FUW Welcomes Waitrose Commitment To 100% British Lamb
The supermarket Waitrose has announced plans to source all Waitrose-labelled fresh and frozen lamb from Britain by the summer of 2021. This will support markets for existing and new suppliers and is additional to their current commitments for 100% British fresh chicken, pork, beef, eggs and liquid milk.
Supermarkets, such as Waitrose, have sourced New Zealand lamb during the Winter citing low UK lamb supplies. Working with producers across the UK with varied production cycles will fulfill this gap in the market. AHDB figures for 2019 suggest that Aldi, Co-op and Morrisons already source 100% of their lamb in Britain, whereas less than 50% of Asda’s lamb is British all year round.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales has long urged supermarkets to commit to the procurement of Welsh and British lamb and beef, and to ensure prices paid by suppliers or through direct contracts recognise the high quality premium product produced.
Welsh lamb is produced sustainably, with excellent animal welfare standards, and helps rural communities to thrive. The FUW welcomes the commitment by Waitrose to source British lamb all year round and would now call on all other supermarkets without the same commitment to support domestic produce and follow suit.
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