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Wales celebrates top lamb producer

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is to honour Daphne Tilley on receiving an MBE for her contribution to the food industry, in particular Welsh Lamb. 

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Trainee chefs receive hands-on learning from top butchers

WH Frost Butchers of Manchester and meat wholesaler Hartshead Meats of Lancashire, both Q Guild members, teamed up to deliver an educational programme to catering students. 

HCC commits to developing sustainable food

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has signed an agreement to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable. 

Square Pie gets political

London-based Square Pie has launched two special Brexit-themed pies in time for the EU referendum, one ‘In’ and one ‘Out’. 

Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme producers were given a tour of Celtica Foods butchery
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Celtic Pride beef producers optimistic about future

Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme producers were told of “ambitious plans” to increase sales of Celtic Pride Beef to premium catering establishments in the south east at Celtic Pride’s annual supplier meeting. 

Meatcure seeks consumer backing

Burger chain Meatcure has begun a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to expand its empire. 

Scottish shoppers urged to ‘Do More With Pork’

A new Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) campaign is encouraging consumers to “Do More With Pork” by cooking with Specially Selected Pork. 

Halal beef demand rising as number of younger Muslims grows

The rising demand for halal beef and a younger Muslim population is creating huge opportunity, according to industry experts. 

Smashburger plans UK expansion

US restaurant chain Smashburger has announced the acquisition of a further five sites in the UK, following the launch of its first UK restaurant at the Kingston Centre in Milton Keynes retail park this May. 

Lucas Ingredients celebrates 90 years of success

Lucas Ingredients, a producer of quality ingredients, seasonings and mixes for the butchery industry in the UK, is this year celebrating 90 years of operation.

Gerry Maguire said Linden Foods wanted to create something that stands out against beef burgers available at this time of year
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Linden Foods wins innovation award with chicken burger

Northern Irish meat processing company Linden Foods has been awarded with the Marks & Spencer (M&S) Best New Product Development Award for its innovative coriander and lemon chicken burger. 

CCTV footage call ignites debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s recent call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and that official veterinarians (OV) to have unrestricted access to footage has divided the sector. 

Chief executive of Authenticate IS, Paul Marples
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Authenticate celebrates 75,000th product

Authenticate Information Service (IS), a food supply chain data and software firm that provides a platform for food chain transparency, has mapped its 75,000th product. In addition, it is now working with more than 4,000 food businesses in 69 countries. 

Bernard Matthews responds to redundancy claims

Turkey processing company Bernard Matthews has responded to claims that it is facing financial hardship. 

New steak range launched by C&J Meats

One of Ireland’s leading meat processors, C&J Meats, has launched a new range of branded premium steak products aimed at Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. 

Greencore reports revenue and profit rise

Greencore saw success in its food-to-go division as it posted solid half-year results.

EHL unveils Brazilian blend

EHL Ingredients has launched a new Brazilian ingredient blend in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

The Jolly Hog pork producer set to expand business

Bristol-based pork producer, The Jolly Hog, has secured a finance package from HSBC to help grow the business. 

Success for Unbar Rothon’s new range

As part of its 95th anniversary celebrations, seasonings and marinades supplier Unbar Rothon has extended its range of products and services. 

Broughgammon Farm plans farm shop and café expansion

Northern Irish artisan cabrito and veal processor Broughgammon Farm has announced plans to add a farm shop and café to its estate. 

Meat Business Women networking event speaker list expanded

A new speaker has been added to the third Meat Business Women event. 

Consumers encouraged to back British beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) is to showcase all the different cuts available from a cow, in an effort to alter shopping habits. 

James Martin’s staff trained in meat knowledge

Staff members at James Martin’s Manchester restaurant have become the first in the North West to be trained in meat knowledge and quality. 

Strong demand in UK for Parma Ham

The UK remains a solid market for Parma Ham, holding 12.4% of total exports, according to the Parma Ham Consortium. 

Cutting-edge charcuterie with Charlie Turnbull

Charlie Turnbull is the acclaimed owner of Shaftesbury’s finest deli, Turnbulls, and gave his top tips to a packed food show crowd on how to assemble an eye-catching charcuterie counter. 

QMS to continue focus on marketing

Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive, said the organisation’s priority, in terms of budget spend, remained marketing the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

Cutting-edge charcuterie with Charlie Turnbull

Charlie Turnbull is the acclaimed owner of Shaftesbury’s finest deli, Turnbulls, and gave his top tips to a packed food show crowd on how to assemble an eye-catching charcuterie counter. 

Crawshaw expansion fuels growth

The Crawshaw Group has reported a 51% growth in turnover for the year to 31 January 2016, from £24.6m the previous year to £37.1m. 

Bestway launches premium cuts range

Bestway Wholesale has launched a range of top-quality fresh steaks under its Essentially Catering Premium label in response to customer demands. 

Argo Foods issues chicken recall

Scottish poultry firm Argo Foods has recalled some whole cooked chicken products, due to the fact it had been producing and selling them with a shelf-life that was extended beyond the validated shelf-life, potentially posing a risk to human health. 

Ginsters bulks up meat content in pasty slices

Ginsters has revamped its range of backed slices to incorporate even more British-sourced beef and chicken in its meaty pasty slices.

London hotel benefits from NI meat supplier

Northern Irish meat producer, Hannan Meats, has helped a London hotel find success. 

Restaurants urged to cut antibiotic usage

Food companies have been asked by investors to stop sourcing their meat and poultry from suppliers that use antibiotics. 

More Britons choose to dine in

Meat producers may be able to capitalise on an increasing trend of Britons deciding to dine in rather than eat out, by targeting the cost efficient, health conscious and adventurous. 

The team at Etherington's Pasties in Cornwall have been awarded with a SALSA accreditation
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Etherington’s Pasties awarded national food-safety standard

Cornish-based Etherington’s Pasties has been awarded with a Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation. 

Dr Helene Roberts has joined Linpac as the company's new marketing and innovation director
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Linpac welcomes marketing and innovation director

Packaging specialist Linpac has welcomed Dr Helene Roberts as the new group marketing and innovation director, a newly created role for the company. 

Parents encouraged to buy quality Scottish meat

Scotland’s consumers are set to get an insight into the role that Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork plays in a balanced diet from an early age, thanks to a new series of weaning videos.

Eating habits impact premium meats

Premium meat products could be impacted by consumers’ demand for convenience, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Catering Mark customers spend £40m on Red Tractor products

New research has highlighted an increased spend on British, farm-assured and organic products in the catering sector. 

PPS packaging awarded for environmentally-friendly box

Transit packaging company, PPS, has been crowned the winner of the Eco Pack Challenge at the Packaging Innovations Show 2016, leading to opportunities to partner with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Buchanan’s launches innovative range of meat products

Northern Irish-based Buchanan’s has launched a unique range of meat products to grow the business year-round. 

FSA seeks comments on rare burger production advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for comments on new consolidated advice for the food industry and local authorities on the production of rare burgers. 

NFMFT calls for beefing up of food fraud penalties

The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) has said the government should impose stricter penalties on those caught selling illegal meat, as a nationwide crack-down on food crime gets underway. 

Burgers meet beer for hotel chain

Northern Irish catering butcher’s Hannan Meats has announced it will be creating gourmet burgers for the Stock Burger Co restaurant chain. 

Gaindykehead Farm hosted a 'Steak School' for Miller & Carter restaurant employees
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Restaurant staff take part in Scottish ‘Steak School’

Restaurant employees recently took part in a ‘Steak School’ on an Airdrie farm, hosted by Dawn Meats.

Crackdown on takeaways selling illegal meat

A crackdown on food crime has seen raids on properties suspected of illicit activity jump by 10% in three years, as lawyers described the “horror stories” of takeaways selling mislabelled meat. 

Pastry firms prepare for British Pie Week

As British Pie Week kicks off next week (Monday 7 March), the industry is making sure it takes advantage of the opportunity to promote products.  

Hannan Meats wins Hong Kong market

Northern Irish catering butcher, Hannan Meats, has won its first business in Hong Kong and Macau with its premium Himalayan salt aged beef. 

Meat snacks hit the health market

Meatsnacks Group, one of the largest producers of jerky and biltong in Europe, has announced the launch of a new biltong and jerky range aimed at the health and fitness market.

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