Supermarkets and Convenience

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. 

Consumers no longer planning meals has impacted meat purchases in the Co-operative
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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 has committed to supporting the UK lamb industry with measures including price rollbacks
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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. 

Other retailers have been advised to learn from the discounters' selling practices
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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. 

Food price deflation is predicted to continue
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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. 

Meat saw another poor 12 weeks in terms of value sales while fish performed strongly
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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. 

Progress claimed by Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has been labelled 'fanciful'
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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. 

The winners at the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015 gather on stage to celebrate
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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). 

The pulled pork campaign is designed to help rejuvenate pork's image among consumers aged 25-55
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Pulled pork campaign pays off

Pork shoulder sales leapt in May, suggesting a promotional campaign launched by AHDB Pork is paying off, the trade body claimed.

RSPCA launches new ethical food label

A new ethical food label, assured by the RSPCA, has been launched to help improve the lives of farm animals. 

NFU calls on retailers to support British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged all major retailers to strengthen their commitments to sourcing peak-season British lamb. 

Iceland grows speciality meat range

Iceland has extended its range of Kezie frozen speciality meats. 

Aldi favoured by suppliers for Groceries Code compliance

Discounter Aldi proved to be top of the class when it comes to supply relations, according to the Grocery Code Adjudicator Annual Survey Results 2015. 

Value set to return to meat sales

Plummeting meat prices could be coming to an end, an industry expert has predicted. Following the recent announcement that Consumer Price Inflation rose 0.1% in May, up from -0.1% in April, Kantar Worldpanel believes that meat prices could start to rise by the end of the year. 

Meat sale sparks near riot in Tesco

An ugly scene broke out in a Tesco store in Northampton as customers milled around staff merchandising reduced price meat. 

Iceland suffers challenging year despite new format

Like-for-like sales at Iceland fell by 4.4% due to an “exceptionally challenging” year, it reported on June 10. 

Sainsbury’s sees sales drop by 2.1%

J Sainsbury’s has reported like-for-like retail sales down 2.1% excluding fuel during the 12 weeks to 6 June, 2015. 

NI consumers prefer butchers to supermarkets

Consumers in Northern Ireland believe that meat should be purchased in a butcher’s shop and not a supermarket. 

Price falls continue to hit meat, fish and poultry

Deflation remains a key trend in fresh meat and poultry with volumes growing and values declining, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel, covering the 12 weeks to 24 May 2015. 

Value sales of meat falling in supermarkets

Value sales of meat, fish and poultry in UK supermarkets dropped 3.2% year-on-year in the four weeks to 23 May 2015, according to Nielsen figures. 

Morrisons appoints new category director for meat

Morrisons has appointed a new category director for meat, Yorkshire-born Tom Richardson. 

Supermarkets pledge to do more to cut campylobacter

Multiple retailers have set out plans to reduce the levels of campylobacter found in its chickens. 

FSA finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens

Campylobacter has been found in 73% of fresh chickens, a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey has revealed. 

Halal bodies urge further action by Food Standards Agency and Defra on wrongly labelled products

Two organisations representing Muslims have called on the government to ban food manufacturers from self-certifying foods as halal, following uproar over a ‘halal’ Aldi product which actually contained pork. 

Progress at Asda supplier leads to Sonostream roll-out to combat campylobacter

Asda is rolling out the use of a steam process at the plants that supply it with chicken, after a trial found it dramatically reduced levels of campylobacter. 

Linden Foods launches salt moss aged beef range in Marks & Spencer

Linden Foods in Northern Ireland has developed salt moss ageing to produce a salt-aged beef product range for Marks & Spencer. 

Marks & Spencer’s food sales see 3.4% rise

Marks & Spencer’s food arm has posted a growth in sales for the past 12 months. 

Cranswick reports positive progress in year-end results

Pork processor Cranswick has posted sales of over £1bn due to “excellent strategic and commercial progress in the last year”, the company reported.

Black pudding pakora mislabelled as halal in Aldi stores

Black puddings in Aldi stores across Scotland have been recalled, because a printing error meant they were labelled halal. 

Bpex pulled pork campaign debuts

Bpex has launched its pulled pork campaign with the aim of reviving demand in the domestic market.

Cattle disease principles agreed

A number of farming and veterinary organisations have agreed three principles on how the next government should tackle cattle disease, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Sausage firm shows support for coeliac sufferers

Sausage-maker Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka the Black Farmer, is supporting Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week diagnosis campaign by featuring ‘Get Tested’ stickers on all his packs.

Sainsbury's boss, Mike Coupe
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Sainsbury’s feels discounter impact, with £72m loss

Sainsbury’s has posted a £72 million loss in its yearly results – the supermarket’s worst results for a decade.

British meat bodies increase overseas activity

British red meat bodies are stepping up efforts to promote Welsh and Scottish red meat overseas.

QMS reports boost to Scottish Quality Assurance scheme

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed increased numbers of farmers joining Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Quality Assurance scheme.

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