Meat, poultry & seafood

Meat sales received a boost thanks to more at home meal occasions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beef, lamb and pork sales hit £4.1bn in 2021

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of beef, lamb and pork grew to £4.1bn in the 52 weeks to 16 May 2021, thanks to consistent demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Meat Promotion Wales.

Loch Duart has secured a six-figure finance deal to help purchase a new feeding barge

Loch Duart secures six-figure finance deal

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish salmon business Loch Duart has boosted production through the purchase of a new feeding barge, after securing a six-figure asset financing deal from HSBC UK.

Left to right: Kepak commercial officer Tom Finn and National Farmers Union livestock board vice chair Wyn Evans

Kepak installs automated carcase classification machines

By Gwen Ridler

Kepak Group has signed a seven year contract with carcase classification specialist Meat and Livestock Commercial Services (MLCS) to provide the meat processor with three automated carcase classification machines in two of its UK plants.

The average shelf life of Welsh lamb has been increased by 10%

Welsh processors boost lamb shelf life

By Gwen Ridler

The shelf life of Welsh lamb has increased by 10%, driving competitiveness of Welsh meat produce in the UK and overseas, according to Meat Promotion Wales.

Foyle Food Group has secured access to the US for its beef products

Foyle Food Group breaks into US beef market

By Gwen Ridler

Gloucester-based beef processor Foyle Food Group has won approval to export its products to the US, the fourth site to gain access to the market since restriction lifted late last year.

Food and drink packaging trends in April

The Complete Package

The Complete Package: April packaging trends

By Rod Addy

One fish processor boosts output by upgrading packaging machinery, an automatic food pack stacker has been launched for end-of-line operations and aluminium drinks can recycling rates rise - plus the latest packaging data.

Liz Truss made reassurances that food standards won't slip in the UK/Australia trade deal

Secretary of state reaffirms food standards commitment

By Gwen Ridler

Secretary of State for International trade Liz Truss has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to securing high food standards for products coming into the country without undermining UK producers.

The EU did not opt to introduce border controls in phases

Brexit: food firms must prepare for phased border checks

By Andrew Northage & Claire Burrows

Legal experts at Walker Morris discuss what food businesses need to know about phases 2 and 3 of implementing checks at the Great Britain/EU border now the Brexit transition period has ended.

February food export stats: note of caution sounded

February food export stats: note of caution sounded

By Jerome Smail

Food export struggles seem more systemic for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) after the Brexit transition period’s end, sounding a note of caution despite February export statistics painting a rosier picture than January data.

Chicken Joes secured a tax benefit worth £77,863 with the help of R&D tax consultancy Catax

Chicken Joes boosts business after securing £78k tax credit

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Chicken Joes managing director Joe Koumi discusses how a research and development (R&D) tax rebate has benefitted his business and the perceived difficulties with companies pursuing rebates.

UK food exports to the EU fell by 75.5% in January 2021 compared to January 2020

Top five food exports to EU taking hit in January

By Rod Addy

Salmon, beef, pork, cheese and animal feed were the top five UK food chain items exported to the EU taking the biggest percentage hit in January, with overall exports down 75.5% on January 2020.

Princes Group makes the canned foods that are an essential part of its whole food range at Long Sutton

FoodMan Talks

Princes Long Sutton boss on Canning Excellence

By Rod Addy

Princes general manager of canning Rob James walks Food Manufacture through the final stages of its £80m Canning Excellence project, implemented in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in this episode of FoodMan Talks.

The canning line is part of a much wider £80m investment

Princes Foods Long Sutton factory boosts canning capacity

By Rod Addy

Princes Foods has boosted canning capacity at its Long Sutton site in Lincolnshire with the installation of a new flexible canning line for ready meals completing another phase in an £80m investment programme.