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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.

Food and drink industry appointments – in pictures

The first halal meat manager recruited by the Agriculture and Horticulture development board and senior appointments at Graze and Greencore feature in our latest photogallery  of people moving to new...

M&S soup recalled over chemical contamination

Chemical contamination has forced retailer Marks & Spencer to recall a batch of its own-label chicken and vegetable soup.

Karro Food Group to be sold to CapVest

Pork processor Karro Food Group will be bought by private equity firm CapVest from Endless LLP for an undisclosed sum.

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

No EU trade deal is worse than a bad deal, claims EEF

Leaving the EU without a trade deal would be worse than the UK accepting a bad deal, claimed EEF, the manufacturing organisation – and any suggestion otherwise was “simply unacceptable...

FSA accepts criticism over food hygiene variations

Warnings about wide discrepancies in food hygiene standards, from the consumer pressure group Which?, have been accepted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

‘Climate change easier to tackle than diet change’

Combating climate change will be easier to achieve than improving global diets but both are interrelated, says a leading sustainability expert.

Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

First halal manager appointed by AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed its first halal sector manager.

Brazil’s rotten meat claims ‘highlight Brexit trade deal’

Claims that Brazil’s biggest meat processors have sold rotten beef and poultry highlight the importance of securing an EU trade deal that maintains Britain’s safety standards, says the National Farmers...

GM food has a role in feeding Britain: Princess Royal

Food produced from genetically modified (GM) crops and animals has an important role to play in feeding Britain, the Princess Royal has told the BBC, in an interview to be...

Scottish food and drink exports reach record £5.5bn

Scottish food and drink exports achieved record sales of £5.5bn last year, up 8% on the total achieved in 2015.

16,000 chickens die in shed fire

A blaze that killed about 16,000 chickens in Carlisle has sparked a wave of response on social media site Twitter.

News in brief

Dawn Meats ‘quite likely’ to takeover Dunbia

Dawn Meats is close to sealing the takeover of Northern Ireland meat firm Dunbia, an industry expert said.

Maggoty meat butcher to pay £54,000

A meat firm has been ordered to pay £54,000 in fines and costs for seven food hygiene offences, after a bag of putrefying meat filled with maggots was found behind...

More than 500 suppliers apply to Morrisons

Hundreds of food producers from across the UK have responded to Morrisons’ search for the best local food, in a bid to boost British supply on shelves across the retailer’s...

Meat preservative is free of compound linked to cancer

A chilled meat preservative, free of nitrosamines – chemical compounds linked to cancer – has been unveiled to meet the demand for clean-label ingredients.

Halal food a ‘bigger market than China’

Halal food and drink is a bigger market than China – worth more than £900bn – and will become increasingly important to food manufacturers when the UK leaves the EU,...

Campylobacter results welcomed by consumer group

The results of the latest campylobacter survey, revealing a drop of more than 100,000 human cases of the food poisoning infection, have been welcomed by consumer group Which?

Local authentic British food gets a boost

Local British food and drink has seen a boost in the past year, according to supply chain standards organisation GS1.

Meat firm Yorkshire Game gets new owners

A gourmet food business that fell into insolvency has been taken over by its current md and the former boss of Ragu and Aunt Bessie’s maker Symingtons.

Duo guilty of selling 116t of turkey as halal lamb

Two men have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, after supplying 116t of turkey to butchers and restaurants, claiming it was halal lamb.

Beef sector seeks tariff-free EU trade

ABP Beef (UK)’s md Tom Kirwan has called for tariff-free access to the EU’s market of 510M consumers after Brexit at quota levels for beef and lamb that currently exist....

Meat factory blaze battled in Scotland

A blaze at a meat processing plant in Scotland has closed roads in the area, created traffic chaos for motorists and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Me and My Factory

Pork producer’s north-east presence drives sales

A strong north-east presence is helping Dicksons to grow sales, explains md Chris Hayman.