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Progressive companies must lead the way in farm animal welfare

Investors have a responsibility to promote high standards of farm animal welfare.

Seven businesses sign up to Pig Industry Scholarship scheme

Seven sponsoring companies have signed up to this year’s Pig Industry Scholarships. 

Meat companies go for gold

Meat companies across the nation have been honoured at the Great Taste Awards 2017. 

Can abattoirs up their public relations game to remedy staffing issues?

It's fair to say abattoirs struggle with an image problem. They are already loaded with the association of death and, for some reason, there are many individuals lining up to spread doom and gloom about the sector. Even the latest Plimsoll Analysis of UK abattoirs, says that, of the 119 companies assessed, 25 are “in danger”, 40 are “ripe for takeover”, 34 companies are “making a loss” and 18 companies have “lost a quarter of their value” in the past year. 

Liquid enzymes to improve biogas production for agriculture sector

A new strategic partnership to improve biogas production in anaerobic digesters through the use of liquid enzymes has the potential to benefit rural and farm communities on both a financial and environmental level, according to the companies involved. 

Butchers warned of fraudulent ‘utility company’

The butchery industry has been told to remain “vigilant” in the face of a scam involving fake utility companies. 

Cranswick in top tier of farm animal welfare

Cranswick is the only UK meat processor to appear in the top tier of companies rated in a wide-ranging report on farm animal welfare standards. 

‘Unacceptable’ specification changes hurting beef farmers

Retailers, foodservice companies and processors must be held accountable for short notice changes to beef specifications, which often leave farmers out of pocket. 

Andrew Johnston, a current Dunbia graduate (centre) with Ulster Rugby players Dan Touhy (l), Chris Henry (r), and Craig Gilroy (back).
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Dunbia launches graduate programme

One of the nation’s leading companies in the agri-food sector, Dunbia, is set to create new job opportunities after launching a graduate programme for 2016. 

Food organisation rethinks approach to packaging

Campden BRI, the food and drink technology company, has invested in five new pieces of equipment designed to expand its range of packaging testing services which will in turn help companies reduce food and packaging waste. 

Poultry companies team up to tackle campylobacter

Two UK companies have announced a partnership aimed at developing a feed additive for poultry to reduce levels of campylobacter in chickens. 

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). 

Direct Table Foods brings home the bacon

Direct Table Foods boosted pre-tax profit and sales in the past full financial year, helped by more stable raw material prices, according to accounts posted earlier this month at Companies House. 

UK businesses sweep the board at animal welfare awards

A clutch of UK businesses have won awards recognising the commitment of international food companies to improving animal welfare. 

Products like beef jerky are proving popular
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Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

Ireland’s ABP Food Group has become the first European company to agree a deal to supply beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related ban a year ago.

Pig scholarship applications increase

The Pig Industry Scholarship, facilitated by Bpex in conjunction with Harper Adams University, is gaining in popularity after receiving an increased number of applications in 2014.

Meat companies make fastest-growth list

Northern Irish meat firm Finnebrogue and chicken firm Benson Park have been listed as two of the fastest-growing companies in the UK.

Study suggests a limit to consumers’ willingness to pay for sustainability

Consumers may not be willing to pay food companies a premium for high standards of social and environmental responsibility, according to a new report.

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Dunbia joins Bord Bía sustainability group

Dunbia has achieved Origin Green membership, becoming the latest company to join Bord Bía’s initiative, which aims for sustainability in the food chain throughout Ireland. 

Helping Northern Ireland meat exports

An initiative to help Northern Ireland meat exports grow has been made by Invest Northern Ireland along with the Livestock and Meat Commission.

Caught in the web

Unlike the volatility inherent in the stock market, commodity prices or indeed the price of meat itself, the market for butchers’ sundries is one that does not tend to fluctuate wildly over the course of the year. Although trends do come and go, there is no doubt that butchers need a steady supply of ancillary products to run their businesses, and that these incorporate everything from twine to sausage casings, hygiene products and knives to pre-packed and display trays.

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