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Rise in online sales of pork

Bpex has welcomed reports that online sales for pork have increased, highlighting that pork purchasers are using modern purchasing methods.

Last chance to create butcher of the future

The English meat industry has one last chance today to play a role in helping to design the butcher of the future.

Non-EU sheep meat exports hit record high

UK sheep meat export volumes to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have reached record levels, according to Eblex.

PTF head to retire

After 19 years as the director general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), Clare Cheney is retiring and will be succeeded by Terry Jones.

Halal butcher chain expands with £1m Lloyds loan

Tariq Halal Meats, one of London’s largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butcher’s shop to its operations, with the help of a £1m loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Beef and offal exports jump 25%

Red meat levy body Eblex has reported an increase in beef and offal exports, with the Africa and the Far East as important emerging markets.

UK pork exports on the up

Bpex has reported record pork export figures as China becomes a high performing market for British pork.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Investment made in new meat DNA testing

Food advisory and testing group Exova has invested in new DNA testing equipment to confirm the source of meat found in products.

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

QSM marketing kit will help summer sales sizzle

Eblex has issued members of the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme with promotional material to help butchers boost sales during the summer.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Scottish meat producers set sights on Sweden

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported possible opportunities for Scotch Beef and Lamb after a Swedish food event.

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Scottish associations to join forces over beef marketing

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) and the NFU Scotland (NFUS) are to work together in a bid to address the issues of price pressure and premium cattle losses.

Bernard Matthews to close turkey processing site

Around 80 jobs losses are expected at Bernard Matthews’ Lincs Turkey plant in Grainthorpe, Lincolnshire, after the firm put forward proposals to close the site.

Industry experts dismiss ‘sensationalist’ supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

New chief for packaging association

The Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) has appointed Andrew Stark as its new chief operating officer, starting early this month.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotland’s (NFUS’) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Yorkshire Dales Meat extends bacon deal with Asda

After good sales figures since going into Asda stores in the north of England last summer, the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company’s bacon will be going into 10 additional Asda branches.

Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this year’s Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Poultry firm enjoys 10% revenue hike

Poultry producer Moy Park reported strong sales for 2013 with a 10% increase in revenue to £1.2bn.

New chief executive at Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews has announced the appointment of Rob Burnett as its new chief executive.

Black pudding firm to double capacity with £1.4m spend

The Bury Black Pudding Company has the capacity to double its production and is targeting overseas markets after a £1.4m investment programme.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Meat wholesaler set to hit £3m in first year

Meat wholesaler Grassroots Wholesale Food is reported to be on schedule for a turnover of over £3m in their first year.

Premier Foods sees Q1 fall in grocery

Premier Foods, owner of gravy and stock brands Aah Bisto and Oxo, has announced a 6.2% decrease in grocery sales in the first quarter.

QMS Lamb campaign up for marketing award

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb’ campaign has been shortlisted for a national marketing award.

European meat delegates take knowledge exchange trip to USA

Eblex and the Young European Meat Committee (YEMCO) explored the possibility of a free trade agreement with the US during a knowledge exchange trip earlier this month.

Irish processor enjoys strong profits

Fane Valley Co-operative has reported a 17% increase in turnover, as well as a 50% rise in pre-tax profits, for the last year. 

Organic suppliers look to China for exports

With organic demand in China growing the UK Soil Association Certification (SAC) has teamed up with its Chinese counterparts to make it cheaper and simpler for UK suppliers to export.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a “chapter of change and opportunity”, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Meat industry concerned over small business inspection charge

The European Parliament has voted to delete an exemption which currently saves small meat businesses millions of pounds each year.

British success at Asian trade show

British meat exporters, who exhibited on an Eblex/Bpex stand, reported high levels of interest after showcasing their products at the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 (FHA2014) convention in Singapore last week (8-11 April).

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Bpex introduces additional pig price scheme

Following the announcement of the discontinuation of the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) and the launch of the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP), Bpex will now expand its historical pig price reporting to include an all-new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

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