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#Butcherisbetter campaign goes viral

With this year’s National Butchers’ Week fast approaching, Meat Trades Journal’s #butcherisbetter campaign is also building momentum.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

New MD: James Knox
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New MD for Yorkshire butcher’s

Catering butcher’s The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Michelin-star chef endorses QSM scheme

Eblex has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Nigel Howarth to be the ambassador for its Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers’ Union (NFU) report predicts an “alarming” decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have “serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment”.

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

Sausage King sets himself a new challenge

A UK sausage expert has set out on a mission to try the nation’s best bangers, most recently sampling a “stunning array” at a Derbyshire Farm Shop.

Scottish butcher’s scoops hotel deal

Despite only trading for a year, butcher’s shop Premier Cuts Lanark has secured a substantial contract with a local hotel.

Scottish butcher creates yellow sausage for charity

An Aberdonian butchers has come up with a yellow sausage recipe in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’.

Consumer meat survey launched

Meat Trades Journal has launched a consumer survey to find out about shopping habits when it comes to the retail butcher.

Asda sees drop in LFL sales amid ‘turbulent’ market

Asda has revealed plans to invest £600m in new and existing stores as it announces a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for its final quarter of the year.

Devon butcher’s takes new approach to NPD

A Devon butcher’s shop has turned to an unusual source to help with new product development.

Bonativo brings online farmers’ market to London

A start-up company, Bonativo, has launched an online farmers’ market for Londoners, offering meat and other products from local producers.

Irish farming body under fire over pork testing

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been accused of attempting to push up the price of pork in the marketplace through a scheme of  testing of pork products in Irish butchers’ shops which opponents have branded as “flawed”.

Ex-BDCI chair to continue fundraising efforts

Former festival chairman of the The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI), Norman Hatcliff, will continue to support charities associated with the meat trade.

IFE will be held at the ExCel centre in London
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Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase “exciting new beef and lamb product developments” at this year’s International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Outlook Conference were told.

EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods. 

Despite falling sales, bacon remained the most popular processed meat
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Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Tesco back in growth, although market share falls

Tesco has returned to growth for the first time in over a year, according to the latest market research by analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a “challenging” market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

College to open butcher’s shop as part of course

A North-East college is involving students in a field-to-fork project by opening a butcher’s shop from which to sell its own farm’s meat. 

Northern butcher takes helm at Q Guild

Northumberland butcher Mark Turnbull has been elected as the new national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, taking over from Brindon Addy, who has been at the helm for three years.

Carrier bag advice for Scottish butchers

New advice for Scottish butchers on charging for carrier bags has just been issued by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

Beef firm spends £5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested £5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new £2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Lucas clarifies allergens on website

Lucas Ingredients has added a new section to its website to provide clear information on any allergens present in particular products.

Eblex adds video news and ‘ask’ feature to web

Beef and sheep levy board Eblex has launched a monthly online news round-up video, “which reports the latest industry news and market information in a short, easily-digestible form”.

Tesco under investgation for alleged Groceries Code breaches

Tesco is to be investigated following “reasonable suspicion” that the retailer breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Morrissey cancels concert in latest meat protest

Former The Smiths frontman and vegetarian, Morrissey, has cancelled a concert in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the evening.

Masterchef winner heads Scotch Beef campaign

Winner of BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals Jamie Scott has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI.

English butchers scoop top title in European competition

A victorious Team England clinched the crown at the European Butchery competition in France last weekend.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Knife skills course launched

Duchy College and Etherington’s Butchery Academy are running a new knife skills course.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

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).

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).

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.

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Association’s (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

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.

Steak contest finalists announced

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

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