Supermarkets and Convenience

Morrisons takes top turkey title

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

Morrisons aims for better beef production

Morrisons has revealed new beef farming ‘protocol’, which aims to reduce the time it takes to prepare cattle for slaughter by up to 10 months.

Deer association launches venison quality mark

With the popularity of venison soaring as reported by Kantar Worldpanel, a new quality assurance mark has been launched to ensure welfare and quality standards for retailers and consumers.

Gressingham poultry now sold via online portal

Online artisan butchery Meat Porter has announced a partnership with renowned British duck producer Gressingham.

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.

New lamb supplier goes direct online

A new meat brand, Upper Teesdale Limited, is taking on the supermarkets by offering farmers higher returns, while shortening the lamb supply chain.

Groups join forces to improve food and drink energy efficiency

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have announced an £11m investment into the food and drink supply chain to help increase energy efficiency.

Tesco suspends executives after overstating profits

Tesco has suspended four executives including its managing director after revealing that it had overstated its profits for the six months to 23 August 2014.

Scottish industry reacts to referendum outcome

Scotland’s farming and meat bodies have reacted to the independence referendum result by urging their sectors to embrace the decision and drive growth.

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.

Number of food and drink sector employees rises

The environment secretary has announced that the number of people employed in the food and drink industry rose by 71,000 between 2013 and 2014.

Vast majority of vets buy British meat

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) has reported that 90% of its vets prefer to eat British meat.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

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.

Prime Minister attends food and drink round-table

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

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.

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.

RSPCA rebrands animal welfare scheme

The RSPCA’s animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to ‘RSPCA Assured’ in response to consumer research.

Tesco contract pushes up volumes for Hilton Food Group

Specialist retail meat packing business Hilton Food Group saw volumes in Western Europe up 5.4% for the 28 weeks to 13 July 2014, predominantly due to its new contract with Tesco.

Phil Vickery to front British Sausage Week

Former England and Lions rugby star Phil Vickery will be the famous face this year’s British Sausage Week.

QMS outlines reasons for fall in lamb price

The current auction market price of lamb is lower at this time of year than it has been for more than four years, and a complex range of factors is the reason why, according to Stuart Ashworth from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

FSA to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

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’.

Moy Park introduces new chicken range

Moy Park has launched a new range of pre-prepared, added-value chicken products under its ‘Good Kitchen’ brand.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Meat processor aims for PVC-free packaging

Meat processor Tulip has announced it aims to make its packaging PVC-free by spring 2015.

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.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Linden Foods introduces meat boxes range to Fane Valley

Red meat processor Linden Foods has revealed a new range of meat boxes to be sold in Fane Valley Co-operative stores in Northern Ireland.

FSA inspectors take second strike action

The second day of Unison strikes went ahead yesterday (27 August) as Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors walked out over pay.

Scotch Lamb campaign deemed a success

The ‘Love Scotch Lamb Weekend’, which took place across Scotland last weekend, has been hailed a success by its organisers.

Macsween rebrands haggis in bid to broaden audience

Macsween has rebranded and repackaged its range of haggis in an attempt to engage a wider audience and to “pioneer the future” of the category.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

FSA brings barbecue hygiene into focus

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a statement urging consumers to “uphold hygiene standards” when barbecuing during the remaining days of summer.

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

‘Savvy’ shopping now the norm, finds study

Food and grocery research and training charity, IGD, has reported that “savvy” shopping tactics have become the norm.

Horizon programme explores livestock’s environmental impact

In the second part of the BBC’s Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

The best of the #meatdebate

Last night’s BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

Welsh red meat body to embark on autumn campaign for lamb

‘Not all lamb is created equal’ is the motto of the new marketing campaign from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), which aims to raise consumer demand of Welsh Lamb.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBC’s Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

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”.

QMS enlists help of beauty queen for latest lamb campaign

With the help of Miss Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new Scotch Lamb campaign which aims to reach 90% of Scottish adults.

Trade body plays down ‘row’ on bacon smoking

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has played down the alleged row between UK bacon producers and Europe over bacon smoking.

Meat products do well at Great Taste Awards

Meat brands cleared up at this year’s Great Taste Awards with a whole host of meat products now eligible to use the ‘Great Taste’ logo.

Great Taste Award-winner brings out snacking salami

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

CHICKEN SCANDAL UPDATE: FSA changes stance on hygiene at 2 Sisters poultry plant

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has admitted that 2 Sisters Food Group did breach hygiene regulations at its Scunthorpe facility.

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