Supermarkets and Convenience

Tesco chief executive to step down

Tesco’s chief executive Philip Clarke is to step down in October following the supermarkets poor performance in a “challenging market”.

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The “‘sword of Damocles’ is hanging over the beef industry” due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

Price most important factor for meat buying public

Price is the most important consideration when buying meat for consumers, according to research comissioned by the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Meadow Vale gets Klucky

Meadow Vale Foods is offering suppliers the chance to win up to £500 through its new marketing campaign, Klucky.

NFU hits out at Tesco on British lamb policy

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has strongly criticised Tesco for promoting New Zealand lamb during the prime UK lamb season, which “misleads consumers”.

Meat body reports cooling for lamb prices

Lamb prices have cooled over the past five weeks, due to a strong sterling and extra availability of lambs on the market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Tesco crowned retailer of the year at SuperMeat

Last night’s SuperMeat & Fish Awards celebrated the best British supermarkets have to offer, with Tesco winning overall retailer of the year.

Fitness site offers zebra steaks

A UK fitness food website has added Zebra steaks to its line-up of exotic meats as they contain one-tenth of the fat found in beef, according to MuscleFood.com.

Lowest-ever food inflation recorded

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has recorded the lowest-ever rate of food inflation caused by “fierce competition”.

Welsh Lamb and Beef exports boost country’s economy

International sales of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef earned the Welsh economy more than £224 million last year, according to new figures.

Marks & Spencer sees food sales rise despite online problems

Despite heavy losses for Marks and Spencer (M&S) online, the department store chain has reported growth in food sales.

Waitrose raises price floor for British beef

In the wake of the UK’s beef pricing crisis, Waitrose has raised its “price floor” for British beef.

Beef industry gathers to tackle ‘perfect storm’

A “perfect storm” was responsible for the crisis affecting the beef industry as leaders and politicians gathered to find solutions with farming minister George Eustice this week.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards nearly here

The annual SuperMeat & Fish Awards are just around the corner, so make sure you’ve got your ticket sorted for the industry event of the year.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Northern Irish meat company seals gluten-free deal with Ocado

Northern Irish meat firm Doherty’s will launch gluten-free sausages, meatballs and burgers into the online supermarket Ocado.

Ostrich meat hits supermarket shelves

Ostrich meat is starting to appear on UK supermarket shelves, with Tesco trialling ostrich kebabs, and Lidl and Aldi due to stock the speciality meat later in the year.

Moy Park adds new instruction label on chickens

Moy Park is printing ‘No need to wash’ labels on its whole birds in support of the Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) campaign, ‘Don’t wash your chicken’.

Grocery Code survey reveals suppliers’ concerns

Results from a survey revealed at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) conference in Westminster yesterday (23 June) showed that suppliers feared retribution if they reported mistreatment by retailers.

Scottish bodies join forces on lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has announced it will work in partnership with other Scottish bodies to help further promote Scotch Lamb.

Groceries Code Adjudicator reports forensic audits success

Christine Tacon reported ‘significant progress’ at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Conference today (23 June) in Westminster, announcing that eight of the 10 largest retailers had made voluntary commitments to time-limit forensic audits of suppliers.

Pork Farms gets social for summer

Pork Farms has launched a new summer campaign promoting National Picnic Week and The National Village Cup, which it hopes will boost sales.

Campbells new haggis set to ‘fill market gap’

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a “gap in the market”, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Retailers enjoy World Cup effect as barbecue products soar

With the weather hotting up and the Football World Cup in full swing, retailers and processors have benefited from increased sales of barbecue products.

Holland’s puts on special World Cup price for pies

With the World Cup in full swing, Holland’s Pies is celebrating by pricing its pies at 66p throughout the tournament, commemorating 1966 – the year in which England was crowned world champions.

New shredded chicken goes down well with retailers

Nythe Farm Kitchen has launched a new shredded chicken product, which has been received well by the retail sector.

Poultry is UK’s number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A “complex international market” has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

High recognition for Red Tractor among children

Red Tractor Assurance reported that more than half of schoolchildren recognise and understand the Red Tractor Logo.

Dragon’s Den star partners butcher on sausage launch

Alf Turner sausages have been launched into Sainsbury’s stores with the help of Dragon’s Den star and business partner Peter Jones.

Sainsbury’s reports further slump in sales

A “challenging market” has seen Sainsbury’s post a second consecutive quarter of falling sales.

Nominations sought for pig award

Bpex is looking for nominations for this year’s prestigious David Black Award.

Fresh pork sales fall

Value and volume sales of fresh pork fell in the last quarter, according to Bpex’s Quarterly Category Report.

Aldi set to offer Wagyu steaks

Budget supermarket Aldi will now add Wagyu beef steaks from New Zealand to its growing range of premium meats.  

Tesco sees third consecutive quarter of sales decline

UK like-for-like sales have fallen yet again for Tesco, down 3.7% (excluding petrol), for the first quarter of 2014-2015.

Lamb in plentiful supply

Good spring weather has led to an increased number of lambs reaching the market, with auction prices firm, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Rise in online sales of pork

Bpex has welcomed reports that online sales for pork have increased, highlighting that pork purchasers are using modern purchasing methods.

Soil Association launches 2014 organic awards

The Soil Association has announced that its 2014 awards are now open for entries, with everything from food and drink to organic living awards up for grabs.

Book your seats for SuperMeat today

There is just over a month to go before we announce this year’s winner of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition is starting to hot up.

Morrisons reject claims of abattoir sale

Reports that Morrisons might be selling their Woodhead Bros abattoirs have been cast aside by the supermarket.

Last chance to create butcher of the future

The English meat industry has one last chance today to play a role in helping to design the butcher of the future.

New Moy Park products in Tesco

Moy Park launched two new branded Ready-to-Cook products in 23 Tesco stores across Northern Ireland this May.

Dragon’s Den sausage-maker adds Waitrose to customer list

Dragon’s Den competitor Joe Walters has reported he will supply Waitrose stores with his new range of “southern-style sausages”.

PTF head to retire

After 19 years as the director general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), Clare Cheney is retiring and will be succeeded by Terry Jones.

NI producers sign Asda sausage deal

Northern Irish pork processors Finnebrogue and Karro Food Group have secured a multi-million pound deal with Asda.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen relaunches grocery range

Burger restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has relaunched its grocery range, currently listed in Waitrose, in a new skin pack format to increase shelf life and sales, and reduce wastage.

Tulip joins campaign to combat worker exploitation

Meat manufacturer Tulip is the latest company to join the Stronger Together campaign to combat worker exploitation, human trafficking and forced labour.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Investment made in new meat DNA testing

Food advisory and testing group Exova has invested in new DNA testing equipment to confirm the source of meat found in products.

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