Supermarkets and Convenience

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

Tesco back in growth, although market share falls

Tesco has returned to growth for the first time in over a year, according to the latest market research by analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a challenging market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal cruelty

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat.

Tulip introduce pulled pork in cans

Pork-producing giant Tulip has launched the UKs first canned pulled pork product, which it believes will revitalise the canned meat category.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new 2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Lucas clarifies allergens on website

Lucas Ingredients has added a new section to its website to provide clear information on any allergens present in particular products.

Eblex adds video news and ask feature to web

Beef and sheep levy board Eblex has launched a monthly online news round-up video, which reports the latest industry news and market information in a short, easily-digestible form.

Tesco under investgation for alleged Groceries Code breaches

Tesco is to be investigated following reasonable suspicion that the retailer breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Irish meat firm expands UK retail presence

Irish cooked meat company Green Farm Foods is celebrating securing three new UK listings for its range of premium carvery products.

FSA launches e-newsletter on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) e-newsletter.

Masterchef winner heads Scotch Beef campaign

Winner of BBCs Masterchef: The Professionals Jamie Scott has launched a new campaign to promote Scotch Beef PGI.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Campylobacter campaign launched

Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Cranswick sees rise in Q3 sales following strong Christmas

Pork processor Cranswick has released its third-quarter trading statement showing sales to be slightly up on last year.

UK meat production sees upturn in 2014

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UKs first bacon-tasting product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Grillstock launches first retail range

BBQ brand Grillstock has partnered with Tulip to introduce its first Smokehouse retail range.

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Tulip reduces salt for Danepak bacon

Tulip has revealed its Danepak bacon will contain 30% less salt than normal bacon as the result of a new curing process.

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

Irish pork processor gains Aldi listing

Family-run Irish pork processor Connolly Meats has secured a new contract with Aldi in Ireland.

Steak contest finalists announced

The finalists of Eblexs inaugural Englands Best Sirloin Steak competition have been announced after significant interest from businesses.

Importance of leather highlighted to meat industry

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is opening its doors on 17 February to highlight the importance of leather, as a sector, to the meat industry.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Welfare activists hijack Red Meat Month Twitter account

The Red Meat Month campaign being promoted by MP Neil Parish has been hijacked on social media by animal welfare activists.

New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

MP pursues Red Meat Month campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was only fair to launch a Red Meat Month to celebrate Britains livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Market factors boost pig industry

The recent fall in price of UK pork and the legacy of horsegate are giving the pig industry a boost, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eblex and Bpex set for name change

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced changes to Eblex and Bpex as part of its rebranding to create a simplified family of brands.

First networking seminar for women in the meat industry

World Cup-winning England rugby captain Katy McLean MBE will speak at the inaugural networking seminar for women in the meat industry.

Dalesman invests 750k in extension

The Dalesman Group has invested 750,000 in an extension of its Bradford headquarters, including a new pilot plant and development kitchen.

New MD for wholesale distribution firm

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the companys wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Morrisons boss steps down, as retailer sees sales fall

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Phillips is to leave the company after five years in his role, as the supermarket announced a fall in like-for-like sales (LFLs).

Welsh red meat body targets Dutch market

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to boost demand abroad as it prepares to showcase Welsh Lamb and Beef at the Netherlands largest hospitality fair next week.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised its campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against scandalously high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Bernard Matthews announces 90 new jobs

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk.

Eblex strengthens communications team

Eblex has increased the size of its communications team after calls from levy payers and stakeholders for more information to help drive the industry forward.

Environment Secretary pledges commitment to food and farming industry

The food and farming industry is at the core of the governments long-term economic plan, according to environment secretary Liz Truss, as the future British farming was debated at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Sainsburys to cut meat and poultry prices amid Q3 sales fall

Sainsburys has announced price cuts to its meat and poultry categories as the supermarkets Christmas sales fell for the first time in a decade.

Reorganisation sets Scottish meat firm on path for future

Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported stronger results following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October 2014.

Competition body steps up investigation on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

A phase two investigation has began into the proposed merger of the chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business of Kerry Foods Limited and Pork Farms, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reported.

New study linking red meat and cancer will be harder to prove in humans

New research has apparently uncovered a link between red meat consumption and the formation of cancerous tumours.

Festive meat sales see decline compared with 2013

Christmas meat sales were down on last year, despite a last-minute surge from shoppers, according to IRI data.

Cattle market begins to stabilise

The cattle market is demonstrating stability as the year draws to a close, according to Eblex.

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