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HMC is a halal certifying body
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Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s first ‘bacon-tasting’ product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Grillstock launches first retail range

BBQ brand Grillstock has partnered with Tulip to introduce its first Smokehouse retail range.

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

New packaging: “same great taste, 30% less salt”
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Tulip reduces salt for Danepak bacon

Tulip has revealed its Danepak bacon will contain 30% less salt than normal bacon as the result of a new curing process.

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

Irish pork processor gains Aldi listing

Family-run Irish pork processor Connolly Meats has secured a new contract with Aldi in Ireland.

Steak contest finalists announced

The finalists of Eblex’s inaugural ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ competition have been announced after significant interest from businesses.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Welfare activists hijack Red Meat Month Twitter account

The ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign being promoted by MP Neil Parish has been hijacked on social media by animal welfare activists.

Andrew Rhodes is to move to the Department for Work and Pensions
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New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

MP pursues ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was “only fair” to launch a ‘Red Meat Month’ to celebrate Britain’s livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a “simplified family of brands”. 

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Dalesman invests £750k in extension

The Dalesman Group has invested £750,000 in an extension of its Bradford headquarters, including a new pilot plant and development kitchen.

New MD James Russell
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New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the company’s wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Dalton Philips is to leave after five years in charge
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Morrisons boss steps down, as retailer sees sales fall

Morrisons’ chief executive Dalton Phillips is to leave the company after five years in his role, as the supermarket announced a fall in like-for-like sales (LFLs).

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands’ largest hospitality fair next week.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

Eblex strengthens communications team

Eblex has increased the size of its communications team after calls from levy payers and stakeholders for more information “to help drive the industry forward”.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the government’s long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Sainsbury's Chief Executive, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsbury’s has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarket’s Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

Reorganisation sets Scottish meat firm on path for future

Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported stronger results following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October 2014.

Competition body steps up investigation on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

A phase two investigation has began into the proposed merger of the chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business of Kerry Foods Limited and Pork Farms, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reported.

New study linking red meat and cancer will be harder to prove in humans

New research has apparently uncovered a link between red meat consumption and the formation of cancerous tumours.

Festive meat sales see decline compared with 2013

Christmas meat sales were down on last year, despite a last-minute surge from shoppers, according to IRI data.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

The cattle market is “demonstrating stability” as the year draws to a close, according to Eblex.

Campylobacter scare causes drop in chicken sales

Year-on-year sales of whole chickens dropped in the 12 weeks ending 7 December, prompting speculation that consumers are buying less due to the campylobacter scare.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a “crunch” year for the Scottish meat industry.

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

Marketing authority to investigate pork pie merger

The Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) is to investigate the merger of Pork Farms and Kerry Foods over concern it could form a monopoly in the pork pie market.

Eblex encourages revival of casseroles

English beef and sheep industry levy body Eblex is undertaking a ‘Casserole Revival’ project to improve the popularity of the casserole and braising sector, and halt its “long-term decline”.

Finalists of Meat & Poultry Processing Awards revealed

The judging is complete and Meat Trades Journal can now reveal the finalists in the 2015 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Fitness website slashes fresh turkey price

Fitness food website MuscleFood.com is offering affordable fresh turkeys for the festive market for only £9.

2 Sisters in spotlight as contract terms are criticised

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting “beyond unreasonable” terms of contract by one of its suppliers on a BBC Newsnight programme.

Traditional meals in long-term decline, finds study

Family meals and time-consuming dishes, such as traditional meat roasts, are in long-term decline, according to Kantar Worldpanel research, commissioned by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Can the FSA deliver a Food Crime Unit?

Concern over whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) can deliver a Food Crime Unit by the end of the year have been heard at a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.

New allergen labelling rules imminent

New allergen labelling comes into force tomorrow (13 December 2014), including new labelling protocol for frozen meat and frozen meat preperations.

Lidl claims strong reindeer sales

Rudolph is proving popular on dinner plates this Christmas, with Lidl reporting strong sales of its smoked reindeer.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers’ favourite

Ahead of shortbread, smoked salmon and even haggis, Scotch Beef PGI has been named as Scotland’s favourite food.

Pig herd improvements observed

The physical performance of the British pig herd continues to improve, according to the latest Interpig report, published by Bpex.

Infographic: Christmas food and drink spend set to rise, but patterns to change

Spending on Christmas food and drink is set to grow this year, but shoppers will spread their purchases across a number of stores, with less emphasis on one large trip, according to food researcher IGD.

Poultry body presents 2020 Vision

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released its manifesto, laying out its ‘2020 Vision’, as well as its calls for government assistance in ensuring the “continuing success of the British poultry meat industry”.

Meat industry hits back at ‘misleading’ reports

The UK meat industry has defended itself after two separate studies claimed that livestock production and meat consumption must be reduced to tackle climate change.

Co-op to boost British meat credentials

The Co-operative Food has committed to sourcing all its own-brand meat from British farmers as part of a £1.5bn initiative announced today (5 December).

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