14 January 1999
Asda to boost British goods
ASDA, the Yorkshire-based supermarket chain, is to take no profit on some items of British farm produce in a bid to boost customer demand.
It is also to extend its grower “cost-plus-profit” contractual arrangements from potatoes to other produce, including pork.
The retailer announced a series of new support measures to back Britains beleaguered farmers today (Thursday) at a summit meeting with 350 producers.
Key moves will include addressing concerns that supermarket specifications are too restrictive by accepting a wider range of many products, such as apples and lamb.
All rhubarb, Bramley apples and key offals, like kidney, liver and heart, will be sold profit-free in a bid to reverse declining demand.
And the firm plans to extend its British-only policies from fresh meat to include frozen pork and beef and fresh and UHT milk.
In addition to these measures, the supermarket is also to introduce a new “British for Freshness” logo, giving shoppers a reason to buy British.
It also plans to more than double its spend on British meat and produce advertising, from £4 million to £9m.
“We are staunch supporters of British farmers,” said Asda chief executive Allan Leighton.