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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.

Cranswick sales boost lifts share price

Meat supplier Cranswick’s shares climbed 6%, after the Hull-based firm posted 10% revenue growth to £481.5M, in the six months to September 30.

Campylobacter poisoning rises despite targets

The number of people infected by campylobacter in England and Wales is rising, despite the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) campaign to drive the figures down.

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Organised food crime: time to face the threat

The UK food and drink industry should start preparing now to beat the challenge of organised crime, which could plague the industry in “a few years’ time”, warns the head of food...

EU competition authority approves Moy Park sale

Moy Park’s sale to Brazilian meat processing giant JBS has been approved by the EU’s competition authority.

Sausages and pasties recalled due to label errors

Sausages containing wheat and celery were among the products recalled due to incorrect labelling over the past week.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Moy Park, United Biscuits and Samworth Brothers were just three of the food and drink businesses that made executive board appointments over the past month.

Good Week, Bad Week

Salad fire, 2 Sisters and Finsbury top week’s news

A blaze that tore through Selby Salads’ manufacturing site in North Yorkshire and wrecked its warehouse leads this week’s top news headlines.

CK Foods opens £5M poultry processing plant

CK Foods has opened a £5M halal poultry processing plant as the food manufacturer branches out from pizza cheese into cooked chicken products.

Pork processor fined £28k for safety failings

Scottish meat firm Quality Pork Processors Limited has been fined £28,000 following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, after a worker suffered “severe injuries” to his fingers.

Good Week, Bad Week

Buyouts, campylobacter and recalls tops week’s headlines

The £1.6M buyout Leatherhead Food Research by the Science Group leads our selection of the top headlines from the past week in food and drink manufacturing.

Urgent action need on food portion sizes: charity

The government should update its advice on food portion sizes urgently, warns a leading charity, after researchers advised smaller food packages could help to cut Britain’s obesity crisis. 

E. coli 'number one' as recorded food safety incidents rise

Food safety incidents caused by microbes continue to rise after E. Coli overtook salmonella as the “number one” problem, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  

Cutting campylobacter: Cargill installs SonoSteam

Poultry processor Cargill is set to introduce cutting-edge SonoSteam technology as part of its battle against food poisoning bug campylobacter. 

Food industry people on the move

Carl Ravenhall’s decision to quit his role as boss of Müller Wiseman Dairies leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Karro Food Group posts first profit in years

Pork processor Karro Food Group has posted an operating profit of £8M, for the year ending December 31 2014, representing an £11M improvement on the previous year and the firm’s...

2 Sisters hot on scalding to beat campylobacter

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) revealed plans to step up control of campylobacter with techniques such as secondary scalding, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reported 73% of supermarket chickens...

Morrisons results prove ‘no quick fix’: analysts

The latest results from Morrisons, revealing a nearly 50% drop to £126M in first-half profits before tax, show that there is “no quick fix” for the troubled retailer, according to leading analysts....

FSA publishes final campylobacter report

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of fresh supermarket chicken tested positive for the presence of campylobacter during the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) year-long survey, it revealed today (September 10).

Morrisons agrees to sell c-stores for £25M

Morrisons has confirmed the long-awaited sell-off of its convenience store business for about £25M in cash.

Morrisons recalls ham on listeria fears

Morrisons was one of four firms forced to issue food safety recalls recently, after detecting Listeria monocytogenes in its Savers Cooked Ham.

Hilton Food Group is ‘a high quality operator’

The Hilton Food Group is “a quality high operator” concluded a leading City analyst, after the business posted operating profit in western Europe up by 4% to £15.4M for the 28 weeks...

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars: the shortlist

Welcome to the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards shortlist. The long wait to learn which firms are in contention to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar is over.

James T Blakeman (Services) upgrades its sausage freezer

Cooking and cold storage operator James T Blakeman (Services) & Co is making big efficiency and productivity gains since investing £900,000 in a double-belted helix spiral freezer at its factory...

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.