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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. 

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. 

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.

Nisa extends own-label pizza range

Nisa Retail has added three new variants to its own-label Heritage range. 

Beef prices for shoppers could soar without trade deal

The retail price of beef could rise by as much as 29% if the UK does not reach an agreement on trade when it leaves the EU. 

Collaboration across food supply chain needed, according to Co-op

The Co-operative has called for the whole food supply chain to work together in overcoming industry challenges. 

Asda crowned poultry retailer of the year

Asda claimed the crown at the British Poultry Awards 2017, winning the coveted title of British Poultry Retailer of the Year. 

Robertson’s Fine Foods expands supply deal with Aldi by 175%

Ayrshire-based Robertson’s Fine Foods has extended its supply deal with discounter Aldi. 

Aldi shortens small supplier payment times

Aldi has reduced payment terms to 14 days in an effort to increase support for small suppliers. 

Demand prompts recruitment drive for NI Aberdeen Angus farmers

A rise in demand for Northern Irish Aberdeen Angus beef has triggered a recruitment drive for the sector. 

NFU to Tesco: Be clear on your lamb sourcing policies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed its concerns over Tesco’s drop in lamb facings. 

Red Tractor Week celebrates trusted food

Consumers are being encouraged to support quality farming and reliable practices by getting behind Red Tractor Week 2017. 

Burger sales plummet in grocery as rain stops play

Burger sales in the grocery sector dropped by 25% as a poor summer halted the barbecue season.

Lamb producers’ shares decline in July

Retail prices for lamb remained steady in July, but producers’ shares fell during the month. 

Big Daddy Rump Steak back at Aldi

Aldi has reintroduced its ‘Big Daddy’ extra thick British rump steak for a limited time, following the success of its previous launch. 

Asda and Tesco defend lamb facings

Retailers Asda and Tesco have defended the amount of lamb on shelf sourced from Scotland and the UK. 

Colman’s taps into convenience market

Condiments, mustards and packet mixes specialist Colman’s is reaching out to the convenience category by adding ‘meal makers’ to its portfolio.

Morrisons rules out fake farm branding

Morrisons has pledged not to use fictitious farm branding for its produce. 

Morrisons rolls out foot-long sausage roll

Retailer Morrisons has introduced what it believes to be the largest sausage roll in the UK. 

Scottish pork takes centre stage at Aldi

Customers at Aldi’s Inverurie store in Scotland were encouraged to embrace local pork last week.

How Britain likes its steaks

Retailer Aldi has provided an insight into how the British public prefers its steak, with some surprising results.

Booths shows off Christmas meat dishes

Northern supermarket chain Booths has unveiled its Christmas food range, including a tantalising array of meat starters and mains. 

Aldi caters to convenience market

Discounter Aldi has expanded its audience reach by launching four new meat-based ready-to-cook options. 

Asda’s meat line generates multi-million pound sales

Retailer Asda’s new ‘Farm Stores’ meat products line has helped to generate sales of over £58 million for the supermarket.

Asda stores throw weight behind Welsh Lamb

Asda has announced it will stock premium PGI Welsh lamb in the butchery counters of 72 of its largest stores, from now through to the autumn.

Yorkshire Game gains Asda listings

Yorkshire game has won new listings at Asda for three of its Wild products. Pheasant thighs, diced mixed game and venison steaks are available in 103 Asda stores in the UK.

Champion of Champions 2017 now open for entries

The nation’s premier sausage competition is now open for entries. 

M&S to ‘improve supply chain partnerships’ with Angus farmers

Supermarket Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning “serious and sensible” talks with Aberdeen Angus beef producers to strengthen its supply chain to improve resilience and reduce market volatility. 

Sainsbury’s aims to curb food waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tackling food waste with the introduction of a new ‘Smart Fresh’ label for its sandwich ham.