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New service helps retailers curb food safety risks

The meat industry has been encouraged to utilise digital strategies in combating food safety threats.

Men’s Health to launch sous vide range

Magazine Men’s Health is set to launch a range of sous vide meat dishes into the UK this month.

Hewetson pictured with the donated lamb
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Skipton Auction Mart launches charity initiative

The first lamb purchase through Skipton Auction Mart’s new charity programme has been completed.

Belgian (above) and German exporters (middle) were rewarded for their loyalty
  (Photo: QMS )

European importers recognised for commitment to Scotch meat

Two European importers have been rewarded for their commitment and support for Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI. 

ABP makes £22 million green energy investment

ABP Food Group has announced a £22 million investment in a green energy plant that it hopes will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. 

2 Sisters boss to give evidence at Commons inquiry

2 Sisters Food Group boss, Ranjit Singh Boparan, has been summoned before a parliamentary inquiry following allegations of food safety offences at the meat processor’s poultry plant in West Bromwich. 

Entries open for Chefs’ Choice Awards 2018

Entries are now open for the second Chefs’ Choice Awards. 

Otley butcher named Supreme Champion at pie competition for second time

Geo Middlemiss & Son Butchers has been crowned the Supreme Champion at the 2017 Great Yorkshire Competition in Harrogate for the second time, with its large pork pie.

Scottish beef producers warn against Mercosur deal

Representatives from the Scottish beef industry have spoken out against a possible trade deal with the South American trading bloc Mercosur.

Japanese Wagyu targets premium restaurants

Japanese exporters are eyeing up the UK as a market for the country’s Wagyu beef.

Northern Irish butcher develops regional black pudding

A Derry butcher has sourced local ingredients to bring a new black pudding to the market. 

Scottish lamb prices regain ground following slump

Having fallen for the past four weeks, Scottish prime lamb prices have re-established themselves and risen to 7p/kg liveweight.

Kennedy Bacon meets customer demand by expanding operations

Northern Irish dry-cured bacon, ham and gammon firm Kennedy Bacon is catering to an increasing demand for its products by expanding its production space.

Scottish beef and lamb exports hit £80 million

The value of exports of beef and lamb from Scotland has increased to over £80 million in the past year, according to the results of the annual exporters’ survey conducted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

HCC awarded £1.5 million to boost exports

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales is to be awarded £1.5 million to focus on exports. 

Butchers’ day designed to connect industry specialists

A one-day networking event has been created to help butchers optimise Christmas sales.

Chorizo recalled from Costcutter due to health risk

Retailer Costcutter has issued a recall on its Independent Sliced Chorizo amid fears of health risks.

SFTA prepares for 128th annual dinner in Glasgow

Tickets are now available to attend the 128th Scottish Food Trade Association (SFTA) dinner.

The new distribution hub is worth £12m
  (Photo: Samworth Brothers )

Samworth Brothers to open new distribution hub

Samworth Brothers has unveiled its new £12 million (m) distribution hub in Leicestershire.

Modest rise in goose prices predicted

A wet summer is expected to help move the price of goose meat up slightly, according to the chairman of the British Goose Producers (BGP) John Franklin.

Grass-fed beef is not eco-friendly, report finds

Grazing livestock on grassy pastures is not as environmentally sound as the idyllic image suggests and assumptions that meat production must grow to meet rising protein demand needs questioning, a report has claimed.

FSA to investigate other 2 Sisters processing plants

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has decided to extend its investigations to other 2 Sisters poultry plants in England and Wales.

Tom Kerridge and Greene King team for butcher and pub plan

Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has teamed up with pub chain Greene King to develop a butcher and public house combination.

Waitrose appoints new fresh produce head buyer

Waitrose has unveiled Paul Walker as its new head buyer of fresh produce.

Success at latest Meat Business Women event

More than 100 women from the meat industry gathered at the latest Meat Business Women at Tallow Chandlers Hall in London earlier this week.

Government launches TB-protection service

A new service has been introduced to offer support to farmers who are the most vulnerable to bovine TB.

Snaffling Pig cracks retail market

Premium pork crackling firm Snaffling Pig has expanded its audience reach by launching in 803 Tesco stores nationwide.

Lucas extends Smokehouse range to include sausages

Lucas has introduced two new Smokehouse sausage mixes.

Charcuterie firm named best producer in Co Derry

A pig farmer has said he was honoured to be named the best producer in Co Derry, Northern Ireland.

Aldi launches Christmas burrito

Discounter Aldi is extending its range of Christmas products with a brand new Specially Selected British Beef Brisket Burrito. 

Lancashire food hall celebrates local produce

James’ Places food hall in Lancashire is inviting local meat producers to pitch their products for the chance to be stocked by the business. 

Search for Ultimate Scotch Lamb Butcher commences

The hunt is on for the Ultimate Scotch Lamb Butcher. 

Leonards launches seasonal sausage mix

Ingredients supplier Leonards has unveiled a new sausage mix in time for the autumn/winter season. 

RSPCA ‘encouraged’ by proposal on restricting live animal exports

Michael Gove, Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has spoken out against live animal exports, claiming that Brexit provides an opportunity to restrict the practice. 

Animal cruelty sentences to be extended

Those who have been found guilty of animal abuse, including pain inflicted on livestock, could face sentences of up to five years. 

Foodservice meat prices buck overall trends

Meat prices in foodservice have fallen to a four-month low, at odds with most other categories in the sector. 

Meat recipe channel caters to 21st century audience

A new recipe channel has been launched to showcase the versatility of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef and pork. 

2 Sisters suspends operations at West Bromwich site

2 Sisters Food Group has suspended operations at its West Bromwich site in the wake of allegations of food safety and hygiene breaches made by The Guardian and ITV

Chicken scandal provides opportunity for butchers

The latest meat scandal to rock the industry has given butchers a welcome sales boost. 

Scotbeef unveils abattoir plans

Scotbeef has revealed plans to build a new abattoir at Thainstone Business Park in Aberdeenshire. 

Pork sales return to growth

Sales of pork in the retail sector have returned to value and volume growth over the past 12 weeks. 

Industry mourns death of legend

The meat industry was left shaken this week following on from the unexpected death of Marco Peerdeman. 

Poultry category ‘hot space’ for activity, says Shore Capital

An influx of mergers and acquisitions in the UK poultry market has led to the category being branded a “hot space” by Shore Capital. 

Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger cleared by competition commissions

The Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger has been cleared by regulatory bodies in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

2 Sisters responds to tampering allegations

Poultry producer 2 Sisters Food Group has maintained that hygiene and food safety are priorities for its business following allegations of hygiene breaches and date tampering. 

Unilever becomes latest Q Guild corporate member

 The Q Guild of Butchers has welcomed Unilever as its newest corporate member. 

Pig prices continue to fall

Pig prices have experienced their largest week-on-week decline since February 2016. 

Farming bodies urged to unite over lynx concerns

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has raised concerns over the rumoured “blasé attitude” of the environment secretary  over the potential release of lynx into the Kielder Forest area of Northumberland, England. 

School’s sausage roll ban draws backlash

A Bradford school has received criticism for banning sausage rolls in its pupils’ lunchboxes.

Cargill and Faccenda venture ‘positive development’

The Cargill and Faccenda joint venture has been cautiously welcomed by workers’ union Unite. 

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