Supermarkets and Convenience

QMS wins award for lamb campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has picked up another marketing award for its successful Wham bam thank you lamb campaign.

Sausage Week competition reveals brand finalists

The finalists in the Brands category of this years British Sausage Week competition have now been revealed.

Feature: Sial - 50 years young

Sial is back in 2014 with a number of new developments, as well as a 50th anniversary to celebrate.

Bakers' and Butchers' Fair 2014: the day in pictures

The Bakers and Buthers Autumn Fair 2014, held at Newark Showground, seen butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Cranswick reports positive performance

Cranswick has released its trading statement for the first six months of the year, in which it reported trading was in line with the boards expectations.

Dragons Den star lists new spicy sausage with Asda

Dragons Den star Alf Turner has launched a new spiced sausage, Dragons Fury, which will be launched into 200 Asda stores.

Three new members join AHDB board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Board (AHDB) has appointed three new board members.

X Factor finalist helps promote British lamb

Former X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon has teamed up with Eblex to promote British lamb in a series of recipe videos.

Morrisons offers Beef Shorthorn cattle premium

Morrisons is offering a premium price for Beef Shorthorn-sired cattle for its Traditional Beef Scheme.

M&S appoints new agriculture manager

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has appointed Peter Kennedy from Tesco as its new agriculture manager, in charge of sourcing pig and poultry meat.

Northern meats feature in retailers new Christmas Book

North of England supermarket chain Booths has released a Christmas Book, featuring northern meat products which are now available for delivery across the country.

Bpex reveals sausage finalists in multiple retailer and brands category

British Sausage Week has announced the finalists for its multiple retailer and brands sausage category after a week of intense judging.

Eblex targets foodservice with Lamb Specials folder

Eblex has created a collection of Lamb Specials, aimed at the foodservice sector, to promote this seasons high-quality lamb.

Golfing day brings in 6k for meat charity

The countrys largest meat charity, the Butchers & Drovers Charitable Institution (BDCI), has managed to raise nearly 6,000 through a fundraising golf day attended by 85 golfers.

Britains best bakers and butchers to descend on Newark

Next weekend will see butchers across the UK gather in Newark for the ever-popular Autumn Bakers & Butchers Fair. Featuring competitions, speakers and the latest market innovations there will be plenty on offer for visitors.

GCA asks Tesco to look at attitude to suppliers

Just one week after Tesco announced a serious over-stating of profits and another meat contamination case, Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon said she has asked the retailer to examine its behaviour towards suppliers.

Sheep prices set to struggle into 2015

The UK sheep trade is set to remain under pressure into the new year due to various reasons, according to Eblex.

Tesco discovers more meat contamination

Tesco has suffered a further blow after testing revealed unlabelled meat content in products including venison burgers and pork sausages.

Morrisons takes top turkey title

Morrisons was celebrating after scooping the top title in the annual British Turkey Awards last week.

Morrisons aims for better beef production

Morrisons has revealed new beef farming protocol, which aims to reduce the time it takes to prepare cattle for slaughter by up to 10 months.

Deer association launches venison quality mark

With the popularity of venison soaring as reported by Kantar Worldpanel, a new quality assurance mark has been launched to ensure welfare and quality standards for retailers and consumers.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

Online artisan butchery Meat Porter has announced a partnership with renowned British duck producer Gressingham.

Slowest growth ever for supermarket sales

Intense competition and zero price inflation mean supermarket sales are growing at the slowest rate ever recorded, according to recent figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

New lamb supplier goes direct online

A new meat brand, Upper Teesdale Limited, is taking on the supermarkets by offering farmers higher returns, while shortening the lamb supply chain.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an 11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Tesco suspends executives after overstating profits

Tesco has suspended four executives including its managing director after revealing that it had overstated its profits for the six months to 23 August 2014.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotlands farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

Close ties with supermarkets pay dividends for meat producers

The annual Food and Drink index from OCC&C Strategy Consulants has predicted a tough year ahead for meat producers, while those integrated with supermarkets are performing better.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

NFU takes to social media to expose foreign lamb retailing

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging producers to take to social media to bring retailers who are promoting out-of-season foreign lamb into light.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

Asda launches Roast in a Tray range

Asda is hoping to shake up the roasting category with the launch of an innovative new product range that aims to introduce further convenience to the roast dinner.

Morrisons sees drop in LFLs

Morrisons has claimed conditions are tough as it released its half-year results, showing a 7.4% fall in like-for-like sales.

RSPCA rebrands animal welfare scheme

The RSPCAs animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to RSPCA Assured in response to consumer research.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this years British Sausage Week.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

Sausage firm gets a hand from TV business guru

Sausage company Heck has had a helping hand from retail guru Alex Polizzi, appearing on her new BBC2 series The Fixer.

Moy Park introduces new chicken range

Moy Park has launched a new range of pre-prepared, added-value chicken products under its Good Kitchen brand.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

Butchers targets students with value meat box

Butchers shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Linden Foods introduces meat boxes range to Fane Valley

Red meat processor Linden Foods has revealed a new range of meat boxes to be sold in Fane Valley Co-operative stores in Northern Ireland.

FSA inspectors take second strike action

The second day of Unison strikes went ahead yesterday (27 August) as Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors walked out over pay.

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