Baxters admits meat reduction in Fray Bentos pies

Rising inflation forced Baxters to cut the amount of meat in its Fray Bentos tinned pies, this site can exclusively reveal. 

Cargill and Faccenda joint venture named as Avara Foods

Avara Foods, the new joint venture between Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK and Faccenda’s fresh chicken, turkey and duck business, has been unveiled. 

Russell Hume non-compliance found to be ‘widespread’

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) has taken action to stop any product from leaving sites operated by Russell Hume due to concerns about non-compliance with food hygiene regulations. 

Brexit uncertainty risk to Welsh red meat exports

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has warned against the risks that Brexit will pose for the Welsh red meat industry. 

Wikinger recalls hot dogs due to labelling error

Wikinger UK is recalling Wikinger Hot Dogs because they contain milk which is not correctly declared on the label. 

2 Sisters Food Group retail deal creates 136 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 136 jobs at its Derby cooked chicken processing site. 

Fray Bentos pies face fan fury over ‘no meat’ claims

Furious foodies are outraged over a suspicion that Fray Bentos has cut the amount of meat in its tinned pies. 

Bernard Matthews supports donkey charity

Bernard Matthews has awarded more than £1,000 to a social enterprise that uses donkeys to bring joy to care and nursing homes in and around East Anglia. 

Manufacturing beef given Canada green light

Manufacturing beef from the UK has been given approval to be exported to Canada. 

AHDB Pork appoints new strategy director

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Angela Christison as its new strategy director for pork. 

Cranswick sets out packaging waste reduction target

Cranswick has pledged to reduce plastic waste by ensuring that all packaging used by the food group will be 100% recyclable as well as aiming to reduce its plastic use by 50% by 2025. 

NFU Scotland pledges support for Orkney abattoir

NFU Scotland has pledged its commitment to finding a solution to the closure of Orkney’s only abattoir. 

Accles & Shelvoke completes transition to Frontmatec

Accles & Shelvoke has altered its name and unveiled a new brand logo following its acquisition by Frontmatec last year. 

AHDB announces team restructure plans

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced plans to restructure its exports, trade and consumer marketing teams as well as grow its presence abroad. 

Porky Whites launches chicken sausage offering

Graham White & Co, owner of the Porky White brand, has launched a new chicken sausage product. 

Sale of Moy Park’s Dublin factory to Kepak completed

Kepak Group has completed its acquisition of the Moy Park Poppintree plant in Dublin for an undisclosed sum, Meat Trades Journal can reveal.

Moy Park creates 55 jobs with £20m hatchery investment

Moy Park has completed a £20 million investment a new hatchery at Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Booze-infused flavours on the menu this Christmas

Ingredients specialists Dalziel Ingredients has outlined its predictions for flavour profiles this holiday season. 

2 Sisters plays down food safety risk report

2 Sisters Food Group has responded to further allegations of food safety issues at one of its plants. 

2 Sisters publishes audit and inspection data

In a bid to improve transparency in its practices, 2 Sisters Food Group has published its latest round of poultry audit data. 

Bells Food Group launches new products ahead of Christmas

Scottish pie firm Bells Food Group has launched two new pie options to celebrate the festive season. 

CMA clears Tulip’s Easey Holdings acquisition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the completed acquisition by Danish Crown via its subsidiary Tulip Limited of Easey Holdings Limited. 

Unbar Rothon launches curry seasoning range

Seasonings supplier Unbar Rothon has launched a range of new curry seasonings for sausages. 

PM reassures industry on migrant labour

Industry representatives have tentatively expressed relief at Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to secure the rights of EU workers in the UK, although questions still remain. 

CMA clears Cargill and Faccenda joint venture

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the anticipated joint venture between Cargill Inc and Faccenda Investments Limited. 

Boparan Holdings to ‘improve margin performance’ following site closure

The temporary closure of 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich site has had an impact on its parent company’s margins for the first quarter (Q1). 

Kepak to acquire new Dublin site in added-value move

The Kepak Group has announced plans to acquire the Moy Park Poppintree facility in Dublin as part of a move to increase its added-value produce output. 

Poultry processor donates quarter of a million-worth of meals

Faccenda Foods, the privately owned chicken processing company, is celebrating donating 250,000 to charity FareShare. 

Northern Irish biltong producer expands dry-cured range

Beef biltong firm Ke Nako has diversified into chorizo in what it has labelled a “logical development”. 

Dicksons Pork Butchers secures retailer listings

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has expanded its wholesale presence by landing new deals with two well-known supermarkets. 

Government funding opportunity for food businesses

Defra has launched a new scheme offering small food and drink companies the chance to win a share of £50,000-worth of funding. 

2 Sisters creates 100 jobs at upgraded Flixton site

2 Sisters Food Group is to take on 100 additional staff members at its Flixton site in response to growing demand from its retail customers. 

WRAP updates label advice to tackle food waste

In an effort to reduce food waste, WRAP has amended date and storage advice on packaging. 

Clean-label phosphate replacer launched by Ulrick & Short

A new phosphate replacer for meat and seafood products has hit the market, courtesy of clean-label ingredients supplier Ulrick & Short.

Hard Brexit ‘crisis’ for European meat industry

A report by Europe’s meat industry body UECBV has highlighted the “catastrophic” impact of a hard Brexit on the European meat industry. 

New business drives strong six months for Cranswick

Cranswick posted a successful half-year, with many divisions performing ahead of the overall market, driven by new business.

Farmers First makes move into Wales with Farmers Fresh

Farmer-owned meat business Farmers First has expanded its operation into Wales with the acquisition of Fairfield Meats abattoir in Wrexham.

Welsh red meat ‘needs to embrace premium’

The Welsh red meat industry has been urged to focus on the premium sector in order to maintain UK sales.

Beef and pork export value growth in third quarter

UK exports of beef and pork saw strong value sales growth during the third quarter of 2017.

UK to start shipping pork products to China

The UK has been given the green light to ship pork products to China, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s exports division (AHDB Exports).

Isle of Man Meats tender process fails to find operator

The beleaguered Isle of Man meat plant will continue to operate while the government puts in place a strategy to secure its longer-term future, following the failure to find a new operator.

Hannan Meats launches new premium sausages

Northern Ireland processor Hannan Meats has launched new Pastrami Brisket and Sugar Pit Brisket sausages to its range of premium meat products.

Maelor Foods to open £20m poultry plant in Wrexham

Wrexham-based Maelor Foods is to open a new poultry plant following an investment of more than £20 million (m).

JW Galloway reports strong financial year

Scottish processor JW Galloway has reported growth in turnover and profits for the year.

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”.