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    Morrisons Seek 200 British Food Producers, Aim to Lower the UK’s Dependency on Imports


    Following last week’s report on increasing UK food production, Morrisons - the supermarket retailer who published the original report - are on the hunt for 200 British food producers.

    The report, published by Prof Tim Benton from the University of Leeds, followed warnings of how food prices are on the rise as a result of Brexit. In the first year of The Nation’s Local Foodmakers Campaign, kicking off with 12 regional pitching events in Yorkshire on the 14th March, the company aim to hire 200 new suppliers in a bid to increase home-grown produce.

    As reported by The Mirror, Andy Higginson, the supermarket chain’s chairman said: “Our customers tell us they want to see more food that is made just down the road from their own communities and that’s why we are looking for the next generation of British and local foodmakers to serve our 12 million customers.

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    “Morrisons is already British farming’s biggest single customer, and the publication of the report today from Prof Benton makes us more determined to produce more of our food and source more from local British suppliers”

    “We want small UK food suppliers to become bigger ones – the Innocent Smoothies of tomorrow – and we also want to give our customers the option of more food that meets their local food tastes.”

    Following the pitching events – ‘auditions’ some would call them – food makers will be hired to produce for the country’s 491 stores, the goods being “grown, made, picked or packaged” within a 60-mile radius of any local supermarket.

    A spokesperson said: “We used to grow a greater range of crops. The UK has seen a decline in the indigenous produce grown here with orchards, for example, now accounting for 25,100 hectares compared to 113,000 hectares 50 years go.”

    The original report found that Brits prefer and view local food as ‘more trustworthy’, with the added benefit of it supporting local communities. It points out with recent vegetable shortages due to bad weather abroad, the urgency and importance of becoming more self-sufficient is rising, in the hope for the amount of local produce being sold in stores to rise in the future.

    Visit the Morrisons website for dates of all pitching events and further information on the campaign. 


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    An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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