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Co-op switches to UK own-label fresh meat

3 May 2017

UK grocer The Co-operative Group has switched all of its own-label fresh meat to domestic sources, calling on other supermarkets and foodservice providers to also back "home-grown goods".

UK's FSA responds amid warning on antibiotics overuse in food chain

6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.

MRSA in pork prompts call for action on antibiotic use

18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.

Editor's viewpoint: Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

17 Jun 2015

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

Campylobacter in 70% of UK supermarket chicken - FSA

27 Nov 2014

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.

UK: Asda, Sainsbury's neck and neck in UK - Kantar

14 Jan 2014

Sainsbury's share of the UK's grocery market now matches Asda, the country's second-largest retailer, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

just-food's review of 2013: discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

6 Jan 2014

It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends dominated the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries - the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

27 Aug 2013

The results continued to roll in last week and we heard from the likes of Hain Celestial and Ahold on how they performed and their outlook for the year ahead. Just-food also spoke with Lindt & Sprüngli CEO Ernst Tanner, who told us about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets.

Consuming issues - GM debate comes down to question of trust

25 Apr 2013

The GM debate has re-emerged in the UK in the last couple of weeks with the news four major supermarket operators will allow their suppliers to use GM feed for poultry and eggs.

UK: Co-op relaunches own-label healthy line

2 Apr 2013

UK retailer The Co-operative Group is relaunching and rebranding its own-label healthy range with the addition of new products.

Comment: Horse meat scandal likely to widen

8 Feb 2013

As our understanding of the horse meat contamination scandal develops the number of food products drawn in is likely to expand, raising some fundamental questions about the security of our food supply.

IRELAND: Future of ABP's Silvercrest uncertain as site remains closed

4 Feb 2013

The future of APB Food Group's Silvercrest facility in Ireland seems uncertain after the group was forced to close the site when it was identified as one of the sources of frozen beef burgers that contained horse DNA.

IRELAND/UK: Aldi drops Silvercrest, Dalepak on positive horse meat tests

31 Jan 2013

Aldi has become the latest retailer to drop Irish meat supplier Silvercrest Foods after tests found traces of horse DNA in its burgers.

UPDATE: UK: Groceries Code Adjudicator Tacon must be "objective" - BRC

21 Jan 2013

The British Retail Consortium has given a cautious welcome to the UK's first Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, while food producers and farmers appeared happier with the appointment.

UK: Christine Tacon to be UK Groceries Code Adjudicator

21 Jan 2013

The UK Government has announced that Christine Tacon, ex-head of the Co-operative Group's farming business, will be its first Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

21 Dec 2012

In the final week before the Christmas and New Year break, just-food published its review of the year, which included lists of our most-read content and featured an in-depth look at the M&A, retail trends, sustainability initiatives and commodity volatility we have seen in 2012. Elsewhere, the founder of US yoghurt firm Chobani ruled out a sale of the business, Sainsbury's said talk chief executive Justin King could leave in February "pure speculation" and Italian food group Barilla outlined its plans for emerging markets.

UK: Cheese recall hits Morrisons, Asda, Co-op

19 Dec 2012

Three of the UK's largest food retailers, Asda, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group, have been forced to recall batches of cheese due to safety concerns.

UK: Co-op hires Kingfisher's Sutherland as CEO

19 Dec 2012

UK retailer The Co-operative Group has appointed Kingfisher executive Euan Sutherland as its new CEO.

What the analysts say - Associated British Foods FY results

6 Nov 2012

Associated British Foods, the UK-based food and retail group, reported higher annual sales and profits today (6 November) after strong performances from its sugar and discount clothing businesses. However, earnings from its grocery division fell 23%. The view from the City on ABF's grocery unit was mixed.

UK: Wiseman next to pledge milk price hike

13 Sep 2012

Robert Wiseman Dairies has become the latest UK dairy processor to announce an increase in the price it pays farmers for milk.

UK: First Milk "withdraws" plan for price cut

26 Jul 2012

UK co-op First Milk will not cut the price it pays for milk on 1 August, pledging to help develop "better structures" across the industry after weeks of anger from farmers.

UK: Lidl ups milk price as focus shifts to middle-ground

26 Jul 2012

Discount grocer Lidl has increased the amount it pays for milk in the face of protests from dairy farmers, who are shifting their focus from the UK's largest food retailers to pile pressure on the middle-ground market.

UK: Asda, Morrisons, Co-op in government talks on milk

25 Jul 2012

Asda, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group will today (25 July) hold talks with the UK government to discuss the future of the country's dairy sectors - as farmers protests over milk prices continue.

UK: Milk protests will continue, says Farmers for Action

24 Jul 2012

UK farmers angry at the cuts to the price they receive for their milk will continue their protests despite a deal on a code of practice to govern relations in the industry.

UK: Aldi next to up milk payments

24 Jul 2012

Discounter Aldi has become the latest UK retailer to increase the amount it pays for milk.

UK: Co-op exec Taylor to join Spar's UK arm

24 Jul 2012

Ian Taylor, a senior executive at UK retailer The Co-operative Group, is to join Spar International as head of retail for its business in the country.

UPDATE 2: UK: NFU calls for retailers to fund milk price increase

17 Jul 2012

The National Farmers Union has suggested the reversal of recent price cuts implemented by dairy processors should be funded "from retailers margins".

UK: Co-op increases milk payments

9 Jul 2012

The Co-operative Group has increased the premium it pays to farmers in its milk pool.

UK: Co-op defends outsourcing contracts

7 Jun 2012

UK retailer The Co-operative Group has defended the amount of outsourcing in its distribution network after criticism from union officials.

UK: Asda commercial chief Williams becomes director of food

18 May 2012

Asda, the UK's second-largest retailer, has appointed commercial director Barry Williams to the new role of trading director of food.

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