Supermarkets and Convenience

Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters Food Group

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, protein, effective from 4 April 2016.

The Black Farmer flies the flag ahead of new TV campaign

To coincide with its new TV campaign, The Black Farmer has updated the packaging on its gluten-free lines to include the Union Jack flag.

Red Tractor to run biggest ever BBQ promotion

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is urging multiple retailers, brand owners and the foodservice sector to get behind this years summer promotional campaign.

Deadline extended for entries to SuperMeat & Fish Awards

Due to the overwhelming number of entrants, the deadline for entries to this years SuperMeat & Fish Awards has been extended to 1 April.

Aldi commits to British lamb

Discounter Aldi has revealed its support for British farmers after selling fresh whole leg of British lamb in over 600 stores across the nation. It claims that this makes it one of the only major supermarkets to sell 100% fresh British lamb this Easter period.

Tesco goes up against discounters

In an effort to tackle the rising prominence of discounters such as Aldi and Lidl, supermarket giant Tesco is introducing seven sub-brands covering meat and poultry, as well as fresh produce. The new brands will comprise 76 products.

Deadline approaching for SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016

The deadline for entries to this years SuperMeat & Fish Awards is nearing and you have less than a month to secure your seat amongst the greats of the industry.

Volume sales of red meat suffer decline

Volume sales of beef, lamb and pork have all seen a decline over the 12 weeks to 28 February, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Iceland joins forces with XPO Logistics

Iceland has entered a five-year warehousing and distribution contract with transport solution provider XPO Logistics.

Aldi praised for driving pork sales

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised Aldi for boosting sales of pork.

FSA sets out new campylobacter goals

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out new targets for tackling campylobacter, including a focus on transparency and smaller processors.

Tesco takes steps to further reduce UK food waste

Software developer TAAP has produced a Food Surplus Application, aimed at reducing the disposal of surplus food in the retail sector, which is currently being deployed by Tesco.

Spar recalls Tikka Chicken Chunks

Spar (UK) is recalling its Tikka Chicken Chunks, due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause foodborne illness.

Calls for beef farmers to receive fair share of margins

National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland has called for cattle farmers to get a fairer share of the retail price of beef.

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI Assured Origin.

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Groups food division has today announced that it will be cutting the cost of over 200 of its own-brand British-sourced meat and poultry products.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016 now open for entries

One of the top nights in the meat industry is back for 2016. SuperMeat & Fish Awards is now accepting entries from retailers.

Sales of organic food on the rise

The UK organic food market grew 4.9% in sales in 2015, according to The Soil Associations 2016 Organic Market Report.

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens.

Scotbeef works with school to create burger for Aldi

A new Scotch beef burger has been created by a team of cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow as part of a Scotbeef initiative to get younger people excited about food.

Beef sales drop while chicken thrives

The meat sector saw continued deflation in the 12 weeks to 31 January 2016.

Cannon & Cannon launches new premium sliced meat range

Retailer and distributor Cannon & Cannon is to launch a new range of sliced packs to retail.

Cut price deals could damage industry, warns turkey farmer

Turkey producers have been warned that rearing birds to supply to local wholesale markets and auctions at spot prices will do long-term damage to the traditional Christmas turkey sector.

Steak revealed as the number one dish on Valentines Day

A new study has revealed that steak is the most sought-after dish on Valentine's Day.

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls the worst period of low prices for over half a decade.

Tesco provides opportunities to lamb farmers

Supermarket giant Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers to take part in a cost of production model for lamb trial, which is claimed to be the first of its kind.

Deli bacon and ham bucks the trend in falling grocery prices

Although grocery prices in January fell to their cheapest level in over a year, deli bacon and ham saw a rise of 4%. That is according to latest figures from mySupermarket.co.uk.

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

BEEFit expands listings

High-protein biltong snack company BEEFit has increased its availability into GNC and Tescos NutriCentre stores.

Convenience key to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry has been urged to give the consumer what they want through their products.

Tesco given supplier deadline by GCA

Tesco has been given a month to improve how it treats suppliers following an investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A 2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector.

Iceland enters agreement with CHEP

The UKs leading frozen food supermarket, Iceland, has entered into a new partnership with Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP).

Thermal insulation container set to help the industry in transporting cold foods

Refrigerated transport is often considered a major contributor towards carbon emissions. Provider of thermal insulation materials Enviro-Pod said that, aside from the high running cost of refrigerated transport, running chillers and doors being left open during the loading and reloading of stock also have a damaging effect on the environment.

Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance.

Sainsburys recalls Just Cook Chicken Breasts

Supermarket chain Sainsburys has recalled its Just Cook Chicken Breast with Piri Piri sauce (326g), due to some products being incorrectly packaged and containing Chicken and Bacon Lattice. This means the product contains milk and wheat, which is not mentioned on the product label.

Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

Turkey has been outperformed by chicken as Christmas traditions fall by the wayside.

Yorkshire Game sees 10% increase in turnover

Wild game and venison supplier Yorkshire Game has experienced a 10% rise in turnover as a result of investing in state-of-the-art processing equipment.

Pig farming like taking a punt at Ladbrokes

The National Pig Association (NPA) has warned that current low feed prices are doing nothing to reduce pig producers losses.

Cranswick gives it some Welly with new cooked meat brand

Cranswick has launched its new Welly brand of cooked meats.

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

Turkey and lamb grow sales in late winter

Lamb gave turkey a run for its money in the run-up to the Christmas period as sales skyrocketed.

Moy Park to provide innovative chicken range to Morrisons

Northern Irish poultry meat processor Moy Park has secured listings in all Morrisons stores across Great Britain with new Chicken Sensations.

Asda buys key meat suppliers Forza AW and Kober

Retailer Asda has purchased two of its key meat suppliers.

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme.

Volume outstrips value in Christmas meat sales

Volume sales of meat over the Christmas period outgrew value sales as competition between mainstream and discount retailers intensified.

Duck and goose sales take flight

Duck and goose were the success stories of the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish & Poultry Market Update.

Heck sausages launched in Budgens

Heck sausages have been launched in independent retail chain Budgens.

Scottish pie producer enters partnership with Aldi

Scotlands Wee Pie Company last week launched a range of quality pies in 61 of the countrys Aldi supermarket stores.

GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Associations (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons.

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