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Tulip acquires Easey Holdings pig producer

Tulip Ltd has announced the acquisition of UK pig producer Easey Holdings Ltd. 

Poultry processor fined for hygiene offences

Birmingham-based poultry processor Adam Halal Foods Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £68,000 after being convicted of five charges relating to failures of hygiene controls at its premises. 

Chefs celebrate Welsh lamb as part of Love Lamb Week 2017

Welsh lamb entered the spotlight last week, as under-appreciated cuts were showcased by celebrated chefs as part of Love Lamb Week (1-7 September).

Moy Park acquired by Pilgrim's Pride in billion-pound deal

Poultry processor Moy Park has been bought by US processor Pilgrim’s Pride for £1.0 billion ($1.3 billion). 

KFC defends high standards of chicken welfare

Fast food chain KFC UK has said it is “proud” of the chickens it sources, after it found itself under fire from activist group World Animal Protection.  

Pig industry ‘alarmed’ by suggested migrant policy

The National Pig Association (NPA) is the latest industry body to speak out against government proposals to restrict migrant labour.

Fall in pork production leads to less shelf facings

A decrease in domestic pork production has contributed towards a drop in British pork facings in UK supermarkets. 

New pastry range targets butchers and meat manufacturers

Bells Food Group has launched a new business arm, with the aim of tapping into the butchery sector. 

Six WorldSkills finalists named

The six butchers that have made it to the final of the WorldSkills butchery competition 2017 have been announced.

Calling all butchers, Champion of Champions deadline approaches

With the 25 September deadline approaching, you now only have two weeks to enter Meat Trades Journal’s Champion of Champions competition. 

Scottish cattle keepers to be punished for breaking TB safeguarding rules

The Scottish government is reviewing its terms on bovine TB movements, which could see keepers punished for illegal moves of restricted herds. 

Progressive companies must lead the way in farm animal welfare

Investors have a responsibility to promote high standards of farm animal welfare.

Processors show ‘lack of commitment’ to NI cattle producers

Meat processors have been accused of taking advantage of Northern Irish beef producers, by not providing them with fair prices.

UK lamb exports rise by a quarter

Figures from the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the first half of the year have revealed a 25% increase in UK lamb exports, with figures reaching £177.3 million. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year finalists unveiled

The finalists for Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017 have been revealed. 

Welsh farmer develops new beef cattle

A farmer from Powys in mid-Wales has produced a new unique herd of beef cattle in memory of his late wife. 

Public confidence in food safety low

The horsemeat scandal continues to affect the UK food industry, with many still unsure about the safety of their food. 

Export conference attracts food industry heavyweights

Food industry heavyweights are poised to deliver the inside track on the development of UK food and drink export markets at William Reed’s Food Export Conference on Thursday 5 October. 

North Yorkshire farm shop launches apprenticeship scheme

Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café is on the lookout for a new apprentice to join its butchery team, after introducing a scheme in conjunction with Leeds City College. 

Industry slams leaked government plan to cut migration

A government plan to curb the flow of low-skilled EU migrants entering Britain after Brexit could raise food prices and damage meat exports, critics have warned. 

Truffle marinade launched to coincide with game season

Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has introduced a gluten-free truffle marinade to the UK – part of AVO’s Lafiness marinade range – designed to coincide with game season. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods expands supply deal with Aldi by 175%

Ayrshire-based Robertson’s Fine Foods has extended its supply deal with discounter Aldi. 

Simon Howie rebrand emphasises heritage

Simon Howie, the Scottish Butcher, has revealed a new image for its products, reflecting the Scottish heritage of the brand. 

Birds Eye chicken portfolio returns to growth

Birds Eye’s chicken portfolio is in growth for the first time in three years, following a £7.1m relaunch in April this year, the company has reported. 

Avian influenza ‘remains a threat’, warns government

With the summer months winding down, poultry-keepers are being warned to take action now to prevent the risk of avian influenza (AI). 

Smoked Black Pudding reigns supreme at Great Taste Awards

For the third consecutive year, a meat product was named the Supreme Champion at the Great Taste Awards.

Northern butcher expands with farm shop and kitchen

Kitson & Sons Butchers, near Yarm, has announced 8 September as its opening date for its new Five Houses Farm Shop and Kitchen.

Annual Great Yorkshire pork pie and sausage competition deadline looms

The cut-off date for this year’s Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is approaching, with contestants having until 30 September to submit entries. 

Agriculture fund encourages collaborative thinking

A funding programme worth £1.7 million has been opened to encourage farmers and organisations to work together on large-scale environmental projects.

Welsh butchers promote Love Lamb Week

Butchers across Wales have received seasonal promotional material as Love Lamb Week gets underway. 

Chicken bucks fresh meat decline trends

Fresh chicken was the only protein in the fresh meat and poultry category to see a growth in both value and volume retail sales across the UK.

Essentia celebrates 30 years of Drinde

Ingredients specialist Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new video to mark 30 years of its Drinde functional pork protein brand. 

Interfood Technology expands UK operations with new site

Interfood Technology has announced its relocation to new premises. 

Majority of sheep producers could improve ram conditions

A new survey has revealed that 56% of sheep producers could improve the way they maintain the conditions of their rams during the breeding period. 

Aldi shortens small supplier payment times

Aldi has reduced payment terms to 14 days in an effort to increase support for small suppliers. 

European food chain consultation welcomed by UFU

The European Commission’s food chain consultation could help farmers be treated fairly, said the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). 

British meat industry impresses Canadian importers

A delegation of Canadian beef importers were impressed by the “high standards” of British meat plants in a recent study tour. 

Demand prompts recruitment drive for NI Aberdeen Angus farmers

A rise in demand for Northern Irish Aberdeen Angus beef has triggered a recruitment drive for the sector. 

Industry partnership tightens supply chain security

A Belfast-based transparency and food security firm has announced a partnership that will help strengthen food integrity.

Meatsnacks reveals refreshed Wild West image

Appealing to the ‘modern snacking consumer’, Meatsnacks Group has revealed its new fresher look for its Wild West range of jerky and biltong. 

NFU to Tesco: Be clear on your lamb sourcing policies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed its concerns over Tesco’s drop in lamb facings. 

New NSA president joins body at ‘crucial time’

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced that Lord Inglewood of Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria will be its new president.

Strong UK meat exports in first half of 2017

Meat exports from the UK for the first six months of the year have seen strong year-on-year growth with markets outside the EU showing success. 

Seven businesses sign up to Pig Industry Scholarship scheme

Seven sponsoring companies have signed up to this year’s Pig Industry Scholarships. 

Red Tractor Week celebrates trusted food

Consumers are being encouraged to support quality farming and reliable practices by getting behind Red Tractor Week 2017. 

Farmers urge action on Brexit opportunity

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the government to take advantage of the opportunity Brexit presents to create a “regulatory environment for farming that is streamlined, grounded in science and respects realistic farm practices”. 

Undeclared allergens triggers sausage recall

Frohwein’s is recalling a selection of beef products due to undeclared allergens. 

FSA’s top tips on your Bank Holiday barbecue

To assist people in having a successful and safe barbecue this August Bank Holiday weekend, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed its top tips on cooking meat. 

Wiltshire poultry plant given planning permission

Planning permission for a major poultry processing facility in Wiltshire has been granted. 

Wall’s to support Dorset County Show

Wall’s Pastry has been unveiled as one of the main sponsors for the Dorset County Show.

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