Relationships with consumers vital for Scottish red meat industry
Aug25

Relationships with consumers vital for Scottish red meat industry

Scotland’s red meat producers and retailers must continue to grow the relationships built during the pandemic in order to keep Scottish brands in consumers’ baskets, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) board member, Louise Welsh. Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) board member, Louise Welsh. Welsh, who also sits on the board of Food Standards Scotland (FSS), says emerging consumer trends, combined with the nation’s revived appreciation...

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UK pork production hits 20 year high in July
Aug20

UK pork production hits 20 year high in July

Pork production in the UK was up 9% year-on-year to reach a 20-year high for July, according to the latest production statistics from Defra. The figures show the UK produced 86,200 tonnes of pig meat in July, 7,300 tonnes more than in July last year. A total of 963,700 clean pigs were processed by UK abattoirs in July, up 6% and slaughter of sows and boars totalled 23,200 head, up 21%. The return of the foodservice market in July also...

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Online sales of fresh meat, fish and poultry up by 99%
Aug06

Online sales of fresh meat, fish and poultry up by 99%

In the four weeks to the 12th July, online sales of fresh meat, fish and poultry doubled year on year to £190 million, according to the latest market data from Kantar. Fresh lamb was the most popular choice during this period, whereas steaks, roasts, chops and mince all attracted more shoppers to drive growth of 38% for the sector in the four week period. Jason Nixon, consumer insight director at Kantar, said: “Retirees are a key...

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Tulip unveils plans to reopen Bromborough site
Aug05

Tulip unveils plans to reopen Bromborough site

Tulip Ltd has revealed that plans to reopen its Bromborough site will be supported by a £15 million investment into its facilities, as well as a recruitment drive which will create over 120 jobs. Production at the Merseyside plant begins later this month and the investment will see an introduction of food manufacturing technology and equipment, with Tulip aiming to make the site a centre of excellence for the UK’s fresh pork...

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Revenue from co-products influencing farmgate prices
Jul27

Revenue from co-products influencing farmgate prices

Slaughtering and processing red meat inevitably leads to the production of what are sometimes referred to as co-products which can create both revenue and cost for the processing sector, according to the latest market commentary by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). These co-products include both edible and inedible offals, skins and hides and some products classified as ‘Specified Risk Materials’ meaning their sale and disposal is strictly...

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HCC’s beef and lamb campaign reaches a million consumers
Jul24

HCC’s beef and lamb campaign reaches a million consumers

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has revealed that its promotional campaign for PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef, which was launched during lockdown, reached over a million consumers. The campaign was launched in March as a result of the closure of important outlets for premium meats such as hotels and restaurants, together with panic-buying of cheaper products such as mince, in order to encourage consumers to cook more...

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