Supermarkets and Convenience

Latest grocery figures show slight growth

Total grocery market sales have grown by only 0.1% compared to last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The latest grocery figures showed minimal growth for the 12 weeks ending 6 December 2016.

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UKs food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms.

Discounters experience increase in fresh meat sales

Value for money supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have seen a rise in fresh meat sales in the face of an unpredictable market.

Sainsburys plans an environmentally friendly future

Supermarket chain Sainsburys has continued its progress towards a more sustainable future by introducing what it claims to be the worlds first naturally refrigerated truck.

Welsh promotional campaign hailed a success

In-store promotion is very customer-friendly and increases sales, according to Welsh butchers.

Fresh turkey consumer prices fall in time for Christmas

The cost of a fresh turkey has seen a year-on-year decreases as supermarkets look to offer value at Christmas.

Further deflation for food prices

Food prices experienced yet more deflation in November.

Misleading gammon labelling to be named and shamed this Christmas

Retailers not supporting Britains high-welfare pig farmers this Christmas season can expect to be named and shamed by the National Pig Association (NPA).

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Whole Foods Markets to supply edible insects

Grub, an edible insect company, has announced it has secured its first listing for the Roasted Cricket snack range with Whole Foods Markets.

Teamwork core to success, says Welsh red meat body

The supply chain has been called on to work together to promote PGI branded Welsh Lamb products.

Food deflation deepens

Food deflation has deepened to 3% year-on-year, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for October 2015.

We Hae Meat celebrates partnership with The Co-operative

Ayrshire-based family butcher business We Hae Meat has forged a supply deal worth 600,000 with 50 Co-operative stores throughout Scotland.

Lidl continues festive spirit

Lidl is to sell reindeer for the fifth year running as part of its Christmas product range.

Discounters take 10% share of UK grocery sector

Aldi and Lidl have a combined 10% share of the grocery market for the first time, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel (12 weeks ending 8 November 2015) have revealed.

Irish farmers address mislabelled red meat concerns

Members of the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) met with environmental health officers (EHOs) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise concerns about the mislabelling of red meat.

Tesco on course for campylobacter reduction target

Supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it has driven down campylobacter at the highest level in its fresh chickens to less than 9%.

Phenomenal success for Red Tractor Assurance

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) has declared the largest-ever on-pack promotion, to raise its profile, as a phenomenal success.

Sainsburys looks forward, despite suffering sales decline

The latest interim results for supermarket chain Sainsburys have revealed that deflation has had a damaging impact on grocery sales.

Fast food chains targeted for Living Wage protests

Fast food chains including McDonalds and Burger King will face protests from members of the GMB union about the Living Wage today.


Retail food sales slow for October

Total food sales remained flat for the month of October based on like-for-like sales, although the three-month and 12-month rolling average experienced small growth. Thats according to BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor for October 2015.

New pts launched by Castle MacLellan

Castle MacLellan has launched two new pts for the festive season.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sees sales success due to premium demand

Premium burger chain, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, has cooked up 1 million of retail sales already this year.

Tesco makes lamb pack pledge

Tesco is to stop selling lamb products in mixed origin packs following a meeting with the National Farmers Union (NFU).

New Debbie & Andrews campaign details sausage expertise

Debbie & Andrews has launched a new campaign outlining everything it takes to make a great sausage.

New Beefit biltong range launched

A new range of biltong that is marketed on its healthy credentials is being launched.

Spar recalls Chicken Bites

As a precaution, Spar is recalling a batch of its Chicken Bites Snack Bag 56g owing to a limited presence of mould.

New food label a hit with consumers

The RSPCA has said its new ethical food label, RSPCA Assured, which has replaced Freedom Food, has proved a success with shoppers four months after it launched.

Meat sees value and volume sales growth

Fresh meat, processed meat and cooked meat are all in growth, according to the latest meat, fish and poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 11 October 2015.

Snaffling Pig Co hits Ocado

Pork crackling producer The Snaffling Pig Co has expanded its distribution listings and is to be made available through Ocado at the end of October.

Lidl praised for stocking British pork

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised supermarkets, including Lidl, for giving over more shelf space to British pork.

Supermarkets struggle as online sales surge

Supermarket sales grew just 0.8% for the 12 weeks ending 11 October 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Morrisons promises continued innovation despite Dumfries House split

Morrisons says it will not sacrifice innovation in its meat sourcing as it ends its partnership with Dumfries House next month.

Moy Park signs deal with Martin McColl c-stores

Moy Park has secured listings for Good to Go and OKane breaded ranges in selected Martin McColl convenience stores in Scotland.

Booths extends own-label sausage range

Northern food retailer Booths has launched a new look range of own-brand sausages, made in its central butchery in Lancashire.

Scottish butcher teams up with Asda

Wholesale butcher Malcolm Allan has signed a contract worth 150,000 with supermarket chain Asda.

Lancashire halal firm forges partnership with Spar

Halal firm KQF has struck a partnership with convenience store symbol group Spar.

Brady Family ham hits Budgens

Following a successful initial trial in three London stores, Irish pre-packed ham brand Brady Family has secured a listing across the full estate of Budgens UK stores, for its two best-selling products Glazed By Hand and Traditional ham.

Minister highlights export growth at Anuga

Farming Minister George Eustice has praised the 4,000 food and drink businesses that have exported almost 1 billion of British produce to shops and restaurants around the world over the past two years.

Moy Parks Good Kitchen range launched into Budgens stores

Moy Parks Good Kitchen range has been launched in Budgens as part of the retailers meal for tonight expansion.

Aldi doubles fresh British lamb range

Aldi is doubling the size of its fresh lamb range by stocking more products sourced exclusively from British Red Tractor assured farms.

Shoppers buying little and often

The big weekly shop may be getting smaller, according to research from IGD.

Deflation continues in fresh sales

The BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI) has reported further deflation of fresh food prices in September.

Sainsburys extends lamb season to January

Sainsburys has committed to extend its British lamb season until at least January 2016. According to the retailer, the decision is designed to help make the most of the increased availability of stock this season while reassuring its farmers affected by low prices.

Aldi overlooks meat in online offering

Following its announcement that it will launch sales online, discount supermarket Aldi has revealed that it will not include meat. Instead, it will start with wine by the crate early next year, and launch non-food products by spring 2016.

Iceland welcomes Caf Asia

Supermarket chain Iceland is set to launch Asian snack food range Caf Asia in its stores.

British lamb still not receiving full home support

Recent figures show that the UKs leading supermarket, Tesco, is still failing to support British lamb. The data highlighted that the amount of local lamb stocked in the supermarket chain had seen a significant decrease.

Slowdown continues for meat sales

Volume sales for fresh primary meat and poultry have slowed again.

NFU Scotland meets with Tesco following labelling scandal

After Tescos inaccurately marketed New Zealand lamb under signs reading Best Scottish Lamb in season, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland took action to ensure this kind of fraud is not replicated in the future.

Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales.

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