Meat, poultry & seafood

New flow wrap keeps poultry safe, says Tesco

New flow wrap keeps poultry safe, says Tesco

By Paul Gander

The first UK retailer to introduce trayless, leak-proof, printed flow-wraps for all of its whole chickens, Tesco counts the avoidance of pathogens such as campylobacter among the key benefits of the new pack format.

Wheat makes meat with 30% less fat

Wheat makes meat with 30% less fat

To satisfy consumers who are becoming more health-conscious but still want to continue to eat meat, Vion has launched Hackplus - a minced-meat product that has 30% less fat due to the addition of vegetable protein.

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

By Mike Stones

There is just one week to go before the stellar evening when food and drink manufacturers celebrate the best of the best at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

The Cromer Crabs business is to remain in Cromer thanks partly to celebrity pressure

Young’s Seafood to keep Cromer Crab in Cromer

By Dan Colombini

Frozen seafood firm Young’s has pledged to keep its Cromer Crab brand in Cromer following a high-profile petition supported by celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Alan Titchmarsh, and Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent.

Lack of staff training lead to accidents at Suffolk plant

2 Sisters hit with £230,000 fine after factory injuries

By Dan Colombini

Poultry products group 2 Sisters Food has been accused of failing to provide proper training to its staff after being fined a total of £230,000 following separate incidents that left one employee with a partially severed hand and another with a broken...

Seeking fluid solutions. Cutting firms' water use is the new carbon reduction

Why water is the new carbon

By Freddie Dawson

Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

BBC TV's The Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell (left) presents Calum Marnock, from Kraft Foods, with a trophy at the FDF Community Partnership Awards ceremony

Food firms to double apprenticeships

By Graham Holter

The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

Kerry to close Okehampton site in move to Tenbury

Kerry to close Okehampton site in move to Tenbury

By Lynda Searby

Food and flavours firm Kerry Ingredients has confirmed that the closure of its Okehampton factory will be complete by the end of March 2012, with the loss of over 90 jobs. But it has also revealed expansion plans for its Tenbury Wells site, which will...

The current CAP reform proposals will bring a bitter harvest if implemented, warn food firms, farmers and environmentalists

Food firms join chorus of disapproval on CAP reform

By Mike Stones

European food industry body FoodDrinkEurope has joined farmers and environmentalists in a chorus of disapproval following the publication of the Commission’s plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Man with muscle

Man with muscle

By Freddie Dawson

Most people would not start a new business in a recession. But Stuart Ferretti, owner and director of The London Fine Meat Company (LFMC) is not most people. In the 12 months since he launched the firm, he has rapidly increased turnover by focusing on...

Fit for fishing

Fit for fishing

By Freddie Dawson

Grimsby has been associated with fish since Viking days. The first training probably occurred then. Today, it's provided by the Humber Seafood Institute (HSI) part of the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Pump up meat moisture

Pump up meat moisture

Clean-label ingredient developer and supplier Ulrick & Short has developed a range of cost-saving, functional phosphate replacers. The products are designed to improve the overall texture and moistness of meat and poultry.

Vion is reviewing its organic chicken business

Vion reviews its organic chicken business

By Freddie Dawson

The UK’s second largest poultry supplier is conducting a review of its organic chicken business which could result in it exiting the sector.

Denmark is getting to grips with fat tax legislation

Danish fat tax divides UK opinion

By Mike Stones

News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply divided British opinion.

M&S' Christmas hampers go on sale online tomorrow

M&S plans a bumper natural, novel Christmas

By Rick Pendrous

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.

Hot stuff: the heatwave is boosting sales but challenging food chain logistics

Sunshine puts pressure on food suppliers

By Graham Holter

The freak September heatwave is providing a welcome boost for the food industry but placing impossible demands on some parts of the supply chain, it has been claimed.

Still hope for Norfolk shellfish plant facing closure

Still hope for Norfolk shellfish plant facing closure

By Mike Stones

The loss of 230 jobs in jeopardy at a north Norfolk shellfish plant, following a review of manufacturing operations at the site, is far from a foregone conclusion, a leading MP has told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

Strengthening workers' skills range is the aim of the investment

First minister welcomes Vion’s 250 jobs investment

By Freddie Dawson

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has welcomed news that Dutch meat processor Vion is to create 250 new jobs at a new training centre at its Hall's plant in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Sustainably Cornish. Ginsters has become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in savoury pastries

Sustainable palm oil coup for Ginsters

By Rod Addy

Ginsters has overcome supply issues to become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in the category of branded savoury pastries, in co-operation with fats and oils supplier AAK.

Chilled and frozen meals are showing tasty growth

Ready meals demand boosts sales for Laila’s

By Rod Addy

Laila’s Fine Foods is reporting substantial growth in frozen and chilled ready meals as Mintel figures suggest the UK market is experiencing significant growth.

Fish sustainability measures will lead to soaring prices

Fish prices may rise as EU imports fall

By Freddie Dawson

Fish prices are set to rise in the long-term as imports into Europe will be insufficient to ensure supplies, warned speakers at a conference held earlier this week to debate the future of UK fishing industry and the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Hilton is Europe's largest red meat packer by turnover

Hilton Food grows despite tough market

By Mike Stones

Specialist meat packing business Hilton Food Group has posted a 10% growth in turnover for the 28 weeks to July 17, despite difficult trading conditions.

Sharp practice: Jamie has helped sushi outsell some traditional British sandwiches

Sushi surges as sandwiches suffer

By Mike Stones

Japanese delicacy sushi threatens to topple some sandwiches from their place as the nation’s favourite lunchtime snack thanks to the promotion of celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver.

Let them eat...anything but animal protein, said the FSA

FSA rejects EC proposals to relax animal protein ban

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Board has rejected European Commission (EC) proposals to relax the ban on feeding animal protein to pigs, poultry and fish. The ban was introduced as a food safety control measure following the BSE crisis in cattle.

Northern Ireland's dairy sector made a key contribution to growth

Northern Ireland food firms beat the recession

By Freddie Dawson

Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector is not only weathering the global economic recession but thriving, according to a government report and industry leaders.

Jamie Oliver: Don't mention the word bones

Fish consumption needs a new plaice to start

By Mike Stones

British fish consumption has fallen victim to a lost generation of British mothers who don’t know how to choose fish, cook it or serve it, warns the industry authority Seafish.

Packaging firms ignored safety warnings for 3 years

Packaging firms ignored safety warnings for 3 years

By Mike Stones

The directors of a Bolton-based, fast food packaging company have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after ignoring safety warnings for more than three years.

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