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Poultry firm’s transport licence suspended

Birmingham poultry firm Adam Halal Foods has had its transport licence suspended for two weeks following the discovery of illegal vehicle operations. 

Poultry body welcomes government stance on quality standards

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has applauded the government’s attitude of refusing to accept lower food standards in any new trade deals with the US. 

New poultry research centre opened at Nottingham Trent University

A new designated poultry research centre geared towards improving the nutrition, welfare and sustainability of birds has opened at Nottingham Trent University. 

Organic meat rise driven by animal welfare

National sales of organic meat increased in September thanks to growing shopper demand for welfare and traceability.

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Poultry dominates British livestock production

A new report has shown that poultry is the most farmed livestock category within Britain. 

2 Sisters boss to give evidence at Commons inquiry

2 Sisters Food Group boss, Ranjit Singh Boparan, has been summoned before a parliamentary inquiry following allegations of food safety offences at the meat processor’s poultry plant in West Bromwich. 

Poultry category ‘hot space’ for activity, says Shore Capital

An influx of mergers and acquisitions in the UK poultry market has led to the category being branded a “hot space” by Shore Capital. 

Cargill and Faccenda announce joint venture

Cargill and Faccenda Foods have agreed to establish a joint venture to create a new UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck.

Extension on organic derogations sought for pig and poultry sector

The industry has warned that an extension on two derogations for organic pig and poultry is vital to the sectors. 

Asda crowned poultry retailer of the year

Asda claimed the crown at the British Poultry Awards 2017, winning the coveted title of British Poultry Retailer of the Year. 

Poultry processor fined for hygiene offences

Birmingham-based poultry processor Adam Halal Foods Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £68,000 after being convicted of five charges relating to failures of hygiene controls at its premises. 

Shropshire poultry farm given planning permission

Proposals for a 210,000-bird poultry farm in Shropshire have been given approval despite public opposition. 

Wiltshire poultry plant given planning permission

Planning permission for a major poultry processing facility in Wiltshire has been granted. 

Nando’s launches investigation into chicken supplier

Chicken restaurant Nando’s has announced it will investigate a poultry farm that has been accused of animal abuse. 

Faccenda uses ‘holistic’ approach to antibiotic reduction

Poultry producer Faccenda Foods has cut its antibiotic usage by 70% over the past two years with the help of animal well-being experts St David’s Poultry Team.

What's behind poultry's antibiotic success?

The British Poultry meat industry used 23.72 tonnes (t) of antibiotics in 2016, a 71% reduction in the use of antibiotics in the last four years. 

Butcher and poultry supplier team up to deliver food education initiative

Award-winning poultry specialist T Soanes & Son has joined forces with The Butcher’s Block in York to give students lessons on preparing chicken and food safety. 

Poultry antibiotic use cut by 71% since 2012

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has reported a massive drop in the use of antibiotics over the past five years. 

Demand for scientists and engineers in poultry

The British poultry industry’s technological advancements in food production as well as investment in automation have increased efficiency and product choice while creating a growing demand for specialised roles such as food scientists and engineers. 

Poultry farmers and buyers welcomed back to Scottish mart

For the first time since the avian flu restrictions were enforced across Scotland in December, poultry farmers and buyers made their return to Lawrie & Symington’s Lanark mart. 

Bread basket case costs poultry companies thousands

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

Initiative to help poultry farms become self-sustainable

Energy regulator Ofgem has said that combined heat and power plants that run on poultry litter will benefit from the optimum tariff under Renewable Heat Incentive legislation. 

Fresh poultry sales drive growth for Moy Park

Four months of business development has lead to strong volume growth for poultry processor Moy Park. 

Norfolk poultry farm to support local produce

JW Spencer Farms in Thetford is having a planning application considered by the council to build a new poultry farm for barn-reared birds, with the aim of promoting local produce. 

AI latest for England, Scotland, Wales, NI

Avian influenza (AI) prevention zones in Scotland and Wales have been scrapped, although they remain in England until 15 May, and in Northern Ireland measures have been extended until 31 May.

Poultry firm fined £2k on chicken carcases

Newark-based poultry producer Germany Farms faces a £2,000 fine for the irresponsible disposal of around 10,000 chicken carcases on woodland near Knapthorpe in Nottinghamshire.

Foodservice inflation bucks traditional trend

The current exchange rate has potentially led to a “new norm” for meat and poultry inflation prices in the foodservice sector, experts have concurred. 

AI poultry rules to be softened

The government has announced that mandatory housing for poultry in ‘Higher Risk Areas of England’ will be lifted as of Thursday, 13 April. 

RSPCA awarded grant to grow China animal welfare standards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a bursary from the US foundation, the Open Philanthropy Project, to support its long-term work in China to improve animal welfare standards. 

Innovation introduction to reduce campylobacter contamination

Air Products has introduced a new rapid chilling system, designed to further decrease the contamination of campylobacter for poultry processors. 

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

How consumer demand is helping poultry take flight

It has been a difficult few years for the reputation of the poultry market. Avian Influenza (AI) has been plaguing the sector and campylobacter in chicken has been a hot news story. 

Sarval to invest £8 million in pet food by-product plant

Ingredients supplier to the UK pet food market Sarval has announced a major upgrade project to its animal by-product processing facility in Nottingham. 

University study identifies campylobacter preventative measures

A three-year study into the factors influencing campylobacter in chicken broiler houses has been published by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences. 

Volume sales aid Moy Park revenue growth

Northern Ireland poultry producer Moy Park has seen like-for-like revenues grow in 2016. 

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. 

Free-range poultry industry debate heats up

The British poultry industry has hit back at suggestions that welfare standards of non-RSPCA-Assured chickens are below acceptable levels. 

Duck firm moves production amid bird virus threat

Gressingham Foods has halted processing at its poultry slaughter plant in Redgrave, Suffolk after bird flu restrictions were imposed at a neighbouring Banham Poultry site, transferring operations to Debach, near Woodbridge.

Brazilian meat giant launches European foodservice platform

BRF Europe looks to expand in foodservice with the launch of an online platform positioning itself as a partner of choice for poultry. 

New chicken fillet and thigh range launched by Dalziel

Retail butcher specialist Dalziel has teamed up with Netherlands’ poultry processor Vriesekoop to launch its own premium quality chicken brand. 

Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis. 

2 Sisters appoints new operations and commercial directors

Poultry producer 2 Sisters has made two key appointments to its UK team. 

Exclusive: Gen Y market worth £85m for Welsh lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) wants to accelerate demand for PGI Welsh Lamb with millennials, who represent an “untapped opportunity” worth £85m. 

Poultry producers at risk of going out of business over free-range status

British poultry producers have been warned that their businesses may be at risk of closure if the free-range status of their poultry is not extended.

Multi-million investment in Moy Park boosts production

Moy Park’s multi-million pound investment in its Ashbourne facility has allowed the poultry processor to produce one million chickens per week.

Moy Park brings out ready-to-eat snacking line

Moy Park has launched a ready-to-eat branded snacking range, Moy Park ‘Good to Go’, highlighting the continued flurry of activity around the meat snacks category. 

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. 

Funding for antibiotic action tripled as part of five-year plan

Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled as part of a new five-year plan which will help UK farming reduce antibiotic use across animal and human medicine. 

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February. 

Outbreak of Avian Influenza confirmed in Wales

A case of Avian Influenza (AI) has been confirmed on premises in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire. 

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season. 

Government increases surveillance following avian influenza developments

Poultry keepers have been told to remain vigilant after a dead wild duck containing H5N8 bird flu was found in Carmarthenshire, Wales. 

M&S slammed after distressing footage of broiler plant released

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised Marks & Spencer after releasing footage of a chicken broiler plant, which the campaign group says supplies the retailer, showing birds living in a stressful environment.

Government takes measures to suspend avian flu spread

Following the outbreak of a case of H5N8 avian flu at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire, the government has placed a temporary suspension on gatherings of certain birds species.

Vets condemn CCTV recommendation report

British vets have today (19 December) expressed disappointment at a report instructed by the Welsh Government. 

Avian influenza confirmed on turkey farm in Lincolnshire

Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm near Louth in Lincolnshire. 

BHSL generates manure energy technology for UK poultry farms

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed €13 million (m) in sales of its manure-to-energy technology to UK poultry farms. 

Poultry industry’s top contributors recognised

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has celebrated the industry’s top professionals at its annual awards ceremony. 

Protection zone against avian influenza declared

The English and Scottish governments have announced an avian influenza (AI) prevention zone in an attempt to prevent the spread of the H5N8 strain of the virus. 

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.

Ambitious graduates called on to join top poultry processor

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park is looking for its next intake of young people to partake in its Graduate Management Trainee Programme. 

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. 

Sarcocystosis warning to poultry eaters

Conservation groups have joined forces to better understand a disease that could impact the UK’s duck population. 

RUMA defends preventative antibiotics amid ban call

Pressure to ban the use of preventative antibiotics to treat animals has been criticised by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance. 

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.

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. 

Bernard Matthews deal “carefully crafted” to extract maximum cash

The Bernard Matthews acquisition was “carefully crafted to extract maximum cash from the company”, a Commons Work and Pensions Committee has been told.

Over three-quarters willing to pay more for free-range eggs

Seventy-eight per cent of UK shoppers who buy free-range eggs said they would be prepared to pay a premium for them, according to a OnePoll survey. 

BPC chairman sets out challenges for poultry sector

British Poultry Council (BPC) chairman John Reed has highlighted the challenges facing the country’s poultry meat sector. 

Riverford cuts meat prices and trims range

Riverford, the organic food delivery company, has lowered the price and size of its meat boxes to attract new consumers after research found UK meat demand was falling. 

Appley Orchard Farm moves into poultry business

A farm near Wellington in Somerset is to begin rearing free-range broiler chickens.

Brexit: no plan to chicken out

The meat industry is seeking a template for a profitable and productive system after UK Prime Minister Theresa May poured cold water on left-wing calls for a revote on June’s EU referendum. 

Poultry supplier supports Beverley Food Festival

The 11th annual Beverley Food Festival, organised by Beverley Town Council, takes place on 2 October.

Launch of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017

It’s time for the meat processing sector’s brightest and best to showcase their talent as the 2017 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards opens for entries. 

Morrisons cuts meat and poultry prices by 12%

This week will see supermarket chain Morrisons cut prices of its meat and poultry products by 12% in an effort to help families cook more with meat this autumn. 

Gourmet chicken dishes launched by Northern Irish firm

Six added-value gourmet chicken meals have been launched under the new Chook Chook brand by Northern Irish poultry producer HK Dickey. 

Moy Park stays ahead of consumer trends with product relaunch

Northern Irish-based Moy Park has relaunched its branded breaded product range to support growth in the chilled coated sector. 

Meat, poultry and fish experience strong growth

Continued sunshine into early August has given the fresh primary meat and poultry and chilled fish sectors a healthy boost in volume terms. 

‘Pink’ chicken livers putting consumers at campylobacter risk

A trend towards serving chicken livers rare, or ‘pink’, is increasing the threat level of campylobacter, which is responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

2 Sisters Food Group
The investment is part of a £150m poultry investment programme revealed in October last year
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2 Sisters' Scunthorpe poultry plant in £45m investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £45m investment in its poultry plant in Scunthorpe, which it claims will create the "world's most advanced poultry plant".

Moy Park poultry farmers recognised for production standards

A dozen poultry farmers who supply to Northern Irish food producer Moy Park have been honoured for their high standard of production at an awards ceremony held by US broiler breeder firm, Aviagen. 

‘Funky’ Chook Chook poultry brand hits Northern Ireland

HK Dickey of Cullybackey, near Ballymena in Co Antrim, has introduced Chook Chook, a ‘funky’ new poultry range into the market. 

Poultry producers renews fleet to meet demand

Faccenda Foods has said it will renew its fleet of delivery trucks at one of its main distribution centres in an effort to keep up with growing demand for British meat. 

Moy Park recognised for commitment to health and safety

Leading European poultry producer Moy Park has been awarded with two 2016 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards. 

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. 

Burgers and sausages see depressed sales volume

Sales of traditional barbecue products such as burgers and sausages have come under pressure as consumers favour primary and sous vide barbecue products, figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicated. 

Faccenda Foods and Dartmouth Foods in cooked poultry link-up

Faccenda Foods and Dartmouth Foods have announced a joint venture that will see their cooked poultry operations integrated. 

Mattessons issues recall due to presence of plastic

Certain batches of Mattessons Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products have been recalled as they may be contaminated by pieces of plastic. 

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.

Parkside takes on campylobacter with new packaging

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has developed a new range of poultry packaging with antimicrobial technology that reduces the growth of bacteria, such as campylobacter. 

Fire at 2 Sisters factory leads to evacuation

Fire crews were called to 2 Sisters Food Group’s factory in Caxton Way, Thetford around 3pm on Sunday, 17 July following reports of a burning smell from employees. 

Turkey farm joins Q Guild

The Q Guild has welcomed poultry producer Caldecott’s as its newest corporate member. 

Bernard Matthews’ German subsidiary finds new owner

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced that its German branch has been purchased by Sprehe Gruppe (Sprehe Group). 

Faccenda Foods invests in packing equipment

Faccenda Foods, a company that supplies poultry to the foodservice and retail sectors, has invested in new packaging equipment from Ishida Europe, which accurately weighs chicken legs and drumsticks. 

Moy Park’s O’Kane frozen range secures convenience listings

Moy Park has secured listings for its new O’Kane Frozen Breaded Range in Costcutter, Palmer & Harvey, One Stop and Nisa Retail. 

Food Standards Scotland launches Pink Chicken BBQ Food Safety Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its Summer BBQ food safety campaign: ‘Nothing spoils summer like Pink Chicken’. 

Moy Park announces support for remaining in EU

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has revealed its support for the UK remaining in the EU as the referendum is now less than a week away. 

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.

Boparan to buy Tesco’s Giraffe restaurant chain

Tesco has announced the intended sale of its restaurant chain Giraffe to Boparan Restaurants Holdings Limited. 

Halal range launches on AmazonFresh

Haloodies (Halal Foodies) is now available through the newly-launched AmazonFresh service, offering produce aimed at millennial Muslims. 

Halal Food Authority to certify non-stun slaughter

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is to launch a certification scheme for non-stun slaughter in the meat and poultry processing sector. 

Campylobacter down in poultry, says survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown there has been a decrease in both the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

Insect larvae should be used in animal feed, says EU project

Insect larvae reared on manure should be used in animal feed as a “priority”, according to the European Commission. 

Trade groups back call for global action against superbugs

Global action and country-specific targets to reduce antimicrobials’ use in livestock are called for by a report tackling antimicrobial resistance launched today (May 19). 

Success for British Pig & Poultry Fair

The British Pig & Poultry Fair, which started on Tuesday (10 May 2016) has started well, with standing room only at the popular forum programmes. 

Easter volume sales growth for meat

The majority of fresh primary meats grew in terms of volume sales, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 24 April 2016. 

The team at Grasmere Farm Traditional Butchers in Stamford, after receiving Q Guild membership
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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.
 

British Poultry Council chief executive steps down

Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council (BPC), left his post on Saturday 30 April, after serving in the position since May 2013. 

Argo Foods issues chicken recall

Scottish poultry firm Argo Foods has recalled some whole cooked chicken products, due to the fact it had been producing and selling them with a shelf-life that was extended beyond the validated shelf-life, potentially posing a risk to human health. 

Restaurants urged to cut antibiotic usage

Food companies have been asked by investors to stop sourcing their meat and poultry from suppliers that use antibiotics. 

Meat sales benefit from an early Easter

The meat, fish and poultry sectors have experienced market growth off the back of the Easter period. 

Antibiotic usage in poultry drops

The British Poultry Council’s (BPC) Antibiotic Stewardship Scheme yesterday published a report on its strategy for responsible use of antibiotics, revealing a decrease in the use of antibiotics.

Cranswick acquires poultry business

Meat producer Cranswick has today announced that it has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of CCL Holdings Limited (Crown), alongside its 100%-owned subsidiary Crown Chicken Limited from the Thacker family and management. 

Government under fire for U-turn on animal welfare guidance

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has decided to reverse its decision to allow “industry-led” guidance, leading to criticism from livestock organisations. 

Jim Knight: 'pleased'
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Bidvest Fresh buys Knight Meats

Bidvest Fresh has bought Knight Meats for an undisclosed sum, boosting its business in hospitality, catering and the public sector.

The proposed site in Newark-on-Trent would produce 2.4m birds a week
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Moy Park plans to generate 59 jobs

Moy Park aims to create 59 jobs in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire at a proposed hatchery designed to produce 2.4m birds a week.

Fletcher: 'exciting time for the business'
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Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters Food Group

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, protein, effective from 4 April 2016. 

British Poultry Council to publish animal welfare guidance

The British Poultry Council (BPC) is to publish industry-led guidance in the poultry sector, following the government’s decision to repeal official guidance on animal welfare standards. 

The ruling may only apply to Newby Foods
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Newby Foods ruling ignites debate

A legal victory favouring Newby Foods, exempting its pig and poultry meat preparations from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM), has sparked debate about its implications. 

(l-r) Emma Fletcher who was awarded the Moy Park scholarship two years ago with Katharine Strain and new candidate Emily Hughes
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Moy Park welcomes Harper Adams student

A student from agricultural college Harper Adams has been awarded with a scholarship at Northern Irish company Moy Park, as part of the British Poultry Council Scholarship Scheme. 

Moy Park grows revenue and sales volume in 2015

Poultry processor Moy Park has grown revenue 1.4% year-on-year over the last 12 months. 

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. 

Spar recalls Tikka Chicken Chunks

Spar (UK) is recalling its Tikka Chicken Chunks, due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause foodborne illness. 

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Group’s food division has today announced that it will be cutting the cost of over 200 of its own-brand British-sourced meat and poultry products.

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. 

Halal tribunal to be launched

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal is to preside over a trial on machine slaughter and its place in halal. 

Further reductions of campylobacter found in poultry

Results published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed further decreases of the presence of campylobacter in fresh shop-bought chickens.

Sales of organic food on the rise

The UK organic food market grew 4.9% in sales in 2015, according to The Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report. 

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. 

Poultry feed manufacturer 2Agriculture to relocate milling premises

A leading manufacturer for poultry feed, 2Agriculture, is planning on relocating its Edinburgh mill to new state of the art facilities. 

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens. 

British poultry sector reports reduced overall antibiotic use in 2015

Antibiotic usage data collected by the British Poultry Council (BPC) for 2015 has revealed a 28% drop in overall usage of antibiotics compared to 2014. 

New corporate members for Q Guild

West Midlands-based Theo’s Food Company and XL Refrigerators of West Yorkshire have joined the Q Guild as corporate members. 

Sainsbury’s recalls Just Cook Chicken Breasts

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has recalled its Just Cook Chicken Breast with Piri Piri sauce (326g), due to some products being incorrectly packaged and containing Chicken and Bacon Lattice. This means the product contains milk and wheat, which is not mentioned on the product label.

Faccenda Foods reported a solid financial year
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Faccenda Foods reports solid financial results

Poultry producer Faccenda Foods has filed annual results for the 2014/15 financial year, reflecting solid business. 

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. 

Jewish families may pay an extra £12,700 to eat Kosher, say Tricot and Silberman
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‘Kosher Chicken Index’ highlights the cost of Jewish living

Economists Anthony Tricot and Andrea Silberman found that living the Jewish lifestyle in the UK can cost an additional £12,700 a year. 

AgriBank is looking for another successful year at LAMMA 2016 in Peterborough
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AgriBank continues to support farming industry

Dedicated lender to the UK farming industry, AgriBank, is looking to carry on its success at this year’s Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) event.

Moy Park to shut Wisbech site

Moy Park is to close its Wisbech site in Cambridgeshire. It will move production to its Grantham site in Lincolnshire. The Wisbech site currently focuses on cooked whole birds, marinated chicken, snacking products and cooked sliced meats.

Industry needs to promote beef and lamb, says NFU deputy president

The red meat industry ought to do more to promote and market its products, said Minette Batters. 

15% more turkey and other fresh poultry was sold in Christmas week compared to 2014
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Volume outstrips value in Christmas meat sales

Volume sales of meat over the Christmas period outgrew value sales as competition between mainstream and discount retailers intensified.

Game to shoot past £100m sales barrier

Consumers trying new meats at Christmas could help the game category break the £100million sales barrier in 2015.

2015: A year in review

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

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. 

Poultry vaccine research receives £5.7m grant from BBSRC

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

BPC honoured the industry's leading figures
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BPC honours industry’s finest

Celebrated members of the poultry industry gathered yesterday evening (Tuesday 8 December) for the British Poultry Council’s (BPC) annual awards. 

Re-Fresh will help prevent packaging waste
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New food packaging combats waste

The meat and poultry industry is set to benefit from waste-reducing packaging.

Pigmeat production is expected to experience minimal growth over the next decade
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Slow growth forecast for pigmeat production

EU pigmeat production is expected to experience only minimal growth over the next decade, according to the EU Commission’s new Medium-term Outlook report.

Kantar reported a decline in meat sales
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Meat value sales drop once again

Fresh meat and poultry sales have seen another decline in value sales. According to Kantar Worldpanel’s Meat, Fish & Poultry Market update for the 12 weeks to 8 November 2015, value sales dropped 0.7% while volume sales saw modest growth at 1.5%. 

Announcing a £10m investment are (l-r): Angie Posey, HR Business Partner, Colin Grubb, General Manager and James Colley, Factory Manager
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Investment leads to 100 new jobs for Moy Park

Moy Park has revealed a massive £10 million investment, which will lead to the creation of 100 new jobs.

RSPCA bans chicken ‘thinning’ for Assured label

The RSPCA has banned the use of ‘thinning’ in chickens, claiming it will help fight campylobacter, as well as ensure the welfare of the birds.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed a decrease in the highest band of campylobacter in birds from July to September of this year, compared to the same time period in 2014. 

Chicken restaurant seeks crowdfunding investment

H.en, the chicken shop concept, is looking to raise £100,000 by crowdfunding with Crowdcube.

Shoreditch restaurant talks turkey

A restaurant is to open in London’s Shoreditch in spring 2016 that will be devoted to serving turkey. 

Tesco on course for campylobacter reduction target

Supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it has driven down campylobacter at the highest level in its fresh chickens to less than 9%.

Sainsbury’s looks forward, despite suffering sales decline

The latest interim results for supermarket chain Sainsbury’s have revealed that deflation has had a damaging impact on grocery sales. 

Lidl recalls chicken thighs

Supermarket chain Lidl has recalled its 450g Italiamo Italian Style Chicken Thighs due to a labelling error.

Avian influenza seminars hit the road

A series of 10 roadshows to raise awareness for avian influenza (AI) commenced in Perth, Scotland, last week. 

Deadline for M&PPA 2016 approaches

Processors have until next Friday, 20 November, to enter the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2016. 

Poultry feature: Ruffled feathers

A drop in feed prices, the threat of bird flu and increased retail competition are all hitting the UK’s poultry sector, yet long-term growth is still on the cards.

Gary Leslie and Mike Mullan accepted the overall company award on behalf of Moy Park
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Moy Park adds to trophy cabinet

Moy Park, the self-proclaimed largest poultry processor in Northern Ireland, was crowned the overall company at the UK Food Manufacture Excellence Awards on Tuesday (3 November).

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

2 Sisters to invest £150m in poultry business

The parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has announced a £150m investment in its poultry business over the coming three to four years, with state-of-the-art technology and changes that would “revolutionise the supply chain end to end”. 

Chicken McNugget origins explained

Leading fast food chain McDonald’s has launched a new campaign that aims to educate the public about its famous chicken nuggets.

Avian influenza meetings to be held across UK

Following three cases of avian influenza in the UK over the past nine months, the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG) is set to hold a series of seminars across Great Britain and Northern Ireland to help poultry farmers prepare for a potential outbreak.

Cranswick exceeds expectations in first half of 2015

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick’s revenues for the first half of the year have exceeded board expectations.

Dropping volume sales of beef have slowed down overall fresh primary meat & poultry sales
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Slowdown continues for meat sales

Volume sales for fresh primary meat and poultry have slowed again. 

Poultry value sales grew by 1.6% last year
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Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales. 

New packaging brings benefits to cooked meats range

Ireland’s leading cooked meats company, Greene Farm Foods, has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch new packaging for its products.

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

New jobs created in farming sector

Twenty new jobs have been created at three businesses in north Pembrokeshire, after a scheme to help farms diversify helped the owners find new markets.

Supermarket aids livestock farming industry

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is encouraging young people to take part in its farming apprenticeship scheme. The next intake will see the trainees working alongside the livestock and poultry sector. 

Kantar reveals latest meat figures

Kantar Worldpanel has published its Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures for the 12 weeks ending 16 August. 

Copas wins Red Ribbon award

Copas Traditional Turkeys has been presented with a Red Ribbon award, which recognises family businesses, in the Kent Investor Network ‘Best of British’ awards.

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. 

Lancashire poultry farm restrictions lifted following avian flu

Restrictions have now been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month, Defra has confirmed. 

Progress towards lifetime-assured beef receives support

Upon reviewing a consultation completed earlier in the year, Red Tractor has revealed that progress has been made towards changing the classification of lifetime assurance for beef.

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).

Volume beats value again in meat sales

Volume continues to grow ahead of value in meat, fish and poultry sales. 

JJ Food Service has opened a brand new fresh meat and poultry counter at its Enfield branch
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JJ Food Service adds theatre with new counter

JJ Food Service has opened a new state-of-the-art fresh meat and poultry counter at its Enfield branch in an effort to capitalise on impulse sales. 

Tesco makes bold campylobacter promise

Tesco has pledged to further reduce levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens.

Lancashire exports to Hong Kong hit by avian flu case

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has announced that, in view of a notification from the UK authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza in Lancashire, it has banned imports of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from that area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong. 

Confirmed case of bird flu on Lancashire farm

A case of avian flu (bird flu) has been confirmed on a Lancashire poultry farm. 

Scotland’s Co-ops see a boost in locally sourced chicken

The Co-operative Food is selling more chicken sourced from Scotland in its Scottish stores.

JJ Food Service grows range to include smaller packs

In an effort to support more smaller caterers and encourage customers to sample more fresh meat, JJ Food Service has introduced smaller pack sizes for its fresh meat and poultry. 

Budgens adds premium ‘meal for tonight’ range

To capitalise on the growing consumer demand for premium ‘meat for tonight’ options, Budgens has added a Jamie Oliver range of meat, fish and poultry products. 

Meat saw another poor 12 weeks in terms of value sales while fish performed strongly
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Fish batters meat in value sales

Deflation is continuing to hold back overall spend in the meat, fish and poultry market, while chilled fish is the success story for the sector. 

Poultry industry adds £300m extra to UK GDP

The affordability of poultry products relative to other foods has helped the industry grow its contribution to UK GDP by £300 million. 

Roddis: 'more confidence'
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£800k of training grants up for grabs

£800,000 worth of grants for food and farming business training remains up for grabs under the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership (AATP), with previous beneficiaries reporting big benefits.

Thousands of chickens die in suspicious fire

Arson is suspected as the probable cause of a fire in a remote poultry farm in Essex in which up to 13,000 chickens died.  

Livestock industry unveils joint approach to data collection

The livestock industry has agreed to work together to ensure the correct information and data are being collected across the poultry, pig, beef and sheep sectors. 

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. 

Poultry business owner given suspended sentence over chicken deaths

The owner of a poultry business in Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence and fined £12,500 following an investigation into the death of more than 6,000 chickens due to heat exhaustion. 

UK poultry production dropped in 2014

UK production of poultry meats decreased by 1% in 2014, the first drop in five years. 

Sales of fresh meat and poultry have dropped in both value and volume in the 12 weeks to 26 April.
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Fresh meat and poultry decline in value and volume

Sales of fresh meat and poultry have dropped in both value and volume over the 12 weeks to 26 April 2015.

2 Sisters makes antibiotic commitment on poultry

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) is to stop using in its poultry production all antibiotics prioritised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being critically important to human health. 

Red Tractor embarks on major barbecue drive

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is running a major on-pack barbecue promotion this summer “to drive awareness and understanding of Red Tractor standards”.

Food deflation is making the same basket cheaper, Kantar revealed
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Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Moy Park introduces high-spec poultry house

Moy Park has developed a state-of-the art poultry development house, which it said will allow it to deliver “significant improvements” to its poultry rearing and welfare practices.

Wrexham poultry man receives ban for tax dodging

A director of a Wrexham poultry house has been banned for seven years for failures to ensure payment of the company’s taxes and account for company assets.

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. 

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

Sign up for today’s exclusive campylobacter webinar

There is still time to register for today’s (18 March 2015) webinar: Cracking down on Campy – what should the industry be doing?

Integreater boosts SI customer base

Meat and poultry processing software company Systems Integration (SI) has doubled its customer base since launching the Integreater brand in 2010.

Export worries dent poultry sector confidence

Poultry industry confidence has been knocked due to export uncertainty, according to a new British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.

Moy Park keen to make most of popular poultry

Moy Park is looking to capitalise on consumers’ preference for local produce as it looks to grow its fresh poultry sales in the UK and Ireland.

Permission granted for new Welsh poultry plant

A new Welsh poultry processing plant will create 150 new jobs, after planning permission was granted for the multi-million-pound investment in Wrexham.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

300 jobs under threat at Welsh poultry plant

Hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, it has been reported.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

“The poultry meat industry likes recessions,” according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Carrier bag advice for Scottish butchers

New advice for Scottish butchers on charging for carrier bags has just been issued by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

BREAKING: Bird flu outbreak on UK farm

Government vets have confirmed an outbreak of low-pathogen bird flu on a UK poultry farm.

Campylobacter campaign launched

Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Campylobacter bug stabilises in Europe

Despite the headlines in the UK, the amount of illness caused by campylobacter has stabilised, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

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.

Sainsbury's Chief Executive, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsbury’s has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarket’s Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

Finalists of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards revealed

The judging is complete and Meat Trades Journal can now reveal the finalists in the 2015 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

Ian Toal joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has announced the appointment of “food industry heavyweight” Ian Toal to the newly created role of divisional managing director.

Poultry body presents 2020 Vision

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released its manifesto, laying out its ‘2020 Vision’, as well as its calls for government assistance in ensuring the “continuing success of the British poultry meat industry”.

Poultry industry awards winners revealed

The British Poultry Council (BPC) rewarded excellence in the poultry industry at its Annual Awards at the House of Commons on Tuesday (2 December).

High alert on bird flu

After the first outbreak of avian influenza in the UK since 2008 and new cases confirmed in the Netherlands almost daily, the poultry industry remains on high alert. 

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

AHDB prepares for 2015 conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is preparing to hold its 2015 Outlook Conference, which will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster on Wednesday 11 February.

NI poultry farmer enhances biosecurity with viewing gallery

Moy Park poultry farmer Graham McIlroy has installed a new viewing gallery that will enhance biosecurity.

2 Sisters reports loss, despite rise in sales

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £143.3 million loss for the 53 weeks ending 2 August 2014, although total sales were up 18.5% and protein performed strongly.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Ukraine bans poultry imports from UK, Netherlands and Germany

Ukrainian officials have announced a ban on all live birds and poultry products from the countries affected by bird flu.

Bird flu outbreak: the latest from across Europe

After the first case of avian influenza was confirmed in the UK since 2008, Meantinfo.co.uk looks at the spread of the bird flu outbreak across Europe.

NI poultry firm fined for killing fish

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

Faccenda continues expansion with proposed deal for Cherry Valley

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is to acquire duck business Cherry Valley Foods by the end of the year.

Big rise in chicken feed prices

Government figures show that the cost of chicken feed has risen significantly more than feed for other livestock.

Cargill director named Poultry Person of the Year

John Reed, agricultural director of Cargill’s European Poultry has been awarded the Poultry Person of the Year title.

Poultry plant proposed in Wrexham

A poultry company is looking to set up a state-of-the-art processing plant at a former cheese packing factory near Wrexham, potentially investing up to £10 million and creating 150 jobs in the area.

Moy Park to open 100th poultry house

Moy Park has announced it will open its 100th poultry house through its ‘Plan to Grow’ expansion programme.

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

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.

BPC defends UK chicken rearing standards, following BBC report

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has responded to a BBC article. Do people know where their chicken comes from?, which looks at intensive chicken farming in the UK.

Video: Copas Traditional Turkeys

Meatinfo.co.uk visits Copas Traditional Turkeys on its farm in Cookham, Berkshire. 

Deadline looming for meat and poultry awards

Processing companies across the meat sector are being urged to polish up their entries for one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions.

M&S appoints new agriculture manager

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has appointed Peter Kennedy from Tesco as its new agriculture manager, in charge of sourcing pig and poultry meat.

RSPCA highlight poultry welfare with ‘Chicken Challenge’

The RSPCA is encouraging people to stand on a piece of A4 for 20 minutes to campaign for poultry welfare, but the industry has defended British welfare standards.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

Online artisan butchery Meat Porter has announced a partnership with renowned British duck producer Gressingham.

John Reed retains chair of British Poultry Council

John Reed has been re-elected as chairman of The British Poultry Council (BPC) for a third term.

London butcher to open Selfridges’ concession

London butcher’s Turner & George is set to open a concession in London Selfridges’ food hall next week.

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

‘Devastating blow’ for Scotland’s chicken industry

The Scottish chicken industry has been dealt a “devastating blow” after contracts with four free-range producers were terminated, according to NFU Scotland (NFUS).

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the ‘eat less meat’ brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

HFF puts the record straight on ‘misconceptions’

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has sought to clear up what it says are “misconceptions” about its commercial wing, the Halal Food Authority (HFA).

Poultry processor invests £5m at Brackley site

Faccenda Foods, recently accused of food hygiene failings by The Guardian, has announced it will invest £5m in a new despatch facility.

Moy Park seeks poultry farmers to continue growth

Moy Park has announced its grower expansion programme in Northern Ireland has been a success, with over 250 new poultry houses planned for completion by the end of 2015.

Poultry firm fined over safety issues

A poultry firm and its contractors have been fined over £84,000 for “repeated” safety failings at its poultry site in Lincolnshire.

Poultry giants deny whistleblower hygiene claims

The 2 Sisters Food Group has called allegations printed in The Guardian about campylobacter failings “untrue, misleading and inaccurate”.

UK farmer embarks on chicken welfare tour

A young Devon farmer is preparing to set off on a 39-day tour of Europe to campaign for clearer poultry labelling – and she is doing it dressed as a chicken.

Price most important factor for meat buying public

Price is the most important consideration when buying meat for consumers, according to research comissioned by the British Poultry Council (BPC).

BPC extends poultry scholarships

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has increased its support for Harper Adams University students, as two more companies have joined the BPC scholarships scheme.

Moy Park to invest in Northern Irish plants

Poultry processor Moy Park has revealed plans for an expansion of three of its sites, which will create 628 new jobs.

Biomass experts win renewable energy award

Poultry biomass specialist Rural Energy has won Installer of the Year at the British Renewable Energy Awards, which it hopes will boost business for renewable energy.

Moy Park adds new instruction label on chickens

Moy Park is printing ‘No need to wash’ labels on its whole birds in support of the Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) campaign, ‘Don’t wash your chicken’.

2 Sisters reports strong Q3 results

Boparan Holdings, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, has released its third-quarter (Q3) results, showing strong growth.

Poultry is UK’s number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

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

FSA launches campylobacter campaign aimed at poultry supply chain

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign, Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT), to get the poultry supply chain to work together to combat the bacterium.

BVA calls on Defra to explain poultry stunning delay

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that Defra “must explain” for the delay in implementation of EU poultry stunning laws.

Scottish farmers join forces for Aldi poultry deal

Scottish poultry farmers from Strathaven, Kilmaurs and Laurencekirk have joined forces to secure a £400,000 contract to supply Aldi with free-range whole chickens.

Poultry farmers win right to create energy from litter

New European poultry litter rules will help the poultry industry become more sustainable and produce healthier birds, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Increase in organic poultry production

The number of organic poultry birds increased during 2013, despite the continued decline of organic farming land in the UK.

Moy Park achieves landfill target

Moy Park celebrated reaching its goal of becoming 100% landfill free on World Environment Day on 5 June.

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

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.

Poultry firm enjoys 10% revenue hike

Poultry producer Moy Park reported strong sales for 2013 with a 10% increase in revenue to £1.2bn.

Record-holder scoops turkey plucking challenge

The Champions of Champions turkey plucking competition was won by the Guinness Book of Records holder Vincent Pilkington.

Moy Park put Brazil Fifa World Cup tickets up for grabs

Poultry producer Moy Park has launched an on-pack competition giving football fans in the UK and Ireland the chance to win a trip to the Fifa World Cup in Brazil this summer.

2 Sisters poultry supply firm modernises heating systems

The sister company of food manufacturing group 2 Sisters Food Group – 2Agriculture – has announced a new £20m investment to improve chicken welfare standards.

Faccenda to become Faccenda Foods

Fresh poultry firm Faccenda is to rebrand as Faccenda Foods at the end of this month.

2 Sisters’ free-range chicken suppliers celebrate milestone

Westcountry Free Range Farmers, a co-operative of free-range chicken farmers and a key supplier to 2 Sisters Food Group, is celebrating after reaching a milestone 100-flock cycles of chicken production.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Report details importance of poultry to British economy

The British poultry industry contributes £3.3 billion gross to the UK GDP and supports 73,200 jobs, according to a report.

Poultry council targets manifesto at would-be Euro MPs

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has asked candidates for the May European Parliamentary elections to consider 12 priorities for next term, to help the UK poultry industry to grow and ensure food security.

New appointments at NFU

Leicester farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected for a second term as chairman of National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) national livestock board.

Pig & Poultry Fair to look at utilising media

This year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair will discuss how businesses can use media to grow.

Sales up at 2 Sisters’ protein business

Like-for-like sales in 2 Sisters Food Group’s protein business increased 13.8% for the 13 weeks to 5 January 2014, compared to the same period last year.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

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.

Halal authority forbids machine-killed poultry

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has signed a motion stating that machine-killed poultry is haram (forbidden) and unacceptable to UK Muslims.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Poultry company announces World Cup sponsorship

After agreeing sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Moy Park brand will be beamed to millions of viewers across the globe this summer.

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.

NFU advisor concerned about poultry overproduction

Speaking to MTJ after the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 12 February, national poultry advisor Christopher Dickinson said it was vital not to get into a state of poultry overproduction.

Poultry industry wants more export help from government

A British Poultry Council (BPC) survey has found that just a quarter of its members think the government is doing enough to secure UK poultry exports to growing markets.

Faccenda managers enter new poultry course

After working with Harper Adams University for two years to develop the qualification, food company Faccenda has enrolled 12 managers on to the post-graduate Poultry Business Management course.

MEPs reject labelling proposal in spite of RSPCA support

MEPs have rejected a European Commission proposal on country-of-origin labelling as not being comprehensive enough, but the RSPCA say parliament’s opposition could be a step backwards.

2 Sisters plans multi-million-pound expansion for poultry plant

The 2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to build a new 11,000sq ft extension to its chicken processing plant in Cambuslang near Glasgow, creating up to 180 new jobs.

Scottish politicians call for local poultry sourcing

Scottish politicians have launched a campaign to boost opportunities for the country’s poultry sector and have written to the UK’s multiple retailers and food service operators for clarification on sourcing policies.

Rotisserie chicken tax could cost industry millions

Introducing VAT on whole rotisserie chickens could cost the poultry sector £17m in lost sales, according to research carried out by Morrisons.

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