The top 10 stories on Meat Management in 2015

The top 10 stories on Meat Management in 2015

With 2016 nearly upon us, the Meat Management team decided to look back on the year and reveal the top 10 most-read stories on the website. So what were you interested in and what news did your peers click on more than any other?

(Just click on the headlines to go to the original story)

In ascending order…

Morrisons store

10)    Morrisons announces new category director for meat

Back in June, we announced that Tom Richardson would be the new category director for meat at Morrisons. He was previously the meat category manager at Coles – Australia’s second largest supermarket group.

9)    A. K. Stoddart announces staged sale to private investors

In November, Neil Stoddart agreed to a staged sale of Scottish beef processing company, A.K. Stoddart Ltd, to a small consortium of private investors.

8)    Dunbia and Shannon Meats announce a joint venture to increase export drive

Meat processor, Dunbia, announced a joint venture agreement with Dutch based meat company, Shannon Meats, back in May.

Jim Dobson (r) chief executive, Dunbia pictured with Ronnie Bosma, chief executive, Shannon Meats.

Jim Dobson (pictured right) chief executive, Dunbia alongside Ronnie Bosma, chief executive of Shannon Meats. A story that got you clicking.

7)    Karro Food Group to invest £10 million into processing and production

In March, Karro Food Group, one of the leading suppliers of British pork into the retail, trade and foodservice industries, announced a £10m investment into processing and production across its operations.

6)    Tesco to close its HQ and 43 stores as price wars hot up between multiples

In January, Tesco made the decision to close its Cheshunt HQ, moving it to Welwyn Garden City, and 43 stores despite better than anticipated Christmas sales.

5)    Moy Park sold for $1.5 billion

It was revealed in June that Brazilian business, JBS, was to purchase chicken giant, Moy Park, in a $1.5billion deal, giving the world’s biggest meat company a significant presence in Europe.

Moy Park compressed

4)    Tulip set to revitalise canned meat category with the UK’s first pulled pork offering

In February, Tulip Ltd developed a pulled pork product aiming to bring a real point of difference to the traditional canned meat category.

3)   Staff from Thirsk abattoir under investigation for cruelty

Four staff from Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse in Thirsk, north Yorkshire, had their operating licences suspended in February after hidden cameras filmed alleged mistreatment of animals.

2)    Bill Parker, director of Randall Parker Food Group has died

One of the meat industry’s giants, Bill Parker, a director and one of the founders of the Randall Parker Food Group, sadly passed away in February.


Drumroll please…


1)    2015 Meat Management Industry Award winners revealed

The most-read story on the website in 2015 was the announcement of the 2015 Meat Management Industry Awards winners in July. The ceremony brought together the top names in the UK meat industry to reward the best products, people, services and suppliers in the business, as voted for by readers of Meat Management magazine and judged by industry experts.


Group shot of winners from the MM Awards 2015

The most clicked story of 2015 was the announcement of the Meat Management Industry Awards results – pictured here all the winners enjoying the acclaim.

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