Let cus­tomers buy Scot­tish, NFU Scot­land urges su­per­mar­kets

The Oban Times - - Farming -

AS THE UK teeters on the brink of ex­it­ing the EU, Scot­land’s farm­ing union has called on su­per­mar­kets to bet­ter sup­port Scot­tish pro­duc­ers.

NFU Scot­land met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tesco, Mor­risons, the Co- op­er­a­tive, Marks & Spencer and Aldi at the re­cent Royal High­land Show.

At th­ese meet­ings, the NFUS de­tailed the im­pact that on­go­ing food price de­fla­tion is hav­ing at farm level with low mar­ket re­turns in vir­tu­ally ev­ery sec­tor chal­leng­ing prof­itabil­ity on many Scot­tish farms.

The union used its meet­ing with Tesco to ex­press con­cern about the use of fic­tional farm brands for mar­ket­ing pur­poses, urg­ing the re­tailer to re­spect con­sumer de­mands and to get be­hind clearly la­belled, fresh lo­cal pro­duce in­stead.

Speak­ing fol­low­ing the re­tailer meet­ings, NFU Scot­land vice-pres­i­dent An­drew McCor­nick, said: ‘We have made good progress in our con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sions with re­tail­ers with some pos­i­tive re­sults for Scot­tish farm­ers and crofters.

‘Re­tail­ers have to recog­nise the sus­tain­able char­ac­ter­is­tics of the food pro­duced here in Scot­land, and fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion is nec­es­sary to build the re­silience of our in­dus­try so that it re­mains a re­li­able source of safe, tasty and nu­tri­tious food in an ev­er­chang­ing world.’

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