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Bacon Performing Well; Roasts Continue to Decline

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During the 12 weeks ended 18 June, the primary pork volume sales decreased by 3 per cent on a year-on-year basis, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, a 5 per cent increase in the average retail price meant that overall spend was up by 2 per cent, writes Rebecca Oborne, AHDB Analyst. Read more

UK Not Ready for Brexit’s Impact on Food, Report Warns

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The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. Read more

Bacon Myths, Busted: Contrary to popular belief, it’s not that bad for you

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Bacon is a rather personal taste, and people get really defensive about it—whether someone likes it extra crispy or thick and fatty says a lot about who they are as a person.

But regardless of preferences, when the World Health Organisation linked the consumption of processed meats to cancer in 2015, people freaked out and starting spewing a lot of nonsense about the beloved breakfast meat. Those of us who still cling to our adoration, therefore, are plagued by misinformation and wishful thinking—so we did some digging for you to divulge the truths. Here are five bacon myths, busted. Read more

Demand for UK Pigs Continues to Reflect Hot Weather

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Demand for UK pigs continues to reflect the weather (hot) and, although the SPP only moved up by 0.15p to stand at 162.43p, spot prices have continued to reach for the sky with bids generally between 172p/kg and 175p/kg according to spec, with no shortage of takers, writes Peter Crichton in his latest “Traffic Light” commentary.

Most, but not all, weekly contribution prices have stayed at similar levels, although the odd penny increase was available here and there, and the overall range is between 160p/kg and 170p/kg. Read more

Is pork good for you? It’s complicated

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How does pork fit into a healthy diet? For the answer, more than reading between the lines, you need to read between the slogans.

On one side there is “Eat More Bacon,” a cheer embraced by those rebelling against mainstream health advice who have either bought into an alternative all-you-can-eat approach to saturated fat or who want to snub wellness culture altogether. Emblazoned on T-shirts, throw pillows, bumper stickers and coffee mugs, the phrase has become more than a saying — it is a way of life. Read more

The latest wedding trend? A pork pie wedding cake

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Wedding pies have a long history, and now they are firmly back in fashion. When it comes to planning a wedding, there are certain items that are on every bride and groom’s shopping list. Flowers: yes. Cake: definitely. But how many happy couples want a pork pie to star in their nuptials? Read more

Why you should change your roast chicken for roast pork

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We know that roast chicken is your go-to comfort meal but pork roast offers a great alternative. Whether it’s roasted with chopped tart apples and hearty carrots or marinated in zesty lime juice and grilled, a pork roast offers a creative opportunity to combine different flavours.

Take a look at our top nine pork roast recipes to try your hand at this season from chefs like Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, Tyler Florence and Ina Garten. Read more

Pork Party Appetisers Perfect For Summer

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Are you planning a garden party? A birthday party or wedding? Make your party stands out this summer with chorizo, meatballs and bacon. Whether you’re hosting your own gathering or making a dish to share, pork has you covered.

How about chorizo meatballs with manchego cheese to provide an elegant twist? The chorizo will add extra kick to your meatballs. You could season each meatball with basil and sprinkle some extra cheese over them for presentation. Read more

Pork Prices Continue Remarkable Rally

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Prices are continuing their remarkable rally which has seen the SPP rise from 112p to 151.7p over the past 12 months or so, with further increases forecast, writes Peter Crichton in his “Traffic Lights” commentary for 31 March 2017.

News that the German producer price announced on Thursday had risen by a massive 7 Euro cents helped to keep the bulls busy in the UK pig market, with no bears to be seen and spot quotes are now in or around the 160p mark, with light pigs worth in the 170p region, but as previously, very tight numbers of spot pigs were traded, with contract supplies short across the board, and this situation has also been reflected in the European mainland pigmeat market. Read more