Supermarkets and Convenience

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. 

Aldi’s Big Daddy steak returns

Discount supermarket Aldi is bringing back its famous 16oz ‘Big Daddy’ Extra Thick Rump Steak for another limited period.

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).  

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. 

Waitrose appoints new fresh produce head buyer

Waitrose has unveiled Paul Walker as its new head buyer of fresh produce.

Snaffling Pig cracks retail market

Premium pork crackling firm Snaffling Pig has expanded its audience reach by launching in 803 Tesco stores nationwide.

Aldi launches Christmas burrito

Discounter Aldi is extending its range of Christmas products with a brand new Specially Selected British Beef Brisket Burrito. 

‘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. 

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Retailer of the Year achieves record sales

Aldi’s fresh meat and fish products have helped the discounter secure its best-ever sales. 

ABP UK signs licensing agreement with Men’s Health

ABP UK has announced that it has entered into a brand licensing agreement with lifestyle magazine and website Men’s Health.

Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year goes from strength to strength

Discounter Aldi has seen its sales grow 15.6%, taking its market share to 6.9% for the 12 weeks to 10 September 2017.

Nisa extends own-label pizza range

Nisa Retail has added three new variants to its own-label Heritage range. 

Beef prices for shoppers could soar without trade deal

The retail price of beef could rise by as much as 29% if the UK does not reach an agreement on trade when it leaves the EU. 

Collaboration across food supply chain needed, according to Co-op

The Co-operative has called for the whole food supply chain to work together in overcoming industry challenges. 

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. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods expands supply deal with Aldi by 175%

Ayrshire-based Robertson’s Fine Foods has extended its supply deal with discounter Aldi. 

Aldi shortens small supplier payment times

Aldi has reduced payment terms to 14 days in an effort to increase support for small suppliers. 

Demand prompts recruitment drive for NI Aberdeen Angus farmers

A rise in demand for Northern Irish Aberdeen Angus beef has triggered a recruitment drive for the sector. 

NFU to Tesco: Be clear on your lamb sourcing policies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed its concerns over Tesco’s drop in lamb facings. 

Red Tractor Week celebrates trusted food

Consumers are being encouraged to support quality farming and reliable practices by getting behind Red Tractor Week 2017. 

Burger sales plummet in grocery as rain stops play

Burger sales in the grocery sector dropped by 25% as a poor summer halted the barbecue season.

Lamb producers’ shares decline in July

Retail prices for lamb remained steady in July, but producers’ shares fell during the month. 

Big Daddy Rump Steak back at Aldi

Aldi has reintroduced its ‘Big Daddy’ extra thick British rump steak for a limited time, following the success of its previous launch. 

Asda and Tesco defend lamb facings

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

Colman’s taps into convenience market

Condiments, mustards and packet mixes specialist Colman’s is reaching out to the convenience category by adding ‘meal makers’ to its portfolio.

Morrisons rules out fake farm branding

Morrisons has pledged not to use fictitious farm branding for its produce. 

Morrisons rolls out foot-long sausage roll

Retailer Morrisons has introduced what it believes to be the largest sausage roll in the UK. 

Scottish pork takes centre stage at Aldi

Customers at Aldi’s Inverurie store in Scotland were encouraged to embrace local pork last week.

How Britain likes its steaks

Retailer Aldi has provided an insight into how the British public prefers its steak, with some surprising results.

Booths shows off Christmas meat dishes

Northern supermarket chain Booths has unveiled its Christmas food range, including a tantalising array of meat starters and mains. 

Aldi caters to convenience market

Discounter Aldi has expanded its audience reach by launching four new meat-based ready-to-cook options. 

Asda’s meat line generates multi-million pound sales

Retailer Asda’s new ‘Farm Stores’ meat products line has helped to generate sales of over £58 million for the supermarket.

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.

Champion of Champions 2017 now open for entries

The nation’s premier sausage competition is now open for entries. 

M&S to ‘improve supply chain partnerships’ with Angus farmers

Supermarket Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning “serious and sensible” talks with Aberdeen Angus beef producers to strengthen its supply chain to improve resilience and reduce market volatility. 

Sainsbury’s aims to curb food waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tackling food waste with the introduction of a new ‘Smart Fresh’ label for its sandwich ham. 

Waitrose commits to recyclable packaging

Retailer Waitrose has introduced easily-recyclable sandwich wrappers, with the aim of rolling this initiative out across all own-label packaging.

Waitrose launches Prosecco turkey for Christmas

Waitrose is combining turkey and Prosecco in its latest festive offering.

Sainsbury’s pledges to buy British lamb

Sainsbury’s has announced today (29 June) that as of 1 July its fresh lamb will be 100% British and 100% new season. 

Heck launches low-fat pork sausages

Sausage producer Heck has expanded its range with the introduction of Super Slim low-fat pork sausages. 

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. 

Sainsbury’s recalls sandwich fillers due to Listeria presence

Sainsbury’s is recalling its range of sandwich fillers due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. 

M&S faces up to challenge of cutting beef carbon emissions

Marks & Spencer’s Plan A 2025 strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for raw materials, such as beef, will be “extremely challenging”, according Steve McLean, M&S’s head of agriculture and fisheries.

Nisa doubles Heritage sausage lines for barbecue time

Nisa has doubled the number of its own-label Heritage Gourmet sausage lines from three to six for the summer barbecue season, improving them with updated recipes. 

Morrisons’ butchers introduce supermarkets’ biggest burger

Retailer Morrisons is targeting the Father’s Day market with the introduction of its ‘daddy of all burgers’. 

Red Tractor employs Facebook, Twitter in barbecue contest

Red Tractor aims to wield Facebook and Twitter to drive a hunt for ‘Britain’s Best BBQ-er’, a first for the farm assured standards brand. 

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

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. 

Sainsbury’s defends kangaroo burgers following backlash

Retailer Sainsbury’s has defended the launch of its kangaroo burgers, amid a backlash from animal rights activists.

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