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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.

Good week, bad week (Wk 9)

Grim news for food manufacturing jobs leads our selection of the top headlines of the past seven days in the latest edition of Good week, bad week.

Mandatory meat origin labelling debate intensifies

Manufacturers have been urged to raise their voices in the fight against plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat used in processed food, which recently won...

50 Food stars celebrated at DEFRA HQ

Fifty of the UK’s most promising food and drink entrepreneurs have been dubbed Food Stars by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at a showcase event in London....

News in brief

2 Sisters recruits ex-Sainsbury ceo Justin King

2 Sisters Food Group has recruited former boss of Sainsbury Justin King to take up an advisory role within the business, according to reports.

Appeal likely as 1,000-a-week pig unit blocked

A top UK pig producer looks likely to contest a decision blocking the development of its plans for a major Derbyshire pig unit, an industry boss has said.

Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing...

Innovation to shape food industry’s future

Innovation is likely to shape the future of the future industry in a market dominated by lack of growth, price pressure from food retailers and changing consumer behaviour, according to...

Organic food rides retail storm to drive growth

Organic food firms are seizing the opportunities offered by online retailers and caterers to drive growth, suppliers attending the launch of the Soil Association’s (SA’s) 2015 Organic Market Report heard....

2 Sisters Food Group job cuts illuminated

Plans to cut up to 300 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Llangefni chicken factory have been clarified by trades union Unite after a briefing involving managers and staff.

New food innovation conference launched

Tactical insight into the food and drink industry of tomorrow is the aim of a new one-day conference exploring how businesses can harness innovation to benefit their bottom line.

£5M investment boosts pâté production

Castle MacLellan has pumped £5M into its Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway pâté manufacturing facility, securing current jobs and creating the potential for new roles in the future.

Cargill defends chicken plant against niff complaints

Cargill has defended its Newent chicken factory in Gloucestershire against complaints from nearby residents that it is generating nasty smells.

Chinese food is the UK’s favourite foreign dish

Chinese food is the nation’s favourite foreign cuisine research organisation Mintel has revealed yesterday (February 19) – the start of the Chinese New Year.

Food firms sign up to voluntary cattle code of practice

Morrisons and 2 Sisters Food Group are among the firms signing up to a new voluntary processor code of practice for the purchase of cattle in a bid to enhance...

TTIP trade talks

TTIP trade talks ‘undermined’ by secrecy: Cable

Unnecessary secrecy is undermining the EU/US trade talks, business secretary Vince Cable has warned a top Brussels official.

News in brief

Scottish red meat to hit Swedish retail shelves

Scottish red meat will be stocked on retail shelves across Sweden as part of a new deal between the country’s leading grocer and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Network analysis reveals food safety ‘transgressors’

Researchers at Kingston University in London have developed an analytical technique which reveals emerging trends, such as particular food categories and countries, associated with high levels of food safety incidents.

Good week, bad week (wk 7)

Tesco, Tulip and Premier Foods had good news to report this week, as our Good week, bad week spotlight picks out the food industry firms that were up and those...

Low animal welfare firms named and shamed

Mars, Müller, Mondelēz International and 2 Sisters Food Group are four of 21 companies named and shamed as having very low or no animal welfare priorities by Compassion in World...

EU Parliament backs country of origin meat labels

Country of origin meat labelling (COOL) for processed food has won the backing of the EU Parliament, which is urging the European Commission to enshrine it in legislation.


Don't play chicken with campylobacter

Retailers are coming under increasing flak to adopt better measures to combat high levels of campylobacter in poultry on sale. Michelle Knott reports

Tulip creates 145 Gloucestershire jobs

Tulip is creating 145 jobs at its Westerleigh production facility in Gloucestershire as a result of its £16M project to expand the site.

Red Tractor boss rejects Welsh beef accreditation fears

Welsh beef farmers’ fears Red Tractor accreditation would “increase costs” throughout the supply chain without any return have been dismissed by David Clarke, boss of Assured Food Standards (AFS), which...

Food industry could be ‘first hit’ by EU exit vote

The food and drink industry may be among the first sectors to be hit, if the UK votes to quit the EU in two years’ time and firms should start...

Supermarkets urged to buy Scottish food and drink

Supermarkets in Scotland and their customers are being urged to put the nation's food and drink first by the Scottish government.