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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.

Brexit Debate

2 Sisters’ boss Ranjit Boparan warns against Brexit

2 Sisters Food Group founder Ranjit Singh Boparan has claimed a vote to leave the EU – Brexit – could spell disaster for the UK food industry.

Hilton Food’s turnover to rise in 2016, say analysts

Hilton Food Group’s 2016 turnover is forecast to rise, according to leading financial analyst Shore Capital.

Campylobacter rates in chickens continue to fall

Campylobacter rates in fresh chickens are continuing to fall due to the number of retailers removing neck skin.


EU ‘vital for food industry success’: Sir Stuart Rose

EU membership is “vital for the success” of the UK food and drink manufacturing sector, argues Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe and former executive chairman of...

2 Sisters faces strike at RF Brookes factory

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at 2 Sisters’ RF Brookes factory in Rogerstone, Newport, are to strike over proposals to change their working conditions.

Unite strike action ballot opens at Nottingham Pizza Factory

Unite members at the 2 Sisters’ Pizza Factory in Nottingham started voting on Monday (May 23) on possible strike action in a dispute over an outstanding pay claim for 2015.

Cranswick’s ‘outstanding results’ praised by analysts

Meat firm Cranswick’s full-year results have been praised by City analysts for their “outstanding performance”.

Poultry give-away reduced with integrated portioning line

To help poultry processors minimise ‘give-away’ on products, Marel Poultry has developed ‘a robot with a knife’ concept for intelligent fixed-weight poultry batching.

Cranswick’s sales rise after ‘strategic developments’

Meat processor Cranswick has posted rising annual sales in full-year results, after 12 months of “strong commercial growth” and “strategic development”. 

2 Sisters seeks union talks after Pennine strike

2 Sisters Food Group is seeking talks with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), after its members at Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield staged a 48-hour walkout, at...

PHE brands advice to eat more fat ‘irresponsible’

Advice to eat more fat in a bid to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes, from the National Obesity Forum (NOF), has been branded as irresponsible by Public Health England (PHE).

Asda’s food and drink suppliers ‘to save £50M’

Asda’s food and drink suppliers are set to save £50M, as the supermarket extends its Sustain & Save Exchange programme, claims the retailer.

Lean webinar

M&S sourcing boss: what we expect from suppliers

Marks & Spencer (M&S) sets demanding standards for its suppliers but rewards top class achievement, explains the retailer’s head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A Louise Nicholls, in this exclusive video interview....

Brexit Debate

Firms ‘should tell staff about EU benefits’: Liz Truss

Food and drink manufacturing business leaders should help their staff understand the business benefits of EU membership, ahead of the referendum on June 23, according to environment secretary Liz Truss.

Chicken vaccinations: ‘more work needed’

The problem of campylobacter contamination in poultry will not be resolved until the “underpinning science” behind the bacteria is fully understood, a leading food technologist has warned.

2 Sisters Food Group in recruitment drive

2 Sisters Food Group is staging a series of recruitment events in the East Midlands in a bid to fill dozens of vacancies of manufacturing and other roles.

Seven food manufacturing fires – in pictures

Fires, some linked to suspected arson, have continued to devastate food factories and other premises connected to the sector over the past six months. Here’s a quick photo tour of...

Moy Park profits rise, ‘after efficiency savings’

Poultry processor Moy Park has posted underlying profit before tax up by 32% to £14.1M, due to improved efficiency and cost savings, in first-quarter results ended April 2 2016.


Vitafoods Europe 2016 – a snapshot in tweets

Vitafoods Europe 2016 opened its doors to the world’s healthy food and nutrition industry in Geneva this week. Here we capture some of the show’s big themes delivered by the social...

Country of origin labelling for meat and milk ‘should be mandatory’

Country of origin labelling (COOL) should be made mandatory for meat and milk, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have again highlighted.

Meat manufacturer Tulip creates 100 new jobs

Meat processor Tulip plans to create more than 100 jobs at its King’s Lynn plant in Norfolk.


Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

The 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are now open for entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its achievements and join the celebrations at this year's...

2 Sisters business threatened by avian influenza

Poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group said that the onslaught of avian influenza, negative consumer sentiment following campylobacter reporting and food deflation impacted its financial results for the year ending August 1 2015.

Karro ‘fully transformed’ after turnaround

Karro Food Group, the pork supplier, claims it has “fully transformed” its business, after years of turnaround.

Foodex 2016

Campylobacter control needs unified approach

Combating campylobacter infection requires a broad industry approach of co-ordinated action, according to Food Manufacture's Big Video Debate on the subject at Foodex last month.

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