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John Scott’s life celebrated

The family of John Scott, the founder of wholesaler John Scott Meat and the father of Scottish meat quality assurance schemes, remembers his life and achievements.

Men’s Health to launch sous vide range

Magazine Men’s Health is set to launch a range of sous vide meat dishes into the UK this month.

Japanese Wagyu targets premium restaurants

Japanese exporters are eyeing up the UK as a market for the country’s Wagyu beef.

Scottish beef and lamb exports hit £80 million

The value of exports of beef and lamb from Scotland has increased to over £80 million in the past year, according to the results of the annual exporters’ survey conducted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

HCC awarded £1.5 million to boost exports

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales is to be awarded £1.5 million to focus on exports. 

Modest rise in goose prices predicted

A wet summer is expected to help move the price of goose meat up slightly, according to the chairman of the British Goose Producers (BGP) John Franklin.

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. 

Simon Howie caters to millennial audience

Meeting younger consumers’ demands, Simon Howie Butchers has introduced a range of healthy options.

Bells adapts to meet customer demands

Scottish pie brand Bells has launched a new Bakes range. The portfolio expansion follows on from consumer demand looking for Bells’ products in a baked format.

Nisa extends own-label pizza range

Nisa Retail has added three new variants to its own-label Heritage range. 

Simon Howie rebrand emphasises heritage

Simon Howie, the Scottish Butcher, has revealed a new image for its products, reflecting the Scottish heritage of the brand. 

Birds Eye chicken portfolio returns to growth

Birds Eye’s chicken portfolio is in growth for the first time in three years, following a £7.1m relaunch in April this year, the company has reported. 

Demand prompts recruitment drive for NI Aberdeen Angus farmers

A rise in demand for Northern Irish Aberdeen Angus beef has triggered a recruitment drive for the sector. 

Meatsnacks reveals refreshed Wild West image

Appealing to the ‘modern snacking consumer’, Meatsnacks Group has revealed its new fresher look for its Wild West range of jerky and biltong. 

Big Daddy Rump Steak back at Aldi

Aldi has reintroduced its ‘Big Daddy’ extra thick British rump steak for a limited time, following the success of its previous launch. 

NI firm launches hickory-smoked burgers

Northern Ireland-based Buchanan Foods has added an innovative burger solution to its growing portfolio. 

Central Foods gets Red Tractor seal of approval

Central Foods has achieved Red Tractor accreditation for its KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs.

You’re hired with Meat Business Women

Women across the meat supply chain are being encouraged to attend the fourth Meat Business Women seminar.

Wall’s launches ‘heat to eat’ breakfast options

Sausage firm Wall’s has extended its product offering and launched two new breakfast roll options. 

Fully traceable fish launched by JJ Food Service

JJ Food Service has introduced a new range of Icelandic cod and haddock.

Meat companies go for gold

Meat companies across the nation have been honoured at the Great Taste Awards 2017. 

Wall’s Pastry launches new on-pack promotion

Wall’s Pastry has launched a new promotional campaign which will see a multi-million pound prize on-pack giveaway.

Treatment of administration-hit firm criticised

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to suspend production at Stockton-on-Tees-based wholesaler Cleveland Meat Company, following which it entered into administration with 68 job losses, has been slammed.

Growth-hungry Powters launches new sausages, packaging

Family-run firm Powters Sausages has refreshed its branding and launched two new products today (19 July) as it targets nationwide growth.

Yorkshire Game gains Asda listings

Yorkshire game has won new listings at Asda for three of its Wild products. Pheasant thighs, diced mixed game and venison steaks are available in 103 Asda stores in the UK.

Buchanan Foods diversifies by developing peat bacon

Northern Irish meat producer Buchanan Foods has introduced a new peat-smoked bacon in a strategy designed to set itself apart in the marketplace. 

Dawn Meats creates ‘ultimate burger experience’

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

Retailer Booths launches British BBQ range

Northern food and drink retailer Booths has launched a new 100% British BBQ range.

Snowbird feeling festive with Christmas selection

Wholesale sausage supplier Snowbird Foods has launched its new Christmas selection to go up against classic party food favourites, such as its own mini burgers. 

Samworth Brothers takes healthy ready meals to Waitrose

Samworth Brothers is launching its my healthy kitchen (myhk) range of low-calorie ready meals in Waitrose stores UK-wide from 15 May, incorporating two chicken lines boasting 100% British chicken. 

60 seconds with the SAMW president

Frank Clark was named president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) at an event in Glasgow and spoke to this site about his main priorities. 

I’ll have a pizza that: MuscleFoods launches four new products

Four guilt-free pizzas that contain a third of the calories found in similar supermarket products have been launched by lean meats online retailer MuscleFoods.com. 

Doherty & Gray signs £350k deal with Tesco

Northern Irish red meat processor Doherty & Gray has signed a £350,000 deal with Tesco Northern Ireland to produce a range of Tesco Finest burgers and beef burgers for selected Tesco stores UK-wide.

Chicken consumption declines for 2016 BBQ season

Figures for Kantar Worldpanel have shown that chicken consumption during the BBQ period experienced a fall in 2016, compared to the previous year. 

Ginsters to launch two new flavoured rolls

Ginsters is to launch two new flavoured rolls to its range.

Halal meat fraud duo found guilty

Two Leicester businessman have been found guilty of conspiracy to fraud. 

Butcher invests £2.25m to add wholesale division

Award-winning West Country butcher Malcolm Pyne is developing a wholesale arm to his butchery shop business by investing £2.25 million in a new purpose-built butchery and storage plant near the site of a proposed huge park-and-ride scheme for workers constructing the Somerset nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C. 

Strive Beef Biltong secures first major distributor

Meatsnacks Group Ltd has announced that its Strive Beef Biltong range will launch nationwide through BP Marks & Spencer Simply Food forecourts at the beginning of March 2017. 

Late Easter potential for wholesale sector

Easter’s late arrival could lead into a successful summer barbecue season for retailers, according to industry experts and wholesalers are advised to be ready. 

Aurora Foods enters bacon wholesale market

Yorkshire-based Aurora Foods have launched a new venture in the bulk bacon market, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Quality Meat Scotland highlights Brexit challenges and opportunities

A new paper has put the challenges and opportunities of leaving the European Union under the microscope. 

Meat supplier rewarded for manufacturing practices

Eurostock Foods, a value meat supplier with locations in Northern Ireland and Wigan, has been awarded with the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7). 

Pukka Pies undergoes multi-million pound makeover

Hot pie brand Pukka Pies has announced its first-ever brand relaunch, supported by £8 million in marketing activity. 

Moy Park brings out ready-to-eat snacking line

Moy Park has launched a ready-to-eat branded snacking range, Moy Park ‘Good to Go’, highlighting the continued flurry of activity around the meat snacks category. 

Record run-up to Burns Night for Scottish butcher

Simon Howie The Scottish Butcher, a family business based out of Perthshire that prides itself on its renowned haggis, is celebrating record-breaking sales for its expanded haggis range in the run-up to Burns Night. 

Meat traceability application delivers consumer confidence

Goldhill Organics has become the first meat box supplier to utilise the Followthisfood traceability application. 

Figures show beef and chicken win Christmas meat battle

Beef and chicken were the categories that saw solid value and volume sales growth over the festive period. 

Wholesale meat market expected to experience ‘extremely competitive’ 2017

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned that the wholesale meat market will remain competitive over the next 12 months. 

Positive outlook for new-season lamb, says farming union

New-season lamb at farm level prices is "marginally above" last year's levels, according to the National Farmers' Union's (NFU) chief livestock adviser John Royle.