Failure to prioritise meat workers for vaccine risks food shortages, warns BMPA
Jan11

Failure to prioritise meat workers for vaccine risks food shortages, warns BMPA

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is again calling on Government to place frontline workers in meat factories on the list of early vaccine recipients to avoid potential food shortages. The risk of a more rapid spread of the virus amongst key workers, coupled with expected disruption of food supplies at our ports as the full effects of Brexit begin to unfold, pose a severe challenge to the industry and to the smooth...

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Bumper Christmas period sees record demand for groceries
Jan05

Bumper Christmas period sees record demand for groceries

Despite tightening Covid-19 restrictions across the country, December proved to be the busiest month on record for supermarkets with shoppers spending £11.7 billion on take-home groceries according to the latest market commentary from Kantar. Changing tier restrictions, Brexit negotiations and reports of delays at Dover meant Brits shopped earlier than normal and the busiest day of the year was 21st December, when 15 million...

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Meat trade looks toward bumper Christmas
Dec08

Meat trade looks toward bumper Christmas

Around 42% of Britons have said that they are pushing to make this the best Christmas in memory as November became the biggest month ever for the grocery market, according to new research from Kantar. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “Many people have begun the countdown to Christmas 2020 already, using more time at home to go big on festive revelry. Sales of turkeys, both whole birds and...

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Beef sales in Britain boost Welsh farmers
Dec02

Beef sales in Britain boost Welsh farmers

Retail sales of beef in Britain have grown by more than 12% to a total of £551million in the 12 weeks to November, according to the latest data from consumer research specialists Kantar Worldpanel. Overall, during the first ten months of 2020, British retailers have sold 14.6% more beef than last year in terms of volume, with sales of premium cuts such as steaks up even more (18.5%). In 2019, 53.1% of beef bought by retail consumers...

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UK vets face triple whammy as Brexit transition looms, says BVA
Nov30

UK vets face triple whammy as Brexit transition looms, says BVA

The UK veterinary profession is facing a triple whammy of Covid, Brexit and exotic disease, according to a new report from the British Veterinary Association (BVA). BVA president, James Russell. Image: BVA. The report assesses the readiness of the UK and raises serious questions around veterinary capacity and infrastructure just weeks from the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December. As the UK and EU continue to negotiate...

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Cranswick records growth despite Covid-19 setbacks
Nov26

Cranswick records growth despite Covid-19 setbacks

One of the UK’s largest meat processors, Cranswick, has recorded a growth of sales of 21% to £931.6 million despite feeling the force of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the year. Adam Couch, Cranswick CEO. A number of Cranswick sites were forced to close earlier this year as a result of the pandemic, with other sites also recording outbreaks as recently as October. However, in its unaudited results for the 26 weeks ended 26th...

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