Supermarkets and Convenience

Warm weather boosts meat sales

An early May heatwave has lead to a growth in meat sales as British shoppers fired up the barbecues.

Tesco slides into the summer season with mini burger kit

Supermarket chain Tesco is capitalising on the North American barbecue trends with the introduction of what it claims to be the first home slider burger kit in the UK.

Latvian meat snacks launch in the UK

Rezekne Meat Factory, based in Latvia, has launched its new range of meat snacks, BOOMS, into the UK.

Easter volume sales growth for meat

The majority of fresh primary meats grew in terms of volume sales, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 24 April 2016.

Sainsburys outlines 100% British lamb sourcing commitment

Sainsburys has committed to source 100% British lamb by 1 July.

Spar extends ready-to-cook chicken range

Spar UK has launched two new ready-to-cook chicken evening meals.

Enter now for SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards 2016

Entries are now being accepted for this years SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards.

Supermarket sales growth slows

The major supermarkets have reported a slowdown in growth, with sales increasing by only 0.1% for the 12 weeks ending 24 April 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today (Wednesday 4 May 2016).

Industry celebrates Great British Food

Organisations from across the farming industry are joining forces to celebrate British food.

Supermarkets back mini roast category

Product development work by industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has seen supermarkets introduce 22 new lines into the mini-roast category in the last year.

Finalists for SuperMeat & Fish announced

The judges have cast their votes and come up with the shortlist for this years SuperMeat & Fish product awards.

Meat Business Women to host London networking event

Tickets are now available for Meat Business Womens third networking event on Wednesday 25 May.

Neck skin removal leads to campylobacter testing suspension

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to suspend its campylobacter testing programme, due to unreliable data caused by the increasing practice by retailers of removing neck skin on birds.

Shoppers shun supermarkets for online

Supermarkets may be losing trade as an increasing number of Brits turn to online to do their grocery shopping.

Waitrose in hot water for sourcing New Zealand lamb

Sheep farmers have been left angry with supermarket chain Waitrose after it marketed New Zealand lamb under its Duchy brand.

Meat sales benefit from an early Easter

The meat, fish and poultry sectors have experienced market growth off the back of the Easter period.

Asda to support British pork producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed that it will increase its fresh pork to 80% British by next year.

NFU reveals which supermarkets support British meat

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched an online supermarket sourcing guide that allows consumers to know who is backing British farming.

Parents encouraged to buy quality Scottish meat

Scotlands consumers are set to get an insight into the role that Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork plays in a balanced diet from an early age, thanks to a new series of weaning videos.

Supermarket sales experience fastest growth of the year

Latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel have shown that supermarket sales have increased 1.1% compared to the same period for last year.

Eating habits impact premium meats

Premium meat products could be impacted by consumers demand for convenience, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Tesco joins CIEL project

Tesco has become the first retail member of the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

Heron Foods recalls turkey breast joint

Heron Foods is recalling its basted turkey breast joint, due to a possible allergen (sulphite) presence, which is not mentioned on the ingredients list.

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.

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