New stun gun measurement device available to UK customers

A new device to measure the stunning performance of slaughter tools is now available to the UK industry. 

Multivac open day debuts new thermoformer

Multivac UK has launched what it claims is the ‘next generation’ thermoformer in Britain. 

New poultry research centre opened at Nottingham Trent University

A new designated poultry research centre geared towards improving the nutrition, welfare and sustainability of birds has opened at Nottingham Trent University. 

Frozen meat firms face soaring refrigerant costs

Rocketing refrigerant costs are in store for companies running freezers and chillers, including distributors of temperature-controlled meat products, according to Star Refrigeration, which counts top meat suppliers among its clients. 

US industrialised microwave firm launches in the UK

US-based Ferrite Microwave Technologies (FMT) has signed a deal with Link Microtek in Basingstoke that will see the introduction of FMT’s large-scale microwaves into the UK market. 

New service helps retailers curb food safety risks

The meat industry has been encouraged to utilise digital strategies in combating food safety threats.

Training tool tracks pig industry skills

A new tool has been developed to give pig farmers a simple and flexible way to record staff training.

Industry partnership tightens supply chain security

A Belfast-based transparency and food security firm has announced a partnership that will help strengthen food integrity.

Butchers benefit from card payments

For the first time, card payments have overtaken those made by cash among UK retailers. 

UV breakthrough hailed for knife sterilisation

A waterless steriliser, offering an alternative to hot water for sterilising knives and other tools in cutting plants and abattoirs, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is already attracting considerable interest from the meat industry, according to its inventor. 

Initiative to help poultry farms become self-sustainable

Energy regulator Ofgem has said that combined heat and power plants that run on poultry litter will benefit from the optimum tariff under Renewable Heat Incentive legislation. 

Denmark firm buys bolt stunning specialist

UK captive bolt stunning specialist Accles & Shelvoke is being bought by Frontmatec, a global supplier of processing equipment to the red meat industry.

Innovation introduction to reduce campylobacter contamination

Air Products has introduced a new rapid chilling system, designed to further decrease the contamination of campylobacter for poultry processors. 

New packaging film range unveiled by Linpac

Food packaging manufacturer Linpac has launched its new Lintop PE HB SKIN film range. 

Alternative meat preservatives to increase food safety

A new natural, formulation-specific preservative designed to lower the risk of cancer and extend the shelf-life of chilled meats has been launched. 

Multi-million investment in Moy Park boosts production

Moy Park’s multi-million pound investment in its Ashbourne facility has allowed the poultry processor to produce one million chickens per week.

Meat traceability application delivers consumer confidence

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

BHSL generates manure energy technology for UK poultry farms

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed €13 million (m) in sales of its manure-to-energy technology to UK poultry farms. 

RP Meats goes green with slipstream lorries

Brighton-based wholesaler RP Meats has introduced environmentally-friendly slipstream lorries with meat hanging rails. 

ICS Cool Energy completes Bradford expansion

Temperature control solutions firm, ICS Cool Energy, has expanded operations with the opening of a new 3,000m2 sales, distribution and warehousing facility in Bradford. 

Aldi trumpets upmarket steaks with tactile labels

Global packaging firm Coveris has pioneered a new printing process used in the launch of Aldi’s 100% British Aberdeen Angus steaks. 

Packaging specialist delivers new monitoring system

Ishida Europe, a specialist in weighing and packing line equipment, has introduced a remote customer care software solution designed for optimising efficiency and avoiding unwanted downtime. 

Intertek receives testing accreditation

Total quality assurance provider Intertek Food Services has again been accredited by UKAS to the International Standard (ISO 17025) required to ensure high-quality microbiological and chemical food and water testing, including overall Quality Assurance, from its Stoke and Derby laboratories.

Packaging recognition for Linpac

A poultry split pack created by Linpac alongside Tesco and Cargill has been awarded ‘highly commended’ in two categories at the UK Packaging Awards.

Smartphone searches for meat and poultry experience boost

Research has shown that grocery searches on smartphones for meat and poultry have increased 43% year-on-year for the third quarter. 

Young’s Seafood launches ‘modern retro’ packaging

After teaming up with food packaging manufacturer Linpac, Young’s Seafood has introduced a new innovative printed fish pack.

Packaging industry faces “fundamental problem”

The UK’s packaging and print industries are being called on to support the development of the sector and promote it as a viable career option. 

Innovative technology extends meat products’ life

The butchery sector is benefiting from a new piece of technology designed to increase shelf-life and speed up the maturation process of meat.

Meat and poultry packaging firm experiences best-ever month

Northern Paper Board, a packaging firm that supplies to the meat and poultry sector, has experienced its strongest ever month in its 37-year history.

Food fault investigation service launched

A new service has been introduced into the food manufacturing sector that investigates faults in foods. The system is delivered by Public Analyst Scientific Services (PASS) – part of the Eurofins Scientific Group. 

Industry risks losing cash through lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies

Meat firms risk losing cash as a result of a lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies, including packaging innovations, according to research just published. 

Keyani & Sons increases production thanks to Multivac UK

Birmingham-based manufacturers of halal doner kebabs Keyani & Sons has been able to boost production by 20 tonnes per month after the installation of a Laska Grinder by Multivac UK. 

Poultry producers renews fleet to meet demand

Faccenda Foods has said it will renew its fleet of delivery trucks at one of its main distribution centres in an effort to keep up with growing demand for British meat. 

Linpac at the forefront of tackling waste

Packaging solutions company Linpac has welcomed the news that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched an inquiry into the economic, environmental and social impact of food waste. 

Avery Berkel calls time on M-Series after 17 years

Weighing solution manufacturer, Avery Berkel, has halted production of its M-Series retail weighing scales after 17 years. 

Compact X-ray fat analyser helps meat sector

Analytical solution company Foss has announced the launch of the MeatMaster II C – a compact version of the MeatMaster II X-ray analyser for fat analysis and foreign object detection. 

Skin-tight meat packaging solution assists industry

Heat-sealing specialist Proseal has launched what it claims is the world’s first semi-automatic tray sealer for skin deep packs, designed to benefit the meat industry. 

Packaging material benefits fresh meat and poultry industry

The fresh meat and poultry industry is expected to benefit from a new recyclable mono material after Faerch Plast was granted a European patent for its MAPET® II. 

Packaging solution adds value to producers

Irish-based Holfeld Plastics, part of the Waddington Europe group, has introduced a packaging solution designed to add value and help boost the environmental credentials of a business. 

Campbells Prime Meat refreshes fleet of vans

Campbells Prime Meat, a provider of fresh meat, fish and delicatessen products, has refreshed its fleet of temperature-controlled vans from Ryder. 

Devro finds solution to ammonia problem

One of the world-leading sausage casings company, Devro, has overcome an ammonia discharge issue in its Glasgow plant. 

Quality control goes digital

The meat industry can now benefit from a quality control app, designed by Muddy Boots Software.

PPS packaging awarded for environmentally-friendly box

Transit packaging company, PPS, has been crowned the winner of the Eco Pack Challenge at the Packaging Innovations Show 2016, leading to opportunities to partner with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Multivac UK launches new and improved facilities

One of the UK’s leading packaging companies, Multivac UK, officially opened its refurbished premises on Thursday 17 March 2016.

New digital thermometer launched by ETI

Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd (ETI) has introduced the new Therma 1T digital thermometer. 

Ishida Europe showcases testing equipment at Foodex

Ishida Europe will be putting its quality control expertise to the test at this year’s Foodex exhibition (18-20 April) by inviting visitors to bring their own packs to the stand to be tested for contaminants, leakages or other QC issues. 

Interfood to offer BladeStop through new butchery division

Interfood has been appointed as the sole distributor of BladeStop in the UK and Ireland as part of its new butchery division. 

Alfresco Chef is new corporate member of Q Guild

Barbecue equipment supplier Alfresco Chef has been awarded corporate membership of the Butchers Q Guild. 

New corporate members for Q Guild

West Midlands-based Theo’s Food Company and XL Refrigerators of West Yorkshire have joined the Q Guild as corporate members. 

Thermal insulation container set to help the industry in transporting cold foods

Refrigerated transport is often considered a major contributor towards carbon emissions. Provider of thermal insulation materials Enviro-Pod said that, aside from the high running cost of refrigerated transport, running chillers and doors being left open during the loading and reloading of stock also have a damaging effect on the environment.