IFA President John Bryan said that the support of multinational retailers such as Tesco in purchasing Irish produce for their international stores was vital for the well-being of our farming and food sector.
He said, “Our food processors had made good progress in the last number of years in building access to international markets and the support of Tesco for Irish produce is appreciated. Access to the supermarket shelves of international retailer multiples is critical in the context of providing sustainable and profitable markets for our expanding food production base.”
The IFA President also acknowledged the progress made by Tesco domestically in increasing the amount of local produce in their stores.
“However, securing more equity in the food supply chain continues to be a priority for farmers, especially for fresh produce suppliers, who need a higher proportion of the consumer price to cover their costs of production and leave a margin.”
John Bryan said he met with Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation last week and IFA will hold the Minister to his commitment that legislation will be published this year to regulate the retail sector.