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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.

Meat factories ‘risk closure’ after FSS inspection charge rise

Meat processing plants in Scotland risk closure after “excessive” increases in hygiene inspection charges by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), says the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference tomorrow

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 takes place tomorrow (Thursday June 22) at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and tickets can still be booked online.

2 Sisters appoints new head of livestock

2 Sisters’ St Merryn Foods has re-appointed Prys Morgan as head of livestock procurement in Wales.

Moy Park ‘likely to be bought by non-European firm’

Poultry processor Moy Park will probably be sold to a non-European buyer, after being offered for sale by its Brazilian parent JBS in a bid to cut its debts.

2 Sisters ‘a great example’ of working with activists

2 Sisters Food Group is the best example of how a food manufacturer can work with activists, according to animal pressure group Devon Animal Save, after the food giant’s Willand...

Five-storey chicken factory to be built in South Korea

One of the world’s largest poultry processing plants is to be built in a 150,000m2 five-storey factory in South Korea.

The big interview

Meat firm Tulip targets the number-one spot in UK

The new bosses of Tulip and its parent company Danish Crown explain how they plan to return the business to the number-one spot.

Replacing meat with insects can cut farmland by a third

Replacing half of the global meat consumption with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study.

Poultry firms’ campylobactor investment ‘pays off’

Poultry processors’ and retailers’ investments in curbing campylobacter were paying off, said the Food Standards Agency (FSA), after its latest retail survey revealed the highest band of contamination in fresh chicken...

Food packaging recycling plant creates 20 jobs

Up to 20 new jobs are to be created at a food packaging recycling plant in North Yorkshire, following a £7M investment from waste management firm Biffa.

Halal certification body to launch defence fund

A legal “fighting fund” is planned by the Halal Food Authority (HFA), the certification body, to meet what it said were an increasing number of malicious attacks on the sector.

Food and drink M&A activity slows in first quarter of 2017

Food and drink sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017, according to the latest research from financial adviser Grant Thornton UK.

2 Sisters’ Smethwick site to close with 250 job losses

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed its Smethwick poultry processing factory will close at the end of June, with 250 workers at risk of losing their jobs.

News in brief

Sausage and stuffing seasonings range gets new flavours

A range of seasonings has been boosted with new sausages and stuffing flavours.

Moy Park boss wins HR award

Moy Park’s executive director Mike Mullan has been named HR director of the year in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Northern Ireland Awards 2017. 

British Bacon Supplies plans factory closure

Meat supplier British Bacon Supplies is planning to close its Huddersfield factory, after a flood last year at its sister factory reduced production.

Food firm told to pay £44k for food hygiene offences

Food processor POE Ltd was ordered to pay almost £44,000 in fines and costs, after the company and the director were convicted of a series of meat hygiene offences.

Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

Two chicken processing businesses have been ordered to pay almost a combined £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment maker Bakers Basco, for using its equipment without permission.

Dunbia and Dawn Meats agree joint venture

Meat processors Dunbia and Dawn Meats have entered into a joint venture, combining the UK operations of both organisations, it was revealed this week (May 24).

The Co-op commits to 100% British frozen meat

The Co-op will become the only retailer to sell 100% British own-label frozen meat, after its commitment to source only British own-label fresh meat earlier this month.

Cranswick’s £228.8M sales boost after acquisitions

Cranswick has posted a £228.8M rise in sales for the year ending March 31 2017, boosted by the acquisitions of Crown Chicken and Dunbia Ballymena last year.  

Glass and metal contamination spark food recalls

Glass contamination has sparked the recall of packs of chicken tikka chunks, while a batch of mints was recalled for containing small pieces of metal.

Moy Park poultry sales boost revenue by 6.6%

Meat processor Moy Park reported a 6.6% rise in revenue to £370.4M in first-quarter trading, boosted by fresh poultry sales.

Election exclusive

What a Lib Dem victory would mean for food manufacturing

Our food is an emotive subjective for the British, our drink even more so, writes Susan Kramer, Liberal Democrat shadow business secretary. If you want to evoke that feeling of...

Finnebrogue signs £2M sausage contract with Asda

Meat processor Finnebrogue Artisan has secured a £2M deal with Asda to supply the supermarket with premium own-label sausages.

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