Demand for more minced beef signals trouble in the next two weeks
Mar31

Demand for more minced beef signals trouble in the next two weeks

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has revealed a looming problem in the British meat industry as a result of consumer, retail and food service demand changing so substantially. Despite increased demand for meat products in supermarkets, some food processors (but not the ones who exclusively supply the foodservice industry) have seen an increase in turnover, however it’s only for certain products, particularly minced beef,...

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Meat industry call for flexible furlough
Mar31

Meat industry call for flexible furlough

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) is calling on the Government to introduce a flexible furlough scheme for the meat industry, following similar calls from other organisations such as Scottish Land & Estates.   Norman Bagley, head of policy for AIMS, said: “We welcome the measures taken by Government during this national emergency and in particular the ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ which allows for...

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Butchers working to feed the nation amid Covid-19

The National Craft Butchers (NCB) has published a number of positive stories of butchers across the country going above and beyond to feed the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic. John Mettrick from Mettricks, Glossop told the NCB that they have seen a huge increase in deliveries and have used a local taxi service for help. He said: “We are proud to be doing everything we can to meet demand at this difficult time. Our local &...

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2 Sisters CEO sends urgent “help us feed the nation” appeal
Mar30

2 Sisters CEO sends urgent “help us feed the nation” appeal

The chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, Ronald Kers, has made a direct urgent appeal for new workers as the company deals with unprecedented demand brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. A social media video appeal was released after the company decided to launch its first-ever nationwide recruitment campaign due to the level of vacancies across all its businesses. Kers said in his video post: “2 Sisters’ job is literally...

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Defra secretary Eustice thanks food workers for Covid-19 effort
Mar27

Defra secretary Eustice thanks food workers for Covid-19 effort

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) secretary, George Eustice, has paid tribute to food workers across the country for their work in continuing to feed the nation during Covid-19. In an open letter, Eustice said: The letter reads: “To those working hard to feed the nation. “In the face of what is perhaps the greatest health challenge this country has faced in our lifetime, I want to pay tribute...

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LMC chief proud of food supply chain workers during coronavirus
Mar27

LMC chief proud of food supply chain workers during coronavirus

Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) chief executive, Ian Stevenson, has highlighted the vital roles that workers throughout the farming and food processing sectors are fulfilling as they help feed the nation at a time of national crisis. Stevenson said: “Our beef and lamb processing companies and their dedicated staff and farmer suppliers are playing a critical role in this regard. Ensuring that all our food...

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