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Brexit could result in 325% increase for vet certifications

As a consequence of the UK potentially being treated as a ‘third country’ post-EU, the demand for veterinary certifications could rise threefold.

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. 

Parkside appoints new operations director

Packaging solutions provider Parkside has announced the appointment of Alan Morrisroe as UK operations director.

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.

Aldi’s Big Daddy steak returns

Discount supermarket Aldi is bringing back its famous 16oz ‘Big Daddy’ Extra Thick Rump Steak for another limited period.

Hilton Foods acquires Seachill for £81 million

Meat packing business Hilton Foods Limited has agreed to acquire fish processor Icelandic Group UK Limited (Seachill) for £80.8 million (m). 

‘Priorities need to become promises’, BVA warns government

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged the government to act on its commitments to support the EU workforce post-Brexit.

AHDB head of livestock export trade development departs

Head of livestock export trade development Jean-Pierre Garnier, known to most in the industry as JP, has decided to leave his role at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) after 13 years with the organisation.

New service helps retailers curb food safety risks

The meat industry has been encouraged to utilise digital strategies in combating food safety threats.

Men’s Health to launch sous vide range

Magazine Men’s Health is set to launch a range of sous vide meat dishes into the UK this month.

The sausage roll ban: sound thinking or over-reacting?

Shirley Manor Primary Academy in Bradford made national headlines last month after banning sausage rolls in its pupils’ lunchboxes.

Japanese Wagyu targets premium restaurants

Japanese exporters are eyeing up the UK as a market for the country’s Wagyu beef.

Kennedy Bacon meets customer demand by expanding operations

Northern Irish dry-cured bacon, ham and gammon firm Kennedy Bacon is catering to an increasing demand for its products by expanding its production space.

SFTA prepares for 128th annual dinner in Glasgow

Tickets are now available to attend the 128th Scottish Food Trade Association (SFTA) dinner.

Government launches TB-protection service

A new service has been introduced to offer support to farmers who are the most vulnerable to bovine TB.

Charcuterie firm named best producer in Co Derry

A pig farmer has said he was honoured to be named the best producer in Co Derry, Northern Ireland.

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. 

Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger cleared by competition commissions

The Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger has been cleared by regulatory bodies in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

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.

Lynx trust misunderstands the sheep sector, says industry

The Lynx UK Trust has been accused of “completely misunderstanding the concerns of the sheep farming world”.

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.

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). 

New product development drives ingredients laboratory

Ingredients firm Salutivia has opened a new laboratory in Redditch, dedicated to new product development (NPD).

The grass is always greener at Martin's Meats

Although only in operation since 2003, Cotswolds-based Martin's Meats has taken on the world and won by picking up the Best Grrass-fed steak Award at the World Steak Challenge 2017.

Retailers make commitment in campylobacter transparency

Nine of the top retailers have made a commitment to publish their own results on campylobacter on consumer websites.

Sheep flock insured against threat of lynx attacks

The Lynx UK Trust has secured a deal with Lloyds of London that will insure all sheep, pets and humans in the country against lynx attacks. 

ABP UK signs licensing agreement with Men’s Health

ABP UK has announced that it has entered into a brand licensing agreement with lifestyle magazine and website Men’s Health.

Beef prices for shoppers could soar without trade deal

The retail price of beef could rise by as much as 29% if the UK does not reach an agreement on trade when it leaves the EU. 

Double delight for UK exports

British meat exporters were in jubilant mood last month after the government tied up multi-million pound export deals with China and the Philippines in the space of a few days.

Tulip acquires Easey Holdings pig producer

Tulip Ltd has announced the acquisition of UK pig producer Easey Holdings Ltd. 

KFC defends high standards of chicken welfare

Fast food chain KFC UK has said it is “proud” of the chickens it sources, after it found itself under fire from activist group World Animal Protection.  

Fall in pork production leads to less shelf facings

A decrease in domestic pork production has contributed towards a drop in British pork facings in UK supermarkets. 

Processors show ‘lack of commitment’ to NI cattle producers

Meat processors have been accused of taking advantage of Northern Irish beef producers, by not providing them with fair prices.

UK lamb exports rise by a quarter

Figures from the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the first half of the year have revealed a 25% increase in UK lamb exports, with figures reaching £177.3 million. 

Public confidence in food safety low

The horsemeat scandal continues to affect the UK food industry, with many still unsure about the safety of their food. 

Export conference attracts food industry heavyweights

Food industry heavyweights are poised to deliver the inside track on the development of UK food and drink export markets at William Reed’s Food Export Conference on Thursday 5 October. 

Truffle marinade launched to coincide with game season

Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has introduced a gluten-free truffle marinade to the UK – part of AVO’s Lafiness marinade range – designed to coincide with game season. 

How engineering presents development opportunities in the meat industry

For those looking to join the meat industry, there are options beyond cutting. Engineering is a viable way of working in the sector and an opportunity to learn new skills. ABP UK runs an apprenticeship programme for those looking to work as an engineer in the protein industry. 

Chicken bucks fresh meat decline trends

Fresh chicken was the only protein in the fresh meat and poultry category to see a growth in both value and volume retail sales across the UK.

New NSA president joins body at ‘crucial time’

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced that Lord Inglewood of Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria will be its new president.

Game on: can the retailer keep consumers interested in game meat?

The game is afoot. There are big things predicted for the UK game market and all the pieces are beginning to fall into place. 

Strong UK meat exports in first half of 2017

Meat exports from the UK for the first six months of the year have seen strong year-on-year growth with markets outside the EU showing success. 

Meat giants enjoy bite of booming UK foodservice

The wealth of foreign meat companies tucking into Britain’s foodservice sector shows the market means big business.

Dalziel expansion to increase production capacity

Dalziel Ingredients has announced a £2.5 million manufacturing expansion, as demand for its gluten-free solutions has doubled.

Industry plays down Hepatitis E scare stories

The meat industry has played down national newspaper reports this weekend, linking consumption of pork products sold by one UK supermarket to consumers contracting Hepatitis E (Hep E).

Why sausage processors need to keep up with shifting consumer tastes

Cowed last year by a barrage of attacks related to health concerns over fat content and processed meats, sausages have flexed their muscles and fought back.

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.

Asda and Tesco defend lamb facings

Retailers Asda and Tesco have defended the amount of lamb on shelf sourced from Scotland and the UK. 

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. 

Grant assists UK’s farming and rural life

A total of £540,000 worth of funding has been allocated to 18 projects in rural communities throughout the UK.

UK tackles poultry meat fears linked to toxic eggs

After Dutch scientists began testing chicken meat plants for traces of fipronil, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants to establish if Britain imported meat from these implicated farms too. 

Colman’s taps into convenience market

Condiments, mustards and packet mixes specialist Colman’s is reaching out to the convenience category by adding ‘meal makers’ to its portfolio.

French beef genetics to benefit from UK breed

A new agreement has been reached that will see UK cattle genetics used to enhance the French industry. 

Central Foods gets Red Tractor seal of approval

Central Foods has achieved Red Tractor accreditation for its KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs.

Seven UK pork processors given China access

Seven businesses in England and Northern Ireland have been granted access to supply pork to China following the agreement of a new export deal. 

UK-Philippines trade deal welcomed by Scotland

The new multi-million beef export deal between the UK and the Philippines has been labelled as “excellent news for the Scottish red meat industry”. 

Kerry sees increased competition in UK market

The Kerry Group’s UK and Ireland consumer foods division saw increased competition in the first half of the year. 

Free waste management service available to meat industry

A new, free waste management service has been launched to help food manufacturing companies save money and reduce their environmental footprint.

UK signs £34 million beef export deal with Philippines

The UK has signed a beef export deal with the Philippines worth £34 million (m) over the next five years.

Flexitarianism on the rise amongst UK consumers

Flexitarianism in the UK is predicted to grow further, according to a recent survey.

Morrisons rolls out foot-long sausage roll

Retailer Morrisons has introduced what it believes to be the largest sausage roll in the UK. 

UK pig production decline greater than expected

Year-on-year UK pork production fell by more than expected for the second quarter of the year.

Butcher beefs up record-breaking race

A Newcastle upon Tyne butcher has helped his local university to break records at an annual inter-university track race at Silverstone.

Fully traceable fish launched by JJ Food Service

JJ Food Service has introduced a new range of Icelandic cod and haddock.

Lynx to benefit sheep industry, argues trust

The Lynx UK Trust has claimed that reintroducing the wild cat into the countryside will have “phenomenal potential” for the sheep sector. 

How Britain likes its steaks

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

Solid growth for Devro’s UK and Ireland sales

Sausage casings manufacturer Devro saw UK and Ireland volume sales growth for the first six months of the year. 

How production demands are pressurising weighing and labelling equipment

Weighing and labelling equipment are among the most important pieces of kit on the processing line, with manufacturers’ margins reliant on waste reduction and avoidance of mislabelling-related recalls.

Liam Fox warned not to ‘undermine’ British poultry industry

Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has been told to trust food producers from the UK in the same way that the public do.

Swansea butcher’s goes digital

Swansea-based Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher is set to enter the digital world with the launch of its new retail website, bestonlinebutcher.co.uk, at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. 

Asda stores throw weight behind Welsh Lamb

Asda has announced it will stock premium PGI Welsh lamb in the butchery counters of 72 of its largest stores, from now through to the autumn.

Job threat at meat plant as Tulip targets inefficiency

Up to 118 jobs could go at Tulip Ltd’s cooked meat processing facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk as the company strives to turn its losses into profits.

FSA confronts Brexit vet risk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating worst-case scenarios for its veterinary workforce should non-UK EU nationals not be given working visas when Great Britain leaves the European Union.

Barbecue season boosts Hilton Food Group UK turnover

Hilton Food Group (Hilton) has reported a growth in turnover in its UK division, thanks to trading-up and a good barbecue season. 

High hopes after Japan inspection

The UK beef industry has expressed optimism following an inspection visit from a Japanese delegation.

Specialist finance for venison producers launched

Lloyds Bank has unveiled a new range of finance options for the UK venison industry in an effort to help boost domestic production. 

Fears of lynx introduction reaffirmed

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

Horsemeat trading group taken down by police

An investigation, linked to the horsemeat scandal, has led to the arrest of 66 people and the dismantling of a horsemeat trading ring.

Post-Brexit antibiotic usage fears raised by campaign group

The UK government has been called upon to work with EU member states to end routine preventative on-farm antibiotic use. 

Butchers benefit from card payments

For the first time, card payments have overtaken those made by cash among UK retailers. 

Welsh Lamb strengthens ties with French consumers

The Welsh red meat industry said that it is “determined” to show its commitment to its European customers, including France, which is its largest overseas market.

Yorkshire Game gains Asda listings

Yorkshire game has won new listings at Asda for three of its Wild products. Pheasant thighs, diced mixed game and venison steaks are available in 103 Asda stores in the UK.

Farmers among the healthiest professionals in the UK

Physical activity and wide open spaces have contributed towards the agriculture sector being named one of the healthiest in the UK. 

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

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

Japan inspects UK beef production controls

A government delegation from Japan inspected beef production controls across the UK last week – which could reopen the market on UK exports. 

UK to regain control of fishing access post-Brexit

The government has announced plans to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention in a move it called an “historic” step in delivering a fairer deal for the UK’s fishing industry. 

Theresa May’s EU citizen offer ‘falls short’

EU veterinarians and veterinarian nurses living in the UK deserve better than the Prime Minister’s proposals for ‘UK settled status’, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

New chairwoman joins Provision Trade Federation

Rob Nugent, Direct Table Foods’ operations director, has stepped down as chairman of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) to make way for newly-elected chairwoman Liz Sutton, founder and director of Delamere Dairy.

Butcher ‘thrilled’ by royal recognition

A Welsh butcher has become one of an exclusive club of 16 Royal Warrant Holders in Wales, and is the only butcher in the country to achieve the recognition.

Investment firms eye Moy Park acquisition

UK-based private equity firms are circling poultry processor Moy Park, which has been put up for sale by Brazilian parent company JBS to pay off debts.

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The importance of migrant labour to the Scottish red meat industry has been highlighted in a Brexit briefing paper, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Jamie Oliver’s commitment to high-welfare meat recognised

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been rewarded for supporting animal welfare by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA).

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

Industry fights to narrow meat origins education gap

The meat industry has highlighted its work with children to raise awareness of where their food comes from, amid British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) results highlighting worrying gaps in their knowledge.

Butcher’s Shop of The Year 2017 open for entries

Calling all butchers: Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of The Year (BSOTY) 2017, the premier contest for UK butchers, is now open for entries, with a deadline of 7 August. 

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.

Container traffic growth defies expectations

Port congestion in China has highlighted an unexpected upturn in world container traffic, which has grown robustly in the first quarter this year.

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

Election result compounds fears over Brexit trade deals

Meat trade leaders' fears are deepening about the UK’s lack of preparedness for Brexit trade negotiations in the wake of the General Election results.

Royal Smithfield Club to work with regional shows

The Royal Smithfield Club (RSC) is looking to work with major regional prime stock shows across the UK, following the demise of the Smithfield Festival at the East of England Show through lack of national support. 

Number of organically farmed animals rises

Figures have indicated that the number of animals farmed organically in the UK increased on the year in 2016.

Meat exports grow for first quarter of 2017

International exports of UK meat and animal products have increased 10.8% for the first quarter of 2017.

AVO extends BBQ range

Tapping into the health market, European ingredients manufacturer AVO has launched a new Lafiness to its marinade range.

General election: how will the next government affect you?

No matter what industry you’re in, the UK is on the brink of change. 

Co-op makes commitment to 100% British frozen meat

The Co-operative has expanded its pledge to supporting British agriculture, by selling 100% British own-brand frozen meat.

UK beats Germany to come fifth in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK trounced Germany to claim fifth place in the International Young Butcher Competition, set in the picturesque Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck in Austria, although France came top.

MuscleFood bulks out for summer with frozen chicken range

Health and fitness retailer MuscleFood.com has launched seven flavours of chicken ready meals in time for summer.

On the advanced pathway

To help develop the next generation of specialists, ABP UK is looking within. 

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.

Samworth Brothers takes healthy ready meals to Waitrose

Samworth Brothers is launching its my healthy kitchen (myhk) range of low-calorie ready meals in Waitrose stores UK-wide from 15 May, incorporating two chicken lines boasting 100% British chicken. 

American trends prompt TGI Fridays brand expansion

Brand expansion agency Beanstalk is to work with TGI Fridays to develop its international licensing programme, with a focus on the UK. 

World Angus Forum returns to its roots

For the first time in 40 years, the 2017 World Angus Forum will be heading to the home of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the UK and will be hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society in the UK.

New avian influenza case confirmed in Lancashire

Defra has confirmed that another case of H5N8 avian flu has been found at a farm in Lancashire.

Fraud could lead to £12 billion loss annually

FTSE food businesses have been told they could double their profits by reducing fraud losses.

UK sheep flock increases

Industry figures have revealed that the UK’s breeding flock has increased year-on-year. 

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.

Co-op commits to British meat

As of today (Tuesday 2 May) The Co-operative will commit to sourcing only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb, ditching Danish bacon and New Zealand lamb.

How Snaffling Pig is crackling the UK's pork snacks market

Gourmet burgers, premium sausages, BBQ ribs: the pork sector has been a canvas board for innovation and premiumisation over the past few years. Pork has rebranded itself as a meat option of choice.

Fergus Ewing to ‘fight’ for Scotland’s post-Brexit agri funds

Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity in Scotland, will “fight to ensure money is available” for farmers after the UK exits the European Union.

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of ‘Vision for the Future of Farming’ papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Hilton Food grows revenue and profit in 2016

Strong volume growth in the UK has helped Hilton Food Group to a successful 2016. 

UK butcher to make history at Dutch prime cattle showcase

A North Yorkshire butcher will become the first in the UK to take part in Holland’s premier Easter prime showcase, Paasvee 2017, next week.

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the papers triggering Article 50 this morning, the livestock industry has vowed to protect trade and welfare standards as the UK leaves the European Union. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

Scottish pig prices reach nine-week high

Farmgate pig prices in Scotland have strengthened after a period of downward seasonal pressure during the early parts of 2017.

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit. 

WorldSkills butchery competition adds two new heat venues

The WorldSkills Butchery UK Competition has added two new heats this year for butchers to participate in.

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. 

Pig welfare report warmly greeted by industry

A new welfare report on pig health has provided evidence for the high level of pig rearing standards in the UK. 

Vet association welcomes results of antibiotic resistant bacteria testing

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has labelled the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) risk assessment on MRSA and LA-MRSA as “very positive news”.

FSA hits back at meat inspection report

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has responded to a report into hygiene levels at UK slaughterhouses published by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 

Processing hygiene report slammed by meat industry

A report into UK slaughterhouses by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been debunked by industry experts. 

Halal meat suppliers gain export boost

Halal meat firms can now access groundbreaking newly-endorsed UK-based certification enabling them to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once the country closes its borders to non-certified halal products later this year.

Co-op underlines successes amid Aldi market share coup

The Co-op has responded to news that Aldi has overtaken it as the fifth biggest grocery retailer, highlighting the successes it has enjoyed over the past year. 

Looking ahead to 2017

The past 12 months have been tumultuous for the meat industry and beyond. As the sector dusts itself off after a messy 2016, we look at what the industry hopes to see in 2017.

Cranswick in top tier of farm animal welfare

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

New Zealand would have more cause to celebrate a free trade deal than the UK, say Welsh farmers
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Welsh farmers warn of free trade New Zealand deal

The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) has warned a free trade deal with New Zealand would not benefit UK livestock producers, amid prospects of the ‘Hard Brexit’ pursued by prime minister Theresa May.

RSPCA calls for post-Brexit animal welfare reforms

A poll by the RSPCA has revealed eight out of 10 people want animal welfare laws improved or at least kept the same after the UK leaves the EU. 

China demonstrates 'ferocious' hunger for beef

The UK is moving closer to a beef deal with China and the next big step is scheduled for 2017. 

UK ‘lucky’ not to have serious Avian Influenza outbreak yet

The UK poultry industry has been described as “lucky” that there hasn’t been a large scale outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) so far. 

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. 

UK should learn from leading US broiler standards

The UK has a lot to learn from the US when it comes to chicken welfare standards, according to Compassion in World Farming.

Sheep industry welcomes EU report recommendations

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has praised a report from the European Union for recognising the importance of the “vulnerable” UK sector in uncertain circumstances. 

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. 

British charcuterie range launched by Eversfield Organic

Devon-based Eversfield Organic has launched what it has called an “exciting” range of all-British organic charcuterie. 

MRSA strains found in UK supermarket pork

Pork purchased at two leading British supermarkets has been found to be infected with strains of MRSA. 

Beef + Lamb New Zealand to close UK office

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is to close its UK office as part of a strategy refocus. 

Tulip to split business into four divisions

Tulip is planning to split its business into four unique divisions after newly-appointed CEO Steve Francis admitted the pork processor had “lost its edge” in the UK meat industry. 

Brexit remains hot topic for agricultural industry

The news that the UK will be departing from the rest of the European Union may be two months old now, but the impacts that this will have on the livestock community is remaining a key focus point. 

Devro benefits from weakened sterling in first half of 2016

Casings producer Devro has reported a stable first half of the year.

New workshop targets beef and lamb production advisors

AHDB Beef & Lamb will hold a workshop in Warwick to outline its completed and ongoing research in the red meat industry. 

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. 

Punjab government visits UK to learn about pig production

A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics. 

Smashburger plans UK expansion

US restaurant chain Smashburger has announced the acquisition of a further five sites in the UK, following the launch of its first UK restaurant at the Kingston Centre in Milton Keynes retail park this May. 

All the winners from this year's Q Guild BBQ competition
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Inverclyde butcher crowned Q Guild UK BBQ supreme champion

Drew McKenzie of Robert Alexander Butchers in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, was crowned the overall supreme barbecue champion in the UK final of the Q Guild 2016 BBQ competition on Sunday 15 May. 

Half of Britons concerned about quality of meat from supermarkets

New research suggests that half of all Brits are concerned about the quality of the meat they are purchasing from UK supermarkets. 

Tesco slides into the summer season with mini burger kit

Supermarket chain Tesco is capitalising on the North American barbecue trends with the introduction of what it claims to be the first home slider burger kit in the UK. 

Moy Park sales up but revenue down

Sales volume grew 2% compared to the same period in 2015, reporting a strong performance in its UK & Ireland and Continental Europe business units. 

Latvian meat snacks launch in the UK

Rezekne Meat Factory, based in Latvia, has launched its new range of meat snacks, BOOMS, into the UK. 

Team UK record best-ever finish in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK International Butcher Team of Lucy Crawshaw and Joe Smith scored their best-ever result at the International Young Butcher Competition at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany. 

FSA to appeal against Newby Foods ruling

Newby Foods is bracing itself for a Food Standards Agency (FSA) appeal against the high court ruling exempting it from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM). 

Electronic medicine book for pigs published

An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers. 

(from left to right) Nick De Mulder, Anthony De Mulder, Richard De Mulder and Franz-Bernhard Thier
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Saria Group completes acquisition

Germany’s Saria Group has completed the acquisition of leading UK animal by-products processing and collection specialist, Saria Ltd. 

Food labelling workshops assist industry

The first workshop helping small producers to understand and comply with the current Food Information Regulations has been positively received by participants across the UK. 

New Zealand and changing lamb consumption

A recent article in the Farmers Weekly magazine, claiming New Zealand exporters are “misusing their EU quota” and “flooding” the UK lamb market, fails to recognise that trends in lamb consumption have changed considerably since the early 1980s. 

Interfood to offer BladeStop through new butchery division

Interfood has been appointed as the sole distributor of BladeStop in the UK and Ireland as part of its new butchery division. 

McDonald's UK study helps farmers get greener and richer

Fast-food chain McDonald's has launched one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for Co2 reduction and boost profits. 

Debbie Butcher, senior analyst for AHDB, discusses the year's forecast for the beef market
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AHDB Outlook Conference addresses market predictions

Industry delegates gathered on Tuesday 9 February to hear what 2016 will hold for the livestock market. 

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. 

UK red meat production increases during 2015

Beef production in the UK experienced a 0.6% rise, while sheep meat production saw a rise of 0.5% during the 12 months of 2015. 

Easy Eats UK recalls chicken products

Easy Eats UK is recalling various Snacksters, Snax on the Go and Best In Chicken Tikka products, due to the possible presence of salmonella. 

Greencore’s UK division drives progress

Product innovation has led to a solid quarter of trading for the Greencore Group. 

Flooding fails to deter bullish Carr’s

Agricultural, food and engineering company Carr’s Group has revealed that it is in line to meet expectations for its complete financial year, despite disruption from the recent UK floods. 

Top foodservice trends for 2016 predicted

New flavours and adaptability are among the top five foodservice trends predicted for 2016. 

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

Irish farmers address mislabelled red meat concerns

Members of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) met with environmental health officers (EHOs) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise concerns about the mislabelling of red meat.

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.

Carr’s Group to continue UK investment

Agricultural and food business Carr’s Group has set out growth plans for its UK and global divisions following its full-year results. 

Halal operators plan conference boycott

Halal operators in the UK are planning to boycott the upcoming AHDB Beef & Lamb annual conference over concerns on how the levy is being spent. 

Red and processed meat report fails to impact sales

The study into red and processed meat by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has had little impact on sales, reports UK butchers. 

Pictured (l-r) John Phillips, Regional Director IoD West Midlands, Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR Director Europe with actor and comedian Miles Jupp.
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Moy Park director wins award

Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR director Europe, has been named UK Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility at the prestigious Institute of Directors UK awards. 

The WHO report is expected to place red and processed meat on the 'encyclopaedia of carcinogens'
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Impending meat report debunked by UK experts

A report into the carcinogenic effects of meat set to be launched next week has already been slammed by UK industry experts. 

Canada opens borders for UK beef

The UK and Ireland are among countries that are now able to send beef to Canada, after it opened its borders to EU beef products for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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. 

The world’s best steak is soon to be revealed

We are just days away from the results of the World Steak Challenge.

One in three veggies admit to eating meat when drunk

New research by a money-saving website in the UK has revealed that over a third of vegetarians eat meat whilst under the influence of alcohol. 

TPP agreement welcomed in UK and Northern Ireland

The successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been welcomed by the UK and Northern Ireland food industry. 

Butchery trade receives national recognition

Thanks to the endeavours of learning provider Cambrian Training Company, butchery has been adopted as a WorldSkills UK National Competition. 

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.

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. 

Swiss win Young Butcher competition

Switzerland has won this year’s International Young Butchers’ Competition. 

Foodservice: Spoilt for choice

With influence from the US and growing interest in provenance and quality, consumers in the UK now have a wealth of choice available to them when dining out, as Helen Arnold reports. 

MPs seek answers for falling meat prices

Following a difficult summer for cattle producers, the government’s environment, food and rural affairs committee is to examine aggravating factors affecting farmgate prices.

George Parker, Chris Riley & Peter Rushforth will represent the UK at this year’s International Young Butcher Competition
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Young butchers chosen to represent UK

Three young butchers have been selected to represent the UK at this year’s International Young Butcher Competition (IYBC), taking place later this month in the Netherlands. 

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. 

Deadline day to enter Butcher’s Shop of the Year

If you haven’t entered Meat Trades Journal’s annual search for the best butcher’s and farm shops in the UK, do it now! 

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. 

Sheep meat imports down in June

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

Bord Bía launches beef campaign in the UK
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Bord Bía launches new beef campaign

A new campaign is being launched this week to highlight the qualities of Irish beef to UK consumers.

Six butchers qualify for Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final

The six top-scoring butchers from the combined heats in Wales, Northern Ireland and England have been announced and will now put their skills to the test in the final at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham from 19 to 21 November. 

UK farming bodies call for emergency meeting

The UK’s farming unions are calling for an urgent meeting with UK farming ministers to discuss pressing issues concerning the industry.

Time is running out to enter Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015

There’s just one week left to enter Meat Trades Journal’s annual search for the best butcher’s and farm shops in the UK. 

EU regulations on edible insects pending

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is asking UK food businesses that sell edible insects to begin preparing for new amendments to EU regulations that may mean some insects will need approval for sale as food. 

Disparity between head and retail prices of lamb had led to Welsh farmers planning a boycott
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Welsh farmers plan #nolambweek

In response to dropping lamb prices, a group of Welsh farmers plan to withhold their prime lambs between August 1-7.

The Prime Minister has praised Welsh lamb, stating exports are "booming"
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Welsh Lamb gets PM thumbs-up

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has praised “booming exports” of Welsh Lamb, which have been boosted by the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. 

PM sets out £7bn growth proposal for UK food

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to boost productivity while growing food and farm exports by more than £7 billion. 

The American-inspired Pulled Pork Slice has been launched by Ginsters
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US products inspire new Ginsters launches

UK savoury pastry brand Ginsters is to launch new limited-edition products over the summer months. 

Asda has committed to supporting the UK lamb industry with measures including price rollbacks
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Asda pledges support for UK lamb producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed plans to support the UK’s sheep farming industry by ensuring that most of its lamb will be UK-sourced as of mid-July. 

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. 

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. 

John Brereton with his winning meat display.
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Midlands butchers win England heat of WorldSkills UK contest

Butchers from the West Midlands have won the England heat of the WorldSkills UK contest. 

HCC has moved to combat falling lamb prices
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HCC acts to counter falling lamb prices

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to make an early start on marketing campaigns in an effort to tackle falling lamb prices.

Crawshaws plans nationwide growth

The Crawshaws Group has unveiled ambitious long-term plans to significantly grow its business and increase its presence throughout the UK. 

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. 

Discounters grab market share while traditional retailers struggle

Progress remains slow for mainstream retailers while the discounters continue to grow, the latest UK supermarket data from Kantar Worldpanel has revealed. 

Over 480 lambs, ewes and rams have been stolen from farms in Somerset
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Abattoirs alerted in sheep rustling outbreak

Police have involved UK abattoirs in the hunt for thieves who have stolen at least 480 lambs, ewes and rams in Somerset over a six-week period. 

Dylan Gillespie with (from left) Southern Regional College’s chief executive Brian Doran and judges Chris Jones and Viv Harvey.
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Northern Ireland Butchery Worldskills heat decided

The Northern Ireland heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition has been won by Dylan Gillespie of Clougher Valley Meats in Co Tyrone. 

UK pig meat production keeps growing

Latest figures from Defra show that the strong growth in UK pig meat production continued in May, with output over 5% higher than a year earlier at 66,700 tonnes. 

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. 

UK businesses sweep the board at animal welfare awards

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

BVD initiative to be rolled out across UK

A major cattle industry initiative to help eliminate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is to be extended across the UK. 

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. 

Farmers see drop in meat returns due to oversupply

UK farmers have seen their returns drop in recent months due to an oversupply of domestically produced meat, an increase in imports, plateauing consumer demand and a strong pound. 

The search to find UK’s best butcher’s shop is on!

The time has come to start Meat Trades Journal’s annual search for the best butcher’s and farm shops in the UK. Entries to the Butcher's Shop of the Year competition are now officially open, with 12 categories to enter this year. 

Matthew Edwards of Vaughan’s Family Butchers Wales heat of the Butchery Worldskills UK National Competition
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Success for Welsh butcher in Worldskills competition

North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards has won the Wales heat of the Butchery Worldskills UK National Competition, seeing off his three rivals in a fiercely-contested session.  

Karro secures £74m funding package to aid expansion

Karro Food Group has secured a £74m funding package to fund its UK and international expansion strategy, including a move into the Far East. 

Pig slaughterings in the UK rise 3.4% in April

Official figures released by the government for show UK pig slaughterings have continued to rise. 

FSA unannounced inspections reveal mostly good animal welfare standards in UK slaughterhouses

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has unveiled the results of its unannounced inspections of slaughterhouses across Britain. 

Butchers get ready for National BBQ Week

UK butchers are gearing up for the start of the summer with National BBQ Week 2015.  

Ireland outperforms UK in tackling bovine TB

The minister for agriculture in Ireland has claimed its badger cull had been a “huge success” and said Ireland was tackling bovine TB better than the UK. 

COOL affecting lamb prices in Northern Ireland

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) has caused lamb prices in Northern Ireland to slump, because UK consumers are put off buying lamb labelled as being from another country, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has claimed. 

UK poultry production dropped in 2014

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

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over £1bn due to “excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year”, the company reported.

Defra talks to food firms about extending COOL

Informal conversations between Defra officials and UK food companies have begun over the possibility of extending country-of-origin labelling (COOL) to differentiate between food produced in the different countries, regions or towns of the UK. 

UK pork imports grow in March

UK pork imports increased 3% year-on-year for the month of March 2015, HMRC data has revealed. 

Sterling linked to cattle export fall

The rise in value of sterling has been attributed to the drop in exports of finished cattle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Irish body calls for end to low cattle quotes

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has claimed factories are attempting to lower cattle quotes in an effort to destabilise the trade and get another week’s supply at lower prices.

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

Q Guild reveals conference details

With just under a month to go, the Butchers Q Guild has announced the keynote speakers for its annual national Business Conference.

ABP Food Group subsidiary wins sustainability award

The renewable energy division of the ABP Food Group, Olleco, has won an award at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.

Halal firm extends product line in Tesco

Halal meat brand Ghanim International UK has extended its range of frozen, microwavable products in Tesco.

Moy Park gains high ranking for corporate responsibility

For the second year, Moy Park has achieved three stars on the Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index, which measures responsible business practice.

Horsemeat investigation results in numerous arrests

A European crackdown on the illegal horsemeat trade resulted in 26 arrests on Friday (24 April), according to the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).

BBQ competition finalists announced

Representing their respective regions, Q Guild Butchers from across the UK will go head-to-head in the 2015 BBQ contest finale.

Tesco faces up to worst-ever performance

Tesco has posted its worst-ever financial results, reporting a £6.4bn pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February 2015.

Beef supply and demand set to settle, says QMS

Beef prices could begin to firm up in the coming months, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has predicted, in welcome news for cattle farmers, who have faced falling prices during the first part of the year.

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

Campbells tasting session in Aldi
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Aldi lists quality Scotch haggis

Aldi in Scotland has started stocking a specially developed Scotch haggis, the only one on the market that contains Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Blog discusses halal slaughter

Rizvan Khalid, halal expert and senior director of Shropshire abattoir Euro Quality Lambs, has posted a new blog for meatinfo.co.uk entitled “Halal – know your market!”.

Ingredients firm sees rise in demand for allergen-free

EHL Ingredients has reported an increase in demand for its allergen-free ingredients and blends, with the appetite for its curry powder blend increasing by 35% within the last year.

Moy Park secures green accolade from KFC

Poultry producer Moy Park has been recognised for sustainability and environmental performance by KFC, at the fast food chain’s recent Supplier Awards.

British sausage brand aims for international growth

Sausage brand The Black Farmer hopes to take its products to Spain following a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) mission to the country.

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

Eblex introduces offal and fifth-quarter export packaging guide

Red meat levy body Eblex has produced a new packaging guide for offal and variety meats to help boost export opportunities.

Farm efficiency in focus at Soil Association livestock event

Low input production techniques for innovative farming will be examined at next week’s Soil Association National Livestock Event.

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.

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

Halal franchise butcher’s opens new store

London-based Tariq Halal has opened its fifth butcher’s shop in Fulham, with plans to open more this year.

Study reveals stress contributes to disease in pigs

Scientists have shown for the first time that stress can make pigs more likely to suffer from disease.

Ikea offers first veggie balls

Ikea has launched a new veggie version of its famous Swedish meatball, with the product becoming available in UK stores in May.

Celebrity chef gets behind drive for British farming

TV chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his weight behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) campaign to back British farming and food.

Red Tractor life proposal meets farmer resistance

Beef farmers have raised concerns about plans to extend the Red Tractor (RT) assurance scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period. Nearly two-thirds opposed the change, according a survey carried out by the National Beef Association (NBA).

Dutch man jailed for horsemeat offences

A Dutch meat wholesaler has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the European horsemeat scandal in 2013.

AHDB divisions develop cattle information initiative

Just shy of £300,000 has been made available to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain.

Supply chain partners join forces on sheep genetics initiative

The UK sheep and lamb industries have pulled together on a new sheep genetics programme, which aims to increase industry awareness of breeding values.

Sausage exporter discusses animal welfare

Charles Baughan, from the West Country's Westaways Sausages, has posted his third blog post for meatinfo.co.uk, this time addressing the issue of animal welfare.

Charcuterie firm launches innovative cures

The founder of a Bristol-based artisan charcuterie business is looking to redefine British cured meats with a new range of innovative products.

Pig farm applicant withdraws proposal following lengthy tussle

Midland Pig Producers (MPP) has withdrawn its planning application for what campaign groups called “one of Britain’s first factory farms”, after the Environment Agency (EA) rejected its proposals.

Hilton sees pre-tax profits rise despite ‘challenging’ trade

Pre-tax profits are up at Hilton Food Group despite “challenging market conditions”, the meat processor has announced.

Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in pork’s footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Dunbia to spend £27m on high-tech deboning hall

Dunbia has reported it will invest £27 million in new headquarters, creating 209 new jobs over the next three years.

Beef bucks flat meat export trend

Exports of meat and animal products in 2014 were broadly flat on the previous year, but beef was up by 6%, with only salmon, chocolate and cheese ahead of it among top export product categories.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

Abattoir boss fined in first horsegate prosecution

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs after failing to comply with food traceability regulations, in what is being described as the first prosecution from the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Cooperation key to success in supply chain security

Greater cooperation and collaboration throughout the UK food supply chain was highlighted as a key factor in tackling the challenges of effective supply chain security, at a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on the subject last week.

UK ‘corners’ the EU lamb market, claims Eblex

The UK has cornered the lamb and mutton export market, and is the only EU member making money out of it, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex export manager.

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?

Keilley Peters started her career on a pork production line
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ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

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.

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat – a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

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.

Higher production for Welsh beef forecast in 2016

New figures show higher calf registrations in Wales in 2014, pointing to higher beef production next year.

ABP man to scale Everest in charity challenge

Meat industry veteran, Elwyn Pugh, will climb Mount Everest in a bid to raise £50,000 for Downs Syndrome Charity, DSGN.

Tulip to license sea salt solution

Tulip has agreed a deal to become the UK’s sole licensor of Iposol Gmbh’s sea salt solution, which the pork giant uses to reduce the salt in its Danepak bacon by 30%.

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.

UK hogg kill up, but tightening

UK abattoirs handled almost 470,000 more prime sheep in the last six months compared with the previous year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJ’s latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Ian Wright to head up food body

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed drinks man, Ian Wright, as its new director general.

Devro specialises in collagen sausage casings
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Devro’s profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

Welfare group embarks on duck campaign

The RSPCA is campaigning for farmed ducks to have more access to bathing water, and has urged consumers to think more about ducks’ welfare standards.

Beef farmer competition launched

A new “unique” competition, The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, will take place at this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo.

Badger debate takes political turn

The badger cull debate is hotting up ahead of the general election as political parties set out their stalls, while unions and campaign groups also become more vociferous.

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).

Commissioner defends CAP policy

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan has defended the reputation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and appealed to critics not take its benefits for granted.

MEP calls for EU limits on campylobacter

In the wake of the release of the latest results from the FSA campylobacter survey, a Liberal Democrat MEP has called on EU limits to be set for levels of the bacteria in poultry meat.

Provision trade body details new strategy

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) outlined a new vision and strategy at its Annual Dinner last night (26 February).

Government outlines long-term plan for food and farming

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss aims to ensure a thriving industry through her long-term economic plan for food and farming, outlined at the NFU Conference this week.

Small markets help to boost beef exports

Exports to small markets are contributing significantly to the overall export growth of beef, according to red meat levy board Eblex.

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.

David Potts started his career with Tesco at 16
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Morrisons appoints new CEO

Morrisons has appointed ex-Tesco man David Potts as its new chief executive officer.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

Michelin-star chef endorses QSM scheme

Eblex has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Nigel Howarth to be the ambassador for its Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

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.

Sausage King sets himself a new challenge

A UK sausage expert has set out on a mission to try the nation’s best bangers, most recently sampling a “stunning array” at a Derbyshire Farm Shop.

Bonativo brings online farmers’ market to London

A start-up company, Bonativo, has launched an online farmers’ market for Londoners, offering meat and other products from local producers.

Pork trade defends CO2 stunning

The pork industry has defended the use of group CO2 stunning following claims made by animal activists that the process causes “severe distress”.

Rise in sheep meat production forecast

UK sheep meat production is set to rise again this year, according to AHDB/Eblex forecasts.

New commercial director at ABP

ABP UK has appointed Livery Man, Darren Jones as its new commercial director.

IFE will be held at the ExCel centre in London
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Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase “exciting new beef and lamb product developments” at this year’s International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

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.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asia’s growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

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.

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).

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.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Vets’ body urges action on animal welfare and disease

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has set out its 2015 general election manifesto, urging parties to commit to action on animal welfare and disease prevention.

Irish meat firm expands UK retail presence

Irish cooked meat company Green Farm Foods is celebrating securing three new UK listings for its range of premium carvery products.

FSA launches e-newsletter on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) e-newsletter.

Possible human bird flu cases linked to Hants outbreak

Three people were tested for bird flu after showing symptoms following a confirmed case of the H7 strain on a chicken farm in Hampshire.

BREAKING: Bird flu outbreak on UK farm

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

Masterchef winner heads Scotch Beef campaign

Winner of BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals Jamie Scott has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI.

Welsh meat body to promote at Gulfood

Welsh food companies and organisations, including Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales, are aiming to identify new customers and partners at this year’s Gulfood show in Dubai.

Dunbia targets business from China

Northern Irish meat processing giant Dunbia has its sights firmly set on winning business in China, according to Invest Northern Ireland.

Halal body criticises FSA on animal welfare report

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has criticised the latest Animal Welfare Survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as “wholly inaccurate and misleading”.

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.

Red Tractor launches new initiatives

Assurance scheme Red Tractor is to implement several new initiatives in order to enhance its food assurance scheme.

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).

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Feature: Quality promise

Arabella Mileham finds that increasing interest in quality assurance is pushing organisers to refine and enhance their schemes, but that this throws up some unavoidable challenges

HMC is a halal certifying body
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Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s first ‘bacon-tasting’ product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Grillstock launches first retail range

BBQ brand Grillstock has partnered with Tulip to introduce its first Smokehouse retail range.

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

Eblex stages Singapore event for beef

Eblex has hosted an event to showcase Quality Standard Beef to the foodservice sector in Singapore, where there could be significant opportunities for exports.

NFU welcomes sentencing of badger cull activist

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the sentencing of a prominent badger cull activist for breaching an injunction designed to protect those involved in culls.

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.

Welsh body reports on subdued beef demand in 2014

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) reported a “testing time” for beef producers as it reflected on 2014.

MP pursues ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was “only fair” to launch a ‘Red Meat Month’ to celebrate Britain’s livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Irish report positive performance for exports

Bord Bía, the Irish food board, has announced that exports in 2014 rose by 4% to reach a record high of €10.5 billion.

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

QMS head of economics Stuart Ashworth
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QMS reports strong 2015 start for sheep

The sheep market is seeing a firm start to 2015, with hogg prices stronger than is typical at this time of the year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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Knife hygiene firm strikes Australian export deal

An international meat firm based in Australia has given a huge boost to a Northern Ireland equipment company which specialises in knife sterilisation.

Hilton Food reports business as expected

Hilton Food Group has said trading is “in line with expectations” in a statement for the year ending 28 December 2014, despite European markets being “subdued”.

Welsh meat body reviews lamb performance

As it looked back over the last 12 months, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) reported a “fluctuating market for lambs” in 2014.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

Eblex gains funding boost for breeding project

Beef and lamb levy board Eblex has won £1.75m-worth of funding for a selective breeding project which aims to improve the sustainability of the meat industry

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Dalehead takes on scholarship placements

Dalehead Foods, a division of Tulip, has chosen two scholars from Harper Adams University to complete a year of placement with the company.

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.

Farmers call for government support in 2015

Farming leaders are calling on government support to back their industry and help reverse a decline in self-sufficiency.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

The cattle market is “demonstrating stability” as the year draws to a close, according to Eblex.

HCC action plan on track

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) five-year action plan, to ensure a “profitable” and “sustainable” meat industry for the future, is continuing to hit targets, according to the organisation.

Scottish farmers’ union presidential candidates revealed

The final list of six candidates for next year’s National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) presidential elections has been announced.

Westaways Sausages included in Business is GREAT advent campaign

Westaways Sausages has been featured in a government campaign to promote small firms at Christmas.

Traditional meals in long-term decline, finds study

Family meals and time-consuming dishes, such as traditional meat roasts, are in long-term decline, according to Kantar Worldpanel research, commissioned by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Can the FSA deliver a Food Crime Unit?

Concern over whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) can deliver a Food Crime Unit by the end of the year have been heard at a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.

New allergen labelling rules imminent

New allergen labelling comes into force tomorrow (13 December 2014), including new labelling protocol for frozen meat and frozen meat preperations.

Butcher’s Christmas sales leap by 30%

Catering butcher the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) has “smashed” all previous Christmas sales records this year, with a 30% increase on 2013.

Online livestock auction firm offers free trading platform

Online livestock auction software company Livestock Live is now offering its online trading platform to customers for free.

Tesco issues warning on profits

Tesco has issued an unscheduled profits warning stating the supermarket does not expect yearly profits to exceed £1.4bn in its next interim results.

Infographic: Christmas food and drink spend set to rise, but patterns to change

Spending on Christmas food and drink is set to grow this year, but shoppers will spread their purchases across a number of stores, with less emphasis on one large trip, according to food researcher IGD.

Offal firm on latest Fast Track 100 list

Offal distributor Elmgrove Foods has made the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list, made up of country’s fastest-growing companies.

Pork processor introduces online initiative

Tulip has launched a new “online community” to engage with its consumers and provide real-time insights for both the business and its customers.

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”.

Meat industry hits back at ‘misleading’ reports

The UK meat industry has defended itself after two separate studies claimed that livestock production and meat consumption must be reduced to tackle climate change.

Co-op to boost British meat credentials

The Co-operative Food has committed to sourcing all its own-brand meat from British farmers as part of a £1.5bn initiative announced today (5 December).

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

Chancellor commits to businesses rates relief

Chancellor George Osborne has announced another year of tax relief for small businesses and tax cuts for employers with apprentices.

Industry prepares for new EU labelling rules

Food businesses are gearing up for the implementation of new labelling regulations which include the requirement to declare certain allergenic ingredients and to state the first date of freezing on products including meat.

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. 

Ewe research could boost UK sheep trade

Research into the genetics of ewe longevity could give the UK sheep industry a £4.35 million boost, according to Eblex.

Scottish lamb prices up slightly on 2013

Farm gate lamb prices are slightly ahead of last year according to the latest market update from meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Meat companies make fastest-growth list

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

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.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Scottish meat company to triple production site

Scottish meat firm, We Hae Meat, has announced plans to triple the size of its site in Ayrshire, opening up jobs for local people.

Eblex helps meat industry prepare for US opening

Eblex has been preparing the UK beef and lamb sector for the opening of the US market, should a trade agreement be reached between the two countries.

Co-op tackles bacteria with new roast-in-the-bag initiative

The Co-operative has announced plans to change to ‘roast-in-the-bag’ packaging for all of its whole chickens to reduce the instances of campylobacter.

Need to target younger audience for lamb, says HCC

In order to increase the consumption of lamb, a younger audience needs to be targeted and more convenient products need to be developed, according to Welsh meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).

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.

NFU sets stage for scientific discussion on bovine TB

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has hosted leading UK experts to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB (bTB).

Defra reveals results of UK meat law consultation

The responses from a consultation on the Meat Products (England) Regulations 2014 (MPR 2014), which is due to come into force in December, have been published by Defra.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Cherry Valley identified as owner of bird flu farm

The Yorkshire farm involved in the recent H5 avian flu outbreak is owned by Cherry Valley Foods, due to be acquired by Faccenda Foods by the end of the year.

QMS points to firmer cattle and sheep prices, but a tough pig market

Cattle and sheep prices have strengthened over recent months, but Scottish pig prices continue to struggle, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

INTERACTIVE: Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014 winners

Meat Trades Journal would like to congratulate all the finalists of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014. Here are the winners:

Edwards of Conwy crowned Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014

Edwards of Conwy was celebrating today (Friday 14 November) after being the first Welsh butchery business to take the overall title of Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2014.

Firmer beef prices expected in 2015

Beef cattle prices will become stronger next year amid tighter supplies, according to the latest market update from Eblex.

AHDB chairman reveals organisation’s ambition

Alongside new headquarters the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chairman has announced a new long-term ambition to become a “world-leading centre of excellence” for UK agriculture.

Sainsbury’s to invest £150m in price cuts

Sainsbury’s has announced a £150m investment in price cuts as it revealed a 2.1% fall in like-for-like sales.

Irish beef farmers continue protest at UK price gap

Thousands of Irish beef farmers have staged another protest outside meat factories as anger grows over the price gap with the UK.

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.

Demand from Europe drives UK beef exports

August figures for UK beef exports show smaller European markets are driving growth, according to beef and lamb levy board Eblex.

Hilton Food Group reports strong volume growth

Lower material costs and currency exchange rates are impacting Hilton Food Group despite reporting a strong financial performance.

Beef and lamb outlook positive, but volatility to remain

Due to increasing global demand for meat, the outlook for the UK beef and lamb industry is positive, but volatility is here to stay, said speakers at Eblex’s annual conference.

Waitrose works on antimicrobial resistance issue

Waitrose has embarked on a scheme to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance in livestock, while also working on various environmental projects, according to agriculture manager Duncan Sinclair.

Tulip joins forces with Scottish pig producers in new initiative

Tulip and Scottish pork producers have taken control of a Scottish processing plant as part of a new collaboration said to be “fantastic news” for the Scottish pig industry.

Sausage Week starts with a swing

British Sausage Week kicked off yesterday andis already attracting a lot of attention across social media, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what you are all up to.

QMS boss emphasises importance of Scotch meat quality assurance

Maintaining the integrity of the Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb labels is crucial to ensuring the long-term profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive.

Dunbia head named UK Director of the Year

Dunbia’s group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

MPs back slaughterhouse CCTV campaign

MPs from Manchester and Birmingham have expressed their support for Animal Aid’s campaign to introduce mandatory CCTV to the inside of UK slaughterhouses. 

Soil Association claims success for organic campaign

The Soil Association has claimed its Organic September campaign caused a ‘boom’ in the organics market, causing growth of 3.6% during the month.

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.

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.

UK halal authority welcomes new test from France

French entrepreneurs have launched a halal test, which has been welcomed by the UK halal trade.

Countryfile appearance for Ladies in Beef member

Ladies in Beef member and Yorkshire farmer Rosey Dunn has appeared on BBC1’s Countryfile, promoting UK meat assurance schemes.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

Irish farmers stage cattle price protest

Irish beef farmers are to stage a blockade outside abattoirs today in a 24-hour protest over the price gap between Irish and UK cattle prices.

Scotland meat industry needs to maximise carcase to expand exports, says QMS

Scotland doesn’t currently have the volumes of meat to significantly grow its export market, but is looking to maximise returns for the whole carcase, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) head of marketing Laurent Vernet.

Tulip to relaunch Danepak bacon

UK pork producer Tulip is to relaunch its iconic bacon brand, Danepak, early next year.

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.

Government pledges to open new markets for meat

Meat remains a very important part of the UK export mix, and the priority of the UK government is to open new markets, according to Defra secretary of state Elizabeth Truss.

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.

Scottish meat body shows charity support

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has announced it has donated £8,000 to three UK charities.

Franklins hosts annual goose walk

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

Lamb prices start to rise

Lamb prices are beginning to pick up after declining over recent months, but they still remain lower than last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Irish pork firm completes major traceability investment

Irish pork supplier Oakpark Foods, which supplies bacon and pork products to the UK, will complete a £2.4m (€3m) investment at its Cahir Co, Tipperary site.

Newby Foods loses long-running legal battle on MSM

Northallerton meat processor Newby Foods has lost a long-running court battle in which it fought for its products to be classified as a meat preparation.

Humane slaughter body open to scholarship applications

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for scholarships worth up to £2,000.

Smithfield Awards attract high level of entries

Britain’s best butchers will present their products in Glasgow this week to battle it out for the Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

New clerk joins Worshipful Company of Butchers

The Worshipful Company of Butchers has appointed ex-Royal Marine Jeff Mason as its new clerk.

HCC brings forward campaign to support Welsh Beef

Welsh red meat promotion body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has brought forward its new marketing campaign, promoted by the Welsh rugby team, in reaction to falling market prices.

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.

Three new members join AHDB board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Board (AHDB) has appointed three new board members.

China to be a key focus for Eblex conference

Eblex has reported the impact of trade with China on British beef and lamb markets will be a key topic of its annual conference next month.

Northern meats feature in retailer’s new ‘Christmas Book’

North of England supermarket chain Booths has released a ‘Christmas Book’, featuring northern meat products which are now available for delivery across the country.

Defra pig census reveals lower farmgate prices

Although UK pig prices remain some of the highest in Europe, UK pig farmgate prices are 9% lower than this time last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Eblex points to Dutch opportunity for beef

There is scope for developing beef exports to the Dutch foodservice sector, according to Eblex.

Britain’s best bakers and butchers to descend on Newark

Next weekend will see butchers across the UK gather in Newark for the ever-popular Autumn Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair. Featuring competitions, speakers and the latest market innovations there will be plenty on offer for visitors.

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.

Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

QMS introduces point-of-sale centre

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new point-of-sale centre, which will allow members of the Scotch Butchers’ Club to create their own branded point-of-sale items.

Morrisons takes top turkey title

Morrisons was celebrating after scooping the top title in the annual British Turkey Awards last week.

Poultry firm manager completes leadership programme

Moy Park manager Ian Dowsland has completed the prestigious Institute of Agricultural Management’s Leadership Development Programme, which the company hopes will see him “lead the way” in agriculture.

Meat Packers veteran passes away

Roger Baker, one quarter of the ‘Baker Boys’ and a famous name in the UK meat and livestock industry, passed away on 21 September aged 73, after a long illness.

Deer association launches venison quality mark

With the popularity of venison soaring as reported by Kantar Worldpanel, a new quality assurance mark has been launched to ensure welfare and quality standards for retailers and consumers.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

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

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

New venison brand to carry species code

With the popularity of venison growing, British Wild, a new seasonal venison brand hopes to offer consumers a “unique opportunity to know what they are eating”.

Karro announces strong increase in earnings

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has announced an EBITDA improvement of £10 million in its first year as an independent business.

Tesco suspends executives after overstating profits

Tesco has suspended four executives including its managing director after revealing that it had overstated its profits for the six months to 23 August 2014.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

UK young butchers build international kudos

Despite suffering set-backs early in the competition, the UK team gave its best-ever performance in the International Young Butcher Competition, held in Bazenheid, Switzerland.

Eblex points to domestic opportunity for fifth-quarter products

As reported by Doctor Phil Hadley, senior regional manager at Eblex, as the export market for fifth-quarter products is growing, a market in the UK has opened up for small processors, which should not be missed.

JBS Group sees stars in UK’s Great Taste Awards

A leading international supplier was celebrating after scooping top recognition for its imported meat in one of the UK’s leading artisan food competitions.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

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).

UK sheep delegation visits China

Representatives from the British sheep industry are visiting China to explore possible export opportunities to the country.

UK missing out on Eid sacrifice income, says expert

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Young finalists chosen in Butcher’s Shop awards

Four young butchers have been selected to go head-to-head for the prestigious title of Young Butcher of the Year in the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

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.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

BVA welcomes launch of new badger vaccination scheme

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the launch of the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS), announced by Defra earlier this week.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Union urges united front on pig virus

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

Meat bodies offer new online statistics

Eblex and Bpex have revealed a new online library of meat statistics ranging from livestock numbers to the seasonality of meat markets.

Foodservice feature: Back to school

From school meals to ethnic trends in mainstream foodservice, there are plenty of opportunities for quality-assured meat suppliers to grasp, says Oli Haenlein.

Butcher’s targets students with value meat box

Butcher’s shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Butchers urged to register for fair

With competitions, speakers and latest innovations on display, butchers are being urged to register for free entry to this Autumn’s Butchers and Bakers Fair.

Butchers’ Shop of the Year finalists revealed

Butchers throughout the UK are celebrating after being named as finalists in the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

Positive growth for sheep meat exports

Exports of UK sheep meat were valued at £183.9 million for the first half of 2014, reported Eblex.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

‘Savvy’ shopping now the norm, finds study

Food and grocery research and training charity, IGD, has reported that “savvy” shopping tactics have become the norm.

Horizon programme explores livestock’s environmental impact

In the second part of the BBC’s Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Red meat body hosts Dominican Republic visit

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

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.

Assure-IP strengthens halal product testing

Assure-IP’s halal certification system has teamed up with Romer Labs for DNA testing of its products.

Farming unions slam retailers over beef price share

UK farming unions have called for retailers to increase farmers’ share of beef prices, “or risk undermining future supplies”.

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

QMS enlists help of beauty queen for latest lamb campaign

With the help of Miss Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new Scotch Lamb campaign which aims to reach 90% of Scottish adults.

Trade body plays down ‘row’ on bacon smoking

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has played down the alleged row between UK bacon producers and Europe over bacon smoking.

Halal body condemns BVA ‘attacks’ over non-stun slaughter

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has written an open letter to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), accusing it of “continuous attacks against the Muslim and Jewish communities”.

Great Yorkshire contest introduces new UK-wide category

The prestigious Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is to feature a new category this year for open small pork pies.

KellyBronze celebrates 30th birthday

KellyBronze has turned 30, and celebrated with a birthday bash on the farm in Essex.

Tulip to spend £16m on de-boning plant

Meat processor Tulip has announced it will invest £16m in its site in Cornwall, creating an estimated 250 new jobs.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

Beef imports vital for UK, says public body

With the UK only 80% self-sufficient in beef production according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), imports will continue to play a vital support role for beef consumption in Britain, an analyst has said.

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Russian ban has ‘minimal’ impact on UK meat

Russia has banned meat imports from the EU, as well as the USA, Canada and Norway, but the move will have “minimal” impact on UK exports.

Moy Park man to join Dunbia

Meat company Dunbia has announced it will appoint a new group deputy chief executive, Tony O'Neill from Moy Park.

Fresh beef brings in £2bn to UK economy

The fresh beef market in Britain was worth more than £2bn this past year, according to figures from market analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Commonwealth Games gives boost to haggis

“Haggis has been the real winner” of the Commonwealth Games, according to Tesco, which has seen increased sales of Scottish products.

Pig prices fall to lowest point since April 2013

Pig prices have fallen to their lowest point since April 2013, as higher supplies and subdued demand have combined to produce a similar picture to that in the sheepmeat and cattle sectors.

Retail specialist urges suppliers to capitalise on booming game market

As venison sales soar, retail marketing firm Bridgethorne has urged suppliers to make use of the growing market.

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.

Keith Chegwin to hand out Butchers’ Fair prizes

Television legend Keith Chegwin will be leading the celebrations at the Butchers’ and Bakers’ Fair Autumn later this year.

LA-MRSA found in piglet in Northern Ireland of no great concern

A piglet in Northern Ireland has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is reportedly the first incident of its kind in the UK.

FSA gives green light to new audit scheme

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) approved plans for a new audit system at last week’s board meeting.

UK and Irish foods stand up to origin test

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has not found any misleading information in a study looking at foods which have UK and Ireland country of origin claims.

Deadline extended for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards

Entrants to the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards are being given an extra bit of breathing room with the deadline for entry extended by a week to 8 August.

UK sheepmeat exports show good growth

Sheepmeat exports continued to perform strongly last year, according to the AHDB/Eblex Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.

Consumers unfazed by halal meat, finds study

The majority of UK consumers are not concerned about the consumption of halal meat, according to a new survey from Canadean.

Cranswick reports "strong growth"

Cranswick PLC has released its first quarter (Q1) results showing “strong growth”, with total sales up 14%.

Chicken scandal update: Union joins call for stricter food inspection

Union bosses are calling for food inspection services to be ramped back up in the wake of headline claims in The Guardian over chicken production.

Cattle trade shows signs of stabilising

The cattle trade is steadying, due to tightening supply and increased demand, according to industry experts.

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.

Halal organisation repairs relations with Malaysia

Halal Food Authority (HFA) certified products can now be exported to Malaysia again, after the Asian country stopped recognising the certifier due to the pork DNA scandal last year.

UK meat bosses hit back at beef and environment critique

UK meat leaders have expressed disappointment over the reporting of a US-based study which claimed that beef production was 10 times more damaging to the environment than other livestock.

British farmers to benefit from public procurement plan

Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced a potential £400m boost for British food businesses in a move that has been backed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The “‘sword of Damocles’ is hanging over the beef industry” due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

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).

Hilton Food Group on target

The Hilton Food Group performed in line with expectations despite “challenging conditions” for consumers, according to its latest trading statement.

Eblex provides opportunity for foreign contact

A marketing event for British beef and lamb has given producers the chance to build relationships with foreign delegates, according to Eblex.

Gordon Ramsay backs British food exports with lamb menu

Gordon Ramsay supported a British food exports summit by creating a gala menu, which included a saddle of British lamb, to showcase the best of British to foreign buyers.

Dunbia rises in Sunday Times top 100 list

Meat processing company Dunbia has secured its place on the Sunday Times 100 Top Track list for the fourth year in a row.

UK and China to start beef and lamb talks

The UK and China are in negotiations that could see the export ban on British beef and lamb being lifted for the first time since the BSE outbreak 30 years ago.

West Country PGI meat hits supermarket shelves

West Country beef and lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) label have hit the supermarket shelves.

Meat industry rejects latest red meat-breast cancer link

A US study showing a link between red meat and breast cancer in women has been refuted by the meat industry.

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.

Celeb chef showcases Northern Irish meat at Selfridges

Chef Mark Hix and Selfridges have collaborated to hold a high-profile dinner to promote local suppliers and British produce, and Northern Irish beef and pork is on the menu.

UK pork exports on the up

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

Tesco deal boosts Hilton Food Group’s volumes

A new agreement with Tesco has helped Hilton Food Group increase its volumes in the UK, according to its latest interim management statement.

Tulip investment to create 80 jobs at BBQ plant

Tulip Ltd has created 80 new jobs with a £2.3 million investment in a new production facilty in the Midlands, which is dedicated to BBQ, slow-cooked and pulled meat products.

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).

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

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.

Pork supplier clinches Spanish deal

A Northern Irish meat processor is celebrating after landing a deal to supply a leading wholesaler in Spain.

UK increases beef exports to France

France has been importing increased volumes of UK beef, according to Eblex, as the organisation aims to promote higher-value cuts.

GB sees finished pig prices up year on year

Finished pig prices have remained 5-6% up year on year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), despite the seasonal dip normally experienced early in the new year.

Defra launches consultation on English meat regulation

A new Defra consultation is seeking views on whether England should retain national legislation to uphold the quality of its meat products when new EU food laws come into effect at the end of the year.

Halal’s hot potato

Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.

Welfare highlighted at Eblex event

The Young European Meat Committee (YEMCO) focused on the demand for high-welfare meat in Europe, and the importance of imported products being of the same standard as European.

Eblex launches initiative to reduce water

Eblex has launched its second part of ‘Testing the Water’, a project aimed to reduce the use of blue water on farms and reveal wastage statistics.

UK lamb forecast revised down

Fewer lambs will be reared in the UK this year, partly down to poor weather conditions, leading to an 8% decrease on the estimated crop.

Reimbursement for removing sheep killed by snow

The farming minister has announced a reimbursement for the cost of removing sheep killed in the heavy snowfall that hit the UK in March.

Eblex event to highlight beef and lamb trends

Global beef and lamb sector trends and developments will be highlighted at an Eblex and agri benchmark event in June.

Fair Game targets greater consumption of venison

A new initiative aimed at encouraging more people to eat wild venison has been launched in the UK.

Environment charity calls on government to reduce UK’s resource use

Over one-and-a-half times the UK’s land size is used to provide the nation with food products and other necessities, a Friends of the Earth report has revealed today.

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.

International conference to tackle food waste

Food companies should concentrate on finding solutions to the problem of waste in the supply chain in order to promote food safety and sustainability, the Dutch Ambassador to the UK has said ahead of an international conference on food waste.

Faerch Plast strengthens business development

Faerch Plast, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of plastic trays and containers for the food industry, has appointed a new business development manager. The appointment of Ian Perkins to the role follows the recent opening of Faerch's new production site in Durham, north-east England, where Perkins will deal with the company's UK meat and poultry sector.

Holiday illness

Employers could be forgiven for lacking sympathy with an employee who returns from a holiday complaining they were sick while on annual leave, so they could not properly enjoy it particularly if they are sporting a suspiciously healthy-looking tan.

DSM debacle

Pressure is mounting on the government to urge the European Commission to lift the moratorium on desinewed meat (DSM), following the publication of results from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry on 23 July.

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.

Flawed science

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Model behaviour

In most butchers’ shops 80% of the fresh meat sold is cut and 20% is minced, retail butcher Allan Bennett estimates. Bacon and cooked meats are the main meats sliced, of course.

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