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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.

Halal meat firm to pay £7,500 after mouse infestation

The owner of a halal butchery business has been ordered to pay more than £7,500 for nine food safety breaches, after mouse droppings were found in a meat display and...

Food manufacturing heroes wanted for BBC’s Future Food Award

Food manufacturing heroes are being sought to win the BBC’s coveted Future Food Award, part of the broadcaster’s Food & Farming Awards 2017.

Valentine’s Day product launches – in pictures

Valentine’s Day, Burns Night and the Chinese New Year are the inspiration behind a number of new products, featured in our monthly gallery of new product developments.

The UK is to quit Single Market: PM’s Brexit speech

The UK is to quit the EU Single Market of 500M consumers – the biggest market for British food and drink exports – Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed in...

‘Potentially unsafe’ repackaged meat in FSA recall

A number of “potentially unsafe” frozen fish and chicken products were recalled over the weekend, after they had been repackaged in unapproved premises.

2 Sisters owner ‘cleared’ over Bernard Matthews deal

Boparan Private Office has “welcomed” the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) decision to clear its acquisition of turkey processor Bernard Matthews, after it was probed over the takeover....

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

One of the world’s largest exporters of poultry BRF – which operates a factory in the UK – has launched a subsidiary to target the growing halal processed foods market...

Hilton’s trading update reports positive 2017 outlook

Meat producer Hilton Food Group has reported a positive outlook for 2017 – with plans for further global expansion – in a trading update for the 52 weeks ending January...

Pioneer Foods fined £275k after listeria food offences

Food supplier Pioneer Foods was fined £275,000 after pleading guilty to 11 food safety offences, including selling listeria-contaminated meat.

Meat association appoints AHDB director

The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) has appointed former Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market development director Nick Allen as its chief executive. 

2 Sisters’ final warning plant in new smell complaint

A 2 Sisters-owned chicken processing site in Perthshire has received another official complaint, despite being on a final warning over the impact smells generated from the site was having on...

DEFRA’s food export policy to China under fire

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom’s plan to export more British food and drink products to China has been criticised by a panel of industrialists from the sector, members of which claimed...

2 Sisters to add 100 jobs at Derby plant

2 Sisters Food Group plans to create 100 new jobs “across all levels” at its Derby factory, just over a year on from rescuing the site from administrators.

Hilton enters joint venture in Portugal

Meat producer Hilton Food Group has agreed a joint venture to supply Portuguese retailer Sonae Modelo Continente, following six-months of cooperation between the two companies.

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DEFRA boss tries to reassure food industry on migrant labour

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom has tried to reassure food manufacturers and farmers worried about continued access to migrant workers after Brexit.

Marks & Spencer slams unofficial third-party sellers

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has condemned the sale of its own-label food by unauthorised third-party sellers, after two of its pork stuffing products were part of a Food Standards Agency...

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2016

The Brexit vote, fatal outbreaks of E.coli and the sale of turkey giant Bernard Matthews are just some of the biggest stories viewed this year on this site....

Processed meat linked to aggravating asthma

Research linking processed meat and asthma needs more evidence, claimed the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) and Asthma UK, after scientists reported the link this week (December 20).

Barrier-free EU Single Market access is vital: CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has repeated calls for barrier-free access to the EU’s Single Market after Brexit, following food industry calls for continued access to its 500M customers....

Chicken processors latch on to automation of lines

The UK may be leaving the EU, yet the poultry-processing sector is following the lead of its European neighbours by embracing automation. 

Bird flu found in 5,000 birds poses ‘no safety risk’

Bird flu poses no food safety risk for consumers, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) insists, after avian flu (H5N8) was found in 5,000 turkeys at a farm near Louth, Lincolnshire...

Boparan plans for ‘toughest’ year after sales boost

Boparan Holdings – owner of 2 Sisters Food Group – is preparing for “one of our toughest” years, warned ceo Ranjit Singh, after the food giant’s parent company reported an 11.9% rise...

Brexit is ‘biggest problem in peacetime’: FDF boss

Brexit has left government and industry faced with the “most important, complex and troubling issue in peacetime history”, the boss of the food and drink sector’s biggest trade body has claimed....

Meet the Food Manufacture Oscar winners 2016

It was a Venice-themed evening at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last month, as hundreds of guests put on their best bib and tucker to celebrate the leading lights of...

Arrest at Moy Park factory in suspected terror offence

A man was arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences at Moy Park’s poultry factory in Ashbourne, Derbyshire on December 12.