NFU to Tesco: Be clear on your lamb sourcing policies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has expressed its concerns over Tesco’s drop in lamb facings. 

Citing figures from the latest Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb Watch, the NFU called on the retailer to be clear on its sourcing policy for British lamb.

Figures showed that, at 50%, the supermarket’s lamb facings fell 15% compared to last year. It was the only main supermarket that decreased its numbers.

“British lamb is at its prime right now and our farmers take great pride sending this high-quality product to the supermarket shelves, especially so for the British public,” said Charles Sercombe, NFU livestock board chairman.

“And with surveys saying that 86% of shoppers want to see more British food in supermarkets, it’s a valued product. With Brexit looming, British lamb producers, now more than ever, need retailers to be clear on their sourcing commitments. Tesco has seemed to shy away from making clear to suppliers and customers what its sourcing policy is with lamb. With so many positive moves towards British farming among retailers, Tesco is sticking out like a sore thumb.

Sercombe concluded: “British farmers want to invest their farms for the long term and clear sourcing commitments from retailers can help farmers to do this. Ambiguous sourcing only reduces farmers’ confidence to invest. UK production is at its peak and is highly competitive, leaving British farmers bewildered as to why British facings are going down and not up at Tesco.”

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