tackle pig illness

Over 40,000 sows across the country are thought to be covered by AHDB Pork’s significant disease charter in a provision to tackle the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) should it arrive in the UK.

Pig industry scholarship remains popular

Eight firms are taking part in the pig industry scholarship scheme, run by AHDB Pork and Harper Adams. 

Labelling laws help British pork

European Union mandatory origin labelling rules for fresh and frozen meat have helped boost interest among foodservice companies in sourcing pork from British farms, according to the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Poultry prices fail to take off

The price of poultry has risen only 44% from 1987 to 2014, while other meat prices have more than doubled during the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Pork sales have declined over the past year
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Pork sales dropping in value and volume terms

Pork sales are continuing to drop in both volume and value terms, according to Kantar Worldpanel data. 

Welsh pig producers get online support

A new website is being launched to encourage customers to consume high-quality Welsh pork.

Emerging diseases remains a key focus for the British pig industry

The British pig industry is investigating almost 40 different threats to livestock.

AHDB Pork appoints Mick Sloyan to strategy post

Industry stalwart Mick Sloyan, who successfully led the creation of Bpex in 1999, has accepted the post of pork strategy director at AHDB. 

Dalziel launches premium pork brand

Dalziel has launched its own premium pork brand, under an exclusive partnership with Belgium pork producer Westvlees. 

The pulled pork campaign is designed to help rejuvenate pork's image among consumers aged 25-55
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Pulled pork campaign pays off

Pork shoulder sales leapt in May, suggesting a promotional campaign launched by AHDB Pork is paying off, the trade body claimed.

Ulster farmers hit by Russian pork ban

The Russian ban on EU pork imports is forcing farmers in Britain out of business, the pork and bacon chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said. 

British-produced pork tests positive for MRSA

Strands of superbug MRSA has been found in British-produced pork. 

Pork pie firm outlines expansion plans

Yorkshire-based pork pie supplier Vale of Mowbray hopes a rebrand and factory expansion will help it secure more contracts nationwide. 

New look and structure at AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has unveiled new branding and a new organisational structure, which will see its activities divided into six separate brands - beef and lamb; pork; cereals and oilseeds; dairy; horticulture; and potatoes. 

Pig industry disease charter launched

A new disease charter has been unveiled by pork levy body Bpex in an attempt to combat threats such as porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PEDv). 

Pork Farms gets go ahead to buy Kerry Foods pastry division by Competition Markets Authority

The Pork Farms acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business has been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Pork scratchings revamped as health food

Pork scratchings have had a makeover and been reinvented as a health food. The traditional pub favourite has been revamped by an online food retailer which specialises in food for athletes and fitness fans and has devised a lower-fat, lower-salt version. 

Halal bodies urge further action by Food Standards Agency and Defra on wrongly labelled products

Two organisations representing Muslims have called on the government to ban food manufacturers from self-certifying foods as halal, following uproar over a ‘halal’ Aldi product which actually contained pork. 

UK pork imports grow in March

UK pork imports increased 3% year-on-year for the month of March 2015, HMRC data has revealed. 

Bpex pulled pork campaign debuts

Bpex has launched its pulled pork campaign with the aim of reviving demand in the domestic market.

Welsh focus on pig profits

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to launch a new website to help promote Welsh pork, while ‘profiting from pig production’ will be the focus of an upcoming livestock festival in the country.

Inspiration: Oscar Wilde
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Butcher takes literary inspiration for pork pies

A Northern Irish butcher has paid tribute to playwright and poet Oscar Wilde by creating two new pork pies.

Waitrose pork farmers enjoy Eco Pig benefits

Pork farmers supplying Waitrose have saved an estimated £850,000 on feed per year since 2010, following a £3m investment to roll out an innovative feeding system known as Eco Pig.

Celebrity chef to become pulled pork ambassador

Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge has been announced as ambassador to Bpex’s new pulled pork campaign.

BMPA to launch revised Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is to launch its new BMPA Pork Scheme on Friday (1 May), following a comprehensive review of its existing pork quality standards. 

Scottish abattoir on course to double capacity

A multi-million pound Scottish abattoir development at the Brechin site formerly owned by AP Jess is on schedule for completion towards the end of the year, according to owner Quality Pork Limited (QPL).

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Retailers win out against foodservice on public trust for British meat

Supermarkets have stolen a march on restaurants and fast food chains when it comes to gaining public trust, due to a policy of sourcing more British meat, according to new data.

Cranswick turns in strong performance

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick has finished the financial year in a strong position following a “robust” fourth quarter.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

Independent butchers should look to pork to capitalise on the trend for premium burgers, according to pork levy board Bpex.

Welsh meat body to hold meeting on pig disease

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will hold a meeting to increase the industry’s knowledge and awareness of the threat of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Karro announces 141 job losses

Karro Food Group has confirmed that it is cutting 141 jobs at its Scunthorpe site.

Tulip to license sea salt solution

Tulip has agreed a deal to become the UK’s sole licensor of Iposol Gmbh’s sea salt solution, which the pork giant uses to reduce the salt in its Danepak bacon by 30%.

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.

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

Pork body puts focus on Asia

Bpex is looking to “open and develop” markets in Asia by attending a series of events in the continent in the coming months.

Sausage King sets himself a new challenge

A UK sausage expert has set out on a mission to try the nation’s best bangers, most recently sampling a “stunning array” at a Derbyshire Farm Shop.

Irish farming body under fire over pork testing

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been accused of attempting to push up the price of pork in the marketplace through a scheme of  testing of pork products in Irish butchers’ shops which opponents have branded as “flawed”.

Difficult situation in UK pig market to continue

Pig prices across the UK and the rest of Europe have been spiralling downhill, with key challenges likely to remain, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were informed.

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Tulip introduce pulled pork in cans

Pork-producing giant Tulip has launched the UK’s first canned pulled pork product, which it believes will revitalise the canned meat category.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new £2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

Cranswick sees rise in Q3 sales following strong Christmas

Pork processor Cranswick has released its third-quarter trading statement showing sales to be slightly up on last year.

Grillstock launches first retail range

BBQ brand Grillstock has partnered with Tulip to introduce its first Smokehouse retail range.

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

AHDB conference to look at emerging opportunities

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to address the prospects for the beef, lamb, pig, poultry and dairy sectors in its 2015 Outlook Conference next month.

Competition body steps up investigation on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

A phase two investigation has began into the proposed merger of the chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business of Kerry Foods Limited and Pork Farms, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reported.

Marketing authority to investigate pork pie merger

The Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) is to investigate the merger of Pork Farms and Kerry Foods over concern it could form a monopoly in the pork pie market.

Pig veteran joins Bpex board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Suffolk pig producer Simon Watchom as the newest member of the Bpex board.

Cranswick reports profitable H1

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

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).

Smithfield award-winning butchers revealed

The recipients of the Smithfield Awards were announced at Butcher’s Hall yesterday, with the Supreme Champion title won by a Manchester butcher.

Bpex puts focus on pulled pork

Pork levy board, Bpex has announced it is to make pulled pork the focus of its spring pork promotional campaign, aimed at younger consumers.

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Tesco triumphs in supermarket sausage awards

Bpex has announced the winners of the Mulitple Retailer and Branded Manufacturer sausage awards to coincide with British Sausage Week.

Tulip joins forces with Scottish pig producers in new initiative

Tulip and Scottish pork producers have taken control of a Scottish processing plant as part of a new collaboration said to be “fantastic news” for the Scottish pig industry.

Debbie & Andrew’s to run ‘Tweet to Eat’ sausage kitchen

Sausage company Debbie & Andrew’s is marking British Sausage Week (3-9 November) by staging what it believes to be the first ever ‘Tweet to Eat’ sausage kitchen.

UK halal authority welcomes new test from France

French entrepreneurs have launched a halal test, which has been welcomed by the UK halal trade.

Tulip to relaunch Danepak bacon

UK pork producer Tulip is to relaunch its iconic bacon brand, Danepak, early next year.

Cranswick moves into poultry with Yorkshire purchase

Pork processors Cranswick will make its first move into poultry with the acquisition of a fellow Yorkshire firm Benson Park.

Irish pork firm completes major traceability investment

Irish pork supplier Oakpark Foods, which supplies bacon and pork products to the UK, will complete a £2.4m (€3m) investment at its Cahir Co, Tipperary site.

Pig Pledge launched by welfare groups

Animal welfare campaigners have launched ‘The Pig Pledge’ campaign to encourage consumers to change their shopping habits and only buy high-welfare pork.

Pannage pork proving a hit with consumers

Pannage pork, from New Forest pigs roaming free in the woods, is being promoted by a local quality assurance scheme.

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”.

Bpex reveals sausage finalists in multiple retailer and brands category

British Sausage Week has announced the finalists for its ‘multiple retailer and brands’ sausage category after a week of “intense judging”.

Company fined over horse meat sausage

Trading standards bosses have fined food importer Expo Foods Ltd after a pork sausage was discovered to have almost 50% horse meat.

Defra pig census reveals lower farmgate prices

Although UK pig prices remain some of the highest in Europe, UK pig farmgate prices are 9% lower than this time last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

QMS introduces point-of-sale centre

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new point-of-sale centre, which will allow members of the Scotch Butchers’ Club to create their own branded point-of-sale items.

Tesco discovers more meat contamination

Tesco has suffered a further blow after testing revealed unlabelled meat content in products including venison burgers and pork sausages.

Karro announces strong increase in earnings

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has announced an EBITDA improvement of £10 million in its first year as an independent business.

Westaways introduces frozen sausage range

Westaways Sausages is launching a new range of cook-from-frozen Traditional British Pork Sausages, which it claims will help minimise food waste.

Pig industry brings in whistleblowing hotline

Pig leaders are introducing a new whistleblowing service to beef up animal welfare and counteract bogus claims by animal activists over mistreatment on farms.

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Foodservice feature: Back to school

From school meals to ethnic trends in mainstream foodservice, there are plenty of opportunities for quality-assured meat suppliers to grasp, says Oli Haenlein.

Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases

Bpex has reported steady progress in the prevention of exotic diseases, such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) entering the UK.

Pork roadshows ‘postponed’

Bpex has “postponed” its Regional Roadshow events this year in an “overall review” of its marketing programme.

QMS points to ‘cooling’ pig prices

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has highlighted the “cooling” of pig prices, suggesting there are more pigs on the market.

DNA sample meat testing in Ireland reveals surprising results

DNA testing in butcher’s shops in Ireland has shown that more than half of the sampled products were not Irish.

Pork Farms purchases Kerry Foods division

Pork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.

Bpex updates butchers’ website

Bpex has revamped its ‘PorkforButchers’ website, which it said now contained the latest information on Bpex marketing campaigns, the latest consumer recipe booklets, advice on pork cuts and industry news.

Meat products do well at Great Taste Awards

Meat brands cleared up at this year’s Great Taste Awards with a whole host of meat products now eligible to use the ‘Great Taste’ logo.

Great Yorkshire contest introduces new UK-wide category

The prestigious Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is to feature a new category this year for open small pork pies.

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.

Bpex seeks to extend pork exports

Bpex is looking to increase UK pork exports as it prepares to visit Hong Kong, India and the Philippines in the coming weeks.

LA-MRSA found in piglet in Northern Ireland of no great concern

A piglet in Northern Ireland has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is reportedly the first incident of its kind in the UK.

Halal organisation repairs relations with Malaysia

Halal Food Authority (HFA) certified products can now be exported to Malaysia again, after the Asian country stopped recognising the certifier due to the pork DNA scandal last year.

Entries open for foodservice sausage contest

Bpex is calling on British sausage-makers to enter their products into its Foodservice Pork Sausage of the Year competition.

Pig industry backs regulation proposals on disease

The pig industry has given its support to proposals for new regulation on the handling of exotic diseases in pigs.

Tulip seeks closer working relationship with suppliers

Food producer Tulip has launched a new campaign which aims to work closer with suppliers and share expertise.

Northern butcher’s spreads south with latest buy

The South Yorkshire-based Underwood Meat Company has enlarged its portfolio by acquiring St Albans catering butcher’s Butlers.

Free PEDv testing for pig producers

Bpex is funding free porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) testing for producers and vets to increase the chances of early detection.

Yorkshire butcher creates porky push-bike

Historic butcher’s shop Appleton’s has created a bicycle completely made of pork, the ‘pie-cycle’, in honour of this year’s Tour de France.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Bpex and Eblex stage Chinese trade mission

Bpex and Eblex mounted another trade mission to China during the World Meat Congress in Beijing earlier this month.

Flintshire butchers clean up at BBQ competition

Vaughan Family Butchers of Penyffordd near Chester won all but one of the prizes on offer at the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) National BBQ Competition in Coventry.

Pig industry urged to be vigilant against disease

With African Swine Fever and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) destroying international pig markets, the UK pig industry must be vigilant against exotic diseases, Bpex has warned.

Scottish meat industry reports a difficult year in 2013

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched its Red Meat Industry Profile for last year, which shows that despite the sector generating over £2 billion, 2013 was a tough year.

Greens of Pangbourne named Bpex regional roadshow winner

Reading-based butchers Greens of Pangbourne was crowned National Champion at the 2013-14 Bpex Regional Roadshow and Pork Product Excellence Awards.

Bpex launches gammon campaign

Bpex are encouraging butchers and retailers to get behind their latest campaign to promote cooking with gammon all year round.

Food festival to include special pork focus

Porkstock, a new food festival coming to Norfolk, hopes to show attendees the best that pork has to offer.

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this year’s prestigious David Black Award.

Fresh pork sales fall

Value and volume sales of fresh pork fell in the last quarter, according to Bpex’s Quarterly Category Report.

Video: Bpex Barbecue Roadshow

Bpex took to the road with its Barbecue Roadshow 2014 last month, demonstrating how chefs and caterers can make the most of different pork cuts on the barbecue.

Welsh farmer demonstrates large-scale pedigree pig production

The owner of Wales’ biggest herd of Pedigree Welsh Pigs sought to demonstrate that it is possible to survive as a large-scale, sustainable producer of the breed, at an open day on his Gower farm.

Rise in online sales of pork

Bpex has welcomed reports that online sales for pork have increased, highlighting that pork purchasers are using modern purchasing methods.

QMS in healthy lifestyle drive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has teamed up with Street Soccer Scotland to launch a new publication to help promote a healthy lifestyle to Scotland’s youth.

Celeb chef showcases Northern Irish meat at Selfridges

Chef Mark Hix and Selfridges have collaborated to hold a high-profile dinner to promote local suppliers and British produce, and Northern Irish beef and pork is on the menu.

UK pork exports on the up

Bpex has reported record pork export figures as China becomes a high performing market for British pork.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UK’s leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

Bpex adopts proactive strategy to tackle pig industry challenges

Bpex launched a new strategy to to deal with challenges facing the Pig industry at the Pig and Poultry Fair.

Special sausages created for start of Tour de France

A Yorkshire butcher has teamed up with a local brewer to produce French-style sausages in celebration of the start of the Tour de France (Grand Depart) in Yorkshire.

Butchers invited to enter Great British Food awards

The Great British Food, Farm and Produce Awards have launched, with meat products categories for pork sausages, ribeye steaks and traditional pork pies.

Scottish pupils to compete on Commonwealth Burger

Scottish pupils have been invited to create a special burger for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow this summer

Tulip Foodservice launches sous vide range

Tulip Foodservice is promoting its new sous vide range, having trialled it at Hotelympia.

Bpex brings out pig app

Bpex has launched a new pig app to teach stockmen pig husbandry skills.

Stockcroft Pigs joins LEAF

Pork producer Stockcroft Pigs has joined sustainable farming organisation LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming.

Acquisitions boost sales at Cranswick

Cranswick saw total sales increase 13% for the year to 13 March 2014, following a series of acquisitions.

Celebrity chef helps Bpex with pork demo

TV chef Cyrus Todiwala cooked up some of his favourite pork dishes using Red Tractor meat during an event organised by Bpex.

Bpex introduces additional pig price scheme

Following the announcement of the discontinuation of the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) and the launch of the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP), Bpex will now expand its historical pig price reporting to include an all-new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Eblex/Bpex launch latest meat cuts guide

The latest edition of an invaluable cutting guide has been launched, with an expanded range that includes pork cuts for the first time.

FSA embarks on pig inspection consultation

Ahead of the new EU pig inspection rules, which come into play in June, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started a six-week consultation period in order to discuss and explore how the changes will be practically applied.

British Pie Awards announce head judge

The British Pie Awards 2014 have appointed Ian Nelson, technical account manager at Hovis, as the head judge.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to £383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual export figures.

Bpex abandons DAPP following controversial drop-outs

Following a significant decline in participating processors in the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP), the Bpex board has decided to launch a new historical pig price report, called the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP).

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

TMI hope to cook up success in the US

A UK bacon producer is celebrating after becoming the first in the country to gain approval from the US Department of Agriculture for its cooked bacon range.

Pork supplier clinches Spanish deal

A Northern Irish meat processor is celebrating after landing a deal to supply a leading wholesaler in Spain.

GB sees finished pig prices up year on year

Finished pig prices have remained 5-6% up year on year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), despite the seasonal dip normally experienced early in the new year.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Bolster Moor takes north east champion title

Bolster Moor Farm Shop took the Overall Champion title for the north east at the Bpex Regional Pork Product Excellence Awards Roadshow.

Cranswick reports strong Q3

Cranswick has reported good growth in pork consumption and sales, according to its third-quarter results.

Tulip plans £490k development project

Pork, bacon and cooked meat producer Tulip is launching an ambitious growth project with the help of a £147,000 grant from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

UK lamb production up by over 5% in 2013

UK lamb production rose in 2013, with pork remaining steady and beef falling, Welsh meat bosses reported.

Bpex launches pork roasting video guides

Bpex has produced a collection of short films to encourage chefs and caterers to get the most out of pork roasting joints.

Eblex and Bpex eye up Asian export opportunities

Eblex and Bpex are eyeing up export potential for beef, lamb and pork in Asia following a mission to Japan, South Korea and India.

Proposed Shropshire pig plant faces local objection

Plans for a substantial new pig-rearing unit have been unveiled in Shropshire.

Successful customer awareness campaign boosts Scottish pig industry

A customer awareness campaign has provided a boost to the Scottish pig industry, after it raised awareness of the Specially Selected Pork label by 41%

Restaurant-ready

Earlier this year, a report from the NPD Group/Crest revealed that pig meat was the fastest-growing meat in foodservice, with total servings up 8.1% year-on-year in 2011. Although the biggest growth was in seen in bacon, which increased by 29.5%, and sausages, up by 21.3%, pork also saw solid growth of 4.6%. This reflected an increasing appreciation of pork's value for money among chefs, who are improving returns by buying in whole pig carcases and experimenting with a wider range of cuts such as collar, trotters and cheeks.

Feeling the pinch

This time last year, the biggest problem for the pork sector was the divergence between volume and value, with supermarket promotions blamed for poor returns to producers. Twelve months on and the same tension between retailers and producers exists, but Kantar Worldpanel data reveals that the amount of pork sold on promotion has fallen by 6% year-on-year. This has brought a reversal of the recent trend for volume to outstrip value, with volume declining by 0.4% while value rose 6.1% in the 52 weeks to 10 June 2012, bringing the total market value to £935m.

A point of difference

Everyone, it seems, is a sucker for a decent bacon sarnie. The booming bacon market bears testament to this fact, with strong sales of bacon over the last year. Around 90% of households buy bacon and, over the last 12 months, shoppers have topped up on more rashers per trip. Total bacon volumes in the 52 weeks to 19 February rose 3.1%, with values also up by 4.4% from the previous year.

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