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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.

Food Manufacture Awards: could you win one?

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are open for entries: could your food or drink manufacturing business win an Oscar?

Food waste firm fined over cooker death

A Staffordshire food waste recycling and animal rendering firm has been fined £660,000 after a worker died while repairing an industrial cooker.

Meat firm to pay £144k for food fraud offences

A meat processing firm in Northern Ireland has been ordered to pay more than £114,000, after its prosecution for serious food fraud offences.

Ocado’s ‘profitability problem' remains: city analyst

Ocado faces a key profitability problem, despite speculation that the online supermarket and distribution business is poised to agree an international deal, according to leading City analysts Shore Capital.

EU ‘obliged’ to produce food after climate change

Europe has “a moral obligation” to boost food production, after climate change compromises production elsewhere, warns a former top Brussels official.

Trade deal could be torpedoed by German GM fears

A transatlantic trade deal – worth billions of pounds to European food and drink manufacturers – could be derailed by Germany’s fears of genetically modified (GM) products, according to a...

2 Sisters reveals major ‘next level’ investments

2 Sisters Food Group’s strong like-for-like sales growth for the third quarter (Q3) was boosted by a positive performance from the firm’s chilled and protein divisions, reveal its results for...

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Moy Park sold for £944M to JBS

Moy Park will be sold to the world’s largest meat packer JBS in a deal worth $1.5bn (£944.7M), it has emerged.

Morrisons launch investigation over contaminated minced beef

Morrisons has been forced to launch an investigation after a family reportedly found a sharp piece of plastic in a packet of the retailer’s minced beef.

‘Incapable’ slaughterhouses put lives at risk – Unison

Many poultry slaughterhouses in Europe are incapable of producing safe meat that’s free from disease, faeces, abscesses and septicaemia, a shaming report from the trade union Unison has claimed.

Aldi signs £100,000 bacon deal

A Scottish meat processor will supply 20t of bacon to 60 Aldi Scotland stores in a deal worth £100,000, it has emerged.

Supermarket promotions ‘lose suppliers money’

It’s official: supermarket product promotions lose money for the manufacturers that make them, according to a three-year study from Nielsen covering  212M promotions across 5M fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)....

Industry downplays MRSA scare in pork products

Britain’s pig processing sector has been quick to downplay the risks to consumers of becoming ill from antibiotic resistant bacterium in contaminated pork products, following press reports today about MRSA...

Food manufacturing heroes: apply here

Food and drink manufacturing heroes are being sought to win top industry Oscars in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Canadian horsemeat imports ‘should be banned’

The European Commission (EC) has again been urged to ban EU imports of Canadian horsemeat, following a report which raised fears about the meat’s safety for human consumption.

Halal slaughter has more humane option

Halal poultry can be slaughtered in a more humane and efficient way, if the sector changes the techniques it currently uses, an expert in the field has claimed.

A tonne of decaying chicken found at food factory

More than 1t of cooked chicken found decaying at an unnamed food processing factory in Daventry had been imported from Brazil six years ago, according to Daventry District Council.

Meet the Personality of the Year 2015 candidates

Six of the biggest names in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector are in the running to be crowned Food Manufacturing Personality of the Year at the Food Manufacturing...


EU vote could hinge on government popularity

High levels of campylobacter in fresh supermarket chicken or a UK exit from the EU after a referendum: it's difficult to say which should be of more immediate concern to...

Conservatives may consider privatising the AHDB

The future of the agriculture levy boards, which form part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB,) in public hands could be in doubt following the suggestion by a...

Nitrite in ham survey may lead to cuts

The levels of nitrites allowed in dry-cured bacon and ham could be reduced, following the outcome of a new European Commission (EC) survey into their use across the EU.

Food and drink firms focus on premiumisation

Food and drink manufacturers are increasingly exploiting premiumisation by focusing on niche products in a bid to insulate their businesses from the low prices arising from  the supermarket price war,...

Food Standards Agency sets out new five-year plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest five-year plan to protect food safety in a document headed: ‘Food we can trust’.

Morrisons may face revolt over Dalton Philips’ bonus

Morrisons could face a shareholders’ revolt at its annual general meeting (agm) later this week over its decision to pay former ceo Dalton Philips a £1M bonus, after a share advisory...

Bird flu and feed costs hit poultry firms in 2015

Bird flu, feed costs and intensifying competition have hit the global poultry sector in the past three months, but there are signs these pressures could be easing, according to Rabobank.