Foodservice

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.

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.

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.

Sunderland AFC to sell assured meat only

Sunderland AFC has become the latest Premier League football club to become Red Tractor-certified for its red meat products.

Poultry council targets manifesto at would-be Euro MPs

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has asked candidates for the May European Parliamentary elections to consider 12 priorities for next term, to help the UK poultry industry to grow and ensure food security.

British Pie Awards announce head judge

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

Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

Meat fares well in annual export data

UK lamb was in the top 10 performing export product categories, with growth of 8%, to £383m, during 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual export figures.

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”.

Welsh red meat on display at Food & Drink Expo

Welsh Lamb and Beef will feature at the UK’s largest food and drink trade show next week.

New members appointed to Eblex board

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

Celebrity chef promotes English beef in Hong Kong

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton promoted Quality Standard beef at an event in Hong Kong last week, to coincide with UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Great Week.

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.

French chefs showcase Quality Standard beef and lamb

Eight French chefs used English Quality Standard beef and lamb in a number of recipes at a top Paris food show.

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.

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.

Environmentalists to launch Meat Free May

Not content with meat-free Mondays, environmental campaigners have launched a campaign to encourage consumers to sign up to a whole month of meat abstinence with the launch of Meat Free May.

Eblex gets behind new beef cuts

Eblex is promoting its new beef cut development programme in an attempt to counteract declining beef consumption in the home.

High street consumers more confident, finds report

Consumer confidence is returning to the high street, with around one in five shoppers, or 19%, now expecting to be better off in the year ahead. Those numbers are the highest confidence boost since January 2011, when only 10% felt they would be better off.

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

Prices up 6% for prime sheep in Scotland

The price that Scottish producers are receiving for prime sheep at auction continue to hold at 6% up on this time last year, according to the latest data from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Survey suggests poor understanding about red meat nutrition could be detrimental

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has carried out a survey which it says reveals a lack of understanding on the nutritional value of red meat, causing a knowledge gap that could be detrimental to UK health.

Kerry Group achieves ‘good underlying growth’ in 2013

Kerry Foods Group has revealed figures showing a solid financial performance in 2013.

Health and safety poster update warning

Legislation will come in from April requiring new health and safety law posters to be displayed in workplaces, but equipment supplier Slingsby said that many organisations were unaware of the deadline.

Stars of the future announced at MTC and IOM awards

The Institute of Meat (IOM) and Meat Training Council (MTC) Awards, held at the historic Butchers’ Hall in London on 25 February, saw a number of winners rewarded for endeavour and excellence within meat industry training.

Foodservice operators urged to reassess bacon offering

Brakes is urging operators to reassess their bacon offering, in light of the rising popularity of smoked bacon.

Mayfair butcher welcomes brave 12-year-old

Samuel Collins, who suffers from a rare bone cancer, was treated to a fun-packed trip to butcher Allen’s of Mayfair and hotel The Connaught, organised by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Award-winning Gressingham plans aggressive marketing strategy for 2014

Gressingham Duck plans to drive further growth in 2014, investing in more above-the-line activity and launching a new partnership with country house hotel group Hand Picked Hotels.

Northern Ireland firm scoops top processor award

Northern Irish-based processor Linden Foods was celebrating after taking home the title of Processing Business of the Year at the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Expert says 2014 meat outlook is positive

Richard Brown, director of consultancy and research company Gira, talked positively about the trading environment for the UK meat industry at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday.

Beef and veal supply expected to remain tight

AHDB Market Intelligence and Eblex forecasts suggest that while beef and veal supply is expected to be up on last year, the long-term situation will remain tight.

April arrives at 2 Sisters

April Preston, former head of food product development at Marks & Spencer, has been appointed as innovation director at 2 Sisters Food Group.

Eleven E.coli cases in Glasgow ‘possibly linked to burgers’

A total of 11 cases of E.coli O157 have been reported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), all linked to the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow and the consumption of burgers.

British Pie Awards take on military theme

British pie-makers across the country are dusting off their aprons in readiness for this year’s British Pie Awards 2014. The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association (MMPPA), the event’s organiser, is hoping to build on last year’s event, which attracted 983 entries from bakers and butchers around the country.

Search is on for England’s best burger

This year’s England’s Best Burger Challenge is now open for entry, with a special new category for 2014.

Scottish pie campaign launched

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has developed a new campaign to encourage people to warm up and beat the winter blues with meat pies.

Chadwick’s Butchers assist in drive for red tape cuts

Chadwick’s Butchers in Balham has been working with the government’s Business, Innovations & Skills department (BIS) in a project aimed at cutting red tape for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Bpex launches pork roasting video guides

Bpex has produced a collection of short films to encourage chefs and caterers to get the most out of pork roasting joints.

Government cuts and deregulation are affecting meat safety, says Unison

Public service trade union Unison has warned that the public is at risk of food contamination due to cuts in council trading standards, environmental health and meat hygiene inspection.

RSPCA renews call for non-stun meat labels

The RSPCA renewed its call for clear labelling of non-stunned meat ahead of the House of Lords debate on religious slaughter on Thursday (16 January).

The Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition returns

The Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition will be held this year on Tuesday 18 March.

Welsh Lamb on the menu in Curry House of the Year contest

Voting is now open in the search for the best curry house in Wales. The competition is being run in association with Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales, and shortlisted restaurants will create a Welsh Lamb curry for the judges.

McDonald’s aims for sustainable beef

McDonald’s has announced a three-part plan to convert all the beef in its supply chain to meat that comes from verified sustainable sources.

Northern Irish beef company wins Selfridges contract

Antrim-based beef farmer and processor Bruces Hill Cattle Company has agreed a contract to supply Selfridges with its Dexter beef.

NFU and Soil Association commend Paterson’s vision

Major players in UK farming and agriculture have supported Owen Paterson’s call for self-suffuciency after the environment secretary spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference on Tuesday.

Chicken chain seeks to open drive-thru in Sunderland

Fast-food giant KFC is looking to add another feather to its cap with proposals for a new drive-thru restaurant in Sunderland.

Easy and appy meat purchasing

Eblex has launched a new app in order to help caterers and retailers order the right cuts more efficiently and accurately.

Greggs appoints non-exec director

Sausage roll giant Greggs has announced a new appointment to its board, with Allison Kirkby taking on a role as independent non-executive director.

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