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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.

Top food manufacturing news of the year

An article revealing the identity of Britain’s most popular chocolate bar was the most widely read on this site during 2014.

Christmas sales strongest for 25 years

Britain’s beleaguered retailers are experiencing their strongest pre-Christmas sales for 25 years, with grocery sales showing the sharpest rises.

Christmas dinner will double calories of wartime

Brits will consume twice as many calories as their wartime relatives did on Christmas day, according to research by food historian Dr Annie Gray and AB Sugar.

Boparan boss blames profit fall on tough market

Boparan boss Ranjit Singh – ceo of the 2 Sisters Food group – has blamed the firm’s nearly £7M fall in like-for-like (LFL) operating profit on tough trading conditions.

Health Ingredients Europe

Top food trends for 2015: the full list

Insect proteins and fruit-sweetened confectionery are two emerging trends food manufacturers should monitor, according to a list of top 10 food trends for 2015, revealed at the Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) event.

2 Sisters Food Group slammed for supplier letter

2 Sisters Food Group faces criticism from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) after BBC’s Newsnight programme revealed a letter to suppliers claiming they could wait over four months for...

2 Sisters appoints Adams Foods boss

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has appointed food industry veteran Ian Toal to the newly created role of divisional md.

Food firms get top five guide to EU label rules

Food manufacturers have been issued with a five-point check list guide to the EU’s new food labelling rules, due to be implemented tomorrow (December 13).


Meat firms look to boost profits

Cost increases have made more meat firms look at adding value, says Alyson Magee


Faccenda’s new site takes poultry processing to new height

Faccenda’s Telford facility takes poultry processing to new heights, Catherine Gormley tells Rod Addy


Tulip adapts to meet new challenges

Tulip’s boss Chris Thomas has a lot to say about the meat sector, as Nicholas Robinson discovers.

Audits not full defence versus food safety damages

Regular audits don’t protect food firms at the centre of food safety incidents from facing substantial damages, David Young, Eversheds partner and head of its health and safety team, has warned....

EU bans Mexican horsemeat imports on safety fears

The EU has banned horsemeat imports from Mexico, including meat from horses of US origin, after fears they may threaten food safety, according the Humane Society International (HSI).

Sprouts and mince pies hit in pre-Christmas sales

A slowdown in pre-Christmas food sales in traditional grocery retailers has hit Brussels sprouts and mince pies the hardest, according to data analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Duck producer wins top marketing award

Gressingham Foods, the duck producer and processor, has been awarded the annual Excellence in Marketing Award by the Food, Drink and Agricultural (FDA) sector interest group of the Chartered Institute...

Retailers ‘cold on new campylobacter control’

British retailers are continuing to delay the introduction of a new, highly effective technique to prevent campylobacter infections on poultry, despite mounting consumer concern about Britain’s number one source of...

2 Sisters Food Group’s green plan creates 150 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group is investing millions of pounds in a green initiative that looks set to create 150 jobs as well as dramatically slashing its energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

Moy Park chicken grower raises its biosecurity game

Moy Park chicken grower Graham McIlroy has invested in a viewing gallery to improve the biosecurity at his farm at Aghadowey in what is a first for the Northern Ireland...

News in brief

Tulip targets new pigmeat export markets

Exports will become an increasingly important area of business for the £1.2bn turnover Danish Crown-owned pork processor Tulip.

food manufacturing awards

FMEA wins boost team morale: Dawn Meats boss

Winning not one but two Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) in the industry’s Oscars last month will boost team morale, said Dawn Meats boss Isla Roebuck.

Food scientists develop rapid horsemeat test

Researchers have developed a rapid and cost-effective test to distinguish horsemeat from beef.

Food manufacturing Oscar winners in pictures

Irish meat firm Dawn Meats was the big winner at the 2014 Food manufacturing excellence awards, earlier this month, picking up the Environmental initiative of the year and the overall...

Campylobacter death toll ‘demands action’: industry insider

The death toll from campylobacter food poisoning demands urgent industry action, a key industry insider has told this website, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed a big increase in contamination...

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

100 set to strike at Sharpak packaging site

Workers at a Sharpak food packaging site at Yate in Bristol are poised to take part in two 24-hour strikes this week over alleged changes to working hours.

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