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Retailers winning the chicken bug war

Retailers are winning the war on campylobacter, with levels of the highest contamination in fresh chicken down by nearly a fifth in three years, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  

Retailers make commitment in campylobacter transparency

Nine of the top retailers have made a commitment to publish their own results on campylobacter on consumer websites.

Asda and Tesco defend lamb facings

Retailers Asda and Tesco have defended the amount of lamb on shelf sourced from Scotland and the UK. 

Butchers benefit from card payments

For the first time, card payments have overtaken those made by cash among UK retailers. 

Retailers show further progress in chicken bug war

Retailers battling Campylobacter are gaining ground in their fight against the food poisoning bug’s contamination of raw whole chickens, according to the latest figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Eight-point action plan launched to promote Welsh Lamb among retailers

The Welsh farming union has launched an eight-point action plan, urging retailers to support Welsh sheep producers and to stock their produce. 

Co-op commits to British meat

As of today (Tuesday 2 May) The Co-operative will commit to sourcing only 100% fresh British bacon and lamb, ditching Danish bacon and New Zealand lamb.

Dry-ageing bacon firm launches into foodservice

Kennedy Bacon, based out of Co Tyrone, is expanding its audience reach and launching a new product aimed at chefs and retailers. 

Lamb strong as retailers prepare for Easter

The liveweight lamb market strengthened further in the w/e 29 March, with demand increasing as Easter approaches. 

Over two-thirds of Scottish retailers support local lamb, though more work to be done

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s Shelf Watch Survey has indicated a variance in the amount of Scottish lamb available in some of the country’s largest retailers. 

Neck skin removal leads to campylobacter testing suspension

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to suspend its campylobacter testing programme, due to unreliable data caused by the increasing practice by retailers of removing neck skin on birds. 

Poultry feature: Ruffled feathers

A drop in feed prices, the threat of bird flu and increased retail competition are all hitting the UK’s poultry sector, yet long-term growth is still on the cards.

Farmers throw down gauntlet to retailers over British lamb

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

#BritishLambWeek social media campaign hailed a success

Following a difficult few months for British lamb, the industry has taken to social media to promote the meat with an encouraging lift in sales for independent retailers. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Supermarkets pledge to do more to cut campylobacter

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

Organic drive for independent retailers

Organic body the Soil Association has launched a new campaign to support independent retailers and help them promote sales of organic produce.

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.

Aldi overtakes Waitrose to become sixth-largest UK retailer

Aldi has become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket, fuelled by over half a million new shoppers and a 7% increase in basket size.

NFU urges retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK’s major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this year’s lambing season.

GCA launches second market survey

Suppliers are being asked by Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), to “respond in force” to her second annual market survey.

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.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Feature: Quality promise

Arabella Mileham finds that increasing interest in quality assurance is pushing organisers to refine and enhance their schemes, but that this throws up some unavoidable challenges

Welsh trade mission to Norway

Welsh meat bosses are hoping to build on strong success in the Scandinavian markets with a major trade mission planned for Norway in the New Year.

Foreign interest in Welsh Lamb revealed

Details of recent trade missions to Wales from foreign retailers, importers and journalists interested in Welsh Lamb were revealed today (1 December) at the Royal Welsh Show by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Supermarket sales down 0.2%

Overall supermarket sales fell for the first time since 1994, according to new data from analysts.

French importer rewarded for commitment to Scotch Lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has rewarded a French importer for its commitment to Scotch Lamb.

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.

Eblex embarks on ‘Festival of Lamb’

With a host of promotional activity and British lamb in abundance as we enter autumn, Eblex has announced a ‘Festival of Lamb’.

Scottish union voices concern on retailers’ lamb policy

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has criticised some major retailers for not stocking enough Scottish and British lamb.

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”.

Great Taste Award-winner brings out snacking salami

Salami charcuterie specialist Serious Pig has launched a new ‘snacking salami’ product for retailers.

Dip in food sales signals continuation of price wars

Food sales have experienced the deepest three-month average decline since 2008 according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Retail specialist urges suppliers to capitalise on booming game market

As venison sales soar, retail marketing firm Bridgethorne has urged suppliers to make use of the growing market.

Retailers pledge support for British lamb to NFU

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has held positive talks with a number of retailers in light of members’ protest action against Tesco promoting New Zealand lamb, at the Royal Welsh Show.

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The “‘sword of Damocles’ is hanging over the beef industry” due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

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.

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).

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

NFUS seeks help in securing chicken sector

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has urged the Scottish government and retailers to help in securing the future and growth of the chicken industry.

Free Eblex meetings for beef and sheep farmers

Beef and sheep farmers in the south of England will be able to attend a series of free Eblex meetings to find out about the work Eblex is doing to improve the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector.

Easy and appy meat purchasing

Eblex has launched a new app in order to help caterers and retailers order the right cuts more efficiently and accurately.

International conference to tackle food waste

Food companies should concentrate on finding solutions to the problem of waste in the supply chain in order to promote food safety and sustainability, the Dutch Ambassador to the UK has said ahead of an international conference on food waste.

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