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Sainsbury’s to source more Scottish suppliers Thursday, 26th January 2012
Sainsbury’s has announced it will be looking to source more food and drink from Scotland in the coming years, as it looks to double the amount of British food sold at its stores by 2020.
During the supermarket’s annual Regional Supplier Conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Sainsbury’s confirmed that it would work with Scottish suppliers as part of its ’20 by 20’ Sustainability Plan.
Sainsbury's Group Commercial Director Mike Coupe, said: "We're proud to work with these fantastic Scottish suppliers to meet customer demand for unique local variations to reflect tastes and traditions.”
The retailer already sources £600 million worth of local products through 140 Scottish suppliers, but is looking to increase that number in the coming years as it works more closely with local businesses.
Rich Squire from Sainsbury's regional buying team said: "We've been building our local sourcing network for a number of years and have created a strong base in Scotland. 140 Scottish suppliers are currently working with us to source £600 million worth of local products. We look forward to expanding our Scottish range and establishing further partnerships."
Sainsbury’s champions home-grown produce with plans to double British food sales by 2020 Thursday, 24th November 2011
The UK’s third largest supermarket chain has said it plans to double the amount of British food sold in its stores by 2020.
The move is part of Sainsbury’s strategy to cater to the increasingly demand for locally grown food in the UK. As part of the strategy, Sainsbury’s aims to boost its sales from the current £4 billion to over £8 billion over the next nine years.
Chief executive Justin King said the target presents an opportunity for British farmers, as Sainsbury’s customers increasingly ask for more British food in their supermarkets.
"Now all we need is the industry to work together to create sustainable supply chains for the future," King added.
The target makes up one of Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan points, which lists 20 goals which the company hopes will help its customers make more sustainable and ethical purchasing choices.