NFU urges Tesco to make commitment to industry

NFU urges Tesco to make commitment to industry

The NFU has urged Tesco to demonstrate exactly how it is delivering on its promises made in 2013 to improve relationships with suppliers, shorten supply chains and improve trust throughout.

NFU President, Meurig Raymond

NFU president, Meurig Raymond.

NFU president Meurig Raymond, who tabled a question on behalf of the NFU’s members at last week’s shareholder AGM, said while he was pleased Tesco had confirmed that it was standing by those commitments made at the NFU conference in 2013, they now needed to give firm evidence that progress was being made.

“Our members have not seen the significant changes on the ground in the way they expected.  Two and a half years after making the promise that they were changing, I would encourage Tesco to give these commitments teeth,” said Raymond.

“We will continue to challenge and collaborate with Tesco so that we can ensure a successful and sustainable relationship for our farmers and growers.”

As part of his response to the NFU’s question, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis outlined the supermarket’s sourcing policies on fresh chicken, milk, eggs, butter and root vegetables, all of which were 100 per cent British. He added that all fresh and frozen beef was 100% British or Irish.

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