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Celebrity campaign to highlight pig welfare

Animal welfare lobby group Farms Not Factories has launched a series of videos featuring celebrity chefs and the high welfare farmers who provide their pork. 

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. 

‘Antibiotic-free’ messages could confuse consumers, warns NPA

The pork industry has been warned of spreading confusing messages about the use of antibiotics after the launch of a new ‘antibiotic-free’ bacon brand. 

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. 

Butcher ‘thrilled’ by royal recognition

A Welsh butcher has become one of an exclusive club of 16 Royal Warrant Holders in Wales, and is the only butcher in the country to achieve the recognition.

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.

Butcher takes on baker in Scotch pie contest

One of Scotland’s most renowned butchers is to take on a leading Kilmarnock baker in a Scotch pie bake-off today. 

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. 

Meat Trades Journal and partners launch Food Export Conference

Registration is now open for our Food Export Conference. 

Dunbia loses deputy chief exec following merger

Tony O’Neill OBE is to step down from his role as group deputy chief executive at Dunbia.

Jamie Oliver’s commitment to high-welfare meat recognised

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been rewarded for supporting animal welfare by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA).

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. 

National Farmers' Union Scotland urge more farming engagement ahead of Brexit

The head of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland has called for more clarity and engagement with the farming industry as negotiations for Great Britain to leave the EU begin.

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. 

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

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). 

Hospital food operators urged to promote healthy eating

Hospital eateries must provide healthier alternatives as part of efforts to tackle rising obesity rates in Northern Ireland. 

Dawn Meats creates ‘ultimate burger experience’

Dawn Meats’ butchery team has developed what it claims to be the “ultimate burger experience”.

Fire & Smoke uses social media to drive awareness

Kerry Foods is heavily targeting Millennials via social media and outdoor events as part of a nationwide road show for its Fire & Smoke branded cooked meats, bacon and snack pots. 

M&S faces up to challenge of cutting beef carbon emissions

Marks & Spencer’s Plan A 2025 strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for raw materials, such as beef, will be “extremely challenging”, according Steve McLean, M&S’s head of agriculture and fisheries.

Partnership tackles food fraud on international level

Belfast-based Arc-net has entered into a partnership that aims to fight food fraud by utlising innovation and technologies. 

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. 

Eastern flavours inspire Riverside’s new goujon range

Riverside Foods has drawn inspiration from eastern curry flavours as it expands its chicken goujon and chunk range. 

Morrisons’ butchers introduce supermarkets’ biggest burger

Retailer Morrisons is targeting the Father’s Day market with the introduction of its ‘daddy of all burgers’. 

Who’s Who in Meat 2017

The Who’s Who in Meat 2017 list is now out, revealing the top 20 influencers in the meat industry. 

Industry fights to narrow meat origins education gap

The meat industry has highlighted its work with children to raise awareness of where their food comes from, amid British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) results highlighting worrying gaps in their knowledge.

Butcher’s Shop of The Year 2017 open for entries

Calling all butchers: Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of The Year (BSOTY) 2017, the premier contest for UK butchers, is now open for entries, with a deadline of 7 August. 

Barbecue campaign tackles steak fears

AHDB Beef & Lamb aims to debunk misconceptions that steaks are too difficult to cook on the barbecue in a broader campaign designed to give the negative image of the Great British barbecue a makeover. 

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. 

How bright is the future of the retail butcher?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion.

Research pinpoints viruses to protect pigs versus germs

Friendly bacteria that could replace antibiotics to treat pigs have been identified by a University of Leicester team funded by farmers through AHDB Pork.

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.

Michael Gove’s Defra appointment a ‘boost’ to agricultural industry

Michael Gove has been named as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of a government reshuffle. 

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

Third Worldskills heat winner named at Leeds City College

James Taylor has been named the winner of the Leeds heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. 

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.

Cow timeline designed to help farmers boost efficiency

A new poster has been published to help farmers maintain the nutritional requirements of suckler herds throughout the year. 

Pork sector advised on burgeoning markets in Asia

Chicken exports are 'the big winner' for the UK meat industry internationally, amid continued opportunities for pork in China, delegates at a recent trade conference heard. 

Brian Conley to host BDCI festival dinner

Comedian Brian Conley has been announced as the host for this year’s Butchers and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) festival dinner. 

Sainsbury’s defends kangaroo burgers following backlash

Retailer Sainsbury’s has defended the launch of its kangaroo burgers, amid a backlash from animal rights activists.

New BMPA president announced

Isla Roebuck has been announced as the new president of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

PM swoops in for photocall at Smithfield Market

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Smithfield Market at 5.30am this morning on the eve of the General Election, taking butchers working there by surprise. 

Worldskills Welsh butchery heat winner named

Jake Laidlaw of Andrews Quality Meats in Swindon has been named the winner of the Welsh heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. 

Drop in Colistin usage in pigs welcomed by industry

The pig sector has praised figures suggesting there has been a significant drop in the use of Colistin in the pig sector. 

Livestock producers advised on farm break-ins

Farmers have been warned of break-ins, following an increase in the industry being targeted by animal rights protestors. 

Royal Smithfield Club to work with regional shows

The Royal Smithfield Club (RSC) is looking to work with major regional prime stock shows across the UK, following the demise of the Smithfield Festival at the East of England Show through lack of national support. 

Bevan’s Butchers steps into spotlight in butchery series

Surrey-based Bevan’s Butchers is the latest business to be showcased in Dalziel’s ‘Proud to be a Butcher’ series.