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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.

Breaking news

Faccenda and Cargill in joint venture with 6,000 staff

Meat processors Cargill and Faccenda have agreed a joint venture to create a separate poultry business, which will employ about 6,000 workers.

Meat firm Cranswick in new recruitment drive

Meat processor Cranswick is recruiting 33 new workers, including 20 roles across a number of departments, and 13 apprentices.

FSA to stop reporting on top supermarkets’ campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to stop naming the top nine supermarkets in its annual survey on campylobacter contamination in chickens, as it turns its attention to smaller establishments. ...

Tulip workers consider strike action after pay row

Staff at Tulip’s Coalville site are considering strike action, after senior management refused a pay rise, claimed the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union’s (BFAWU’s) regional officer. ...

FMEAs 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist

Welcome to the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist, showcasing the achievements of the 60-plus food and drink manufacturers and individuals, some of whom will win one or more manufacturing...

Consumers continue to limit meat intake: survey

The flexitarian trend continues to gather pace after more than a quarter of UK consumers (28%) were found to have reduced or limited their meat consumption over a six-month period.

Euro food firms warn on ‘renationalising food policy’

The European Commission (EC) should resist the renationalisation of food policies, such as country of origin labelling measures, urges euro food and drink manufacturers’ representative FoodDrinkEurope.

Competition watchdog to investigate Tulip deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to launch an investigation into meat processor Tulip’s acquisition of pig producer Easey Holdings.

Meat firm Hilton posts sales and profit growth

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has posted a £58.8M sales rise in its half-year results released yesterday (September 12), boosted by volume growth in Ireland, Australia and Portugal.

Me and My Factory

Pie maker plans expansion after factory investment

Founded by a World War II pilot, pie maker Eric Richmond looks set to soar after new factory investment, owner Tom Martin explained.

Moy Park sold to US giant Pilgrim’s Pride for £1bn

Poultry processor Moy Park has been sold to US giant Pilgrim’s Pride for £1bn ($1.3bn).

Halal meat firm fined £60k for hygiene offences

A halal meat processor has been ordered to pay more than £60,000, after being convicted of five charges relating to failures of hygiene control.

Tulip agrees deal to buy pig producer

Meat processor Tulip has agreed a deal to buy pig producer Easey Holdings, after this website exclusively revealed the firm’s plans to invest up to £70M in acquisitions, equipment and...

Egg scandal forces recall of another 26 products

A further 26 food products have been recalled because of the fipronil-contaminated imported egg scandal, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), bringing the total number of products withdrawn from...


Pork giant Tulip to invest ‘up to £70M’ in 2018

Meat processor Tulip is to invest “up to £70M” in acquisitions, equipment and product innovation next year, after returning to a trading profit this summer, its boss has exclusively told...

Pie-maker suffers Brexit meat price hike

A West Yorkshire butcher and pie-maker has claimed the knock-on effect of the Brexit vote on meat prices is posing a “serious threat” to his business, even though he only...

Consumers ‘blame producers for food fraud’

Nearly two-thirds of consumers blame producers for food fraud, according to a new report from the National Farmers Union (NFU) Mutual Insurance Society, fuelled by high profile cases of food...

Welsh first minister praises £4M burger factory

The Burger Manufacturing Company’s new £4M factory has boosted the local economy and highlighted the export success of British food manufacturers, according to the Welsh first minister.

Burger manufacturer to open new £4M factory

Welsh burger supplier The Burger Manufacturing Company will open its new £4M production facility in Powys on Wednesday (September 6).


Are there lessons for fipronil from Sudan 1?

The fipronil insecticide egg contamination scandal, while not in the same league as the Sudan 1/ Para Red dye scandal of 2005, has some parallels. 

Pie maker Pukka hires former 2 Sisters director

Savoury pastry manufacturer Pukka Pies has appointed former 2 Sisters commercial director Deborah Ewan as its new ceo.

People on the move in food and drink

Mondelēz International’s new ceo and the resignation of 2 Sisters’ meat boss lead our latest gallery of people moving to new food and drink jobs.


Meat firm boss on his switch from IT to food

The owner of a Yorkshire-based pie and meat maker has confessed to being lucky in his search for a food business, after making an unconventional switch from a successful career...

Boparan gains chicken farm planning permission

2 Sisters owner Ranjit Boparan’s investment firm has gained planning permission to build a chicken farm in Wiltshire, despite local concerns over its environmental and economic impact.

Branson and Cargill invest in ‘lab meat’ firm

Billionaire business tycoons Richard Branson and Bill Gates have joined Cargill in an investment for ‘lab meat’ producer Memphis Meats.