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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.

Eco-friendly plan blooms at Tulip

Meat processor Tulip has launched a packaging overhaul in an effort to slash waste and greenhouse gas emissions, signalling its commitment to the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) Courtauld...

Source of UK food poisoning outbreak still unclear

Food safety authorities have not yet confirmed a common source for the 156 outbreaks of Salmonella enteriditis food poisoning across Europe and the 247 UK cases.

GM feed warning from anti-GM campaign group

GeneWatch UK has called on supermarkets to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America.

Timeline shows 2 Sisters turbulent journey

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has been forced to cut more jobs than it has created at a number of the production sites it has acquired over the past four years.

Egg processor plans Noble investment

Noble Egg Innovations plans to invest £3M in its egg processing facilities now that its acquisition of Manton’s two factories at Gainsborough and Harrogate has been cleared by competition authorities....

Meat inspectors strike to go ahead

A strike by workers employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) set down for this week will go ahead, trades union Unison has confirmed.

Evidence links salmonella outbreak to imported eggs

Health and food safety authorities have confirmed the salmonella outbreak in Europe publicised earlier this week has been linked to eggs.

Nestlé tightens up animal welfare practices

Nestlé has pledged to improve animal welfare standards in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with the charity World Animal Protection.

BBC’s Horizon backs ethical production of mussels

Scottish rope-grown mussels were highlighted as one of the most environmentally friendly ways of producing protein in a BBC Horizon programme on August 20.

Meat inspection strike could hit barbecue sales

Meat inspectors plan to strike over poor pay in a move that may hit barbecue food sales in supermarkets, trades union Unison has warned.

Best food jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Comedians performing at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe have earned plaudits for food and drink-based one liners from comedy writers, television stations and the press.

Major salmonella investigation underway

A major food poisoning probe is underway to find the link between clusters of salmonella outbreaks across England and possibly Europe since May.

Tulip invests £16M to create 250 jobs in Cornwall

Pork processor Tulip plans to create 250 new jobs with a £16M investment at two sites in Cornwall.

FSA: 2 Sisters plant did breach hygiene rules

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) admission that 2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe plant did breach hygiene rules, after clearing it, could damage the food industry’s attempts to restore consumer confidence...

Spicy American food: 2015’s hottest trend

A growing trend among street food markets for spicy American BBQ and Korean and Vietnamese dishes will hit the retailers in 2015, according to food coatings firm Bowman Ingredients.

Street food tells manufacturers what’s on trend

Visiting street food markets will provide food manufacturers and retailers with instant and authentic feedback about new products and the latest food trends, claim stall holders at London’s newest street...

Smoked bacon faces a ban on using 'natural'

A row has broken out between the UK’s bacon producers and the European Commission (EC) over proposals contained in the latest draft of EU guidance on labelling of flavourings, which...

Poor resources to check food industry worker abuse

Resources are scarce to police employee abuse in the food industry and the rise of zero-hour contracts has made workers more vulnerable, according to a senior employment lawyer.

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Dunbia appoints former Moy Park director

Meat processor Dunbia has appointed former Moy Park director Tony O’Neill as its new group deputy chief executive, effective September 1 2014.

Changing face of retail hits Kerry Group

Consumer food sales took a hit at Kerry Group from the fragmenting retail market, despite UK brands holding up well, and overall sales growth, the firm said in its interim...

Investment helps Moy Park steer clear of campylobacter speculation

Moy Park’s work on campylobacter research and practices had helped it avoid recent media attacks on poor poultry industry hygiene standards, one of the company’s general managers said.

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Morrisons claims animal welfare milestone

Morrisons is the first supermarket whose staff have gained Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

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Morrisons ad banned for promoting poor diet

A Morrisons ad has been banned for encouraging children to eat less healthily.

Supermarket buyers’ culture aids fraudsters

The cost cutting culture that exists in supermarket buying departments will have to change if future incidents like last year's horsemeat contamination scandal are to be avoided, according to a...

Food and drink firms at festivals – in pictures

Many food and drink businesses have packed their wellies and tents and taken their products to trade at UK music festivals this summer.