Supermarkets and Convenience

Retail price war: will the discounters win ground in meat?

A retail price war will continue in 2017 as the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl, compete with the supermarket giants and each other for increased meat sales.

Organic meat sales remain static in 2016

Sales of organic meat, fish and poultry in the UK saw a slight year-on-year dip, despite an overall growth in the organic category.

Morrisons recall follows Listeria discovery

Morrisons is recalling a batch of Peppered Beef Slices following the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

Morrisons seeks future Great British suppliers

Retailer Morrisons has announced it is searching for new domestic food producers to supply the supermarket chain.

Young consumers targeted as driving food retail

Farmers are being told to position themselves to meet obstacles as the food retail sector is expected to be impacted by the current political climate.

Clarity urged on online origin labelling

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called for more information on a products country of origin to be provided for online shoppers.

Strive Beef Biltong secures first major distributor

Meatsnacks Group Ltd has announced that its Strive Beef Biltong range will launch nationwide through BP Marks & Spencer Simply Food forecourts at the beginning of March 2017.

Waitrose to rebrand lamb products over origin concerns

Supermarket chain Waitrose has responded to the unacceptable labelling of New Zealand lamb branded as Waitrose British by committing to clearer labels.

Linden Foods launches gourmet burger range

Northern Irish meat processor Linden Food Group has introduced a new 20-strong range of gourmet burgers.

Herdwick lamb back in Booths

Herdwick lamb has returned to retailer Booths for a limited four-month season.

Morrisons' New Zealand lamb offer criticised by NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on Morrisons to adhere to its 100% British lamb policy when sourcing all of its own products.

Morrisons gets romantic with luxury steak for Valentines Day

Supermarket chain Morrisons is raising the steaks this Valentines Day with its 21-day matured British beef chateaubriand steak.

Co-op underlines successes amid Aldi market share coup

The Co-op has responded to news that Aldi has overtaken it as the fifth biggest grocery retailer, highlighting the successes it has enjoyed over the past year.

ABP Wessex adds to Oakridge BBQ House range

ABP Wessex has introduced two new products to its Oakridge BBQ House collection.

Muscle Food launches new meat-based meals

Online retailer MuscleFood.com has introduced a Live Clean ready meal range each containing fewer than 500 calories and entirely free of additives and preservatives.

British pork product facings decline in November

The proportion of British pork products in retail outlets fell in November 2016, according to the latest AHDB Porkwatch survey.

NPA seeks assurances for pork industry following Tesco/Booker deal

The National Pig Association (NPA) has called for assurances for the pork supply chain, following Tescos acquisition of Booker, the UKs largest food wholesaler and owner of Londis and Budgens.

Tesco and Booker announce food business merger

Retailer Tesco is to acquire wholesaler Booker in a deal worth 3.7bn.

National Farmers' Union airs fears over supermarkets anti-meat agenda

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed major concerns over an initiative to encourage consumers to eat more vegetarian options.

Hecks heart-shaped sausages return for Valentines Day

Heck is getting into the romantic spirit again with its latest limited-edition offering.

Supermarket chain Aldi launches new lean mince

Aldi is to launch a limited edition flexitarian offering through its Specialbuy range.

Greggs launches delivery service in London

Sausage rolls, pasties and steak bakes are now available for delivery in the UKs capital city.

Tesco recalls Takeaway Chicken due to cashew ingredient that was not named on label

Supermarket giant Tesco has recalled two batches of its Tesco Takeaway Chicken because the sauce contains cashew nuts, which is not mentioned on the label, and presents a potential health risk.

Marks & Spencer introduces low-calorie pork sausage

To help people stick to their New Years diet, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a Skinny Sausage, containing as few as 78kcals.

The Yorkshire Meatball Co rolls its products into Morrisons

The Yorkshire Meatball Co has announced it has gained listings with Morrisons.

NFU: independent grocery code watchdog vital amid consolidation

An independent Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) is essential to maintain fair trading amid industry consolidation, according to NFU president Meurig Raymond, who praised Christine Tacons positive influence on supermarkets.

Premium meat and fish lines win big over Christmas

Premium cooked meats and fish were big winners at major retailers tills this Christmas, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

The Jolly Hog hits more Sainsburys stores

Sausage producer The Jolly Hog has gained additional listings in Sainsburys stores.

Morrisons brings in New Year with cuts to meat prices

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced a price cut on 800 items to help families eat wholesome food this January.

Beef volumes grow, but value sales falter as prices fall

Beef sales experienced strong volume growth in the 12 weeks before December, but value sales remained static compared to the same period last year.

M&S slammed after distressing footage of broiler plant released

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised Marks & Spencer after releasing footage of a chicken broiler plant, which the campaign group says supplies the retailer, showing birds living in a stressful environment.

Rare-breed Narragansett turkey makes Tesco return

After a 70-year absence, the Narragansett turkey has made a return to supermarket shelves.

Tesco meat volume sales outperform value

Supermarkets premium own-label brands have experienced a strong performance in the run-up to Christmas.

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.

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