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QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

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

Complete revamp for Conwy butcher’s

Edwards of Conwy is to reopen its flagship shop in North Wales following a six-figure renovation project.

More Welsh lambs meet market requirements

The Welsh sheep industry saw an increased number of lambs meeting market requirements in 2013, according to new figures from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Summer recipes for Welsh Beef and Lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has developed some new Welsh Beef and Lamb recipes, just in time for summer.

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 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.

Butchery firm toasts centenary with ale

A Cumbrian brewery has produced a special ale to mark the centenary of the butchery and food specialist company Cranstons.

QMS launches new-look website

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

Scots display beef and lamb in Belgium

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) showcased PGI Scotch Beef and Lamb at an event in Belgium, which generated export interest from Belgian and Dutch retailers.

Celebrity chef helps Bpex with pork demo

TV chef Cyrus Todiwala cooked up some of his favourite pork dishes using Red Tractor meat during an event organised by Bpex.

Sian Lloyd to present Welsh curry awards

ITV weather girl Siân Lloyd is to present the Welsh Curry House of the Year Awards, which will include a specially created Welsh lamb curry.

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.

Butchery skills tested at Chef of the Year Awards

Finalists at this year’s British Culinary Federation’s (BCF) Chef of the Year Awards had their butchery skills put to the test last week, in the penultimate stage of the competition.

Burgers for breakfast? Survey says yes

Having a burger for breakfast might seem strange for some, but they are fast becoming the preferred option for many British consumers, according to new data from NPD Group.

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.

Collaboration the key for sausage supplier

The owner of a Devon sausage supplier has urged small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industry to collaborate with each other for success.

Cam Catering Butchers invests in new expansion

Cam Catering Butchers in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is to invest £600,000 in the expansion of their premises in order to meet Food Standards Agency (FSA) requirements.

Robin Hood Championship celebrates 20th anniversary

The Robin Hood Championship for independent butchers, held at the Nottinghamshire County Show, Winthorpe, will celebrate its 20-year anniversary by adding an extra category and reducing weight penalties.

Bpex South of England Roadshow hailed a success

The Bpex regional roadshows came to an end in Ardingly, West Sussex, where Chris Cripps from Green’s of Pangbourne butcher’s and pie shop was awarded Overall Champion of the South of England for his chorizo-stuffed pork cutlets.

Eblex pushes new lamb marketing campaign

Eblex’s marketing channel, Simply Lamb and Beef, has teamed up with celebrity chef Mark Sergeant to promote its latest lamb campaign, Adventure Lamb.

O’Doherty’s wins Burger of the Year Award 2014

O’Doherty’s Fine Meats, based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, has won the Speciality Burger of the Year 2014 award for its lamb and anchovy burger. The Burger of the Year award, which coincided with National Butchers’ Week, was held at this year’s Food & Drink Expo 2014/Farmshop & Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

Welsh success at Food & Drink Expo

Exhibitors on the Food and Drink Wales stand reported a successful Food & Drink Expo 2014, benefiting from powerful branding, a prominent location and an exclusively Welsh showcase area.

Eblex/Bpex launch latest meat cuts guide

The latest edition of an invaluable cutting guide has been launched, with an expanded range that includes pork cuts for the first time.

Chris Riley named Britain’s Premier Young Butcher 2014

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has named Chris Riley, 22, Woodlands Farm Shop, Leicestershire, as Britain’s Premier Young Butcher.

Pork Farms highlights British in chilled range revamp

Pork Farms has relaunched its range of branded chilled savoury foods, introducing a new look with a packaging overhaul.

Businesses celebrate National Butchers’ Week

To celebrate the seventh annual National Butchers’ Week (NBW), taking place this week (24-30 March) butchers across the country are reaching out to their local communities, offering promotions and competitions.

Supreme Champion crowned at Meat Products Competition

The fifth consecutive National Meat Products Competition, held at this year’s Foodex, was won by Alison Maloney, from Maloney’s Country Butchers & Bakers, Newark.

British Pie Awards announce head judge

The British Pie Awards 2014 have appointed Ian Nelson, technical account manager at Hovis, as the head judge.

J Brindon Addy Butchers plans modernisation and expansion

To celebrate its 21st anniversary year, West Yorkshire butcher J Brindon Addy is to double the retail space of his Kirklees store near Holmfirth with a £160,000 extension.

Well Hung Meat increases investment following Abel & Cole contract

The Well Hung Meat Company has been able to ramp up investment in its staff and infrastructure, following a recent contract gain with organic food delivery company Abel & Cole.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

UK’s Premier Young Butcher sought

Some of the UK’s best young butchers will be heading to Birmingham tomorrow (Tuesday, 25 March) for a gruelling contest to establish who is the UK’s Premier Young Butcher.

Meat Trades Journal publishes Idiot’s Guide in run-up to National Butcher’s Week

Younger shoppers are the target for this year’s National Butchers’ Week and Meat Trades Journal has published a handy guide to help navigate the butcher’s shop.

Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition judges the weird and wonderful

The 2014 Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition saw a whole range of innovative entries, showcasing the best the county’s butchers have to offer.

Industry welcomes government investment in apprenticeships

The food industry has welcomed plans by the government to invest a further £85m in the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) scheme, as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday (19 March).

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

Sausage designed to raise flood relief funds

An official Chertsey Sausage, which will be used to raise funds for flood relief, has been unveiled after being selected by members of the Surrey public and Dragon’s Den’s Theo Paphitis.

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Artist explores consumers view of meat

An artist, who has used art to look at our relationship with meat, is presenting her work in Brighton throughout April.

Finalists chosen in Premier Young Butcher contest

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has announced six of the best young butchers in the UK to compete for the Premier Young Butcher 2014 title.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

Minister’s seal of approval for young butchers

Employment minister Esther McVey stopped in at Tulip’s Dukinfield site in Cheshire to meet two young butchery talents.

Proud Q Guild butcher hangs up apron after 53 years

A north east butcher and a servant to the Q Guild has decided to call it a day after a long and successful career in the trade.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

East Midlands winners awarded for pork product excellence

The East Midlands Roadshow produced some worthy winners in the Pork Product Excellence Awards last week.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

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