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Who's backing British farming?

Below is a selection of organisations, companies and high-profile individuals who have shown their support for the campaign by pledging support for our 'Back British Farming Charter'. Click on the buttons to browse by category. If your organisation would like to lend its support to the campaign, please get in touch with us here.

See which MPs and Lords have pledged to Back British Farming in the wake of the EU Referendum

See which MEPs have signed our 'Pledge to Back British Farming in the EU"?
 

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Retailers

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Aldi

“We pride ourselves on the long-term and mutually beneficial relationships we have developed with British farmers. Our fresh meat available in store every day is 100% British and carries the independent Red Tractor quality assurance mark. We are pleased to sign the NFU’s charter and underline our support for British agricultural jobs up and down the country.” Read more here.

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The Co-operative

Steve Murrells, Chief Executive, Retail, The Co-operative Group, said: “We are one of the UK’s leading supporters of British farmers, and, as such, we are delighted to get behind the NFU campaign and sign up to the Back British Farming Charter to ensure a sustainable UK agricultural industry.

“In a recent survey commissioned by The Co-operative, 72% of people said it was very important that the UK has a sustainable farming industry, with 22% saying it was quite important. Food security, the economy, food quality and animal welfare were among the main reasons given for this."

Read the full story here.
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Marks & Spencer

"Marks & Spencer is delighted to be supporting the NFU's Back British Farming campaign. We are committed to sourcing as much of our food as possible from the UK. We continue to explore ways to grow new crops in the UK, and to extend the UK growing seasons for fruit and vegetables.

We led the industry with the first ever Milk Pledge, guaranteeing a fair return for the UK dairy farmers that supply our liquid milk, and have also developed relationships with UK lamb producers to supply year around speciality lamb to our customers. In addition, the majority of our proteins, including all beef and fresh pork are sourced from the UK.

Our Farming for the Future programme sees us working with all our farmers and growers to help them address the sustainability challenges they face, ensuring that we have a vibrant farming sector for the long term. We fully support the goals of the NFU's Back British Farming campaign and are pleased to be involved."

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Morrisons Supermarkets

“We have always been a supporter of UK agriculture and buy a bigger proportion of the food that we sell from British farmers than any other major supermarket. We were therefore delighted to be able to sign up to the Back British Farming charter and fully support its goals.”

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Waitrose

The chain’s Director of Agriculture Heather Jenkins said: “It’s great to see to see the NFU championing British food and short supply chains - something we have done for many years. Central to the way we source all our food is our British focused best in season policy.

“At Waitrose, all our fresh meat - chicken, beef and pork, including bacon, ham and sausages - is British as are our eggs and milk. We also sell British lamb year round and venison in season."

Read the full story here.

Government and Politicians

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Read more about what some of the MPs and MEPs  have said about backing British farming and take a look at the photos.

See which MEPs have signed our 'Pledge to Back British Farming in the EU"

Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board

"British farming and food is being promoted in London through the Mayor’s food strategy and by the London Food Board. A highlight of this work was a commitment at London’s Olympic and Paralympics to use food produced in the UK and to higher welfare standards. This blueprint has created an on-going legacy by encouraging public and private sector organisations to buy more assured, safe , traceable, and sustainable British food."

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Boris Johnson MP, former Mayor of London

“With London’s population set to boom by one million over the next decade it is crucial that our growing capital city can be sustained with great British produce provided by the nation’s farmers. This is not only economically sensible in terms of creating jobs and sustaining this vital industry but also for a myriad of health and environmental reasons. I am pleased to back the NFU’s Charter as part of my ongoing commitment, alongside the excellent work of Rosie Boycott and the London Food Board, to promote and celebrate British food now and in the future."

These MPs and Lords have also signed the charter to show they Back British Farming:


Caroline Ansell MP (Eastbourne and Willingdon)
Karen Bradley MP (Staffordshire Moorlands)
Andrew Bridgen MP (North West Leicestershire)
Alistair Burt MP (North East Bedfordshire)
Baroness Byford
James Cartlidge MP (South Suffolk)
Maria Caulfield MP (Lewes)
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (The Cotswolds)
Lord Curry
Mims Davies MP (Eastleigh)
Chris Davies MP (Brecon and Radnorshire)
Lord Dixon-Smith
Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Poplar and Limehouse)
Sir Roger Gale MP (Margate, Herne bay and The Villages)
Rt Hon Sir Edward Garnier QC MP (Harborough, Oadby and Wigston)
Nusrat Ghani MP (Wealden)
Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst MP (Saffron Walden)
James Heappey MP (Wells)
Kevin Hollinrake MP (Thirsk and Malton)
Nigel Huddleston MP (Mid Worcestershire)
Ranil Jayawardena MP (North East Hampshire)
Andrew Jones MP
Ian Liddle-Grainger MP (Bridgewater and West Somerset)
Craig Mackinlay MP (South Thanet)
Jason McCartney MP
Liz McInnes MP (Heywood and Middleton)
Sheryll Murray MP (South East Cornwall)
David Nuttall MP (Bury)
Guy Opperman MP(Hexham)
Ian Paisley MP (North Antrim)
Lord Palmer
Neil Parish MP (Tiverton and Honiton)
Claire Perry MP
Angela Smith MP
Nick Smith MP
Cat Smith MP (Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Mark Spencer MP (Sherwood)
Colonel Bob Stewart MP (Beckenham)
Julian Sturdy MP (York Outer)
Maggie Throup MP (Erewash)
Tom Tugendhat MP (Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling)
Martin Vickers MP
Robin Walker MP (Worcester)
David Warburton MP (Somerton and Frome)
Matt Warman MP (Boston and Skegness)
Helen Whately MP (Faversham and Mid Kent)
Heather Wheeler MP (South Derbyshire)
Jeremy Wright MP (Kenilworth and Southam)

MEPs

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These MEPs and Lords have also signed the charter to show they Back British Farming:

Stuart Agnew, MEP for the East of England
Richard Ashworth
Phil Bennion
Giles Chichester
Dan Dalton
Vicky Ford, MEP for the East of England
Jacquie Foster
Ashley Fox
Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar & Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
Roger Helmer
Sajjad Karim, MEP for the North West
Timothy Kirkhope
Baroness Sarah Ludford, MEP for London
George Lyon, MEP for Scotland
Emma McClarkin, MEP for the East Midlands
Anthea McIntyre
Jim Nicholson, MEP for Northern Ireland
Jill Seymour, MEP for the West Midlands
Brian Simpson
Robert Sturdy, MEP for the East of England
Geoffrey Van Orden MBE, MEP for the East of England
Derek Vaughan, MEP for Wales
Sir Graham Watson

Food Manufacturers

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“British farmers deliver fantastic quality produce which we’re proud to include in our range," says Chris Wright, Marketing Director at Crosse & Blackwell. "All of our Best of British soups, like our new Winter Vegetable Soup, are made with ingredients sourced from all across Britain, and we’ve invested in marketing campaigns to promote them to shoppers.” Read the full story.

Consumer Organisations

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The Women's Institute

“We are fully aware of the vital role played by our farmers across the UK, and as consumers we all have a role to play in supporting their stellar work to provide food for the nation.”

Read the full story here.

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Adam Henson, farmer and BBC Countryfile presenter

Adam showed his support for the Back British Farming charter posing for this photo at Feastival 2013 - a food and music festival held at Blur guitarist Alex James' farm in the Costwolds.

When he's not on your TV screens Adam runs Cotswold Farm Park, which pioneers rare breed conservation and is part of the 650-hectare Bemborough Farm.

 

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Tom and Ben Youngs, Leicester Tigers and England rugby stars

Rugby paying farmer's sons Tom and Ben Youngs signed the charter as part of the Back British Farming tour in autumn 2013.

Tom Youngs explained why they were so happy to pledge their support: “It’s a massive industry, it runs the country. I think British farmers do a great job – they produce some excellent food and they’re always striving to improve. It’s a really driven industry and it’s just fantastic to support it.”

 

Food Service

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ThierryTomasin, Angelus restaurant in London

“Angelus is loved because of the fabulous French twist that we add to fantastic British ingredients, and it’s why our diners come back again and again – there is no doubt that this is a formula that works, for everyone involved.”

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GaltonBlackiston, Michelin-starred chef at Morston Hall in Norfolk

“The best food requires the best ingredients and that’s why I’m happy to sign the Back British Farming Charter.Regionality and seasonality are of paramount importance to me and my restaurant and we source some wonderful produce from Norfolk farmers.”

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James Martin, celebrity chef and restaurateur

The presenter of the BBC's Saturday Kitchen show signed the campaign's charter while visiting NFU President Peter Kendall in London last September.

In pledging his support to farmers in England and Wales, James said: "I was a pig farmer for 23 years and I make sure I serve British food in all of my restaurants.”

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PrueLeith, Restaurateur, caterer, television presenter/broadcaster and cookery writer

“At least if produce comes off a British Farm it hasn’t been half way round the world before it ends up in my kitchen."

Farming Industry?

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Grow How

“We’re delighted to be announcing our support of this campaign, and we’ll be encouraging all our staff to sign up and learn about this initiative. At Cereals in June we’ll be showcasing a display of the best British produce grown in support.”

GrowHow Commercial Marketing Manager, Sam Bell

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Holstein UK

"Our mission at Holstein UK is to lead, advance and promote the profitability and welfare of the Holstein and British Friesian through genetic improvement programs and services. Whilst this is often integral to the survival of British dairy businesses, it is of vital importance that the British agricultural economy is stabilised in order to put a stop to the industry decline. We are therefore delighted to support this campaign to Back British Farming."

Read the full story here.

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John Deere

“For more than 175 years, since our founder first developed his ground breaking plough, our company has been dedicated to those who cultivate and harvest the land. John Deere is proud to be associated with the agricultural industry, and proud to endorse the Back British Farming campaign.”

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Massey Ferguson

"Since our founder Harry Ferguson pledged to help change the face of farming all those years ago, our ethos has always been to support and raise awareness of the great importance of how our food is produced.  Massey Ferguson is very proud to be supporting the Back British Farming campaign."

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The Association of Labour Providers

“Backing British Farming is right for the British economy, right for sustainability, right for food security and right for employment. The Association of Labour Providers encourages all our members to sign up to this Charter and offers our full support to the NFU on this excellent and essential campaign.”

Visit the ALP website here.

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Mole Valley Farmers

"As a farmer owned business, Mole Valley Farmers is proud to support theNFU'sBack British Farming Charter as it highlights the important role that British Farming performs in feeding a growing population.As the requirement to produce more food increases, on-farm profitability is key to farming businesses, to ensure they are able to invest and meet growing demands."

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Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

"As a welfare charity for the farming sector, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) has been supporting British farmers for more than 150 years. We help farmers andfarmworkersin difficulty, supporting more than 2,000 farming families and giving out more than £2.1 million in grants every year.

"Whatever we can do as R.A.B.I., we also know that the best way the public can help British farmers is by buying produce that is grown and processed in Britain, and demanding support for British farmers from retailers, politicians and all those who supply our food."


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