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Thursday 18 December 2014


Poland

Poland - Sharia Halal Board Welcomes Decision By Constitutional Court In Poland

Sharia Halal Board has stated that it welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court to overturn it’s previous decision made resulting in banning all forms of non stun slaughter carried out in Poland. A decision in support of animal activists.

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Scotland

Scotland - Tight Global Supply of Beef Set to Underpin Producer Prices

Global beef supplies are projected to remain tight over the next 12 months which will help to underpin producer prices, according to Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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Wednesday 17 December 2014


Indonesia

Indonesia - Market Presence and Growth Highlighted At Indian River Asia Association Meeting

Indian River customers arrived in Phuket, Thailand to participate in the 5th Association Meeting and to recognize the tremendous market growth the product has experienced since a decision was taken to invest in the brand several years ago.

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United Kingdom

Ingfield Farm Shop dominates Great Northern Pork Pie Competition

Ingfield Farm Shop in Southowram, near Halifax, was crowned supreme champion after virtually sweeping the board in the sixth annual Great Northern Pork Pie Competition, which ran alongside the 2014 Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.

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United Kingdom

UK - Is there a smarter way to comply with ESOS?

We're delighted to see so much interest in our free webinar on the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme: The smarter way to complying with ESOS. Join us online on 18 December at 10:00 GMT to find out more about ESOS and how your business can get the greatest value from its compliance process.

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United Kingdom

UK - National Beef Association 2015 Spring Spectacular classes announced

A total of 15 classes, four championships and a supreme championship have been confirmed for next year’s National Beef Association’s (NBA) Spring Spectacular Show, which has a total prize pot of almost £5,000.

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USA

USA - Food for thought with new Aviagen broiler nutrition specifications

Aviagen® has released new broiler nutrition specifications for its Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® breeds.

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Vietnam

Vietnam - Ross Has First Nutrition Workshop in Vietnam

The Ross team along with the Ross agent for Vietnam, P&N Agro Business Company, LTD were encouraged by the industry’s response and attendance at the initial Ross Nutrition Workshop held in Vietnam in November.

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Tuesday 16 December 2014


Indonesia

Indonesia - Cobb to strengthen technical team in Asia-Pacific region

Plans to strengthen the Cobb technical service team supporting customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region were announced by general manager Pelayo Casanovas when PT Charoen Pokphand Jaya Farm held its first poultry technical seminar at the Cigupa Learning Center, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Italian backing for Northern Irish corned beef

Corned beef from Northern Ireland has been listed in the ‘Ark of Taste’ initiative by Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences in Turin as a food to be preserved from extinction.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Moy Park celebrated for corporate responsibility at Institute of Director Awards

Moy Park’s HR Director, Mike Mullan, who leads the company’s HR team across Europe, has received the Leadership in Corporate Responsibility award at the IoD First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards. The awards recognise Northern Ireland’s top directors for their proactive approach towards business growth, corporate governance and responsible directorship.

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United Kingdom

UK - Energy bills rise as the mercury falls

Most commercial buildings experience a spike in running costs at this time of year as temperatures fall and the dark nights close in, despite the fact that nearly all organisations can take steps to reduce their energy consumption and improve their green credentials.

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United Kingdom

UK - Six awards for Kent producer at unique turkey show

Cottage Farm Turkeys in Kent scooped six awards at the Anglian Turkey Association’s annual show at Stoke-by-Nayland — a unique event in the turkey world where birds are still displayed in the way they were traditionally hung outside butchery shops.

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Monday 15 December 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Champion Beef from Northern Ireland for Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum and Mason shoppers will be able to enjoy Champion Beef from Northern Ireland’s Hannan Meats over the Christmas and New Year periods.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Moy Park puts customers first with new appointment

Top 15 UK food company Moy Park, has strengthened its industry leading agriculture team, with the promotion of Simon Oborn to the role of General Manager - Agri Estate.

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Friday 12 December 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Moy Park Chief Executive named Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year

Moy Park Chief Executive Janet McCollum has been recognised as ‘Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year’ at the fourth annual Women in Business Northern Ireland Awards.

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Scotland

Scotland - Big Yin Tops Christmas Dinner Guest List

Comedian and actor Billy Connolly is the famous Scot most people would like to eat, drink and be merry with at their festive dinner table, according to the results of a poll announced today (December 12 2014).

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United Kingdom

UK - Moy Park celebrates excellence at British Poultry Council Annual Awards

Alan Huston, General Manager - Breeders & Hatcheries at top 15 food company Moy Park, has been presented with the Mid-Career Service Award at the British Poultry Council Annual Awards held at the House of Commons.

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USA

USA - What kind of beer-drinker are you?

A few short years ago, we had but a few big brands of beer from which to select. Today we select from thousands of international, national, regional, local, and home brewed beers. And so we ask…

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Wednesday 10 December 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Scotch Beef PGI Named Scotland’s Favourite Food!

Farmers, butchers and processors throughout Scotland are celebrating the news that Scotch Beef PGI has today (December 10th 2014) been revealed as the nation’s favourite Scottish food.

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Tuesday 09 December 2014


United Kingdom

UK - British Cattle Conference 2015 - An event not to be missed

‘Meeting Market Demands Through Co-operation’ is the title of the annual British Cattle Conference 2015, which is being held in Telford, Shropshire on 19-21 January. The packed programme for the two-and-a-half day event features presentations from global experts on cattle breeding. It begins with a beef workshop on Monday afternoon, while Tuesday’s programme covers beef, with a parallel dairy workshop held in the afternoon. Wednesday is ‘dairy day.’

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United Kingdom

UK - Raise the volume on NIHL

It's estimated that there are 20,000 new cases of work-related noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) diagnosed in the UK each year despite it being the only type of hearing loss that is completely preventable.

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Monday 08 December 2014


Singapore

Singapore - Electrolux, Hewlett Packard, MOL among container supply chain stakeholders confirmed

Electrolux, Hewlett Packard, MOL among container supply chain stakeholders confirmed to speak at TOC Asia

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United Kingdom

UK - Butcher buyers out in force at Skipton Christmas prime lamb highlight

Leading independent retail butchers and meat wholesalers again turned out in force at the annual Christmas prime lamb show at Skipton Auction Mart in North Yorkshire, as they sought to source top-quality locally produced lamb for their customers’ festive tables.

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United Kingdom

UK - Christmas turkey ‘drive-through’ at Essex farm through the night

People finding it difficult to fit everything in before Christmas can take advantage of a 24-hour drive-through introduced this year by leading producer of traditional turkeys Kelly Turkeys.

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Friday 05 December 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Lanarkshire Producer and Pupils Partner up for Foodie Challenge

Pupils at Lanark Grammar School have taken part in an exciting challenge to design and make a burger using top quality meat supplied by local producer Michael Shannon from Damn Delicious farm and butchery near Thankerton, Lanark.

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United Kingdom

UK - Peter upsets the odds to become Wales’ top young butcher

Talented 19-year-old butcher Peter Rushforth caused an upset by beating the defending champion in the final of the Welsh Young Butcher Competition 2014 at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells on Tuesday.

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United Kingdom

UK - Zoetis / BPC Poultry Trainee Award goes to Cheshire

The older of two Cheshire brothers chosen as finalists, Sam Jones, is the 2014 winner of the Zoetis / British Poultry Council Trainee of the Year Award.

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USA

USA - Is golden rice good rice?

Some say genetically modified golden rice can prevent blindness for millions of malnourished people, but others say it is an industry Trojan horse filled with GMOs for invading unwilling nations. And so we ask…

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Thursday 04 December 2014


United Kingdom

Scotland - New Report Highlights Energy Saving Opportunities for Pig Producers

A new Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) report has highlighted the potential for Scottish pig farmers to further reduce their on-farm use of energy and the price they pay for it.

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United Kingdom

UK - Movement restrictions impact multi-species sites

The recent outbreak of avian influenza in Yorkshire highlights the unexpected consequences of running multi-species sites, says ACMC veterinary consultant Paul Thompson. Within the 10 km surveillance zone, pig producers have initially been unable to move their pigs if poultry have been on the same site.

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Wednesday 03 December 2014


Canada

Canada - Ontario family farm wins Canadian Poultry Sustainability Award

Four Corners Poultry of Staffa, Ontario has won the broiler breeder category in the Canadian Poultry Sustainability Awards organised by the magazine Canadian Poultry.

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Myanmar

Myanmar: First seminar in Myanmar: ‘Exciting to help its industry blossom’

Thirty four delegates took part in the first Cobb seminar for the Myanmar Broiler Association in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia, including professors from the veterinary university, staff from the livestock breeding and veterinary department, CP, advisers from JAPFA , Sun Jin, broiler farmers, breeder flock owners and feed producers.

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Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Moy Park Grower invests in biosecure viewing gallery

In a first for the Northern Ireland poultry industry Moy Park grower Graham McIlroy has invested in a viewing gallery that will enhance biosecurity at his poultry farm in Aghadowey.

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United Kingdom

Pizza is Britain’s Favourite

Pizza is now the most popular food purchased in British restaurants – the second most popular item bought in supermarkets for dinner and fourth most popular dinner item purchased in fast food outlets – research for the Pizza Pasta and Italian Foods Association concludes.

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Russia

Russia - Ross Performance Continues to Reap Rewards in Russia

Aviagen LLC in Russia was delighted to welcome two new members to their Ross 140 and 400 Clubs – Kamenskaya and Novosibirskaya poultry farms.

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United Kingdom

UK - Alnwick butcher set to introduce second travelling shop

A Northumberland Q Guild butcher that has been serving its local communities for generations through its renowned travelling shop is looking to extend the lifeline service after acquring a second vehicle.

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United Kingdom

UK - Butcher to country's top Chefs helps to provide festive treat for Thame Community

Thame's elderly residents are in for a festive treat this year, thanks to the town's award-winning butcher M Newitt & Sons.

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Tuesday 02 December 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Calling all pie makers - the 2015 British Pie Awards are officially open for entry

Upper crust pie makers from all over the UK are now invited to enter the 2015 British Pie Awards. The world-renowned awards, which will be held on 22nd April 2015 in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray, are now in their seventh year. They continue to grow in popularity and the 2014 awards saw a staggering 825 pies judged cross 19 classes. Now that’s a lot of pie!

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United Kingdom

UK - Lishman’s rolls out new York Hams for Christmas

Traditional York Hams are now being produced at Lishman’s Butchers in Ilkley and the inspiration behind them involves a real nostalgia trip down memory lane.

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Monday 01 December 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Northern Irish Finnebrogue among fast growth UK companies

Lynn's Country Foods, better known under the Finnebrogue brand and a major supplier of pork and venison products to retailers in Britain and the Republic of Ireland, is the only food company among just five in Northern Ireland listed in the inaugural Investec Bank Mid-Market 100, a countdown of the UK's fastest-growing private companies.

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Scotland

Scotland - Producer Confidence Bolstered as Lamb Prices Nudge Upwards

The continued slow rise in prime lamb prices over the past month has now resulted in farm gate prices very similar to, and in some cases slightly ahead of, last year, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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United Kingdom

UK - Butchers Q Guild appoints two new members

Black Barn Butchers, of Milford, near Godalming in Surrey, and Walter Smith Fine Foods, of Huntingdon Garden Centre in Cambridgeshire, have been awarded membership of the national Butchers Q Guild.

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USA

USA - Cargill Central America makes four awards to Cobb-Vantress

Cobb-Vantress is celebrating its success in winning four awards from Cargill for its Central American region.

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Wales

Wa;es - Matthew out to give rivals the chop in Welsh Young Butcher contest

Three of the top young butchers in Wales will put their skills on the line when they contest the Welsh Young Butcher Competition 2014 at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells on Tuesday.

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Friday 28 November 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Top European award for Northern Irish sausages

Northern Irish butcher O’Kane Meats clinched two prestigious European awards for the quality and creativity of its sausages. Based at Claudy in county Derry, O’Kane Meats, a family run business, came top at the recent Sausage Awards in Alencon, Normandy. The company was among sausage makers, white pudding producers and charcuterie specialists from most parts of Europe taking part in the unique competition.

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United Kingdom

UK - Butcher George Payne featured in UK Top 40

North-east butcher George Payne is one of 40 people from small businesses across the nation to feature in a new artwork by the renowned pop artist Sir Peter Blake - the man behind the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band artwork.

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United Kingdom

UK - New branding for ‘slow to grow / quick to cook’ turkey

A new range of promotional material – and a brand new website – will promote KellyBronze turkeys this Christmas as a product of ‘one of the slowest farming methods in the world’.

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Thursday 27 November 2014


Germany

Germany - Euro Tier 2014 - Cobb Germany – a full success

Unexpected many visitors found their way to Cobb Germany’s stand in the poultry hall at the EuroTier in Hanover.

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Thailand

Thailand - Ross Association Meeting Highlights Support and Opportunity in Asia

The tradition of gathering at the Ross Association to meet, share and update on industry developments was evident to everyone with the excellent attendance of key customers and distributors from the Asian region.

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Wednesday 26 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - R-Biopharm Rhone unveils new test which highlights potentially dangerous toxins in tuna

R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most important food safety companies, has launched a new test to detect toxins in fish which have affected thousands of people round the world and hundreds in the UK alone.

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United Kingdom

UK - Tesco commissions Anthesis Group to develop online sustainability community

Tesco has appointed Anthesis Group to develop and manage a single online sustainability community spanning the retailer’s supply-base. The Tesco Supplier Network will help Tesco, suppliers and producers to drive sustainability across their businesses by fostering collaboration and innovation amongst suppliers and producers.

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USA

USA - Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom.

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Tuesday 25 November 2014


Netherlands

Netherlands - Lloyd's Register, Bromma and German Lashing Robert Bock join debate at ICHCA Seminar

of Marketing and Product Business Development at Bromma Conquip, and Markus Theuerholz, Sales Manager at German Lashing Robert Böck will be providing separate addresses at ICHCA's Container Lashing & Securing Seminar, taking place at ECT's Delta Terminal, Rotterdam on 10 December.

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Paraguay

Paraguay - New marketing, sales and credit manager for Latin America

Cassiano Bevilaqua has been appointed marketing, sales and credit manager for Cobb-Vantress in Latin America. He is moving to the city of Guapiaçu to take up the new role where he will be responsible for planning and directing marketing strategies, and developing customer relationships, throughout the continent.

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United Kingdom

UK - ICHCA concludes 72nd Technical Panel meeting in Liverpool

The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) held the 72nd meeting of its ISP Technical Panel at the Port of Liverpool from 10-12 November 2014.

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Scotland

UK - Quality Meat Scotland Appoints New Marketing Executive

Graeme (24) has taken over the reins from Jack Broussine and will be leading the Specially Selected Pork marketing activity. Graeme will also be looking after independent retailers - including the successful Scotch Butchers Club – and the public procurement sector.

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Monday 24 November 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Cogent’s Signature Beef team keeps on growing

Richard Pettit and Becky Hurd have joined the UK’s largest beef stud, Cogent Breeding Ltd, to boost the company’s Signature Beef team in Scotland and the south of England respectively.

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United Kingdom

UK - Scotch Butcher Club Members excel at Smithfield Awards

A group of Scotch Butcher Club members are celebrating after scooping over 70 awards at the recent 2014 Smithfield Awards, an annual national product evaluation showcase contested by Q Guild butchers nationwide.

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Friday 21 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Horsemeat scandal detective R-Biopharm Rhone turns its sights on mis-labelling of fish

The food industry is turning to a Scottish-based company in the front line of the UK's defences against food contamination as concerns continue to mount about cheap fish being substituted for expensive fish without the consumer knowing.

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USA

USA - Who should control the catching of the Pacific’s protein?

Billions of dollars worth of tuna swim in the Pacific Ocean, until they are caught. That fishermen are so good at catching leads us to ask…

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Thursday 20 November 2014


Brazil

Brazil - JBS Australia Acquires Primo Group

JBS S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: JBSS3, OTCQX: JBSAY, "JBS" or "Company"), communicates to its shareholder and to the market in general that it has entered today into a definitive agreement to purchase 100% of the share capital of Primo Smallgoods Group ("Primo Group"). The business will be acquired through JBS Australia, a subsidiary of JBS S.A.

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Brazil

Brazil - Notice to Market

JBS S.A. (BVM&FBOVESPA: JBSS3, OTCQX: JBSAY, "JBS" or "Company") informs to its shareholders and to the market in general that, pursuant to the Brazilian Securities Exchange Commission (CVM) Ruling No. 358 dated January 3, 2002, as amended, that its wholly owned subsidiary JBS Foods S.A., through its subsidiary JBS Aves Ltda., announced today that an agreement has been entered into to purchase the totality of AMSE02 Participações Ltda. ("AMSE02").

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Lithuania

Lithuania - VPA Logistics, Klaipeda joins Easyfresh

Easyfresh are pleased to hereby announce the appointment of Klaipeda based VPA Logistics. VPA‘s Easyfresh geographical cover shall be Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

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Spain

Spain - Despite Ebola, West Africa is open for business

West African ports and shipping have seen limited impact of the Ebola crisis so far, but it’s only prudent that they remain on high alert. The two-day high-level TOC Market Briefing in Tenerife this December will assess this and other challenges facing the region’s maritime sector

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United Kingdom

UK - BRC v7 Briefings for Food Manufacturers and Ingredient Suppliers

Cert ID are delighted to announce 7 briefings on BRC issue 7 at highly preferential rates. Our comprehensive one day guide to the new Standard will fully equip you for your issue 7 audit.

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United Kingdom

UK - Moy Park announces a major investment in biomass technology and biomass fuel supply

Moy Park, one of the UK’s top 10 food manufacturers has secured major partnership investments in biomass technology and long term biomass fuel supply to improve sustainable fuel efficiency.

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Wednesday 19 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Dedication of Borders Farming Family Recognised with Scotch Beef Award

A Berwickshire farm, run by a dedicated family committed to producing top quality Scotch Beef PGI, was today (Wednesday 19th November) unveiled as the 2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

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Tuesday 18 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Cattle and Sheep Margins Improved Despite Challenge of Spring 2013

Most cattle and sheep businesses saw an improvement in their margins during 2013 despite the exceptionally difficult spring weather, according to Quality Meat Scotland’s latest enterprise costings report.

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United Kingdom

UK - Keelham Farm Shop wins coveted pork pie title, as sausage crown falls to Hofmann’s Butchers

Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, was crowned Supreme Pork Pie Champion at the UK’s biggest regional meat trades competition.

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Monday 17 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Cattle and sheep prices strengthen but pig prices ease

Cattle and sheep farmers have seen some lift in prices over the past couple of months, however pig producers have seen farmgate prices fall by around 10p per kg deadweight (dwt) over the past 12 weeks.

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United Kingdom

UK - Fodder wins sausage award

Fodder has won a prestigious award in British Sausage Week’s celebration of the Great British Banger. The local food shop and café, based at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate took the honours in the traditional category with the Plain Pork sausage.

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United Kingdom

UK - Proceed with caution on new labelling laws for non-stun meat, urges NSA

The National Sheep Association (NSA) welcomes the concept of new meat labelling laws that differentiate between animals that are stunned at slaughter and those that are not, but urges Farming Minister George Eustice and his colleagues to progress the idea with caution, to ensure all implications are fully understood.

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United Kingdom

UK - Pulling Pork Into the Spotlight

BPEX is launching a new pork promotion campaign in the Spring and details of what is happening will be outlined at the Regional Producer events.

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United Kingdom

UK - Q Guild butcher bags supreme championship glory

A top-notch Q Guild butcher has sizzled its way to supreme championship glory at the prestigious Smithfield Awards – for the second time in three years.

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Wales

Wales - FUW leader welcomes £3.2m boost for Welsh red meat

A project worth well over £3 million to promote Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef in four European countries over the next three years was described by Farmers' Union of Wales president Emyr Jones today as a major boost for Welsh livestock farmers.

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Friday 14 November 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Identifying Pig Industry Priorities

A series of regional forums has been held by BPEX looking to identify burning industry issues that need to be addressed.

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USA

USA - The Driving Force Behind the US Oil Boom

The shale revolution’s sweet spot is oilfield services, the lower-risk backbone of the American oil and gas boom that pays off regardless of a play’s economics.

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Thursday 13 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Edinburgh Butcher Inspires Youngsters at Skills Scotland Event

A leading Edinburgh butcher joined Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) today (Thursday 13 November 2014) to highlight the wide range of career options available in the Scottish red meat industry among young people.

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Scotland

Scotland - Quality Assurance Standards – Annual Update Published

Around 10,000 livestock farmers who are members of Quality Meat Scotland’s cattle and sheep quality assurance scheme will shortly receive this year’s updated standards document, published today.

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United Kingdom

UK - Butcher to country's top chefs helps to provide festive treat for Thame Community

Thame’s elderly residents are in for a festive treat this year, thanks to the town’s award-winning butcher M Newitt & Sons.

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United Kingdom

UK - CLA urges those affected to respond to HS2 safeguarding consultation

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, says that people in Cheshire and Staffordshire along the proposed route of HS2 should make themselves aware of the latest consultation announced by HS2 Ltd.

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Wednesday 12 November 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Hydrovane launches new high-efficiency HR range of rotary vane compressors

Hydrovane, part of the Gardner Denver Group announces the HR Regeneration series; a brand new range of rotary vane compressors, designed to deliver significant energy reductions for operators requiring a reliable and efficient source of industrial air.

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United Kingdom

UK - Practical Training on Offer from BPEX

Everything from pig welfare and interpreting records to waste management and staff supervision are covered in the Pig Technical Managers Scheme being run by BPEX.

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Tuesday 11 November 2014


Netherlands

Netherlands - ICHCA to host seminar on container lashing and securing

One-day ICHCA event will explore what can be done to improve the safety and productivity of container lashing and securing, both at sea and at the ship-to-shore interface

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Scotland

Scotland - Market Signals Encourage Confidence in Scottish Red Meat Industry

There are many market signals to kindle further confidence in the future of the Scottish red meat industry, according to Jim McLaren, Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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SierraLeone

Sierra Leone - Food businesses urged to be aware of supply chain disruption risks posed by Ebola

There are widespread accounts of farm workers abandoning their jobs in Ebola ravished regions. In Sierra Leone, approximately 40% of fields and farmlands are being deserted as workers fear Ebola outbreaks. Disrupting and ceasing regional trade, the Ebola outbreak is set to cause food shortages throughout the region.

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United Kingdom

UK - New committee launched to share vital information with farmers

A campaign has been launched by the National Beef Association (NBA) to educate beef farmers about the everyday health problems that face their herds.

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USA

USA - New M2M technology enables cost-effective, seamless tracking

WAM Technologies LLC (WAM), provider of wireless M2M solutions for remote management of refrigerated, intermodal and other transportation assets, has announced the release of VesselConnect, a GSM-based tracking system to monitor and control refrigerated containers on-board container and related ships. The new system is being launched at this year’s Intermodal Europe trade show in Rotterdam, 11-13 November.

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Monday 10 November 2014


Northern Ireland

N. Ireland - Moy Park scoops top business award

Moy Park, one of the UK’s top 10 food companies has received an Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award for the best ‘Women Led Business’ in the Ulster region.

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Scotland

Scotland - Scotch Beef Farm of the Year Finalists Show Passion and Commitment

The four finalists of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year Award were unveiled today (Friday 7th November) by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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United Kingdom

UK - Matting is no walkover

Despite it being one of the first things to greet people entering a building, matting is something few people notice even though it plays a key safety role in the majority of commercial buildings by significantly reducing the risks of slipping on wet floors.

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Friday 07 November 2014


USA

USA - For whom will government’s proposed rules make food safe?

The Federal government’s Food Safety Czar, former Monsanto VP Michael Taylor, has placed government’s second round of proposed food safety rules on the table for comment. And so we ask…

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Thursday 06 November 2014


United Kingdom

Q Guild butcher Edwards of Conwy celebrates British Sausage Week

Q Guild butcher Edwards of Conwy celebrates British Sausage Week by sending thousands of bangers to Malaysia

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Wednesday 05 November 2014


Wales

Wales - Champion butchers add apprenticeship awards to their list of honours

Two champion young butchers from North East Wales have proved a cut above the rest by winning prestigious national apprenticeship awards.

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Tuesday 04 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Value of Strong Brands and Robust

The value to Scottish livestock producers of having strong brands and robust quality assurance schemes is without question, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland Chief Executive.

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United Kingdom

UK - Sainsbury’s support for The Royal British Legion reaches an all-time high

Sainsbury’s is celebrating 20 years supporting The Royal British Legion by doing more than ever to raise funds during this year’s Poppy Appeal.

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Monday 03 November 2014


Scotland

Scotland - Outlook Remains Positive for Beef Sector

Farmgate beef prices have shown a significant recovery since hitting a low point at the beginning of July, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

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Friday 31 October 2014


China

China - CIMC Qingdao Dream Factory Give Birth to Its 1st Refrigerated Container!

On October 23, 2014, the new factory of CIMC Qingdao had its first 40ft HC ISO refrigerated container rolled off the production line.This means the new factory is ready for massive batch production after 1.5 year of facility construction. The new factory occupies a area of 580,000 square meters. Designed production capacity is 140,000 TEU maximum per year.

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Germany

Germany - Cobb Germany Hatchery Wiesenea Hatched 100 millionth chick

With pride Cobb Germany hatched its 100 millionth female Cobb 500 parent stock chick which was delivered to the broiler breeder farmer Mr Leszek Wasikowski, who housed 49.176 birds on the 8th October 2014.

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Pakistan

Pakistan - Global Islamic Microfinance Forum Ready to Set New Standards

4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum is going to be held on 1-2 November in Dubai to apply new standards in international Islamic microfinance organizations.

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USA

USA - Can we become green, without first becoming brown?

It has been said the quality of our lives depends on the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. If such is true, we ask…

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USA

USA - Dyadic International extends all convertible debt maturity dates

Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic")(OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, announced today that it has entered into agreements with the holders of all of its outstanding 2010 and 2011 8% convertible subordinated notes (the "Convertible Debt") to extend their maturity dates to January 1, 2016.

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Wales

Wales - Support local farmers and butchers in Sausage Week, says FUW

The Farmers’ Union of Wales today called on people to support their local farmers and butchers by tucking into wonderful Welsh bangers during next week’s annual British Sausage Week (November 3-9).

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Thursday 30 October 2014


Scotland

Scotland - West Lothian Butcher Inspires Youngsters at Skills Scotland Event

A West Lothian butcher joined Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) today (30 October 2014) to increase awareness among younger people of the wide range of career options available in the Scottish red meat industry.

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United Kingdom

UK - Q butchers bid for glory

Q Guild butchers across the UK are battling to bag honours in the Smithfield Awards, their annual high profile product evaluation competition.

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Tuesday 28 October 2014


United Kingdom

UK - Animal welfare charges dropped against Cheshire abattoir directors

Animal cruelty charges against the directors of a North West abattoir have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service due to insufficient evidence - just weeks after a separate investigation into alleged irregularities over horse passports at the same abattoir was also abandoned for the same reason.

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United Kingdom

UK - Certificates of Competence Relaunched

The Certificate of Competence in pig husbandry skills has been overhauled to make it even more practical and relevant to everyday production.

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Jan Zandbergen        Lanexco Ltd