Prime cattle prices remain at high level
Sep07

Prime cattle prices remain at high level

Scottish prime cattle finishers have seen a recovery in market returns and are experiencing some of the highest farmgate prices for many years, according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Only twice in the past decade, in 2013 and 2017, have farmgate cattle prices been higher at this time of year than they currently are. This is despite the low point for market returns in April as a result of the...

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British consumers turning to steaks and roast dinners
Sep04

British consumers turning to steaks and roast dinners

In the 12-week period to the 9th August, consumers in the UK have spent over half a billion pounds on beef which has helped offset the loss of business in the eating out sector due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to the latest data from Kantar. Total retail sales were £522.7 million, up 19.3% on the same period last year, with consumers purchasing a total of 65,000 tonnes of beef, up 16.2%. Larger households and families with...

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Strong increase in retail beef sales
Aug03

Strong increase in retail beef sales

During the 12 weeks ending 12th July 2020, retail sales of primary beef in the UK were valued at £526.8 million, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland’s (LMC).   Referencing data from Kantar, the total value of consumer spend on beef was up 23.8%  from £401.1 million in the corresponding period in 2019. According to the data, this strong increase in the value of retail beef sales is due to the impact...

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Dawn Meats takes full control of UK joint venture
Jul30

Dawn Meats takes full control of UK joint venture

Following the announcement of Jim Dobson’s retirement, Dawn Meats will take full control of the Dunbia business that was jointly established in 2017, after the merger of their combined operations. The business in the UK will continue to trade under the Dunbia brand and the same management team, offering customers regionally sourced solutions for both beef and lamb from 12 processing facilities across Scotland, England, Wales and...

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Bord Bia and John Chantarasak launch ‘Steaks by Fire’ campaign
Jul16

Bord Bia and John Chantarasak launch ‘Steaks by Fire’ campaign

In response to a carcase imbalance and a significantly challenged foodservice sector, the ‘Steaks by Fire’ campaign has been developed by Bord Bia, grass-fed Irish beef and chef John Chantarasak to spark interest in premium steak cuts, enhance consumer steak cooking skills and support the Irish beef industry with BBQ recipe inspiration. John Chantarasak of AngloThai, and most recently appeared on The Great British Menu, has...

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Research highlights consumer demand for beef and lamb during lockdown
Jul16

Research highlights consumer demand for beef and lamb during lockdown

New briefing papers published this week by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has shown that the lamb and beef industry in Wales has adjusted well to the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, but a risk of further instability remains. The three briefing papers draw on information from a wide range of sources and research, and look at consumer behaviour, export disruption, and the prospects for reopening the eating-out sector...

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