June 15, 2007
June 15, 2007 - One of Britain's biggest supermarket chains has promised United Kingdom (UK) farmers it will snub New Zealand lamb while British lamb is available.
An early spring meant a bumper season for New Zealand lamb exports, which has meant a longer season on UK supermarket shelves, and farmers there are getting angry. Protests have been staged outside major retail chain Marks & Spencer in Dublin, forcing them to drop the price of local lamb.
And supermarket chain Waitrose has decided to stop selling New Zealand lamb while local product is available.
Meat and Wool New Zealand sent its chairman, Mark Petersen, to the UK to meet with farm lobbyists and other industry members. Petersen says he is confident he can calm the Irish producers down and find some common ground. He says New Zealand is limited by how much it can export to Ireland because of a fixed European quota system. Reprinted in part from TVNZ, New Zealand