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Kalsec opens new UK laboratory

Natural spice and herb extract producer Kalsec has installed a new laboratory with state-of-the-art analytical facilities at its Mildenhall site.

2 Sisters plant hygiene allegations ‘not a one-off’

Allegations against 2 Sisters are a “wake-up call for all accreditation firms” and the situation identified at the processor’s West Bromwich site was not an isolated incident, according to an Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs (EFRA) inquiry.

Scottish meat firm receives government funding

A producer of cooked and sliced meats, Brown Brothers, has received a total of £803,241.33 from the Scottish government to help with a facility upgrade. 

Back to business for Brechin pig slaughterhouse

A Brechin pig abattoir has reopened after suffering from fire damage. 

Scottish red meat sector positioned to tackle Brexit challenge

The Scottish red meat sector has been told that it has a strong future ahead of it, despite the obstacles that may be presented by Brexit. 

Scandal stings Boparan as credit rating takes hit

Moody’s has downgraded Boparan Holding Limited’s credit rating, warning the food giant’s ability to pay for short-term obligations could “weaken”. 

UK protein sector drives interest of overseas investors

An appetite for the UK’s meat industry has helped drive continued growth in international interest in the food and beverage sector.

CCTV may cause employment problems - AIMS

A leading trade body in the meat industry has warned that the introduction of CCTV in all abattoirs may lead to difficulties employing staff in the future.

New lamb brand to meet market demands of premium meat

A Northern Irish farming family has developed a new lamb meat brand with the aim of meeting demand for high-quality meat. 

Exports could be key to Welsh red meat industry success, says levy board

The Welsh red meat industry has been advised to eye-up export opportunities, according to chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Kevin Roberts. 

Northern Irish producer pioneers bacon products

Broughgammon Farm, based on a family farm in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, has expanded its portfolio by introducing two new bacon products. 

Big success for Big Sausage Week!

As Big Sausage Week comes to a close, we’ve been overwhelmed with the level of response that we’ve received from everyone. 

2 Sisters hit by profits drop, despite sales rise

The parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group saw sales rise for the final quarter of 2016/17, but a fall in profits, and cautioned that the West Bromwich chicken factory closure would hits its first-quarter results in 2018. 

Buyer sought for Yorkshire Meatball Co

“Tentative enquiries” have been expressed in family-run business The Yorkshire Meatball Co, which was recently forced to cease trading due to a lack of funds.

2 Sisters reopens West Bromwich plant

Poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group is to resume production at its West Bromwich chicken factory this week and start supplying a number of supermarkets again.

Essentia rolls out new nutritional calculator

A new calculator that shows how to boost the nutritional profile of food and drink has been developed in response to growing demand for high-protein fare. 

FSA and AIMS agree on carcase standard proposals

Slaughterhouses that do not hand over carcases that have been declared unfit by the Official Veterinarian (OV) may face a two-stage appeals system. 

VIDEO: Quick Sausage Stew with Finnebrogue

To celebrate the Big Sausage Week, Meat Trades Journal travelled to Northern Ireland to meet with sausage producer Finnebrogue. 

Moy Park fumes probe underway

Investigations continue into the source of fumes at Moy Park’s Ashbourne factory that caused a temporary evacuation of the site and brought a short term, partial halt to production there. 

Equipment firm bemoans lack of investment

British machinery outfit Jacob White is struggling to secure investment from buyers in the Middle East, according to the company’s managing director. 

Pig industry faces labour Brexit crisis

The UK pig industry could be faced with a massive labour shortage if the government does not retain access to EU workers following Brexit, according to a National Pig Association (NPA) members survey. 

Northern Irish beef farm branches into pork market

Northern Ireland’s Castlescreen Farm, traditionally a beef producer, has diversified business by starting to produce gammon and bacon options. 

UK suppliers urged to build relations abroad

The UK’s independent meat suppliers have been advised to target alternative, international markets to remain profitable in a world without the security of the EU. 

Food industry women break beehive building record

A selection of 14 leading businesswomen from the food industry have united to build 120 beehives in Tanzania in just three days. 

2 Sisters probe: MPs explore CCTV for all meat plants

MPs proposed round-the-clock CCTV surveillance for meat cutting plants, not just abattoirs, at a London hearing following national media coverage of food hygiene slip-ups at 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich facility.

Multi-million euro campaign to boost lamb consumption

The UK has signed on as part of a cross-country campaign to boost lamb consumption in the EU over a three-year period. 

Stronger food safety measures following 2 Sisters expose

Additional measures to enhance standards across food processing are being implemented in the wake of recent media coverage exposing procedural issues at 2 Sisters Food Group.

Diet trends drive EHL’s gluten-free range

EHL Ingredients has expanded its offering of gluten-free products as a response to consumer demands.

Scottish haggis wins over Canadian market

Haggis from Scotland will soon be available in Canada for the first time in 46 years. 

Sausage brand MOR bags Ocado listing

MOR has rolled out its four-strong range of flexitarian sausages at online retailer Ocado, Meat Trades Journal can reveal. 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture investigated by CMA

Cargill and Faccenda Foods’ joint venture is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

Moy Park donates 150,000 meals to FareShare charity

One of Europe’s largest chicken processors, Moy Park, has donated over 150,000 meals since teaming with FareShare in 2015. 

Poultry allegations have little impact on retail sales

Recent allegations against poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group have not had a major negative impact on retail sales. 

Hilton Foods acquires Seachill for £81 million

Meat packing business Hilton Foods Limited has agreed to acquire fish processor Icelandic Group UK Limited (Seachill) for £80.8 million (m). 

Meat industry ‘attractive’ for investors, say analysts

Meat may be under pressure from inflation, labour shortage and challenges to productivity, but it is still an attractive industry for investment, according to financial experts. 

AHDB head of livestock export trade development departs

Head of livestock export trade development Jean-Pierre Garnier, known to most in the industry as JP, has decided to leave his role at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) after 13 years with the organisation.

European importers recognised for commitment to Scotch meat

Two European importers have been rewarded for their commitment and support for Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI. 

ABP makes £22 million green energy investment

ABP Food Group has announced a £22 million investment in a green energy plant that it hopes will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. 

2 Sisters boss to give evidence at Commons inquiry

2 Sisters Food Group boss, Ranjit Singh Boparan, has been summoned before a parliamentary inquiry following allegations of food safety offences at the meat processor’s poultry plant in West Bromwich. 

Kennedy Bacon meets customer demand by expanding operations

Northern Irish dry-cured bacon, ham and gammon firm Kennedy Bacon is catering to an increasing demand for its products by expanding its production space.

Samworth Brothers to open new distribution hub

Samworth Brothers has unveiled its new £12 million (m) distribution hub in Leicestershire.

FSA to investigate other 2 Sisters processing plants

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has decided to extend its investigations to other 2 Sisters poultry plants in England and Wales.

Lucas extends Smokehouse range to include sausages

Lucas has introduced two new Smokehouse sausage mixes.

Charcuterie firm named best producer in Co Derry

A pig farmer has said he was honoured to be named the best producer in Co Derry, Northern Ireland.

Lancashire food hall celebrates local produce

James’ Places food hall in Lancashire is inviting local meat producers to pitch their products for the chance to be stocked by the business. 

Leonards launches seasonal sausage mix

Ingredients supplier Leonards has unveiled a new sausage mix in time for the autumn/winter season. 

2 Sisters suspends operations at West Bromwich site

2 Sisters Food Group has suspended operations at its West Bromwich site in the wake of allegations of food safety and hygiene breaches made by The Guardian and ITV

Scotbeef unveils abattoir plans

Scotbeef has revealed plans to build a new abattoir at Thainstone Business Park in Aberdeenshire. 

ABP and Fane Valley Linden Foods deal cleared

The proposed acquisition of joint control of Linden Foods by ABP Food Group and Fane Valley has been given the green light following an investigation by the European Commission.