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Poultry producers renews fleet to meet demand

Faccenda Foods has said it will renew its fleet of delivery trucks at one of its main distribution centres in an effort to keep up with growing demand for British meat. 

British Sausage Week returns for 19th year

Entrants for the British Sausage Week competition are now open, as the event returns for its 19th year. 

Snaffling Pig slays entrepreneurial dragons to win £70,000

Premium pork crackling brand Snaffling Pig Co. won over Moonpig.com founder Nick Jenkins in last night’s episode of BBC’s Dragons’ Den. 

Moy Park recognised for commitment to health and safety

Leading European poultry producer Moy Park has been awarded with two 2016 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards. 

Kerry Foods expands Fire & Smoke range

Following on from the success of Fire & Smoke’s first year, Kerry Foods is adding three ‘On the Go’ chicken snacks to the range. 

FSA tweet causes industry fury

A tweet promoting #meatfreeweek sent out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has caused anger in the meat processing industry. 

Devro benefits from weakened sterling in first half of 2016

Casings producer Devro has reported a stable first half of the year.

Faccenda Foods and Dartmouth Foods in cooked poultry link-up

Faccenda Foods and Dartmouth Foods have announced a joint venture that will see their cooked poultry operations integrated. 

Wham Bam Lamb campaign from Quality Meat Scotland

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is set to launch a new advertising campaign for Scotch Lamb PGI. 

Essentia develops new meat protein powders

A new range of meat proteins has been launched in response to growing demand from the food industry for nutritionally high protein products. 

Mattessons teams with Robbie Savage for media campaign

Kerry Foods’ meat snacking brand Mattessons has teamed up with former footballer and pundit Robbie Savage to create the ‘ultimate savage’ campaign. 

Greencore gains from £15m Cranswick sandwich deal

Greencore’s £15m acquisition of The Sandwich Business from pork processor Cranswick extends its reach into the convenience store and travel channels of the food-to-go market, according to the company.

Haloodies halal chicken range hits Tesco

Halal food brand Haloodies has won listings in Tesco for the first time. 

Scottish red meat industry bullish after Brexit result

Scotland’s red meat industry is in a good position to adapt to the period of change that will follow the EU referendum, according to the chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Jim McLaren. 

Kelly Turkeys ready to take on US Thanksgiving market

Poultry producer Kelly Turkeys is confident of cracking the United States Thanksgiving market following a recent sales mission by managing director Paul Kelly. 

Unite keeps a close eye on Bernard Matthews

A leading workers’ union in the UK, Unite, has said it will be keeping a close watch on turkey producer Bernard Matthews amid rumours it has been put up for sale. 

Fire at 2 Sisters factory leads to evacuation

Fire crews were called to 2 Sisters Food Group’s factory in Caxton Way, Thetford around 3pm on Sunday, 17 July following reports of a burning smell from employees. 

Ireland’s Black Pudding Festival returns for a fourth year

This year’s Black Pudding Festival is set to run in conjunction with Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink’s ‘Love NI Meat’, which is the theme for the month of August. 

IMTA plans post-Brexit strategy for members

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has set out a post-Brexit strategy to help its members navigate Great Britain exiting the EU. 

Meat wholesaler fined for waste offences

A Birmingham meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £25,500, after being found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises. 

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Meat production projects win Agri-Tech Catalyst support

A whole supply chain approach to campylobacter is among four meat- and fish-related projects that have been awarded funding as part of the government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme. 

AB Agriculture contract row prompts strike threat

Close to 50 employees at animal feed firm AB Agriculture Ltd are threatening strike action over a contract dispute.

EHL Ingredients expands team as it targets £7m sales target

Natalie Daley has been appointed technical manager at ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients.

TV programme showcases halal sector

A new TV programme showing how to cook with halal beef and lamb has hit the airwaves as part of Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb’s commitment to the sector. 

Wagyu set for rapid growth

The growing demand for wagyu is expected to transform the UK beef market. That was the message delegates took away at the first UK Wagyu Revolution Conference, which took place in Warrendale Farm in East Yorkshire on Monday 27 June. 

Hammond Charcuterie to expand with move to new premises

Hammond Charcuterie is planning to more than quadruple production and set up a dedicated butchery workshop and retail outlet when it moves into new premises in the autumn. 

Buffalo meat range launched in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s only buffalo producer, Ballyriff Farm in Co Derry, has launched a range of buffalo meats. 

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies. 

Bernard Matthews’ German subsidiary finds new owner

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced that its German branch has been purchased by Sprehe Gruppe (Sprehe Group). 

Faccenda Foods invests in packing equipment

Faccenda Foods, a company that supplies poultry to the foodservice and retail sectors, has invested in new packaging equipment from Ishida Europe, which accurately weighs chicken legs and drumsticks. 

Welsh red meat sector “proactive” in addressing climate change

Welsh beef and lamb producers are driving forward the industry’s climate change agenda by linking environmental actions to good commercial practices, according to research from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Burnley abattoir bought from administration

The sale of Burnley-based abattoir B Riley & Sons to Dale Valley Rossendale has reached completion. 

Bernard Matthews up for sale

Turkey producer Bernard Matthews has been put up for sale, according to the BBC.

Dalziel acquires Burma Bacon Supplies

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has expanded its business after acquiring Staffordshire-based Burma Bacon Supplies for an undisclosed sum. 

Richmond Perfect Bake returns to TV

Sausage brand Richmond is back on TV with its Richmond Perfect Bake campaign. 

Moy Park renews SportFest sponsorship for second year

Moy Park is to continue as official sponsor of annual family sports festival SportFest. 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

New AHDB Beef & Lamb head of domestic marketing

Nick White has been appointed as the new head of domestic marketing for beef and lamb at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Dunbia gets royal approval for Queen’s birthday

Leading Northern Irish meat processor, Dunbia, has appeared in the official commemorative publication for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, taking place at Windsor this year. 

Bowmans Ingredients refocuses strategy

Ingredients specialist Jas Bowman & Sons is withdrawing from the milling market to focus on its ingredients business. 

Moy Park announces support for remaining in EU

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has revealed its support for the UK remaining in the EU as the referendum is now less than a week away. 

Consistency key to steak sales

Retailers risk losing sales unless they ensure consistent steak quality, according to a report just published by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

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Waitrose and Moy Park launch omega 3 enriched chicken range

Waitrose has teamed up with Moy Park to launch the UK’s first-ever chicken range that is a source of omega 3. 

Innovative Food Ingredients expands portfolio

Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) is responding to demand by adding Newly Weds Foods (NWF) rusk to its product range. 

Gwyn Howells of HCC congratulates Daphne on her achievement and commitment to Welsh Lamb
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Top Welsh lamb producer receives royal recognition

Some of London’s top chefs were joined by industry professionals to honour Daphne Tilley of Daphne’s Original Welsh Lamb on receiving her MBE. 

AIMS makes progress on judicial review

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has taken a massive step forward in securing a judicial review of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) refusal to allow appeals against Official Veterinarian’s (OV) decisions. 

Dawn Meats creates billionth beef burger for McDonald’s

The Republic of Ireland’s Dawn Meats has been celebrating after producing its billionth Irish beef burger for fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s. 

Oakpark Foods plans to expand bacon range in Morrisons

Oakpark Foods, based in Co Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, is hoping to expand its line of bacon products to over 500 Morrisons stores within the next three months. 

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Dawn Meats farm welcomes guests

More than 2,000 farmers gathered at the Dawn Meats Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm for a showcase of the farm’s full year in operation. 

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