Waitrose has announced plans to source all of its own label fresh and frozen lamb from British lamb producers 365 days of the year.

Already offering British lamb on its meat counters all year round, Waitrose will aim to complete the move to 100% British sourced across all fresh and frozen own label lamb by the summer of 2021, with all of its organic lamb already 100% UK sourced.

All of the supermarket’s fresh chicken, pork, beef, eggs and liquid milk is already sourced exclusively from the UK.

Having previously sourced some of its lamb from New Zealand during the winter months the move will see Waitrose extend its commitment to UK lamb producers as it focuses its investment on the future of British agriculture.

The supermarket is looking to increase its production of lamb in the UK, which it will achieve firstly by extending opportunity to its existing lamb producers and by welcoming new ones into its supply chain.

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Tor Harris, head of CSR, health and agriculture at Waitrose & Partners, said: “We have always offered British Lamb on our service counters all year round and we are delighted to be able to extend that strategy to the pre-pack lamb assortment.

“Although we are already in a great position, we are constantly looking at ways to innovate our product and are actively looking to partner with new lamb producers around Britain to ensure we continue to offer great tasting, high quality lamb all year round.”