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.
07-Mar-2014 - Updated salt targets for packaged foodstuffs are too soft on meat and cheese, a leading expert claims, as the Department of Health (DH) posts foodservice targets for the first time.
06-Mar-2014 - The government is likely to accept the recommendations from an independent inquiry into last year’s horsemeat contamination scandal, according to Professor Chris Elliott who conducted it and published his interim findings last December.
05-Mar-2014 - The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has branded DJ Houghton Catching Services the “worst UK gangmaster ever” after it withdrew an appeal against having its licence revoked.
05-Mar-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) lacks the resources to tackle additional food fraud investigation duties recommended by the inquiry into the horsemeat scandal, unless government provides more people and funding.
05-Mar-2014 - Scotland’s new food and drink export plan will target seven top priority markets, according to details of the new £4.5M initiative released today (March 4).
05-Mar-2014 - Trading Standards will take “a proportionate view” when policing the EU’s new food labelling rules, to be implemented after the December 13 deadline.
03-Mar-2014 - Captain Morgan became the second alcohol firm to have an advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this year, after Heineken also had an ad banned last month.
03-Mar-2014 - Food manufacturers have joined retailers, the National Farmers Union (NFU), government bodies and other stakeholders in a new bid to beat campylobacter in raw poultry meat.
03-Mar-2014 - Bacon suppliers are protesting about late changes to meat labelling rules, which will force most firms to label their products as ‘with added water’ when they come into effect at the end of the year.
03-Mar-2014 - Key questions about the EU’s new food labelling rules remain unanswered, according to speakers at the Food Manufacture Group's webinar on the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) last month.
28-Feb-2014 - Britain’s biggest retailer is not doing enough to support UK farming by honouring its pledge to buy more British meat – particularly fresh beef, says the National Farmers Union (NFU).
28-Feb-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers who have taken early action to comply with the EU’s new food labelling legislation could face an early adopters’ penalty, if their label changes are superseded by new rules.
28-Feb-2014 - Australia-based Mariani Foods has rescued Bare Earth, a Yorkshire meat snacks firm, from administration and protected 13 jobs through its acquisition of the business for an undisclosed sum.
26-Feb-2014 - UK poultry suppliers have hailed a drop in production costs in the latest British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.
26-Feb-2014 - An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
26-Feb-2014 - Horsemeat and hot weather reduced Kerry’s sales growth in ready meals last year, according to its preliminary results for the year to December 31 2013.
26-Feb-2014 - Posh ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is to invest £2.5M in production equipment over the coming year amid aims to increase capacity and improve efficiency and food quality.
24-Feb-2014 - Red Tractor Assurance has appointed Andrew Blenkiron as its new vice chairman following Meurig Raymond’s decision to leave the role in November.
24-Feb-2014 - Pork processor Tulip is focusing on new product development (NPD) in meal solutions and further export opportunities beyond China after investing £15M at its Westerleigh site in Gloucestershire.
24-Feb-2014 - Justin King’s announcement that he would stand down as the boss of Sainsbury in July this year leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.
24-Feb-2014 - Unilever’s meat snacks business is to be sold to US firm Jack Link’s Beef Jerky for an undisclosed sum.
24-Feb-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group could pay compensation of more than £1M if an equal pay claim lodged by law firm Leigh Day proves successful.
21-Feb-2014 - A singing lasagne has proved a hit with Waitrose customers as sales of Charlie Bigham’s ready meals have more than tripled as a result of the novelty dish, according to the retailer.
20-Feb-2014 - Premium ready meals sales grew by up to 8% last year, despite more than half (65%) of consumers reporting plans to eat fewer such products and cook more, says customer insight agency Engage Research.
19-Feb-2014 - The full extent of food price inflation over the past 40 years has been highlighted by design agency Neomammalian Studios.