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Daily Update

12th April

Includes SITE SECURITY – PLEASE READ, UK Export Academy webinars, AIMS Friday Insights – Cyber Security report (Please Read), From the Republic of Ireland, Update Shorts from QMS, and Canadians to invest in growing protein in space

Quick Read: To read Norman’s latest Meat Management column: Click Here

 

Site Security

 

This was posted on YouTube late Wednesday evening: Click Here

 

As you can see the gatehouse is engaged in conversation about vehicle movements onto the site. In addition they also try to engage staff in conversations. We know that they are offering staff money to take covert cameras on site and to place them in areas such as the kill or CO₂ chambers. 

 

I have asked Roythornes if it is possible for more stringent bail conditions to be applied to him to prohibit him being in the vicinity of any abattoir. This their view and advice:

 

Just watching the video as I type. This guy is unbelievable.  

 

I am not an expert in this but this is what I think the position is – I’ve done this quickly as I suspect there is some urgency to this.

 

The answer is yes you can but…

 

In order for more stringent bail conditions to be put in place I think Morrisons would need to contact the police. Explain in detail what is going on and how he has moved his attention from Cranswick to them.  Show them the video. Explain how he is harassing staff, continuously swearing and being inflammatory (even swearing in public is a public order offence), the filming could be reconnaissance for his next undercover film etc.  Woodheads should explain that this is the same man who is on bail (with conditions) as a result of alleged offences committed at Cranswick.  That they are very concerned he is just looking for his next “victim” and if something isn’t done it will be them.  The police should then take it up with the CPS and it is the CPS (I think in the Cranswick case) or if the police arrest him again now for a different offence (e.g. a public order offence), the CPS in that new case,  who can apply for more stringent conditions.  

 

“Variation of court bail 

Where a court has granted bail, the prosecutor may apply to the magistrates’ court for conditions:

  • of bail to be varied 

  • to be imposed where unconditional bail was granted 

 

Any bail conditions that the prosecutor recommends must be: 

  • specific 

  • justifiable 

  • likely to be effective 

  • capable of being enforced”

 

I think there would be a good shout that you could get a condition precluding him from going near any abattoir – given his conduct.

 

In the film he asks: “is that how you enter in here?  We’ll keep that in mind for the next investigation”  “thanks mate, thanks for letting us see all that in there and gather our intelligence. I’ll tell your boss that you just let us see all of that”

 

If that isn’t evidence he is intending to illegally enter those premises I don’t know what is.  Woodheads MUST draw the police’s attention to that.

 

He is aggressive with staff. That’s harassment.

 

I would also say that he lied to the police when they turned up (and boy is he obnoxious with them!)  because when asked what he was doing he said lawful protest when actually his own comments in his own film confirm that he was planning his way in for his next investigation.

 

We have shared this view with the Metropolitan Police as they have oversight for protests in areas such as the food supply chain.

 

Polite suggestion. Why not put his picture up in the gatehouse and advise staff not to speak with him.

 

Also we know he is offering site workers cash to embed cameras at the moment.

 

Click here for a picture of him. He has the word Vegan tattooed behind his right ear Click Here and usually wears a black hoodie and has a small black back pack with him. He generally wears a baseball cap.

 

His Hoody may have the word ‘Pignorant’ on it.

 

We do, at the very least advise sites he turns up at to ask the police to attend.

 

Also a reminder. Click here for a picture of former abattoir worker turned Vegan activist Doug Maw who tries to get jobs at abattoirs in order to embed cameras

 

UK Export Academy Webinars

 

Explore new markets through getting your Food and Drink products Halal certified: Click Here

 

Tuesday 28th May at 2:30pm 

 

Speakers include Dr Amer Rashid Technical Director, Halal Certification Organisation Ltd who are AIMS Supplier Members

 

Amer facilitates Halal Certification in the UK, Europe, Asia and GCC countries.

 

To register to attend: Click Here

 

NOTE: If you are not registered with UK Export Academy you will need to do so in order to attend this event and others. Registration is free: Click Here

 

Members exporting to the EU may also be interested in this webinar What is the EU Packaging Directive, and what do you need to know about it? Click Here

 

AIMS Friday Insights: Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2024: Click Here

 

For this latest release, the quantitative survey was carried out in winter 2023/24 and the qualitative element in early 2024.

 

Key findings

 

Half of businesses (50%) and around a third of charities (32%) report having experienced some form of cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months. This is much higher for medium businesses (70%), large businesses (74%) and high-income charities with £500,000 or more in annual income (66%).

 

By far the most common type of breach or attack is phishing (84% of businesses and 83% of charities). This is followed, to a much lesser extent, by others impersonating organisations in emails or online (35% of businesses and 37% of charities) and then viruses or other malware (17% of businesses and 14% of charities).

 

Among those identifying any breaches or attacks, we estimate the single most disruptive breach from the last 12 months cost each business, of any size, an average of approximately £1,205. For medium and large businesses, this was approximately £10,830. 

 

Risk management and supply chains

 

Businesses are more likely than charities to take actions to identify cyber risks. Larger businesses (defined as medium and large businesses as opposed to smaller business that cover micro and small business) are the most advanced in this regard.

 

31% of businesses and 26% of charities have undertaken cyber security risk assessments in the last year - rising to 63% of medium businesses and 72% of large businesses.

 

A third of businesses (33%) deployed security monitoring tools, rising to 63% of medium businesses and 71% of large businesses. The proportion was lower among charities (23%).

 

Around four in ten businesses (43%) and a third of charities (34%) report being insured against cyber security risks rising to 62% of medium businesses and 54% of large businesses (i.e. cyber insurance is more common in medium businesses than large ones). Compared to the 2023 survey, the proportion of businesses with some form of insurance has increased from 37% to 43%, while the proportion has remained stable among charities.

 

Just over one in ten businesses say they review the risks posed by their immediate suppliers (11%, vs. 9% of charities). More medium businesses (28%) and large businesses (48%) review immediate supplier risks.

 

The qualitative interviews suggest that organisations have an increasing awareness of the cyber security risks posed by supply chains. Despite this, organisations, particularly at the smaller end, tend to have limited formal procedures in place to manage cyber risks from wider supply chains.

 

Four in ten businesses (41%) and charities (39%) report seeking information or guidance on cyber security from outside their organisation in the past year, most commonly from external cyber security consultants, IT consultants or IT service providers. The figure for businesses is lower than in 2023 (49%), while there has been no change among charities.

 

13% of businesses and 18% of charities are aware of the 10 Steps guidance - rising to 37% of medium businesses and 44% of large businesses. Nevertheless, 39% of businesses and 32% of charities have taken action on 5 or more of the 10 Steps. This is much more common in medium businesses (80%) and large businesses (91%). Just 3% of businesses and charities have enacted all 10 Steps, increasing to 14% of medium businesses and 27% of large businesses.

 

12% of businesses and 11% of charities are aware of the Cyber Essentials scheme, consistent with 2023 but representing a decline over last 2-3 years. Awareness is higher among medium businesses (43%) and large businesses (59%). Although only 3% of businesses and charities report adhering to Cyber Essentials, a higher proportion (22% of businesses and 14% of charities) report having technical controls in all five of the areas covered by Cyber Essentials.

 

Formal incident response plans are not widespread (22% of businesses and 19% of charities have them). This rises to 55% of medium-sized businesses, 73% of large businesses and 50% of high-income charities.

 

External reporting of breaches remains uncommon. Among those identifying breaches or attacks, 34% of businesses and 37% of charities reported their most disruptive breach outside their organisation. Many of these cases simply involve organisations reporting breaches to their external cyber security or IT providers and no one else.

 

An estimated 22% of businesses and 14% of charities have experienced cyber-crime in the last 12 months, rising to 45% of medium businesses, 58% of large businesses and 37% of high-income charities. Looked at another way, among the 50% businesses and 32% of charities identifying any cyber security breaches or attacks, just over two-fifths (44% for businesses and 42% for charities) ended up being victims of cyber-crime.

 

Phishing is by far the most common type of cyber-crime in terms of prevalence (90% of businesses and 94% of charities who experienced at least one type of cyber-crime). The least commonly identified types of cyber-crime are ransomware and denial of service attacks (2% or less of businesses and charities who experienced cyber-crime in each case). When removing phishing-related cyber-crimes, we estimate that 3% of businesses and 2% of charities have experienced at least one non-phishing cyber-crime in the last 12 months.

 

A total of 3% of businesses and 1% of charities have been victims of fraud as a result of cyber-crime. The proportion is higher among large businesses (7%).

 

We estimate that UK businesses have experienced approximately 7.78 million cyber-crimes of all types and approximately 116,000 non-phishing cyber-crimes in the last 12 months. For UK charities, the estimate is approximately 924,000 cyber-crimes of all types in the last 12 months. It should be noted that these estimates of scale will have a relatively wide margin of error.

 

The average (mean) annual cost of cyber-crime for businesses is estimated at approximately £1,120 per victim (this excludes crimes where the only activity was phishing).

 

AIMS Recommends: 

  • Reading the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidance: 10 Steps to Cyber Security: Click Here

  • Consider Cyber Essentials which helps you to guard your organisation against cyber-attack: Click Here

  • Speak with a NCSC cyber advisor. This is a scheme that assures organisations to provide general cyber security advice and support to a broad range of UK organisations: Click Here

  • Take some time to visit the NCSC website: Click Here

 

It is our view that as abattoirs tighten their site security against activist groups that these tech savvy organisations will be looking at other ways to disrupt businesses and the meat & poultry supply chain. It is highly likely that they are looking at cyber-attacks.

 

From the Republic of Ireland

 

Minister McConalogue announces opening of a new €15m National Sheep Welfare Scheme: Click Here

 

The scheme will operate in 2024 with a budget of €15m. Participants in the NSWS will be required to complete two actions to receive the full payment of €8 per ewe. The scheme consists of four possible measures, equally applicable to upland and lowland flocks, and grouped into two categories as follows:

 

  • Category A – shearing or body condition scoring of ewes;

  • Category B – clostridial vaccination of ewes (or lambs if ewes are already vaccinated) or plunge dipping of ewes.

 

Scheme applications, which must be submitted before 23.59 on Tuesday  21st May 2024.

 

We also read that the Irish Government’s Green Public Procurement now includes 10% organic target: Click Here

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Thursday 11th April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

To read the Envantage Monthly Energy Report for March 2024: Click Here

 

Earlier this week we attended the Envantage UK Energy Markets Monthly - their review of energy markets, plus a Summer Outlook for energy markets. To watch a playback of the webinar: Click Here

 

Update Shorts from QMS 

 

Quality Meat Scotland drives innovation within the butchery sector: Click Here

 

Muddling through the wet weather with meat, not mud, pies: Click Here

 

And Finally… As its Friday…

 

Food and space travel – The final frontier: Click Here

 

The Canadian Space Agency and Impact Canada have awarded the C$380,000 Deep Space Food Challenge grand prize to Ecoation and Maia Farms. 

 

The companies’ CANGrow food system was selected from among four finalists in phase 3 of the competition.

 

From the Maia Farms website: Built on technology originally designed for growing food on the moon, Maia™ Farms is here to nourish life. Maia produces a globally accessible superior protein for food manufacturers that significantly improves taste and texture: Click Here

 

To visit the Ecoation website: Click Here

 

And to visit the CANGrow website: Click Here

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11th April

Includes New International Trade Director, Retail crime crackdown, AIMS Insights Extra – Basic Income for Farmers, FSA Food & You 2 update, and EU Dairy

Quick Read: British farmers demand universal basic income to prevent bankruptcy in wake of Brexit: Click Here

Also see AIMS Insights Extra below

 

New Director of International Trade Development announced

 

AHDB have appointed Richard Hampton as our new International Trade Development Director.

 

Mr Hampton will take up his position from Monday 3rd June and lead the AHDB International Trade Development team’s work with the Government and industry to optimise global growth opportunities on behalf of its levy payers.

 

To read the announcement in full: Click Here

 

Prime Minister launches retail crime crackdown: Click Here

 

Assaulting a retail worker to be made a standalone criminal offence.

 

Serial or abusive shoplifters will face tougher punishments as the Prime Minister sets out tough new action to crack down on retail crime and protect UK highstreets.

 

Assaulting a retail worker will be made a standalone criminal offence, sending a clear message that there will be tough consequences for this unacceptable behaviour. 

 

Perpetrators could be sent to prison for up to six months, receive an unlimited fine and be banned from going back to the shop where they committed their crimes, with Criminal Behaviour Orders barring them visiting specific premises. Breaching an order is also a criminal offence and carries a five-year maximum prison sentence. For the most serious cases of assault, such as causing grievous bodily harm with intent, offenders could face a life sentence.

 

AIMS Insights Extra – Sowing the Seeds of Stability

 

A new report, Sowing the seeds of stability has been published by a new lobby group called Basic Income for Farmers 

 

The report draws on four sessions with farmers and growers about their lived experience and research on basic income and the UK farming sector. It outlines the current challenges in UK farming, how a basic income could uniquely meet the needs of farmers and perhaps most importantly, lays out the key areas and big questions the work to date has highlighted that should form the basis of further work.

 

At a glance:

  • The problems faced in UK farming are often underpinned by inadequate incomes for farmers.

  • Based on this work so far, it appears that part of the solution could be a basic income for farmers. In this report, using our research into UK farming and evidence on basic income, we identify the ways this policy is particularly fit for purpose.

  • The report draws centrally upon interviews with 18 farmers and growers around the potential impact of a basic income on the UK farming sector.

  • While this discussion paper we believe there is a strong case made for a basic income for farmers, it also clearly identifies areas for further work towards the design of the policy, to ensure its effective and equitable implementation.

 

Below are some extracts which shows the tone of the report’s content

 

There is a critical and immediate imperative to champion a more impactful, democratic vision for the future of our food system in the UK. One that ensures a fair livelihood for our food producers and motivates them to cultivate high quality, nourishing, and ecologically regenerative foods. Achieving this calls for substantial public investment in the foundational infrastructure of food and farming, accounting for the entire supply chain.

 

The true cost of food includes enough to sustain farming businesses and provide a decent livelihood to farmers. However, pressure in the UK to drive down prices has led to precarious supply chains, unpredictable procurement and farmers whose health and well-being is negatively affected by their work.

 

When considering what a healthy economy looks like, few elements are as fundamental and indispensable as farming and food production. The people who do the work that feeds us all face challenges that are as diverse as the crops they nurture and livestock they raise. Some of these challenges are inherent to their work and some are due to dysfunctions in how the profits of their labour are distributed.

 

… farmers have to absorb the often unpredictable costs of food production, further undermining their economic security. The costs of fuel and electricity, purchasing and maintaining equipment, and procuring inputs such as livestock feed, seeds and fertilisers are all fronted by farmers themselves. These costs can be highly unpredictable, with recent inflationary increases providing a stark example of this. In an environment of highly volatile costs and consistently low economic returns, many farm businesses are struggling to stay afloat.

 

…farming is an economy of its own, that is dictated by the material need for food, the natural environment and the crops and livestock it produces. It cannot be bent into shape by the wider UK economy and policy should acknowledge this.

 

…the cheap food production system serves healthy food to very few people; it primarily serves agrifood businesses – from agricultural input manufacturers to big retailers – with comfy profit margins.61 These profits come at the expense of the health of farmers, food workers, consumers, and the environment. Support is required for farmers to make the transition to food systems that serve everyone, but current economic assistance is woefully inadequate

 

To read the report in full: Click Here

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Wednesday 10th April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

FSA’s flagship survey shows food affordability concerns have risen: Click Here

 

Key findings 

  • 88% of respondents reported that they were confident that the food they buy is safe to eat 

  • 55% of respondents said they were ‘highly concerned’ about the affordability of food, with a further 34% saying they were ‘somewhat concerned’ (a combined total of 89%) 

  • 80% of respondents reported that they had made a change to their eating habits for financial reasons in the previous 12 months. The most common changes were eating out less (49%), eating at home more (45%), eating fewer takeaways (44%) and buying items on special offer more (44%) 

  • Some respondents reported an increase in risky food safety behaviours due to financial reasons: 21% kept leftovers for longer before eating, 21% had eaten food past its use-by date more and 6% changed the setting on the fridge/freezer

  • Of respondents who reported having a food concern (28%), the most common concerns related to food production methods (33%), nutrition and health (30%), and the quality of food (23%) 

  • 68% of respondents reported that they had confidence in the food supply chain 

 

To read the report in full: Click Here

 

And Finally… EU dairy product availability: supplies tightened in Q4: Click Here

 

Key points:

  • Lower production and improved exports drove available supplies lower

  • Exports to China improved for butter and cheese

  • Demand from MENA, US and China boosted EU exports

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10th April

Includes from the Levy Boards, Disability at work, AIMS’ Midweek Insight – TRA, Brazilian Pork Meat Market and Milk deliveries

Quick Read: Poultry gains traction as overall meat consumption declines: Click Here

 

From QMS: Should I still eat red meat? - Click Here

 

Extract: The topic of diet and nutrition has always attracted a polarised debate – one day something is healthy to eat, the next it’s not. One of the foods most affected by this is red meat. But now the tide seems to be turning.

 

A new study published in the highly respected American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that switching to plant-based diets appears to put us at risk of nutrient deficiencies. Looking at the findings of 56 international studies, the scientists from University College Cork in Ireland found that intakes of zinc, calcium, and vitamins A, B12 and D all fell below recommended levels when animal foods were removed from the diet. These nutrients are crucial for things like growth, immune function, eye health and bone strength. 

 

The authors commented: “We found evidence that diets aiming to reduce environmental impact can result in lower intakes and status of key micronutrients”.

 

From HCC: Pointers suggest future price stability in Beef market: Click Here

 

Extract: The latest data suggests Welsh beef production is likely to see medium term price stability because supply is expected to tighten, Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) experts anticipate.

 

Statistics from British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) shows that the GB breeding herd stood at 2.7 million head in January 2024 - almost two per cent lower than January 2023 and a notable six per cent smaller when compared to January 2021.

 

However, in the short term, numbers may temporarily increase- and possibly impact on farmgate prices- before the expected tightening brings greater stability later in 2024.

 

New guide published to help businesses boost disabled people’s prospects at work: Click Here

 

A new Disability Confident guide for managers helping them recruit, retain, and foster the progression of disabled people and those with health conditions in the workplace has been published  by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

 

To read the new guide: Click Here

 

Update Short

 

Ruminant Health & Welfare April newsletter: Click Here

 

AIMS Midweek Insight – The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA)

 

Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) publishes plan to strengthen UK’s global trade position: Click Here

 

The TRA is an arm’s length body of the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). As part of the UK trading system’s infrastructure, they support the DBT’s priority to support economic security by defending free trade and standing up to protectionism.

 

Their three-year strategy is aimed at defending the UK from unfair trading practices and strengthening Britain’s position on the global stage: Click Here

 

Actions that the TRA may take include:

 

Dumping investigations: Dumping occurs when goods are imported into a country and sold there at a price that is below their normal value in the country of export. We assess whether dumping is causing or threatening material injury to UK business. 

 

How we carry out a dumping investigation: Click Here

 

Subsidy investigations: A subsidy is any financial aid provided by a government or other party to a producer or seller of a good or service that is designed to increase competitiveness. We assess whether subsidised imports are causing or threatening material injury to UK business.

 

How we carry out a subsidy investigation: Click Here

 

Safeguard investigations: Safeguard measures are defined as emergency actions taken in response to a sharply increased volume of imports of a product. We assess whether an unforeseen surge of imports is causing or threatening serious injury to UK producers.

 

Determining safeguard measures: Click Here

 

An important feature of the UK trade remedies system is the Economic Interest Test, which considers whether implementing a proposed trade measure would be in the wider economic interest of the UK. 

 

The test looks at how business throughout the supply chain might be affected, including producers, upstream suppliers, downstream users and consumers, as well as considering the impacts on competition or on particular areas or groups. This helps ensure that any negative impacts of a trade remedy measure are not disproportionate to the benefits of the measure to UK producers.

 

Key considerations in the Economic Interest Test: 

  • The injury caused to UK industry by the imports we are investigating and the benefits to that industry of removing the injury. 

  • The economic significance of affected UK industries and consumers. 

  • The likely effect on wider UK industries and on consumers. 

  • The likely effect on particular geographic areas or demographic groups within the UK. 

  • The likely consequences for the competitive environment and the structure of UK markets for these goods. 

  • Other economic factors that we consider relevant.

 

To visit the TRA website: Click Here

 

AIMS’ View: Up to yesterday I had never heard of the TRA. Looking at their live and completed investigations it is of note that with one exception: Rainbow Trout from Turkey: Click Here all of their other investigations have covered things like steel, electrical components, ceramics, biodiesel etc. 

 

This is probably due to the food industry not having awareness of the TRA.

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Tuesday 9th April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

The next Envantage UK Energy Markets Monthly will on Tuesday 7th May at 11:00 for 45 minutes.

  • Listen to expert market insight into gas, electricity and oil price movements and what's influencing them 

  • Understand the driving forces behind energy prices and the decisions needed to mitigate risks 

  • Hear how CDP is helping businesses to be more accountable for carbon emissions, and how new changes will affect them

 

To register for your free place: Click Here

 

Brazil pork market update: production increases drive export growth: Click Here

 

Key points:

  • Brazil’s pork production is expected to grow by around 2m tonnes in 2024.

  • Domestic pork consumption is forecast to increase 3% as consumer prices fall.

  • Exports will continue to grow, up 3-5% for 2024, as China and the wider Southeast Asian region remain the largest destination.

 

And Finally… GB milk deliveries: 2023/24 season ends at seven-year low: Click Here

 

Extract: March completes the GB milk season, with deliveries totalling an estimated 12.35 billion litres for the full year and with daily deliveries averaging 33.75 million litres. It is important to remember that as 2024 is a leap year, there was an extra day in February, raising the actual milk-delivered figure. If we compare on a 365-day equivalent, the total delivered volume for the 2023/34 milk year stands at 12.32 billion litres, a decline of 0.5% (63.60 million litres) on the previous year. This is the lowest milk-year volume recorded since the 2016/17 season.

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9th April

Includes Meat Industry GM looking for work, ASA carbon neutral and net-zero claims, AHDB Monthly Export Markets report, West of England Grants for solar panels, Australia’s place in global sheepmeat and The Woodland Trust – Supporting farmers

Quick Read: HSE manufacturing ebulletin: Stress Awareness Month: Click Here

 

New Diary Date: AHDB Export Conference Thursday 13th June at Butcher’s Hall. More details to follow soon.

Are you looking for a self-motivated, results-driven General Manager with 30+ years’ food (Mostly meat industry) manufacturing experience? 

 

If so, email tony.goodger@aims2001.co.uk and I'll forward the CV we recieved yesterday.

From the ASA: Carbon neutral and net zero claims - where are we now? Click Here

 

Extract: As well as policy developments in the UK, it is important to acknowledge the impact that standards set in Europe*  might have on businesses making such claims to an EU audience and, where those businesses also target UK consumers, their transnational advertising.  We will continue to closely monitor these international developments.

 

As part of its review, CAP has also used its AI based Active Ad Monitoring system: Click Here to help understand how big advertisers are currently making these claims. Our most recent monitoring, between mid-January and mid-February, analysed a sample of around 300,000 online ads across 200 major brands in nine sectors (food, oil and gas, energy, water, airlines, vehicles, finance, fashion, cosmetics, and household). 

 

*  To read the EU’s press release: Consumer rights: final approval for the directive to empower consumers for the green transition: Click Here

 

Extract: The Council has today adopted a directive to empower consumers for the green transition. The new rules will enhance consumers’ rights by amending the unfair commercial practices directive (UCPD) and the consumer rights directive (CRD) and adapting them for the green transition and the circular economy. This is the last step in the decision-making procedure.

 

AHDB Monthly Export Markets Report – Extracts of Interested

 

Saudi Arabia: Click Here

 

In January, AHDB hosted a delegation from one of Saudi Arabia’s major meat importers, Gulfwest. They were able to visit lamb processing plants to familiarise themselves with our processing procedures and the quality of our produce. The delegates gave glowing feedback about their experience.

 

AHDB will be exhibiting at this year’s Saudi Food Show in Riyadh. Exporters interested in this market could use this event to interact with buyers and build strong contacts in the kingdom. 

 

The show is scheduled for 21-23 May. If you are interested in taking part, please email awal.fuseini@ahdb.org.uk to express an interest.

 

Caribbean: Click Here

 

Work is continuing towards enabling the export of beef, sheep, and lamb to various islands in the Caribbean, including Jamaica. This involves providing comprehensive answers to a risk assessment questionnaire to progress a CARICOM audit visit.

 

Article: “There’s less French lamb, and more demand for it!”: Click Here

 

To read the whole report: Click Here

 

West of England Combined Authority - Grants for Solar PV

 

30% grant funding to install solar panels on larger commercial and industrial roofs. 

 

To register for an application pack by Friday 3rd May: Click Here

 

To check if you are in the West of England Combined Authority: Click Here

 

To talk about this opportunity or any other grants that may be available anywhere in the UK call or email Alastair Beacon on 07968 585101 /  adb@westleyconsulting.co.uk

 

To explore Westley Consulting’s thoughts on key construction project management mistakes and presentation tips: Click Here

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Monday 8th April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

Australia manages more than half global sheep meat trade in 2023: Click Here

 

Extract: “With Australian lamb and mutton production reaching record highs, exports have lifted substantially, resulting in Australia accounting for over 50 percent of global sheep meat exports in 2023 for the first time.

 

The large increase in exports has impacted our competitors, particularly New Zealand, the second-largest lamb and mutton exporting country,” he said.

 

“New Zealand’s exports have been affected by the increase in Australian supply, leading to a decrease in their market share in China.

 

“Additionally, supply chain constraints have hindered exporters’ ability to expand market share in other key markets.”

 

And Finally… from The Woodland Trust

 

Working with farmers: Click Here

 

Our expert advice and funding support helps farmers integrate trees into their farming systems. With a bespoke plan designed for each individual business, thousands of farmers have planted through our Trees for your Farm, MOREhedges and MOREwoods schemes.  

 

Since 2013, our Trees for your Farm scheme has provided advice and up to 100% funding support to help farmers set up agroforestry systems. Funded by Sainsbury's, we’ve helped create over 260 schemes and raised the profile of agroforestry.

 

For further information on the Woodland Trust’s Trees for Landowners and Farmers scheme: Click Here

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8th April

Includes Last Chance to book for the AIMS conference, Red Meat still tops in home and family dining, From the levy boards, Site Security and SME Workshop updates

 

DIARY DATE: British Pig & Poultry Fair 2024 – Wednesday 15th to Thursday 16th May at the NEC. For further details: Click Here

 

Quick Watch (4 Minutes): Ramadan is a time to enjoy what you have: Click Here

It’s not too late to book your place for the

AIMS Annual Lunch at Butchers Hall. Friday 12th April

Please Click Here now for further details and to book

 

Red meat shows strength within home and family dining: Click Here

 

Extract: Meat has risen in popularity within both lunch and evening meals, despite the continued pressure of rising food prices during the last year. According to Kantar Usage panel, 53.1% of mealtimes feature meat, fish or poultry, and 27.8% of our lunch and evening meals feature red meat – this is up from 27.6% a year ago.

 

Meat production robots: Cutting-edge tech for a sustainable meat industry: Click Here

 

Extract: The meat production industry is in the midst of a technological transformation, largely driven by the need to enhance productivity, improve safety, and reduce food waste to meet growing global demands. 

 

The urgency of this transition was highlighted with the pandemic - and it has since continued, pushing companies towards more automated solutions to tackle labor shortages and increase efficiency. 

 

This article is well worth reading.

 

For members attending the AIMS ‘Conference’ on Friday, Tomas Brunn from Gain & Co will be present with a small stand and is happy to talk through robotic options with members.

 

Site Security

 

Please be aware that the following have been bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court, 10th May: Click Here

 

Members who have sites in the areas where these individuals are active should take extra care not to fall fowl of them trying to get jobs in your businesses. Their pictures can be found on the hyperlinks below

 

Karl Baker – Tunbridge Wells

 

Amelia Fishlock – Tunbridge Wells - Click Here

 

Douglas Maw – Arundel – West Sussex – This man used to work in an abattoir before becoming a vegan: Click Here

 

Calvin Tasker – Redditch - Click Here

 

Jacob Ball – Kingswinford, West Midlands - Click Here

 

Joseph Armstrong (AKA Joey Carbstrong) – No fixed abode.

 

We have also in contact with the Home Office in regards to the New laws to clamp down on disruptive protesters come into force: Click Here and await their response with interest.

 

Meanwhile please Click Here for a reply from the Department for Levelling Up in respect to a letter we sent them in March following their announcement: Government strengthens approach to counter extremism: Click Here

 

The reply includes the line: The Government is now undergoing a formal process of identifying and naming extremists and in light of the recent arrests we have asked that they be considered for inclusion on the list.

 

Our reasoning being that with the Food Manufacturing sector designated as part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure it needs to be protected from the ideologically led vegan extremists who’s actions, in some cases, have bordered on terrorism.

 

We await their response with interest.

 

From the Levy Boards

 

Red meat plays key role in a healthy diet – HCC chair says: Click Here

 

Extract: Red meat, as part of balanced and healthy diet, is essential – that’s the key message from Hybu Cig Cymru chair Catherine Smith ahead of World Health Day (Sunday 7 April 2024).

 

The day, which is led by the World Health Organization (WHO), this year focusses on ‘My health, my right’ stressing that around the world, the right to health of millions of people is increasingly coming under threat.

 

Scotch Beef Club relaunches in style to premium Italian buyers: Click Here

 

Extract: Scotch Beef is now high fashion in Milan after Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) relaunched the Scotch Beef Club in Italy, focussing on increasing exports to this high-profile, premium market.

 

To celebrate the relaunch, an audience of leading foodservice stakeholders in the Italian red meat sector were invited to a Scotch-focussed event at one of Milan’s top hotels. 

 

A three-course gastronomic menu centred around Scotch Beef was complemented with Scotch whisky tasting, with the aim of building on already-strong exports to the country, which accounted for £10m (15%) of export sales in the year to July 2023.

 

Any restaurant business, in the UK or overseas, that serves premium quality Scotch Beef can join the Club and benefit from QMS’s marketing collateral and support to promote Scotch Beef.

 

LMCNI: Red meat is a popular choice for NI consumers: Click Here

 

Extract: Over 90 percent of consumers in Northern Ireland (NI) enjoy eating red meat, the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) has revealed.

 

“This is an extremely encouraging statistic and reiterates the prominent and valued place red meat has on our plates,” said LMC chief executive, Colin Smith.

 

The statistic is drawn from a recent independent omnibus survey commissioned by LMC to examine the current eating habits of NI consumers and to evaluate their awareness of Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef and lamb, as well as their familiarity with the Commission’s advertising campaign, Good Honest Food: Click Here

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Friday 5th April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

Support for SMEs - Video Shorts from Summit 2024

 

Defra held the National Food and Drink Summit for SMEs in March, which featured sessions on sustainability, exports, innovation, public procurement and SME growth journeys. 

 

They have created video shorts of these sessions, with speakers giving expert advice on how SMEs can access growth opportunities in these areas: Click Here

 

And Finally…  UK’s largest dedicated agri-tech organisation will drive agri-innovation at unprecedented levels: Click Here

 

The UK Agri-Tech Centre launches today following the merger of Agri-EPI, CIEL and CHAP to create the UK’s largest dedicated agri-tech organisation, driving agri-innovation at unprecedented levels.

 

The UK Agri-Tech Centre, an independent organisation with core funding from Innovate UK, will retain its expert staff and world-leading facilities. It is led by CEO Phil Bicknell and a newly-appointed executive leadership team.

 

The new merged business will maintain a focus on all areas of crops, livestock and engineering, as well as exploring new sectors within the wide area of food, feed, fuel and fibres.  It will retain and attract sector specialists, with the expertise and passion for all areas of the agri eco-system. 

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5th April

Includes New Grant Scheme, Beef & Sheep Weekly,  AIMS Friday Insights – EDI, Red Meat Dashboard, Site Security – lessons learned this week, and New AHDB board members

DIARY DATE:

AIMS 2024 Conference will be held at Butcher’s Hall

on Friday 12th April – £60:00 inc. VAT per head.

Click Here now for further information and to book!

Quick Read: HSE Weekly Digest Newsletter: 4 April 2024: Click Here

 

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Opportunities for businesses with sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland Click Here

 

Phase 3 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) is a competitive scheme aimed at improving existing installations of energy intensive and/or high carbon equipment. It offers grants towards the difference between the capital cost of a ‘like for like’ replacement system and that of an upgraded one that is more energy efficient and produces less carbon.

 

For more details about Industrial Energy Transformation Fund phase 3: Click Here

 

REMINDER: If you have questions about grants please don’t hesitate to contact AIMS grants guru Alastair Beacon from Westly Consulting: Email adb@westleyconsulting.co.uk or on 07968 585101

Weekly cattle & sheep market wrap – 04 April 2024: Click Here

 

Prices for week ending 30 March: Key points:

 

  • Prime cattle prices slightly pressured on last week, while cow prices ticked up.

 

  • Deadweight sheep prices fell on the week but remain historically high.

 

  • Easter bank holiday impacted on kill days during the week, reducing slaughter numbers.

AIMS Friday Insights - Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) business practices in the UK: Click Here

 

A recently published report from the Department for Business and Trade’s Equality Hub is seeking to end ineffective business EDI practices.

 

The purpose of the report is to empower organisations to put evidence at the heart of decisions around EDI. It calls on organisations to be able to demonstrate through data that their EDI policies and practises genuinely increase diversity of thought and experience, boost opportunity and belonging, and represent value for money.  

 

The review has drawn on academic research, surveys of business, and case studies of good and bad EDI practice.

 

  • Expert panel sets out how employers can move beyond ineffective diversity and inclusion practices.

  • New research finds employers aren’t properly equipped to implement EDI policies that are based on evidence, and are resorting to ineffective, polarising practices.

Review of the latest evidence finds high workplace spending on EDI initiatives but poor results and low understanding of what works, and doesn’t.

 

The report on the Inclusion at Work Panel’s recommendations for improving diversity and inclusion (D&I) practice in the workplace: Click Here

 

Participants were asked: 

 

  • What D&I means to their organisation

  • What they are trying to achieve with their D&I strategy or practice

  • What barriers exist to positive impact

 

There was consensus that D&I is a complex and sometimes sensitive workplace agenda, with competing definitions and unclear evidence. Although some participants cited examples of what ‘good’ does or might look like, measurable impact was scarce. 

 

Employers want to ‘do the right thing’ but cited barriers including:

 

  • The size of the organisation and the resources available

  • Lack of time to test new ideas or have ‘good faith’ discussions with staff

  • Little or no data

  • Lack of confidence

  • Fear of saying and doing ‘the wrong thing’

 

The Inclusion at Work Panel’s report sets out how employers can do away with ineffective, divisive, and poor quality D&I practices, and instead focus resources on interventions backed by the evidence that represent value for money.

 

The report’s panellists recommend that:

1. The government endorses a new framework (outlined in ‘Recommended framework for D&I success’) which sets out criteria employers might apply to their D&I practice to embed effectiveness and value for money.

The framework is intended to act as a set of conditions and expectations employers should strive to meet to embed good D&I practice, putting evidence at the heart of their activities. The government – with the Department for Business and Trade and Equality Hub leading – should promote these in future engagement work it undertakes, and any future guidance and tools it produces for organisations both public and private. Advice on how employers can meet these criteria should also feature in a new, government-backed D&I evidence tool for businesses.

2. The government funds, and works with, a research partner to develop a digital tool similar to the EEF’s ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’. This will allow all leaders and managers in every sector to assess the rigour, efficacy, and value for money of a range of D&I practices. It will also ‘nudge’ commercial or activist providers of interventions to evaluate and prove impact.

The digital tool should synthesise and summarise evidence on various D&I practices and interventions in a plain-English, business friendly format. At the minimum, the tool should include a measure for the strength of evidence behind different interventions, and for the impact those measures have been shown to have in previous research. The research partner should establish how best to reflect other useful metrics (for example, cost) that could support organisations in making informed decisions about different D&I interventions to implement. The tool should also feature case studies of effective practice.

3. The EHRC explains and clarifies the legal status for employers in relation to D&I practice, with particular focus on the implication of recent rulings for HR policies and staff networks.

In particular, the guidance should make clear organisations’ legal duties and responsibilities relating to the protected characteristic of ‘belief’ – and the risks and implications of failure to carry out these duties. It should highlight recent legal cases, and set out a number of guiding principles to help employers manage situations where conflicts of belief arise in the workplace. The government should also further promote the April 2023 guidance Positive Discrimination in the Workplace and committing to regularly updating guidance to reflect relevant rulings to ensure that all employers’ understand how to correctly interpret and apply the positive action provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Gov.UK resources:

 

 

Members may also find this article: It’s (past) time to get strategic about EDI published last year by McKinsey: Click Here

 

Site Security Incident from earlier this week: Lessons learned

 

Cranswick had already put a plan in place for dealing with this sort of disruption. They have invited the police to their sites to meet with the management and to get an understanding of what the business does and why it is important that within a just in time operating system that disruptions form outside agitators must be quickly dealt with.

 

On the day of the site incursion they were able to get police on site almost immediately. They were able to share CCTV footage with the Police in order to assist them with their investigations.

 

Seven arrests were made. Six of whom have been bailed under some very stringent conditions which include them being banned from the vicinity of any Cranswick site anywhere in the UK. Furthermore, they have been advised that they will “not be welcome in the County of Norfolk when near to pig farms”. The 7 has had other conditions placed on her.

 

AIMS Tips: 

 

  • Don’t wait for an incident to happen. 

  • Speak with your local police. 

  • Invite them to a site visit and show them what you do and why disruptive action will impact on the food supply chain.

  • Have you site ‘marked as being vulnerable’ with the police. 

  • Ensure that your CCTV is always working, covers vulnerable areas and have footage available for the police to use at the time of the incident.

  • If you have been a victim and protestors have been arrested keep in contact with the police. Make your case for the strictest possible bail conditions. 

 

Update Shorts

 

For the latest edition of the Cabinet Office’s Borders Bulletin: Click Here

 

The latest AHDB red meat retail data up to 17th March 2024 is now available:

 

For Beef: Click Here

 

For Lamb: Click Here

 

For Pork:  Click Here

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Thursday 4th April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

And Finally… Board members appointed to Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board: Click Here

 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced the appointment of Graeme Jack and Glen Nimmo as Board members to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

 

Their terms will run from 1st April and 10th April respectively, each for a period of three years. Glen Nimmo will also take on the role of Pork Sector Council Chair for three years.

 

Graeme Jack brings more than 30 years of experience in the agri-food sector, including as Communications Director for Müller UK & Ireland, whilst Glen Nimmo has previously worked in a family-run multi-site integrated pork processing business, covering slaughter, primal processing and retail packing.

 

AIMS View: We look forward to working with Mr Nimmo and trust that he’ll be far more engaged with the pig processing sector than the previous incumbent.

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4th April

Includes Dairy Beef, Site Security Incident, Common user charge rates, Great British Beef Week – How you can get involved, Update shorts, Avian Influenza, Sheep breeder carcass trails and AI’s impact on product development

DIARY DATE:

AIMS 2024 Conference will be held at Butcher’s Hall

on Friday 12th April – £60:00 inc. VAT per head.

Click Here now for further information and to book!

Quick Read: CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index shows hospitality inflation falling—but still more than double the rate in retail: Click Here

 

How much beef is produced from the GB dairy herd? Click Here

 

Key points

  • Just over half of all cattle slaughtered in GB abattoirs are born to the dairy herd.

  • Registrations of dairy-beef calves have risen by 77% over the past 10 years, due to rising use of beef semen by dairy producers.

  • Dairy-beef made up 35% of GB prime cattle (12-30 months) slaughter in 2023, up from 28% in 2019.

  • Aberdeen Angus birth registrations to the dairy herd continue to grow. Wagyu registrations showed notable uplift in 2023.

 

Extract: The proportion of slaughtered cattle that can be classified as “dairy-beef” stood at 35% (that is, animals registered as “beef” with a dairy dam). This has risen steadily over time, up from 28% in 2019. 

 

Simultaneously, the proportion of cattle slaughtered as suckler-beef (beef animal from a beef dam) has fallen slightly, accounting for 57% of total prime slaughter in 2023; down from 60% in 2019. 

 

Meanwhile, the proportion of pure dairy cattle slaughtered has continued to reduce (-18%).

 

Site Security

 

Animal Activist Joey Carbstrong was arrested at a  member’s site yesterday morning. 

 

He and some of his associates 'forced' entry to the site via a fire door and live streamed an occupation of the kill area. 

 

Police were called and the protestors and an accomplice who was parked outside the site was also taken in custody. 

 

Site CCTV showed the whole incident and is being used along with staff witness statements by the police. 

 

The insurgents arrived at the site in 3 Vehicles Click Here:

  1. Registration KO15 BMZ 2015 Toyota Proace 1200 L1h1 Hdi Colour: Black • Fuel Type: Diesel - This vehicle was impounded owing to not have valid road tax (Let’s hope it gets crushed and that the driver loses their license)

  2. Registration BP03 LUT - 2003 Citroen C3 Sx Colour: Silver • Fuel Type: Petrol  This vehicle was also impounded.

  3. We know little about this vehicle other than it was a Vauxhall. Should we find out more we will circulate it to the group.

 

Common user charge: rates and eligibility: Click Here

Common user charge rates and how the charge will apply to imports entering Great Britain through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel from Tuesday 30th April 2024.

 

Common user charge rates: Click Here

Commodity type: Low-risk products of animal origin (POAO)
Imports - 
£10 per commodity line
Transits - £10 per commodity line

Commodity type: Medium-risk POAO
Imports - 
£29 per commodity line​​​​​​​
Transits - £10 per commodity line

Commodity type: High-risk POAO
Imports - 
£29 per commodity line​​​​​​​
Transits - £10 per commodity line

 

Defra will be hosting a webinar on the Common User Charge rates, who will need to pay and how it will be administered - on Wednesday 10 April between 9:30 and 10:30am

 

To reserve your free place: Click Here

 

Great British Beef Week (GBBW): Click Here

 

How you can get involved with GBBW

 

There are several ways to get involved with the campaign and raise awareness of the versatility and exceptional taste of British beef.

 

  • Order promotional items, such as stickers, children's activity sheets, posters and recipe leaflets to share with your customers, friends and family: Click Here

 

  • Request a farmgate banner to display on your farm (limited availability): Click Here

 

  • Download GBBW graphics to share on your website and social media channels: Click Here

 

  • Look out for on-pack stickers in your local supermarket and share pictures on social media

 

Great British Beef Week 2024 will run from Tuesday 23rd to Tuesday 30th April inclusive.

 

Blog: Keeping tabs on policy changes abroad: Click Here

 

Extract: In January, AHDB took six pig meat exporters to California to understand how our producers might be able to take advantage of Proposition 12 – a law recently introduced in the US state.

 

Proposition 12 prohibits the sale of pig meat where the animals have not been produced in accordance with the state’s new standards. As a result, US domestic production is unlikely to be able to meet demand in California. British pig producers are, however, well placed to meet some of this demand, and during our trade mission we showcased our world-class produce.

 

Update Shorts

 

AHDB Consumer Insights Newsletter – April 2024: Click Here

 

Beef and Lamb News – April 2024: Click Here

 

ACAS Employment Relations Newsletter: Click Here

 

Hello Hydrogen Newsletter: Click Here

 

Bird flu (avian influenza): latest situation in England: Click Here

 

3rd April: The UK has self-declared zonal freedom from highly pathogenic avian influenza for Great Britain with effect from 29th March 2024. This is in line with World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) rules.

 

We have contacted Defra and asked if the EHCs which are on hold can now be revisited for British poultry exports

 

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Wednesday 3rd April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

Dorset sheep breeders take carcase traits to a new level: Click Here

 

Extract: What has the evaluation of abattoir data shown?

 

The latest AHDB-funded research, due for release this autumn, shows exactly what the breed has achieved in selecting for on-farm performance.

 

Increases in breeding values for scan weight (an indicator of liveweight gain) have led to reductions in days to slaughter of over a week, accompanied by additional increases in carcase weight (Figure 1). Selection for muscling has increased carcase conformation with little change in carcase fatness.

 

Selecting for traits measured on farm has boosted the value of the average Dorset-sired lamb by £3/head, with the leading Signet-recorded sires regularly showing a genetic advantage of £6–7/head.

 

And Finally… AI's impact on product development: Click Here

 

Extract: “Artificial intelligence has the potential to make a significant impact on how we identify and select ingredients for new product development,” said Ashley Robertson, director, global marketing and communications for Corbion and based in Lenexa, Kan. “By leveraging large datasets, 

 

AI can predict how different ingredients interact with one another and how they might impact the final product’s taste, texture and nutritional value. 

 

This approach can lead to innovative ingredient combinations that may not otherwise have been considered, ultimately enhancing product innovation and competitiveness.”

 

AI also could minimize the traditional trial-and-error approach in product development, she said

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3rd April

Includes Forthcoming retail and consumer demands webinar, Foodservice in Canada, Envantage Energy Monthly webinar, Comment from BRC and School Canteens getting out-of-hours use.

DIARY DATE:

AIMS 2024 Conference will be held at Butcher’s Hall

on Friday 12th April – £60:00 inc. VAT per head.

Click Here now for further information and to book!

Quick Read: South Korean researchers develop robotic fingers with pressure sensitivity: Click Here

 

Webinar: Retail and consumer trends: Meat and dairy

 

The webinar will take the latest look at the retail and consumer landscape to review the latest trends and views of shoppers across the meat and dairy category.

 

Thursday 27th June 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

 To book your free place: Click Here

 

Foodservice focus for British red meat in Canada: Click Here

 

Canada’s leading foodservice and hospitality expo will provide the platform for British beef, lamb and pork to take a starring role.

 

Two export businesses will join the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) at the restaurants Canada (RC) Show in Toronto from April 8 to 10.

 

The show, which is expected to attract more than 22,000 visitors from Canada and around the world, will provide the opportunity to connect with key foodservice buyers, influencers and operators.

 

To read the prospects for UK agri-food exports: North America: Click Here

 

Current EHC: Export lamb, goat, pork, beef and bird meat and products containing these meats to Canada: certificate 7068: Click Here

 

For the overseas business risk for Canada: Click Here

 

For the trade and investment fact sheet for Canada: Click Here

 

Daily Energy Market Report from Envantage – Tuesday 2nd April: Click Here

Web: www.envantage.co.uk

 

REMINDER: UK Energy Markets Monthly April 2024 – Our review of energy markets, plus a Summer 2024 outlook for energy markets

Tuesday 9th April 2024
11:00 am - 11:45 am

 

Key highlights of the webinar:

 

  • Expert Insights: Gain valuable insights from industry experts who have a deep understanding of the UK energy markets and their dynamics.

  • Stay Informed: Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the UK energy markets, ensuring you’re well-informed about trends, regulations, and opportunities.

  • Market Trends Analysis: Get a comprehensive analysis of current market trends, helping you make informed decisions about energy investments and strategies.

  • Summer 2024 Outlook: learn what will drive energy markets over the coming months and how this may affect your business.

 

Interactive Q&A Session: Have your burning questions answered by our panel of experts, ensuring you leave the webinar with a clear understanding of the topics discussed.

 

To register for your free place: Click Here

 

Comment from BRC

 

Good news for households as prices fall: Click Here

 

  • Food inflation decelerated to 3.7% in March, down from 5.0% in February. This is below the 3-month average rate of 4.8% and is the tenth consecutive deceleration in the food category. Inflation is its lowest since April 2022.

  • Fresh Food inflation slowed further in March, to 2.6%, down from 3.4% in February. This is below the 3-month average rate of 3.6%. Inflation is its lowest since November 2021.

  • Ambient Food inflation decelerated to 5.2% in March, down from 7.2% in February. This is below the 3-month average rate of 6.6% and is the lowest since June 2022.

 

And Finally… The schools turning canteens into community hubs: Click Here

 

Future Foundations has an ambitious plan to scale its social canteen concept across the whole of the UK. School caterers will have a big role to play.

 

CanTeam, to give the initiative its official title, is the brainchild of Future Foundations, a social change organisation that has just been awarded £225,000 by the education charity Big Change to develop and scale the idea nationwide. Co-designed and delivered with students themselves, its aim is to create a sustainable solution to food insecurity, encouraging healthy eating and enabling young people to learn and thrive.

 

To learn more about the CanTeam, a project tackling food insecurity: Click Here

 

For the Future Foundations website: Click Here

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2nd April

Includes Green Claims webinar, From Thailand – CP Foods and beef from Argentina

DIARY DATE:

AIMS 2024 Conference will be held at Butcher’s Hall

on Friday 12th April – £60:00 inc. VAT per head.

Click Here now for further information and to book!

Quick Reads:  From Kantar: Easter sales spring early: Click Here

 

And, from Private Eye – “Heavy Vetting” Click Here

 

Insight: The future of 'green claims' on food and drink products webinar

Discover what the new measures mean for your business.

 

Thursday 18th April  10:00-11:00

 

There has been a rapid increase in the application and use of eco-labels and claims by food and drink businesses that their products are ‘environmentally friendly’.

But the danger of ‘greenwashing’ is never far away, and new guidelines mean that manufacturers need to take much more care about claims they make.

The Competition and Marketing Authority’s ‘Green Claims Code’ is already out there and regulation could well follow.

 

To register to attend: Click Here

 

From Thailand: 

 

CP Foods secures carbon footprint label for over 500 products

 

CP Foods’ 584 products received Carbon Footprint of Product (CFP) from Thailand’s Greenhouse Gas Management Organization in Q1 2024. 

 

This underscores the company’s dedication to producing low-carbon products and involving consumers in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

 

CFP measures GHG emissions of products throughout their lifecycle stages, from raw material sourcing to packaging, waste management, and transportation. 

 

Of the certified products, 523 are livestock feed products. Some shrimp, duck, and RTE chicken products also received CFP.

 

To visit CP Food’s Corporate website: Click Here

 

Looking at the CP Foods website it is of note that they have BRCGS for all of their manufacturing sites in Thailand and much of what they produce is certified as Halal.

 

To visit CP Food’s UK website: Click Here

 

Looking at the UK website it was of note that a large amount of what they are bringing to the UK from Thailand is certified as Halal. 

 

This includes Duck: Click Here

 

To read the latest EU Mission to Thailand Poultry Meat Report: Click Here

 

I also saw on Kantar this report: Decoding consumers’ life-stage impacts product and channel choice in Thailand: Click Here

In 2023, the Thai FMCG market faced challenges driven by macroeconomic pressures and shifting consumer sentiments. As prices surged across various categories, consumers found themselves re-evaluating their shopping behaviours and priorities.

 

And Finally…  Argentina's beef exports surge to highest level in decades

 

Beef exports reach highest since 1967.

 

In January and February, over 75% of the country's foreign sales of meat were shipped to buyers in China, followed by the European Union and Israel.

 

To read the article in full: Click Here

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1st April

Includes FSA – It’s not an April Fool, Site Incursions by activists, Question from a member and FDEC Event for Wales and the South West

DIARY DATE:

AIMS 2024 Conference will be held at Butcher’s Hall

on Friday 12th April – £60:00 inc. VAT per head.

Click Here now for further information and to book!

Not an April Fool: Meat Controls Discount Scheme (SC10776): Publication of 2022/23 Subsidy Award Details

 

Did you know FSA is subsidising your business?

 

It is not an April Fool’s joke, FSA are writing to FBOs to tell them by how much they were subsidised by the Agency in 2022/23 and are putting the information on a Government website.

 

AIMS does not accept the discounts on charges are a subsidy, which is defined as benefiting one or more enterprises over one or more other enterprises. 

 

We rather believe it is industry that is subsidising the Agency and E&J, even though our recent court case prevented them from passing £ millions of payments to E&J onto industry.  Is an inexperienced OV who can’t speak fluent English value for money at £56.60 an hour.  Why does FSA charge out a poultry meat inspector at £38.80 when an FBO can employ their own for £11.50?    

 

A few weeks ago FSA CEO Emily Miles told Norman she had no plans to review the charging system. 

 

Unfortunately she appeared unaware that the Agency is legally required to carry out a review this year, which when she found out caused a few toys to be thrown out of the pram!

 

The Agency has now agreed to talk, but it is clear they do not support the meat industry. 

 

Where the FSA is concerned nothing is easy!

 

Click Here

 

Food and Drink Export Council (FDEC) Peer-to-Peer Programme Promotional Toolkit

 

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Vale Resort,

Hensol, 

Wales.

 

Registration is now open for the FDEC third peer to peer event in Wales and which is also open to members in the South West of England.

 

The Peer-to-Peer Programme from the Food and Drink Export Council (FDEC) in partnership with the Welsh Government is bringing a panel of food and drink experts, guest speakers, and exhibitors to Wales in April 2024. 

 

This free to attend event will help you build your exporting knowledge, provide networking opportunities with peers and allow you to get some valuable exporting tips, from experienced exporters in your sector.

 

Advice from business leaders and peers and the opportunity to build your exporting knowledge and attend expert panels focused on the food and drink sector. We hope that our free event will inspire you to continue your export journey and expand into new international markets.

 

Click Here and Here

  

Site Security – Breaches and Activism incidents increasing

 

AJP have issued another covertly filmed exposé. This time in the broiler sector (Not an AIMS Member). I have chosen to not include a link to their social media posts and the recording.

 

I do believe that they’ll try to trace to chicks to farms and who they in turn who they supply for processing and finally into the supermarket / out of home sector. It is of course possible that they will have done this and as such we need to be ready for further activity from AJP.

 

Once again this highlights the menace of covert cameras on staff who no doubt have been brought in due to the shortages of labour.

 

We have also received reports of another farm incursion in the poultry sector. This time 4 people entered the sheds and sprayed the insides with graffiti. It is believed that this was undertaken by ALF. At present there is no social media footage but once again we do believe that it is only a matter of time before something is posted.

 

REMINDER: Apply for the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024: Currently available in England only

 

Grants are only available if you farm chickens. Please promote this grant scheme to all poultry farmers that you work with.

 

Looking at the type of equipment that is available for poultry farmers: Click Here there are some items which we believe could be used in terms of either preventing site incursions or to raise the alarm when an incursion takes place. Items such as:

 

FETF259A - Automatic monitoring system (main unit) for poultry housing - be able to trigger an alarm system to alert the user to potential issues.

 

FETF100POU - Camera for monitoring livestock - a camera for monitoring livestock that can connect to the internet and have day and night vision with a minimum infrared range of 50m

 

FETF108POU - Thermal image camera – have an infrared detector generating images of at least 18,000 pixels and upload or download images for storage and analysis.

 

FETF332POU - Visual or acoustic monitoring system – include a camera or visual sensor system, or an acoustic sensor system, for capturing visual or acoustic data related to animal health and welfare such as activity, behaviour patterns, body temperature, respiratory disease, vocalisations, feather pecking or tail biting and be able to trigger an alarm or notification system to alert the user to potential issues

 

As well as: FETF107POU - Electric fencing package

 

NOTE: Other types of poultry, including ducks, turkeys, geese and gamebirds are not eligible. We are in conversation with Defra about having the grant extended to include all farmed poultry.

 

Question from a Member

 

We have been asked by one of the contract catering businesses that we supply to source chicken  that is part of the Better Chicken Commitment. To our minds it would be better for them to go with the RT Enhanced Welfare poultry standard. Is this the case?

 

Over to Joanna King at Red Tractor for the answer:

 

Our Enhanced Welfare farm standards include all the Better Chicken Commitment criteria as well as our core standards including requirements covering not just bird welfare, but food safety, traceability and environmental protection.  The farm standards can be found here (see enterprise EW against each requirement which identifies which standards are applicable to the Enhanced Welfare Farm Scheme).

 

Red Tractor already have a selection of licensees that are approved to pack chicken meat with a Red Tractor Enhanced Welfare claim.

 

If you would like further information please email: tony.goodger@aims2001.co.uk

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