Supermarkets and Convenience

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.

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

QSM marketing kit will help summer sales sizzle

Eblex has issued members of the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme with promotional material to help butchers boost sales during the summer.

Scottish butchers strikes 1m contract with Asda

Scottish butchers, We Hae Meat, reported it has secured a 1m deal with Asda to sell its products in stores across Scotland.

Tesco deal boosts Hilton Food Groups volumes

A new agreement with Tesco has helped Hilton Food Group increase its volumes in the UK, according to its latest interim management statement.

NFU members able to report retailer breaches anonymously

Farmers can now anonymously report retailers for breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) thanks to a new scheme, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UKs leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

Welsh Lamb Club chef crowned Food Personality of the Year

Celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, a member of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales Welsh Lamb Club, has been named Food Personality of the Year at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Sainsburys alters lean mince labelling

Sainsburys has reported changes to its labelling of lean mince and reformulated its own-brand beef mince meat to remove fat.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Hollands teams with Guinness for new steak pie

Pie and pasty producer Hollands has teamed up with Guinness to launch a new Steak & Guinness Pie.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Muddy Boots steps into retail

Meat brand Muddy Boots has opened its first meat shop in Crouch End after turning down a lucrative Tesco deal last year.

Industry experts dismiss sensationalist supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

Morrisons positive despite drop in Q1 sales

Savings are set to continue at Morrisons as it reported a slump in sales for its first quarter.

Sainsburys profits bullish despite tough trading

Sainburys has reported growth in profits, despite a tough food retail environment.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotlands (NFUS) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Yorkshire Dales Meat extends bacon deal with Asda

After good sales figures since going into Asda stores in the north of England last summer, the Yorkshire Dales Meat Companys bacon will be going into 10 additional Asda branches.

Apple pie fought off savoury opposition to win pie title

A Bramley apple pie, produced by Morecambe Football Club, has been crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Morrisons enters meat price war fray

Morrisons is the latest supermarket to force down the prices of its everyday meat products, with bacon and mince seeing the biggest cuts.

Morrisons to expand meat processing site

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced plans to expand its meat processing site in Winsford Chesire, which will increase its workforce by 50%.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UKs supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Warning over misuse of halal on labelling

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has expressed fears of misuse of the term halal and urged the industry to be more proactive in ensuring products are labelled correctly.

Co-op to slash prices on everyday meats

The Co-operative has launched its latest price slashing campaign, Fair and Square, which has reinforced fears of a supermarket price war.

Heck wins Asda deal and predicts sector dominance

Sausage company Heck Food, which started selling in Tesco last April, has had its contract extended, as well as winning a new deal with Asda. Heck's founder told meatinfo.co.uk that it had been a great first year, and that Heck would be the number one premium sausage brand in 18 months.

QMS Lamb campaign up for marketing award

Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Wham Bam Thank You Lamb campaign has been shortlisted for a national marketing award.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsburys have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Co-operative announces disastrous results

The Co-operative has announced 2.5 billion (bn) losses for 2013, in a year that the interim chief executive called disastrous.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a chapter of change and opportunity, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

Tesco sees UK trading profit down 3.6%

Profits have fallen again at Tesco, with UK trading profit down 3.6% to just under 2.2bn, and group trading profit down 6% to 3.3bn.

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

Summer recipes for Welsh Beef and Lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has developed some new Welsh Beef and Lamb recipes, just in time for summer.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring infected meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in infected meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month a record low according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Waitrose stocks truffle sausage

Waitrose started selling a truffle sausage last week, in what it claimed was a supermarket first.

Scottish farmers union meets with upcoming Sainsburys boss

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has met with future Sainsburys CEO Mike Coupe, where he pledged the retailers commitment to British produce.

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