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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.

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according...

BRF completes £34M Universal Meats acquisition

Brazilian food giant BRF has completed its £34M acquisition of Kent food manufacturer Universal Meats, as part of its globalisation plan.

Salmonella and allergy fears force product recalls

Salmonella fears, breaking beer bottles and allergen worries were some of the reasons food and drink manufacturers were forced to recall products last week, according to the Food Standards Agency...

New Frontiers in Food and Drink

Innovation conference: Little time left for early bird ticket price

Just three days are left to book your place at the Food Manufacture Group’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink – in London on Thursday 17 March, at...

FSA board calls for more ‘pace’ on rare burger advice

The rising popularity of rare burgers in the UK continues to worry food safety experts who fear that, unless proper controls are introduced on their sale in UK restaurants and...

FSA says industry must carry campylobacter costs

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking to transfer the high cost burden of surveying supermarket fresh chicken for contamination with the food poisoning bacterium campylobacter onto the industry itself,...


Scottish food and drink manufacturers ‘fear Brexit’

Scottish food and drink manufacturers fear the consequences a vote to quit the EU, according to the boss of Scotland Food and Drink, who urged a back-to-basics approach to manufacturing.

Food Innovation conference: last week for early bird ticket offer

Food and drink innovation will be under the spotlight at the Food Manufacture Group’s one-­day conference in London on Thursday 17 March and there’s still time to benefit from the...

Sainsbury recalls chicken after packaging blunder

Sainsbury has recalled a chicken product on fears a packaging blunder may result in it containing undeclared milk and wheat, three days after recalling bread, which may contain metal pieces.

Sodium content of meat can be reduced by 30%, says ADM

Two new products have been launched that allow the sodium content of meat to be reduced by up to 30%.

Producer snowbird goes for rounded banger appeal

A London-based producer has created a spherical twist on the humble sausage.

Health takes over New Year food and drink innovations

Health and wellness has dominated the latest food and drink innovations, as businesses attempt to tap into consumers looking to start the year with a healthier diet.

‘Sad day’: Moy Park to close Wisbech site

Moy Park plans to close its processing plant in Wisbech in a move described as a “very, very sad day” for the Cambridgeshire town.

Faccenda boosts top line despite tough conditions

Faccenda Foods has managed to increase its total revenue despite fierce competition in the UK retail sector, export restrictions and currency fluctuations.

Insects on a plate at food innovation conference

Edible insects, 3D printing and personalised nutrition are just three of the topics under discussion at Food Manufacture’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016  –...

‘Modern day slavery’: traffickers jailed for labour exploitation

Two human traffickers have been jailed for three and a half years each for forcing a pair of food factory workers to endure squalid conditions and hunger with almost no...

Food Innovation conference: early bird ticket offer

The latest trends in food and drink innovation will take centre stage at the Food Manufacture’s one-day conference in London on Thursday 17 March and there’s still time to benefit...

Egg entrepreneurs undeterred after Dragons’ Den failure

Colourful egg entrepreneurs remain undeterred after Dragons’ Den investors refused to shell out cash to fund their business the Crackin’ Egg Co.

Karro invests £2M in Scunthorpe site – 140 new jobs

Karro Food Group plans to create 140 jobs and invest £2M in its Scunthorpe plant following a significant increase in retail sales this year.

Scotland urged to be vigilant after bird flu found in Fife

A suspected case of bird flu has been identified on a farm in Scotland, causing the country’s government to issue a warning to nearby poultry processors.

Good Week, Bad Week

Buyouts, booze and jobs lead week’s news

Buyouts, alcohol and jobs lead this week’s selection of the top headlines from the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

Oxford Farming Conference

Brexit could mean ‘heaven or hell’ for food industry

Quitting the EU could spell ‘heaven or hell’ for the UK food and farming industry, according to two sharply contrasting views presented by former environment secretary Owen Paterson and EU agriculture...

Meat processors act on antibiotic resistance risk

UK meat producers have issued a robust response to last month's government-commissioned report that the use of antibiotics in agriculture posed a direct threat to human health.

NFU appoints Terry Jones as its new boss

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Terry Jones – currently director general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) – as its new director general.

Glendale Foods in management buyout

Salford-based manufacturer Glendale Foods has undergone a management buyout for an undisclosed sum.