Supermarkets and Convenience

Fake farms help Tesco grow sales

Tesco’s 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

Aldi’s 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 & Spencer’s (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 AHDB’s 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 AHDB’s 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 McColl’s

Moy Park has secured new listings for its roast-in-the-bag range with Costco and McColl’s 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 retailer’s 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 Father’s Day. 

Burger sales skyrocket during heatwave

Hot weather and Team GB’s 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. 

Sainsbury’s joins the fight against waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s 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

It’s an early Christmas for Aldi as it picked up six awards at this year’s 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 butcher’s 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.

NFU complains to Trading Standards over Tesco fake farms

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has formally complained to the National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on food products. 

Morrisons crowned top retailer at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016

Morrisons has picked up the title of Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016.

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Tesco to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025

Tesco has announced that it is to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025 following a detailed review of its egg-sourcing strategy, which included consultation with suppliers, industry experts and other key stakeholders. 

Rubber contamination causes Tesco and Sainsbury’s recall

A precautionary recall for tinned Beef Ravioli that may be contaminated with rubber has been issued by Tesco and Sainsbury’s. 

Meatsnacks Group launches premium jerky range

Jerky producer Meatsnacks Group has announced listings of its new premium protein-packed snacks range Wild West Deli in Waitrose. 

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Aldi supports farmers with new-season Scotch lamb range

Aldi is stocking new season Scotch lamb as part of its commitment to supporting Scottish farmers. 

Netto fail to cost Sainsbury millions of pounds

Sainsbury must write down £20m worth of investment and face £10m costs after the failure of its joint venture with Dansk Supermarked Group to operate Netto discount stores in the UK.

Grocery market slips into decline for the first time since January

Latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 19 June 2016 have shown the market has slipped into decline for the first time since January. Supermarket sales fell by 0.2%, while like-for-like grocery prices declined by 1.4% on last year. 

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