Marks and Spencer has announced it will stock Scottish lamb all year round
Marks and Spencer has announced it will only stock Scottish lamb in all of its Scottish stores.
Steve McLean, M&S Head of Agriculture & Fisheries Sourcing, made the announcement at the Farm Stock Lamb Supply Chain Conference, held today (October 5) in Edinburgh and said it showed the retailer’s commitment to Scottish lamb.
"We know that our customers really like to buy regionally sourced meat, so we have been working hard with our suppliers to find a way to bring them a year round supply of delicious fresh Scottish lamb.
"This year we were sourcing UK lamb for 42 weeks of the year. Going forward, we will not make the switch into the New Zealand market at the end of the UK lamb market," he said.
Mr McLean identified the challenge of sourcing Scottish lamb, particularly in May and June. But he said this provided a new opportunity for Scottish farmers.
He said it will lead to 26,000 more Scottish lambs in the Marks and Spencer supply chain next year and it was making the change after lobbying from Quality Meat Scotland, NFU Scotland and the National Sheep Association.
He emphasised the previous use of New Zealand lamb had been about seasonality and not price.
"Our New Zealand farms have to meet exactly the same specifications as our UK farms," he said.
Marks and Spencer will also continue to offer a range of UK sourced speciality lamb which places an emphasis on the provenance and flavour of the lamb.