Tesco joins CIEL project

Tesco has become the first retail member of the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). 

The newly-created £70 million research hub opened earlier this year in an effort to bring together the food industry and academic researchers, and transform the productivity of the UK livestock industry.

As the first retail member to champion CIEL, Tesco hopes to demonstrate its commitment to supporting British farmers by providing funding for this initiative, with the aim of increasing productivity and growth within British farming.

Claire Lorains, Tesco category director, meat, fish, poultry and eggs, said: “In order to make British agriculture more competitive, we need a culture of continuous improvement across the whole supply chain. The CIEL is a fantastic platform to propel innovation in the UK livestock industry, which is key to the success of providing the best-possible quality and sustainable food for customers.”

Nick Major, corporate affairs director of ForFarmers and CIEL interim board chairman, said: “It is an enormous honour to have such a well-known and respected company as Tesco as one of our members and as the first retailer to recognise the value of CIEL’s work. Our aim is to increase the economic performance of UK farming to benefit, farmers, retailers and consumers alike. Support from companies such as Tesco will help keep the UK at the forefront of sustainable food production.”

Opened in York in February of this year, CIEL features involvement from private sector companies across the livestock and food industries, with founder members including Agrisearch, BSAS, BSAS Industry Association, Cranswick Country Food, Devenish Nutrition, Dunbia, ForFarmers UK, Origin Group Holdco, RAFT Solutions and XLVets UK.

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