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Northern Irish buffalo farm signs export deal

Northern Ireland’s only producer of buffalo meat has signed its first export opportunity. 

Scottish meat industry raises awareness for homelessness

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this morning served up Specially Selected pork rolls to participants of the Social Bite CEO sleep-out. 

Singh expects ‘strong headwinds’ for 2 Sisters in 2017

2 Sisters Food Group CEO Ranjit Singh is expecting a difficult 2017 as the combination of Brexit, currency fluctuations and retail price pressures combine to create a perfect storm. 

Beef shin named Northern Ireland’s favourite dish

Northern Ireland consumers have voted beef as its most popular dish. 

Beef sales dominated by steak

Beef steak sales have reached a five-year high, making up almost 70% of sales in the category, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Book your place at Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017

Time is running out to book a place at the upcoming Meat & Poultry Processing Awards. 

Post-Brexit protection for Geographical Indication

British products with Geographical Indication (GI) status may still get EU protection from imitation after the UK leaves the EU. 

The Black Farmer donates Christmas ad slot to charity

Sausage producer The Black Farmer has bought a Channel 4 TV advertising spot on Christmas Day and donated it to charity. 

Snowbird Foods adds to technical and innovation teams

Snowbird Foods has beefed up its technical and new product development services with two new senior appointments. 

Poultry industry’s top contributors recognised

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has celebrated the industry’s top professionals at its annual awards ceremony. 

Northern Irish charcuterie firm expands range

Corndale Farm Charcuterie has added two new free-range salamis to its already existing chorizos. 

Update: 'Active discussions' underway to make polymer five pound note meat-free

Actions are being taken to seek vegetable-based alternatives to the tallow used in the new polymer five pound note. 

Dunbia chiefs receive lifetime achievement award

Jim and Jack Dobson, owners of meat processors Dunbia, were the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the UTV Businesses Eye Awards in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. 

Bank of England working on ‘potential solutions’ to make five pound note meat-free

Following on from the backlash by the vegetarian and vegan community, the Bank of England has said it is addressing concerns over the new polymer £5 note containing tallow.

Volume growth aids successful half year for Cranswick

Cranswick has reported a strong first half-year performance, thanks to volume growth across most categories.

Bacon producer Turners of Bond Street sold out of liquidation, securing jobs

West Midlands bacon producer Turners of Bond Street has been sold out of liquidation, saving 13 jobs. 

Christmas advent calendars get 'porky kick up the backside'

The Snaffling Pig Co this year is offering something different to the traditional chocolate advent calendar.

Scottish red meat industry contributes £733m to GDP

The Scottish red meat industry is reported to contribute £733 million (m) to Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product and £2.4 billion to total output. 

EHL Ingredients launches exotic festive range

EHL Ingredients is offering food manufacturers a range of festive organic ingredient blends and stuffing mixes. 

FSA chief executive Catherine Brown to step down

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Catherine Brown has announced she is to step down from her current role. 

Irish meat industry appeals for government help

The Republic of Ireland beef market is still reeling from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, with exchange rates damaging competitiveness. 

Ambitious graduates called on to join top poultry processor

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park is looking for its next intake of young people to partake in its Graduate Management Trainee Programme. 

Cranswick Dunbia Ballymena acquisition signals intent to grow on global scale

Hot off the announcement of the acquisition of the Northern Ireland-based pork producer Dunbia Ballymena, Adam Couch, Cranswick chief executive took some time to speak about how the deal fits into the company’s plans. 

Cranswick acquires Dunbia Ballymena in Northern Ireland

Pork producer Cranswick has announced the acquisition of the whole of the issued share capital of Northern Irish-based Dunbia Ballymena. 

Linpac and Parkside create natural looking packaging

Packaging solutions company Linpac has developed a range of new designs for its Rfresh Evolve rigid VSP trays in collaboration with print partner, Parkside Flexibles. 

Food Standards Scotland slams ‘sensationalist’ beef press report

Food Standards Scotland has criticised a press report that inferior meat from Eastern Europe, Ireland and England was being imported and repacked with a premium Scottish label, calling it ‘sensationalist’. 

Welsh beef stars as chefs find success at Culinary Olympics

The Senior and Junior Welsh Culinary teams both found success at the recent Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, with dishes demonstrating PGI Welsh Beef. 

Devro predicts 10% sales drop in 2017

Sausage casings company Devro has today announced that sales volumes for 2017 will be 10% lower than previously anticipated. 

Million-pound investment to benefit beef industry efficiency

Research and industry collaborators are being sought out to help establish a five-year Beef Knowledge Partnership, with an emphasis on beef production. 

Welsh lamb receives celebrity chef support

Food writer and television personality Gizzi Erskine has developed a Welsh Lamb PGI recipe to be featured in new booklets by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) this winter. 

Broughgammon goat charcuterie products launched

Northern Irish producers of goat and rose veal products, Broughgammon, has introduced new charcuterie products, created on its farm-based processing unit. 

Opportunities for local sheepmeat in the halal sector

The relationship between home-grown lamb and the halal market has been highlighted at the Muslim Lifestyle Expo. 

Haggis producer Macsween enters sausage category

Scottish haggis producers, Macsween, has branched out into the sausage sector. 

Finnebrogue launches flexitarian brand at Waitrose

Northern Irish food processor Finnebrogue Artisan has launched its first flexitarian brand, Funky Flexitarian, at Waitrose in Britain. 

Dawn Meats commits to sustainable food production

Irish meat supplier Dawn Meats has become the latest firm to pledge its support to Courtauld 2025. 

Boparan Holdings files third consecutive quarter of growth

The parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group and, more recently Bernard Matthews, Boparan Holdings, has reported its third consecutive quarter of operating profit progress.

Solid business performance in third quarter for Kerry Foods

Kerry Group’s UK and Ireland consumer division, Kerry Foods, has reported a “solid business performance” in its third-quarter interim management statement. 

350 jobs at risk at 2 Sisters’ Merthyr Tydfil site

2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to move a retail packing operation from its St Merryn plant in Merthyr Tydfil, which could result in 350 jobs being lost. 

Horsegate duo plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud charges

Two of the three men charged with fraud relating to the horsemeat scandal have pleaded guilty. 

PGI status like ‘winning the lottery’ for Carmarthen Ham

The producers of Carmarthen Ham have revealed their delight for being awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. 

Meat & Poultry Processing Awards deadline approaches

Time is running out to put an entry forward for Meat Trades Journal’s Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017. 

2 Sisters nurtures future workforce

2 Sisters Food Group has teamed up with the Jobcentre and IGD to provide young unemployed people with practical skills to help them find work. 

Investigation opened over Bernard Matthews purchase

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an initial investigation into the acquisition of Bernard Matthews by Ranjit Boparan. 

Tulip sets out further changes to organisation

Tulip CEO Steve Francis has provided more details on the recent shake-up to the company.

Memorial service for Graham Roach

A memorial service for former Tulip vice-chairman Graham Roach is to be held at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall at 2pm on Monday 7 November. 

Member engagement a top priority for BMPA in chief executive search

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is on the hunt for a new chief executive. 

Poultry and foodservice deals to September generate £74m

Meat industry acquisitions in the year to 31 August generated £74m, although Boparan Private Office’s acquisition of Bernard Matthews in September will boost the value of 2016 transactions. 

Bernard Matthews deal “carefully crafted” to extract maximum cash

The Bernard Matthews acquisition was “carefully crafted to extract maximum cash from the company”, a Commons Work and Pensions Committee has been told.

Over three-quarters willing to pay more for free-range eggs

Seventy-eight per cent of UK shoppers who buy free-range eggs said they would be prepared to pay a premium for them, according to a OnePoll survey. 

Bernard Matthews creditors informed they won’t be paid

More than 900 creditors have been left out of pocket following the acquisition of turkey producer Bernard Matthews by Boparan Private Office from Rutland Partners in a pre-pack administration. 

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