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Industry Names Those Backing British Lamb

22 July 2015

UK – More can be done by major supermarkets to help the lamb sector, a survey has found.

Less than three quarters of lamb facings in major UK supermarkets are British, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s latest Lamb Watch.

NFU "still waiting" on Tesco to voice sourcing commitments - Charles Sercombe.

Four supermarkets are doing their bit for British farmers by sourcing 100 per cent of British lamb facings but several could do better.

The Co-operative fared worst, with 38 per cent of its lamb being British, beaten by Sainsbury’s (54 per cent), Lidl (55 per cent) and ASDA (66 per cent).

Meanwhile, Morrisons, Waitrose, Budgens and Aldi all had 100 per cent British.

NFU livestock board chairman, Charles Sercombe called for ‘clarity’ on lamb season dates from retailers.

He said farmers will be “disappointed” with the figures.

He said: “Farmers will be concerned about the disparity in June’s figures and the mixed messages that this consequently sends to the market place. Although The Co-operative and Asda have recently made announcements about changes to their seasonality, it is a reason why I’d like to see clarity on when the lamb season starts and finishes from our retailers.

“However, the survey shows that Tesco has three per cent less British lamb on shelf in June 2015 (66 per cent) when compared to June last year.

"We are still waiting for Tesco to make its sourcing commitments for British lamb publically clear. We are concerned that this three per cent reduction could amount to thousands of British lambs not entering the UK supply chain.

He said accurately forecasting demand and matching supply through “scheduling throughput” was “more than achievable”.

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