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US industrialised microwave firm launches in the UK

US-based Ferrite Microwave Technologies (FMT) has signed a deal with Link Microtek in Basingstoke that will see the introduction of FMT’s large-scale microwaves into the UK market. 

Pork outperforms market in retail

A major pork consumer campaign has driven an increase in sales over the past 12 weeks. 

Scottish haggis wins over Canadian market

Haggis from Scotland will soon be available in Canada for the first time in 46 years. 

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Northern Irish beef farm secures first retail business

Castlescreen Farm, based in Co Downpatrick, has expanded its market reach by signing its first deal with a retail business. 

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.

Scottish beef producers warn against Mercosur deal

Representatives from the Scottish beef industry have spoken out against a possible trade deal with the South American trading bloc Mercosur.

Northern Irish butcher develops regional black pudding

A Derry butcher has sourced local ingredients to bring a new black pudding to the market. 

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. 

How the snacking and fitness markets are joining forces

The Great British diet wouldn’t be complete without a snack or two to get us through the day. Working in an office environment, or out and about on your feet, it gives you something to look forward to and helps break up the day. After all, one of the UK’s most-loved snacks encourages us all to ‘Have a Break’ now and again.

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. 

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.

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 lamb specialists to improve industry competitiveness

New livestock specialists have been trained across the country to help the industry meet market requirements.

Pukka Pies modernises foodservice branding

Pukka Pies has given its foodservice branding a makeover to make it more appealing to the ‘foodie’ market. 

Asda’s meat line generates multi-million pound sales

Retailer Asda’s new ‘Farm Stores’ meat products line has helped to generate sales of over £58 million for the supermarket.

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. 

Growing up in the auction market

Watching the TV programme Antiques Roadshow, from an auction market in Elgin in the north of Scotland, reminded me of my youth, travelling to markets with my father and then later on my own business. 

Morrisons’ butchers introduce supermarkets’ biggest burger

Retailer Morrisons is targeting the Father’s Day market with the introduction of its ‘daddy of all burgers’. 

Pork sector advised on burgeoning markets in Asia

Chicken exports are 'the big winner' for the UK meat industry internationally, amid continued opportunities for pork in China, delegates at a recent trade conference heard. 

PM swoops in for photocall at Smithfield Market

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Smithfield Market at 5.30am this morning on the eve of the General Election, taking butchers working there by surprise. 

AVO extends BBQ range

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

Ispini Charcuterie launches chorizo beer sticks

A Northern Irish chorizo and salami specialist has introduced an innovative new product to the market. 

New post for AHDB’s Dr Phil

Dr Phil Hadley has been appointed to the new post of international market development director for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Holland’s Pies targets Father’s Day for sales opportunities

Lancashire-based Holland’s Pies is aiming to tap into the Father’s Day market this year. 

Lamb strong as retailers prepare for Easter

The liveweight lamb market strengthened further in the w/e 29 March, with demand increasing as Easter approaches. 

Article 50 a 'non-event' in currency terms

The pound managed to shrug off any concerns the market may have had over the triggering of Article 50. 

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.

How consumer demand and flexible offerings can help the burger market stack up sales

With new product development (NPD) driving continued growth in the market for burgers and other formed products, the category’s affordability relative to other meat cuts bodes well for its prospects, as food inflation rises and economic uncertainty surrounds Brexit.

Meal deal options help grocery market grow

The latest grocery market share figures have shown that supermarket sales for the 12 weeks ending 26 February have grown at their fastest rate since June 2014, as more than £9 million was spent on meal deals compared to last year’s period. 

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. 

Measures to reduce Smithfield Market congestion return

Smithfield Market is to have special parking and travel arrangements during the Christmas period. 

Irish meat industry appeals for government help

The Republic of Ireland beef market is still reeling from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, with exchange rates damaging competitiveness. 

Hawksmoor to open sixth restaurant in London

A sixth Hawksmoor restaurant is due to be opened in London. Located on Winchester Walk near Borough Market, the 140-cover restaurant, Hawksmoor Borough, is due to open in February 2017. 

‘Funky’ Chook Chook poultry brand hits Northern Ireland

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

Kelly Turkeys ready to take on US Thanksgiving market

Poultry producer Kelly Turkeys is confident of cracking the United States Thanksgiving market following a recent sales mission by managing director Paul Kelly. 

Concerns expressed over beef price drop

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s livestock committee has revealed plans to extend its programme of drop-in sessions at store sales, in response to growing concerns about the beef market. 

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. 

Well Hung Meat Company launches Firecracker Back Bacon

Online organic meatbox delivery firm, the Well Hung Meat Company, has launched a new limited-edition bacon onto the market. 

Berwick Street Market welcomes Butcher & Brine

Quality food traders Butcher & Brine is among a selection of new stalls to open in London’s Berwick Street Market. 

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 sausage market has seen new range additions in time for autumn
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New flavours hit the sausage market

With the arrival of autumn, ingredients supplier Unbar Rothon has unveiled six imaginative sausage flavours, created to establish something unique for the market. Cinnamon-flavoured pork and toffee apple, and a warm and spicy pork and mango chutney are among the new flavours. 

NBA Beef Expo heads to Peak District

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

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

Scottish pig meat prices drop 17% year-on-year

The price of Scottish pig meat is down 17% on this time last year, the latest market information from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has revealed. 

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

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

Great Britain has seen an increase in lamb sales.
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Lamb sales grow in mid-June

Lambs saw a strong week during the Royal Highland Show (15-21 June).

Scottish farmers’ union calls for abattoir co-operation

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on Scotland’s abattoir sector to work more closely with producers to ensure beef cattle meet market specifications. 

Game meat market tipped as for further growth

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

Survey finds low awareness of mutton products

Confidence among mutton producers is buoyant, with high levels of innovation and a wide variety of products on the market. However, not enough consumers know about the benefits of mutton and some producers struggle to find a market for the whole carcase. 

QMS warns of volatile 2015 for pig market

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned against a turbulent year for values in the pig market. 

Gressingham keen for more consumers to try duck at home

A focus on recipes and cooking tips is what Gressingham Duck hopes will tempt more consumers into the category, delegates to the latest Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) event were told.

New lamb season sees slow start

A strong sterling, low export demand, and heavy hoggs have all contributed to a slow start for the new lamb season, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Supply-demand imbalance hits cattle prices

Cattle prices are coming under pressure from slow consumer demand and ample supply, Eblex has warned.

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.

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!”.

Products like beef jerky are proving popular
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Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

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.

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.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

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

Aldi overtakes Waitrose to become sixth-largest UK retailer

Aldi has become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket, fuelled by over half a million new shoppers and a 7% increase in basket size.

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.

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.

Sainsbury's boss, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s LFLs down 1.9% in ‘challenging’ market

Sainsbury’s said the market was set to “remain challenging for the foreseeable future” as it announced a drop in sales for its fourth quarter.

British beef and lamb access to Thailand celebrated

British beef and lamb will be served up to guests at a dinner in Bangkok to celebrate gaining access to the Thai market. 

Asda sees drop in LFL sales amid ‘turbulent’ market

Asda has revealed plans to invest £600m in new and existing stores as it announces a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for its final quarter of the year.

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.

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.

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).

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).

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands’ largest hospitality fair next week.

New opportunity

British Baker and Meat Trades Journal, owned by William Reed Business Media (WRBM), are market-leading brands that focus on delivering the best information in print, on-line and face-to-face to their respective communities.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

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

Foreign interest in Welsh Lamb revealed

Details of recent trade missions to Wales from foreign retailers, importers and journalists interested in Welsh Lamb were revealed today (1 December) at the Royal Welsh Show by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

UK beef producers missing French opportunity, says AHDB

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

Eblex points to Dutch opportunity for beef

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

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.

Slowest growth ever for supermarket sales

“Intense competition” and zero price inflation mean supermarket sales are growing at the slowest rate ever recorded, according to recent figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

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.

UK sheep delegation visits China

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

Scottish union turns to CMA over chicken market plight

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers’ contracts.

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).

Artists illustrate Smithfield Market nightlife

Depictions of life in Smithfield Market will be exhibited by artists at the Three Night Markets exhibition at City Hall in London this autumn.

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”.

Lamb prices begin to stabilise amid uncertainty

Uncertaintity of demand is causing a “boom and bust” trend in the lamb market causing volatile prices.

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.

Eblex reveals beef and lamb conference topics

Production efficiency and profitability will take centre-stage at the annual Eblex conference.

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.

Smithfield traders lament government block on regeneration plans

Smithfield traders have expressed regret at the decision by the communities secretary Eric Pickles to reject proposals to breathe new life into the derelict former general markets and fish market buildings.

Export conference highlights opportunities for future growth

Opportunities for market growth and insights into the performance of the red meat sector were discussed at the Eblex Export Conference which took place this week (25 June).

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A “complex international market” has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Lamb in plentiful supply

Good spring weather has led to an increased number of lambs reaching the market, with auction prices firm, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

Sales down in Sainsbury’s Q4 results

Total and like-for-like sales were down in Sainsbury’s fourth-quarter results for the 10 weeks to 15 March 2014, as the grocery retail market remained tough.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

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

Bright future for UK meat in Hong Kong and Macau

An Eblex delegation and a group of English meat exporters will be supporting UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Great Week mission in Hong Kong and Macau this week, while Macau has given the green light for beef and lamb imports from the UK.

Poultry industry wants more export help from government

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

Caught in the web

Unlike the volatility inherent in the stock market, commodity prices or indeed the price of meat itself, the market for butchers’ sundries is one that does not tend to fluctuate wildly over the course of the year. Although trends do come and go, there is no doubt that butchers need a steady supply of ancillary products to run their businesses, and that these incorporate everything from twine to sausage casings, hygiene products and knives to pre-packed and display trays.

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