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Swan becomes commercial director at Snowbird

Snowbird Foods’ new commercial director Helen Swan will spearhead its product development and marketing programmes. 

Meatsnacks brings jerky to vending machines

Beef jerky is finding a new platform in the UK vending market thanks to the Meatsnacks Group. 

Holland’s Pies range undergoes 'nostalgic' rebranding

Holland’s Pies, based in Lancashire, has revealed a new look to complement a year of growth and innovation for the firm. 

Ispini Charcuterie launches new cured pork product

Northern Irish producer Ispini Charcuterie has introduced a new innovative cured pork product. 

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. 

Dawn Meats wins top energy certification

Dawn Meats’ retail packing plant in South Wales has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its efficiencies in energy-use policy. 

Thai firm CP Foods buys Westbridge Food Group

UK-based protein, desserts and vegetable supplier Westbridge Food Group has been bought by Thailand-based Charoen Popkhand Foods plc (CP Foods) for an undisclosed sum.

Doherty’s Meats signs ‘significant deal’ with Musgrave

Doherty’s Meats in Derry has been listed by Musgrave Retail Partners for its network of SuperValu and Centra stores throughout the island of Ireland. 

Quality Meat Scotland names new chief executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

The Dalesman Group awarded for high standard of practices

Seasonings manufacturer The Dalesman Group has been awarded with an AA status following a recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit. 

New 2 Sisters Sainsbury’s retail director unveiled

2 Sisters has appointed Gill Pendergrast as its new Sainsbury’s retail director. 

Decision pending on processing plant application

A decision on a new processing plant in Helensburgh, Scotland is due shortly. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

Concerns raised over alleged job losses at Dunbia plant

Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has written to Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, over allegations that up to 10 jobs have been lost at Dunbia’s abattoir in Llanybydder. 

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

Hilton Food grows revenue and profit in 2016

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

Prime Minister Theresa May invokes Article 50

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially triggered Article 50, signalling the United Kingdom’s intent to exit the European Union. 

New listings for Moy Park snacking range

Moy Park has secured a deal with Ocado, Palmer and Harvey, and Nisa to list its new branded Good to Go snacking range. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

The Snaffling Pig Co announces partnership with Colman’s

Premium pork crackling producer the Snaffling Pig Co has announced its first partnership, with condiment company Colman’s. 

Dawn Meats sets out sustainability targets

Beef and lamb processor Dawn Meats has set the ambitious target of becoming “Europe’s most sustainable meat company”. 

Karro Foods set to be bought

Karro Food Group looks set to be acquired from private equity group Endless by funds advised by fellow private equity outfit CapVest Partners.

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit. 

2 Sisters hit by headwinds as profits falter

A competitive market and “strong headwinds” have hit profits at Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, in the second quarter of the year.

Sarval to invest £8 million in pet food by-product plant

Ingredients supplier to the UK pet food market Sarval has announced a major upgrade project to its animal by-product processing facility in Nottingham. 

New MOR sausage range launches at Tesco

A new flexitarian range of sausages has been launched at Tesco. 

Northern Irish pie company wins business in Hong Kong

Cloughbane Farm Foods, a manufacturer of beef, chicken, lamb and pork pies, has secured its first business in Hong Kong.

On-the-go offering from Fire & Smoke

Kerry Foods is aiming to tap into the growing food-to-go market with the launch of a 50g format for its Fire & Smoke Chicken Chunks – in Fire Grilled and Sweet Heat versions. 

Dawn Meats tie-up with Dunbia rumoured

Dawn Meats is close to securing a takeover of Northern Ireland-based meat processor Dunbia, according to an industry expert. 

Christmas demand leads to Himalayan salt chamber investment

Northern Ireland processor Buchanan Foods is now developing its own Himalayan salt chamber following massive consumer demand for salt aged turkey over the festive period. 

Northern Irish chorizo specialist introduces Tuscan-style sausage

Following on from the successful launch of its original and chilli chorizo varieties last year, Corndale Farm Charcuterie has now launched a Tuscan-style sausage. 

JJ Foodservice celebrates National Poultry Day

Wholesaler JJ Food Service will be launching discounts on fresh chicken products, offering free point-of-sale (POS) and sharing educational videos to celebrate National Poultry Day on 19 March 2017. 

Food businesses oppose inspection charges

UK food processors have unequivocally voiced their opposition to the idea of being charged for statutory inspections. 

Volume sales aid Moy Park revenue growth

Northern Ireland poultry producer Moy Park has seen like-for-like revenues grow in 2016. 

British poultry highlighted in Parliament debate

The importance of the UK poultry industry and its role post-Brexit was discussed in a Parliamentary debate earlier this week. 

Halal meat fraud duo found guilty

Two Leicester businessman have been found guilty of conspiracy to fraud. 

Whole turkey back on the menu for Christmas

Whole turkey sales at Christmas are holding their own after a big swing to crowns and breast joints at major retailers over the past few years, according to Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkeys Farmgate Hatcheries. 

Broughgammon Farm creates prosecco sausage

Northern Irish producer Broughgammon Farm has launched a new Free Range Rose Veal, Prosecco and Lemon sausage.

Devro’s revenue bolstered by shifting currencies

Sausage casings manufacturer Devro has benefited from fluctuating exchange rates, as its volume sales dropped but revenue grew in 2016. 

Meat & Poultry Processing Award 2017 winners unveiled

Cotswolds-based Jesse Smith Butchers & W.J. Castle was crowned Processor of the Year at the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017. 

Porky Whites labels Slimming World accusations ‘inaccurate’

G White & Co, the parent company of Porky Whites, has defended the nutritional benefits of its Porky Light sausages. This comes after Slimming World claimed to have re-evaluated the products’ 'syn' value and said they were not as nutritionally beneficial as originally thought. 

Meat manufacturer backs Cornwall as 110 jobs threatened

Tulip Food Company is “fully committed” to Cornwall and its Redruth site, despite changes to shift patterns threatening up to 110 jobs there, according to managing director Jose Peralta. 

Birds Eye drives frozen chicken category with multi-million pound relaunch

Frozen food company Birds Eye has announced the revamp of its improved quality chicken range as part of a £7.1 million relaunch. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods opens new processing site

Scottish pork and bacon producer John Robertson & Sons, the parent company of Robertson’s Fine Foods of Ayrshire has opened a second processing unit in Irvine, Ayrshire. 

Booths to stock Moy Park breaded chicken range

Northern Ireland’s Moy Park has gained listings in retailer Booths for its breaded chicken range. 

Heck to create 50 jobs at new multi-million pound factory

Sausage producer Heck is set to introduce 50 local jobs after its new factory in Sinderby, North Yorkshire, is created at the end of April. 

Joint investigation launched over Skegness abattoir fire

A joint fire and police investigation is underway following a fire at an abattoir in Skegness on Friday, 24 February. 

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs at research centre

Irish processor Dawn Farms is to create 150 new jobs over the next five years at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre as part of a €25 million investment programme. 

RSPCA launches investigation into dumped chicks

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after officers were called to a sea of day-old chicks abandoned in a field in Cambridgeshire. 

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