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Asda crowned poultry retailer of the year

Asda claimed the crown at the British Poultry Awards 2017, winning the coveted title of British Poultry Retailer of the Year. 

Asda and Tesco defend lamb facings

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

Asda stores throw weight behind Welsh Lamb

Asda has announced it will stock premium PGI Welsh lamb in the butchery counters of 72 of its largest stores, from now through to the autumn.

Yorkshire Game gains Asda listings

Yorkshire game has won new listings at Asda for three of its Wild products. Pheasant thighs, diced mixed game and venison steaks are available in 103 Asda stores in the UK.

Lidl pips Aldi as discounters’ forward march continues

Lidl has surged ahead of Aldi in sales growth, with both discounters growing way ahead of the top five supermarkets, according to the latest 12-week grocery retail figures issued by Kantar. 

NI meat supplier goes ‘Light and Lean’ at Asda

Finnebrogue Artisan has launched a ‘Light & Lean’ range of sausages in Asda stores across the UK, which it estimates will represent £2m worth of business in the first year of sale.

Asda recalls Szechuan Chicken

Retailer Asda has issued a recall on its limited edition Szechuan Chicken because the product failed to declare the presence of barley as an allergen in the product.

Turkey takes flight: Sales of turkey mince have soared this year amid market deflation

Mince can be found in nearly eight in 10 households and the market is worth £892m. However, the latest evidence suggests the market may be flagging and deflated. 

British pork product facings decline in November

The proportion of British pork products in retail outlets fell in November 2016, according to the latest AHDB Porkwatch survey. 

The Yorkshire Meatball Co rolls its products into Morrisons

The Yorkshire Meatball Co has announced it has gained listings with Morrisons.

Working barbecue shack hits the streets of London

Meat Lust – part of The Flava People group – has launched the Bare Bones Tour, a double-decker bus transformed into a fully operating barbecue shack. 

Tesco meat volume sales outperform value

Supermarkets’ premium own-label brands have experienced a strong performance in the run-up to Christmas. 

Scottish butcher receives supermarket backing for gluten-free haggis

Simon Howie, known as The Scottish Butcher, has announced his gluten-free haggis has received the support of four major supermarket chains. 

Asda plucks competition at British Turkey Awards

Asda picked up the accolade of British Turkey Retailer of the Year at the annual British Turkey Awards once again. 

Asda called on to support British producers

Following on from a recent beef and lamb country-of-origin survey, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on Asda to improve its commitment to supplying British red meat. 

Meat-based baby meals for the UK market

Mediterranean-themed baby food range Piccolo is set to unveil its new stage two products. 

Aldi highlights importance of backing British

Discounter supermarket chain Aldi has demonstrated its commitment to supplying British beef and lamb, following on from AHDB’s Beef & Lamb Watch Country of Origin Survey. 

Levy board commits to developing Quality Standard Mark

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb branch has welcomed a new member of staff as part of the group’s commitment to investing in and developing the Quality Standard Mark (QSM). 

Antibiotic-resistant E.coli in supermarket meat “worse than expected”

A new study has shown extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics - used to treat human E.coli infections – present in British supermarket chicken and pork. 

Tesco and Aldi revealed as best supporters of Scottish beef

Tesco and Aldi were named as the only two multiples in which shoppers were guaranteed that any burgers they bought would be Scottish, according to the latest shelf watch carried out by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland. 

Spar commits to cage-free eggs by 2025

Spar has become the latest supermarket to commit to using cage-free eggs by 2025 after revising its suppliers. 

Avery Berkel calls time on M-Series after 17 years

Weighing solution manufacturer, Avery Berkel, has halted production of its M-Series retail weighing scales after 17 years. 

Brexit result has “no immediate impact” on retailers

Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending Sunday, 17 July 2016 show that the supermarket sector has experienced slow growth, with sales up by 0.1% compared to last year. 

High Wycombe Asda welcomes halal butcher counter

A halal butcher’s is to be installed into an Asda branch in High Wycombe as part of a £1.7 million investment. 

We Hae Meat launches breakfast pie with Asda

Following a social media campaign calling for followers to put forward their perfect pie recipe, We Hae Meat has unveiled a new breakfast pie to be sold in 48 Scottish Asda stores.

Morrisons crowned top retailer at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016

Morrisons has picked up the title of Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year at SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016.

NSA Sheep 2016 looks for the best of British lamb

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be going head to head in an attempt to win the title of best British lamb dish at the NSA Sheep 2016. 

Grocery market slips into decline for the first time since January

Latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 19 June 2016 have shown the market has slipped into decline for the first time since January. Supermarket sales fell by 0.2%, while like-for-like grocery prices declined by 1.4% on last year. 

Enter now for SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards 2016

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards. 

Supermarket sales growth slows

The major supermarkets have reported a slowdown in growth, with sales increasing by only 0.1% for the 12 weeks ending 24 April 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today (Wednesday 4 May 2016). 

Asda recalls salad due to salmonella presence

Supermarket chain Asda has recalled its Chicken & Sweetcorn Pasta Salad because of the presence of salmonella. The product has a use-by date of 23 April 2016. 

Asda to support British pork producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed that it will increase its fresh pork to 80% British by next year. 

NFU reveals which supermarkets support British meat

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has launched an online supermarket sourcing guide that allows consumers to know who is backing British farming. 

Asda's B&B chicken contract with Cargill will end on June 1
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Loss of Asda poultry contract hits Cargill

Cargill will stop producing breaded & battered (B&B) poultry products for Asda at its poultry processing plant in Yazor Road, Hereford from June 1 2016. 

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016 now open for entries

One of the top nights in the meat industry is back for 2016. SuperMeat & Fish Awards is now accepting entries from retailers. 

ABP pilots AHDB Beef & Lamb’s Meat Education Programme

Processor ABP has “stress-tested” the AHDB Beef & Lamb Meat Education Programme with a class of butchers, product development experts, meat buyers and traders all passing with flying colours. 

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

Asda buys key meat suppliers Forza AW and Kober

Retailer Asda has purchased two of its key meat suppliers. 

2015: A year in review

Our month-by-month look at what has happened in the meat industry over the past year.

GammonWatch revealed British gammon can be supported more in some retailers
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GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Association’s (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons. 

Latest grocery figures show slight growth

Total grocery market sales have grown by only 0.1% compared to last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The latest grocery figures showed minimal growth for the 12 weeks ending 6 December 2016.

Quinney has been heavily involved with the NFU and was a previous AHDB Beef & Lamb board member
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Adam Quinney takes on Stuart Roberts' AHDB role

Adam Quinney has taken on Stuart Roberts' responsibilities as chairman of the beef & lamb sector group at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with immediate effect, after the latter stepped down in August.

We Hae Meat celebrates partnership with The Co-operative

Ayrshire-based family butcher business We Hae Meat has forged a supply deal worth £600,000 with 50 Co-operative stores throughout Scotland.

Discounters take 10% share of UK grocery sector

Aldi and Lidl have a combined 10% share of the grocery market for the first time, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel (12 weeks ending 8 November 2015) have revealed.

Malcolm Allan signed a contract with Asda worth £150,000, lasting until the end of the year
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Scottish butcher teams up with Asda

Wholesale butcher Malcolm Allan has signed a contract worth £150,000 with supermarket chain Asda.

We Hae Meat aims to support local suppliers
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We Hae Meat rolls out an ice little earner

Ayrshire-based butcher We Hae Meat is muscling into the frozen meat category with the launch of a ‘from farm to frozen’ range, which has won a £60,000 listing in Scottish Asda stores.

British lamb still not receiving full home support

Recent figures show that the UK’s leading supermarket, Tesco, is still failing to support British lamb. The data highlighted that the amount of local lamb stocked in the supermarket chain had seen a significant decrease.

Winners at the 2015 British Turkey Awards
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Asda wins top turkey award

Asda has won the best retailer prize at this year’s British Turkey Awards. 

NFU Scotland meets with Tesco following labelling scandal

After Tesco’s inaccurately marketed New Zealand lamb under signs reading ‘Best Scottish Lamb in season’, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland took action to ensure this kind of fraud is not replicated in the future.

Red Tractor Week gains ministerial backing

Minister of State at Defra, George Eustice MP, has pledged his support for the high-profile Red Tractor Week campaign.

Crawshaw welcomes new director

Alan Richardson is set to join butchery business Crawshaw Group as chief financial officer.

SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards: The Results

After some particularly tough judging, the results of the inaugural 2015 SuperMeat & Fish Christmas Products Awards are in. 

Quality Meat Scotland is to launch a new advertising campaign for Scotch Lamb PGI
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QMS lamb campaign to debut in August

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is set to hit 3.7 million consumers with its latest advertising campaign.

Asda has committed to supporting the UK lamb industry with measures including price rollbacks
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Asda pledges support for UK lamb producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed plans to support the UK’s sheep farming industry by ensuring that most of its lamb will be UK-sourced as of mid-July. 

Jim Viggars leaves role as head of fresh meat at Asda

Long-standing Asda meat specialist Jim Viggars has left the supermarket after three decades of service.

The winners at the SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2015 gather on stage to celebrate
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M&S scoops Best Retailer at SuperMeat & Fish awards

At a star-studded event at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, hosted by comedian Stephen Mangan, Marks & Spencer was awarded the Retailer of the Year accolade at the SuperMeat & Fish awards. 

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. 

Husband and wife duo, Carlyn and Alex Paton
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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.

SuperMeat product finalists are revealed

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

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

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.

Meat products shine at awards

Meat products have topped the list of most popular items in the consumer-voted Product of the Year Awards.

Asda launches female farming group

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

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.

Dragon’s Den star lists new spicy sausage with Asda

Dragon’s Den star Alf Turner has launched a new spiced sausage, Dragon’s Fury, which will be launched into 200 Asda stores.

Bpex reveals sausage finalists in multiple retailer and brands category

British Sausage Week has announced the finalists for its ‘multiple retailer and brands’ sausage category after a week of “intense judging”.

Morrisons takes top turkey title

Morrisons was celebrating after scooping the top title in the annual British Turkey Awards last week.

Slowest growth ever for supermarket sales

“Intense competition” and zero price inflation mean supermarket sales are growing at the slowest rate ever recorded, according to recent figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

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.

Asda launches ‘Roast in a Tray’ range

Asda is hoping to shake up the roasting category with the launch of an innovative new product range that aims to introduce further convenience to the roast dinner.

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.

FSA backs down from campylobacter name and shame

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has done a U-turn over naming and shaming retailers and processors using results from a major campylobacter survey.

Poultry giants deny whistleblower hygiene claims

The 2 Sisters Food Group has called allegations printed in The Guardian about campylobacter failings “untrue, misleading and inaccurate”.

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.

Fresh pork sales fall

Value and volume sales of fresh pork fell in the last quarter, according to Bpex’s Quarterly Category Report.

Book your seats for SuperMeat today

There is just over a month to go before we announce this year’s winner of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition is starting to hot up.

NI producers sign Asda sausage deal

Northern Irish pork processors Finnebrogue and Karro Food Group have secured a multi-million pound deal with Asda.

Scottish butcher’s strikes £1m contract with Asda

Scottish butcher’s, We Hae Meat, reported it has secured a £1m deal with Asda to sell its products in stores across Scotland.

Yorkshire Dales Meat extends bacon deal with Asda

After good sales figures since going into Asda stores in the north of England last summer, the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company’s bacon will be going into 10 additional Asda branches.

Morrisons enters meat price war fray

Morrisons is the latest supermarket to force down the prices of its everyday meat products, with bacon and mince seeing the biggest cuts.

Premier Foods sees Q1 fall in grocery

Premier Foods, owner of gravy and stock brands Aah Bisto and Oxo, has announced a 6.2% decrease in grocery sales in the first quarter.

Heck wins Asda deal and predicts sector dominance

Sausage company Heck Food, which started selling in Tesco last April, has had its contract extended, as well as winning a new deal with Asda. Heck's founder told meatinfo.co.uk that it had been a great first year, and that Heck would be “the number one premium sausage brand in 18 months”.

Job losses at Asda head office

A number of job losses are expected at Asda’s head offices following a structural review at the retailer.

Two more retailers join SuperMeat battle

The Co-operative Group and Aldi are the latest supermarket chains to join the battle for prizes at the prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2014.

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.

SuperMeat rivalry gets under way

Morrisons will be hoping to make it three on the trot as the supermarket sector gears up for the annual prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2014.

Asda meat trader receives Peter Asquith award

Jim Viggars, the face of Asda’s TV adverts for meat, has been awarded the supermarket’s internal Peter Asquith award after 30 years at the retailing giant.

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