Government warned over post-Brexit food tariffs
Feb19

Government warned over post-Brexit food tariffs

Defra and trade organisations have been urged to provide “detailed sector analysis on the impact of tariffs on the UK’s agricultural sectors”. In its report on Brexit’s impact on the food trade, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has warned that reverting to World Trade Organization (WTO) tariffs will have a “significant impact upon agriculture”, with the sheep sector expected to be among the most affected....

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Laura Ryan to leave AHDB Beef & Lamb
Feb16

Laura Ryan to leave AHDB Beef & Lamb

AHDB strategy director for beef and lamb, Laura Ryan, is leaving her position after more than 10 years with the organisation. Ryan is moving on to take up the position of senior lecturer in enterprise and marketing in the business school of a university near her hometown of Darlington. Ryan joined AHDB Beef & Lamb (formerly EBLEX) in 2007 after launching premium beef and lamb brands within a butchery business in the North East of...

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Supermarkets urged to support Scottish lamb at Easter
Feb16

Supermarkets urged to support Scottish lamb at Easter

NFU Scotland has written to all major supermarkets, asking them to commit to supporting the Scottish sheep sector by stocking the highest volumes of Scottish produce possible. Last Easter, an NFU Scotland shelfwatch found that two-thirds of the lamb offered on supermarket shelves was Scottish or British. However, in some stores, the percentage of imported lamb on shelves was well over 50% and as high as 98%. In the letter to...

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Bernard Matthews appoints new CEO
Feb16

Bernard Matthews appoints new CEO

Major poultry producer Bernard Matthews has announced the appointment Chris Just as its new chief executive officer. Just has enjoyed a long career in the meat industry, having initially worked in factory management and as an operations director for several cooked meat businesses. He later led Tranfoods and Parkam Food Group during periods of development and has also served as commercial director at Browns Food Group. Just, who was...

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Pilgrim’s Pride reports strong 2017 performance
Feb16

Pilgrim’s Pride reports strong 2017 performance

Pilgrim’s Pride has ended the 2017 fiscal year with net sales of $10.77 billion, having enjoyed income margins of 11.8% in U.S., 10.6% in Mexico and 3.9% in Europe operations. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation peaked at $1.39 billion, or a 12.9% margin and +54.3% versus last year, excluding Moy Park, while net sales in the fourth quarter reached $2.74 billion (+43.5% versus same quarter last year...

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Meat enjoyed growth during ‘Veganuary’
Feb15

Meat enjoyed growth during ‘Veganuary’

Both fresh primary meat and poultry and fresh processed meat and poultry grew in volume over the 12 weeks to 28th January, with the latter growing faster than the wider grocery market and inflation. According to Kantar Worldpanel, despite the ‘Veganuary’ campaign which took place across one month of the aforementioned period, the majority of households bought more meat and poultry over the period, indicating that any...

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