Supermarkets and Convenience

Manufacturer joins food waste initiative

Rigid plastics packaging manufacturer RPC Group has joined the SAVE FOOD campaign, which aims to fight global food loss and waste.

Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

Job losses at Asda head office

A number of job losses are expected at Asda’s head offices following a structural review at the retailer.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Tesco cowed by ad blunder

Tesco has found itself in hot water after a gaffe over its latest milk adverts led to farmers and the general public milking it for all it is worth.

Swedish supermarket giant to sell Welsh Lamb

‘Europe’s largest supermarket’, which will open in Sweden in April, will stock a range of PGI Welsh Lamb products.

Funding approved for Isle of Man Meats factory

A £1.6 million investment package for Isle of Man Meats’ ailing factory has been approved by the parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald.

Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition judges the weird and wonderful

The 2014 Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition saw a whole range of innovative entries, showcasing the best the county’s butchers have to offer.

Morrisons to stock New Zealand lamb

Morrisons will offer New Zealand lamb this spring, before reverting back to 100% British in June.

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

Sales down in Sainsbury’s Q4 results

Total and like-for-like sales were down in Sainsbury’s fourth-quarter results for the 10 weeks to 15 March 2014, as the grocery retail market remained tough.

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

Morrisons posts loss before tax

Morrisons has revealed a loss before tax of £176m in its full results for the year to 2 February 2014, down from a profit of £879m this time last year.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

Jerky firm teams with health magazine

A leading meat snack company is hoping to tap into the health sector with the launch of a new Men’s Health branded beef jerky snacking range.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

Environmentalists to launch Meat Free May

Not content with meat-free Mondays, environmental campaigners have launched a campaign to encourage consumers to sign up to a whole month of meat abstinence with the launch of Meat Free May.

Eblex gets behind new beef cuts

Eblex is promoting its new beef cut development programme in an attempt to counteract declining beef consumption in the home.

SuperMeat to reward 'best of the best'

The big multiple retail chains are gearing up for this year’s prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition looks set to be intense.

High street consumers more confident, finds report

Consumer confidence is returning to the high street, with around one in five shoppers, or 19%, now expecting to be better off in the year ahead. Those numbers are the highest confidence boost since January 2011, when only 10% felt they would be better off.

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

NFU wants retailers to ‘value British food more’

The NFU has urged supermarkets not to devalue British food by entering price wars which could undermine farmers.

Pork supplier clinches Spanish deal

A Northern Irish meat processor is celebrating after landing a deal to supply a leading wholesaler in Spain.

Devro announces decline in pre-tax profits

Scottish manufacturer of collagen sausage casings Devro has revealed pre-tax profit fell 4.5% to £37.5m for the full year ended 31 December 2013.

The Co-operative loses Good Chicken Award

The Co-operative has been stripped of its Good Chicken Award by Compassion in World Farming (CiWF), after bowing down to consumer demand for cheaper food.

Tesco backs veggie week

Tesco has been announced as the headline sponsor for National Vegetarian Week, which organisers use to campaign for people to move to a meat free diet.

Suspected illegal meat operations discovered in the Midlands and Northern Ireland

Suspected illegal meat operations were discovered and products seized in separate investigations in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Beef jerky business sold to customer

Bare Earth, producer of Biltong dried meat snacks, has been sold to customer Mariani Foods Europe in a pre-pack deal.

Survey suggests poor understanding about red meat nutrition could be detrimental

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has carried out a survey which it says reveals a lack of understanding on the nutritional value of red meat, causing a knowledge gap that could be detrimental to UK health.

New Malcolm Allan factory officially opened

Scottish family butcher Malcolm Allan’s new factory was officially opened by MSP Richard Lochhead yesterday (25 February), following a £4m investment.

Kerry Group achieves ‘good underlying growth’ in 2013

Kerry Foods Group has revealed figures showing a solid financial performance in 2013.

Stars of the future announced at MTC and IOM awards

The Institute of Meat (IOM) and Meat Training Council (MTC) Awards, held at the historic Butchers’ Hall in London on 25 February, saw a number of winners rewarded for endeavour and excellence within meat industry training.

Huge Co-op losses to lead to sale of farms

The Co-operative is reportedly set to announce losses of £2bn for 2013, and is likely to sell its farming operations.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Northern Ireland firm scoops top processor award

Northern Irish-based processor Linden Foods was celebrating after taking home the title of Processing Business of the Year at the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Dunbia strengthens position in Scotland

Leading red meat processor Dunbia has announced further expansion into Scotland with the purchase of Lynch Quality Meats in Ayr.

Booker boss advises food industry to change strategy

Food suppliers need to rethink their strategies and avoid being “ground down” by the supermarkets for “limited growth”, according to the chief executive of wholesale giant Booker.

Video: Outlook Conference 2014 review

The 2014 AHDB Outlook Conference was held at One George Street in Westminster, London. Speakers included George Eustice MP, Connor McVeigh from McDonald's and Richard Brown from Gira.

Constraint in long-term beef supplies

Beef supplies will remain tight into the long term, but consumer demand remains robust, delegates to the Outlook Conference were told.

New Red Tractor logo launched

A new ‘Made with’ Red Tractor logo has been launched to provide assurances over the contents of ready meals and pies.

Expert says 2014 meat outlook is positive

Richard Brown, director of consultancy and research company Gira, talked positively about the trading environment for the UK meat industry at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday.

SuperMeat rivalry gets under way

Morrisons will be hoping to make it three on the trot as the supermarket sector gears up for the annual prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2014.

Analysts find 38% of food samples are mislabelled

A West Yorkshire public laboratory has published findings from a six-month study, showing that 38% of food products, including meat, were mislabelled or had compositional faults.

MEPs reject labelling proposal in spite of RSPCA support

MEPs have rejected a European Commission proposal on country-of-origin labelling as not being comprehensive enough, but the RSPCA say parliament’s opposition could be a step backwards.

Halal Authority Board plans conference

A conference is set to be held to establish a consensus within the halal community when it comes to the ritual slaughter of poultry.

April arrives at 2 Sisters

April Preston, former head of food product development at Marks & Spencer, has been appointed as innovation director at 2 Sisters Food Group.

Groceries Supply Code of Practice under discussion

Suppliers to the multiple retailers were now “protected and represented” according to the new Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), but others have their doubts, a forum in Westminster heard this week.

Asda meat trader receives Peter Asquith award

Jim Viggars, the face of Asda’s TV adverts for meat, has been awarded the supermarket’s internal Peter Asquith award after 30 years at the retailing giant.

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