Scottish retailers urged to shop local

A call for Scottish supermarkets to make a permanent commitment to sourcing Scottish meat was made by rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead.

Speaking at the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesaler’s (SAMW) annual conference on 20 April, Lochhead told journalists he was committed to making retailers “shop local”.

As well as pushing Scottish supermarkets to sell more home-grown meat, Lochhead challenged retailers in general to make a commitment to Scottish food.

He said: “In the wake of the horsemeat scandal, we have seen many retailers making promises about increasing local sourcing and shortening supply chains. But farmers and processors need more than warm words in the middle of a scandal. They need a genuine change in purchasing culture.”

It is a “permanent commitment” to increasing home-grown produce in Scottish stores that Lochhead wants, which should be carried out through long-term contracts, he said.

“Farmers need confidence to invest in the future to support livestock numbers, as it can take years to see a return on investment,” he added. “Processors also need confidence that orders will be there tomorrow if they are to invest in their plans and the skills of their workforce.”


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