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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.

Jeremy Clarkson ‘too busy counting money’ for Aldi

Sacked Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson will be “too busy counting his money” to accept Aldi’s recent job offer.

209 new jobs at Dunbia following £27M investment

Dunbia will pump £27M into a new boning hall and upgrades to three processing lines, creating 209 jobs at its Dungannon, Northern Ireland, facility.

Bernard Matthews set to blast campylobacter

The campylobacter crisis is set to heat up, with warmer spring and summer weather likely to push up poultry contamination levels, Jeremy Hall, technical director of Bernard Matthews, has warned.

Anuga FoodTec trends

Mass production moves closer to manual skills

Technology is moving closer to delivering hand-crafted effects on an industrial scale, with innovations such as Fritsch’s Multitwist twisting machine and GEA’s MultiDrum system, winners of International FoodTec Gold Awards...

Sacked Top Gear star offered job at Aldi

Sacked BBC Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has been offered a job on the shop floor at the discount store Aldi.

Morrisons boss ‘could galvanise’ the retailer

Morrisons new boss David Potts “could galvanise” the troubled retailer, according to City analysts less than two weeks after he took over the role of chief executive from Dalton Philips....

Fall in meat prices hit Hilton’s sales

Hilton Food Group has announced a 2.3% fall in sales to £1.1bn, due to lower meat prices and “unfavourable” currency exchange rates in its full-year results for the 52 weeks to December 28 2014.

£8,000 food fraud fine the first of its kind

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 at Southwark Crown Court after he admitted failing to comply with food traceability regulations, the first horsemeat food fraud sentence pronounced following the scandal.

News in brief

Food Crime Unit head is Andy Morling

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Andy Morling as the head of its Food Crime Unit (FCU).

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through...

45 new jobs at BHJ Ingredients following merger

BHJ Ingredients has created 45 new innovation roles after merging with two US sister companies to form Essentia Protein Solutions, its coo Asger Jacobsen has revealed.

2 Sisters Food Group slides further into debt

2 Sisters Food Group’s debt rose in its second financial quarter (Q2) as the business was beset by avian influenza (AI) and IT woes.

Sainsbury Q4 analysis

Sainsbury cuts discounters’ price lead

Sainsbury cut the price gap between it and discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl in its fourth financial quarter (Q4), reflecting the discounters’ flagging momentum, a leading analyst has...

Dragons’ Den’s food and drink investments – in pictures

Since its inception in 2005 BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme has constantly invested money in food and drink businesses.

Nando's new ready salted inspired flavour

Chicken restaurant chain Nandos is extending its flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken flavour portfolio of Grooves Cut potato crisps by adding a new Peri-Salted product.

Morrisons should make manufacturing ‘a weapon’

Morrisons’ new chief executive David Potts should make food manufacturing “a weapon”, as he battles competition from the other big four retailers and the hard discounters, according to a leading City analyst....

Poultry industry fears bird flu export hit

Plunging exports have knocked the poultry industry’s confidence, with UK bird flu outbreaks likely to have contributed to the drop, according to the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Beat fraud with tough penalties, as fines unveiled

Calls for tougher food fraud penalties have been backed by food safety software company Qadex, as a new law allows magistrates to impose unlimited fines for serious offences.

Good Week, Bad Week

Food manufacturing investments lead good news

Food manufacturing investments and acquisitions dominate the headlines in the latest edition of Good week, Bad week – your sideways look at the past seven days in food and drink manufacturing.

Karro to chop 141 jobs at Scunthorpe plant

Karro Food Group has confirmed 141 job losses at its Scunthorpe plant following consultation with workers, management, trades union representatives and local government.

Morrisons posts plunging pre-tax profit – down 52%

Beleaguered supermarket chain Morrisons has posted pre-tax profit down 52% to £345M for the full-year to February 1 and axed 380 jobs with the closure of 23 convenience stores.

Karro Food Group pumps £10M into production

Karro Food Group is investing £10M in processing and production across the UK.

Ocado to grow ahead of online grocery market

Online retailer Ocado will continue to grow ahead of the online grocery market, predicted its boss Tim Steiner, as it posted group sales up by 19.2% for the 12 weeks to February 22.

Zwanenberg’s buyout of Westlers boosts product quality and branding

Zwanenberg Food Group’s acquisition of meat manufacturer Westlers has helped the business revamp its product quality and marketing, according to the firm’s marketing controller.

Beef code slammed by independent suppliers

Critics have slammed a new beef industry code of conduct, designed to make the supply chain more transparent, describing it as ineffective and nothing more than “gesture politics”.