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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.


Food Manufacture Oscars: four days left to win

There are just four days left to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar – a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) – ahead of the deadline at the end...

Tulip plans 118 job cuts in King’s Lynn

Meat processor Tulip plans 118 job cuts at its King’s Lynn food production plant, as part of a restructuring strategy.

2 Sisters expands cutting line to create 150 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group will create 150 new jobs at its chicken processing site in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, after expanding its cutting operation.

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Food Manufacture survey reveals Brexit fears

Food and drink manufacturers are even more concerned than last year about the impact that Brexit will have on their businesses.

Tesco recall highlights supply chain issues

Tesco’s recent recall of two chicken products, reportedly the first case of campylobacter found in cooked chicken, risks creating tension between suppliers and retailers, warned business consultancy Crimson & Co....

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Exports conference: still time for early-bird ticket

There is still time to buy early-bird tickets for the Food Manufacture Group’s exports conference – to take place at Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Thursday October 5 – ahead of...

Food poisoning bugs force recalls

Campylobacter contamination has forced the recall of cooked chicken products sold by Tesco, while Clostridium botulinum contamination fears led to the recall of products sold by Lidl and Marks &...

Morrisons pledges to sell 100% British fresh meat

Morrisons has pledged to sell only British fresh meat in its stores across the UK, as it meets consumer demand for more “home-grown” meat.

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Food firms should beware a ‘shotgun US trade deal’

Food and drink manufacturers should beware the threats of “shotgun trade deals” with the US and other trading partners, warned Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary of state for international trade....

Cooked chicken recalled after production line fault

Poultry processor Forresters Sales has been forced to recall a batch of cooked chicken wings, after a fault in a production line left some of the products undercooked.

Cargill to supply food surplus charity

Poultry processor Cargill has launched a new agreement to supply food poverty action group FareShare with fresh chicken every week, free of charge.

Moy Park to pay £118,420 for animal welfare offences

Chicken processor Moy Park has been ordered to pay more than £118,000 for failing to comply with animal welfare regulations at its slaughterhouse in Lincolnshire.

2 Sisters is top-ranked privately owned food firm

2 Sisters Food Group is the top-ranked food or drink firm in this year’s The Sunday Times list of the 100 private companies in the UK with the biggest sales....

EU plans action on antibiotic resistance threat

The EU is to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and animals with a three-pillared action-plan focusing on best practice, research and innovation, and promoting better...

Men targeted in Scots campylobacter campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged men not to eat pink chicken, in a summer campaign to raise awareness of the risks of campylobacter during the barbecue season.

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UK needs to be more vocal on global meat antibiotic use

The UK’s meat sector needs to be more vocal in encouraging Asian countries to cut antibiotic use, as treatment here has significantly reduced, says the British Poultry Council’s (BPC’s) Reg...

2 Sisters and Weetabix lead appointments gallery

Senior appointments by 2 Sisters and Weetabix lead our latest gallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.

British Bacon Supplies confirms factory closure

Damika-owned meat processor British Bacon Supplies has confirmed it will close its Huddersfield factory this Friday (June 30), as it was “unable to operate at sustainable efficiency levels”.

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Antibiotic use cut 71% by halting blanket treatment

The UK poultry sector cut its antibiotics use by 71% between 2012 and 2016, by stopping farmers from using antibiotics in a ‘blanket’ treatment.

One-third of foreign workers plan to leave UK

One-third of foreign workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly-skilled EU workers the most likely to leave, revealed a survey from financial consultancy Deloitte.

Meat processor Tulip reports £21.8M loss

Meat processor Tulip has reported a £21.8M loss for the full-year to September 30 2016, after losing key contracts, a fall in operating efficiency and the results of inflation.

2 Sisters appoints former British Sugar md

Poultry processing giant 2 Sisters has appointed former British Sugar md Richard Pike as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

2 Sisters owner blames bird flu for 39% drop in profit

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, has reported a 39% fall in like-for-like operating profit to £13.1M in its third-quarter trading update, driven by redundancy and bird flu costs.

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Food safety survey: five fears and four hopes

Five food safety fears keep factory managers awake at night, while four hopes offer them encouragement, reveals Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive survey.

Meat factories ‘risk closure’ after FSS inspection charge rise

Meat processing plants in Scotland risk closure after “excessive” increases in hygiene inspection charges by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), says the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).

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