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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.

Industry analyst worried about 2 Sisters’ management

23-Apr-2014 - A lack of top quality management at 2 Sisters Food Group is more concerning than the short term losses the firm is experiencing, according to a leading food industry commentator.

Top 10 US functional food trends

23-Apr-2014 - The growing popularity of fortified and functional foods – in preference to nutritional supplements – was identified as the top of 10 US functional food trends, according to the Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Losses increase for 2 Sisters Food Group

22-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group suffered a loss of £16M in its last set of annual results, covering the 52 weeks to July 27, 2013.

FSA to test lamb takeaways after adulteration cases

17-Apr-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to prioritise the testing of lamb dishes from takeaway restaurants across the UK, after its own research and a survey by consumer watchdog Which? revealed the meat was commonly replaced by cheaper chicken or beef.

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Moy Park appoints agriculture development and improvement manager

14-Apr-2014 - Poultry processor Moy Park has appointed Justin Coleman as its new agriculture development and improvement manager.

Pub burger meals now cheaper than McDonald’s

11-Apr-2014 - Cash strapped consumers can now get burger meals more cheaply at many pubs than at McDonald’s or Burger King, as the fast food outfits have been forced to raise prices.

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Happy shoppers to boost Easter food purchases: IGD

11-Apr-2014 - British shoppers are planning to boost their food spending this Easter, according to research from the grocery think tank IGD.

Retail turmoil due to ‘complacency’ not discounters

09-Apr-2014 - Turmoil in the British retail market is due more to the complacency of the big four major supermarkets than the popularity of the hard discount stores Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading City analyst.

Solway Foods Corby to close, 2 Sisters confirms

09-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed the closure of its Solway Foods factory in Corby, Northamptonshire, which employs more than 900 people, will go ahead.

Waitrose set for UK growth via convenience and online

08-Apr-2014 - Posh retailer Waitrose is preparing for UK expansion, fuelled by convenience stores in south eastern England and new sales in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Faccenda UK md: Telford investment boosts capabilities

08-Apr-2014 - Faccenda’s new Telford plant will boost efficiencies, increase flexibility and free the company up to handle a wider range of products, according to UK md Andy Dawkins.

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Moy Park appoints chief financial officer

07-Apr-2014 - Poultry producer Moy Park has appointed Barry McGrane to the Moy Park executive board as chief financial officer.

Avana Bakeries site to close, despite lifeline rumours

07-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed the closure of its Avana Bakeries site near Newport in Wales, threatening 650 jobs, denying claims it was close to securing substantial new orders.

2 Sisters enlists ex-Greencore manager as bakery md

07-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has enlisted the former md of Greencore’s Northampton food-to-go site to head its bakery division as it gears up to invest in the category.


Eurozone threat, as food and drink exports rise

04-Apr-2014 - The Eurozone project to link the economies of 17 EU Member States will remain “a source of weakness and instability”, warns former cabinet minister Michael Portillo, as new export figures confirm European sales account for 75% of total food and drink exports.

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Insect feedstock for pigs, chicken and fish production

04-Apr-2014 - Protein from insects is expected to be approved by the EU for use as feed for pigs and chickens over the next six months, according to a leading expert and advisor on edible insects to the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organisation.

Food safety conference to arm delegates with key advice

04-Apr-2014 - Arming manufacturers with the key information they need to manage food and drink safety risks is the aim of the Food Manufacture Group’s one-day conference – Safe and legal food in a changing world – due to take place on Wednesday, October 15 2014, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

02-Apr-2014 - The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last week.

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Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

02-Apr-2014 - UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits, according to Owen Paterson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary of state.

Doner kebabs suffer in Scottish food safety study

02-Apr-2014 - Doner kebabs are under fire in Scotland after a study revealed an average portion contained a man’s entire recommended daily intake of sat fats.

Morrisons boss Dalton Philips refuses his £374k bonus

28-Mar-2014 - Dalton Philips, chief executive of the beleaguered retailer Morrisons, has refused his £374,000 bonus payment.

Hilton Food Group set for ‘significant earnings growth’

28-Mar-2014 - Meat packing business Hilton Food Group is set for “significant earnings growth”, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon, after the business posted sales up by 9.1% in full-year results for the 52 weeks to December 29.


Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

28-Mar-2014 - Due diligence has weaknesses and isn’t a perfect defence against food fraud, despite offering firms legal protection, Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food at law firm DWF has warned.

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NFU re-elects poultry board chair

27-Mar-2014 - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has re-elected south Manchester-based egg producer Duncan Priestner as chairman of its national poultry board.

Foodex 2014

Boost FSA powers to improve food safety: Lord Rooker

26-Mar-2014 - The government should urgently restore responsibility to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for food competition and adulteration in order to improve food safety, according to its former boss Jeff Rooker.

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