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Innovation conference launched

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

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Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

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Youngsters display skills in livestock and butchery event

More than 100 young enthusiasts in the livestock, auctioneering and butchery sectors showcased their skills at the inaugural National Young Show Stars event in Malvern.

Cranswick turns in strong performance

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick has finished the financial year in a strong position following a “robust” fourth quarter.

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).

Chicken firm fined £7k over worker injury

Chicken supplier Faccenda has been fined and ordered to pay costs after an employee suffered serious injuries as his arm was dragged into a conveyor belt.

Chicken firm scoops International Safety accolade

Chicken processor Moy Park has been presented an International Safety Award  with merit for promoting high standards of health and safety management in the workplace.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

Independent butchers should look to pork to capitalise on the trend for premium burgers, according to pork levy board Bpex.

Dutch man jailed for horsemeat offences

A Dutch meat wholesaler has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the European horsemeat scandal in 2013.

Tesco accused of giving too much support to NZ lamb

Tesco has denied consistently underestimating demand for British lamb after chef James Martin complained shelves were full of New Zealand product over the Easter weekend. 

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Scottish butcher’s strikes burger deal with Tesco

Perthshire’s Simon Howie butcher’s will launch its steak burgers into 51 Scottish Tesco stores next week.

Moy Park offers new roast-in-the-bag chickens

Moy Park is following the roast-in-the-bag trend with two new flavours of whole chicken roasts.

MLCSL defends carcase grading system

Inspectors’ organisation Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) has hit back at claims that the current carcase grading system is flawed and needs updating.

AHDB divisions develop cattle information initiative

Just shy of £300,000 has been made available to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain.

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).

Supply chain partners join forces on sheep genetics initiative

The UK sheep and lamb industries have pulled together on a new sheep genetics programme, which aims to increase industry awareness of breeding values.

EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Power to the people in new retail butchery initiative

Supermarket customers are to be offered the chance to butcher their own meat, in a new initiative by one of the major multiples.

Cargill awarded top supplier award by Morrisons

Morrisons has named Cargill, the supermarket’s largest source of fresh chicken, as its Supplier of the Year 2015.

Welsh body takes lamb promotion to Denmark

The British ambassador to Denmark hosted a Welsh Lamb reception at her home near Copenhagen to allow Welsh exporters to discuss potential business deals with Danish importers and retailers.

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.

Moy Park introduces high-spec poultry house

Moy Park has developed a state-of-the art poultry development house, which it said will allow it to deliver “significant improvements” to its poultry rearing and welfare practices.

Dawn Meats celebrates 10th anniversary of Welsh site

Irish meat supplier Dawn Meats is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Cross Hands site in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

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.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

TV chefs boost game sales

The fortunes of British game have been boosted by the publicity given to it by celebrity chefs, according to Yorkshire Game.

Pig farm applicant withdraws proposal following lengthy tussle

Midland Pig Producers (MPP) has withdrawn its planning application for what campaign groups called “one of Britain’s first factory farms”, after the Environment Agency (EA) rejected its proposals.

Meat box supplier plans £1.3m expansion

Meat industry supplier Northern Paper Board, which supplies boxes for meat products, has revealed plans of a £1.3 million expansion at its site in Yorkshire.

Hilton sees pre-tax profits rise despite ‘challenging’ trade

Pre-tax profits are up at Hilton Food Group despite “challenging market conditions”, the meat processor has announced.

Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in pork’s footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Wrexham poultry man receives ban for tax dodging

A director of a Wrexham poultry house has been banned for seven years for failures to ensure payment of the company’s taxes and account for company assets.

Dunbia to spend £27m on high-tech deboning hall

Dunbia has reported it will invest £27 million in new headquarters, creating 209 new jobs over the next three years.

GCA launches second market survey

Suppliers are being asked by Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), to “respond in force” to her second annual market survey.

Expert points to importance of red meat in diet

Red meat could potentially become a more important source of long chain omega-3 than fish in the next 50 years, politicians have been told.

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.

Pressures on UK beef price

UK beef prices are coming under pressure from a range of factors, experts in Scotland have claimed.

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.

Smaller turkey breed developed

FarmGate Hatcheries is introducing a new breed of turkey “developed to help producers meet the growing demand for smaller Christmas turkeys”. 

Meat cutting and casserole work on show at IFE

The latest developments in meat cutting and the casserole and braising categories will be on show at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) this week.

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.

Halal butcher extends burgers with upmarket range

Halal specialist KQF Meats has extended its ‘Exotique’ offering with a new range of spiced quarter-pounder burgers.

UK ‘corners’ the EU lamb market, claims Eblex

The UK has cornered the lamb and mutton export market, and is the only EU member making money out of it, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex export manager.

Irish pork DNA testing scheme deemed ‘incomplete’ by EC

The European Commission has called Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA) DNA testing scheme has been called “incomplete” by the European Commission.

2 Sisters’ chicken sales stay flat amid ‘tough’ trading

2 Sisters has posted flat sales in its chicken processing business in “the toughest commercial environment” in many years, according to CEO Ranjit Singh. 

Law creates more stress at slaughter for sheep, finds study

Legislation requiring the individual handling of sheep in non-stun slaughterhouses increases stress levels in animals, according to research presented at Tuesday’s Eblex Halal Seminar.

Campylobacter webinar gets to heart of the bug

A successful ‘Cracking down on Campy’ webinar, a joint project between MTJ and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), saw a range of experts discuss what the industry is doing, and needs to do, to combat the bacteria. A recording of the webinar can still be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the story.

Protein ingredient firms in strategic merger

Meat protein manufacturer, BHJ Ingredients has merged with US companies Proliant Meat Ingredients and Proliant Health to form a new protein brand company, Essentia Protein Solutions. 

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.

Dawn Meats scoops McDonald’s sustainability award

Irish meat firm Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Europe Sustainable Supply Award 2015 for the second time in a row, for its work on improving sustainability.

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