Supermarkets and Convenience

Yorkshire Game gains Asda listings

Yorkshire game has won new listings at Asda for three of its Wild products. Pheasant thighs, diced mixed game and venison steaks are available in 103 Asda stores in the UK.

Champion of Champions 2017 now open for entries

The nation’s premier sausage competition is now open for entries. 

M&S to ‘improve supply chain partnerships’ with Angus farmers

Supermarket Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning “serious and sensible” talks with Aberdeen Angus beef producers to strengthen its supply chain to improve resilience and reduce market volatility. 

Sainsbury’s aims to curb food waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tackling food waste with the introduction of a new ‘Smart Fresh’ label for its sandwich ham. 

Waitrose commits to recyclable packaging

Retailer Waitrose has introduced easily-recyclable sandwich wrappers, with the aim of rolling this initiative out across all own-label packaging.

Waitrose launches Prosecco turkey for Christmas

Waitrose is combining turkey and Prosecco in its latest festive offering.

Sainsbury’s pledges to buy British lamb

Sainsbury’s has announced today (29 June) that as of 1 July its fresh lamb will be 100% British and 100% new season. 

Heck launches low-fat pork sausages

Sausage producer Heck has expanded its range with the introduction of Super Slim low-fat pork sausages. 

Lidl pips Aldi as discounters’ forward march continues

Lidl has surged ahead of Aldi in sales growth, with both discounters growing way ahead of the top five supermarkets, according to the latest 12-week grocery retail figures issued by Kantar. 

Sainsbury’s recalls sandwich fillers due to Listeria presence

Sainsbury’s is recalling its range of sandwich fillers due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. 

M&S faces up to challenge of cutting beef carbon emissions

Marks & Spencer’s Plan A 2025 strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for raw materials, such as beef, will be “extremely challenging”, according Steve McLean, M&S’s head of agriculture and fisheries.

Nisa doubles Heritage sausage lines for barbecue time

Nisa has doubled the number of its own-label Heritage Gourmet sausage lines from three to six for the summer barbecue season, improving them with updated recipes. 

Morrisons’ butchers introduce supermarkets’ biggest burger

Retailer Morrisons is targeting the Father’s Day market with the introduction of its ‘daddy of all burgers’. 

Red Tractor employs Facebook, Twitter in barbecue contest

Red Tractor aims to wield Facebook and Twitter to drive a hunt for ‘Britain’s Best BBQ-er’, a first for the farm assured standards brand. 

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

Retailers respond after JBS supplier slave labour link

Supermarkets have voiced their concerns after allegations emerged that corned beef they stocked from Brazilian meat supplier JBS came from meat supplied by farms mistreating workers. 

Sainsbury’s defends kangaroo burgers following backlash

Retailer Sainsbury’s has defended the launch of its kangaroo burgers, amid a backlash from animal rights activists.

Meat category a key focus for Iceland Foods innovation

Iceland Foods has made meat a crucial pillar of its innovation strategy since the start of this year as part of efforts to draw shopper interest, it has announced.

Online, discounters and c-stores to drive retail growth

Online retail, discounters and convenience stores are set to drive grocery retail growth in the next five years, according to grocery think-tank IGD. 

Retailer Booths launches British BBQ range

Northern food and drink retailer Booths has launched a new 100% British BBQ range.

Fresh meat helps Tesco increase sales

Barbecue occasions have driven sales of fresh meat for Tesco, helping the retailer attract over 250,000 additional customers. 

Co-op’s commitment to 100% British meat takes centre stage in new TV campaign

Following its pledge to source 100% British own-brand fresh meat, the Co-op’s commitment to British farmers is at the centre of a new television campaign.

Co-op makes commitment to 100% British frozen meat

The Co-operative has expanded its pledge to supporting British agriculture, by selling 100% British own-brand frozen meat.

Marks & Spencer demonstrates support for NI pork

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has introduced a new range of locally-sourced pork in its Northern Ireland stores.

Can supermarkets meet the demands of an increasing British appetite?

Increasing the amount of British meat on supermarket shelves may appeal to the struggling big four, but such a decision could be “challenging”, analysts claim. 

Binghams expands listings with Tesco

Potted beef and spreads producer Binghams has secured further listings with Tesco. 

NI meat supplier goes ‘Light and Lean’ at Asda

Finnebrogue Artisan has launched a ‘Light & Lean’ range of sausages in Asda stores across the UK, which it estimates will represent £2m worth of business in the first year of sale.

Eight-point action plan launched to promote Welsh Lamb among retailers

The Welsh farming union has launched an eight-point action plan, urging retailers to support Welsh sheep producers and to stock their produce. 

Last week to enter SuperMeat & Fish Retail and Supply Chain awards

This is the last week to submit your entries for the Retail and Supply Chain categories of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2017. 

Easter lamb volume drops, but fish swims ahead of competition

Lamb volume sales over Easter declined year-on-year as the overall meat, fish and poultry category saw a “less impressive” period for the holiday occasion compared to last year. 

Seasonal events boost Morrisons’ first-quarter sales

St Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter falling in quick succession has helped Morrisons to a strong first quarter. 

SuperMeat & Fish Awards: do not miss out

Deadlines for the SuperMeat & Fish Awards are approaching rapidly and retailers and suppliers who have not yet entered must ensure they submit their entries to have a shot at winning a trophy. 

Sainsbury’s performance slips despite online and convenience growth

Sainsbury’s like-for-like sales fell slightly over the past full year, as did pre-tax profit, despite growth in online and convenience grocery channels and a non-food boost from its Argos acquisition highlighted by CEO Mike Coupe. 

Co-op commits to British meat

As of today (Tuesday 2 May) The Co-operative will commit to sourcing only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb, ditching Danish bacon and New Zealand lamb.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards build momentum

Entries are underway for this year’s SuperMeat & Fish Awards, with Morrisons, Iceland and Aldi and a variety of suppliers all already stepping up to the plate.

Doherty & Gray signs £350k deal with Tesco

Northern Irish red meat processor Doherty & Gray has signed a £350,000 deal with Tesco Northern Ireland to produce a range of Tesco Finest burgers and beef burgers for selected Tesco stores UK-wide.

Ginsters launches major new poster campaign

Ginsters is to run a heavyweight six-sheet poster campaign across the UK from 8 May for four weeks, targeting shoppers across the grocery, impulse and convenience channels.

Range extension for Porky Lights planned

Porky Whites is planning a “significant range extension” to its Porky Lights range.

£18.6m ‘halo’ effect created by mini roast campaign

An AHDB Beef & Lamb campaign to grow sales of mini roasts has created a £18.6 million (m) halo effect for red meat joints. 

NFUS welcomes Marks & Spencer lamb pledge

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has welcomed Marks & Spencer’s commitment to stock more Scottish lamb. 

Fish making a splash this Easter

Alternatives to traditional Easter meats are rising in popularity this year, as fish is almost as popular as chicken. 

Morrisons and Tulip launch TGI Fridays-branded products

Tulip is launching sous vide barbecue-style products for Morrisons under the TGI Fridays brand, which are designed to enable shoppers to recreate the restaurant group’s dishes  quickly and conveniently at home.

Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bolster Booker’s meat sales

Wholesaler Booker saw a strong fourth quarter overall as its meat sales were boosted by dining events.

New listings for Moy Park snacking range

Moy Park has secured a deal with Ocado, Palmer and Harvey, and Nisa to list its new branded Good to Go snacking range. 

Morrisons shortens payment terms for small suppliers

As of 1 April 2017, retailer Morrisons will shorten its payment terms to a maximum of 14 days following receipt of a valid electronic invoice. 

Profit and accounting errors to cost Tesco over £235m

Tesco faces bills of over £235m after false accounting practices  led to overstating profits in its 29 August 2014 trading statement, but will avoid prosecution.

NFU welcomes Lidl’s British farming support pledge

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has praised retailer Lidl for its promise to support British farming by signing up to the Back British Farming Charter. 

On-the-go offering from Fire & Smoke

Kerry Foods is aiming to tap into the growing food-to-go market with the launch of a 50g format for its Fire & Smoke Chicken Chunks – in Fire Grilled and Sweet Heat versions. 

Convenience options drive Welsh lamb sector

Tapping into the convenience market has the potential to offer a £7.2 million opportunity for the Welsh lamb sector. 

Aldi adds Welsh Lamb products in Wales

Aldi is launching five new Welsh Lamb products to its stores in north Wales.

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