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Samworth Brothers hopes to continue growth

Following the release of a financial report for the year ended 27 December 2014, Samworth Brothers (Holding) Limited claimed it will continue to seek new opportunities. 

China’s appetite for UK pork continues to grow

China is now the biggest market for UK pork exports outside of Europe, according to AHDB Pork, with strong demand for offal likely to continue to grow. 

The Black Farmer sees continued success

Gluten-free meat producer The Black Farmer has experienced a week of triumph.

New range of premium cooked meats launched

Foodservice supplier Portal Foods has introduced a new range of premium cooked innovative meat toppings, developed in conjunction with its long-term cooked meats partner Dawn Farms.

Brady Family ham hits Budgens

Following a successful initial trial in three London stores, Irish pre-packed ham brand Brady Family has secured a listing across the full estate of Budgens UK stores, for its two best-selling products – Glazed By Hand and Traditional ham.

Laura Ryan has been appointed new strategy director for AHDB Beef & Lamb
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AHDB Beef & Lamb appoints new strategy director

Laura Ryan has been appointed as AHDB Beef & Lamb’s new sector strategy director. After successfully launching premium beef and lamb brands in the North East of England, she joined AHDB in 2007. Prior to her new appointment, she held the position of head of strategic marketing.

New trend creeps into London

For diners seeking something a little different, an experimental kitchen in London is catering to those bored of the everyday cuisine. 

The Black Farmer is set to move into the convenience sector with roast in the bag pork
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First ever roast in the bag pork launched by The Black Farmer

The Black Farmer is to launch a new Roast in the Bag Sage & Onion Pork Loin Joint as part of the brand’s move into the convenience sector. 

Cranswick exceeds expectations in first half of 2015

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick’s revenues for the first half of the year have exceeded board expectations.

Douglas Bell appointed head of industry development

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Douglas Bell as its new head of industry development. 

Strong six months for Crawshaw

The Crawshaw Group has posted strong results for the first half of 2015.

Best British Roast Dinner finalists announced

The five finalists for the Best British Roast Dinner Competition 2015 have been announced. 

Fare of London teams up with Laverstoke Park Farm

Contract and event caterer Fare of London has announced a partnership with buffalo supplier Laverstoke Park Farm, as part of its 25th anniversary Forgotten Fare campaign. 

Organic farm expands empire

Award-winning Eversfield Organic Farm has announced that it has acquired Dorset Farms for an undisclosed sum. This transaction has elevated the business to become one of the nation’s biggest brands in providing organic and free-range products.

NPD could generate £92m in added sales

Almost £92m in extra sales could be generated if the meat industry pursued new product development opportunities proposed by AHDB Beef & Lamb, according to the sector group.

Essentia's new ProFlavor enhances the meat flavour of a host of products such as gravies
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Essentia Protein Solutions launches new meat flavours

Essentia Protein Solutions has launched into the flavours market with a new range of meat broth-based flavours for meat, savoury and seasoning applications. 

Poultry value sales grew by 1.6% last year
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Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales. 

2 Sisters announces £55m investment

2 Sisters Food Group is to invest £55 million in its Meal Solutions Division, including a £38m revamp of its Pennine site.

Gavin Tennent, Arlene Bonomi and Craig Stevenson
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Braehead appoints new managing director

One of Scotland’s leading wholesalers and game processors, Braehead Foods, has promoted Gavin Tennent from general manager to managing director.

MPs seek answers for falling meat prices

Following a difficult summer for cattle producers, the government’s environment, food and rural affairs committee is to examine aggravating factors affecting farmgate prices.

Human resources manager Jessica Bradley with apprentices at Randall Parker Foods
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Apprentices bring abattoir success

A Welsh abattoir business that uses an apprenticeship scheme to create the next-generation workforce has been shortlisted for a major award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2015.

Traditional sandwich range receives ‘exotic’ update

Pie specialist Wrights has given its sandwich range a modern makeover.

Producer of savoury pastry products, Pork Farms Group, has been re-branded as Addo Food Group
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Pork Farms Group becomes Addo Food Group

Pork Farms Group has been rebranded as Addo Food Group.

Premier Food recalls Bisto Gravy Granules

Premier Food has recalled some batches of Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules and Reduced Salt Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules because some packs may contain small pieces of metal due to a production fault.

British meat to be showcased at Anuga

AHDB Beef & Lamb is due to take Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb products to one of the world’s leading food fairs.

Welsh lamb industry urged to increase shelf-life

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales is seeking industry views on how to help Welsh Lamb products stay on shop shelves for longer, increase their market value and boost export potential.

New packaging brings benefits to cooked meats range

Ireland’s leading cooked meats company, Greene Farm Foods, has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch new packaging for its products.

Wall's has launched two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range
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Wall’s extends Ready Baked range

Wall’s has added two new flavours to its microwaveable Ready Baked range: Cumberland and Pork & Onion.

Steak cuts guide published by AHDB

A new guide to help chefs and foodservice operators maximise their profits from a range of steak cuts and provide menu inspiration has been unveiled by AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

Indian chef brings a taste of home to The Lake District

A well-known restaurant in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth has launched a unique ‘signature dish’.  

Burger bar offers full halal menu

Family-run restaurant Brioche Burger is capitalising in on London’s large Muslim population. 

FSA puts forward rare burger guidance

The increased popularity of burgers served rare has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to look at how businesses can meet consumer demand while ensuring public health remains protected. 

Crawshaw welcomes new director

Alan Richardson is set to join butchery business Crawshaw Group as chief financial officer.

Foodservice firm boosted by butchery buy

Wales-based Harlech Foodservice has boosted its turnover substantially following the acquisition of a butchery business three years ago.

Hunt’s Foodservice goes mobile with new website

Hunt’s Foodservice has launched a new mobile-friendly website, huntsfoodservice.co.uk with a new design and key information about products and company updates. 

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

London to get a taste of The Highlands

The Wild Game Co is set to bring its authentic Scottish street food to London’s West End. 

Ballymaguire Foods hopes to create 100 jobs with its new food plant in Lusk, Co Dublin
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Ballymaguire Foods to open new plant

Irish-based ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods is to create 100 new jobs and add €4 million (£2.8m) to the Irish economy annually with the construction of a new food plant. 

Traditional turkey gets unconventional makeover from chef Rachel Green

The Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association (TFTA) has been working with award-winning chef Rachel Green to develop non-traditional turkey recipes out of leftover dishes. 

‘Best British Roast Dinner’ competition deadline approaches

Time is running out to enter the ‘Best British Roast Dinner’ competition, sponsored by Knorr Gravy and supported by Colman’s mustard. 

Progress towards lifetime-assured beef receives support

Upon reviewing a consultation completed earlier in the year, Red Tractor has revealed that progress has been made towards changing the classification of lifetime assurance for beef.

Wilf Lewis, of Lewis Pies, is excited about new opportunities the halal brand will bring
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New opportunities for pie manufacturer

One of the country’s largest manufacturers of pies and pasties has secured a distribution agreement with the largest ethnic superstore chain in the north of England – Manchester Superstores.

New campaign promotes cooking with lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has joined forces with the European Union, Interbev in France and Bord Bía in Ireland to create the ‘Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun’ campaign in an effort to tackle the decline in sales and to promote it as an easy alternative to other, more common, meats.

Pulled pork campaign a success

Figures released today from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed that a marketing campaign led by AHDB Pork has helped fuel a dramatic increase in fresh pork sales.

PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Ginsters appoints new managing director

Ginsters, which claims to have the largest selling product in the whole of the savoury pastry market, has appointed Kieran Hemsworth as their new managing director.  

British cooked meat industry heats up

Ireland’s Kerry Foods is looking to expand its market by launching its new premium cooked meat brand, Fire & Smoke, in Great Britain.

Sous-vide products could be an opportunity to grow sales, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb
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Opportunity knocks for sous-vide

AHDB Beef & Lamb believes there are clear opportunities in exploring sous-vide and enhancing ready-cooked product ranges in the beef and lamb categories. 

Bill Abbey, factory manager at Clifton Quality Meats, with Andy Nurse of Yorkshire Bank
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Clifton Quality Meats adds new premises

Wholesale catering butcher Clifton Quality Meats is eyeing expansion after investing in new premises. 

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