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Butchers urged to support British turkeys

Independent butchers have been called on to adopt the stance of all major UK supermarkets in supporting British turkey for 100% of their fresh offer.

Animal cruelty sentences to be extended

Those who have been found guilty of animal abuse, including pain inflicted on livestock, could face sentences of up to five years. 

Trade union at loggerheads with Tulip over pay rates

Meat processor Tulip has come under pressure from the Bakers Food and Allies Workers Union (BFAWU) for allegedly not providing its members with a pay increase in three years at its Coalville facility. 

Progressive companies must lead the way in farm animal welfare

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

Retailers' focus on lamb origins comes when prices and retail sales are declining

After two years of significant lamb campaigns by AHDB Beef & Lamb, the category is fending for itself and, while retail sales are down year-on-year, supermarkets celebrating the best of British are aiding domestic suppliers.

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. 

How Campbells Prime Meat has landed in the money

While the Campbells family can trace its roots in meat back to 1910, when Thomas Campbell started working as a butcher in Edinburgh, the foodservice specialist is just 45 years old, employs more than 300 staff and offers 2,800 products to 2,000 customers at 5,000 locations from its Linlithgow facility. 

Fears of lynx introduction reaffirmed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has repeated its concerns over lynx being reintroduced into the British countryside.

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. 

International beef forum returns home

The 2017 World Angus Forum returned to its roots on Friday 16 June, for the first time in 40-years. 

How bright is the future of the retail butcher?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion.

Farmer confidence hit by political uncertainty

A National Farmers’ Union (NFU) survey has revealed an 18-point drop in mid-term confidence in the last two years. It says the political environment is a key driver for this fall. 

Time to exit LaLa land

So Brexit will dominate, say officials, with no new legislation for three to five years except a great repeal bill… la la la. 

Red Tractor Assurance chief executive to step down

David Clarke, chief executive of Red Tractor Assurance, has announced he is to retire after 19 years in the role. 

After a lengthy period of huge increase, are there still growth opportunities for burgers?

Traditional burgers are as likely to be found on sale in most butchers’ shops as sausages. They are almost a staple on the shopping list for some. Yet sales in the UK and the US are under pressure after several years of booming growth.

Tulip commits to multi-million investment in training

Tulip plans to invest millions in training amid ambitions to be a "world class" meat processor, CEO Steve Francis told this site.

Birmingham butcher jailed for tax fraud

The owner of a Midlands meat processing company has been sentenced to two years for tax fraud.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs at research centre

Irish processor Dawn Farms is to create 150 new jobs over the next five years at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre as part of a €25 million investment programme. 

Walter Rose & Son wins Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2016

After years of being a finalist, Wiltshire-based Walter Rose & Son has scooped the top prize of Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2016. 

Industry legend Keith Fisher has retired from AHDB
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Keith Fisher retires from AHDB

AHDB master butcher advisor Keith Fisher has retired from the levy board after dedicating over 40 years to the meat industry. 

Butcher closes after 90 years

After nearly a century in the industry, AG Dennis Family Butcher, in Wanstead, London, has closed its doors for the final time. 

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”. 

Photos of the Mr Meat site found animal carcases piled on the ground
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Mr Meats abattoir under investigation

A Birmingham abattoir is under investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following nine years of complaints over bad smells. 

NBA Beef Expo heads to Peak District

The Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Market, is set to host the National Beef Association’s (NBA) 2016 Beef Expo, 15 years after the event was last held there. 

Boparan has become the UK’s largest grocery supplier
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Boparan becomes the UK’s largest grocery supplier following acquisitions

After a series of acquisitions, including Goodfella’s Pizza, Fox’s Biscuits and Matthew Walker Christmas Puddings, Boparan has quadrupled its revenue in five years. The company’s success has resulted in it being named number one in QC&C’s Food & Drink 150 rankings, becoming the biggest food and drink producer in the UK. 

Consumers no longer planning meals has impacted meat purchases in the Co-operative
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Lack of meal planning hits long-term Co-op meat sales

Changing consumer habits over the past 50 years have caused meat products to be removed from shopping baskets in convenience stores. 

Colin Crawshaw steps down as buying director of Crawshaw Group

Colin Crawshaw has stepped down as buying director of independent butchers Crawshaw Group after 40 years in the industry. 

Slaughterhouse owner banned from keeping livestock for 20 years

A slaughterhouse owner has been banned from keeping livestock or managing a food business for 20 years. 

UK poultry production dropped in 2014

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

Cargill awarded top supplier award by Morrisons

Morrisons has named Cargill, the supermarket’s largest source of fresh chicken, as its Supplier of the Year 2015.

Dawn Meats celebrates 10th anniversary of Welsh site

Irish meat supplier Dawn Meats is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Cross Hands site in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

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. 

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would “offend the human senses” of its neighbours.

New Chairman: Samuel Wharry
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Sheep body elects new chairman

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has elected Northern Irish Samuel Wharry as its new chairman.

Crawshaw appoints former Lidl man as CEO

Butchery group Crawshaw has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Noel Collett, who previously spent 12 years at Lidl. 

Ireland to restart beef exports to US

Ireland will export beef to the US for the first time in almost 16 years, following the lifting of a ban on European imports last year.

Turkey firm embarks on new Christmas promotion

Kelly Turkeys, which has celebrated 30 years of business, has announced a new Christmas promotional campaign. 

Franklins hosts annual goose walk

One Bedfordshire goose farm has opened its doors for the British Goose Producers’ (BGP’s) annual walk.

Feature: Sial - 50 years young

Sial is back in 2014 with a number of new developments, as well as a 50th anniversary to celebrate. 

Makeover for Hazlemere butcher’s

A Buckinghamshire butcher’s shop, Halls of Hazlemere, has been refurbished for the first time in almost 30 years.

Queen's Award for Enterprise for Ishida Europe

Ishida Europe has been awarded the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for its “entrepreneurship and economic performance”.

Tesco chief executive to step down

Tesco’s chief executive Philip Clarke is to step down in October following the supermarkets poor performance in a “challenging market”.

Outdated farm labour laws to be abolished

Farm labour restrictions in the UK will be abolished next year after the government called them outdated and bureaucratic.

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