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Butchers win out in Q Guild sausage survey

The majority of consumers buy their sausages from a high street butcher's shop, according to a new survey by the Q Guild.

Young butcher adds to trophy cabinet

A young, award-winning butcher has added another accolade to his resumé, after being named Higher Apprentice of the Year. 

UK suppliers urged to build relations abroad

The UK’s independent meat suppliers have been advised to target alternative, international markets to remain profitable in a world without the security of the EU. 

Live animal export restrictions: your say

Following on from the announcement that the government plans on restricting exports of live animals, we threw the question over to you and asked should they be restricted? 

Sainsbury’s in vertical integration beef supply trial

Supermarket Sainsbury’s has confirmed it is in the “very early stages” of a pilot scheme to test vertical integration of its beef supply chain.

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers names new executive manager

Martin Morgan has been appointed new executive manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). He will be replacing Ian Anderson who is retiring after 10 years in the post.

Butcher’s Shop of the Year tickets selling fast

With just over a week to go, tickets to Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017 are selling fast. 

China to visit UK beef sites soon

China could launch a wide-ranging inspection of Britain’s beef industry this year, as progress to unlock the Asian market moves forward, Meat Trades Journal can reveal.

Animal antibiotic sales in the UK fall to record low

Sales of antibiotics for use in animals have fallen to their lowest level since records began, according to a Defra report.

Food industry women break beehive building record

A selection of 14 leading businesswomen from the food industry have united to build 120 beehives in Tanzania in just three days. 

2 Sisters probe: MPs explore CCTV for all meat plants

MPs proposed round-the-clock CCTV surveillance for meat cutting plants, not just abattoirs, at a London hearing following national media coverage of food hygiene slip-ups at 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich facility.

Pork outperforms market in retail

A major pork consumer campaign has driven an increase in sales over the past 12 weeks. 

Multi-million euro campaign to boost lamb consumption

The UK has signed on as part of a cross-country campaign to boost lamb consumption in the EU over a three-year period. 

Grimsby butcher ceases trading

John Pettit & Sons butchers, established in 1892 and based in Grimsby, stopped trading last week with immediate effect. 

Industry mourns loss of former NFMFT president

The meat industry is grieving the passing of Michael Beaumont, former president of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT).

Diet trends drive EHL’s gluten-free range

EHL Ingredients has expanded its offering of gluten-free products as a response to consumer demands.

Irish festival welcomes Scottish butchers for demonstration

Scottish and Irish butchers united to take part in a butchery demonstration at the recent Pigtown festival in Limerick.  

Organic meat rise driven by animal welfare

National sales of organic meat increased in September thanks to growing shopper demand for welfare and traceability.

Butchers’ roadshow caters to all

With only one week to go to the Autumn Roadshow & Festive Meat Products Competition, butchers across the nation are being encouraged to attend and hone their knowledge. 

Scottish haggis wins over Canadian market

Haggis from Scotland will soon be available in Canada for the first time in 46 years. 

Linpac quick roast option available in Co-op

Packaging manufacturer Linpac has collaborated with Dunbia to introduce a convenient ‘quick roast’ joint pack concept, Prime Cook, to the shelves of major retailer Co-op. 

Vigilance urged following bluetongue near-miss

Farmers have been urged to remain vigilant for signs of bluetongue after the disease was detected in cattle imported from France. 

AHDB & NFU equip farmers for Brexit

Levy organisation the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is rallying livestock farmers behind a campaign to future-proof them against the worst Brexit scenarios, in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

London butcher makes it into Michelin Guide

London butcher Hill & Szrok Master Butcher & Cookshop has won a listing in the Michelin Guide, published earlier this month, for its evening restaurant offer. 

BDCI unveils new Lean on Us campaign

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has unveiled its new campaign to help those from the meat industry who have fallen on hard times. 

Brexit could result in 325% increase for vet certifications

As a consequence of the UK potentially being treated as a ‘third country’ post-EU, the demand for veterinary certifications could rise threefold.

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Northern Irish beef farm secures first retail business

Castlescreen Farm, based in Co Downpatrick, has expanded its market reach by signing its first deal with a retail business. 

DNA testing could guarantee authenticity of Scotch Beef PGI

Proposals to introduce a DNA testing programme that would secure the legitimacy of Scotch Beef PGI are being explored by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Pig farmgate prices steady following extended volatility

Farmgate pig prices have returned to a traditional seasonal pattern in 2017, following considerable volatility in recent years. 

Industry divided over live export restrictions

The industry has presented countering arguments over plans to restrict the number of live animals being exported from the UK. 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Moy Park donates 150,000 meals to FareShare charity

One of Europe’s largest chicken processors, Moy Park, has donated over 150,000 meals since teaming with FareShare in 2015. 

Pasture for Life receives multi-million pound funding

A new research project will look into Pasture for Life’s meat production, exploring ways to increase the resilience and sustainability of the UK food system. 

Parkside appoints new operations director

Packaging solutions provider Parkside has announced the appointment of Alan Morrisroe as UK operations director.

New Dalebrook showroom unveiled

Dalebrook Supplies has opened its new flagship showroom.

EU avian influenza threat likely to come from the east

Migratory wild birds crossing the north-eastern and eastern border of the European Union is the most likely pathway for avian influenza (AI) to enter the territory, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Butchers urged to support British turkeys

Independent butchers have been called on to adopt the stance of all major UK supermarkets in supporting British turkey for 100% of their fresh offer.

Aldi’s Big Daddy steak returns

Discount supermarket Aldi is bringing back its famous 16oz ‘Big Daddy’ Extra Thick Rump Steak for another limited period.

Retailers winning the chicken bug war

Retailers are winning the war on campylobacter, with levels of the highest contamination in fresh chicken down by nearly a fifth in three years, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  

Poultry allegations have little impact on retail sales

Recent allegations against poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group have not had a major negative impact on retail sales. 

Poultry dominates British livestock production

A new report has shown that poultry is the most farmed livestock category within Britain. 

Meat industry ‘attractive’ for investors, say analysts

Meat may be under pressure from inflation, labour shortage and challenges to productivity, but it is still an attractive industry for investment, according to financial experts. 

Innovative Food Ingredients introduces a taste of Kentucky

Supplier Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has expanded its portfolio by adding a new and improved Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce to its repertoire. 

John Scott’s life celebrated

The family of John Scott, the founder of wholesaler John Scott Meat and the father of Scottish meat quality assurance schemes, remembers his life and achievements.

Training scheme raises level of farming professionalism

The farming community is being encouraged to put themselves forward for a management training scheme, which could save businesses thousands of pounds.

‘Priorities need to become promises’, BVA warns government

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged the government to act on its commitments to support the EU workforce post-Brexit.

‘Perfectly cooked meats’ help Stocksfield pub win national roast dinner award

The winner of this year’s Best British Roast Dinner 2017 has been revealed as The Feathers Inn in Stocksfield.

AHDB head of livestock export trade development departs

Head of livestock export trade development Jean-Pierre Garnier, known to most in the industry as JP, has decided to leave his role at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) after 13 years with the organisation.

Government-backed African aid project launches

Charity Farm Africa has launched a three-month project, backed by government match-funding, to help young producers in West Kenya develop successful agricultural businesses.

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