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New service helps retailers curb food safety risks

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

2 Sisters boss to give evidence at Commons inquiry

2 Sisters Food Group boss, Ranjit Singh Boparan, has been summoned before a parliamentary inquiry following allegations of food safety offences at the meat processor’s poultry plant in West Bromwich. 

Butchers’ day designed to connect industry specialists

A one-day networking event has been created to help butchers optimise Christmas sales.

SFTA prepares for 128th annual dinner in Glasgow

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

Lancashire food hall celebrates local produce

James’ Places food hall in Lancashire is inviting local meat producers to pitch their products for the chance to be stocked by the business. 

2 Sisters suspends operations at West Bromwich site

2 Sisters Food Group has suspended operations at its West Bromwich site in the wake of allegations of food safety and hygiene breaches made by The Guardian and ITV

2 Sisters responds to tampering allegations

Poultry producer 2 Sisters Food Group has maintained that hygiene and food safety are priorities for its business following allegations of hygiene breaches and date tampering. 

School’s sausage roll ban draws backlash

A Bradford school has received criticism for banning sausage rolls in its pupils’ lunchboxes.

Poultry giant’s senior boss to lead temperature-controlled business

Former Bernard Matthews senior manager Colin Taylor has been appointed the new CEO of temperature-controlled food operation Magnavale. 

Bells adapts to meet customer demands

Scottish pie brand Bells has launched a new Bakes range. The portfolio expansion follows on from consumer demand looking for Bells’ products in a baked format.

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How the meat industry can respond to food fraud

It seems like hardly any time passes between food fraud incidents. Whether it be an animal disguised as an alternative kind of meat, or products incorrectly labelled, consumers are demanding transparency. 

RECIPE: Autumn comfort food with MOR Sausages

With what summer we had winding down, it’s time to replenish your cupboards and start thinking about some comfort food to keep you cosy in the autumn months. 

Collaboration across food supply chain needed, according to Co-op

The Co-operative has called for the whole food supply chain to work together in overcoming industry challenges. 

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.

New pastry range targets butchers and meat manufacturers

Bells Food Group has launched a new business arm, with the aim of tapping into the butchery sector. 

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. 

Industry slams leaked government plan to cut migration

A government plan to curb the flow of low-skilled EU migrants entering Britain after Brexit could raise food prices and damage meat exports, critics have warned. 

Smoked Black Pudding reigns supreme at Great Taste Awards

For the third consecutive year, a meat product was named the Supreme Champion at the Great Taste Awards.

European food chain consultation welcomed by UFU

The European Commission’s food chain consultation could help farmers be treated fairly, said the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

Industry partnership tightens supply chain security

A Belfast-based transparency and food security firm has announced a partnership that will help strengthen food integrity.

FSA’s top tips on your Bank Holiday barbecue

To assist people in having a successful and safe barbecue this August Bank Holiday weekend, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed its top tips on cooking meat. 

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.

Keeping it clean

Putting the right hygiene and cleaning systems in place may prove pricey, but can safeguard meat processors from greater financial and reputational costs in the event of a recall or prosecution 

More Cornish Charcuterie manufactured products recalled

Further products manufactured by Cornish Charcuterie have been recalled due to food poisoning controls. 

Pâtés and rillettes recalled due to food poisoning fears

A selection of pâtés and rillettes have been recalled by Cornish Charcuterie. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that consuming the listed products could lead to potentially fatal food poisoning.

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. 

Central Foods gets Red Tractor seal of approval

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

Government set five tests to rewrite agriculture policy

High standards for animal welfare, the environment and labour cannot be watered down post-Brexit as they need to be the bedrock of Britain’s new food and farming vision, the Soil Association has claimed.

Fully traceable fish launched by JJ Food Service

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

Hilton Food Group confirms acquisition talks

Processor Hilton Food Group has confirmed that it is in discussions to acquire fish supplier Icelandic Seachill. 

New chief operations officer at Foods Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Colin Sullivan as chief operating officer. 

Horsemeat culprits sentenced to jail

Two men have been jailed and another has received a suspended sentence for fraudulently adding horsemeat to the food chain. 

Butcher and poultry supplier team up to deliver food education initiative

Award-winning poultry specialist T Soanes & Son has joined forces with The Butcher’s Block in York to give students lessons on preparing chicken and food safety. 

‘Prioritise food safety’ says butcher amid chlorine-washed chicken spat

Government must put food safety first in trade talks for Brexit and beyond, amid a dispute that imports of US chicken rinsed in chlorine could undermine British producers, a butcher has warned. 

Guilty verdict in horsemeat trial

Three men have been found guilty of fraudulently adding horsemeat to the food chain following a three-week trial. 

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.

Electronic ID promises huge efficiency gain

As a member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) Traceability Design Board, we’ve been looking at how industry could mandate the introduction of bovine electronic identification (EID) tagging alongside the introduction of a new replacement database to record animal movement history.  

2 Sisters and Innovis grow lamb initiative

A lamb supply chain scheme between processor 2 Sisters Food Group and genetic expert Innovis has been expanded. 

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. 

‘Prioritise food fraud or risk another horsemeat scandal’

Another horsemeat scandal could happen if enforcement authorities fail to prioritise food fraud, according to professor Chris Elliott, author of the food supply chain review following the debacle.

Food Standards Agency: firms will pay for audits

Charging food businesses for audits will be part of an overhaul of the way food safety and hygiene regulations are implemented, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Halal baby food firm revamps image

Halal baby food company For Aisha has launched its rebranded image, alongside introducing an alternative flavour to the range. 

Cargill grows partnership with FareShare

Poultry processor Cargill has announced a new agreement to supply FareShare, an organisation fighting hunger by tackling food waste, with fresh chicken every week free of charge. 

Sainsbury’s aims to curb food waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tackling food waste with the introduction of a new ‘Smart Fresh’ label for its sandwich ham. 

Safety ruling on meat additives welcomed by BMPA

Levels of nitrate and nitrite in processed meat do not expose consumers to dangerous amounts of the additives, food safety experts have claimed in a ruling welcomed by the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

New technical director for Authenticate

Food supply chain mapping provider Authenticate IS has appointed Dawn Welham as technical director in a bid to strengthen its expertise in the retail, food manufacture and agribusiness industries. 

Scottish meat industry wins millions in grant funding

Scottish meat processors and butchers have secured funds totalling £3.7 million through Scotland’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) Grant Scheme. 

Meat Trades Journal and partners launch Food Export Conference

Registration is now open for our Food Export Conference. 

Dunbia loses deputy chief exec following merger

Tony O’Neill OBE is to step down from his role as group deputy chief executive at Dunbia.

Demand for scientists and engineers in poultry

The British poultry industry’s technological advancements in food production as well as investment in automation have increased efficiency and product choice while creating a growing demand for specialised roles such as food scientists and engineers. 

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).

Packaging firm invests in energy-saving technology

Linpac spent £320,000 on an advanced cooling system to slash energy and water consumption at its Featherstone HQ to boost its image as an eco-friendly food packaging manufacturer. 

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

ABP scores hat-trick of Carbon Trust standards

ABP Food Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust standard for a third consecutive time, the first food processor to achieve the hat-trick. 

Partnership tackles food fraud on international level

Belfast-based Arc-net has entered into a partnership that aims to fight food fraud by utlising innovation and technologies. 

Retailers show further progress in chicken bug war

Retailers battling Campylobacter are gaining ground in their fight against the food poisoning bug’s contamination of raw whole chickens, according to the latest figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

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.

Michael Gove’s Defra appointment a ‘boost’ to agricultural industry

Michael Gove has been named as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of a government reshuffle. 

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.

Farmers praised for rising to organic challenge

Farmers rearing organic animals have been commended by the Soil Association for meeting demands for organic meat.

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.

Scottish red meat goes global

A new initiative has been designed to promote Scottish red meat on an international level.

Snowbird feeling festive with Christmas selection

Wholesale sausage supplier Snowbird Foods has launched its new Christmas selection to go up against classic party food favourites, such as its own mini burgers. 

UV breakthrough hailed for knife sterilisation

A waterless steriliser, offering an alternative to hot water for sterilising knives and other tools in cutting plants and abattoirs, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is already attracting considerable interest from the meat industry, according to its inventor. 

Tender process for Isle of Man meat plant to start soon

The tendering process for the meat plant on the Isle of Man is set to begin within the year, according to Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot. 

Fraud could lead to £12 billion loss annually

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

Sainsbury’s performance slips despite online and convenience growth

Sainsbury’s like-for-like sales fell slightly over the past full year, as did pre-tax profit, despite growth in online and convenience grocery channels and a non-food boost from its Argos acquisition highlighted by CEO Mike Coupe. 

Sale of Karro Food Group reaches completion

The sale of pork supplier Karro Food Group has been completed by Endless LLP to CapVest Partners LLP. 

Innovative Food Ingredients appoints Q Guild’s Gordon Newlands

Food distributor Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has appointed former Q Guild general manager Gordon Newlands to help develop its independent butchery and processor customer base. 

Crawshaw to enter into multi-million pound partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group

Crawshaw Group plc has announced today (Wednesday 26 April) that it has entered into a “transformational” supply chain partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group.

LDC backs Addo Food Group buyout

Equity investment firm LDC has backed the secondary buyout of pork pie and sausage roll producer Addo Food Group for an undisclosed sum. 

Jason Feeney unveiled as new FSA chief executive

Jason Feeney has been appointed chief executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), effective immediately. 

Bawnbua Foods wins new contracts worth £10m

Processor Bawnbua Foods, formerly known as Eurostock Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million (m). The business has won contracts with international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers. 

Hilton Food grows revenue and profit in 2016

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

NFMFT names National Barbecue Competition winners

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has crowned the winners of its National Barbecue Competition. 

HCC to support nutrition education programme

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has joined with the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) in providing training and resources for schoolteachers delivering the new GCSE in Food and Nutrition. 

Pub manager fined after food poisoning death

A food business operator and the manager of a public house in Cornwall has been fined following the death of an elderly lady.

Simplified food safety rules proposed to benefit butchers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed new simplified guidelines to food safety management in small retail businesses. This includes butchers, alongside bakeries and grocery shops. 

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”.

Addo Food Group to take action on food waste

Addo Food Group has joined forces with charity FareShare and logistics operator Fowler Welch to tackle hunger and food waste. 

Morrisons seeks future Great British suppliers

Retailer Morrisons has announced it is searching for new domestic food producers to supply the supermarket chain. 

Liverpool butcher fined thousands for mice and dirt

A halal butcher must pay more than £4,500 for seven food safety violations, according to a verdict delivered by Liverpool Magistrates Court.

Local sourcing trend big for Ireland’s shoppers

Two-thirds of Ireland’s consumers believe buying local food is important and one-third claim they are buying such food more now than they did 12 months ago.

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. 

FSA chief executive Catherine Brown to step down

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Catherine Brown has announced she is to step down from her current role. 

Northern Ireland pushes export opportunities for meat and poultry

The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has launched a report into the impact that Brexit will have on the local food and drink sector. 

Food Standards Scotland slams ‘sensationalist’ beef press report

Food Standards Scotland has criticised a press report that inferior meat from Eastern Europe, Ireland and England was being imported and repacked with a premium Scottish label, calling it ‘sensationalist’. 

JJ Food Service opens new depot in Dagenham

Wholesale cash and carry retailer JJ Food Service has opened its 11th site in Dagenham. 

Sales of burgers on the rise amongst Brits

The British public is continuing its love affair with the fast-food burger, research from data analysts Mintel has revealed. 

ABP Food Group looks to create 400 jobs via expansion

Processor ABP Food Group hopes to create 400 jobs with the latest development at its Shrewsbury plant. 

Meat industry contacts Prime Minister over FSA bias concern

The British meat industry has combined forces to voice their concerns about Food Standards Agency (FSA) bias against the sector. 

New contamination identification process from Fera

A new contamination identification service for food manufacturers has been launched by agri-food solutions specialists Fera Science. 

Farming minister cuts ‘red tape’ on livestock movement

Simpler rules on livestock movement for farmers have been unveiled by George Eustice, minister of state at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Haloodies halal chicken range hits Tesco

Halal food brand Haloodies has won listings in Tesco for the first time. 

Farmers urge Leadsom engagement

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Angela Leadsom to work with the body to overcome “market uncertainties”. 

Tesco launches waste-reducing poultry packaging

Tesco has unveiled new packaging for its chicken fillets in an effort to keep food fresher for longer and reduce wastage. 

Food Standards Scotland launches Pink Chicken BBQ Food Safety Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its Summer BBQ food safety campaign: ‘Nothing spoils summer like Pink Chicken’. 

Ready with zeal

We’re on the brink of a ready meal revolution as discerning consumers demand dinner that’s fresh, healthy and flirts with flavour. Oscar Rousseau reports. 

Halal Food Authority to certify non-stun slaughter

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is to launch a certification scheme for non-stun slaughter in the meat and poultry processing sector. 

FSA meat incidents so far this year

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its entire list of food incidents for the first three months of 2016. 

Paul Finnerty to retire from ABP CEO role

Irish processor ABP Food Group (ABP) has announced that Paul Finnerty will retire from his role as CEO on 30 September 2016. 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition cat food pouches recalled due to high levels of iron

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is withdrawing certain packs of cat food pouches due to high levels of iron. According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the error was made by the ingredient supplier. 

Helen Munday has been appointed chief scientific officer at the Food and Drink Federation
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Food and Drink Federation appoints Helen Munday as chief scientific officer

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed Helen Munday as its new chief scientific officer. 

Halal Food Authority condemns Britain First following slaughterhouse visit

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is considering action against political party Britain First following a visit to a halal meat business. 

Combatting campylobacter: More work to be done

Our sister title Food Manufacture held a panel discussion on campylobacter during Foodex about the scale of the issue. 

Wales hopes to boost lamb exports to Scandinavia

A team of top red meat industry representatives from Wales will be attending one of northern Europe’s biggest food and hospitality trade fairs next week, with the hopes of increasing imports of Welsh Lamb PGI into the region. 

Irish consumers shift from pork to turkey bacon

There’s less pork on the fork in Irish consumers’ breakfasts as people turn to lean, low-salt food items in the morning, according to a Bord Bía report on eating habits. 

Genetic developments help ensure food safety

Food safety and authenticity issues could be assisted by developments with whole-genome sequencing, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Local butcher’s helps Cornish speciality store find feet

Launceston-based Philip Warren and Son is set to head up the butchery section at the county’s new Great Cornish Food Store. 

Profit rise for Hilton Food Group as expansion plans come to fruition

Hilton Food Group saw strong operational growth in 2015, completing two major estate projects over the past 12 months. 

Jonathan Russell has been appointed director of group procurement at 2 Sisters
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In-house promotion for 2 Sisters

One of the UK’s leading food manufacturers, 2 Sisters Food Group, has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the company’s £1.5 billion-a-year purchasing budget. 

Business apologises for gammon labelling error

A Welsh food business has apologised for a labelling error that misled customers about the origin of gammon. 

FSA seeks comments on rare burger production advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for comments on new consolidated advice for the food industry and local authorities on the production of rare burgers. 

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. 

NFMFT calls for beefing up of food fraud penalties

The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) has said the government should impose stricter penalties on those caught selling illegal meat, as a nationwide crack-down on food crime gets underway. 

Tesco takes steps to further reduce UK food waste

Software developer TAAP has produced a Food Surplus Application, aimed at reducing the disposal of surplus food in the retail sector, which is currently being deployed by Tesco. 

Butcher’s Pet Care plans for factory expansion

One of Britain’s leading pet food suppliers, Butcher’s Pet Care, has announced plans to expand its headquarters. 

Foodborne illnesses in focus at international workshop

The meat industry, alongside other food sectors, is set to benefit from the first International Workshop for Foodborne Viruses, which saw more than 130 experts on viruses in the food chain gather to tackle the problem. 

Flexitarians on the rise, according to City Food Lecture

New ways of eating meat were addressed at this year’s City Food Lecture at the Guildhall in London. 

Scotbeef works with school to create burger for Aldi

A new Scotch beef burger has been created by a team of cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow as part of a Scotbeef initiative to get younger people excited about food. 

Human health threatened by antimicrobial resistance

A new study has shown that bacteria in humans, food, and animals continue to show resistance to the most common antimicrobials. 

New Acoura chairman appointed

David Gregory has been announced as chairman of food safety and compliance specialist Acoura. 

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Cranstons opens new Brampton site

Cumbrian master butcher Cranstons has opened its new Brampton Food Hall. 

Northern Irish beef industry drives processing sector

A new survey published in Insider magazine revealed that 26 out of Northern Ireland’s top 100 manufacturers come from the agri-food industry. 

Glasgow food businesses to be inspected

Full traceability inspections are to be carried out at all halal butchers in Glasgow during 2016, following concerns over meat transparency. 

New IFR study helps to identify food poisoning in raw foods

A report from the Institute of Food Research (IFR) has given new evidence on the background levels of spores of clostridium botulinum (C.botulinum) – a form of food poisoning – in raw foods, that it claimed will assist the food industry in delivering safe chilled foods more sustainably. 

Fast food workers protest for higher pay

Workers in the fast food industry are expected to be joined this afternoon by members of union GMB in a protest over wages. 

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UK’s food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms. 

Food Standards Scotland launches festive safety campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a cheeky safety campaign in an effort to reduce the number of people contracting food poisoning over the festive season. 

Food prices saw further deflation in November
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Further deflation for food prices

Food prices experienced yet more deflation in November. 

Meat, oil and fat has seen one of the biggest reductions at 4.3% year-on-year
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Food deflation deepens

Food deflation has deepened to 3% year-on-year, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for October 2015.

Graham Smith has been appointed to the Dalziel specialist food technology team
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Dalziel Ingredients adds new member to specialist food technology team

Dalziel Ingredients has appointed Graham Smith to its specialist food technology team as technical sales manager. 

Retail food sales slow for October

Total food sales remained flat for the month of October based on like-for-like sales, although the three-month and 12-month rolling average experienced small growth. That’s according to BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor for October 2015.

Can we feed the world and manage the planet sustainably?

Charles BaughanAbout 15% of the world’s population suffer from chronic hunger, we grow enough food but it is not distributed properly and many cannot afford it. By 2050 the world population will increase by 2 or 3 billion, there will be increased use of agricultural land for biofuels and higher incomes will increase demand for food. This could double the need for food production providing of course we solve the problems of access and poverty. 

Beef industry urged to be more efficient

The beef industry ought to follow in the footsteps of the pig and poultry sectors when it comes to efficiency, according to the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute’s (AFBI) Dr Francis Lively. 

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William Reed Business Media announces new business partnership

William Reed Business Media (WRBM) is delighted to announce an exciting new business partnership with Virtual College.

Associated British Foods sees sales decline

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported full year declines in sales and profits following what chief executive George Weston described as “challenges of food commodity deflation and big movements in exchange rates”.

Food safety industry receives new sentencing guidelines

The food sector has received a new set of sentencing guidelines, designed to improve health and safety within the industry. 

QMS runs comfort food campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is running a campaign based around comfort food to try and boost sales of Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI throughout the winter. 

New food label a hit with consumers

The RSPCA has said its new ethical food label, RSPCA Assured, which has replaced Freedom Food, has proved a success with shoppers four months after it launched. 

Red meat cancer fears played down by industry

Research that labels processed meats as carcinogenic to humans has been played down by food and medical experts. 

Pork organisation urges clearer ‘slap marks’

AHDB Pork has provided instructions on how pig producers can achieve clear and legible ‘slap marks’ on its website to help improve traceability in the food chain. 

Deflation continues in fresh sales

The BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI) has reported further deflation of fresh food prices in September. 

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. 

Andrews Chiller Hire has doubled its fleet of FC90 Fast Chill models
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Andrews Chiller Hire doubles fleet

Andrews Chiller Hire has doubled its fleet of FC90 Fast Chill models, due to increasing popularity as a positive fix when temporary chiller hire is called upon across all sectors of the food and drinks industry. 

E.coli plan under fire warn trade bodies

Meat processors could face £1m in bills for unnecessary and costly recalls if draft European Commission (EC) guidance for tackling food poisoning bug E.coli is implemented, trade bodies are warning. 

Food organisation rethinks approach to packaging

Campden BRI, the food and drink technology company, has invested in five new pieces of equipment designed to expand its range of packaging testing services which will in turn help companies reduce food and packaging waste. 

Kerry Foods rolls out price-marked chilled range

Kerry Foods has launched a range of price-marked packs (PMP) across its chilled lines to cater for key consumer missions in convenience: food to go, top-up and meal for tonight. 

Rare burgers need food safety management plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has agreed that the preparation and service of rare burgers in food outlets is unacceptable unless a validated and verified food safety management plan is in place. 

Transformation leads to profit for Karro

Pork supplier Karro Food Group has delivered a significant annual profit following a period of transformation. 

London bloggers receive a taste of Scotland

Esteemed food and lifestyle bloggers from London travelled to Scotland to learn about Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI. 

Robust volume growth at Hilton Food Group

Food producer Hilton Food Group has revealed a “robust volume growth” in its interim results for the 28 weeks to 12 July 2015. 

Industry examines satellite technology for agri-food business

The potential for satellite technology to improve agri-food businesses will be explored at a networking event in October in London. 

Morrisons recalls ham product over listeria fears

Supermarket chain Morrisons has recalled its Savers Cooked Ham product amid food poisoning fears. 

Consultation on bovine TB action launched by Defra

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has outlined proposals to tackle bovine TB (bTB). 

Two new Q Guild members announced

Two Walter Smith Fine Food butchers’ shops have been awarded membership of the national Butchers Q Guild. 

Team GB prepares for this year's Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge
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Team GB puts finishing touches to Tri-Nations preparations

In an effort to secure a victory at next month’s Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, Team GB is to hold its final practice session and get-together at The Food Academy at Leeds City College, on Wednesday, August 26. 

New farm investment scheme announced

Pig and poultry farmers will get the opportunity to benefit from a new €17m investment scheme, the Irish minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced. 

London to get a taste of The Highlands

The Wild Game Co is set to bring its authentic Scottish street food to London’s West End. 

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.

Butcher closes due to E.Coli outbreak

A butcher’s shop in Teeside has closed following a food poisoning outbreak. 

Alan McKeown, supply chain director, and HR director Mike Mullan have both been shortlisted for industry awards
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Northern Irish food directors nominated for top award

Directors from two of Northern Ireland’s largest companies, Moy Park and Dunbia - both from the food industry, have been recognised for their commitment to the sector. 

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. 

Cranswick reports 8% revenue increase

Food producer Cranswick has reported a revenue increase of 8% for the three months to 30 June. 

Animal welfare is a high priority for consumers when deciding if a company is ethical or not
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Animal welfare top priority for consumers

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers claim that meat sourced from well-looked-after animals is a top issue that makes a food company ethical, according to Mintel. 

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. 

Challenging consumer conditions hit Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group has posted a half-year trading update that is “in line with expectations”. 

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. 

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Retailer promotions keep food prices falling

A focus on promotion by retailers has led to another month of food price deflation.

Jon Thorner's reported another successful year as Glastonbury's main meat supplier
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Glastonbury Festival meat supplier has another successful year

Glastonbury’s main meat supplier, Jon Thorner’s, has seen out another successful festival as “it gets better each year”.

JJ Food Service grows range to include smaller packs

In an effort to support more smaller caterers and encourage customers to sample more fresh meat, JJ Food Service has introduced smaller pack sizes for its fresh meat and poultry. 

FSA wins beef carcase judicial review

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has won a judicial review brought against it by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Cleveland Meat Company Limited regarding a beef carcase that had been deemed unfit to enter the food chain. 

New Q Guild corporate members announced

Six meat sector suppliers from across the country have been awarded Butchers Q Guild corporate membership.  

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Nisbets creates simple allergen sticker range

Catering specialist Nisbets has launched a new range of Vogue Allergen labels. Designed to make it easier for establishments to list all allergen information, the easy-peel labels are one inch circles and leave no residue on packaging.

RSPCA launches new ethical food label

A new ethical food label, assured by the RSPCA, has been launched to help improve the lives of farm animals. 

Hunt’s Foodservice to sponsor Harbour Bites festival

Hunt’s Foodservice has announced that it will be sponsoring the very first Harbour Bites West Bay Food Weekend. 

Unison warns against changes to inspection laws

Trade union Unison fears possible changes in European law will jeopardise independent meat inspections for both white and red meat, putting food standards at risk. 

Former NFMFT president John Mettrick (l) congratulates successor Jim Sperring
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New NFMFT president unveiled at AGM

Jim Sperring has been elected the new president of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT), replacing Glossop butcher John Mettrick, who held the role since 2013. 

Positive future predicted for Hilton Food Group

The Hilton Food Group has overcome its poor performance in the second half of 2014, according to a report by investment group Shore Capital. 

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. 

The Hunt's team at Glastonbury Festival 2014
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Hunt's Foodservice to supply Glastonbury Festival

Hunt's Foodservice has announced it will supply the frozen, chilled and ambient food to onsite caterers at Glastonbury Festival. 

Redundancies limited to 51 at processing plant

The number of redundancies at the 2 Sisters Food Group chicken processing plant in Llangefni, north Wales, is fewer than was originally feared. 

James Macsween, joint Managing Director of Macsween (middle) receiving the award at the ceremony
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Haggis maker recognised for contribution to food and drink industry

The joint managing directors of Edinburgh-based haggis producer Macsweens have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to food and drink at the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards. 

Pork scratchings revamped as health food

Pork scratchings have had a makeover and been reinvented as a health food. The traditional pub favourite has been revamped by an online food retailer which specialises in food for athletes and fitness fans and has devised a lower-fat, lower-salt version. 

Industry head warns against EU exit

An executive of a leading meat processor and head of a food strategy board has warned against the UK’s exit from the EU. 

FSA finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens

Campylobacter has been found in 73% of fresh chickens, a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey has revealed. 

Findus reports sales increase in Q2

Frozen food giant Findus Group has announced strong second-quarter results for the three months to 28 March 2015, with sales up by 2% and operational cash flow up 17% on last year. 

Slaughterhouse owner banned from keeping livestock for 20 years

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

Marks & Spencer’s food sales see 3.4% rise

Marks & Spencer’s food arm has posted a growth in sales for the past 12 months. 

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. 

Sign up now for ‘future of food’ conference

Meat industry professionals looking to innovate are being urged to snap up tickets to a food innovation conference in London.

Free meat supply chain event organised

Pork and red meat levy bodies Bpex and Eblex are offering meat industry professionals a free conference set to discuss the use and flow of information in the supply chain.

General Election fallout: Who's in?

Despite the upheaval caused by the Conservative majority victory in the General Election, the status quo was largely kept in terms of political posts for the sector.

Master butcher Viv Harvey demonstrates his butchery skills with Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb at Hofex
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Scotch meats stimulate Asian interest

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI have attracted keen interest at Hofex, “Asia’s leading food and hospitality trade show”, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

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

Sausage firm shows support for coeliac sufferers

Sausage-maker Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka the Black Farmer, is supporting Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week diagnosis campaign by featuring ‘Get Tested’ stickers on all his packs.

Sainsbury's boss, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s feels discounter impact, with £72m loss

Sainsbury’s has posted a £72 million loss in its yearly results – the supermarket’s worst results for a decade.

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.

Don’t miss future of food and drink conference

Today is the last day to get your hands on early bird tickets for our New Frontiers in Food and Drink conference.

New meat sensor aims to help combat waste

Scientists at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) have created a sensor which detects gases emitted from rotting meat, which could help to reduce food waste.

Quality and education important for butchers, says futurologist

Butchers and farm shops should focus on quality not quantity, while providing a premium and educational service, according to leading food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.

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.

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.

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.

Retailers win out against foodservice on public trust for British meat

Supermarkets have stolen a march on restaurants and fast food chains when it comes to gaining public trust, due to a policy of sourcing more British meat, according to new data.

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.

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.

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.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

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).

Scottish food safety body takes the reins from FSA

Stand-alone organisation Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has taken over the functions of the Food Standards Agency in the Scottish market as of yesterday (1 April).

NFU urges retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK’s major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this year’s lambing season.

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.

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.

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.

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

FSA issues burger cooking advice

As we edge towards the barbecue season, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued advice for the public on how best to prepare home-cooked burgers.

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?

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.

Integreater boosts SI customer base

Meat and poultry processing software company Systems Integration (SI) has doubled its customer base since launching the Integreater brand in 2010.

Karro announces 141 job losses

Karro Food Group has confirmed that it is cutting 141 jobs at its Scunthorpe site.

Barbers outpace food apprentices

There are nearly as many apprentice barbers as apprentices across the entire food sector, and the numbers are continuing to fall, figures have revealed.

Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwall’s Brian Etherington Meat Company has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation, a food safety standard “signifying a greater paradigm of excellence in food practice”.

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%.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defra’s Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Ian Wright to head up food body

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

Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) – the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

NFU launches pre-election food and farming drive

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is set to launch a national campaign to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election.

Chicken firm to unveil new range at IFE

Cheshire chicken processor Forresters will launch its new Delamere range of ready-to-eat and chilled ready-to-cook chicken products at the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) 2015.

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).

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

Ireland’s ABP Food Group has become the first European company to agree a deal to supply beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related ban a year ago.

Beef firm spends £5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested £5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

Advocates of slaughterhouse CCTV gain increasing support

Support for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses seems to be growing, with a number of industry and government reviews backing the installation of the surveillance equipment in recent days.

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.

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 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).

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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).

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.

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Association’s (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

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.

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.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

China agriculture and food counsellor appointed

The UK’s first agriculture and food counsellor in China has been appointed, to help increase British food and drink exports to the country.

HFA points to misuse of halal logo

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has accused kosher food supplier Hermolis of displaying its halal logo on products despite the company’s accreditation having expired.

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.

Big expansion for Farm Shop & Deli Show

Due to “exceptional demand”, The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2015 is set to be 100% bigger than last year.

Job losses at pork processing firms

Karro Food Group and Tulip, two of the country’s biggest pork processors, have announced job losses after both suffered ‘significantly’ fewer bacon orders.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’ open for entry

Businesses are being urged to enter this year’s Scottish Food & Drink ‘Oscars’, which has been officially opened by broadcaster Kaye Adams. 

BDCI announces new festival chairman

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has appointed Ocado.com head of buying Rose Price as its new festival chairman.

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

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

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.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

Ian Toal joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has announced the appointment of “food industry heavyweight” Ian Toal to the newly created role of divisional managing director.

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.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers’ favourite

Ahead of shortbread, smoked salmon and even haggis, Scotch Beef PGI has been named as Scotland’s favourite food.

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.

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).

Perth butcher steps up to head Scottish federation

A Perth butcher has been appointed president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

Duck producer wins top marketing award

British duck producer Gressingham Foods has added to its list of awards after receiving an Excellence in Marketing Award.

2 Sisters reports loss, despite rise in sales

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £143.3 million loss for the 53 weeks ending 2 August 2014, although total sales were up 18.5% and protein performed strongly.

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.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Yorkshire bird flu strain identified

Defra has confirmed the bird flu outbreak at a Yorkshire farm has been identified as the highly contagious H5N8 strain found recently in the Netherlands.

Study suggests a limit to consumers’ willingness to pay for sustainability

Consumers may not be willing to pay food companies a premium for high standards of social and environmental responsibility, according to a new report.

Butcher’s Shop awards revealed tomorrow

The winners of Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2014 competition will be revealed tomorrow at the Rosewood London Hotel.

Parents want school food to be British wherever possible, according to NFU poll

Parents want more British food in schools and more education on food and farming, according to a recent poll for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Faccenda embarks on campylobacter prevention trials

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is launching full-scale trials of the campylobacter prevention technology SonoSteam, it has announced.

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

Welsh minister presents Beef and Lamb DVD to Sial delegates

Wales’ deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans attended the Welsh stand at Sial Paris this year, and launched a multilingual DVD to promote Welsh meat to different markets.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews’ rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry’s campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

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.

Feature: Sial - 50 years young

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

British meat bodies get set for Paris showcase

British meat bodies are preparing to go head-to-head with competitors from across the globe at this year’s Sial food show in a bid to increase global sales.

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.

Staffordshire firm aims to ‘bring classroom to the countryside’

Staffordshire pig and poultry producer Packington Free Range is investing in the next generation’s education by launching an education project that works with schools to “bring the classroom to the countryside”.

Government backs new food and drink skills partnership

The government has backed the creation of a new business-driven Industry Skills Partnership for the entire food and drink manufacturing sector in England, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

FSA slammed over dropped prosecution against abattoir workers

A farming lawyer has accused The Food Standards Agency (FSA) of being “over-zealous” in charging five horse abattoir workers, in case which has now been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Beef labelling to take “step backwards”

The move to drop the requirement for independent verification of voluntary beef and veal labelling claims has been branded “a step backwards” by an industry expert.

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.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

Butchery Excellence Scheme could save members thousands

A Northern Irish food consulting firm has launched a new scheme for butchers, which aims to help them save up to £2,000.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

RSPCA rebrands animal welfare scheme

The RSPCA’s animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to ‘RSPCA Assured’ in response to consumer research.

Research body develops food fraud ID systems

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has told the food industry to “expect the unexpected” after the publishing of the Elliott review last week.

Welsh red meat body to offer SME training

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) is to offer employees of small and medium (SME) Welsh abattoirs and cutting plants new training opportunities to “maximise efficiency”.

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.

FSA reacts to Unison reform attack

The Food Standards Agency has hit out at union leaders for making extraordinary claims ahead of a board meeting vote tomorrow.

Devon farm’s beef wins National Trust food award

Beef from a Devon producer has been crowned the overall food winner at this year’s National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards.

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.

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.

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.

FSA brings barbecue hygiene into focus

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a statement urging consumers to “uphold hygiene standards” when barbecuing during the remaining days of summer.

‘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.

CHICKEN SCANDAL UPDATE: FSA changes stance on hygiene at 2 Sisters poultry plant

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has admitted that 2 Sisters Food Group did breach hygiene regulations at its Scunthorpe facility.

Matthew Fort to present Q Guild awards

Celebrity food writer Matthew Fort has been revealed as the presenter of the 2014 Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into ‘disrepute’

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into “disrepute” with its latest move for industrial action.

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.

Dip in food sales signals continuation of price wars

Food sales have experienced the deepest three-month average decline since 2008 according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Food and Farming Journalism Bursary winners announced

The winners of the Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ), have been announced.

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.

Morrisons claims first on animal welfare at slaughter

Morrisons has announced it is the first retailer to achieve Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

Tulip shortlisted in IGD awards

Food producer Tulip is “delighted” to be shortlisted for the consumer and retail analysis IGD awards.

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.

Supermarket rivalry hits food inflation

Food deflation “deepened further” in July, due to intense competition, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

FSA publishes figures on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its report into the prevalence of campylobacter in fresh chicken.

Horsemeat scandal research given go ahead

Two British universities have been awarded grants through the Global Food Security Programme to research the effects of the horsemeat scandal.

Research could help industry fight climate change

New research being carried out in Scotland and Africa hopes to defend the meat and livestock industries against climate change.

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.

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.

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.

Chicken scandal update: Health secretary orders factory probe

The secretary for health Jeremy Hunt has stepped into the chicken factory food safety scandal and ordered an immediate investigation at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants at Llangefni and Scunthorpe.

Red Tractor set to promote quality during dedicated week

Red Tractor has urged licensees to get behind Red Tractor Week (15-21 September), saying it is a great opportunity to promote their own quality assurance credentials.

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).

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.

MEPs back British farming

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has received 33 signatures from MEPs in Strasbourg who are committed to the Back British Farming Pledge.

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.

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).

Sainsbury’s reports further slump in sales

A “challenging market” has seen Sainsbury’s post a second consecutive quarter of falling sales.

Last chance to create butcher of the future

The English meat industry has one last chance today to play a role in helping to design the butcher of the future.

Farming minister highlights careers in food

The meat industry, along with the wider food sector, is the UK’s largest manufacturing business and should not be overlooked, food and farming minister George Eustice told delegates to the British Meat Processors Association’s (BMPA) annual conference.

Strike action looms at ABP Wessex

Talks will be held today (20 May) to avoid possible strike action at frozen meats firm ABP Wessex, according to workers union Unite.

Butchery apprentice reform consultation now open

Led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda and Aubrey Allen, a butchery apprentice consultation is now open for two weeks, as a major apprenticeship redesign is set to replace current frameworks in 2015.

Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UK’s leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

Industry experts dismiss ‘sensationalist’ supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

Scots to welcome new food standards body

The Scottish Meat industry has welcomed news that a new food standards body for Scotland will be in full operation by April 2015.

AHDB president outlines vision for agri-food sector

In an address to employees, Peter Kendall, president of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said that ensuring food security was the organisation’s biggest challenge.

Bursary for food and farming journalism announced

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) have launched an initiative to encourage people into a career in agriculture.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

Manufacturer joins food waste initiative

Rigid plastics packaging manufacturer RPC Group has joined the SAVE FOOD campaign, which aims to fight global food loss and waste.

Industry welcomes government investment in apprenticeships

The food industry has welcomed plans by the government to invest a further £85m in the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) scheme, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday (19 March).

Food testing firm announces acquisition

Synergy Health has acquired food allergen testing and authentication company Genon Laboratories, as it looks to extend its services across Europe and beyond.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

MTC changes name to cover food supply chain

The Meat Training Council (MTC) registered charity will now be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC), after it announced it would now be covering the full food supply chain.

FSA to research new meat inspection system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking a contractor to carry out research to explore a new system where plant staff would act as spotters, flagging up carcase and offal defects before inspection by Official Veterinarians or Meat Hygiene Inspectors.

Multi-million-pound food waste plant opens

A commercial food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which will generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes every year, officially opened in County Durham last week.

RSPCA fails to prosecute farm over alleged pig mistreatment

The RSPCA has abandoned plans to prosecute a farm for allegedly mistreating pigs, citing a lack of evidence.

Cattle conference to focus on healthy diet

The British Cattle Conference will focus on ‘breeding healthy food in a hungry world’ across its two-and-a-half day event in January.

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.

New frozen cookery website launched

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has launched a new cookery website dedicated to frozen foods, for home cooks across all skill levels.

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.

Food and drink badge of excellence

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards have been opened for entry.

Foodservice firm brings out new lamb dishes

A foodservice supplier is hoping to bring an early taste of spring to menus with the launch of two new lamb dishes.

In defence of meat

The demonisation of meat occurred simultaneously with the public health dietary advice to "base our meals on starchy foods" and obesity has increased tenfold since. Here are seven facts in the defence of meat to help the industry fight the "nutritional ignorance" that currently abounds.

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