Supermarkets and Convenience
Meat Trades Journal sits down with Morrisons butchery category manager Amy Austin to discuss aisle relaunches and farmer relationships.
We’re on the brink of a ready meal revolution as discerning consumers demand dinner that’s fresh, healthy and flirts with flavour. Oscar Rousseau reports.
In a year of falling prices, dwindling demand and a scathing report from the World Health Organisation, is there anything business can do to save its bacon? Oscar Rousseau reports.
Following various scandals in the food sector, consumers are more savvy than ever before about where their meat comes from, so what is the industry doing to regain their trust? Aidan Fortune reports
Progress has been made on campylobacter by all parties but there is more to do. Aidan Fortune looks at the ongoing battle against the superbug.
With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.
Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.
Employers could be forgiven for lacking sympathy with an employee who returns from a holiday complaining they were sick while on annual leave, so they could not properly enjoy it particularly if they are sporting a suspiciously healthy-looking tan.
The demonisation of meat occurred simultaneously with the public health dietary advice to "base our meals on starchy foods" and obesity has increased tenfold since. Here are seven facts in the defence of meat to help the industry fight the "nutritional ignorance" that currently abounds.
Pressure is mounting on the government to urge the European Commission to lift the moratorium on desinewed meat (DSM), following the publication of results from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry on 23 July.
This time last year, the biggest problem for the pork sector was the divergence between volume and value, with supermarket promotions blamed for poor returns to producers. Twelve months on and the same tension between retailers and producers exists, but Kantar Worldpanel data reveals that the amount of pork sold on promotion has fallen by 6% year-on-year. This has brought a reversal of the recent trend for volume to outstrip value, with volume declining by 0.4% while value rose 6.1% in the 52 weeks to 10 June 2012, bringing the total market value to £935m.
With improved market returns and sheep numbers finally recovering after months of decline, the Welsh meat industry could be described as relatively buoyant. But there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the sector, with high input costs, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and a financially troubled eurozone putting pressure on farmers and processors.
The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will offer some big opportunities for businesses supplying meat into London. It is estimated that the Games will generate a £750m increase in spending, the majority of which will be in the food and hospitality sector. However, with 37 venues across London and an estimated 20m spectators expected on top of normal London traffic, they could also prove to be a logistical nightmare.
Earlier this year, a US company took bacon enthusiasm to a new extreme with the launch of a new bacon coffin, complete with bacon shading finish and a bacon air freshener “for those who love bacon to death”. The coffin was the latest in a line of bacon-related products that have hit the market of late, including bacon lip balm, bacon soap, bacon perfume and bacon jam. Bacon, it appears, is the new big thing and Twitter is awash with odes to bacon sandwiches.
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