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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 to highlight food industry skills: DEFRA boss

Brexit will make skills development in the food and drink manufacturing sector even more important, said new environment secretary Andrea Leadsom, at the launch of a new apprenticeship programme.

Food manufacturing Oscars – still time to win one

There’s still time to win a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA), with deadline for entries now extended to Friday July 29.

Food packaging company acquired for £3.1M

A Yorkshire-based food packaging manufacturer has been acquired by Plastics Capital in a deal worth about £3.1M.

PM reveals food and farming ministerial roles

George Eustice has retained his position as food and farming minister in the latest ministerial appointments by new Prime Minister Theresa May. 

Fire at 2 Sisters’ factory: 10 fire engines called

Ten fire engines were needed to fight a blaze at 2 Sisters Food Group’s factory in Thetford, Norfolk yesterday (Sunday, July 17), when 270 staff were evacuated from the building.

Unite keeping an ‘eagle eye’ on Bernard Matthews

Trade union Unite is keeping an “eagle eye” on turkey producer Bernard Matthews, following a meeting with the manufacturer last week (July 15).

Rare burger fears prompts FSA publicity campaign

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is planning to launch a food safety campaign next month – coinciding with the peak barbecue season – warning the public not to serve rare...

Burnley abattoir business bought out of administration

The assets of B Riley & Sons, the Burnley-based abattoir business that went into administration in January with the loss of 130 jobs, has been sold to Dale Valley Rossendale.

Top six fastest growing food manufacturers

2 Sisters Food Group is Britain’s fastest growing private food and drink business, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.

Young’s Seafood ceo steps down

Young’s UK ceo has stepped down from his position today (July 11) with immediate effect.

Branded goods to benefit from online growth

The growth of online grocery shopping through the likes of Amazon Fresh and Ocado will significantly boost branded products at the detriment of own-label, the founder of the Black Farmer...

Bernard Matthews sells German subsidiary to lessen debt

Bernard Matthews has sold its German subsidiary – Bernard Matthews Oldenburg (BMO) – to the Sprehe Gruppe, a German meat company, for £11.9M (€14M), after it was itself offered for...

US dietary fats study highlights public health advice

New US scientific research, just published, based on a 30 year study into dietary fats and their effects on health, has reinforced current dietary public health guidelines that had been...

Brexit impact

FDF launches six-step manifesto to ease Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a six-step manifesto to help Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector cope with Brexit – the “UK’s most significant peacetime challenge ever”, according to its director...

Hilton Food Group expands into Portugal

UK meat manufacturer Hilton Food Group has agreed a partnership with a Portuguese meat packaging firm to strengthen its position in the European market.

2 Sisters quiet on Bernard Matthews takeover bid

The 2 Sisters Food Group is remaining tight-lipped on reports that it is bidding to buy turkey processor Bernard Matthews.

Meat focus for new Mexican spice blends

Two Mexican-themed spice blends have been introduced by EHL Ingredients.

‘Put more British food on British plates’: AHDB boss

The UK needs a new farm policy, designed to boost consumption of domestically-produced food, to prepare the sector for life outside the EU, according to the chair of the Agriculture...

Scientists dismiss changes to rare burger advice

Food scientists are on a collision course with Britain’s top chefs and restaurants over the safety of serving burgers rare, following the decision last week by a Food Standards Agency...

Turkey manufacturer Bernard Matthews ‘up for sale’

Europe’s largest turkey product manufacturer Bernard Matthews is believed to be up for sale, following a year of “disappointing results”.

Bernard Matthews’ 2,000 workers face ‘worrying time’

Unite the union is seeking urgent assurances over the future of 2,000 jobs at turkey producer Bernard Matthews, after the business was offered for sale this week.

Top 10 manufacturing reports of the year – in photos

Bakkavor and recalled food products feature in Food Manufacture’s most popular stories of the year so far.

Brexit impact

EU trade deal to be delayed by ‘east Europeans’

The vested interests of east European Member States will delay and frustrate the UK’s bid to conclude a swift trade deal with the EU, an EU insider told a meeting organised...

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...

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 warned that the price of meat imported...

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