NFU says retailers should stock more British meat

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has announced that, despite retailers showing an improvement in sourcing British lamb and beef, more can be done.

The figures from Eblex showed that the average percentage of British beef on supermarket shelves was 83% in November.

Lamb is currently at one of its highest levels seen in recent years, standing at 88%, and both beef and lamb were up from the previous month.

Although the NFU claimed the figures were good news for its members, NFU deputy president Meurig Raymond said: “While there have been improvements, it’s clear more needs to be done and the NFU remains committed to working with all retailers to improve their commitment to sourcing British.”

Morrisons is currently at the top of the chart, with Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose continuing to choose British. However, Asda performed the worst out of all the major retailers.

Raymond added: “It’s clear that retailers are now starting to recognise the importance of promoting farm-assured Red Tractor British beef and lamb, which we know more consumers want to buy.

“These latest figures show improvements across the board, although some supermarkets are still doing better than others. I’m pleased to see Tesco improving its commitment to British lamb, although it’s disappointing that the levels of British beef on the shelves has fallen in the past few months. The fact that Morrisons is consistently stocking both 100% British beef and lamb is a shining example that I hope other retailers will follow.

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