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Scotch meat receives Olympic swimmer’s backing

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI has received support from 10 Scottish swimmers, including Olympian Duncan Scott and Commonwealth Games star Ross Murdoch. 

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.

Welsh food sector gets £21m cash injection

A £21m investment programme for Wales’ food and drink sector, designed to deliver £100m of growth for the Welsh economy, was announced at the Taste Wales conference in Newport today (23 March). 

NFU welcomes Lidl’s British farming support pledge

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has praised retailer Lidl for its promise to support British farming by signing up to the Back British Farming Charter. 

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. 

Quality assurance scheme targets Cypriot tourist community

British Quality Standard beef has been showcased in Cyprus, to meet the demands of British ex-pats and holidaymakers.

Farmers’ union highlights importance of trade deals amid Brazil meat scandal

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has emphasised the importance of securing trade deals and the high standards of British food production. This comes after allegations that Brazil has been selling and exporting rotten meat. 

Meat products recalled due to the presence of plastic

Douglas Willis Ltd has issued a recall for a variety of meat products on a precautionary basis as they may contain small pieces of hard plastic. This recall affects Wales only. 

New MOR sausage range launches at Tesco

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

Northern Irish pie company wins business in Hong Kong

Cloughbane Farm Foods, a manufacturer of beef, chicken, lamb and pork pies, has secured its first business in Hong Kong.

On-the-go offering from Fire & Smoke

Kerry Foods is aiming to tap into the growing food-to-go market with the launch of a 50g format for its Fire & Smoke Chicken Chunks – in Fire Grilled and Sweet Heat versions. 

Prime Minister’s commitments to British farming welcomed

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitments to supporting British farming post-Brexit.

Butchers benefit from National Butchers' Week 2017

Butchers from across Britain made the most of National Butchers’ Week 2017. 

Halal sector manager appointed by agriculture levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb has appointed its first halal sector manager. 

Dawn Meats tie-up with Dunbia rumoured

Dawn Meats is close to securing a takeover of Northern Ireland-based meat processor Dunbia, according to an industry expert. 

Yorkshire catering butcher steps up recycling strategy

Family-operated Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has invested in a compact waste baler, enabling it to improve its recycling capabilities.

Scottish meat exports experience successful 2016

Exports of Scottish meat products rose by 11% in 2016. 

Levy board appointment to improve livestock cost management

Boosting cost management across whole farm businesses will be one of the main priorities for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) newly appointed farm benchmarking manager. 

Convenience options drive Welsh lamb sector

Tapping into the convenience market has the potential to offer a £7.2 million opportunity for the Welsh lamb sector. 

Christmas demand leads to Himalayan salt chamber investment

Northern Ireland processor Buchanan Foods is now developing its own Himalayan salt chamber following massive consumer demand for salt aged turkey over the festive period. 

HCC launches Welsh Butcher of the Year competition

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has begun its search for the 2017 Welsh Butcher of the Year.

NFMFT names National Barbecue Competition winners

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has crowned the winners of its National Barbecue Competition. 

WorldSkills butchery competition adds two new heat venues

The WorldSkills Butchery UK Competition has added two new heats this year for butchers to participate in.

And the winner of National Butchers’ Week innovation contest is...

Gordon’s Butchers and Fine Foods has been named the winner of our National Butchers’ Week innovation competition. 

Calls made for Scottish government to continue greylag goose support

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scottish branch has called for the Scottish government to continue funding of greylag goose management schemes. 

Aldi adds Welsh Lamb products in Wales

Aldi is launching five new Welsh Lamb products to its stores in north Wales.

Northern Irish chorizo specialist introduces Tuscan-style sausage

Following on from the successful launch of its original and chilli chorizo varieties last year, Corndale Farm Charcuterie has now launched a Tuscan-style sausage. 

JJ Foodservice celebrates National Poultry Day

Wholesaler JJ Food Service will be launching discounts on fresh chicken products, offering free point-of-sale (POS) and sharing educational videos to celebrate National Poultry Day on 19 March 2017. 

National Butchers’ Week: an opportunity for growth

Butchers should use National Butchers’ Week as a springboard for training staff. 

University study identifies campylobacter preventative measures

A three-year study into the factors influencing campylobacter in chicken broiler houses has been published by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences. 

York Gild of Butchers names Apprentice Butcher of the Year

A Leeds City College student has been named as the Apprentice Butcher of the Year 2016 by the York Gild of Butchers. 

Poultry confusion continues following multiple AI outbreaks

Confusion reigns over how to market poultry meat from UK suppliers in lockdown due to bird flu restrictions, as the disease continues to hit international trade.

Puréety launches Ultimate Sauce Bursts innovation

Puréety Gourmet Flavours has launched a new range of flavourings that it believes will revolutionise the sector.

Sainsbury’s plans meat product launches

Sainsbury’s is launching numerous own-label meat lines this spring and summer, targeting key consumer trends, such as barbecueing, the continuing burger craze and slow cooking.

Whole turkey back on the menu for Christmas

Whole turkey sales at Christmas are holding their own after a big swing to crowns and breast joints at major retailers over the past few years, according to Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkeys Farmgate Hatcheries. 

FSA makes appointments to Science Council

Eight members have been appointed to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Science Council, including the council’s new chair.

BDCI bursary awarded to meat and livestock students

Three students at Harper Adams University have received funding for their remaining years of full-time study.

BBQ contest deadline now

Butchers must pre-register today (10 March) to stand a chance of winning the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders’ (NFMFT’s) National BBQ Competition, which is taking place on Wednesday 15 March.

Swansea family butcher lives on

A Swansea-based butcher is sticking to family tradition by keeping Hugh Phillips Butchers alive. 

Levy board launches revamped quality assurance scheme

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb introduced its new Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme revamp with the help of a new scheme ambassador. 

Tesco introduces new fresh pet food range

Tesco has rolled out a full range of high-quality fresh pet food as demand for posh food treats for cats and dogs grows.  

Chefs’ Choice Awards winners unveiled

The winners of the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards have been announced. 

Butcher seeks compensation over road closure

A Lincolnshire butcher is seeking compensation after the closure of a road led to a decrease in sales.

Broughgammon Farm creates prosecco sausage

Northern Irish producer Broughgammon Farm has launched a new Free Range Rose Veal, Prosecco and Lemon sausage.

Kepak launches new range in bid to grow convenience sales

Kepak Convenience Foods has set out its ambition to double sales in the convenience channel by 2020, by capitalising on the gourmet burger trend with a new Rustlers range and packaging. 

Meal deal options help grocery market grow

The latest grocery market share figures have shown that supermarket sales for the 12 weeks ending 26 February have grown at their fastest rate since June 2014, as more than £9 million was spent on meal deals compared to last year’s period. 

Rugby star helps kick off Scotch Beef PGI campaign

Stuart Hogg, who represents Scotland in rugby union, has taken time out of his busy schedule to help launch a campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI. 

Devro’s revenue bolstered by shifting currencies

Sausage casings manufacturer Devro has benefited from fluctuating exchange rates, as its volume sales dropped but revenue grew in 2016. 

Proposed halal assurance standards would raise certification standards

The potential introduction of assurance standards for stunned and traditional halal sheepmeat has been welcomed by the industry.

Tesco recalls beef bolognese

Tesco has issued a recall notice for its frozen beef Tesco Spaghetti Bolognese 400g, due to undeclared egg.