PM reassures industry on migrant labour

Industry representatives have tentatively expressed relief at Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to secure the rights of EU workers in the UK, although questions still remain. 

CMA clears Cargill and Faccenda joint venture

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the anticipated joint venture between Cargill Inc and Faccenda Investments Limited. 

Boparan Holdings to ‘improve margin performance’ following site closure

The temporary closure of 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich site has had an impact on its parent company’s margins for the first quarter (Q1). 

Kepak to acquire new Dublin site in added-value move

The Kepak Group has announced plans to acquire the Moy Park Poppintree facility in Dublin as part of a move to increase its added-value produce output. 

Poultry processor donates quarter of a million-worth of meals

Faccenda Foods, the privately owned chicken processing company, is celebrating donating 250,000 to charity FareShare. 

Northern Irish biltong producer expands dry-cured range

Beef biltong firm Ke Nako has diversified into chorizo in what it has labelled a “logical development”. 

Dicksons Pork Butchers secures retailer listings

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has expanded its wholesale presence by landing new deals with two well-known supermarkets. 

Government funding opportunity for food businesses

Defra has launched a new scheme offering small food and drink companies the chance to win a share of £50,000-worth of funding. 

2 Sisters creates 100 jobs at upgraded Flixton site

2 Sisters Food Group is to take on 100 additional staff members at its Flixton site in response to growing demand from its retail customers. 

WRAP updates label advice to tackle food waste

In an effort to reduce food waste, WRAP has amended date and storage advice on packaging. 

Clean-label phosphate replacer launched by Ulrick & Short

A new phosphate replacer for meat and seafood products has hit the market, courtesy of clean-label ingredients supplier Ulrick & Short.

Hard Brexit ‘crisis’ for European meat industry

A report by Europe’s meat industry body UECBV has highlighted the “catastrophic” impact of a hard Brexit on the European meat industry. 

New business drives strong six months for Cranswick

Cranswick posted a successful half-year, with many divisions performing ahead of the overall market, driven by new business.

Farmers First makes move into Wales with Farmers Fresh

Farmer-owned meat business Farmers First has expanded its operation into Wales with the acquisition of Fairfield Meats abattoir in Wrexham.

Welsh red meat ‘needs to embrace premium’

The Welsh red meat industry has been urged to focus on the premium sector in order to maintain UK sales.

Beef and pork export value growth in third quarter

UK exports of beef and pork saw strong value sales growth during the third quarter of 2017.

UK to start shipping pork products to China

The UK has been given the green light to ship pork products to China, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s exports division (AHDB Exports).

Isle of Man Meats tender process fails to find operator

The beleaguered Isle of Man meat plant will continue to operate while the government puts in place a strategy to secure its longer-term future, following the failure to find a new operator.

Hannan Meats launches new premium sausages

Northern Ireland processor Hannan Meats has launched new Pastrami Brisket and Sugar Pit Brisket sausages to its range of premium meat products.

Maelor Foods to open £20m poultry plant in Wrexham

Wrexham-based Maelor Foods is to open a new poultry plant following an investment of more than £20 million (m).

JW Galloway reports strong financial year

Scottish processor JW Galloway has reported growth in turnover and profits for the year.

Kalsec opens new UK laboratory

Natural spice and herb extract producer Kalsec has installed a new laboratory with state-of-the-art analytical facilities at its Mildenhall site.

2 Sisters plant hygiene allegations ‘not a one-off’

Allegations against 2 Sisters are a “wake-up call for all accreditation firms” and the situation identified at the processor’s West Bromwich site was not an isolated incident, according to an Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs (EFRA) inquiry.

Scottish meat firm receives government funding

A producer of cooked and sliced meats, Brown Brothers, has received a total of £803,241.33 from the Scottish government to help with a facility upgrade. 

Back to business for Brechin pig slaughterhouse

A Brechin pig abattoir has reopened after suffering from fire damage. 

Scottish red meat sector positioned to tackle Brexit challenge

The Scottish red meat sector has been told that it has a strong future ahead of it, despite the obstacles that may be presented by Brexit. 

Scandal stings Boparan as credit rating takes hit

Moody’s has downgraded Boparan Holding Limited’s credit rating, warning the food giant’s ability to pay for short-term obligations could “weaken”. 

UK protein sector drives interest of overseas investors

An appetite for the UK’s meat industry has helped drive continued growth in international interest in the food and beverage sector.

CCTV may cause employment problems - AIMS

A leading trade body in the meat industry has warned that the introduction of CCTV in all abattoirs may lead to difficulties employing staff in the future.

New lamb brand to meet market demands of premium meat

A Northern Irish farming family has developed a new lamb meat brand with the aim of meeting demand for high-quality meat. 

Exports could be key to Welsh red meat industry success, says levy board

The Welsh red meat industry has been advised to eye-up export opportunities, according to chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Kevin Roberts. 

Northern Irish producer pioneers bacon products

Broughgammon Farm, based on a family farm in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, has expanded its portfolio by introducing two new bacon products. 

Big success for Big Sausage Week!

As Big Sausage Week comes to a close, we’ve been overwhelmed with the level of response that we’ve received from everyone. 

2 Sisters hit by profits drop, despite sales rise

The parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group saw sales rise for the final quarter of 2016/17, but a fall in profits, and cautioned that the West Bromwich chicken factory closure would hits its first-quarter results in 2018. 

Buyer sought for Yorkshire Meatball Co

“Tentative enquiries” have been expressed in family-run business The Yorkshire Meatball Co, which was recently forced to cease trading due to a lack of funds.

2 Sisters reopens West Bromwich plant

Poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group is to resume production at its West Bromwich chicken factory this week and start supplying a number of supermarkets again.

Essentia rolls out new nutritional calculator

A new calculator that shows how to boost the nutritional profile of food and drink has been developed in response to growing demand for high-protein fare. 

FSA and AIMS agree on carcase standard proposals

Slaughterhouses that do not hand over carcases that have been declared unfit by the Official Veterinarian (OV) may face a two-stage appeals system. 

VIDEO: Quick Sausage Stew with Finnebrogue

To celebrate the Big Sausage Week, Meat Trades Journal travelled to Northern Ireland to meet with sausage producer Finnebrogue. 

Moy Park fumes probe underway

Investigations continue into the source of fumes at Moy Park’s Ashbourne factory that caused a temporary evacuation of the site and brought a short term, partial halt to production there. 

Equipment firm bemoans lack of investment

British machinery outfit Jacob White is struggling to secure investment from buyers in the Middle East, according to the company’s managing director. 

Pig industry faces labour Brexit crisis

The UK pig industry could be faced with a massive labour shortage if the government does not retain access to EU workers following Brexit, according to a National Pig Association (NPA) members survey. 

Northern Irish beef farm branches into pork market

Northern Ireland’s Castlescreen Farm, traditionally a beef producer, has diversified business by starting to produce gammon and bacon options. 

UK suppliers urged to build relations abroad

The UK’s independent meat suppliers have been advised to target alternative, international markets to remain profitable in a world without the security of the EU. 

Food industry women break beehive building record

A selection of 14 leading businesswomen from the food industry have united to build 120 beehives in Tanzania in just three days. 

2 Sisters probe: MPs explore CCTV for all meat plants

MPs proposed round-the-clock CCTV surveillance for meat cutting plants, not just abattoirs, at a London hearing following national media coverage of food hygiene slip-ups at 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich facility.

Multi-million euro campaign to boost lamb consumption

The UK has signed on as part of a cross-country campaign to boost lamb consumption in the EU over a three-year period. 

Stronger food safety measures following 2 Sisters expose

Additional measures to enhance standards across food processing are being implemented in the wake of recent media coverage exposing procedural issues at 2 Sisters Food Group.

Diet trends drive EHL’s gluten-free range

EHL Ingredients has expanded its offering of gluten-free products as a response to consumer demands.

Scottish haggis wins over Canadian market

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

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