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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.

Wanted: Food Manufacture Personality of Year

The Food Manufacture Group is searching for a Food Manufacture Personality of Year. We need your help to celebrate the man or woman who has proved to be a top...

14k new Scots food jobs add to 87,000 mainland total

An extra 14,000 jobs in Scotland’s food and drink sector will take the total of new industry jobs on the UK mainland to 87,000 by 2020, according to two new bank reports.

Moy Park completes phase one of £20M investment plan

Poultry processor Moy Park has completed the first phase of a £20M investment to turn a 40-year-old factory into one of Europe’s most advanced processing plants. 

Food firms welcome PM’s apprentice plans

Food and drink manufacturers have welcomed the prime minister’s plans to boost the number of top quality apprentices, as part of the government’s pledge to create 3M apprenticeships by 2020....

Cranswick’s ‘near perfect’ record to tempt investors

Pork and pastry firm Cranswick’s “near perfect” 25-year growth record for profit and dividends plus potentially lucrative new opportunities should tempt investors, predicts City analyst Investec.

Halal abattoir closes amid animal abuse allegations

The halal abattoir at the centre of animal cruelty allegations has gone into administration.

Moy Park’s pre-tax profits plunge 30%

Poultry processor Moy Park has posted a 30% drop in pre-tax profit, ahead of its sale to Brazilian meat processing giant JBS.

Aldi makes Olympic effort to support British food

British produce is set to get a sharp boost after Aldi announced its partnership with the Olympics team GB, weeks after the German discounter pledged to ‘change the face of...

Cost-cutting could save Devro’s skin

Devro’s restructuring exercise looks to be working in returning the Scottish collagen product maker to profitability, as the group posted profits before tax of £9.6M for the first half (H1)...

Kerry Foods sales revenue falls by 6.4%

Kerry Foods has suffered losses as a result of heavy promotional activity caused by the major multiples in response to the growth of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl.


Birds get bagged

Pre-wrapped roast-in-the-bag chickens have been a success story of the past couple of years. Paul Gander hears from Asda and its key supplier

Meat company invests £30k in industrial kitchen

A Cornish meat company has invested £30,000 in a commercial kitchen – a move that has created about 10 jobs.

Farmers threaten food supply chain disruption over low prices

Food manufacturers run the risk of having their supply chains disrupted by militant farmers if they continue to shun British produce, according to a leading activist.

Cranswick opts for green heat pumps

Pork processor Cranswick Country Foods has invested £4M in a new industrial refrigeration system at its pig abattoir in Watton, Norfolk, which to date has reduced its energy costs by...

Robotic grader for fish and poultry

Weighing and packing equipment specialist Ishida Europe has extended its portfolio of kit for poultry, meat and fish packaging with the addition of a novel system that improves yield and...

Guest article

Food manufacturing: six steps to create value

Times are tough in the European food sector, plagued by industry overcapacity, consumer price sensitivity, grocery price wars and retailer pressure on manufacturers’ economics. But taking six practical steps will...

Better veterinary medicines regulations needed

Improved veterinary medicine regulations are needed urgently to help the EU safeguard food supplies and protect human health, according to a recent conference.

Food industry people on the move – update

Top appointments at Seabrook Crisps, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Chilled Food Association lead our updated collection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry.

Consumers would boycott ‘unethical’ food manufacturers

More than half of consumers would boycott food manufacturers if they found out they were acting unethically, according to a poll by Mintel.

Cranswick to invest £28M after £1bn sales feat

Cranswick will pump £28M into its pork manufacturing facilities to secure new US contracts and boost international sales after achieving revenues of £1bn this year, according to City analysts.

Coconut meat, Star Wars cookies and ‘natural’ among latest food innovations

Virgin coconut meat, a Star Wars-inspired cookie kit and a range of ‘natural’ products all feature in our collection of the latest food and drink innovations.

Premier’s pre-Christmas prospects ‘look good’

Premier Foods’s pre-Christmas prospects look good, despite the firm posting falling first-quarter sales results yesterday, according to City analyst Shore Capital.

News in brief

Little time left to win a food manufacturing Oscar

There's little time left to win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar, with entries closing today (July 24).

2 Sisters appoints two board directors

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed two new non-executive directors – one from foodservice business Compass Group and one from can manufacturer Rexam.

Seven tips for manufacturing success: 2 Sisters boss

The commitment to “never stop listening” was one of the seven secrets of success set out by 2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Singh, as he collected an honorary degree from Nottingham...