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Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

False meat claims see Fortnum & Mason stripped of Royal grocer title

Fortnum & Mason been ditched as the Royal grocer after it became apparent it was making false claims on its meat packaging, according to the Mail Online.

Welsh meat body appoints Dutch marketer

The red meat promotion body for Wales has appointed a Dutch marketing representative, which it hopes will increase exports to the country.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Westaways introduces frozen sausage range

Westaways Sausages is launching a new range of cook-from-frozen Traditional British Pork Sausages, which it claims will help minimise food waste.

RSPCA rebrands animal welfare scheme

The RSPCA’s animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to ‘RSPCA Assured’ in response to consumer research.

Scottish union turns to CMA over chicken market plight

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers’ contracts.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this year’s British Sausage Week.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Artists illustrate Smithfield Market nightlife

Depictions of life in Smithfield Market will be exhibited by artists at the Three Night Markets exhibition at City Hall in London this autumn.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Butchers urged to register for fair

With competitions, speakers and latest innovations on display, butchers are being urged to register for free entry to this Autumn’s Butchers and Bakers Fair.

Linden Foods introduces meat boxes range to Fane Valley

Red meat processor Linden Foods has revealed a new range of meat boxes to be sold in Fane Valley Co-operative stores in Northern Ireland.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the ‘eat less meat’ brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

Meat products do well at Great Taste Awards

Meat brands cleared up at this year’s Great Taste Awards with a whole host of meat products now eligible to use the ‘Great Taste’ logo.

Great Taste Award-winner brings out snacking salami

Salami charcuterie specialist Serious Pig has launched a new ‘snacking salami’ product for retailers.

C & K Meats expands into Asia

Suffolk producer C & K Meats has secured overseas orders worth around £100,000, after expanding into Asia with help from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Russian ban has ‘minimal’ impact on UK meat

Russia has banned meat imports from the EU, as well as the USA, Canada and Norway, but the move will have “minimal” impact on UK exports.

Tulip shortlisted in IGD awards

Food producer Tulip is “delighted” to be shortlisted for the consumer and retail analysis IGD awards.

Fresh beef brings in £2bn to UK economy

The fresh beef market in Britain was worth more than £2bn this past year, according to figures from market analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

UK and Irish foods stand up to origin test

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has not found any misleading information in a study looking at foods which have UK and Ireland country of origin claims.

UK sheepmeat exports show good growth

Sheepmeat exports continued to perform strongly last year, according to the AHDB/Eblex Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.

Cranswick reports "strong growth"

Cranswick PLC has released its first quarter (Q1) results showing “strong growth”, with total sales up 14%.

Red Tractor set to promote quality during dedicated week

Red Tractor has urged licensees to get behind Red Tractor Week (15-21 September), saying it is a great opportunity to promote their own quality assurance credentials.

Welsh red meat body embarks on Netherlands campaign

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is looking to increase overseas demand for Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef by starting a marketing drive in the Netherlands.

Meadow Vale gets Klucky

Meadow Vale Foods is offering suppliers the chance to win up to £500 through its new marketing campaign, Klucky.

Hilton Food Group on target

The Hilton Food Group performed in line with expectations despite “challenging conditions” for consumers, according to its latest trading statement.

FSA staff to be balloted for strike action

A proposed strike by meat hygiene inspectors and supporting staff could cause disruption to the meat supply chain, processing bosses have warned.

Meat body reports cooling for lamb prices

Lamb prices have cooled over the past five weeks, due to a strong sterling and extra availability of lambs on the market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Meat firm reports soaring sales as Tour de France hits Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has seen sales soar by 150% as the Tour de France arrives in the area.

Halal producer clinches European supermarket deals

A leading halal food producer is celebrating after landing a series of deals to give it a strong foothold across a number of European markets.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Export conference highlights opportunities for future growth

Opportunities for market growth and insights into the performance of the red meat sector were discussed at the Eblex Export Conference which took place this week (25 June).

Bpex and Eblex stage Chinese trade mission

Bpex and Eblex mounted another trade mission to China during the World Meat Congress in Beijing earlier this month.

Grocery Code survey reveals suppliers’ concerns

Results from a survey revealed at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) conference in Westminster yesterday (23 June) showed that suppliers feared retribution if they reported mistreatment by retailers.

Campbells new haggis set to ‘fill market gap’

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a “gap in the market”, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Poultry is UK’s number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

Exports in focus at Eblex conference

Eblex is to put the UK’s beef and lamb export strategy under the spotlight at its annual export conference next week.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A “complex international market” has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this year’s prestigious David Black Award.

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