Another five million chickens of those produced annually in Scotland will appear on the supermarket shelves of retailing giant Tesco following its decision to only source fresh chicken from this country for its 194 Scottish stores.
Currently half the fresh chicken comes from Scotland with the balance coming from south of the Border but now customers will be offered 100 per cent Scottish chicken, from some 20 Tesco-approved farms and processed through the Two Sisters plants at Coupar Angus and outside Arbroath.
Welcoming the announcement, farm minister Richard Lochhead said it would see around 200,000 chickens being bought every week from Scottish farmers and processed in Scotland, providing a major boost to the poultry sector. “Showcasing the provenance and origin of our food is vital at a time when traceability is high on the agenda, and consumers and producers alike will welcome the new commitment to increasing local sourcing from sources they can trust” he said.
For NFU Scotland, Nigel Miller praised the Scottish chicken producers who he said had a well-earned reputation for quality: “Their birds are reared with great care in high welfare systems with the opportunity to perch and forage.”