FUW attacks Asda over lamb supplier switch
The union said the move would put hundreds of jobs at risk at the Welsh Country Foods plant in Gaerwen.
FUW president Emyr Jones wrote to Asda's chief executive Andy Clarke and Welsh government's deputy agriculture minister Alun Davies seeking urgent talks on the situation.
"It represents a severe blow for the local economy and 350 members of staff working at the plant" he said.
But Asda said it remained committed to sourcing lamb from Wales.
"This decision was not taken lightly, however we feel it is an opportune time to review our lamb sourcing to meet the changing needs of our customers. We have built a strong relationship with Welsh lamb farmers and we remain committed to sourcing lamb from the country" the retailer told ITV.
But critics of the move say the announcement has wide-ranging repercussions for the Welsh food and farming industry.
"Welsh Country Foods is the only major processing facility for Welsh lamb in North Wales, handling 640,000 lambs per annum, and any loss of processing will therefore be a blow to the local economy and the community in Anglesey" said Anglesey beef and sheep farmer Dafydd Roberts.
"Hopefully, discussions with Asda with lead to a change in their decision but if not then it will be imperative to attract new customers to the site. It is important that a negative impact on jobs and the local economy is minimised."
Jones called on Asda to reconsider its decision and seeks a meeting with Clarke to discuss the issue which he will also raise at a pre-planned meeting in Cardiff with Davies next Wednesday.
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
Membership of the EU is damaging the British farming industry, according to...
BASIS has launched an accreditation for pilots of Unmanned Aerial Systems (...
UK wheat yields have theoretical potential to more than double over the nex...
Britain’s farmers flocked to Peterborough for the first day of LAMMA’15 to ...
The crisis in the dairy industry is not the fault of supermarkets, accordin...
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited three rural businesses in Cheshi...
Spearheading the John Deere range of mid-size tractors from Mannheim, the n...
Regular testing for bovine TB could significantly reduce the number of infe...
Single-issue policy-making threatens to hamper, not help, the progress of U...