Supermarkets and Convenience

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 O’Kane 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. 

Malcolm Allan signed a contract with Asda worth £150,000, lasting until the end of the year
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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.

Delegates at a previous Anuga exhibition
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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.

The Good Kitchen range is now available in Budgens
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Moy Park’s Good Kitchen range launched into Budgens stores

Moy Park’s Good Kitchen range has been launched in Budgens as part of the retailer’s 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. 

Sainsbury's has extended its lamb season into the new year
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Sainsbury’s extends lamb season to January

Sainsbury’s 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 Café Asia

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

British lamb still not receiving full home support

Recent figures show that the UK’s 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.

Dropping volume sales of beef have slowed down overall fresh primary meat & poultry sales
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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 Tesco’s 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 value sales grew by 1.6% last year
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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. 

Discount retailers expand market share

Latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed a strong 12 weeks ending 13 September for value-for-money retailers.

Sausages recalled due to incorrect allergen labels

Four of F L Edge & Son Ltd’s sausage products have been withdrawn from shelves over allergen concerns. 

Iceland freezes out competition

Value for money supermarket Iceland has launched its premium autumn range of products. 

Kerry Foods rolls out price-marked chilled range

Kerry Foods has launched a range of price-marked packs (PMP) across its chilled lines to cater for key consumer missions in convenience: food to go, top-up and meal for tonight. 

Sales of organic produce have increased 3% year-on-year
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Organic sales experience growth

There is an increasing demand for organic products, according to research from the Soil Association. Figures suggest that since August 2014, organic sales have outperformed their non-organic counterparts. 

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.

The New Zealand lamb was sold in a Tesco store under a Scottish banner
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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. 

QVC research shows that more women are taking control of the grill
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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 beef campaign in the UK
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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. 

The #NoLambWeek campaign caused a slight rise in prices but they have since dropped again
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#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. 

The new-look Danepak range
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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. 

Unreliable weather patterns have forced the meat industry to innovate in order to maintain sales
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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. 

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