Tesco and Aldi revealed as best supporters of Scottish beef

Tesco and Aldi were named as the only two multiples in which shoppers were guaranteed that any burgers they bought would be Scottish, according to the latest shelf watch carried out by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland. 

With summer in full stride, Morrisons, the Co-op and Lidl also offered their customers clearly labelled Scottish beef burgers, the survey showed.

All the burgers in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer were labelled as British.

However, most of the patties in Asda were not marked with any clear country of origin, although British ones were available.

Charlie Adam, NFU Scotland livestock committee chairman, said: “While many will use their local butcher or farm shop to source their meat, it is encouraging for anyone planning a barbie that the vast majority of large retailers in Scotland also offer Scotch beef burgers.

“All burgers available in the Tesco and Aldi stores are Scottish and this commitment to provenance and clear labelling is positive.

“It was unfortunate that the origin of some of the burgers available in Asda was not apparent from the label – something we have raised with the retailer – which is why we think it is important for shoppers that we see clear country-of-origin labelling for processed meats introduced in the UK.

“I would urge all of those retailers who do not currently offer Scotch beef burgers to go back to their own supply chain and make sure they offer burgers from Scotland in their Scottish stores,” he said.

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