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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.

BBC anti-sheep rustling solutions shot down

Ideas set out in BBC 2 programme The Big Life Fix to combat sheep rustling have been debunked by the industry. 

Snaffling Pig slays entrepreneurial dragons to win £70,000

Premium pork crackling brand Snaffling Pig Co. won over founder Nick Jenkins in last night’s episode of BBC’s Dragons’ Den. 

Bernard Matthews up for sale

Turkey producer Bernard Matthews has been put up for sale, according to the BBC.

Halal butchers warned to be vigilant after Walsall attack

Halal butchers have been urged to be vigilant after an attack on a shop in Walsall. 

Game On with TV chef Rachel Green

At Foodex 2016 the celebratory TV chef Rachel Green, who has appeared on countless BBC, ITV and Channel 4 cookery programmes, called on Britain to eat more feathered and furred animals.  

A fire on a pig farm cost the lives of 33 sows and 434 piglets (Image: @StaffordJimmy)
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Northern Ireland pig farm devastated by fire

A fire on a pig farm near Strabane in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, has killed 33 sows and 434 piglets, according to the BBC.  

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Award-winning journalist Kate Adie to address Meat Business Women

Kate Adie OBE, who is best-known for her former role as BBC’s chief news correspondent, will be addressing the second Meat Business Women networking seminar, taking place on 30 September at London’s Ironmongers’ Hall.

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.

GB team selected for Tri-Nations butchery challenge

Britain’s best butchers are preparing for the Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge, after the GB team was decided in a competition at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) last month.

Swedish supermarket takes Scotch Beef across chain

Scotch Beef and Lamb will now be sold in all 1,300 stores of Sweden’s leading supermarket ICA.

Tesco under investgation for alleged Groceries Code breaches

Tesco is to be investigated following “reasonable suspicion” that the retailer breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

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

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Perth bakers takes Scotch Pie title

A Perth bakers has been crowned World Scotch Pie champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.

2 Sisters in spotlight as contract terms are criticised

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting “beyond unreasonable” terms of contract by one of its suppliers on a BBC Newsnight programme.

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.

Smithfield award-winning butchers revealed

The recipients of the Smithfield Awards were announced at Butcher’s Hall yesterday, with the Supreme Champion title won by a Manchester butcher.

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.

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.

Dragon’s Den star lists new spicy sausage with Asda

Dragon’s Den star Alf Turner has launched a new spiced sausage, Dragon’s Fury, which will be launched into 200 Asda stores.

Sausage firm gets a hand from TV business guru

Sausage company Heck has had a helping hand from retail guru Alex Polizzi, appearing on her new BBC2 series ‘The Fixer’.

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.

Meat debate latest: Scots point to meat credentials

Following the latest attack on the meat industry’s environmental impact, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has responded by highlighting the “excellent sustainability credentials” behind Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

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.

The best of the #meatdebate

Last night’s BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBC’s Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

Kate Humble to address Welsh red meat conference

Television personality Kate Humble will speak at this year’s Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) annual conference, it was announced today (22 July).

AIMS hits back at FSA over suggested U-turn on SRM

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has reacted to claims by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that it has done a U-turn over specified risk material (SRM) controls.

FSA under fire over abattoir radio programme

The Association for Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has accused the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of “scaremongering” in a recent BBC radio programme.

Dragon’s Den star partners butcher on sausage launch

Alf Turner sausages have been launched into Sainsbury’s stores with the help of Dragon’s Den star and business partner Peter Jones.

Welsh company fined over frozen meat mislabelling

A Welsh meat supplier has been fined £15,000 for storing frozen meat that was past its use-by-date by as much as three years.

BBC seeks meat industry artists

BBC One is hunting for the best of Britain’s amateur artists for a new competitive arts series, and they have asked for any budding maestros in the meat industry to put themselves forward.

Independent study claims badger cull was inhumane

An independent review leaked to The Guardian and the BBC has claimed that last year’s badger cull was inhumane and ineffective.

NFMFT complains about BBC Michel Roux Jr programme

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has sent a letter of complaint to BBC Two’s Food and Drink series, complaining of the ‘inaccuracy of information’ shown on the subject of butchery in a January episode.

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