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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. 

Bacon company faces huge fine after plant accident

Bacon processor Becketts Foods must pay £377k after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat separating machine at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry.

Leicester halal meat fraud duo jailed for five years

Two men found guilty of conspiring to defraud customers have been sentenced to five years each. 

FSA to engage more with meat industry

New Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Jason Feeney has pledged to work together more with the meat industry on key issues, including the development of a voluntary protocol structure for the use of CCTV in abattoirs. 

Bolton Halal ordered to stop using bakery equipment

Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd has been ordered to stop using bread baskets and other equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its membership, for transporting its products without permission, in addition to paying £3,000 in costs. 

Home Office minister pressed on Brexit fears

Under-fire Home Office minister Robert Goodwill has written to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) after the organisation raised fears with government over access to migrant labour. 

Bernard Matthews’ previous owner: customers scuppered pensions deal

Bernard Matthews’ former owner Rutland Partners has rejected allegations it deliberately avoided a sale of the business that fully covered pension liabilities, claiming key customers sabotaged such a deal.

Danish Crown aims for top spot in UK pork market

Danish Crown aims to grab the largest share of the UK pork market through its subsidiary Tulip, according to Danish Crown chief executive Jais Valeur and Tulip chief executive Steve Francis. 

New test created to detect raw pork presence

Diganosis solutions company Neogen has introduced a new kit to detect raw pork in meat and environmental samples. 

Poultry firm to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds after worker injured

Moy Park Ltd must pay £211,924 after a worker was injured at its site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 

Dunbia debunks Great Britain move rumours

Northern Irish meat producers Dunbia has dismissed rumours that it is considering moving operations to Great Britain. 

Irish flair for Fortnum & Mason

Prestigious retailer Fortnum & Mason has introduced a Glenarm Shorthorn branded premium burger from Northern Irish producer Hannan Meats. 

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

Slaughterhouses could save hundreds of thousands of pounds annually

Abattoirs could save more than £240,000 a site and farms could collectively cut one million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, according to measures proposed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Unite prepares plan to save 2 Sisters Food Group jobs

Plans to save as many 2 Sisters Food Group jobs as possible at its Bevan Way factory in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which is set to close, have been launched by trade union Unite.

2 Sisters proposes Smethwick closure – 630 jobs at risk

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed that it plans to cease production at a processing site in Smethwick, Staffordshire, which could result in the loss of up to 630 jobs. 

Kettyle Irish food partners with Guinness for new burger

Northern Irish meat processor Kettyle Irish Foods has joined forces with Guinness to introduce a premium beef burger. 

‘Huge potential’ for Welsh Lamb in US if access granted

The momentum behind exporting Welsh Lamb to the United States is growing, after one importer claimed to be “very excited about Welsh Lamb”. 

Tulip commits to multi-million investment in training

Tulip plans to invest millions in training amid ambitions to be a "world class" meat processor, CEO Steve Francis told this site.

Meat reps ‘concerned’ about Home Office Brexit stance

Senior meat industry representatives have expressed frustration at Home Office minister Robert Goodwill’s reluctance to discuss their fears over access to EU labour post-Brexit, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Boparan slammed over 128 Bernard Matthews job losses

Workers at Bernard Matthews’ Great Witchingham plant “feel betrayed and let down” by Boparan Private Office following the confirmation of job losses at the site, according to workers’ union Unite. 

Swan becomes commercial director at Snowbird

Snowbird Foods’ new commercial director Helen Swan will spearhead its product development and marketing programmes. 

Meatsnacks brings jerky to vending machines

Beef jerky is finding a new platform in the UK vending market thanks to the Meatsnacks Group. 

Holland’s Pies range undergoes 'nostalgic' rebranding

Holland’s Pies, based in Lancashire, has revealed a new look to complement a year of growth and innovation for the firm. 

Ispini Charcuterie launches new cured pork product

Northern Irish producer Ispini Charcuterie has introduced a new innovative cured pork product. 

Bawnbua Foods wins new contracts worth £10m

Processor Bawnbua Foods, formerly known as Eurostock Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million (m). The business has won contracts with international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers. 

Dawn Meats wins top energy certification

Dawn Meats’ retail packing plant in South Wales has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its efficiencies in energy-use policy. 

Thai firm CP Foods buys Westbridge Food Group

UK-based protein, desserts and vegetable supplier Westbridge Food Group has been bought by Thailand-based Charoen Popkhand Foods plc (CP Foods) for an undisclosed sum.

Doherty’s Meats signs ‘significant deal’ with Musgrave

Doherty’s Meats in Derry has been listed by Musgrave Retail Partners for its network of SuperValu and Centra stores throughout the island of Ireland. 

Quality Meat Scotland names new chief executive

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Alan Clarke as its new chief executive.

New awards unveiled by British Poultry Council

A new competition to recognise the entire poultry industry has been announced by the British Poultry Council. 

The Dalesman Group awarded for high standard of practices

Seasonings manufacturer The Dalesman Group has been awarded with an AA status following a recent British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit. 

New 2 Sisters Sainsbury’s retail director unveiled

2 Sisters has appointed Gill Pendergrast as its new Sainsbury’s retail director. 

Decision pending on processing plant application

A decision on a new processing plant in Helensburgh, Scotland is due shortly. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

Concerns raised over alleged job losses at Dunbia plant

Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has written to Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, over allegations that up to 10 jobs have been lost at Dunbia’s abattoir in Llanybydder. 

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

Hilton Food grows revenue and profit in 2016

Strong volume growth in the UK has helped Hilton Food Group to a successful 2016. 

Prime Minister Theresa May invokes Article 50

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially triggered Article 50, signalling the United Kingdom’s intent to exit the European Union. 

New listings for Moy Park snacking range

Moy Park has secured a deal with Ocado, Palmer and Harvey, and Nisa to list its new branded Good to Go snacking range. 

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

The Snaffling Pig Co announces partnership with Colman’s

Premium pork crackling producer the Snaffling Pig Co has announced its first partnership, with condiment company Colman’s. 

Dawn Meats sets out sustainability targets

Beef and lamb processor Dawn Meats has set the ambitious target of becoming “Europe’s most sustainable meat company”. 

Karro Foods set to be bought

Karro Food Group looks set to be acquired from private equity group Endless by funds advised by fellow private equity outfit CapVest Partners.

Industry bodies join forces on UK trade priorities post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have joined forces to outline priorities for UK trade post-Brexit. 

2 Sisters hit by headwinds as profits falter

A competitive market and “strong headwinds” have hit profits at Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, in the second quarter of the year.

Sarval to invest £8 million in pet food by-product plant

Ingredients supplier to the UK pet food market Sarval has announced a major upgrade project to its animal by-product processing facility in Nottingham. 

New MOR sausage range launches at Tesco

A new flexitarian range of sausages has been launched at Tesco.