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Dicksons Pork Butchers secures retailer listings

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has expanded its wholesale presence by landing new deals with two well-known supermarkets. 

Sausage brand MOR bags Ocado listing

MOR has rolled out its four-strong range of flexitarian sausages at online retailer Ocado, Meat Trades Journal can reveal. 

Poultry allegations have little impact on retail sales

Recent allegations against poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group have not had a major negative impact on retail sales. 

‘Unacceptable’ 2 Sisters allegations probed by supermarkets

Four out of five supermarkets that have bought chicken from 2 Sisters Food Group have launched probes into the meat processor following allegations its staff tampered use-by dates. 

Fall in pork production leads to less shelf facings

A decrease in domestic pork production has contributed towards a drop in British pork facings in UK supermarkets. 

What actions can supermarkets take to avoid product recalls?

Retailers have been warned not to grow complacent after figures showed a decrease in instances of campylobacter. 

Retailers respond after JBS supplier slave labour link

Supermarkets have voiced their concerns after allegations emerged that corned beef they stocked from Brazilian meat supplier JBS came from meat supplied by farms mistreating workers. 

MRSA strains found in UK supermarket pork

Pork purchased at two leading British supermarkets has been found to be infected with strains of MRSA. 

Half of Britons concerned about quality of meat from supermarkets

New research suggests that half of all Brits are concerned about the quality of the meat they are purchasing from UK supermarkets. 

Shoppers shun supermarkets for online

Supermarkets may be losing trade as an increasing number of Brits turn to online to do their grocery shopping. 

Discounters experience increase in fresh meat sales

Value for money supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have seen a rise in fresh meat sales in the face of an unpredictable market. 

Fresh turkey prices have dropped 12% year-on-year according to mySupermarket
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Fresh turkey consumer prices fall in time for Christmas

The cost of a fresh turkey has seen a year-on-year decreases as supermarkets look to offer value at Christmas. 

Farmers throw down gauntlet to retailers over British lamb

Lamb farmers have called on supermarkets to do more to support British lamb. 

Lidl praised for stocking British pork

The National Pig Association (NPA) has praised supermarkets, including Lidl, for giving over more shelf space to British pork. 

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. 

British lamb makes up 73% of supermarket facings

British produce accounts for 73% of all lamb facings in supermarkets. 

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. 

Supermarkets pledge to do more to cut campylobacter

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

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.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

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

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.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Close ties with supermarkets pay dividends for meat producers

The annual Food and Drink index from OCC&C Strategy Consulants has predicted a “tough year ahead” for meat producers, while those “integrated” with supermarkets are performing better.

NFU takes to social media to expose foreign lamb retailing

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging producers to take to social media to bring retailers who are promoting out-of-season foreign lamb into light.

Morrisons sees drop in LFLs

Morrisons has claimed “conditions are tough” as it released its half-year results, showing a 7.4% fall in like-for-like sales.

Sausage firm gets a hand from TV business guru

Sausage company Heck has had a helping hand from retail guru Alex Polizzi, appearing on her new BBC2 series ‘The Fixer’.

Butcher’s targets students with value meat box

Butcher’s shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Farming unions slam retailers over beef price share

UK farming unions have called for retailers to increase farmers’ share of beef prices, “or risk undermining future supplies”.

Chicken scandal update: Health secretary orders factory probe

The secretary for health Jeremy Hunt has stepped into the chicken factory food safety scandal and ordered an immediate investigation at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants at Llangefni and Scunthorpe.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards nearly here

The annual SuperMeat & Fish Awards are just around the corner, so make sure you’ve got your ticket sorted for the industry event of the year.

Groceries Code Adjudicator reports forensic audits success

Christine Tacon reported ‘significant progress’ at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Conference today (23 June) in Westminster, announcing that eight of the 10 largest retailers had made voluntary commitments to time-limit forensic audits of suppliers.

Eblex anticipates good lamb season

Eblex has reported that improved weather conditions and the spring lambing season should result in a good season for English lamb.

NFU urges industry to ‘take responsibility’ on beef

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has met with union leaders to discuss falling beef prices and called for processors, retailers and caterers to “take responsibility”.

New Moy Park products in Tesco

Moy Park launched two new branded Ready-to-Cook products in 23 Tesco stores across Northern Ireland this May.

Tulip joins campaign to combat worker exploitation

Meat manufacturer Tulip is the latest company to join the Stronger Together campaign to combat worker exploitation, human trafficking and forced labour.

NFU members able to report retailer breaches anonymously

Farmers can now anonymously report retailers for breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) thanks to a new scheme, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Muddy Boots steps into retail

Meat brand Muddy Boots has opened its first meat shop in Crouch End after turning down a lucrative Tesco deal last year.

Industry experts dismiss ‘sensationalist’ supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotland’s (NFUS’) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Meat Trades Journal publishes Idiot’s Guide in run-up to National Butcher’s Week

Younger shoppers are the target for this year’s National Butchers’ Week and Meat Trades Journal has published a handy guide to help navigate the butcher’s shop.

SuperMeat to reward 'best of the best'

The big multiple retail chains are gearing up for this year’s prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition looks set to be intense.

NFU wants retailers to ‘value British food more’

The NFU has urged supermarkets not to devalue British food by entering price wars which could undermine farmers.

Booker boss advises food industry to change strategy

Food suppliers need to rethink their strategies and avoid being “ground down” by the supermarkets for “limited growth”, according to the chief executive of wholesale giant Booker.

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