Meat, poultry & seafood

Lola with Heck co-founder Jamie Keeble (left) and the company’s ‘sausage scientist’ Calum Smith (credit: Glen Minikin)

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Say hello to Britain’s youngest sausage maker

By Bethan Grylls

Eight-year-old Lola Fenn has won Heck’s sausage competition, wowing the bosses with her creative chicken recipe – which could soon don mainstream shelves.

Pete Higgins (pictured) is the co-founder and CEO of House of Seaweed

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Scottish seaweed processor raises £595k

By Bethan Grylls

Seaweed Enterprises is rebranding under the new name of House of Seaweed, as it sets its sights on becoming a leading trade processing hub for the algae.

Footage from Animal Equality UK reportedly revealed instances of animal abuse at Cross Farm in Devon, a supplier to Tesco. Image: Getty

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Animal abuse claims spark legal challenge at Devon farm

By Gwen Ridler

Claims of animal abuse at Cross Farm have sparked legal action against the supplier, after undercover video footage reportedly filmed at its Devon site revealed scenes of piglets being crushed to death and bins full of ‘decaying corpses’.

Research uncovers hidden dangers in our seas. Credit: Getty/vuk8691

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Fibreglass found in oysters and mussels

By Bethan Grylls

In an alarming first, a study has found concerning levels of fibreglass particles have contaminated the food chain via natural bivalve populations.

Could sweaty cows solve global food security issues? Image: Getty

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Sweaty cows offer solution to food security woes

By Gwen Ridler

Sweaty cows could help solve a number of global warming related food security issues, according to new research by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Heck! has installed 433 solar electricity panels, capable of generating 200,000 kwh per year

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Heck! invests £150k in solar energy at HQ

By Gwen Ridler

Bedale-based sausage maker Heck! Food has invested £150k in solar energy production at its Kirklington headquarters in its continuing mission to become net zero.

Legislation ending exports of livestock for slaughter and fattening receives Royal Assent. Credit: Getty/Miguel Perfectti

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UK law ends live animal exports

By Bethan Grylls

The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act has received Royal Assent and mandates that animals are slaughtered domestically.

Godminster Organic Farm in Bruton, Somerset, is among the UK farms involved and supplies Ocado with White’s Organic Jumbo Oats via White’s and Godminster organic cheese

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UK farm project to show intensive farmers another way

By Bethan Grylls

Five UK farms are setting themselves up to be the gold standard in environmentally-friendly farming after research revealed that the deterioration of the UK’s natural environment could lead to an estimated 12% loss to GDP.

2 Sisters owner Bopraran Holdings reported an after tax loss of £37.5m

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2 Sisters owner still in the red despite £3bn sales

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group owner Boparan Holdings has reported sales and operational profit growth in its financial results for the year ended 29 July 2023, but exceptional items and net finance charges landed the group further into the red.

Left & centre: Dhruv Baker and Tom Whitaker from Tempus Foods  Right: Andrew Owens from Rare & Pasture

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Rare & Pasture announces merger with Tempus Foods

By Gwen Ridler

British charcuterie and smoked meat firms Rare & Pasture and Tempus have announced plans to merge their businesses in a move that will help expand production and boost sales for the two brands.

JBS is one of the biggest meat manufacturing businesses in the world. Credit: Getty / Hispanolistic

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JBS reinstates Batista brothers to board

By William Dodds

Wesley and Joesley Batista have been reinstated to the JBS board of directors following a vote at the group’s shareholder meeting.

Lidl will invest £500m in British pork

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Lidl invests £500m in British pork

By Gwen Ridler

Discount retailer Lidl is to invest £500m in British pork in a bid to address sector-wide challenges and improve margins for farmers.

How woukld a ban on cell-cultured meat in the US affect the UK market?

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Would a ban on lab grown meat in the US affect the UK?

By Taly Dvorkis

In the wake of several Republican-led states in the US pushing for a ban or limit on the sales of cell-cultivated meat, we asked a legal expert what impact – if any – it could have on the UK?

Hurayra Pet Food is 100% halal certified

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Halal cat food to hit store shelves this summer

By Gwen Ridler

Leeds-based entrepreneur Aihtsham Rashid has launched a brand new 100% halal certified pet food company, Hurayra Pet Food, in response to lack of options currently on the market.

L-R: Kieron Daniels, broiler technical services manager at Aviagen presents Brian Dickey with his award

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Moy Park farmer breaks record

By Bethan Grylls

Brian Dickey who farms outside of Ballymena in Northern Ireland has scored an impressive European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF), trumping Moy Park’s previous record and securing a prestigious Ross 440 award.

Affordability and environmental impact are key factors driving demand for ready-to-eat meat products. Credit: Getty / gldburger

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Driving demand for the ready-to-eat meat market

By Gwen Ridler

As ready-to-eat meat products experience a period of growth, Food Manufacture explores the major factors driving new product development (NPD), advances in packaging and how manufacturers are addressing environmental concerns over their products.

Hilton Food Group posted its preliminary full year results for 2023. Image: Getty

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Hilton Food Group posts growth in full year results

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has posted sales and profit growth for the year ended 31 December 2023 in its preliminary results, underpinned by the recovery of its seafood business and raw material costs driving up revenues.