Supermarkets and Convenience

Co-ops 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-ops 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 Valentines Day, Mothers 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.

Sainsburys performance slips despite online and convenience growth

Sainsburys 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 years 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 & Spencers 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 groups dishes quickly and conveniently at home.

Valentines and Mothers Day bolster Bookers 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 Lidls 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.

Meat sales romanced by Valentines Day

Consumer demand for meat, fish and poultry around Valentines Day has helped bolster volume and value sales.

Sainsburys plans meat product launches

Sainsburys is launching numerous own-label meat lines this spring and summer, targeting key consumer trends, such as barbecueing, the continuing burger craze and slow cooking.

Tesco introduces new fresh pet food range

Tesco has rolled out a full range of high-quality fresh pet food as demand for posh food treats for cats and dogs grows.

Kepak launches new range in bid to grow convenience sales

Kepak Convenience Foods has set out its ambition to double sales in the convenience channel by 2020, by capitalising on the gourmet burger trend with a new Rustlers range and packaging.

Meal deal options help grocery market grow

The latest grocery market share figures have shown that supermarket sales for the 12 weeks ending 26 February have grown at their fastest rate since June 2014, as more than 9 million was spent on meal deals compared to last years period.

Tesco recalls beef bolognese

Tesco has issued a recall notice for its frozen beef Tesco Spaghetti Bolognese 400g, due to undeclared egg.

Meat logistics included in Aldis 60m Cardiff hub

Aldis 60m Cardiff logistics hub will handle distribution of meat and other products to all its stores in Wales and the south west of England, according to the discount retailer.

Over two-thirds of Scottish retailers support local lamb, though more work to be done

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotlands Shelf Watch Survey has indicated a variance in the amount of Scottish lamb available in some of the countrys largest retailers.

Booths to stock Moy Park breaded chicken range

Northern Irelands Moy Park has gained listings in retailer Booths for its breaded chicken range.

Free-range poultry industry debate heats up

The British poultry industry has hit back at suggestions that welfare standards of non-RSPCA-Assured chickens are below acceptable levels.

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.

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