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.
30-Apr-2013 - Global protein manufacturer BHJ Ingredients says it is introducing 'the world's first functional chicken protein' at this month's international trade fair IFFA in Germany.
29-Apr-2013 - A top food scientist has warned Europe against over-reliance on food imports, as China and other Asian countries imported more food and stock feed to cater for their increasingly affluent consumers.
29-Apr-2013 - 2 Sisters Food Group has proposed the creation of a second shift at a Welsh chicken processing site it bought from Vion, which could create more than 200 jobs.
29-Apr-2013 - The success of Freedom Food-accredited meat breaking into McDonald’s – following entries into discount retailers Aldi and Lidl – could prove a watershed for high animal welfare meat becoming a mainstream choice in retail and foodservice.
29-Apr-2013 - Consumers’ reaction to the horsemeat scandal will be a key feature of a free one-hour webinar dedicated to learning the lessons of the horsemeat crisis to take place at 11am GMT on May 16.
26-Apr-2013 - The food industry has “no idea” where the next food fraud scandal will come from, not least because so many resources are being ploughed in to tackling the horsemeat crisis.
25-Apr-2013 - More rigorous supply chain management, transparency, accountability and proportionality are the four factors that will help the food industry clear the hurdles of the horsemeat scandal, according to the former boss of Northern Foods.
24-Apr-2013 - Targets set for Campylobacter reduction in poultry for the end of 2013 are unlikely to be met and new techniques of process treatment will be needed if the targets set for 2015 are to be achieved, the chief executive of the British Poultry Council (BPC) has claimed.
23-Apr-2013 - Food safety watchdog the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), Leatherhead Food Research, market intelligence specialist Mintel and business law firm DWF are supporting the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour webinar Horsemeat: learning the lessons of an avoidable crisis.
23-Apr-2013 - The safety implications of mechanically removed meat differ depending on the type of pressure used to remove the meat from the carcass, according to European health chiefs.
23-Apr-2013 - The horsemeat scandal, which continues to plague the food supply chain, has severely damaged consumer confidence in the industry’s ability to regulate itself and will have major implications for the way food safety is regulated in the future.
22-Apr-2013 - The Foods Standards Agency (FSA), market intelligence firm Mintel, Leatherhead Food Research and business law firm DWF are supporting the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour webinar Horsemeat: learning the lessons of an avoidable crisis.
17-Apr-2013 - The government has announced a “wide-ranging” review of the horsemeat scandal to “restore and maintain consumer confidence” in the food chain.
16-Apr-2013 - European Commission tests costing £2.15M have revealed horse DNA in 5% of meat products tested at random across the EU’s 27 Member States.
15-Apr-2013 - Tesco is “misleading” consumers over its scrapping of a pledge to only rear poultry on soya feed that’s free of genetic modification (GM), say campaigners.
15-Apr-2013 - Learning the lessons of the continuing horsemeat crisis is the subject of a free one-hour webinar to take place at 11am on Thursday May 16.
12-Apr-2013 - Attempts to find a buyer for Vion’s lamb processing business Welsh Country Foods have failed and the site on the Island of Anglesey will close immediately with the loss of 310 jobs.
12-Apr-2013 - Unite the union has lamented the way Vion has handled its Welsh Country Foods plant, which closed today with the loss of 310 jobs.
12-Apr-2013 - The European meat supply chain still contains “shocking blind spots”, said a supply chain management firm, after the Dutch authorities revealed 50,000t of meat supplied by two Dutch meat traders may have contained horsemeat.
12-Apr-2013 - Upmarket retailer Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) “excellent” food sales in the fourth-quarter of 2012/13 could be due to the horsemeat crisis, according to two City analysts.
10-Apr-2013 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating how Asda corned beef became contaminated with horsemeat, which was then revealed to contain the banned veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or bute.
09-Apr-2013 - A Scottish slaughterhouse has been fined £9,500 for breaking a law designed to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the human food chain.
09-Apr-2013 - Ranjit Boparan's acquisition of the outstanding business of Vion UK last month was heralded as a shrewd move for his company 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) as several retailers announced their desire to shorten and simplify their meat supply chains in the wake of the 'horsegate' scandal.
08-Apr-2013 - Red meat plays a vital role in human nutrition whatever stage of life you are at, a new study has confirmed.
08-Apr-2013 - Moy Park has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay Environment Agency costs of £42,500 for emitting foul smells from its poultry unit in Kirkby on Bain, Lincolnshire.