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Chilled convenience meals see success in supermarkets.
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Changing consumer habits creates opportunity for processors

Processors willing to embrace the chilled convenience sector and create products that save time for consumers are likely to grow faster than those who focus only on primary meat products, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Musclefood.com supplies healthy barbecue menu

A new variety of unconventional barbecue foods aims to offer a healthy alternative.  

Dylan Gillespie with (from left) Southern Regional College’s chief executive Brian Doran and judges Chris Jones and Viv Harvey.
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Northern Ireland Butchery Worldskills heat decided

The Northern Ireland heat of the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition has been won by Dylan Gillespie of Clougher Valley Meats in Co Tyrone. 

Importance of halal recognised by AHDB

Red meat levy body AHDB Beef & Lamb has produced a new facts booklet, highlighting the importance of halal and the value it adds to the UK sheep market. 

New training opportunity in the beef industry

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has teamed up with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) in a new scheme designed to educate and inform those involved in the beef industry. 

Total sales drop for 2 Sisters

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has posted a 3.9% drop in total sales for the 13 weeks to 2 May 2015. 

JBS to purchase Moy Park in $1.5 billion deal

JBS SA has announced the acquisition of chicken producer Moy Park from Marfrig Global Foods in a US$1.5 billion deal. 

AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a ‘listening tour’ to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy. 

Prestwich kosher supplier gains finance deal

A kosher meat trader has secured a new finance facility that will allow it to continue to grow throughout Europe. 

Value set to return to meat sales

Plummeting meat prices could be coming to an end, an industry expert has predicted. Following the recent announcement that Consumer Price Inflation rose 0.1% in May, up from -0.1% in April, Kantar Worldpanel believes that meat prices could start to rise by the end of the year. 

QMS calls for praise of Scottish red meat

The chairman of Quality Meat Scotland has urged the red meat industry to recognise the value of its brands in Scotland. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods to supply Aldi

Pork processor Robertson’s Fine Foods has struck a deal to supply Aldi stores across Scotland with 20 tonnes of its Ayrshire Middle Bacon in a deal worth £100,000. 

L-R Tulip’s Kerry Varney, Garth Murphy, Make-A-Wish volunteer and Chris Thomas, CEO Tulip Ltd
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Tulip golf day raises £43,000 for charity

A fundraising golf day held by Tulip and companies in its supply chain has raised over £43,000 for charity. Thirty-one teams took part in the event, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish charity. 

Scottish farmers’ union calls for abattoir co-operation

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

ABP gives students experience in meat industry

Food processor ABP has employed three students from Leeds City College since announcing a partnership to give young people experience in the meat and supply chain industry. 

Pork pie firm outlines expansion plans

Yorkshire-based pork pie supplier Vale of Mowbray hopes a rebrand and factory expansion will help it secure more contracts nationwide. 

Brakes commits to all-British lamb range

Brakes is to relaunch its Prime Meats lamb range to enable caterers to serve products which are easily traceable and produced by British farmers. 

Suffolk chicken plant acquired by 1Stop Halal

A chicken processing plant in Eye, Suffolk, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group is to be taken over by Angus-based 1Stop Halal in July. 

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. 

New look and structure at AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has unveiled new branding and a new organisational structure, which will see its activities divided into six separate brands - beef and lamb; pork; cereals and oilseeds; dairy; horticulture; and potatoes. 

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. 

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. 

Cargill's new Hereford chicken chiller is more efficient and has improved product quality
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Cargill’s efficient chicken chiller goes live

Cargill has officially opened its Hereford chiller, marking a milestone in a three-year, £35M investment programme that has seen a host of other site enhancements.

Importance of working together and good supply chains highlighted at BMPA conference

Good supply chains are vital to the success of the meat industry, said the president of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Peter Mitchell, at its annual conference last week. 

Game meat market tipped as for further growth

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

Moy Park awarded some of its top farmers at a ceremony in Northern Ireland
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Best of Irish chicken producers rewarded by Moy Park

Northern Irish chicken producer Moy Park has recognised its top-performing farmers at a special awards ceremony. 

Pork Farms gets go ahead to buy Kerry Foods pastry division by Competition Markets Authority

The Pork Farms acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business has been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

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. 

Meat producers and convenience stores missing out on sales by not offering right range

Meat producers and convenience stores are missing a trick by not offering convenience store shoppers a wider range of beef and lamb products. 

Call for input on future Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock

The industry has been encouraged to help shape the future of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). 

Poultry business owner given suspended sentence over chicken deaths

The owner of a poultry business in Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence and fined £12,500 following an investigation into the death of more than 6,000 chickens due to heat exhaustion. 

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. 

Karro secures £74m funding package to aid expansion

Karro Food Group has secured a £74m funding package to fund its UK and international expansion strategy, including a move into the Far East. 

Beef association calls for pricing support for farmers

The South West regional branch of the National Beef Association (NBA) has called for more support for farmers on pricing. 

AIMS accuses FSA of ruining Farmbox Meats business with investigation

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has slammed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the Farmbox Meats verdict over the mislabelling of goat meat as lamb or mutton, earlier this week. 

More work for pig producers under COOL

New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean pig producers will now have to answer some extra questions on the electronic pig movement service, eAML2. 

Linden Foods launches salt moss aged beef range in Marks & Spencer

Linden Foods in Northern Ireland has developed salt moss ageing to produce a salt-aged beef product range for Marks & Spencer. 

Tulip to expand apprenticeship programme

Pork processor Tulip is expanding its apprenticeship programme and is in search of new butchers, engineers and technical specialists. 

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over £1bn due to “excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year”, the company reported.

QMS warns of volatile 2015 for pig market

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

Moy Park hits five million weekly milestone

Northern Ireland chicken producer Moy Park has increased its output to five million chickens per week for the first time in its 72-year history. 

Scottish meat processor reports healthy performance

Scottish food processor Campbells Prime Meat has posted a strong set of financial results for 2014, with sales and profits in healthy growth. 

Bernard Matthews plans future of environmental sustainability

The UK’s largest turkey producer has launched a series of green energy initiatives as part of its ‘The Big Green Plan’.

Meat industry grows green credentials

The meat industry is taking environmental concerns more seriously than ever before. 

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).

Dunbia seals joint venture deal with Dutch beef firm

Meat processor Dunbia has announced a joint venture agreement with Dutch-based company Shannon Meats.

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

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

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

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.

Sheep genetics project seeks suitable rams

A new project that aims for genetic improvement in the sheep industry is looking for rams for artificial insemination (AI).

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