Karro Food Group sold to investment firm

Karro Food Group, the North Yorkshire-based pork processor, has been acquired by investment firm CapVest for an undisclosed sum

Karro, which employs over 3,000 staff across seven sites in the UK, was acquired by investment firm Endless from VION in January 2013.

Its operation in Cookstown County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, is the largest single pig processing plant in the UK and Ireland, with 1.2 million pigs processed annually.

Executive chair Di Walker, and the rest of the Karro management team are expected to remain with the business following completion of the new deal.

Jason Rodrigues, the managing director of CapVest, said: “Karro is a great fit with CapVest’s overall investment strategy. The group has established a leading position in the processing and sale of British pork for which we believe the long-term fundamentals are very strong.

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Test-tube chicken meat unveiled

The world’s first test-tube chicken meat has been unveiled by scientists who hope to start supplying supermarkets within four years.

Memphis Meats founders Dr Uma Valeti and Dr Nicholas Genovese allowed food experts to sample their southern fried chicken recipe at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Although other companies have successfully created beef, it is the first time scientists have successfully grown poultry meat from stem cells. They also created duck meat.

“It is thrilling to introduce the first chicken and duck that didn’t require raising animals. This is a historic moment for the clean meat movement,” said Dr Valeti, the CEO of Memphis Meats.

Full story: The Telegraph


Dawn Meats in for Dunbia

Dawn Meats is being lined up to take over Dunbia

It’s understood the Waterford-based company is close to making an offer for the firm, formerly known as Dungannon Meats.

Dunbia is run by brothers Jim and Jack Dobson and employs nearly 4,000 people around the world. Annual sales are around £787million.

Discussions between the two companies are thought to have been taking place for around six months.

It’s understood the latest development involves the rest of the business as insiders say the brothers may be seeking to sell the business to prepare for their retirement.

Dawn Meats is part of Arrow Group, owned by the Queally brothers from Waterford, and their business partner Dan Browne. It is led by chief executive Niall Browne, Dan Browne’s son.

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Caernarfon abattoir shuts down

A Caernarfon abattoir is to shut down for up to eight weeks while it grapples with a shortage of livestock.

Some 40 full-time and temporary staff will be laid off temporarily at Menai Meats Wales from March 17.

Plant manager Muhammad Ali said the lay-off was disappointing but inevitable given the abattoir’s supply issues.

“It’s just a seasonal situation where we can’t get enough livestock to justify the cost of staying open,” he said.

“Located where we are, we must get stock from where we can and it’s costly to bring them in, so we have decided to close down for six to eight weeks.

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Huge fire breaks out at meat plant

Firefighters are tackling a “significant” blaze at the McKechnie Jess meat processing factory in Inverclyde.

The fire broke out on Wednesday around 3.20am.

Fire crews were still at the scene hours later with the roof of the factory reportedly collapsing.

Around 30 firefighters and six appliances attended the scene of the meat manufacturer to try and tackle the blaze. No casualties have been reported.

Red meat reduces risk of depression

Women who reduce lamb and beef in their diets are more likely to suffer depression, according to the new study.

Experts admitted surprise at the findings because so many other studies have linked red meat to physical health risks.

The team made the link after a study of 1000 Australian women.

Professor Felice Jacka, who led the research by Deakin University, Victoria, said: “We had originally thought that red meat might not be good for mental health but it turns out that it actually may be quite important.

“When we looked at women consuming less than the recommended amount of red meat in our study, we found that they were twice as likely to have a diagnosed depressive or anxiety disorder as those consuming the recommended amount.

“Even when we took into account the overall healthiness of the women’s diets, as well as other factors such as their socioeconomic status, physical activity levels, smoking, weight and age, the relationship between low red meat intake and mental health remained.

“Interestingly, there was no relationship between other forms of protein, such as chicken, pork, fish or plant-based proteins, and mental health. Vegetarianism was not the explanation either. Only nineteen women in the study were vegetarians, and the results were the same when they were excluded from the study analyses.”

Full story: The Telegraph

Danish Crown buys Leivers Brothers

Foodservice business Leivers Brothers Ltd in Nottingham has been acquired by global meat processing company, Danish Crown Group.

Founded in 1880, Leivers Brothers Ltd has been a supplier of bacon, fresh meat, cheese, sausages and cold cuts to butchers, restaurants and canteens for many decades.

Danish Crown has a base in and around London and Manchester, and foodservice has been part of the business in the UK since 2014. The acquisition of Leivers Brothers Ltd will see business expand into the Midlands.

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Co-op in Wales commits to PGI Welsh lamb and beef

From May this year, the Co-op will stock more than 30 lines of own-branded PGI Welsh Lamb and Beef.

The move represents a near doubling in the volume of Welsh meat available in Welsh stores compared to just over 12 months ago.

Wyn Evans, NFU Cymru Livestock Board Chairman,  applauded this announcement from the Co-op.

“It is clear that consumers have an appetite for PGI Welsh Lamb and Beef and it is refreshing that the Co-op is listening to its customers and moving to meet this demand.

“I’d also like to commend the Co-op for committing to 100% British bacon, lamb, beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages and turkey.

This news is a welcome tonic at a time when Brexit is raising doubts about long-term access to the Single Market and there are fears about foreign meat imports.

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UK remains an important market for Irish beef despite Brexit

The UK will remain an important market for Irish beef, regardless of Brexit, according to Padraig Brennan, Director of International Markets with Bord Bia.

He said that Bord Bia is looking at what it and Ireland needs to do in light of Brexit.

“Some 37pc of Irish food and drink exports go to the UK. It is not a market that we are going to give up on.”

Speaking in Dubai at Gulfoods, one of the world’s largest food fairs, where 21 Irish companies are showcasing their produce, he said that the shape of a new trading environment with the UK is not known and it will take considerable time for this to emerge.

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UK lamb exports boost

UK lamb will soon be back on dinner plates across Kuwait following a new deal worth up to £15 million, Food Minister George Eustice announced today.

The re-opened trade route was announced during the minister’s visit to the Gulf to promote British food and drink and strengthen the UK’s trading relationship with this rapidly growing market.

Three major UK suppliers are already set to benefit from the five-year deal – with shipments prepped to leave soon.

The UK exported £625 million worth of food and drink to the region last year, including £80 million of cereal and £22 million of cheese.

Food Minister George Eustice said:

British lamb has a fantastic reputation around the world for its taste and quality and I’m delighted this export success will now be available for diners in Kuwait.

This move to re-open the market for UK-produced lamb is another example of how we are working hard to tap into international markets and build stronger relationships with trading partners around the world.

Total lamb exports from the UK reached £330 million in 2016, up from £300m the previous year, and this latest deal is a further boost to government’s commitment to open more international markets.

The trade mission included a visit to Gulfood in Dubai, where cereal brand Mornflake from Cheshire and a mozzarella producer from Durham were among around 100 UK food and drink companies exhibiting at the world’s largest annual trade show.

Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of export trade development at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) said:

We have found for some time a high level of appetite from Kuwaiti importers and distributors for British lamb and are delighted to be able at last to supply this market.

We are committed to expanding sales of meat and dairy products in the Gulf region and support the Government’s export work. Our presence at the important Gulfood exhibition with meat and dairy stands testifies our willingness to grow sales and open new markets.

As part of the minister’s visit he witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding allowing greater collaboration between the UK government and Gulf on projects in aquaculture, fisheries, climate change and marine environments. The first was with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the second was with the Gulf-wide Regional Organisation for Protection of the Marine Environment.