Supermarkets and Convenience

Spar recalls Tikka Chicken Chunks

Spar (UK) is recalling its Tikka Chicken Chunks, due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause foodborne illness. 

The retail price for beef has fallen and the NFU says it is "worrying"
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Calls for beef farmers to receive fair share of margins

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland has called for cattle farmers to get a fairer share of the retail price of beef. 

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Group’s food division has today announced that it will be cutting the cost of over 200 of its own-brand British-sourced meat and poultry products.

SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016 now open for entries

One of the top nights in the meat industry is back for 2016. SuperMeat & Fish Awards is now accepting entries from retailers. 

Sales of organic food on the rise

The UK organic food market grew 4.9% in sales in 2015, according to The Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report. 

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens. 

Scotbeef works with school to create burger for Aldi

A new Scotch beef burger has been created by a team of cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow as part of a Scotbeef initiative to get younger people excited about food. 

Beef sales drop while chicken thrives

The meat sector saw continued deflation in the 12 weeks to 31 January 2016. 

Cannon & Cannon launches new premium sliced meat range

Retailer and distributor Cannon & Cannon is to launch a new range of sliced packs to retail. 

Cut price deals could damage industry, warns turkey farmer

Turkey producers have been warned that rearing birds to supply to local wholesale markets and auctions at spot prices will do long-term damage to the traditional Christmas turkey sector. 

Is steak the food of love?
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Steak revealed as the number one dish on Valentine’s Day

A new study has revealed that steak is the most sought-after dish on Valentine's Day. 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Tesco provides opportunities to lamb farmers

Supermarket giant Tesco is inviting 100 British sheep farmers to take part in a ‘cost of production model for lamb’ trial, which is claimed to be the first of its kind. 

Ham and deli bacon saw an increase in price
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Deli bacon and ham bucks the trend in falling grocery prices

Although grocery prices in January fell to their cheapest level in over a year, deli bacon and ham saw a rise of 4%. That is according to latest figures from mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

BEEFit expands listings

High-protein biltong snack company BEEFit has increased its availability into GNC and Tesco’s NutriCentre stores. 

Uel Morton, chief executive of QMS, welcomes delegates to the marketing conference
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Convenience key to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry has been urged to give the consumer what they want through their products. 

Tesco given supplier deadline by GCA

Tesco has been given a month to improve how it treats suppliers following an investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA). 

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A £2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector. 

Iceland has entered a three-year partnership with CHEP to deliver supply chain efficiencies
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Iceland enters agreement with CHEP

The UK’s leading frozen food supermarket, Iceland, has entered into a new partnership with Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP). 

The Thermal Space Saver system has been designed to keep products at the correct temperature during transportation
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Thermal insulation container set to help the industry in transporting cold foods

Refrigerated transport is often considered a major contributor towards carbon emissions. Provider of thermal insulation materials Enviro-Pod said that, aside from the high running cost of refrigerated transport, running chillers and doors being left open during the loading and reloading of stock also have a damaging effect on the environment. 

Game meat is becoming more prominent on the supermarket shelves, says Countryside Alliance
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Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance. 

Sainsbury’s recalls Just Cook Chicken Breasts

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has recalled its Just Cook Chicken Breast with Piri Piri sauce (326g), due to some products being incorrectly packaged and containing Chicken and Bacon Lattice. This means the product contains milk and wheat, which is not mentioned on the product label.

Chicken outperformed turkey this Christmas period, according to Kantar Worldpanel
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Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

Turkey has been outperformed by chicken as Christmas traditions fall by the wayside. 

Yorkshire Game sees 10% increase in turnover

Wild game and venison supplier Yorkshire Game has experienced a 10% rise in turnover as a result of investing in state-of-the-art processing equipment. 

The pig industry in being impacted by low feed costs, says National Pig Association
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Pig farming like ‘taking a punt at Ladbrokes’

The National Pig Association (NPA) has warned that current low feed prices are doing nothing to reduce pig producers’ losses. 

Cranswick gives it some Welly with new cooked meat brand

Cranswick has launched its new Welly brand of cooked meats. 

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

Turkey and lamb grow sales in late winter

Lamb gave turkey a run for its money in the run-up to the Christmas period as sales skyrocketed. 

Moy Park to provide innovative chicken range to Morrisons

Northern Irish poultry meat processor Moy Park has secured listings in all Morrisons’ stores across Great Britain with new Chicken Sensations. 

Asda buys key meat suppliers Forza AW and Kober

Retailer Asda has purchased two of its key meat suppliers. 

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme. 

15% more turkey and other fresh poultry was sold in Christmas week compared to 2014
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Volume outstrips value in Christmas meat sales

Volume sales of meat over the Christmas period outgrew value sales as competition between mainstream and discount retailers intensified.

Sales of duck and geese have seen an increase
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Duck and goose sales take flight

Duck and goose were the success stories of the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish & Poultry Market Update. 

Heck sausages launched in Budgens

Heck sausages have been launched in independent retail chain Budgens. 

Scottish pie producer enters partnership with Aldi

Scotland’s Wee Pie Company last week launched a range of quality pies in 61 of the country’s Aldi supermarket stores. 

GammonWatch revealed British gammon can be supported more in some retailers
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GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Association’s (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons. 

Latest grocery figures show slight growth

Total grocery market sales have grown by only 0.1% compared to last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The latest grocery figures showed minimal growth for the 12 weeks ending 6 December 2016.

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UK’s food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms. 

Discounters experience increase in fresh meat sales

Value for money supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have seen a rise in fresh meat sales in the face of an unpredictable market. 

Sainsbury’s plans an environmentally friendly future

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has continued its progress towards a more sustainable future by introducing what it claims to be the world’s first naturally refrigerated truck.

Welsh butchers experienced an increase in lamb and beef sales thanks to a marketing campaign
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Welsh promotional campaign hailed a success

In-store promotion is “very customer-friendly and increases sales”, according to Welsh butchers.

Fresh turkey prices have dropped 12% year-on-year according to mySupermarket
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Fresh turkey consumer prices fall in time for Christmas

The cost of a fresh turkey has seen a year-on-year decreases as supermarkets look to offer value at Christmas. 

Food prices saw further deflation in November
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Further deflation for food prices

Food prices experienced yet more deflation in November. 

Retailers selling mislabelled gammon will be named and shamed by the NPA
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Misleading gammon labelling to be “named and shamed” this Christmas

Retailers not supporting Britain’s high-welfare pig farmers this Christmas season can expect to be named and shamed by the National Pig Association (NPA).  

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding “the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry”, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Whole Foods Markets to supply edible insects

Grub, an edible insect company, has announced it has secured its first listing for the Roasted Cricket snack range with Whole Foods Markets. 

Teamwork core to success, says Welsh red meat body

The supply chain has been called on to work together to promote PGI branded Welsh Lamb products.

Meat, oil and fat has seen one of the biggest reductions at 4.3% year-on-year
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Food deflation deepens

Food deflation has deepened to 3% year-on-year, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for October 2015.

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