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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.

2 Sisters bosses team up with football star for charity

A pair of Sisters Food Group bosses has teamed up with football legend Bryan Robson to help disadvantaged children throughout the UK by taking on a desert trek.

Wyke Farms rethinks deal with pig farm after video emerges

Wyke Farms is reviewing its partnership with JMW Farms Ltd’s Lambrook Pig Farm, after video footage obtained by animal welfare and vegan lobbyist Viva! claimed to show the farm’s pigs...

Food and drink M&As predicted to rise in 2017

A competitive environment and the increasing bargaining power of major retailers is putting food producers under growing pressure – which in turn is driving mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity –...

Avian flu outbreak farm to cull thousands of birds

About 23,000 birds will be culled in Suffolk, after a case of avian (bird) flu was identified near Redgrave.

Tesco could be prosecuted for out-of-date labels

Tesco’s failure to remove out-of-date promotional labels from its shelves is a criminal regulatory offence, which could lead to fines – and even imprisonment of individuals found guilty, a law...

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Asia offers strong food and drink export opportunities

The prospects for driving up UK exports of food and drink to countries around the world are good, provided there is sufficient ambition among UK manufacturers themselves and the government...

Salmonella sparks Sainsbury stir-fry recall

Sainsbury recalled a number of its stir-fry products last week, after testing found the possible presence of salmonella in them.

Planning consent ‘imminent’ for ABP Beef’s new £20M development

Planning permission for construction of ABP Beef’s new £20M-plus development at its Shrewsbury plant in Shropshire is “imminent”, according to the company’s chief executive Tom Kirwan.

The latest food and drink appointments – gallery

The food and drink industry has seen a number of people moving to new jobs over the past month, featured in this photogallery.

Hand lacerations cost butchery firm £18k

A butchery firm has been fined £18,000 for safety failings, after a worker suffered deep lacerations to his hand.

Butchery supplier Dalziel launches chicken brand

Retail butcher Dalziel has launched its first chicken brand – Kingsworth – after striking a deal with Dutch poultry processor Vriesekoop.

Union slams Bernard Matthews’ planned 150 job cuts

Bernard Matthews’ plan to cut 150 jobs at its Great Witchingham production site and head office has been slammed by the Unite union as “deeply disappointing”.

GroceryAid appoints Tesco pensions boss as chair

Charity GroceryAid has appointed Tesco’s pensions boss Ruston Smith as chair of its board of trustees, effective immediately.

Bernard Matthews plans up to 150 job cuts in Norfolk

Bernard Matthews plans to cut up to 150 jobs at its headquarters and production factory in Norfolk, the turkey producer revealed yesterday (February 7).

‘Safe haven’ for sharing food fraud intelligence

A food industry network set up to combat the threat of fraud in the supply chain is inviting food and drink manufacturers to join its membership base.

2 Sisters reveals two senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group has made two senior appointments to its UK poultry team – an operations director and a commercial director – as it “continues on its UK transformation plan”.

Dawn Farms agrees £724M contract with Subway

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms has agreed a £724M (€850M) deal with the high-street sandwich franchise Subway, to supply 4,000 of its restaurants across 30 European countries.

Cranswick’s Far East export sales continue rising

Meat processor Cranswick’s export sales continued to grow in the three months to December 31, it reported in its third-quarter trading update this week (February 2).

Overseas investment in UK hits three-year high

Overseas investment in UK food and drink companies has reached a three-year high, claimed financial services firm Grant Thornton UK.

Plastic contamination sparks Waitrose soup recall

Waitrose has been forced to recall batches of its own-label Hearty Minestrone Soup, after small pieces of plastic were discovered in them.

Moy Park created 70 jobs from £4M investment

Poultry processor Moy Park has confirmed 70 jobs were created from the completed £4M investment at its Ashbourne factory, which can now process more than 1M chickens every week.

Food manufacturers invited to star in BBC food award

Food manufacturers, large and small, with a track-record of food chain innovation are being invited to star in the BBC Future Food Award.

US food flavour trends for 2017

Food flavouring producer Bell Flavors & Fragrances has released its top trends for 2017, which focus heavily on ethnic foods.

Food boss appointed at NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Philip Hambling as its new head of food and farming, to lead its food chain and commodity areas.

Meat shelf-life gets EU project focus

A new EU-funded project into fresh meat and the relationship between quality, shelf-life and packaging is examining the impact that product history and handling – as much as packaging systems...