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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: ‘knock off’ protected food status threat

Markets could be swarmed with “knock-offs” of classic regional British foods such as Cornish pasties and clotted cream thanks to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to market...

Butcher supplier Dalziel buys Burma Bacon

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has acquired Staffordshire-based Burma Bacon Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Brexit: UK beef prices fall as imports set to rise

A year of static sales and falling beef prices has created an “intensely” competitive marketplace, according to meat manufacturer Dovecote Park, as analysts warn that the price of meat imported...

Own-label sales move from ‘supermarkets to discounters’

Own-label food manufacturers will continue to see their major multiple supermarket customers lose sales to discount retailers, according to a new report from market analysts IRI.

Brexit impact

Brexit: first sign of a ‘hit to jobs’: IoD survey

The first signs of Brexit’s short-term impact on the UK economy were highlighted in a survey from the Institute of Directors (IoD), which revealed nearly two-thirds (64%) of IoD members...

National Food Crime Unit unveils whistleblowing line

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) has launched a whistleblowing facility called ‘Food Crime Confidential’, allowing those working in the food industry to report any suspicions over crime or safety....

Brexit Exclusive

Brexit: what it means for food and drink manufacturers

As food and drink manufacturers study the impact of British voters’ historic decision to quit the EU, we explore how the vote may impact on the sector’s prosperity, based on...

Latest food and drink innovations – in pictures

Beverages – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ­– lead this month’s selection of new product developments.

New soya protein fibre aims to improve meat texture

A functional soya protein fibre developed to control moisture retention and improve texture in meat products was unveiled at last month’s IFFA show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Samworth Brothers’ workers plan Living Wage protest

A demonstration is to take place outside Samworth Brothers head office in Melton Mowbray on Sunday, June 26 over workers’ pay and conditions.

Hygiene offences cost kebab manufacturer over £9,000

A kebab manufacturer was ordered to pay more than £9,000 for illegally manufacturing cooked doner meat last week.

2 Sisters boss reports ‘encouraging performance’

Boparan Holdings, the parent company for 2 Sisters Food Group, has unveiled third quarter (Q3) results, said to show an “encouraging performance in tough markets”.

Barbecue campaign launched to highlight campylobacter

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a summer barbecue food safety campaign to highlight the ongoing problem of campylobacter infection in meat.

Catering firm Apetito buys pre-cooked meal business

Catering company Apetito has acquired Wiltshire Farm Foods (WFF) franchise WFF Crieff for an undisclosed sum.  

Halal range launches with 16 lines on Amazon Fresh

Haloodies, the halal food brand aimed at millennial Muslims, has launched 16 lines with Amazon Fresh.

Brexit debate

Food industry ‘blighted until 2020’ if Brexit wins vote

The UK economy – including its largest manufacturing sector, food and drink – will be blighted until 2020 if the country votes for Brexit, claimed The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Brexit debate

Moy Park boss backs EU membership

Poultry processor Moy Park has voiced strong support for continued EU membership, ahead of the referendum on Thursday June 23.

Poultry workers win High Court damages for slavery

British food companies should ensure that all forms of slavery have been eradicated from their supply chain after a groundbreaking High Court ruling, a leading lawyer has warned.

New toolkit aims to help firms tackle modern slavery

A best practice toolkit to help businesses tackle modern slavery in their global supply chains has been launched today by industry alliance Stronger Together.

Cured meat firms fear EC nitrite cuts

Processed meat producers worry that the European Commission (EC) could reduce the maximum level of nitrites that are allowed to be used as a preservative in cured meat products such...

New sausage factory to create more skilled workers

Finnebrogue Artisan’s new factory will create more skilled workers and spark greater staff engagement, claimed the Northern Ireland (NI)-based sausage manufacturer.


Food and drink manufacturers ‘better off outside EU’

The UK’s largest manufacturing industry, made up of mostly small and medium-sized firms, supplies over half of our food with a turnover of £85bn and employs over 3.5M people. ...

News in brief

Meat processing advances demand better analytical methods

More sophisticated analysis is required to deal with advances in meat processing technology, according to Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

Beef farmers could be penalised for heavier carcases

Heavier beef carcases intended to deliver leaner meat yields and attract premium prices for livestock producers could end up incurring additional penalties if processors reduce their maximum weight limits, a...

Jobs created through Scottish butcher’s Co-op deal

Family butcher business We hae meat will create six new jobs as part of its new range expansion deal with retailer Co-op Food.

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