IN BRIEF [Northern Echo (England)]
(Northern Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DEAL STRUCK:
A global chemicals company which owns businesses in the North- East has agreed a new metal supply deal. Johnson Matthey, which runs technology firm Tracerco, in Billingham, near Stockton, will continue supplying Anglo American Platinum Limited and has also announced a separate contract to provide Anglo Platinum with market research services. The new metal supply agreement starts on December 31.
Supermarket group Iceland, which has stores across the North- East, has confirmed its own-brand beef products do not contain horsemeat. The company, which has outlets in Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Stockton and Spennymoor, tested products including diced beef, sausages, burgers and lasagne. MalcolmWalker, Iceland chairman and chief executive, said: "No horsemeat has ever been found in any Iceland product."
A North-East farm shop has picked up an industry award for the second year running for the quality of its products.
Blagdon Farm Shop, in Cramlington, Northumberland, won the Local Food title at the Countryside Alliance Awards. The shop employs about 20, and manager Joanne Celerier said: "To win last year's award was a real honour, but to win it for the second year running is unbelievable."
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