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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.

Poultry firm and contractors fined £84k for safety failures

A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been ordered to pay more than £84,000 for repeated safety failings in prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

FSA gives poultry plants green light, says 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe and Llangefni plants have passed Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits, according to the company.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DH

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

Cranswick expected to invest £25M in operations

Cranswick is expected to pump £25M into operations this year, as it presses ahead with rapid chilling and cooked meat investment.

Overheard at Waitrose Facebook page goes viral

A new Facebook page – Overheard in Waitrose – allegedly reporting conversations overheard in the posh retailer has gone viral with more than 175,0000 ‘likes’ in its first four days.

food manufacturing excellence awards

Still time to enter the food manufacturing Oscars

There’s still time to enter the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

FSA defends campylobacter ‘name and shame’ U-turn

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has defended its decision, made at yesterday’s (July 23) board meeting, to reverse its decision to ‘name and shame’ retailers and processors that sell chicken...

Tesco boss finds party’s over after quitting top job

A party for Tesco boss Philip Clarke, scheduled for last night (July 22), to celebrate his 40 years with the retailer, was cancelled on Monday, after he revealed his intention...

News in brief

Latest round of horsemeat tests negative – FSA

Tests for horse DNA on nearly 6,000 meat products carried out by UK local authorities were negative, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Wind power earns smokery thousands a year

A Cornish smokery nets £85,000 extra a year from a single 50kW wind turbine it installed in November 2012, according to its md Jon Short.

Strike row could cause meat supply chain disruption

Serious disruption to the meat supply chain could be caused if Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors vote in favour of a strike over pay next week, according to industry...

Faccenda Foods avoids paltry wages for workers

Faccenda Foods has boosted workers’ pay to at least £7 an hour in what a spokesman for the company called “an important first step” towards paying staff a Living Wage.

2 Sisters Corby plant a management buyout target

2 Sisters Food Group’s Solway Foods plant is the target of a management buyout by the same company formed to take over its Avana Bakeries facility: Utopia Foods.

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months, FoodManufacture.co.uk...

Marks & Spencer’s food sales up - again

Marks & Spencer’s food sales rose by 4.2% in the first quarter of its financial year ending June 28, continuing to buck the trend of falling general merchandise sales, despite...

Poultry firm creates more than 600 new jobs

Moy Park is creating 628 jobs in a £170M expansion across three sites in Northern Ireland, according to Invest Northern Ireland (NI).

Food safety register for industry professionals launched

A new food safety accreditation scheme to register food industry professionals has been launched by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

Spiral ovens give bacon that home-cooked appeal

Cooking bacon in a spiral convection oven provides advantages over more usual linear microwave ovens, creating products that look and taste like they were pan-fried, according to Unitherm Food Systems.

VSDs reduce duck freezing costs

One of the UK’s largest producers of duck products is set to save £30,000 a year on freezing costs following the introduction of ABB variable-speed drives (VSDs) on its blast...

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FMEAs open for entries

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at www.foodmanwards.co.uk

Halal food tie-up to boost growth for Shazans Foods

Shazans Foods has secured funds that will boost growth and enable it to break into the chilled food arena for the first time via a deal with One Stop Halal.

UK food poisoning cases exceed 1M

There are more than 1M cases of food poisoning in the UK – with campylobacter remaining the most common foodborne pathogen – according to new figures published by the Food...

Guest article

Top 10 tips to improve food industry traceability

The public’s understanding of food traceability has shot up the agenda in recent years, as a result of much hyped food scandals. The recent media furore around halal only serves...

News in brief

Food firms suggest Suarez should bite products not people

Food and drink manufacturers have taken to Twitter to respond to Luis Suarez’s alleged biting of Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay and Italy football match at the World Cup in...