Round-up of the biggest Meat Trades Journal stories of 2017

With another year drawing to a close, we take a look back at the biggest and most-read news stories of the year. 

Industry legend Marco Peerdeman passes away

In September we brought you the sad news that industry hero, and friend of Meat Trades Journal, Marco Peerdeman had passed away.

Described as one of the most celebrated butchers from the Netherlands, Marco had been living in London for the past 10 years.

Marco certainly made an impact on the UK butchery scene by nurturing the future butchers of Britain. He acted as a sponsor and trainer/seam butchery tutor for the UK’s International Young Butchers Competition, and was the chair of judges for our sister title GlobalMeatNews’ World Steak Challenge 2017.

New MOR sausage range launches at Tesco

The flexitarian trend took 2017 by storm, and one company we saw fully embrace the movement was MOR.

In March its flexitarian sausage range, which are made with vegetables rich in vitamins A, B, C and K as well as potassium, fibre and iron, was launched by Tesco.

Each of the four available flavours are created by blending high-quality British meat with vegetables, fragrant herbs and spices, resulting in lower-fat sausages.  

2 Sisters to expand production at Merthyr Tydfil plant

2017 was a year of ups and downs for 2 Sisters Food Group and its parent company Boparan Holdings, but it was the £1.4 million investment at its processing facility in

 Merthyr Tydfil we reported on in August that was one of our most popular stories of the whole year.

The investment allows the company to modernise the beef boning hall at the facility, alongside improving efficiency and quality control.

Managing director of 2 Sisters’ Red Meat And

rew Cracknell said the investment will future-proof jobs at the site and provide the platform for additional growth in beef sales over the next 10 years.

Marks & Spencer introduces low-calorie pork sausage

The past 12 months saw all aspects of the meat industry jump on the health bandwagon in some capacity, and the retailers were not exempt to the trend.

Responding to customer demand, Marks & Spencer introduced a low-calorie pork sausage at the start of this year, helping people stick to their New Year’s diet.

Produced from 100% British outdoor-bred pork, the skinny sausage contains as few as 78kcals and 3% fat, which M&S claimed is 89% less fat than the standard pork sausage. The new bangers followed in the footsteps of M&S’ Skinny Beef Burgers and Skinny Mini Meatballs introduced in 2016.

Porky Lights and Slimming World row keeps sizzling

A developing story that Meat Trades Journal followed in the spring of 2017 was the battle between sausage range Porky Lights and Slimming World.

The debate started after Slimming World altered the Syn points allocated to Porky Lights from half a point to 4.5 following on from tests by the weight loss organisation.

After a feature on the BBC’s The One Show, G White & Co’s managing director Chris Price defended the sausages in April and said the fat content was higher than advertised due to the test being conducted on raw products rather than cooked ones. 

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