FSA launches slaughterhouse disinfection consultation

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation on alternative systems for the disinfection of tools in slaughterhouses, cutting plants and approved game handling establishments (AGHEs). 

Devro chief executive to step down after a decade

Sausage casings manufacturer Devro has announced that its chief executive Peter Page will step down from his position after 10 years on the job. 

PM reassures credibility of EU 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. 

Turkey price rise bucks Christmas dinner trends

The overall cost of traditional Christmas Day meals with all the trimmings has fallen 3% year-on-year. However, turkey prices are up 16% compared to last year. 

The Black Farmer stands by antibiotic usage comments

The founder of The Black Farmer brand Wilfred Emmanuel Jones is standing by statements made over antibiotic usage that attracted criticism from the pork industry. 

Kepak recalls Big Al products over undeclared allergens

Kepak’s frozen division is recalling three varieties of its Big Al’s chicken products as they contain mustard and/or milk, which are not declared on the labels. 

Survey exposes high level of salt in sausages

New research by the Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has shown that several branded British sausages contain “excessively high amounts” of salt. 

Organic derogation extension avoids ‘severe consequences’ for pork and poultry producers

The news that two derogations for organic pigs and poultry have been extended has been welcomed by industry bodies, although the long-term future is still uncertain. 

Qatar has ‘strong interest’ in Welsh Lamb

Tiny oil and gas-rich state Qatar has developed a big appetite for the finest cuts of premium Welsh Lamb, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) told this site. 

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”. 

FSA issues festive turkey preparation advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued guidance for consumers planning to prepare turkey over the festive season. 

Poultry industry urges safeguarding of welfare standards

British poultry farmers have called for public procurement of British food and no dilution of health and welfare standards in Brexit trade deals. 

Introducing Bryce Lawson

With 2018 on our doorstep, the World Butchers’ Challenge will be heading to Northern Ireland in just over three months. 

Australia and Wales unite to showcase ‘lightning lamb’

Representatives from the Welsh and Australian industries have joined forces to demonstrate lamb as a quick meal option. 

Kantar outlines trends charting a course through Brexit

Brexit is “not the end of the world” and tracking positive trends can help grocery retailers steer through the process, according to Fraser McKevitt, Kantar head of retail & consumer insight. 

Prime cattle prices restored

There could be a possible “mismatch” between the price of beef and volume available this Christmas. 

Edwards of Conwy wins Lidl listings

The 2017 Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy has won listings in Lidl for its traditional pork sausages. 

Sheep sector seeks young ambassadors

The hunt is on for young sheep farmers to represent the industry as part of the National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation project. 

Sainsbury’s to enhance Taste The Difference Pork range

Sainsbury’s plans to enhance its Taste The Difference Fresh Pork range, launching products designed to live up to the aspirations the name suggests and differentiating it from rivals. 

Government scheme to ‘reduce burden’ for Welsh meat industry

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) will enable the reduction of animal feed inspections of farms across Wales by local authority trading standards. 

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. 

NFU launches British turkey campaign for festive season

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has launched a new campaign to show off the quality of British turkeys this Christmas. 

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. 

Pork sees double-digit value sales growth

Pork continues its “renaissance” in retail, with the category’s value sales rising 10.7% and volume sales up 3%, in the 12 weeks to 5 November, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) data. 

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.

Foodservice inflation remains steady in October

Inflation in wholesale foodservice prices declined for the second month in a row in October 2017 to reach 5.8%, according to the latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index.

Nigel Barden to host Q Guild Smithfield Awards

Food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden has been announced as host of the Q Guild’s annual Smithfield Awards.

BRF adds two new lines to UK foodservice menu

Two product ranges have been added to BRF’s growing portfolio of on-trend fare, both of which will be available at major UK distributors from February.

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.

Retailers publish campylobacter results

The country’s top nine retailers have published their results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens for the period covering July to September 2017 in line with Food Standards Agency (FSA) protocol.

Northern Ireland prime throughputs see Christmas rise

Northern Ireland prime cattle throughput in local plants has increased with 7,283 head killed in the last week.

HCC celebrates Canadian retail listing for PGI Welsh Lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is celebrating gaining listings at premium Canadian supermarket chain Lococo’s.

Scottish Craft Butcher training awards’ winners unveiled

Five trainee butchers from across Scotland have been recognised for their skills in the Scottish Craft Butcher Training Awards.

Gove sets out government’s animal sentience position

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has moved to clarify the government’s position on animal sentience following what he felt were “misconceptions” that it voted against the idea that animals are sentient beings.

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.

WorldSkills butchery competition in 90 seconds

The government-backed WorldSkills competition series came to an end in spectacular fashion on Saturday 18 November, after a tough, two-day tournament.

Online retailer field&flower unveils Christmas range

Grass-fed meat and sustainable fish delivery service, field&flower has launched its new luxury Christmas Range.

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.

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.