Supermarkets and Convenience

Swedish supermarket takes Scotch Beef across chain

Scotch Beef and Lamb will now be sold in all 1,300 stores of Sweden’s leading supermarket ICA.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

“The poultry meat industry likes recessions,” according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

IFE will be held at the ExCel centre in London
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Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase “exciting new beef and lamb product developments” at this year’s International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

Retailers’ pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotland’s Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asia’s growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s Outlook Conference were told.

EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods. 

Despite falling sales, bacon remained the most popular processed meat
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Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Retailers gear up for SuperMeat rivalry

Tesco will be hoping to defend its crown against rivals from across the supermarket sector as the industry gears up for the year’s most hotly contested contest in meat – the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015.

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

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 UK’s 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 BBC’s 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.

HMC is a halal certifying body
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Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s 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).

New packaging: “same great taste, 30% less salt”
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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.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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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 Eblex’s inaugural ‘England’s 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.

Andrew Rhodes is to move to the Department for Work and Pensions
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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 Britain’s 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 James Russell
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New MD for wholesale distribution firm

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

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