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Vertical integration can save shoppers’ money, says Nielsen

Consumers could save money if supermarkets decided to increase vertical integration models for meat and pass on the savings, according to analyst Nielsen. 

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. 

Equipment firm bemoans lack of investment

British machinery outfit Jacob White is struggling to secure investment from buyers in the Middle East, according to the company’s managing director. 

Pig industry faces labour Brexit crisis

The UK pig industry could be faced with a massive labour shortage if the government does not retain access to EU workers following Brexit, according to a National Pig Association (NPA) members survey. 

Brazil keen to forge UK deal

Brazil is determined to begin free trade talks with the UK as soon as possible after Brexit, according to a senior ex-diplomat. 

Modest rise in goose prices predicted

A wet summer is expected to help move the price of goose meat up slightly, according to the chairman of the British Goose Producers (BGP) John Franklin.

How the New Zealand meat sector is facing off all of its challenges

Perfectly positioned to complement the UK retail lamb market, New Zealand has long been a loyal trade partner for when British stock is out of season. However, that relationship could be in danger as the political map shifts and provenance becomes more of a priority. But that doesn’t mean New Zealand is taking it lying down.

UK keeps up beef price pressure on EU

UK beef prices remain competitive, maintaining pressure on key EU markets, including Ireland, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Kettyle Foods attributes pioneering ideas to key for success

Innovative ideas and new product development are the secrets to triumph, according to Kettyle Irish Foods. 

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.

Australia FTA 'clearly a threat'

A trade deal between the UK and Australia is “a threat” to Britain’s meat industry, according to an industry spokesperson. 

How Britain likes its steaks

Retailer Aldi has provided an insight into how the British public prefers its steak, with some surprising results.

Brexit provides opportunity to promote ‘high-standard Britain’

Britain is in a position to demonstrate its high standards of animal welfare upon leaving the European Union, according to the Eating Better alliance. 

Agriculture sector positioned to drive changes

The UK’s farming industry is in a unique position to implement change and “build a world-class agriculture industry”, according to the English red meat levy board.

Britain’s best bacon butty formula revealed

The secret to making the perfect bacon butty is out, according to IronmongeryDirect. 

Beef and pork prices rise ‘dramatically’

At an 11% year-on-year increase per kg, beef prices have reached an all-time high, according to Beacon Purchasing. 

Flexitarianism offers opportunities, says industry rep

Flexitarians offer the meat industry opportunities, rather than posing a threat, according to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

Scottish plants risk closure over inspection charge hikes

Some Scottish meat plants risk closure as a result of “excessive” meat inspection charges planned by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), according to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Retailers show further progress in chicken bug war

Retailers battling Campylobacter are gaining ground in their fight against the food poisoning bug’s contamination of raw whole chickens, according to the latest figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Lower carcase weights drives Scottish beef prices

Farmgate prices of Scottish beef are an estimated 13% higher than this time last year, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

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. 

UV breakthrough hailed for knife sterilisation

A waterless steriliser, offering an alternative to hot water for sterilising knives and other tools in cutting plants and abattoirs, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is already attracting considerable interest from the meat industry, according to its inventor. 

Despite some challenges, fish shows little sign of scaling back

Britain's fishing industry may feel it is having a tricky time as its shipping fleet and numbers of able-bodied fishermen are in decline.

High pig prices offer opportunity for producers

For the 10th consecutive week, the EU-spec standard pig price (SPP) has increased, taking it to its highest level since August 2014, according to figures for the week ending 6 May. 

Retail rivalry softens cattle price drops

Competition between discount retailers and traditional supermarkets is boosting beef sales, softening typical seasonal falls in deadweight cattle prices, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Government to review avian influenza prevention methods

The UK “still faces the threat of epidemic of bird flu” despite poultry keepers no longer being required to keep birds indoors, according to Nigel Gibbens, chief veterinary officer for the officer. 

Business rate hike could hit meat traders

Meat companies face being swept up in a wider storm of substantial business rate increases, according to an expert at a major UK law firm. 

Scottish red meat industry bullish after Brexit result

Scotland’s red meat industry is in a good position to adapt to the period of change that will follow the EU referendum, according to the chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Jim McLaren. 

Beef supplies on the rise in England

A combination of higher production from prime cattle and cows, as well as increased imports, means that beef supplies in 2016 are going to be up on last year, according to the latest AHDB forecast. 

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. 

Volume sales of red meat suffer decline

Volume sales of beef, lamb and pork have all seen a decline over the 12 weeks to 28 February, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Independent butchers deliver £2.3bn turnover

Independent butchers delivered £2.3bn in turnover and £555m in gross added value in England alone in 2015, according to the latest figures from AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Antibiotic use in poultry on the rise

Reported use of the antibiotic fluoroquinolones has increased in the UK, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 

Importance of animal welfare highlighted in annual report

Businesses in the food sector are becoming more aware of the importance of displaying their animal welfare procedures, according to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report. 

HCC urges industry to become more sustainable

Consumer and retailers must work alongside farmers to create a more sustainable 2016, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

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Supermarkets struggle as online sales surge

Supermarket sales grew just 0.8% for the 12 weeks ending 11 October 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. 

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. 

Shoppers buying little and often

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

The E. coli outbreak in Scotland has been linked to venison products
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Scottish E. coli outbreak linked to venison products

Nine cases of infection with the same strain of E. coli have been reported from across Scotland, associated with the consumption of venison products, according to Health Protection Scotland (HPS). 

Beef prices settle following unpredictable year

Following an unpredictable 2015 for prime beef cattle prices, the market has relaxed to a level similar to that of 12 months ago, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Wasted meat damaging our environment

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

UK beef and veal production expected to fall

According to the latest AHDB Beef & Lamb Market Outlook report, the production of beef and veal is predicted to fall by 2% to 860,000 tonnes (t) in 2015. 

A fire on a pig farm cost the lives of 33 sows and 434 piglets (Image: @StaffordJimmy)
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Northern Ireland pig farm devastated by fire

A fire on a pig farm near Strabane in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, has killed 33 sows and 434 piglets, according to the BBC.  

Sheep meat imports down in June

Sheep imports to the UK fell by 18% in June year-on-year, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

The #NoLambWeek campaign caused a slight rise in prices but they have since dropped again
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#NoLambWeek campaigners refuse to rule out further action

Supermarkets are “taking advantage of lamb farmers”, according to #NoLambWeek campaigners. 

Animal welfare is a high priority for consumers when deciding if a company is ethical or not
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Animal welfare top priority for consumers

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers claim that meat sourced from well-looked-after animals is a top issue that makes a food company ethical, according to Mintel. 

Wales eyes red meat export opportunities

New overseas markets are continuing to provide fresh opportunities for exporting Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Greek crisis impacts UK meat exporters

UK meat exporters to the EU could be hit as the pound continues to strengthen against the euro in the wake of the Greek debt agreement, according to one market analyst. 

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. 

Other retailers have been advised to learn from the discounters' selling practices
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Discounters’ meat strength can be countered

Aldi’s and Lidl’s fresh meat sales growth outstrips that of the top four supermarkets, but traditional grocery retailers could learn from them, according to Ed Garner, communications director, Kantar Worldpanel. 

Prime cattle see a rise in prices

Prime cattle prices have risen 8% in the past four weeks, according to analysis from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Experts gather to learn about British meat exports

The strength of sterling against the euro is affecting export volumes, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb export manager Jean-Pierre Garnier. 

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. 

Chilled convenience meals see success in supermarkets.
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Changing consumer habits creates opportunity for processors

Processors willing to embrace the chilled convenience sector and create products that save time for consumers are likely to grow faster than those who focus only on primary meat products, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Aldi favoured by suppliers for Groceries Code compliance

Discounter Aldi proved to be top of the class when it comes to supply relations, according to the Grocery Code Adjudicator Annual Survey Results 2015. 

Beef imports on the up, while exports slow

Beef imports to the UK were up by 870 tonnes to 21,200 tonnes in April compared with the same time last year, according to the AHDB. 

Positive future predicted for Hilton Food Group

The Hilton Food Group has overcome its poor performance in the second half of 2014, according to a report by investment group Shore Capital. 

British meat key to foodservice success

Foodservice companies looking to gain consumers’ trust should use more British meat and making customers aware of it, according to the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Price falls continue to hit meat, fish and poultry

Deflation remains a key trend in fresh meat and poultry with volumes growing and values declining, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel, covering the 12 weeks to 24 May 2015. 

Value sales of meat falling in supermarkets

Value sales of meat, fish and poultry in UK supermarkets dropped 3.2% year-on-year in the four weeks to 23 May 2015, according to Nielsen figures. 

Game meat market tipped as for further growth

The game meat sector has been earmarked as one of the top markets to watch, according to Mintel. 

BVD deadline for Scottish cattle keepers

Scottish cattle keepers must have their Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) statuses established or face movement restrictions, according to new guidance which comes into effect today (1 June). 

Men prefer meat to booze, sports or sex

The majority of men would rather give up booze, cancel their Sky Sports subscription and even give up sex rather than become a vegetarian, according to a recent study. 

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’ chicken sales stay flat amid ‘tough’ trading

2 Sisters has posted flat sales in its chicken processing business in “the toughest commercial environment” in many years, according to CEO Ranjit Singh. 

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a “challenging” market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Beef prices to strengthen as supplies slow

Tighter local and global beef supplies are expected in 2015, and this will help to underpin GB producer prices, according to experts. 

Parliament to debate religious slaughter

A debate on religious slaughter is to be held in parliament next week, following an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

Sausage firm reports successful Paris show

Westaways Sausages enjoyed a successful Sial, selling a 40-foot container to South Korea, as well as sealing other deals and meeting potential customers, according to managing director Charles Baughan. 

UK beef producers missing French opportunity, says AHDB

UK producers are failing to grasp the opportunity presented by cow beef in the French market, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Remi Fourrier.

Eblex calls for better cattle handling to improve margins

Improving cattle handling could save up to £160 per carcase at current market values, according to Eblex.

White meat consumption could reduce liver cancer risk, finds study

A high level of white meat and fish consumption could reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, according to a study.

Government backs new food and drink skills partnership

The government has backed the creation of a new business-driven Industry Skills Partnership for the entire food and drink manufacturing sector in England, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

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