Supermarkets and Convenience

Premium demand drives festive meat and poultry sales

Strong fresh processed meat and poultry sales and a push for ‘premium’ products helped deliver the biggest Christmas ever for the grocery sector, latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed. 

Aldi's Big Daddy steak offer returns

Aldi is to bring back its 16oz beef rump steak this week. 

British beef and lamb facings dip in November

Overall multiple retailer facings of British beef and lamb both fell 2%year-on-year in November. 

Retail snapshot: record Christmas sales plump up Sainsbury’s turkey share

Record Christmas sales helped Sainsbury’s increase its market share of turkey over the festive period, according to third-quarter results covering 15 weeks to 6 January 2018. 

Asda launches three flexitarian meat products

A three-strong line of flexitarian beef products has hit supermarket shelves at Asda. 

Bacon Mac & Cheese pizza unveiled by Chicago Town

A Mac & Cheese with Bacon Deep Dish frozen pizza has been launched under Dr Oetker-owned brand Chicago Town.

Waitrose introduces flexitarian sausage range

Waitrose has launched a new range of meat sausages containing up to 35% fruit, vegetables or pulses.

Frozen meat sales snowball over Christmas period

Consumers bought more frozen meat in UK supermarkets at Christmas than they did in 2016 – with overall sales up 11.3% by value during Christmas week.

Field&flower to grow following crowdfunding success

Meat box subscription business field&flower is set to grow following a successful crowdfunding campaign in which almost £1m was raised. 

MuscleFood targets Europe following investment

Online retailer MuscleFood has secured an undisclosed sum from private investors to grow its business in the UK and Europe.

Robertson’s secures Morrisons listings

Pork producers Robertson’s Fine Foods of Ayrshire has secured listings with Morrisons for its sausage range. 

Meat prices on the rise

The value of meat, fish and poultry (MFP) have experienced an increase in value for the 12 weeks ending 3 December thanks to inflation, although volume sales have slightly declined. 

Aldi embraces Christmas with prosecco-infused chicken

In honour of the most magical time of the year, discounter Aldi has introduced a new boozy chicken to its shelves. 

‘Wham Bam Lamb’ campaign delivers 38% increase in Scotch lamb sales

Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) ‘Wham Bam Lamb’ campaign 2017 has increased sales of Scottish-origin lamb in Scotland by 38.2%. 

Tesco threatened with legal action over ‘fake farm’ brand

Retailer Tesco has been threatened with legal action over the use of its ‘Woodside Farm’ branded products, by a farm of the same name. 

Christmas to provide most successful day for retailers ever

The day Christmas lands this year could provide the nation’s retailers with their most successful day of sales ever recorded. 

Turkey price rise bucks Christmas dinner trends

The overall cost of traditional Christmas Day meals with all the trimmings has fallen 3% year-on-year. However, turkey prices are up 16% compared to last year. 

Danny Lidgate pictured with the 24 carat 'Golden Goose'
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AmazonFresh goes for gold with ‘Golden Goose’

Customers are being offered the ultimate Christmas showstopper this year, as AmazonFresh has teamed up with C Lidgate to deliver a 24-carat ‘Golden Goose’. 

Kantar outlines trends charting a course through Brexit

Brexit is “not the end of the world” and tracking positive trends can help grocery retailers steer through the process, according to Fraser McKevitt, Kantar head of retail & consumer insight. 

Edwards of Conwy wins Lidl listings

The 2017 Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy has won listings in Lidl for its traditional pork sausages. 

Sainsbury’s to enhance Taste The Difference Pork range

Sainsbury’s plans to enhance its Taste The Difference Fresh Pork range, launching products designed to live up to the aspirations the name suggests and differentiating it from rivals. 

NFU launches British turkey campaign for festive season

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has launched a new campaign to show off the quality of British turkeys this Christmas. 

Pork sees double-digit value sales growth

Pork continues its “renaissance” in retail, with the category’s value sales rising 10.7% and volume sales up 3%, in the 12 weeks to 5 November, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) data. 

Sainsbury’s reveals major branded range review

Sainsbury’s is implementing a major branded range review as it aims to create a new model focused on distinctiveness to strengthen its hand against the discounters, according to food commercial director Paul Mills-Hicks.

Retailers publish campylobacter results

The country’s top nine retailers have published their results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens for the period covering July to September 2017 in line with Food Standards Agency (FSA) protocol.

HCC celebrates Canadian retail listing for PGI Welsh Lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is celebrating gaining listings at premium Canadian supermarket chain Lococo’s.

Aldi’s Wagyu range makes a return

Retailer Aldi is to bring back its range of Wagyu steak cuts.

Tesco closes fresh meat and fish counter in Liverpool store

A Tesco store in Liverpool has lost its fresh meat and fish counter.

Eversfield Organic acquires Well Hung Meat Company

Meat box provider Eversfield Organic is to acquire fellow Devon-based The Well Hung Meat Company.

Vertical integration can save shoppers’ money, says Nielsen

Consumers could save money if supermarkets decided to increase vertical integration models for meat and pass on the savings, according to analyst Nielsen. 

Tesco in Christmas turkey pledge for needy

Tesco has pledged to donate £1 from the sale of every fresh turkey this Christmas to help people in need.

VIDEO: Quick Sausage Stew with Finnebrogue

To celebrate the Big Sausage Week, Meat Trades Journal travelled to Northern Ireland to meet with sausage producer Finnebrogue. 

Big Sausage Week: Morrisons launches foot-long sausage

Retailer Morrisons has launched a 12-inch sausage, accompanied with a freshly baked roll, for the run-up to Bonfire Night. 

Poorest households buy significantly less beef and lamb

The poorest UK households bought 60% less lamb and 26% less beef from retailers between 2007 and 2015, according to historical data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Sainsbury’s in vertical integration beef supply trial

Supermarket Sainsbury’s has confirmed it is in the “very early stages” of a pilot scheme to test vertical integration of its beef supply chain.

Pork outperforms market in retail

A major pork consumer campaign has driven an increase in sales over the past 12 weeks. 

Organic meat rise driven by animal welfare

National sales of organic meat increased in September thanks to growing shopper demand for welfare and traceability.

Linpac quick roast option available in Co-op

Packaging manufacturer Linpac has collaborated with Dunbia to introduce a convenient ‘quick roast’ joint pack concept, Prime Cook, to the shelves of major retailer Co-op. 

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Northern Irish beef farm secures first retail business

Castlescreen Farm, based in Co Downpatrick, has expanded its market reach by signing its first deal with a retail business. 

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. 

Barnes says Aldi will continue to give shoppers outstanding value
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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.

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