Meat, poultry & seafood

Workers at the Cambuslang site will hold a series of strikes throughout April and May

Vion and Unite the union resolve pay row

By Dan Colombini and Freddie Dawson

 Last-minute negotiations between meat processing firm Vion and workers at its South Lanarkshire plant have led to the immediate cancellation of imminent industrial action in the row over pay and conditions at the site.

The BMPA has criticised the FSA for submitting the names of firms where reports of bullying have occured

Meat firms slam FSA over bullying list

By Dan Colombini

Meat producers have hit out at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) after it revealed a list of UK firms where alleged incidents of bullying and harassment have been reported over the past two years.

Robots and hygenic design were the twin themes at Anuga FoodTec

Robots and hygenic design dominate Anuga FoodTec show

By Mike Stones

Robots intended for use in food processing and hygenic design were top trends at the trade event Anuga FoodTec, staged in Cologne, Germany last week, according to the show organisers. In this podcast, Professor Herbert Buckenhuskes, from one of the organisers...

Kerry has blamed the potential closure of its Durham site on increasing competition in the cooked meats sector

Kerry Foods blames competition for Durham cuts

By Dan Colombini

Kerry Foods has blamed soaring competition in the UK cooked meats market for its decision to close its Durham meat processing factory with the loss of 350 jobs.

New tray cuts waste on the grill

New tray cuts waste on the grill

A range of protein trays has been developed by Linpac Packaging in time for the barbecue season that will help consumers further reduce food waste this summer.

New sausage starter culture

New sausage starter culture

Frutarom Savory Solutions has launched a new starter culture, Bitec Advance LD-20, to make firm and fresh raw sausages and sausage spreads. The firm says the culture decreases pH value rapidly, while providing an especially mild acidic profile. Additionally,...

British rose veal steals the show

British rose veal steals the show

Veal still has a controversial reputation because of the way it used to be produced in the UK. But the days of rearing calves in crates are long gone and British Rose Veal now comes with the approval of animal welfare bodies.

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

By Rod Addy

This is Summit Foods' 31st year. Our core business is frozen meat-based snacks. My family background was in farming, but I have worked in food processing all of my career. My father used to supply eggs to Morrisons. Then came the Edwina Currie [salmonella...

Meat processers are missing opportunities to promote their products, according to Streeter

Meat packaging `misses brand opportunities‘

By Mike Stones

Unimaginative meat packaging misses significant opportunities to promote brands, improve customer service and cut waste, warned Andrew Streeter, research fellow at market intelligence firm Datamonitor.

Kerry intends to close the facility and transfer production to its other sites in UK and Ireland

Kerry slammed by Usdaw for Durham site cuts

Kerry Foods has been slammed by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) after its decision to cut 350 jobs with the closure of its food processing factory in Durham.

Unite and Tulip will meet with ACAS in the row over redundancy payments for the formerTranfoods workers

Unite confirms ACAS talks in Tulip Tranfoods row

By Dan Colombini

The row over redundancy payments at meat processing firm Tulip’s Tranfoods site has taken a step towards reconciliation after Unite the union revealed that the firm had agreed to talks with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service ACAS.

Hilton posted a strong performance in the UK and Ireland

Hilton Food posts ‘solid’ UK performance

By Dan Colombini

Meat-packing firm Hilton Food group has posted “solid” growth in the UK and Ireland, according to city analysts, ahead of the firm’s first quarter financial results due on March 29.

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