Pork

Eight Fifty has acquired M&M Walshe for an undisclosed sum

CapVest-owned Eight Fifty acquires pork processor

By Gwen Ridler

CapVest Partners-owned Eight Fifty Food Group, which comprises Karro Food Group and Young’s Seafood, has now announced the acquisition of meat processor M&M Walshe Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

AHDB has seen a spike in new signups for its online training programmes

Meat training sign-ups spike since lockdown

By Gwen Ridler

New registrations to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) meat education programme (MEP) have increased by 50% since the coronavirus lockdown.

Freezing beef steak reduces the value of cuts and would hit deadweight prices, LMCNI said

EU scheme to freeze meat will hit prices

By Rod Addy

Meat prices will suffer if premium cuts are frozen to manage the collapse of foodservice demand under EU Private Storage Aid proposals, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI).

Levy board changes proposed following industry consultation

Levy board changes proposed following industry consultation

By Aidan Fortune

Proposals to introduce a five-year ballot policy for levy payers on industry activity as well as changes to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) structure have been put forward by the UK government following a consultation into the...

Carcase balance issue to come for producers

Carcase balance issue to come for producers

By Aidan Fortune

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that unless retailers reinstate their full range of meat products, there will be an abundance of other cuts leading to falling prices for producers.

Pig meat production costs are up

Pork production cost rises in 2018

By Michelle Perrett

The cost of pig meat production in the UK rose by 8% in 2018 to £1.47 per kg, according to a report by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Danish Crown reveals Tulip losses

Danish Crown reveals Tulip Limited losses

By Aidan Fortune

Pork processor Danish Crown has revealed the extent of the losses suffered by its Tulip Limited business in the final year before it was sold to Pilgrim’s Pride.

Tulip currently operates 17 factories across the UK, supplying top retail and foodservice customers

Tulip plans 270 job cuts at Bodmin plant

By Rod Addy

Tulip Ltd’s planned 270 job cuts as it faces the closure of its Bodmin plant in Cornwall represent ‘another shock wave to the already battered Cornish economy’, according to trade union Unite.

Under the terms of the deal, Danish Crown will continue to supply Danish pork to Tulip Ltd under a long-term supply agreement

Pilgrim’s Pride completes Tulip acquisition

By Rod Addy

Tulip Ltd will operate as a business unit within the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, the company announced as it confirmed its acquisition of the UK meat processor from Danish Crown.

Meat production in the UK is beating the trend of environmental abuse reported elsewhere in the world, claimed the BMPA

BMPA hits back at meat production critics

By Gwen Ridler

Meat production in the UK makes the best use of the country’s agricultural land and greatly aids biodiversity and countryside management, according to British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) chief executive Nick Allen.

Can bacon cling to its crown, despite its mixed fortunes in the UK?

Pork & Bacon feature

Can bacon bite back?

By Alyson Magee

While clinging on to its status as the most consumed animal protein globally, the pork sector has experienced mixed fortunes in the UK. But with innovation rife, and processors investing in efficiencies to improve margins, the future looks optimistic.

Nigel Fredericks has entered administration at the loss of 250 jobs

Nigel Fredericks enters administration

By Aidan Fortune

London-based meat and poultry wholesaler Nigel Fredericks Trading Limited has been placed in administration, resulting in the loss of 250 jobs.

Pig price increase branded ‘insult’

Pig price increase branded ‘insult’

By Aidan Fortune

The National Pig Association (NPA) has deemed the latest increase in the pig price an “insult to the hard work of the industry”.

Networking group Meat Business Women met in Painters Hall in London

ASF threat causing CVO sleepless nights

By Michelle Perrett

The UK's chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss has said that African swine fever (ASF) is the disease that “keeps her awake at night”.

Sales of ethically-sourced food and drink grew to £8.2bn in 2018

UK ethical food sales worth £8.2bn

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of ethical food and drink in the UK hit £8.2bn in 2018 and are projected to continue growing through 2019, according to new research by Mintel.

HCC research has revealed that more than half of consumers are confused about meat intake recommendations

Confusion reigns over meat intake guidance

By Aidan Fortune

Misconceptions among the British public over how much red meat should be consumed on a daily basis may be leading to the unnecessary cutting down of portions, a new study has found.

Red and processed meats have been linked with bowel cancer in a new report

Meat and bowel cancer link raised by research

By Aidan Fortune

New research has found that people who eat red and processed meat within Department of Health and Social Care guidelines are still at increased risk of bowel cancer.

Exports of live animals and animal products can continue, but businesses will have to keep on top of red tape

‘Relief’ as no-deal meat exports hurdle cleared

By Rod Addy

Meat trade representatives have expressed 'relief' that EU Member States have agreed the UK’s listed status to export live animals and animal products as a third country in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The FSA's guidance on the shelf-life of meat products has been questioned by BMPA and MLA research

Shelf-life guidance comes under fire

By Aidan Fortune

Research into the shelf-life of meat products has found that the ’10-day rule’ may no longer be appropriate for the industry.

G Simmons was originally a butcher's, but decided to specialise in making pork scratchings

Pork scratchings company invests in growth

By Michelle Perrett

Pork scratching manufacturer G Simmons & Sons is to expand its premises with a £334,000 investment, following record demand for the product.

Tulip has agreed to buy pig producer Easey Holdings

Tulip agrees deal to buy pig producer

By Matt Atherton

Meat processor Tulip has agreed a deal to buy pig producer Easey Holdings, after this website exclusively revealed the firm’s plans to invest up to £70M in acquisitions, equipment and product innovation.

Houghton Hams and Poe Ltd have recalled a number of products for labelling errors

Labelling errors spark food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Incorrect date labelling has forced the recall of two cooked meat products sold by Waitrose, while the unmarked presence of gluten and mustard led to the recall of a number of products produced by ambient food manufacturer Poe.

Cranswick reported a 38% rise in profits before tax

Cranswick profits rise 38% after ‘superior growth’

By Matt Atherton

Meat processor Cranswick reported a 38% rise in profits before tax to £40.4M in its half-year statement for the six months to September 30, as it continued its period of “superior growth”, analysts said.

Susanna Williamson (centre) with  Lord Gardiner, undersecretary of state for Defra in the Lords (left) and AHDB Pork chairman Meryl Ward (right).

Susanna Williamson wins David Black Award 2016

By Gwen Ridler

Susanna Williamson is this years winner of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) David Black Award for her contributions to the British pig industry.

UK consumers continue to be misled by some supermarkets and foodservice outlets about the origin of pork products

Consumers often misled by origin of processed meat products

By Rick Pendrous

Consumers in the UK continue to be misled that pork products, such as bacon, sold in some supermarkets and foodservice outlets is of British origin, when in fact it is sourced from countries overseas where animal welfare standards may be lower, the boss...

Crackling investment: dragon Nick Jenkins (middle) with Andrew Allen and Nick Coleman

Dragons’ Den investors back pork firm with £70k

By Michael Stones

Dragons’ Den investors pledged to invest £70,000 in the flavoured pork crackling business Snaffling Pig Co in an episode of the hit TV show broadcast last night (August 7).

Cranswick's full-year results were praised by Shore Capital

Cranswick ends the year in ‘good style’

By Michelle Perrett

Cranswick received praise for “rounding the year off in good style”, by City analyst Shore Capital, after the diversified meat and pastry manufacturer posted full year results yesterday.

ROI Drinde: claimed to reduce formulation costs in sausages

Traceable pork rind to ‘improve meat texture’

By Noli Dinkovski

A functional protein made from fully traceable pork rind has been developed by Essentia Protein Solutions to meet the growing demand for the provenance of food ingredients.

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