Dennis Robertson, SNP MSP and member of the Scottish Parliament’s rural affairs committee, has written to the Chief Executive of Tesco, Philip Clarke, for Tesco to explain the disparity between Tesco and other retailers in Westhill at the time the Scottish farming industry is facing challenging weather and rising production costs.
The MSP for Aberdeenshire West said: “I was disappointed to hear that NFU Scotland found very little Scottish lamb on the shelves of major retailers in Edinburgh and I instructed my staff to do a quick survey in Westhill.
“The result is that Aldi comes top selling 100% fresh Scottish lamb, at M&S, fresh lamb is 100% British while 60% of Tesco’s fresh lamb comes from New Zealand with 30% labelled British, and only 10% Scottish.
“The NFU and local farmers are expecting at this time of the year that Scottish products should fill all the empty shelves; I am very disappointed that consumers cannot always find local fresh produce in abundance at their local supermarket.”
A Tesco initiative, the Enjoy the Taste of Scotland road show is visiting the Westhill store today (Thursday) to give local residents the opportunity to enjoy delicious tasting demonstrations using Scottish ingredients.
Mr Robertson praised the idea of encouraging customers to eat local but added that it must be more than a “token gesture”.