UK Supermarkets Come under Fire . . . for 'Failing British Apples Growers on Price, Shelf Space'

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UK Supermarkets Come under Fire . . . for 'Failing British Apples Growers on Price, Shelf Space'


Byline: DAVID McCOY

MORE than half of the apples on sale in most major supermarkets at the height of the British apple season are imported, a survey released by Friends of the Earth has revealed.

The survey also found a significant mark-up at checkouts on the price received by apple growers. Greengrocers and market stalls offered shoppers cheaper apples and an equally wide selection of British produce.

Although supermarkets offered slightly more choice of apple varieties than greengrocers and markets, this was due to the number of imported apples on offer.

None of the outlets offered more than three varieties of British apple. This reflects a decline in the choic of native fruit.

There used to be thousands of varieties of homegrown apples in Britain, but many now only exist in the National Fruit Collection at Brogsale, Kent.

The survey confirms that supermarkets are not backig British growers, in spite of consumer demand. An opinion poll published by Friends of the Earth last week reveals that the majority of the British public think supermarkets are giving farmers a raw deal.

Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) think farmers are not paid enough by supermarkets for the food they produce. And more than four-fifth (84 per cent) want the supermarkets to give preference to United Kingdom products over imported products when in season.

Importing apples increases the environmental impact - with some apples travelling 20,000 kilometres before they arrive on our shelves. Buying local produce also supports British growers.

Friends of the Earth Food and Farming campaigner, Sandra Bell, said: "Shoppers and farmers are getting a raw deal from the supermarkets this autumn.

"The British public have made it clear that they want British produce when it is in season, but supermarkets are still filling their shelves with imported apples. They should be offering shoppers a wide choice of British varieties.

"What is more, supermarkets are the most expensive place to buy apples, but they do not pass on a fair price to the growers. …

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