Tesco sources 12m [pounds sterling] worth of organic food from UK – Food Retailing – Brief Article

Tesco sources 12m [pounds sterling] worth of organic food from UK – Food Retailing – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included

Tesco is now sourcing 12m [pounds sterling] (19.4m [euro]) worth of organic produce in the UK as a result of increasing demand from customers for Tesco Organics.

The news follows intensive development work with British suppliers that began after Tesco set a target to grow its organic market to 1bn [pounds sterling] over the next five years. The move can also be seen as a response to its rival Sainsbury, which recently said it wants to decrease the amount of imported organic food it sells, and source more from UK suppliers (see Eurofood, 31 January 2002, page 14).

Some Tesco lines are already 100% British, including fresh organic lamb worth 1.1m [pounds sterling], organic eggs worth 5m [pounds sterling] and organic carrots, potatoes and parsnips worth around 6m [pounds sterling].

100% UK SOURCED

Tesco said it intends to have fresh organic chicken, butter and cheese 100% UK sourced by spring this year.

Tesco commercial director, Colin Smith, said, “When we announced our 1bn [pounds sterling] target for organics at the end of last year we said that there was a huge opportunity for British farmers to produce more, and as these figures show they are certainly rising to the challenge.

We have been working hard with suppliers to bring this about and have invested 500 000 [pounds sterling] in establishing the Centre for Organic Agriculture at Newcastle University – which helps organic farmers through conversion and carries out research into organic farming methods.”

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