Supermarkets and Convenience

Waitrose launches bacon trifle

Unconventional chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with Waitrose to introduce a Banana and Bacon Trifle just in time for Christmas.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen adds Sainsbury's to client list

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has secured listings for its chilled fresh burgers in more than 100 Sainsburys stores.

Scottish butcher receives supermarket backing for gluten-free haggis

Simon Howie, known as The Scottish Butcher, has announced his gluten-free haggis has received the support of four major supermarket chains.

Fresh turkey decline speeds up as Christmas approaches

Fresh turkey sales have been falling at a faster rate than in previous quarterly periods, according to 12-week figures just released by Kantar, against a backdrop of strong fish sales growth.

Aldi launches reduced-fat British lamb mince

Capitalising on the trend towards healthier options, retailer Aldi is introducing a reduced-fat, 100% British lamb mince.

Premium fresh meat category boosts sales for Tesco

Retail giant Tesco has experienced its second consecutive month of good news, after sales grew at their fastest rate in three years. In part, this can be attributed towards the premium Tesco Finest fresh meat range.

Aldi trumpets upmarket steaks with tactile labels

Global packaging firm Coveris has pioneered a new printing process used in the launch of Aldis 100% British Aberdeen Angus steaks.

JC Rook & Sons adds to trophy cabinet with BSW success

Fresh off the back of winning Meat Trades Journals Champion of Champions, Andrew Rook of JC Rook & Sons has been announced the winner of the Best British Banger.

Fake farms help Tesco grow sales

Tescos controversial in-house farm brands have helped the retailer grow sales by 1.3% in the 12 weeks to 9 October 2016, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Co-op launches Scottish bacon range

The Co-operative Scotland has introduced a new 100% Scottish Ayrshire-style bacon produced from Specially Selected Pork, available in 60 stores across the country.

Welsh Lamb receives supermarket support

Aldis commitment to stocking premium PGI Welsh Lamb this week has received applause from Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Industry welcomes M&S commitment to Scottish lamb

Representative bodies within the sheep and farming sector have greeted Marks & Spencers (M&S) announcement that it would only be sourcing fresh lamb sold in Scottish stores from Scottish farms.

MPs urged to take action on antibiotic use

An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Zac Goldsmith MP on veterinary antibiotic use is encouraging MPs to join the fight against the overuse of antibiotics in animals from which UK supermarkets source their meats.

Over three-quarters willing to pay more for free-range eggs

Seventy-eight per cent of UK shoppers who buy free-range eggs said they would be prepared to pay a premium for them, according to a OnePoll survey.

British charcuterie range launched by Eversfield Organic

Devon-based Eversfield Organic has launched what it has called an exciting range of all-British organic charcuterie.

MRSA strains found in UK supermarket pork

Pork purchased at two leading British supermarkets has been found to be infected with strains of MRSA.

Volume sales of fresh meat on the rise but value slides

Volume sales of beef, chicken and turkey continue to see volume sales growth but are struggling in value terms.

Aldi launches new Aberdeen Angus steak range

Discount supermarket Aldi has relaunched its entire range of top tier beef and replaced it with premium Aberdeen Angus.

Welsh-Danish connections grow following 20% sales rise

Carmarthenshire farmers Huw and Sheila Davies played host to visitors from Denmark following promotions by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) that saw a 20% uplift in sales of Welsh lamb.

Pork campaign sparks jump in sales

Phase two of the AHDBs Pulled Pork campaign in March helped boost value sales of pork by 13 million.

Asda called on to support British producers

Following on from a recent beef and lamb country-of-origin survey, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on Asda to improve its commitment to supplying British red meat.

Frozen meal range inspired by American flavours

Kerry Foods The Shack brand has launched nine meal options exclusively to Iceland.

Aldi highlights importance of backing British

Discounter supermarket chain Aldi has demonstrated its commitment to supplying British beef and lamb, following on from AHDBs Beef & Lamb Watch Country of Origin Survey.

Co-op expands British meat initiative

The Co-op has boosted its support for British farmers, announcing a move to 100% British sourcing for all fresh bacon and lamb.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards contribute to Morrisons success

Supermarket chain Morrisons has credited Meat Trades Journal in the midst of a positive half-year performance and industry wins.

Moy Park roast-in-the-bag range launched in Costco and McColls

Moy Park has secured new listings for its roast-in-the-bag range with Costco and McColls convenience stores.

Farmers encourage consumers to buy British during Red Tractor Week

Members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) will have a presence in supermarkets across the country to communicate the importance of British food in support of Red Tractor Week (12 18 September).

Morrisons cuts meat and poultry prices by 12%

This week will see supermarket chain Morrisons cut prices of its meat and poultry products by 12% in an effort to help families cook more with meat this autumn.

Antibiotic-resistant E.coli in supermarket meat worse than expected

A new study has shown extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics - used to treat human E.coli infections present in British supermarket chicken and pork.

New eye-catching look for Ginsters sandwiches

Ginsters has revealed a new image for its sandwich range.

Consumers confused over lamb products

Consumer research undertaken by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has shown that over half of shoppers are confused as to when lamb is in season.

Westaway Sausages announces partnership with Co-op

Devon-based Westaway Sausages has signed a new contract with the Co-op to supply sausages to the retailers outlets across the south-west.

Love Lamb Week set to start

Scotch Lamb promotions will take off from 1-7 September, with 36 planned in retailers across Scotland during the UK-wide Love Lamb Week.

Aldi capitalises on wagyu demand with rump steak offer

Supermarket chain Aldi is securing its position as the largest retailer of wagyu steak following on from the success of its wagyu rib-eye and sirloin steaks for Fathers Day.

Burger sales skyrocket during heatwave

Hot weather and Team GBs success at the Olympic Games in Rio have combined to give burger sales a much-needed boost.

Tesco and Aldi revealed as best supporters of Scottish beef

Tesco and Aldi were named as the only two multiples in which shoppers were guaranteed that any burgers they bought would be Scottish, according to the latest shelf watch carried out by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland.

Spar commits to cage-free eggs by 2025

Spar has become the latest supermarket to commit to using cage-free eggs by 2025 after revising its suppliers.

Haloodies launches packaging for new cooked-foods range

Halal food brand Haloodies has partnered with packaging manufacturer Coveris, design agency theSpiritof, and supplier CP Foods for the retail launch of its new range in Tesco.

Lidl shows support for Scotch Beef

Scottish beef is receiving support from a Lidl campaign, which is being backed by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland.

Sainsburys joins the fight against waste

Supermarket chain Sainsburys is the latest retailer to do its part in fighting waste by introducing a new snap-pack to its range of Taste the Difference sausages.

Burgers and sausages see depressed sales volume

Sales of traditional barbecue products such as burgers and sausages have come under pressure as consumers favour primary and sous vide barbecue products, figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicated.

SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Product Awards unveiled

Its an early Christmas for Aldi as it picked up six awards at this years SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Product Awards.

Provenance becoming more important with Welsh shoppers

Welsh shoppers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from, according to a new consumer survey from Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Who are the winners of the SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Product Awards?

It may be the middle of summer despite what the weather might suggest but Meat Trades Journal is getting ready to reveal the winners of its Christmas Product Awards.

Brexit result has no immediate impact on retailers

Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending Sunday, 17 July 2016 show that the supermarket sector has experienced slow growth, with sales up by 0.1% compared to last year.

Blakemore Fresh Foods expansion pays dividends

Blakemore Fresh Foods has reported a year of record sales, attributing the success to expansion over the period.

Haloodies halal chicken range hits Tesco

Halal food brand Haloodies has won listings in Tesco for the first time.

High Wycombe Asda welcomes halal butcher counter

A halal butchers is to be installed into an Asda branch in High Wycombe as part of a 1.7 million investment.

Shorthorn Cattle Society to supply beef to Morrisons

After six years in the works, the Shorthorn Cattle Society will be supplying beef exclusively to Morrisons for an undisclosed sum.

We Hae Meat launches breakfast pie with Asda

Following a social media campaign calling for followers to put forward their perfect pie recipe, We Hae Meat has unveiled a new breakfast pie to be sold in 48 Scottish Asda stores.

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