Supermarkets and Convenience

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

Tulip to relaunch Danepak bacon

UK pork producer Tulip is to relaunch its iconic bacon brand, Danepak, early next year.

Devro turns in solid performance

Despite sliding profits in the first half of the year, Devro has released its third-quarter (Q3) statement showing trading is “in line with expectations”.

Welsh minister presents Beef and Lamb DVD to Sial delegates

Wales’ deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans attended the Welsh stand at Sial Paris this year, and launched a multilingual DVD to promote Welsh meat to different markets.

Cranswick moves into poultry with Yorkshire purchase

Pork processors Cranswick will make its first move into poultry with the acquisition of a fellow Yorkshire firm Benson Park.

BPC defends UK chicken rearing standards, following BBC report

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has responded to a BBC article. Do people know where their chicken comes from?, which looks at intensive chicken farming in the UK.

Tesco chairman steps down amid £263m profits overstatement

Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down as Tesco’s chairman after a gross overstatement of profits totalling £263m.

French importer rewarded for commitment to Scotch Lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has rewarded a French importer for its commitment to Scotch Lamb.

Study finds lower sperm count in vegetarians

A study into sperm count and diet found vegetarian men to have significantly lower sperm motility and concentration.

Lamb prices start to rise

Lamb prices are beginning to pick up after declining over recent months, but they still remain lower than last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Eblex gains marketing boost for lamb from EU

Eblex has announced it will receive a £6.17m boost for a co-marketing campaign set to encourage more people in Europe to cook with lamb.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews’ rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry’s campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

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 year’s 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 board’s expectations”.

Dragon’s Den star lists new spicy sausage with Asda

Dragon’s Den star Alf Turner has launched a new spiced sausage, Dragon’s 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 retailer’s 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 season’s high-quality lamb.

Golfing day brings in £6k for meat charity

The country’s 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.

Britain’s 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

Scotland’s 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 RSPCA’s 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 year’s British Sausage Week.

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