Farmers protest at Tesco stand
NewsWednesday 23 July 2014
Members of the NFU at the Royal Welsh Show staged a demonstration outside the Tesco stand in protest at the retailer’s failure to back British lamb.
On Monday (21st July) around 60 farmers gathered at the NFU Cymru stand on the Builth Wells showground before marching to the Tesco stand.
The supermarket giant was heavily criticised by the NFU for its decision to heavily promote end of season lamb from the southern hemisphere despite it being the middle of the prime season for British grass-fed, spring-born lamb.
Charles Secombe, the NFU livestock chairman, who was among the protesters, said: “Livestock farmers here and across the country are angry, disappointed and frustrated at the way some retailers are continuing to promote an end-of-season product, which many view as inferior, over Red Tractor-assured, fresh lamb produced in the fields, valleys and hills of England and Wales.
“We’re highlighting Tesco as we believe they are failing to live up to the commitments made by their chief executive Philip Clarke at the NFU Conference last year that Tesco should be the best supporter of British farmers and that it wished to shorten the supply chain.
He went on to state that the union will continue to put pressure on the retailers and he stressed that the independent Beef & Lamb Watch results highlight those retailers who aren’t backing British farming and living up to commitments that they may have made on sourcing.
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