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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.

Bird flu threat won’t affect busy Christmas supply

Poultry producers have insisted that supplies for the busy Christmas period won’t be affected by the government warning of a potential UK bird flu outbreak.

Poultry industry on ‘devastating’ bird flu alert

Poultry producers have been ordered to keep their birds indoors for 30 days, in a bid to protect the industry from a “devastating” outbreak of avian flu.

Sausage manufacturer is fastest-growing food firm

Sausage manufacturer Heck! Food is the fourth fastest-growing company in the UK, revealed in The Sunday Times’s Fast Track 100 list.

Hilton Food Group plans for new Australian factory

Hilton Food Group is to build a new meat processing facility in Australia, to expand its packing capabilities.

Food recalls sparked by nuts and milk

Food manufacturer Dr Oetker and Asda recalled a number of food products last week, after it was discovered they contained undeclared allergens.

Food industry ‘big data’ should be mined better

Food and drink manufacturers should be making more of ‘big data’ if they want to better understand the sales impact of their products, a business analytics software provider has claimed.

Turners sale saves bacon jobs after Brexit woes

The sale of a West Midlands bacon producer has saved the jobs of 13 employees, after the company entered liquidation last week – partly due to rising costs caused by...

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Pistons help retain meat texture

An award-winning V-shaped piston pump – the V-Pump – is available from Marel, which, when used with its RevoPortioner 70 processor, allows up to 5,000kg of convenience red meat products...

Time to invest

Rising labour costs and the need to become more flexible to meet changing customer demands is driving investment.

Food Standards Agency chief executive to stand down

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Catherine Brown has resigned from her role and will leave the organisation by the end of March 2017.

British beef exports to China, worth millions, move closer

New British beef exports to China – potentially worth millions of pounds – moved a step closer recently, after Chinese officials visited Britain to judge levels of animal welfare and...


Cargill triumphs in food and drink manufacturing Oscars

Leading European fresh and processed chicken supplier Cargill carved up the Meat and poultry manufacturing company of the year award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a...

Listeria contamination forces chicken withdrawal

Cooked chicken has been withdrawn from schools in south Wales, after potentially harmful levels of listeria were discovered in the product.

Moy Park sales boosted by export growth

Moy Park has posted increased sales for the third quarter of 2016, thanks to a strong export performance.

Cranswick buys Dunbia’s Ballymena pork business

Meat firm Cranswick has boosted its pig processing capability with the acquisition of Dunbia’s Northern Ireland pork business for an undisclosed sum.


Moy Park wins top marks for training in manufacturing Oscars

Moy Park has won top marks in the Training programme of the year category of this year’s food and drink manufacturing Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

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Food safety: stopping a risk becoming a crisis

Stopping a food safety challenge becoming a multi-million pound crisis depends on first acknowledging the problem and having a recovery strategy in place to mitigate it, according to DWF partner...

Food safety conference: chairman’s highlights

Greater sharing of food safety information was a key theme of Food Manufacture’s food safety conference, highlighted by conference chairman Professor Colin Dennis in this exclusive video interview.

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Food recalls, supplier audits and fraud feature at conference

Product recalls cost money and hit reputations. The Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference found out how to limit the damage, as Rick Pendrous reports.

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2 Sisters boss: Trailblazers to make a ‘huge difference’

The Trailblazers apprenticeship programme will make a key contribution to attracting young talent into food and drink manufacturing, says 2 Sisters boss Janette Graham in this exclusive video interview, filmed...

Poultry processor fined £22k for food safety offences

A poultry processing business has been fined £22,000, after being found guilty of major food safety related offences.

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Campylobacter tests need to be consistent

Future attempts at measuring campylobacter levels in poultry need to be consistent if both consumers and retailers are going to trust the published figures, a food policy advisor has suggested.

Trump wins US election on ‘Brexit, plus, plus, plus’ platform

Billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump is to become the 45th US president – in a shock election victory, after pledging a “Brexit, plus, plus plus” to “Make America great again” – leading critics...

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SK Foods wins Judges’ Star Performer Oscar

Chilled ethnic snacks producer SK Foods has landed the coveted Judges’ star performer trophy in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during an...


2 Sisters Food boss wins Food Manufacture Personality Oscar

2 Sisters Food Group technical learning and development manager Janette Graham has won the coveted Personality of the year award – part of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) –...

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