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Meat sector launches initiative to halve meat waste and cut CO2

The Meat in a Net Zero World initiative has been backed by 38 organisations involved in the production and sale of meat 

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Tulip confirms coronavirus cases at Tipton plant

The pork giant said three people tested positive this week, with 16 additional staff now self-isolating 

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Soaring cost of production threatening future of UK growing sector: report

Labour costs had risen by 34% across the fresh produce sector between 2016 and 2020 and by up to 15% higher during the coronavirus crisis

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Waitrose takes stand against chlorinated chicken

The retailer’s new executive director James Bailey said a move to sell lower-standard imports would be an ‘unacceptable backward step’

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Government consultation to investigate unfair practices in dairy sector

Consultation will consider if compulsory supply contracts will be required following spate of price cuts during coronavirus crisis

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Tesco promotional push on beef cuts helps drive 40% demand increase for steaks

Promotions and the launch of a new brand called The Meat Folk helped to boost sales and tackle carcase balancing concerns

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New bounce back plan ‘vital for improving resilience’ - trade minister

The government’s “bounce back” aims to “turbocharge” food and drink exports

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Thai Union trials AI system to eradicate bad fishing practices

The John West owner claimed the system would provide greater reassurance their tuna was responsibly and ethically caught

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Food & drink industry urges flexibility in Brexit talks to protect supply chains

 A letter to negotatiors said manufacturers could face ‘costly restructuring of supply chains’

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Medina Dairy among processors reversing milk price reductions

Medina Dairy has imposed two separate price increases for farmers supplying it with milk

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UK meat suppliers fear loss of EU exports following Brexit transition

Time was now running out to safeguard future export orders, the BMPA said

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British apple and pear harvests could shrink this year

Difficult conditions caused by volatile weather, the coronavirus crisis and continued issues around labour have all impacted growers

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Government formally rules out Brexit transition extension

It will adopt a phased approach to border controls on EU imports from January, but most checks won’t be introduced until next summer

MSC ad campaign

Over half of UK shoppers shop seafood based on sustainability

The surge in consumer awareness was reflected in a 21% increase in spend on MSC-certified seafood in 2019 to £1.1bn

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Jamie Oliver-backed food standards petition nears one million signatures

The petition was launched after amendments to enshrine UK food standards in law were voted down in the government’s Agriculture Bill

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Dairy farmers to miss out on recovery funds as criteria is changed

The fund will now pay out to those who saw their milk price fall by 25% rather than lost 25% of their income

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Eustice and Truss move to reassure MPs over US chlorinated chicken

It follows reports the UK was ready to accept US imports of lower-standard food under a proposed ‘dual tariff’ regime

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Global meat industry ‘highly vulnerable’ to more pandemics, warns FAIRR

FAIRR concluded 44 of the world’s 60 largest meat, fish and dairy businesses were at ‘high risk’ of both creating another pandemic

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New chlorinated chicken proposals still pose threat to UK sector: BPC

The government is reportedly proposing tariffs on food made to lower standards as part of free-trade negotiations with the US

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Northern Irish business demands six-month delay to Brexit border checks

Indsutry leaders complain of a lack of details and government engagement 

Tulip Manufacturing at Westerleigh

Calls to add skilled abattoir workers to post-Brexit shortage occupation list

Meat processors have warned a 15% shortfall of skilled slaughterhouse labour could worsen without action