Supermarkets and Convenience

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 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.

Don’t miss future of food and drink conference

Today is the last day to get your hands on early bird tickets for our New Frontiers in Food and Drink conference.

Scotch pie line rolled out in Asda

Ayrshire meat company, We Hae Meat, has rolled out its single-portion Scotch pie range to 62 Asda stores across Scotland.

Celebrity chef to become pulled pork ambassador

Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge has been announced as ambassador to Bpex’s new pulled pork campaign.

New meat sensor aims to help combat waste

Scientists at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) have created a sensor which detects gases emitted from rotting meat, which could help to reduce food waste.

Halal firm extends product line in Tesco

Halal meat brand Ghanim International UK has extended its range of frozen, microwavable products in Tesco.

SuperMeat product finalists are revealed

After a lengthy judging process, we are delighted to reveal the product finalists of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015.

Video: Eblex QSM Excellence Awards 2015

Eblex has crowned the winners of its Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards, recognising England's Best Sirloin Steak, England's Best Innovative Steak, and England's Best Steak Pie. 

Bill Gates issues pro-meat blog

Former vegetarian and billionaire Bill Gates has backed meat production in his latest blog post, stating you can eat meat and still be environmentally friendly.

Eblex reveals Best Steak competition results

The winners of ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’, ‘England’s Best Innovative Steak’ and ‘England’s Best Steak Pie’ have been revealed at Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards at Underglobe in London.

Tesco faces up to worst-ever performance

Tesco has posted its worst-ever financial results, reporting a £6.4bn pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February 2015.

Retail body hits back at Which? pricing complaint

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has denied allegations that British grocers are duping consumers out of hundreds of millions of pounds through misleading pricing tactics. 

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Eblex offers mobile video resource

Producers now have “a wealth of video resources” available to them on the Eblex mobile app, which can be accessed even without a live internet connection, according to the levy body.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

UKIP changes tack on non-stun slaughter

After backing down from plans to ban non-stun slaughter, UKIP’s new election manifesto supports continuation of the slaughter method, and insists on “formal non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen”.

Aldi lists quality Scotch haggis

Aldi in Scotland has started stocking a specially developed Scotch haggis, the only one on the market that contains Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

Ingredients firm sees rise in demand for allergen-free

EHL Ingredients has reported an increase in demand for its allergen-free ingredients and blends, with the appetite for its curry powder blend increasing by 35% within the last year.

Retailers win out against foodservice on public trust for British meat

Supermarkets have stolen a march on restaurants and fast food chains when it comes to gaining public trust, due to a policy of sourcing more British meat, according to new data.

British sausage brand aims for international growth

Sausage brand The Black Farmer hopes to take its products to Spain following a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) mission to the country.

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