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Meat industry voices post-Brexit labour fears

The British meat and farming industries have again raised concerns about access to EU workers following Brexit as the government outlined its legislative plan in the recent Queen’s address to Parliament. 

2 Sisters commended by vegan protestors

Animal rights group Devon Animal Save continues to protest again outside 2 Sisters’ Cullompton plant, but the meat processor has been commended for allowing activists to hold vigils for slaughter-bound chickens. 

Scottish meat industry wins millions in grant funding

Scottish meat processors and butchers have secured funds totalling £3.7 million through Scotland’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) Grant Scheme. 

Investment firms eye Moy Park acquisition

UK-based private equity firms are circling poultry processor Moy Park, which has been put up for sale by Brazilian parent company JBS to pay off debts.

Northern Irish cured meats producer adds bresaola to range

Northern Ireland’s Ispini Charcuterie has expanded its range of products with a new bresaola. 

ABP and Fane Valley grow joint venture to include Linden Foods

Fane Valley Co-op and ABP Food Group are to extend their joint venture relationship to include Linden Foods, the UK-based meat processing business of Fane Valley. 

Rally call for Scotland’s supply chain post-EU

To overcome challenges that are expected to be created from Brexit, the Scottish red meat supply chain has been called upon to work together. 

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The importance of migrant labour to the Scottish red meat industry has been highlighted in a Brexit briefing paper, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Moy Park put up for sale by Brazilian owner JBS

Brazilian meat giant JBS has put Moy Park up for sale but the firm’s chief executive Janet McCollum says it is “business as usual” for the Northern Irish poultry processor. 

2 Sisters appoints new livestock procurement head

Processor 2 Sisters has appointed Prys Morgan as its new head of livestock procurement at Merthyr Tydfil.

Packaging firm invests in energy-saving technology

Linpac spent £320,000 on an advanced cooling system to slash energy and water consumption at its Featherstone HQ to boost its image as an eco-friendly food packaging manufacturer. 

Scottish red meat abattoirs see turnover decline in 2016

Red meat primary processors in Scotland saw livestock numbers and figures for animals processed down year-on-year, despite a slight increase in the amount of cattle slaughtered. 

Scottish plants risk closure over inspection charge hikes

Some Scottish meat plants risk closure as a result of “excessive” meat inspection charges planned by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), according to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

ABP scores hat-trick of Carbon Trust standards

ABP Food Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust standard for a third consecutive time, the first food processor to achieve the hat-trick. 

Meat Scholarship Association celebrates landmark year

Members of the Welsh red meat sector are being called upon to apply for a potentially life- and career-changing experience. 

Moy Park facing charges over welfare allegations

Poultry processor Moy Park is facing a court hearing over allegations that its chickens were mistreated prior to slaughter. 

Container traffic growth defies expectations

Port congestion in China has highlighted an unexpected upturn in world container traffic, which has grown robustly in the first quarter this year.

Election result compounds fears over Brexit trade deals

Meat trade leaders' fears are deepening about the UK’s lack of preparedness for Brexit trade negotiations in the wake of the General Election results.

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250 redundant in 2 Sisters’ Smethwick plant closure

The closure of 2 Sisters Food Group’s Smethwick poultry processing plant in the West Midlands on 23 June, rendering 250 jobs redundant, has been branded “very disappointing” by trade union Unite.

EHL Ingredients doubles manufacturing space

Food ingredients firm EHL has acquired a new 8,000 square foot manufacturing site in Stockport that will allow the business to expand operations and trigger a recruitment drive. 

AVO extends BBQ range

Tapping into the health market, European ingredients manufacturer AVO has launched a new Lafiness to its marinade range.

Poultry farmers and buyers welcomed back to Scottish mart

For the first time since the avian flu restrictions were enforced across Scotland in December, poultry farmers and buyers made their return to Lawrie & Symington’s Lanark mart. 

Ispini Charcuterie launches chorizo beer sticks

A Northern Irish chorizo and salami specialist has introduced an innovative new product to the market. 

Hilton sees steady UK trade early in 2017

Meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported a solid trading update for the year to date. 

Dawn Meats and Dunbia enter into joint venture

Dawn Meats has agreed on a strategic partnership with Dunbia, which will see it establish a majority-owned joint venture. 

Positive year for Cranswick with strong revenue growth

Processor Cranswick has reported a healthy year, with revenue and profit both seeing double-digit growth. 

Scottish pork company to hire two apprentices

Scottish pork processor Robertson’s Fine Foods will continue on its path of expansion, with plans in motion to launch an apprenticeship scheme, Meat Trades Journal can reveal.

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UK’s next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion. 

Marks & Spencer demonstrates support for NI pork

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has introduced a new range of locally-sourced pork in its Northern Ireland stores.

Corndale expands charcuterie offering to boost retail sales

Corndale Free Range Charcuterie has introduced new packs of sliced chilli chorizo products. 

Tender process for Isle of Man meat plant to start soon

The tendering process for the meat plant on the Isle of Man is set to begin within the year, according to Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot. 

Fresh poultry sales drive growth for Moy Park

Four months of business development has lead to strong volume growth for poultry processor Moy Park. 

Binghams expands listings with Tesco

Potted beef and spreads producer Binghams has secured further listings with Tesco. 

Richmond sausages modernises brand, supported by biggest-ever campaign

Richmond has announced plans to launch a new packaging design across its fresh and frozen sausage range supported by its biggest-ever marketing campaign, commencing the week of 3 June. 

2 Sisters invests in oriental meal development

2 Sisters Food Group’s staff are celebrating a £10m investment in the development of prepared oriental meals at its Rogerstone factory, as it predicts year-on-year turnover there will grow by 20% this year.

Dawn Meats blazes responsible working trail

Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. 

Welsh red meat sector to ‘intensify’ export quest

Welsh meat firms are courting customers in Hong Kong, Canada, Europe and the Middle East among others as the country's export push builds momentum.

Northern Ireland-made biltong targets delis and farm shops

A Belfast-based beef biltong company has been launched, celebrating the traditional South African snack.

Crawshaw Group sets out 2 Sisters deal advantages

More details on the 2 Sisters and Crawshaw Group partnership have been revealed including the proposed commercial benefits to the retail butchery chain.

Emerging Northern Irish producers receive guidance from charcuterie specialists

Northern Irish meat producers that are getting off the ground will receive advice from charcuterie specialist Chris Moorby at the School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire. 

Holland’s Pies targets Father’s Day for sales opportunities

Lancashire-based Holland’s Pies is aiming to tap into the Father’s Day market this year. 

2 Sisters grows south west chicken production after multi-million investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced that £27.5 million has been invested in its south west supply chain last year, enabling it to increase its chicken production in the region. 

Sale of Karro Food Group reaches completion

The sale of pork supplier Karro Food Group has been completed by Endless LLP to CapVest Partners LLP. 

Innovative Food Ingredients appoints Q Guild’s Gordon Newlands

Food distributor Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has appointed former Q Guild general manager Gordon Newlands to help develop its independent butchery and processor customer base. 

BBQ trends report designed to benefit industry

BBQ trends and influences for 2017 are at the centre of a report delivered by Dalziel Ingredients. 

Topping Pies launches new gourmet range

The Topping Pie Company has launched gourmet and speciality fresh and baked frozen pie ranges and unbaked frozen products at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, organised by Meat Trades Journal publisher William Reed. 

Dry-ageing bacon firm launches into foodservice

Kennedy Bacon, based out of Co Tyrone, is expanding its audience reach and launching a new product aimed at chefs and retailers. 

Have your say on sustainability

The Meat Trades Journal annual Green Survey is still open for submissions. It’s the opportunity to make your voice heard in environmental matters in the meat industry. 

EHL adds to international flavours range in time for BBQ season

Ingredients manufacturer EHL has launched new seasonings in time for the summer, including Creole and Chakalaka seasonings for meat, Chermoula seasoning for fish, and cauliflower rice.

Porky Lights and Slimming World row keeps sizzling

The battle between sausage manufacturer Porky Whites and Slimming World over the fat content of Porky Lights rumbles on despite trading standards and BBC’s The One Show getting involved.