Northern Ireland set to scrap food craft apprenticeships
Jan22

Northern Ireland set to scrap food craft apprenticeships

The Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC) says it is concerned by Northern Ireland’s proposed plans to scrap specific apprenticeships for butchers, brewers, bakers and fishmongers and replace them with a single, cluster qualification. The organisation told Meat Management it sees the move as a very regressive step.  FTC chief executive, Bill Jermey, has warned that the new ‘food operative’ apprentices will be...

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HCC to test Welsh lamb in new research programme
Jan22

HCC to test Welsh lamb in new research programme

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is leading a five-year red meat development programme to assess, develop and enhance the quality of Welsh lamb. Nearly 2,000 UK consumers will be used to ensure PGI Welsh lamb maintains standards and quality. The tasters’ will help HCC test supply chain practices, check for meat quality variation and build a programme that will seek to ensure consistency by identifying and influencing...

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Industry group tackles food fraud through intelligence
Jan21

Industry group tackles food fraud through intelligence

On the anniversary of the horsemeat scandal, the Food Industry Intelligence Network (FIIN) reports it has doubled its membership and data pool. The Network aims to use the intelligence it gathers to understand where food fraud risks can be found in the UK food and drink industry. Since reporting first commenced, FIIN has collated over 250,000 product authenticity test results, which have been analysed and disseminated between members...

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HCC to give couples free meals to celebrate St. Dwynwen’s Day
Jan21

HCC to give couples free meals to celebrate St. Dwynwen’s Day

In order to promote Welsh meat, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales and Menter Moch Cymru are offering couples from across Wales a free three-course meal for St. Dwynwen’s Day. The event is set to take place at Pitch Cardiff restaurant, with the aim of introducing new people to the meat that is produced in Wales. As part of the Porc.Wales brand, the event coincides with the second annual Porc from Wales Week, which is running...

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Avara Foods records £13.7m profit
Jan20

Avara Foods records £13.7m profit

Avara Foods has published its results to May 2019, with a turnover of £1.1bn and profit for the year of £13.7m. In a statement released by Avara, the results come during a year when the new business, a joint venture between Cargill and Faccenda, was ‘focused on integrating effectively and setting a clear direction.’ The statement attributed the success to ‘new, long term investment (£15m) in facilities and automation which improved...

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Fibrous casings market to grow steadily
Jan20

Fibrous casings market to grow steadily

The fibrous casings market is expected to grow by over 4%, double the growth of the overall casings market, according to a report by Fact.MR.   The surge in growth has been attributed to an increase in processed meat consumption globally, thereby generating a significant demand from processed meat providers. Fibrous casings are most commonly used across the processed meat industry due to their consistency in shape retention and...

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