Meat, poultry & seafood

Cumberland sausage makers hope for higher prices

Cumberland sausage makers hope for higher prices

By Graham Holter

Cumberland sausage producers believe there may be an opportunity to get better prices now that the European Union (EU) has given official recognition to their products.

Findus Group confirms Grimsby redundancies

Findus Group confirms Grimsby redundancies

By Ben Bouckley and Freddie Dawson

The Findus Group has confirmed that 47 workers have accepted voluntary redundancy at the Young's Seafood factory in Grimsby, although the job losses are fewer than initially expected.

Greenpeace campaigners at Princes' Liverpool HQ this morning

Greenpeace targets Princes HQ with direct action

By Ben Bouckley

Greenpeace has taken direct action at Princes' Liverpool HQ, in a bid to shame the food giant over what the campaign group claims are its use of destructive tuna fishing methods.

City: Cranswick well-positioned to diversify

City: Cranswick well-positioned to diversify

By Elaine Watson

With recent capex projects to increase capacity and boost efficiency now bedding in nicely and a strong balance sheet compared with rivals, Cranswick is well-placed to diversify into new product areas, according to City analysts.

Chieftain o’ the	      pudding race

Chieftain o’ the pudding race

By James Macsween, director, Macsween


My grandfather set up the company in 1953. He had his own fleet of engineers and vans.

Meatballs’ success snowballs

Meatballs’ success snowballs

Snowbird Foods has launched a new meatball product into the foodservice and ready meals markets. The firm has created five varieties of flavour-filled 12g meatballs for buffets and ready meals, which it has launched under the name ‘Poppers’.

Parker Fine Foods closes Corby factory site

Parker Fine Foods closes Corby factory site

By Ben Bouckley

Corby-based Parker Fine Foods has closed down its frozen meat production site due to a reorganisation of the business, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt.

FSA: Cloned meat is safe, hypothetically ...

FSA: Cloned meat is safe, hypothetically ...

By Ben Bouckley

Meat and milk derived from cloned cattle and their offspring is one step closer to being on sale in the UK after scientists agreed that it was “unlikely to present a food safety risk”.

New guide promises consistency on COOL

New guide promises consistency on COOL

By Elaine Watson

New voluntary guidance launched today outlines a clear set of principles designed to encourage a more consistent approach to country of origin labelling (COOL).

DEFRA COOL draft cites new rules on cheese

DEFRA COOL draft cites new rules on cheese

By Elaine Watson

The latest draft of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA’s) new code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) advises manufacturers to state the origin of liquid milk used in cheese and butter OR the place these products...

DEFRA to Brussels: Ditch potentially ruinous nitrate ban

DEFRA to Brussels: Ditch potentially ruinous nitrate ban

By Ben Bouckley

DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has told the European Commission (EC) that there are no viable alternatives to using nitrates in organic cured meat and urged it to ditch a proposed ban that it claims could ruin small producers.

Asda contract loss puts 180 jobs at risk at Vion

Asda contract loss puts 180 jobs at risk at Vion

By Elaine Watson

Up to 120 people could be made redundant at Vion’s bacon factory in Scunthorpe while a further 60 temporary contracts will not be renewed following the loss of a major contract with Asda.

Diners at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant reported symptoms of norovirus

LFR seeks partners to tackle Norovirus

By Elaine Watson

Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) is inviting partners to work with it on a collaborative project to determine the most effective control measures for Norovirus, the organism believed to be responsible for the food poisoning outbreak at Heston Blumenthal’s...

Smith: More bang for your buck

Tim Smith: FSA cash must be allocated differently

By Elaine Watson

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will have to trim its budget by at least 25% over the next four years, which means it will have to “hand a great deal of responsibility [for food safety enforcement] back to the industry”, according to chief executive Tim...

A fashion parade in the freezer


A fashion parade in the freezer


By Paul Gander


Consumer belt-tightening and lively competition between the main frozen food brands are triggering a welter of packaging innovation. But this still leaves key areas such as frozen ready meals with more questions than answers.

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