Supermarkets and Convenience

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into ‘disrepute’

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into “disrepute” with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

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).

Sainsbury’s courts takeaway consumers with new range

Sainsbury’s is urging shoppers to ditch the takeaway and visit the supermarket for a “makeaway” with the launch of a new range of products.

William Hague presents Heck sausage awards

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague took time out his schedule to present awards at Heck’s sausage and beer festival, as the company celebrates a £3m turnover.

Morrisons claims first on animal welfare at slaughter

Morrisons has announced it is the first retailer to achieve Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

Morrisons disappointed over banned burger ad

Morrisons has expressed disappointment at the decision by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban a recent advert in which a child eats a burger, claiming it “condoned poor nutritional habits”.

Supermarket rivalry hits food inflation

Food deflation “deepened further” in July, due to intense competition, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Fresh beef brings in £2bn to UK economy

The fresh beef market in Britain was worth more than £2bn this past year, according to figures from market analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Co-op sells farm division to The Wellcome Trust

The Co-operative Group has sold its farm business to The Wellcome Trust for a reported £249m to help cut its debt.

FSA publishes figures on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its report into the prevalence of campylobacter in fresh chicken.

Parliamentary group calls for more halal labelling research

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report calling for more research into labelling of halal products.

Horsemeat scandal research given go ahead

Two British universities have been awarded grants through the Global Food Security Programme to research the effects of the horsemeat scandal.

Sainsbury’s sheep farmers to benefit from faster parasite technology

Sainsbury’s has announced new technology for its sheep farmers, which will “effectively manage parasites, increasing product quality”.

Commonwealth Games gives boost to haggis

“Haggis has been the real winner” of the Commonwealth Games, according to Tesco, which has seen increased sales of Scottish products.

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.

UK and Irish foods stand up to origin test

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has not found any misleading information in a study looking at foods which have UK and Ireland country of origin claims.

Red Tractor set to promote quality during dedicated week

Red Tractor has urged licensees to get behind Red Tractor Week (15-21 September), saying it is a great opportunity to promote their own quality assurance credentials.

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.

NFU protests against Tesco's NZ lamb promotion

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) staged a protest outside the Tesco stand at the Royal Welsh show yesterday (21 July) against its promotion of New Zealand lamb during prime British lambing season.

Tesco chief executive to step down

Tesco’s chief executive Philip Clarke is to step down in October following the supermarkets poor performance in a “challenging market”.

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.

Price most important factor for meat buying public

Price is the most important consideration when buying meat for consumers, according to research comissioned by the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Meadow Vale gets Klucky

Meadow Vale Foods is offering suppliers the chance to win up to £500 through its new marketing campaign, Klucky.

NFU hits out at Tesco on British lamb policy

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has strongly criticised Tesco for promoting New Zealand lamb during the prime UK lamb season, which “misleads consumers”.

Meat body reports cooling for lamb prices

Lamb prices have cooled over the past five weeks, due to a strong sterling and extra availability of lambs on the market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

NFUS blog reviews outcome of beef summit

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has published a blog in which he reflected on the beef crisis summit, and looks at how its recommendations could be implemented.

Tesco crowned retailer of the year at SuperMeat

Last night’s SuperMeat & Fish Awards celebrated the best British supermarkets have to offer, with Tesco winning overall retailer of the year.

Fitness site offers zebra steaks

A UK fitness food website has added Zebra steaks to its line-up of exotic meats as they contain one-tenth of the fat found in beef, according to MuscleFood.com.

Lowest-ever food inflation recorded

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has recorded the lowest-ever rate of food inflation caused by “fierce competition”.

Welsh Lamb and Beef exports boost country’s economy

International sales of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef earned the Welsh economy more than £224 million last year, according to new figures.

Marks & Spencer sees food sales rise despite online problems

Despite heavy losses for Marks and Spencer (M&S) online, the department store chain has reported growth in food sales.

Waitrose raises price floor for British beef

In the wake of the UK’s beef pricing crisis, Waitrose has raised its “price floor” for British beef.

Beef industry gathers to tackle ‘perfect storm’

A “perfect storm” was responsible for the crisis affecting the beef industry as leaders and politicians gathered to find solutions with farming minister George Eustice this week.

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.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Northern Irish meat company seals gluten-free deal with Ocado

Northern Irish meat firm Doherty’s will launch gluten-free sausages, meatballs and burgers into the online supermarket Ocado.

Ostrich meat hits supermarket shelves

Ostrich meat is starting to appear on UK supermarket shelves, with Tesco trialling ostrich kebabs, and Lidl and Aldi due to stock the speciality meat later in the year.

Moy Park adds new instruction label on chickens

Moy Park is printing ‘No need to wash’ labels on its whole birds in support of the Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) campaign, ‘Don’t wash your chicken’.

Grocery Code survey reveals suppliers’ concerns

Results from a survey revealed at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) conference in Westminster yesterday (23 June) showed that suppliers feared retribution if they reported mistreatment by retailers.

Scottish bodies join forces on lamb

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has announced it will work in partnership with other Scottish bodies to help further promote Scotch Lamb.

Groceries Code Adjudicator reports forensic audits success

Christine Tacon reported ‘significant progress’ at the inaugural Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Conference today (23 June) in Westminster, announcing that eight of the 10 largest retailers had made voluntary commitments to time-limit forensic audits of suppliers.

Pork Farms gets social for summer

Pork Farms has launched a new summer campaign promoting National Picnic Week and The National Village Cup, which it hopes will boost sales.

Campbells new haggis set to ‘fill market gap’

A new haggis was launched yesterday (19 June) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat which fills a “gap in the market”, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Retailers enjoy World Cup effect as barbecue products soar

With the weather hotting up and the Football World Cup in full swing, retailers and processors have benefited from increased sales of barbecue products.

Holland’s puts on special World Cup price for pies

With the World Cup in full swing, Holland’s Pies is celebrating by pricing its pies at 66p throughout the tournament, commemorating 1966 – the year in which England was crowned world champions.

New shredded chicken goes down well with retailers

Nythe Farm Kitchen has launched a new shredded chicken product, which has been received well by the retail sector.

Poultry is UK’s number one meat, says BPC

Almost 70% of the population buy and consume more poultry than any other meat, according to new British Poultry Council (BPC) research.

International backdrop to beef price volatility

A “complex international market” has highlighted price volatility in the Scottish beef market, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

High recognition for Red Tractor among children

Red Tractor Assurance reported that more than half of schoolchildren recognise and understand the Red Tractor Logo.

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