Livestock prices remain robust in early weeks of 2021
Jan25

Livestock prices remain robust in early weeks of 2021

HCC – Meat Promotion Wales has reported that average prices for both lamb and beef have remained at historically high levels for the first weeks of the new year, driven by strong consumer and retail demand following the Christmas period. The average liveweight price of lambs at auction in Wales has increased steadily since the start of 2021, and has gone up again this week by 13.1p. The current price has reached 260.6p/kg, over 50p...

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Marel acquires duck processing firm PMJ
Jan25

Marel acquires duck processing firm PMJ

Marel has announced the acquisition of Poultry Machinery Joosten B.V. (PMJ), a global provider of processing solutions for the duck industry. According to Marel, the acquisition now makes it the industry’s only full-line provider of duck processing solutions and will allow the company to broaden its customer base in the duck sector. Founded in 1998, PMJ describes itself a family business which has annual revenues of around €5 million....

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Sainsbury’s boss says British beef sector needs improved consumer focus
Jan22

Sainsbury’s boss says British beef sector needs improved consumer focus

Consumer focus could be the key to developing and improving British beef quality and sustainability within the farming sector, according to a major UK retailer. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference this month, Gavin Hodgson, buying manager for meat, fish and poultry at Sainsbury’s, said: “Top businesses live and breathe their customer – everything they do leads back to the customer.” Convoluted supply chains make that difficult...

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Bettcher GmbH names new managing director
Jan21

Bettcher GmbH names new managing director

Bettcher Industries, a supplier of cutting tool machinery for the meat industry, has named René T. Hansen as its new managing director of its European subsidiary, Bettcher GmbH. Hansen takes up the new role having joined the company in July 2018 as international sales manager. He has more than 30 years’ experience within the industry, most notably as a consultant at the Danish Meat Research Institute. Commenting on his new role,...

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Ineos pledges £100 million to create new livestock antibiotics
Jan21

Ineos pledges £100 million to create new livestock antibiotics

UK-based chemicals company Ineos has donated £100 million to the Ineos Oxford University Institute (IOI) to help develop novel antibiotics for livestock. The company said the donation was to help combat the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which currently causes an estimated 1.5 million excess deaths each year and could cause over 10m deaths per year by 2050, according to Ineos. It added that its main focus will...

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