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Student chef poultry competition returns

The British poultry industry is calling on student chefs to show their creativity by entering its annual catering competition. 

Pig and hen welfare guidance consultations launched

The government has launched consultations to potentially change guidance for pig- and poultry-keepers and help update welfare codes. 

Waitrose lists French bistro-style steak haché

Waitrose has embraced its continental side with the launch of steak haché into its stores. 

Baxters admits meat reduction in Fray Bentos pies

Rising inflation forced Baxters to cut the amount of meat in its Fray Bentos tinned pies, this site can exclusively reveal. 

Royal Smithfield Club discusses 2018 activities

The Royal Smithfield Club is in talks with all its partner societies and three other organisations about activities for this year following its participation at events at five agricultural-based shows in 2017. 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture named as Avara Foods

Avara Foods, the new joint venture between Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK and Faccenda’s fresh chicken, turkey and duck business, has been unveiled. 

National Butchers’ Week product competition is back

It’s time for butchers to get their thinking caps on as the National Butchers’ Week product competition returns for 2018. 

Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dogs launched into multiples

Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dogs are now available in 50 Morrisons stores in the south west. 

Russell Hume non-compliance found to be ‘widespread’

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) has taken action to stop any product from leaving sites operated by Russell Hume due to concerns about non-compliance with food hygiene regulations. 

Festive meat sales rise 6% in Northern Ireland

Total meat sales in Northern Ireland (NI) were valued at £79.7 million (m) during the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017 according to the latest available data from Kantar. 

Brexit uncertainty risk to Welsh red meat exports

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has warned against the risks that Brexit will pose for the Welsh red meat industry. 

Wikinger recalls hot dogs due to labelling error

Wikinger UK is recalling Wikinger Hot Dogs because they contain milk which is not correctly declared on the label. 

2 Sisters Food Group retail deal creates 136 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 136 jobs at its Derby cooked chicken processing site. 

‘Brighter spotlight’ needed on health benefits of red meat

The health benefits of red meat and dairy products needs to be highlighted more, according to research by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

Russell Hume in ‘serious non-compliance’ with food hygiene regulations

Russell Hume, the meat specialist, has been stopped from supplying meat after an unannounced inspection by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found instances of “serious non-compliance” with food hygiene regulations. 

New NSA chairman announced

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is pleased to announce Bryan Griffiths as its new board of trustees chairman. 

Plans for 32,000-strong chicken farm rejected

Plans for a 32,000 free-range chicken poultry unit in Llandeilo, west Wales have been refused permission after concerns were raised about its impact on the local area. 

Aldi fires up more steak promotions

Aldi is continuing with its steak promotions by launching price reductions on its premium Specially Selected range. 

Fray Bentos pies face fan fury over ‘no meat’ claims

Furious foodies are outraged over a suspicion that Fray Bentos has cut the amount of meat in its tinned pies. 

AHDB trials bite test technology

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has conducted early trials with an electronic bite test that could help the meat industry generate up to £7 million (m) more in revenue by turning cuts graded as slower-cook into thin-cut steaks. 

Sign up for automation webinar

Interested in automation? Are you exploring robotics as an alternative labour option? Then the latest GlobalMeatNews webinar is for you. 

Spar recalls pork product over salmonella fears

James Hall has recalled two pork products over fears they may contain salmonella. 

Online BVD access for Northern Irish cattle farmers

Cattle farmers will be able to view their bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) statuses on the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA) computer base from 12 February. 

Bernard Matthews supports donkey charity

Bernard Matthews has awarded more than £1,000 to a social enterprise that uses donkeys to bring joy to care and nursing homes in and around East Anglia. 

Meatsnacks earns Sainsbury’s listings for Wild West brand

Meatsnacks brand Wild West has secured a listing for its Chicken and Salmon Jerky in Sainsbury’s. 

Manufacturing beef given Canada green light

Manufacturing beef from the UK has been given approval to be exported to Canada. 

AHDB Pork appoints new strategy director

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Angela Christison as its new strategy director for pork. 

Biosecurity bolstered to fights ‘highly infectious virus’

Wild bird deaths in Warwickshire and Dorset have prompted Defra to set up an England-wide bird flu prevention zone. 

Cranswick sets out packaging waste reduction target

Cranswick has pledged to reduce plastic waste by ensuring that all packaging used by the food group will be 100% recyclable as well as aiming to reduce its plastic use by 50% by 2025. 

NFU Scotland pledges support for Orkney abattoir

NFU Scotland has pledged its commitment to finding a solution to the closure of Orkney’s only abattoir. 

Accles & Shelvoke completes transition to Frontmatec

Accles & Shelvoke has altered its name and unveiled a new brand logo following its acquisition by Frontmatec last year. 

Premium demand drives festive meat and poultry sales

Strong fresh processed meat and poultry sales and a push for ‘premium’ products helped deliver the biggest Christmas ever for the grocery sector, latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed. 

AHDB announces team restructure plans

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced plans to restructure its exports, trade and consumer marketing teams as well as grow its presence abroad. 

HSA creates disease control slaughter guide

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has published a new online guide, which covers the humane killing of livestock during disease control operations. 

New direction announced for Meat Trades Journal

The New Year begins with a bang, as William Reed seizes the opportunity to take a fresh approach to its meat coverage. Read on for the full low-down on these exciting plans for Meat Trades Journal.

Welsh butcher teams with local leek producer

Edwards of Conwy has linked up with Blas y Tir leeks to create a quintessentially Welsh product. 

Strong start to 2018 for Scottish sheep market

The first full week of trading in 2018 has seen farmgate prime hogg prices stabilise, standing 6% higher than last year and 2% higher in Euro terms, according to Quality Meat Scotland. 

Cranstons announces support for elderly community

Cranstons Quality Butchers is supporting the elderly community in Cumbria through its pie sales. 

Bird flu back in Britain – and more outbreaks expected

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset, according to Defra. 

Faggots back in fashion for West Country butcher

West Country butcher Pyne’s of Somerset is struggling to keep up with demand for his traditionally-made faggots. 

Porky Whites launches chicken sausage offering

Graham White & Co, owner of the Porky White brand, has launched a new chicken sausage product. 

Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 approaching soon

More than 450 exhibitors will be in attendance at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show. 

British beef and lamb facings dip in November

Overall multiple retailer facings of British beef and lamb both fell 2%year-on-year in November. 

Retail snapshot: record Christmas sales plump up Sainsbury’s turkey share

Record Christmas sales helped Sainsbury’s increase its market share of turkey over the festive period, according to third-quarter results covering 15 weeks to 6 January 2018. 

Asda launches three flexitarian meat products

A three-strong line of flexitarian beef products has hit supermarket shelves at Asda. 

Butcher wins World Scotch Pie competition

Butcher James Pirie & Son of Newtyle in Angus, Scotland has been unveiled as the 2018 World Scotch Pie Champion.

Residents express concerns over Scottish chicken farm

Concerns have reportedly been raised by residents living close to the site of a controversial £6m chicken breeding farm in Bankfoot, approved by Perth & Kinross Council.

Bacon Mac & Cheese pizza unveiled by Chicago Town

A Mac & Cheese with Bacon Deep Dish frozen pizza has been launched under Dr Oetker-owned brand Chicago Town.

HCC promotes health benefits of red meat

Nursing and health professionals from Wales have been improving their knowledge about the health benefits of eating red meat and its vital role in a healthy diet, thanks to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

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