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Meat & poultry

Like the dairy sector, meat producers are coming under flak for the large carbon footprint of their raw materials and issues of animal welfare; while rising inspection costs and tight margins mean the sector is consolidating to take advantage of ‘vertical integration’ and economies of scale. Whether you’re in red meat, poultry or game, it’s important to avoid being skewered by unexpected change.

FSA campylobacter results make grim reading

Tests show campylobacter contamination increased substantially over the summer in shop-bought raw chicken and the food industry must do more to tackle the problem, according to the Food Standards Agency...

Campylobacter: ‘Supermarket bosses should hang heads in shame’

Consumer pressure group Which? claims supermarket bosses should “hang their heads in shame”, after the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest testing results revealed a big rise in the levels of...

Poundland, Woolworths with food, is ‘retail winner’

Poundland is “a retail winner”, judged a leading City analyst, after the discount chain posted soaring pre-tax profit growth of 34% to £12.6M in first half results.

News in brief

Brits say stuff it to turkey dinner this Christmas

More than a third of Brits (35.1%) will shun the traditional turkey dinner this Christmas in favour of other meats, according to research by e-commerce business service Webloyalty.

Biltong firm announces acquisition

New World Foods Europe has bought Yorkshire-based Kings Biltong – the latest deal to be clinched in that sector in the past year.

Campylobacter contamination worse than thought

Supermarkets face a fresh blow to consumers’ trust in them as chicken tested for the food poisoning bug campylobacter looks set to yield even worse results than previous samples.

DNA sequencing and biofortification the big trends for 2015

DNA sequencing and biofortification of food will create the biggest opportunities for food businesses to respond to pressure to operate more sustainably in 2015, according to the UK’s innovation agency...

Cranswick sandwich and pastry growth offsets falls elsewhere

Sandwich and pastry demand offset falling fresh pork sales for meat processor Cranswick in the first half of its financial year (H1), according to leading food industry analyst Clive Black.

Greencore: US trend holds huge UK potential

The UK market could benefit from Greencore’s increasing investment in hot food-to-go in the US, according to chief financial officer Alan Williams.

Food Manufacturing Awards

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards in Tweets

Hundreds of top industry professionals thronged London’s Hilton hotel recently to celebrate the food manufacturing Oscars, many of them armed with smartphones to tweet the highlights of the event. Here...

Food manufacturing awards

Dawn Meats wins top food manufacturing Oscar

Dawn Meats has won coveted Food Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in...

Which? targets industry in campylobacter row

Consumer group Which? has increased pressure on food firms to cut the threat of food poisoning from high levels of campylobacter in poultry meat, launching a campaign targeting the issue.

Exclusive interview

Faccenda ups efficiency with training and robotics

Faccenda has invested in robotics and training to increase production efficiency and slash waste at its new Telford factory, according to Catherine Gormley, general manager of the site.

Two biggest hurdles holding back cultured meat

Boosting production and winning public acceptance are the biggest challenges for scientists seeking to make cultured meat more widely available, according to the scientist leading the research.

Elliott calls for food analysts to unite to fight fraud

Discussions are underway to boost the power of local authority public analysts in a bid to fight food fraud, according to professor Chris Elliott, author of the prominent review into...

Moy Park stock market flotation confirmed for 2015

Moy Park shares will be sold on the stock market for the first time next year, owner Marfrig Global Foods has confirmed in results for its third financial quarter (Q3).

2 Sisters Food Group hit by costs of £163.5M

Costs and charges of £163.5M increased 2 Sisters Food Group’s debts across the past full financial year, according to results just posted by parent company Boparan Holdings.

Bird flu identified as H5N8 but Xmas turkey threat unclear

The outbreak of bird flu confirmed on the Yorkshire duck farm this week has been identified as the highly contagious stain H5N8, but it’s too early to gauge the threat...

Bird flu breaks out on Yorkshire duck farm

Britain’s first case of bird flu for six years has been confirmed on a duck farm in Yorkshire, after a contagious strain of bird flu was detected on a poultry...

Chicken juice provides ‘perfect environment’ for campylobacter

Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses provides the perfect environment for campylobacter to breed in food manufacturing sites, according a study from the Institute of Food Research (IFR).

Illegal meat, cheese and other food seized

Authorities have seized 200kg of food, including meat, cheese, fish, honey and apples, identified as illegally imported into this country from Eastern Europe.

EU Protected food names: interactive map

Dundee Cake looks set to become the next food product to receive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status after Scotland’s food secretary Richard Lochhead launched a national consultation to consider the...

Feature

Freedom Food’s five-year plan

Without his five-year plan, Freedom Food’s future wouldn’t be so bright, its new chief executive Jeremy Cooper tells Nicholas Robinson

Government ups support for food industry skills strategy

The government has increased support for a skills strategy proposed by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) that will initially see food science become a priority area...

Faccenda buys duck processor Cherry Valley Foods

Faccenda Foods has agreed to buy Cherry Valley Farms’ duck processing business Cherry Valley Foods by the end of December 2014 in a move that broadens its portfolio of poultry...

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