Supermarkets and Convenience

NFU Scotland slams Tesco’s ‘misleading’ practices on lamb

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland president Allan Bowie called Tesco’s practices on lamb “wholly unacceptable” after it was revealed the supermarket chain was placing imported lamb from New Zealand under signs labelled ‘best Scottish Lamb in season’.

Premier Food recalls Bisto Gravy Granules

Premier Food has recalled some batches of Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules and Reduced Salt Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules because some packs may contain small pieces of metal due to a production fault.

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

Tesco causes fury by selling imported lamb under Scottish banner

Supermarket giant Tesco has been accused of delivering Scottish sheep farmers "a slap in the face" by selling imported lamb underneath a banner proclaiming to support Scottish sheep farmers. 

Richmond enters free-from category

Kerry Foods’ sausage brand Richmond has entered the free-from market with the launch of a new pork sausage made with rice flour instead of wheat. 

Morrisons sells convenience stores for £30m loss

Supermarket chain Morrisons is due to sell 140 of its loss-making M Local convenience stores.

Morrisons recalls ham product over listeria fears

Supermarket chain Morrisons has recalled its Savers Cooked Ham product amid food poisoning fears. 

Mattessons goes savage with new range

Mattessons is launching a range of salami and chorizo meat snacks aimed at adults, called Savagers, extending its range beyond teen brand Fridge Raiders. 

Supermarket aids livestock farming industry

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is encouraging young people to take part in its farming apprenticeship scheme. The next intake will see the trainees working alongside the livestock and poultry sector. 

Superstore fined after falsely labelling meat

A Manchester supermarket has been issued with a £20,000 fine after selling beef mince disguised as lamb meat. 

Study shows customers value taste in lamb

Taste is the main reason people purchase lamb, new research has revealed. 

Kantar reveals latest meat figures

Kantar Worldpanel has published its Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures for the 12 weeks ending 16 August. 

Shoppers at a Yorkshire Tesco to get a taste of local produce

Four small food producers who supply Tesco’s Northallerton store will be on hand on 4 September to offer customers samples and tasters of their products. 

Richmond adds new flavours to scrum

Kerry Foods’ sausage brand Richmond is going for the try with its new rugby-inspired limited-edition flavours. 

Barbecue Queens step up to the grill

The art of barbecuing is often a chance for the male sex to show off their culinary skills. However, research shows that Barbecue Queens, or ‘BBQs’, are finding their place on the grill. 

Labelling laws help British pork

European Union mandatory origin labelling rules for fresh and frozen meat have helped boost interest among foodservice companies in sourcing pork from British farms, according to the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Bord Bía launches new beef campaign

A new campaign is being launched this week to highlight the qualities of Irish beef to UK consumers.

British farming support urged by trade bodies at emergency summit

Leading bodies in the farming industry met for an emergency summit to discuss serious concerns faced by the trade. 

#NoLambWeek campaigners refuse to rule out further action

Supermarkets are “taking advantage of lamb farmers”, according to #NoLambWeek campaigners. 

Range extension boosts Aldi’s fresh meat sales

Supermarket chain Aldi has seen an increase in sales of its fresh meat range, which it attributes to the expansion of its offering. 

Aldi backs Team GB’s Olympic hopefuls

Supermarket chain Aldi has revealed plans to back Team GB on their road to Rio.

British sheep farmers facing uncertain future

Hundreds of sheep farmers have been left doubting the future of their livelihoods after falling lamb prices have resulted in many producers being paid less than the cost of production.

Deli bacon and ham pushing basket spend up

Shoppers looking for deli bacon and ham are seeing rising costs of produce. 

Danepak launches new look packaging

Danepak has unveiled a relaunch for its range, including new re-closable packaging. 

Red Tractor gears up for largest ever on-pack promotion

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) has unveiled its biggest ever on-pack promotional campaign for later this year. 

Traditional barbecues up in smoke

Butchers are noticing a change in routine to consumers’ barbecuing habits, thanks to the unpredictable weather. 

SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards: The Results

After some particularly tough judging, the results of the inaugural 2015 SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards are in. 

Demand sees premium ready meals range extension

Budgens is to expand its range of chilled ready meals. 

Opportunity in thin steaks for multiple retailers

Retailers have a chance to grow incremental beef category sales through the proper promotion of thin-cut steaks. 

British lamb makes up 73% of supermarket facings

British produce accounts for 73% of all lamb facings in supermarkets. 

Lack of meal planning hits long-term Co-op meat sales

Changing consumer habits over the past 50 years have caused meat products to be removed from shopping baskets in convenience stores. 

Asda pledges support for UK lamb producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed plans to support the UK’s sheep farming industry by ensuring that most of its lamb will be UK-sourced as of mid-July. 

Buyer reshuffle at Marks & Spencer

Tom Harvey has left his position as beef, lamb and game buyer at Marks & Spencer to take up a role in its dairy division.

Tesco makes bold campylobacter promise

Tesco has pledged to further reduce levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens.

HCC outlines ambitious five-year targets for Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has set out ambitious new five-year targets, encouraging all sectors of the Welsh red meat industry to secure a viable long-term future. 

Discounters’ meat strength can be countered

Aldi’s and Lidl’s fresh meat sales growth outstrips that of the top four supermarkets, but traditional grocery retailers could learn from them, according to Ed Garner, communications director, Kantar Worldpanel. 

Scotland’s Co-ops see a boost in locally sourced chicken

The Co-operative Food is selling more chicken sourced from Scotland in its Scottish stores.

Farm production at odds with consumer demand

New research from Barclays has shown a disconnect between what consumers want and what British farmers are producing. 

Retailer promotions keep food prices falling

A focus on promotion by retailers has led to another month of food price deflation.

Jim Viggars leaves role as head of fresh meat at Asda

Long-standing Asda meat specialist Jim Viggars has left the supermarket after three decades of service.

Specialist strategy helps M&S to food sales growth

A specialist strategy has helped Marks & Spencer to a rise in food sales in Q1 and its 23rd consecutive quarter of category growth. 

Budgens adds premium ‘meal for tonight’ range

To capitalise on the growing consumer demand for premium ‘meat for tonight’ options, Budgens has added a Jamie Oliver range of meat, fish and poultry products. 

Fish batters meat in value sales

Deflation is continuing to hold back overall spend in the meat, fish and poultry market, while chilled fish is the success story for the sector. 

Groceries Code progress is slammed by AIMS

Huge progress in supermarket supplier relationships claimed by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has been described as “fanciful”. 

Poultry industry adds £300m extra to UK GDP

The affordability of poultry products relative to other foods has helped the industry grow its contribution to UK GDP by £300 million. 

M&S scoops Best Retailer at SuperMeat & Fish awards

At a star-studded event at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, hosted by comedian Stephen Mangan, Marks & Spencer was awarded the Retailer of the Year accolade at the SuperMeat & Fish awards. 

Aldi commits to the Scottish meat industry

Aldi has continued to encourage locally sourced meat products in its Scottish stores. 

Sainsbury’s recalls lamb kebabs due to labelling error

Sainsbury’s is recalling its British Lamb Shish Kebabs due to a packaging error, which means some packs contain beef kebabs instead of lamb. 

Discounters grab market share while traditional retailers struggle

Progress remains slow for mainstream retailers while the discounters continue to grow, the latest UK supermarket data from Kantar Worldpanel has revealed. 

Tesco sees “positive progress” though sales still down

Tesco is tackling flagging sales, although more needs to be done, according to a trading statement covering its first quarter this year (Q1). 

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