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Sausage brand MOR bags Ocado listing

MOR has rolled out its four-strong range of flexitarian sausages at online retailer Ocado, Meat Trades Journal can reveal. 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Moy Park donates 150,000 meals to FareShare charity

One of Europe’s largest chicken processors, Moy Park, has donated over 150,000 meals since teaming with FareShare in 2015. 

Poultry allegations have little impact on retail sales

Recent allegations against poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group have not had a major negative impact on retail sales. 

Hilton Foods acquires Seachill for £81 million

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

Meat industry ‘attractive’ for investors, say analysts

Meat may be under pressure from inflation, labour shortage and challenges to productivity, but it is still an attractive industry for investment, according to financial experts. 

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.

Belgian (above) and German exporters (middle) were rewarded for their loyalty
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European importers recognised for commitment to Scotch meat

Two European importers have been rewarded for their commitment and support for Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI. 

ABP makes £22 million green energy investment

ABP Food Group has announced a £22 million investment in a green energy plant that it hopes will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. 

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. 

Kennedy Bacon meets customer demand by expanding operations

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

The new distribution hub is worth £12m
  (Photo: Samworth Brothers )

Samworth Brothers to open new distribution hub

Samworth Brothers has unveiled its new £12 million (m) distribution hub in Leicestershire.

FSA to investigate other 2 Sisters processing plants

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has decided to extend its investigations to other 2 Sisters poultry plants in England and Wales.

Lucas extends Smokehouse range to include sausages

Lucas has introduced two new Smokehouse sausage mixes.

Charcuterie firm named best producer in Co Derry

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

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. 

Leonards launches seasonal sausage mix

Ingredients supplier Leonards has unveiled a new sausage mix in time for the autumn/winter season. 

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

Scotbeef unveils abattoir plans

Scotbeef has revealed plans to build a new abattoir at Thainstone Business Park in Aberdeenshire. 

ABP and Fane Valley Linden Foods deal cleared

The proposed acquisition of joint control of Linden Foods by ABP Food Group and Fane Valley has been given the green light following an investigation by the European Commission. 

Poultry category ‘hot space’ for activity, says Shore Capital

An influx of mergers and acquisitions in the UK poultry market has led to the category being branded a “hot space” by Shore Capital. 

Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger cleared by competition commissions

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

‘Unacceptable’ 2 Sisters allegations probed by supermarkets

Four out of five supermarkets that have bought chicken from 2 Sisters Food Group have launched probes into the meat processor following allegations its staff tampered use-by dates. 

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. 

Cargill and Faccenda venture ‘positive development’

The Cargill and Faccenda joint venture has been cautiously welcomed by workers’ union Unite. 

Tulip and workers’ union battle continues

Members of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) working at the Tulip processing plant in Coalville, Leicestershire have called for industrial action over pay concerns.

Impero is boosting Richmond's digital and online presence
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Digital agency brings Richmond Sausages to life

Impero has been employed by Richmond Sausages to deliver a refreshed digital strategy in an effort to rejuvenate the brand online. 

Cargill and Faccenda announce joint venture

Cargill and Faccenda Foods have agreed to establish a joint venture to create a new UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck.

Meat sector deals strong in 2017

Meat sector financial deals have stayed strong this year, with Karro Food Group and Westbridge Food Group the main purchases up to the end of August, according to financial adviser Oghma Partners. 

New product development drives ingredients laboratory

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

Tulip makes plans for growth

Tulip plans to target meat inclusions in food products, build its US presence, boost foodservice activities and invest in training and automation after its successful turnaround, boss Steve Francis claims.

Ross & Ross launches first roast range for festive season

Home-curing business Ross & Ross Food is introducing its first roast range next month as the run-up to Christmas approaches.

ABP UK signs licensing agreement with Men’s Health

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

Hannan Meats introduces ‘new generation’ of sausages

Northern Irish company Hannan Meats has launched the first of its so-called ‘new generation’ of sausages in an effort to rejuvenate the category. 

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.

Trade union at loggerheads with Tulip over pay rates

Meat processor Tulip has come under pressure from the Bakers Food and Allies Workers Union (BFAWU) for allegedly not providing its members with a pay increase in three years at its Coalville facility. 

Kettyle Foods attributes pioneering ideas to key for success

Innovative ideas and new product development are the secrets to triumph, according to Kettyle Irish Foods. 

2 Sisters wins with automated accounts project

2 Sisters Food Group has boosted customer service and back office speed and efficiency by implementing an automated accounts processing system.

Quarter of sheep and goat slaughtered pre-stunning

Research has indicated that the number of animals being killed without being stunned first is on the rise. 

International operations drive volume growth for Hilton Foods

Meat packing firm Hilton Foods has reported an impressive performance in the 28 weeks to 16 July 2017 thanks to its international operations. 

Tulip acquires Easey Holdings pig producer

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

Poultry processor fined for hygiene offences

Birmingham-based poultry processor Adam Halal Foods Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £68,000 after being convicted of five charges relating to failures of hygiene controls at its premises. 

Moy Park acquired by Pilgrim's Pride in billion-pound deal

Poultry processor Moy Park has been bought by US processor Pilgrim’s Pride for £1.0 billion ($1.3 billion). 

Truffle marinade launched to coincide with game season

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

Operator interest in Isle of Man Meats

The Isle of Man’s Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) has confirmed that it has received a number of formal bids from would-be operators of the island’s meat plant. 

Essentia celebrates 30 years of Drinde

Ingredients specialist Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new video to mark 30 years of its Drinde functional pork protein brand. 

Interfood Technology expands UK operations with new site

Interfood Technology has announced its relocation to new premises. 

Meatsnacks reveals refreshed Wild West image

Appealing to the ‘modern snacking consumer’, Meatsnacks Group has revealed its new fresher look for its Wild West range of jerky and biltong. 

Wiltshire poultry plant given planning permission

Planning permission for a major poultry processing facility in Wiltshire has been granted. 

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