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Bernard Matthews blasts off with FAB new line

Bernard Matthews has partnered with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) to create the company’s first licensed offering. 

Producer share of lamb retail prices remains stable

The producer share of the retail price for lamb has remained over 50% during the past few months, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Stun-free halal certification scheme launched

Traditional Halal Limited has launched its stun-free certification scheme. 

Meat Promotion Wales hails ‘major’ deal with Canada

A deal that will see Randall Parker Food Group’s Welsh lamb sold across 300 retail stores in Canada has been described as “hugely significant” by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Beef + Lamb New Zealand to close UK office

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is to close its UK office as part of a strategy refocus. 

Long-awaited Brechin abattoir opens in Scotland

Scotland’s £10m Brechin abattoir has opened, employing 58 people and providing much-needed additional capacity to the pigmeat industry in the country.

Labour's living wage pledge "a burden for consumers"

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has criticised Labour’s promises of an increased living wage, saying it will led to a “higher cost burden” for consumers. 

Horsemeat trio appear in court

Three men arrested in connection with the horsemeat scandal have appeared at the City of London magistrates court. 

Post-Brexit opportunities on agenda for AHDB Seminar

Opportunities for beef and lamb in a post-Brexit landscape will be addressed at the 2016 AHDB Beef & Lamb Stakeholder Seminar. 

Debbie & Andrew’s launches new festive-themed products

To celebrate British Sausage Week (31 October-6 November), premium sausage producer Debbie & Andrew’s has launched two new products. 

Doherty’s unveils rebranding

Northern Irish gluten-free meat specialist Doherty’s has refreshed its brand as part of a marketing drive to expand business in Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

Asda plucks competition at British Turkey Awards

Asda picked up the accolade of British Turkey Retailer of the Year at the annual British Turkey Awards once again. 

Boparan confirms acquisition of Bernard Matthews

Boparan Private Office has agreed terms for its acquisition of Bernard Matthews in a pre-pack administration deal. 

Appley Orchard Farm moves into poultry business

A farm near Wellington in Somerset is to begin rearing free-range broiler chickens.

2 Sisters Bernard Matthews deal expected soon

A deal to purchase turkey producer Bernard Matthews is expected to be announced this week by 2 Sisters parent company Boparan Holdings. 

Poultry supplier supports Beverley Food Festival

The 11th annual Beverley Food Festival, organised by Beverley Town Council, takes place on 2 October.

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Teeside meat firm to add 18 jobs as it invests millions

Teesside meat processor and wholesaler Country Valley Foods (CVF) is to create 18 jobs and safeguard 18 more amid a £2 million investment, which includes a £1m fit-out and £200,000 spent on butchery equipment.

Tulip to split business into four divisions

Tulip is planning to split its business into four unique divisions after newly-appointed CEO Steve Francis admitted the pork processor had “lost its edge” in the UK meat industry. 

Continued growth for Hilton Food Group

Despite “challenging market conditions”, retail meat packaging business Hilton Food Group has reported strong growth for the 28 weeks to 17 July 2016.

MII weighs in on ABP Slaney deal

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has debunked the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) claims that the ABP-Slaney joint venture would harm the Irish meat industry. 

Illegal meat business owner prosecuted

The owner of an illegal meat business was fined on Tuesday, 6 September for 16 hygiene offences. 

Moy Park welcomes chief financial officer

Northern Irish poultry processors Moy Park has appointed Sian Land to the position of chief financial officer.

Ireland welcomes “very positive” progress on beef access application to China

The Republic of Ireland has been engaging in productive talks with China to gain access to its beef market. 

EHL Ingredients launches 20 new lines to celebrate birthday

In honour of being in operation for 20 years, EHL is launching ten new products over the course of this month. In total, it will introduce 20 new blends over 2016. 

Innovative snap pack design for Walls sausage rolls

A new joint venture from Pork Farms, part of the Addo Foods Group, and packaging manufacturer Parkside has seen the creation of a new snack pack for Pork Farms’ Walls sausage rolls range. 

Snaffling Pig gets in Brazilian spirit

With the Paralympic Games kicking off yesterday (Wednesday, 7 September), premium pork scratchings firm The Snaffling Pig Co. has launched a new limited edition flavour to celebrate the success of Team GB in Rio. 

Gourmet sausages celebrate Love Lamb Week

With Love Lamb Week in full swing, three Northern Irish artisan enterprises have joined forces to produce a speciality gourmet sausage in honour of the event. 

Northern Irish beef named Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016

Hannan Meats’ Glenarm Shorthorn 4 Rib Roast has been named as the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016 after beating 10,000 entries. Hannan Meats is the first meat producer to take the top title for the second time. 

Gourmet chicken dishes launched by Northern Irish firm

Six added-value gourmet chicken meals have been launched under the new Chook Chook brand by Northern Irish poultry producer HK Dickey. 

Moy Park stays ahead of consumer trends with product relaunch

Northern Irish-based Moy Park has relaunched its branded breaded product range to support growth in the chilled coated sector. 

Tulip CEO Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas
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Tulip appoints new CEO to tackle financial woes

Tulip CEO Chris Thomas has stepped down and will be replaced by Steve Francis, a restructuring and turnaround expert, on 5 September as the company addresses a range of commercial problems. 

Scotland expresses concern over future of immigrant workers

Scotland’s meat processing and farming sectors have united to urge the government to provide assurance on the status of workers from outside of the UK. 

Beef producer to cast net into fish market

Somerset-based Brown Cow Organics has launched a range of fresh fish on its website. 

Westaway Sausages announces partnership with Co-op

Devon-based Westaway Sausages has signed a new contract with the Co-op to supply sausages to the retailer’s outlets across the south-west. 

Heck gets ready for Christmas

We may be reaching the end of summer, but that isn’t stopping Heck sausages from getting into the Christmas spirit. 

AIMS rubbishes FSA campylobacter claims

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has continued to apply pressure to the Food Standards Agency, saying it has continued to “undermine the meat processing sector”. 

Beef industry urged to work together for greater returns

The British beef supply chain is faced with a lack of transparency that is affecting returns for all, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

2 Sisters Food Group
The investment is part of a £150m poultry investment programme revealed in October last year
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2 Sisters' Scunthorpe poultry plant in £45m investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £45m investment in its poultry plant in Scunthorpe, which it claims will create the "world's most advanced poultry plant".

Dunbia denies 2 Sisters merger has stalled

Both Dunbia and 2 Sisters Food Group have remained tight-lipped about a possible merger between the two meat-processing giants, despite claims that talks are on the brink of collapse. 

Essentia takes top award for food-safety standards

Ingredients specialists Essentia Protein Solutions, which includes numerous butchers among its customers, has been recognised with the BRC Global Standard for food safety for the 21st consecutive year. 

Moy Park poultry farmers recognised for production standards

A dozen poultry farmers who supply to Northern Irish food producer Moy Park have been honoured for their high standard of production at an awards ceremony held by US broiler breeder firm, Aviagen. 

‘Funky’ Chook Chook poultry brand hits Northern Ireland

HK Dickey of Cullybackey, near Ballymena in Co Antrim, has introduced Chook Chook, a ‘funky’ new poultry range into the market. 

Moy Park saw a volume sales rise

Volume growth drives Moy Park sales in second quarter

Processor Moy Park has seen a steady second quarter of the year, with any positive sales figures being driven by volume growth. 

ABP Food Group looks to create 400 jobs via expansion

Processor ABP Food Group hopes to create 400 jobs with the latest development at its Shrewsbury plant. 

Danish pork producer Tican moves production to UK

After losing ground in the UK pork sector, Danish pork producer Tican has said it will move its pork deboning and bacon production operations for the UK market to Germany and the UK. 

Meatsnacks Group targets independent retailers with trade website launch

The Meatsnacks Group has launched a dedicated trade website to offer independent retailers greater flexibility in both orders and payment. 

Meat and fish firms named in Great Taste Awards 2016 Top 50

The meat and fish industry has claimed 14 of the Top 50 products selected in the Great Taste Awards this year. 

Haloodies launches packaging for new cooked-foods range

Halal food brand Haloodies has partnered with packaging manufacturer Coveris, design agency theSpiritof, and supplier CP Foods for the retail launch of its new range in Tesco. 

Meat industry contacts Prime Minister over FSA bias concern

The British meat industry has combined forces to voice their concerns about Food Standards Agency (FSA) bias against the sector. 

Interim results confirm operational fears for Devro

Fears that sausage casings company Devro might be entering a period of “significant operational risk” have been confirmed by Shore Capital, following the recent announcement of Devro’s interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016. 

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