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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.

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Campaign to boost lamb consumption wins EU funding

A €7.7M (£6.17m) campaign to boost lamb production and consumption across six European countries has received the funding needed to go-ahead from the EU.

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Emerging zoonosis ups pressure on food industry

Another major microbial threat is set to put food businesses under more pressure, as scientists only just begin to ask questions about it, an expert has warned.

Report calls for supply chain industry to invest in R&D

The UK supply chain is threatened by under-investment in research and development (R&D) and firms must work more closely together to strengthen it, according to an industry report published today...

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Antimicrobial resistance: stop arguing and start working together

Doctors, vets and farmers should stop rowing about who is responsible for the spread of antimicrobial resistance and work together to beat the “apocalyptic threat” it poses.

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Retailers deny blocking new campylobacter control

Retailers have denied failing to support a new treatment that could slash the incidence of campylobacter food poisoning because it could add to cost of poultry.

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New campylobacter control costs only 4–5p a bird

A new technique to control campylobacter infections in poultry – which killed 110 Britons last year – is being developed at the modest cost of only 4–5p a bird.

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Top food safety threat is antimicrobial resistance

Four threats, including antimicrobial resistance, and two opportunities will be some of the biggest influences on UK food safety in the years ahead, delegates heard at the Food Manufacture Group’s...

Oakpark Foods pumps £2.4M into tech, traceability

Oakpark Foods is completing a €3M (£2.4M) investment project with the installation of a traceability system to help manage supply, stock control and customer service more efficiently.

Nestlé, Kellogg accused of ‘chaotic’ approach to salt

Healthy eating campaigners have slammed Nestlé, Kellogg and other food firms for including varying amounts of salt in the same products depending on where they are sold.

Pig and poultry meat ruling slammed

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has slammed a European Court of Justice ruling that pig and poultry meat recovered under low pressure must be labelled as mechanically separated meat...

Tulip to create up to 45 jobs in £8M investment

Meat processor Tulip is creating up to 45 jobs in an £8M investment at its Ruskington plant in Lincolnshire, which makes Scotch eggs and cocktail sausages for the retail sector.

Food safety conference takes place tomorrow

Final preparations are underway for the food safety conference – ‘Safe and legal food in a changing world’ – which takes place at The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, tomorrow (Wednesday October 15).

Don’t miss Food safety conference this Wednesday

Don’t miss your place at this week’s Food safety conference – ‘Safe and legal food in a changing world’ – which takes place at The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire,...

Project seeks evidence for desinewed meat

A two-year, EU-wide research project, which began in January this year, could lead to a change in EU rules that came into force in 2013 forcing desinewed meat (DSM) such...


Ready meal firm Charlie Bigham’s boasts £26M sales

The tough retail environment would not stop posh ready meal's firm Charlie Bigham’s from investing, said the company’s founder after announcing a 46% year-on-year sales growth this week.

Cranswick’s first-half results point to new business

Pork processing giant Cranswick has posted positive trading results for the first half (1H) of the year, while analysts believe it has secured new business.

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Horsemeat rears its head again, as firm is fined £5,000

Horsemeat has reared its head again after food import firm Expo Foods Ltd was fined £5,000, yesterday (October 2), after its pork sausagemeat was found to contain nearly 50% horsemeat.

Meat alternatives set to grow in popularity

Increased global demand for meat will force food manufacturers to find innovative ways of using less but better meat or meat substitutes in their products, industry experts have predicted.

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Ryder Cup tees up showcase of Scottish food

The Ryder Cup provided a “perfect platform” to showcase Scotland’s food and drink to more than 45,000 visitors from 75 countries on each day of the three-day golf tournament between...

Tesco admits pork sausages contained chicken

Tesco has admitted batches of its pork sausages contained chicken, along with two other incidents of what it termed “crossover”, where products were found to contain meats not specified on the...

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Searching for a food manufacturing hero

Wanted: a food and drink manufacturing hero to showcase all that’s best in the sector’s leadership excellence.

Seven trends will drive US supermarkets: IFT

Meeting the needs of price-driven consumers is the top of seven key trends driving the changing landscape of US supermarkets, according to a report published by the Chicago-based Institute of...

Food and drink industry people on the move – in pictures

Alan Stewart started his role as chief financial officer of Tesco three months earlier than planned, this week, after the retailer launched an investigation into the board overstating its half-year...

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – the shortlist

Allied Bakeries, Karro Food Group, Mash Direct and Tulip are just four of the firms vying for a Food Manufacturing Excellence Award.

2 Sisters lets unemployed ‘have a go’ at food manufacturing

Young unemployed people have been given the chance to “have a go” at working in food manufacturing at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Thetford poultry site.