The NFU has challenged an apparent change in sourcing policy by some UK retailers in recent weeks, with the retailers involved insisting that they haven't moved away from their standard sourcing policies nor their commitment to British producers.
The NFU's livestock team have put together a briefing document for members analysing the effects of COVID-19 on the beef market and the supply chain.
Hear directly from NFU President Minette Batters on the work the NFU is doing to ensure retailers continue to back British and support farmers in keeping the nation fed:
The NFU's chief livestock adviser John Royle said:
“Our meat supply chains have not been immune to the disruption seen in retail and food supply chains in recent weeks and many will be aware that there has been some Polish beef and poultry meat stocked by some UK retailers.
“We have challenged this apparent change in sourcing policy. We are aware of the overwhelming customer demand for beef mince and poultry meat that outstripped the processors’ capacity to meet demand – in particular for mince. The retailers involved have indicated that this is a one off, and haven't moved away from their standard sourcing policies nor their commitment to British.
“British farmers are prepared and enthusiastic to meet any increased retail demand and are committed to meet the needs of consumers. We’re urging retailers and processors to build resilience now to manage any future disruptive buying behaviour and help improve availability of product through this difficult time.”
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