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Q Guild’s new manager is Claire Holland

The Q Guild of Butchers has appointed Claire Holland as its general manager.

Matthew Edwards (r) receives his medal from Arwyn Watkins
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North Wales butcher wins UK WorldSkills contest

North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards won the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition on Saturday 21 November.

AHDB Pork appoints Mick Sloyan to strategy post

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

Pig industry disease charter launched

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

Bpex pulled pork campaign debuts

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

Stephen Mangan to host SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015

Comedian and actor Stephen Mangan has been announced as the presenter for the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015. 

Pig health under scrutiny at Bpex event

The pig industry will look for new insights to safeguard pig health in the future at its annual Bpex Innovation Conference on 13 May.

Bpex launches pulled pork campaign for butchers

Bpex has launched point-of-sale material for butchers as part of its campaign to promote pulled pork.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

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

Pork body puts focus on Asia

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

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

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

Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Bpex urges industry to bid for unique funding opportunity

Livestock industries have a “once-in-a-lifetime chance” to get a share of £90m government funding, according to Bpex.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

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

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a “simplified family of brands”. 

Bpex sends out annual pig survey

Bpex’s annual confidence survey is now being distributed to the pig industry.

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.

Pig veteran joins Bpex board

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

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.

Bpex puts focus on pulled pork

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

UK to come into line with EU on trichinella

New pig testing requirements, to bring the UK in line with EU trichinella regulations, are due to be enforced by the end of October, said Bpex.

Smithfield Awards judging: the day in pictures


Britain's best butchers presented their products in Glasgow last week to battle it out for the Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

DAPP replaced by Standard Pig Price

Bpex has announced that the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been discontinued and will be replaced by the Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Pig industry brings in whistleblowing hotline

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

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

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

Young butchers ready for international contest

Two budding master butchers are “prepared and ready” to represent the UK in this year’s International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland, taking place later in September.

Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases

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

Pork roadshows ‘postponed’

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

Bpex updates butchers’ website

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

Pork sales see year-on-year drop

Bpex reported that sales of pork were down 2% year-on-year during May and June, despite solid sales of pork mince.

Farm shop’s sausages go online

Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire, has launched an online sausage shop, meaning its bangers are now available for home delivery throughout the country.

Bpex seeks to extend pork exports

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

Entries open for foodservice sausage contest

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

Pig industry backs regulation proposals on disease

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

Insects could be future of pig feed, argues specialist

Pigs could be feeding on insects such as maggots and fly larvae by 2020, according to pig feed specialist Mick Hazzledine.

Pig Industry Scholarship offer doubles

The number of companies offering Pig Industry Scholarships, facilitated by Bpex and Harper Adams, has doubled this year to eight.

Free PEDv testing for pig producers

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

Bpex conference tackles pig feed and data

The recent Bpex Innovation Conference attracted around 200 people, with speakers tackling issues of pig feed and data interpretation.

Bpex and Eblex stage Chinese trade mission

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

New school meal rules good news for pig industry

New rules allowing schools in England to serve up sausages more often has been welcomed by the pig industry.

Pig industry urged to be vigilant against disease

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

Greens of Pangbourne named Bpex regional roadshow winner

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

Bpex launches gammon campaign

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

Nominations sought for pig award

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

Fresh pork sales fall

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

Video: Bpex Barbecue Roadshow

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

Plans for Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair get under way

Butchers are being urged to pay a visit to Newark later in the year for a day of competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and networking as MTJ gears up for the Butchers’ and Bakers’ Autumn Fair.

Rise in online sales of pork

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

UK pork exports on the up

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

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.

Bpex outlines pig conference details

Feeding and performance data will take centre stage at this year’s Bpex Innovation Conference.

Meat industry advises caution on iron and heart disease link

Meat bosses have said any move to discourage iron intake among consumers would be “misguided”, after a study from the US claimed further evidence that red meat consumption increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 57%.

Bpex brings out pig app

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

British success at Asian trade show

British meat exporters, who exhibited on an Eblex/Bpex stand, reported high levels of interest after showcasing their products at the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 (FHA2014) convention in Singapore last week (8-11 April).

Roundtable makes over 30 recommendations for exotic pig diseases

Representatives from the pig industry attended a Pig Health and Welfare Council roundtable, and came up with over 30 recommendations to deal with the threat of exotic and emerging diseases.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

Bpex takes steps to tackle seasonal infertility

Bpex is attempting to tackle one of the pig industry’s perennial problems, seasonal infertility, by holding a series of meetings.

Celebrity chef helps Bpex with pork demo

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

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Bpex introduces additional pig price scheme

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

Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

Bpex South of England Roadshow hailed a success

The Bpex regional roadshows came to an end in Ardingly, West Sussex, where Chris Cripps from Green’s of Pangbourne butcher’s and pie shop was awarded Overall Champion of the South of England for his chorizo-stuffed pork cutlets.

Eblex/Bpex launch latest meat cuts guide

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

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Bpex abandons DAPP following controversial drop-outs

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

Foodservice operators urged to reassess bacon offering

Brakes is urging operators to reassess their bacon offering, in light of the rising popularity of smoked bacon.

Bpex asks pig producers for vigilance against swine dysentery

Bpex has reminded producers that since the risk of swine dysentery at this time of year is high, they need to be extra vigilant.

Meat stats launched by Eblex and Bpex

An online library of meat industry facts and figures has been launched by Eblex and Bpex, available free to levy payers and industry stakeholders.

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.

West Midlands Roadshow cancelled

Bpex has announced that its West Midlands Roadshow has been cancelled, due to weather conditions.

Bolster Moor takes north east champion title

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

UK food and farming minister to address AHDB conference

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference 2014 has confirmed that 100 delegates have already booked their places at this year’s event.

Bpex to run pig producer workshops

Bpex is running a series of workshops to help pig producers understand employment law and avoid potentially expensive fines.

Pig producers encouraged to prevent disease spread

UK pig producers have been urged to review their biosecurity to protect herds against diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (DEP) virus due to their recent spread.

NPA accuses DAPP leavers of cost-cutting

The National Pig Association (NPA) has accused pig processors of trying to cut their costs by pulling out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) scheme, after Karro Food Group announced its decision to walk away from the voluntary agreement.

BREAKING: Karro pulls out of DAPP

The UK’s pig price monitoring system, the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) has been dealt a further blow with the announcement by the Karro Food Group that they were withdrawing from the scheme.

NPA blasts Cranswick's actions

Cranswick’s decision to walk away from the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) system is a blatant move to source cheaper pigs, the chairman of the NPA has claimed.

Pig bosses are “bitterly disappointed” at Cranswick

The National Pig Association (NPA) and producers are “bitterly disappointed” at Cranswick’s decision to drop out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample.

Cranswick pulls out of DAPP

Cranswick PLC has announced that it has dropped out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample.

Bpex launches pork roasting video guides

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

Eblex and Bpex eye up Asian export opportunities

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

FSA begins study on geographic origin of foods

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is due to begin its study into the geographical origin of food, in a bid to ensure products with UK labels are correct.

Bpex works with FSA to ensure CCIR responsibility

Bpex is currently working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and meat inspectors to tackle collection and communication of inspection results (CCIR).

Bpex launches new abattoir dates
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Bpex reveals pig health assessment dates

Bpex has launched new dates for abattoir assessments involving the Bpex Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) from July through to the end of December this year.

Feeling the pinch

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

Bacon retains its buzz

Earlier this year, a US company took bacon enthusiasm to a new extreme with the launch of a new bacon coffin, complete with bacon shading finish and a bacon air freshener “for those who love bacon to death”. The coffin was the latest in a line of bacon-related products that have hit the market of late, including bacon lip balm, bacon soap, bacon perfume and bacon jam. Bacon, it appears, is the new big thing and Twitter is awash with odes to bacon sandwiches.

Meatmania dubbed a success

The Eblex and Bpex export teams said they had a successful first-time visit to the Meatmania exhibition in Bulgaria earlier this month.

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