Supermarkets and Convenience

Valentines Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentines Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

Tulip to license sea salt solution

Tulip has agreed a deal to become the UKs sole licensor of Iposol Gmbhs sea salt solution, which the pork giant uses to reduce the salt in its Danepak bacon by 30%.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Moy Park keen to make most of popular poultry

Moy Park is looking to capitalise on consumers preference for local produce as it looks to grow its fresh poultry sales in the UK and Ireland.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef.

Turkey awards entries open

The British Turkey Awards has announced it is open for entries.

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to 776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defras Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJs latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Bacon Report: Healthy drivers

While the bacon category has remained relatively static in the past year, a number of factors are keeping it popular with shoppers, finds Oli Haenlein

Consumers continue to back British pork, finds study

A new survey shows consumers are backing British pork, with 80% saying supermarkets should continue to stock high levels of British meat.

Devros profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

Aldi introduces Wagyu burgers

Discount supermarket Aldi has launched a new range of Wagyu beef burgers for only 2.99 per pack.

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

Food industry expert highlights opportunities

The chief executive of research company IGD has predicted a changing picture for the food industry in the coming years, and outlined a number of opportunities for producers.

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the governments 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britains food and drink industry.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

Morrisons appoints new CEO

Morrisons has appointed ex-Tesco man David Potts as its new chief executive officer.

Job losses confirmed at 2 Sisters Food Group

After reports last week that hundreds of jobs are at risk at the 2 Sisters Llangefni chicken processing factory, Unite Union said their worst fears have been confirmed.

Kerry reports upbeat performance

Kerry Food Group has posted positive results for the 2014 financial year in what it has described as a rapidly changing environment.

Ginsters extends range with meat snacks

Ginsters is capitalising on the snacking and food-to-go trend with a launch of a new range, Ginsters Meat Club.

Environment body rejects pig farm proposal

Plans for a pig farm in Derbyshire have been rejected by the Environment Agency amid fears it would offend the human senses of its neighbours.

Michelin-star chef endorses QSM scheme

Eblex has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Nigel Howarth to be the ambassador for its Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers Union (NFU) report predicts an alarming decline in the UKs self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

Asda sees drop in LFL sales amid turbulent market

Asda has revealed plans to invest 600m in new and existing stores as it announces a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales for its final quarter of the year.

Irish farming body under fire over pork testing

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has been accused of attempting to push up the price of pork in the marketplace throughascheme of testing of pork products in Irish butchers shops which opponents have branded as flawed.

Video: AHDB Outlook Conference 2015

The annual AHDB Conference took place last Wednesday (11 February) at One Great George Street, London. The new chief executive of AHDB, Jane King, kicked off proceedings in the morning, outlining the organisations plans and focus going forwards.

Swedish supermarket takes Scotch Beef across chain

Scotch Beef and Lamb will now be sold in all 1,300 stores of Swedens leading supermarket ICA.

Poultry meat outlook looks positive

The poultry meat industry likes recessions, according to Gary Ford, chief poultry advisor at the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Eblex to focus on thin steaks and casseroles at IFE

Eblex is preparing to showcase exciting new beef and lamb product developments at this years International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE).

Retailers pork pledge creates good value for shoppers, claims Bpex

Pork is currently great value for shoppers since retailers have honoured their pledge to stock British product, according to pig levy body Bpex.

Steady growth for sheepmeat, says QMS

Global sheep production is showing steady growth, but it is not likely to hit the peaks seen in 2007, Quality Meat Scotlands Stuart Ashworth told delegates to the Outlook conference.

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Huge opportunities in Asian grocery markets

Asias growing demand for meat and its evolving grocery market offer huge opportunities for UK exporters, delegates at the AHDB Outlook conference were told this week.

Consumer budgeting here to stay, expert tells conference

Consumer affluence has not rebounded to pre-crisis levels and a recessionary mindset is likely to persist for some time, delegates to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards Outlook Conference were told.

EC urged to apply COOL to meat as an ingredient

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to introduce country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods.

Kantar reveals post-Christmas performance for meat and poultry

Beef has dominated post-Christmas meat sales and is benefiting from further promotions, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Retailers gear up for SuperMeat rivalry

Tesco will be hoping to defend its crown against rivals from across the supermarket sector as the industry gears up for the years most hotly contested contest in meat the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015.

Red Tractor reassures industry over scheme review

A shift to whole life assurance for beef under the Red Tractor scheme will not lead to any shortening of supplies within the sector, bosses have pledged.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

Tesco back in growth, although market share falls

Tesco has returned to growth for the first time in over a year, according to the latest market research by analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Drop in farmgate pig prices, as productivity improves

UK farmgate pig prices are around 16% lower than last year in a challenging market, according to the latest research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal cruelty

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat.

Tulip introduce pulled pork in cans

Pork-producing giant Tulip has launched the UKs first canned pulled pork product, which it believes will revitalise the canned meat category.

Bpex seeks to woo younger consumers to pork

Bpex wants to reach out to younger consumers through a new 2m television marketing campaign for pulled pork.

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