Supermarkets and Convenience

Co-operative announces ‘disastrous’ results

The Co-operative has announced £2.5 billion (bn) losses for 2013, in a year that the interim chief executive called “disastrous”.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a “chapter of change and opportunity”, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

Tesco sees UK trading profit down 3.6%

Profits have fallen again at Tesco, with UK trading profit down 3.6% to just under £2.2bn, and group trading profit down 6% to £3.3bn.

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

Summer recipes for Welsh Beef and Lamb

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has developed some new Welsh Beef and Lamb recipes, just in time for summer.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month – a record low – according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

British Turkey Awards 2014 open for entries

The British Turkey Awards 2014 have invited retailers to showcase their poultry products as entries are now open.

Vegetarians in poorer physical and mental health, says report

A new study has found that vegetarians are in poorer health, have a higher need for health care, and have a poorer quality of life.

QMS launches new-look website

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new, redesigned website.

Waitrose stocks truffle sausage

Waitrose started selling a truffle sausage last week, in what it claimed was a supermarket first.

Scottish farmers’ union meets with upcoming Sainsbury’s boss

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has met with future Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe, where he pledged the retailer’s commitment to British produce.

Marks & Spencer joins in SuperMeat rivalry

This year’s SuperMeat & Fish Awards are hotting up, with the announcement that Marks & Spencer (M&S) is entering the fray.

Levy payers pleased with ‘value for money’ as AHDB freezes rates

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy payers feel they are getting value for money after learning they will pay the same rates for a further year.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Burgers for breakfast? Survey says yes

Having a burger for breakfast might seem strange for some, but they are fast becoming the preferred option for many British consumers, according to new data from NPD Group.

Eblex pushes new lamb marketing campaign

Eblex’s marketing channel, Simply Lamb and Beef, has teamed up with celebrity chef Mark Sergeant to promote its latest lamb campaign, Adventure Lamb.

Manufacturer joins food waste initiative

Rigid plastics packaging manufacturer RPC Group has joined the SAVE FOOD campaign, which aims to fight global food loss and waste.

Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

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.

Livestock census surprisingly encouraging for sheep sector

The 2013 Defra livestock numbers survey showed disappointing figures in some areas, but sheep numbers were “surprising and very positive”.

Tesco cowed by ad blunder

Tesco has found itself in hot water after a gaffe over its latest milk adverts led to farmers and the general public milking it for all it is worth.

Swedish supermarket giant to sell Welsh Lamb

‘Europe’s largest supermarket’, which will open in Sweden in April, will stock a range of PGI Welsh Lamb products.

Funding approved for Isle of Man Meats factory

A £1.6 million investment package for Isle of Man Meats’ ailing factory has been approved by the parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald.

Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition judges the weird and wonderful

The 2014 Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition saw a whole range of innovative entries, showcasing the best the county’s butchers have to offer.

Morrisons to stock New Zealand lamb

Morrisons will offer New Zealand lamb this spring, before reverting back to 100% British in June.

Meat firms take advantage of West Country PGI

Jaspers and Dawn Meats have become the first companies to be able to market West Country Beef and Lamb under its new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner.

Sales down in Sainsbury’s Q4 results

Total and like-for-like sales were down in Sainsbury’s fourth-quarter results for the 10 weeks to 15 March 2014, as the grocery retail market remained tough.

New members appointed to Eblex board

Seven new Eblex board members have been appointed by The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Intertek opens food lab in the UK

Global quality solutions provider Intertek has opened a UKAS-accredited food laboratory in Derby.

Morrisons posts loss before tax

Morrisons has revealed a loss before tax of £176m in its full results for the year to 2 February 2014, down from a profit of £879m this time last year.

Organic meat, poultry and fish are on the up

Sales of organic meat, poultry and fish increased by 2.2% in 2013, as the Soil Association announced the first growth in the total organic market for four years.

Jerky firm teams with health magazine

A leading meat snack company is hoping to tap into the health sector with the launch of a new Men’s Health branded beef jerky snacking range.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

Environmentalists to launch Meat Free May

Not content with meat-free Mondays, environmental campaigners have launched a campaign to encourage consumers to sign up to a whole month of meat abstinence with the launch of Meat Free May.

Eblex gets behind new beef cuts

Eblex is promoting its new beef cut development programme in an attempt to counteract declining beef consumption in the home.

SuperMeat to reward 'best of the best'

The big multiple retail chains are gearing up for this year’s prestigious SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition looks set to be intense.

High street consumers more confident, finds report

Consumer confidence is returning to the high street, with around one in five shoppers, or 19%, now expecting to be better off in the year ahead. Those numbers are the highest confidence boost since January 2011, when only 10% felt they would be better off.

New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

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.

Pork supplier clinches Spanish deal

A Northern Irish meat processor is celebrating after landing a deal to supply a leading wholesaler in Spain.

Devro announces decline in pre-tax profits

Scottish manufacturer of collagen sausage casings Devro has revealed pre-tax profit fell 4.5% to £37.5m for the full year ended 31 December 2013.

The Co-operative loses Good Chicken Award

The Co-operative has been stripped of its Good Chicken Award by Compassion in World Farming (CiWF), after bowing down to consumer demand for cheaper food.

Tesco backs veggie week

Tesco has been announced as the headline sponsor for National Vegetarian Week, which organisers use to campaign for people to move to a meat free diet.

Suspected illegal meat operations discovered in the Midlands and Northern Ireland

Suspected illegal meat operations were discovered and products seized in separate investigations in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Beef jerky business sold to customer

Bare Earth, producer of Biltong dried meat snacks, has been sold to customer Mariani Foods Europe in a pre-pack deal.

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