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.
06-Dec-2013 - One of the UK largest outdoor-reared pig producers, Dent Ltd has gone into administration.
06-Dec-2013 - Several hundred new food manufacturing jobs could be created by 2 Sisters’ rescue plan for its Coupar Angus and Letham plants in Scotland, according to the firm.
05-Dec-2013 - Cleveland Meat Company faces £27,000 in fines and legal costs after being found guilty of breaching food safety rules limiting the risk of consumers’ exposure to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
05-Dec-2013 - Primary meat processors have called for the government to change what they consider to be “outdated regulations from the BSE era”, which apply to sheep but were originally intended to prevent people contracting diseases associated with “mad cows”.
03-Dec-2013 - Beef is challenging turkey for the top spot on the nation’s Christmas dinner plates, according to posh retailer Waitrose.
03-Dec-2013 - The Food Standards Agency has named microbiological food safety – including campylobacter, listeria and norovirus – in its plan for priority science and evidence activities for 2014.
02-Dec-2013 - Asda has introduced a range of prepared ready to be roasted whole chicken in a bag.
02-Dec-2013 - Tesco meat packer Hilton Food Group has reported “good progress” in a number of its western European markets for the past quarter (third quarter) to November 5.
02-Dec-2013 - Tesco has signed a multi-million pound deal with specialist meat packing business Hilton Food Group to boost the supply of packed fresh meat products in the UK from its plant near Huntingdon.
30-Nov-2013 - Action is urgently required to address the problem of “super-shedding” cattle and sheep, which are responsible for the majority of contamination of the dangerous foodborne and environmental pathogen Escherichia coli O157 (E.Coli O157), said leading microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington.
29-Nov-2013 - A road accident has claimed the lives of three men travelling to work at Karro Food Group’s bacon factory at Malton, North Yorkshire.
28-Nov-2013 - Poultry suppliers to 2 Sisters Food Group’s Coupar Angus plant – slated for closure with the loss of 200 jobs – had received conflicting investment messages, according to the Scottish government.
27-Nov-2013 - Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton, in London to celebrate the 13th annual Food manufacturing excellence awards, last week (November 21).
27-Nov-2013 - Premier Foods was the big winner at this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – picking up the awards for Food manufacturing company of the year, Ambient manufacturing company of the year and Training programme of the year.
27-Nov-2013 - The food safety watchdog the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reassured consumers about the “very low risk”, after the first case of the bacteria MRSA was discovered in turkey and chickens on an East Anglian farm.
27-Nov-2013 - Zwanenberg Food UK has snapped up a controlling stake in Yorkshire meat producer Malton Foods, trading as Westlers Foods.
26-Nov-2013 - Pork Farms has won, not one, but two coveted titles in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton last week (November 21).
25-Nov-2013 - Naturex aims to develop shelf-life-boosting formulations based on rosemary extracts with natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties through the natural ingredient firm’s new joint venture with sister company Galactic.
25-Nov-2013 - Meat processor Cranwick’s fresh pork business was “the stand out performer” in the firm’s interim results for the six months to September 30, says City analyst Panmure Gordon.
21-Nov-2013 - 2 Sisters’ plan to axe 200 jobs at its Coupar Angus chicken processing plant in Perth and Kinross would be “absolutely devastating”, warns the Unite union.
20-Nov-2013 - Five top themes – led by the impact of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) – will dominate the food law landscape of 2014, predicts law firm Roythornes.
20-Nov-2013 - The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a TV advert from Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), after a customer complained a special price offer was misleading.
20-Nov-2013 - New laws to protect consumers following the horsemeat crisis will be introduced in Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed.
20-Nov-2013 - 2 Sisters Food Group has installed two new vacuum pumps, designed to cut energy use, at its Cavaghan & Gray ready meal manufacturing facility in Carlisle.
20-Nov-2013 - UK festive shoppers are predicted to spend £19bn on food and drink over the Christmas and New Year period, says grocery think tank IGD.