NFU calls on retailers to source more British meat

The National Farmers’ Union has demanded that large UK multiples sell more meat from within their own shores, after an Eblex report showed major falls in the amount on-shelf.

The report found that levels of British lamb had dropped to 4% of overall lamb stocking in Marks & Spencer, down from 50% at this time last year.

Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose also showed low levels of British lamb on their shelves, according to the report.

Only Asda bucked the trend, with 70% of lamb being derived from British farmers.

British beef fell slightly at Tesco, down to 80% but rose from 45% to 65% at Asda, and also rose slightly at Sainsbury’s.

NFU livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh said: “Given the right signals, British producers are willing and able to satisfy any demand.

"Some supermarkets have 100% British beef and high percentages of lamb on their shelves and I believe others could stock more and show further commitment to British producers.

“We have been critical of Asda in the past, but as this report demonstrates, the percentage of British beef on display has increased, which is a step in the right direction and has to be good news for the farmer and the consumer.”

The report was released by Eblex to the NFU on 30 March.

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