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UK feed firm encourages local meat purchasing

In a radical marketing move, UK feed compounder ABN has started installing new signage across its entire fleet of lorries in a bid to encourage British consumers to put more home-produced meat products into their shopping basket.

The signs, emphasising the Red Tractor meat quality mark with the slogan ‘Looks good in your fridge’, will be seen throughout the 6.4 mln road miles the fleet covers every year. The aim is to raise recognition of the quality meat mark branding by its constant exposure and encourage consumers to look closely at the origin and quality assurances of their meat purchases in the future.

The initiative is the first in a series to which ABN has committed its support through 2010. Other activity so far includes production of a video capturing the essence of quality meat production in Britain which will be shown as widely as possible, hosting educational visits for consumers on pig and poultry units and staff training about Red Tractor with branded fleeces being given to every driver.

Spearheading the idea, ABN’s Business Development Manager Nigel Lee said, “Our British producers are adhering to some of the most stringent quality standards in the world and the Red Tractor scheme is a great platform to project a clear message to consumers about the quality of meat products within Britain. We recently conducted a sample survey which demonstrated just 26% of the UK’s consumers understood what the Red Tractor quality mark meant and only 40% of consumers actively looked for British products.  Once we’d spent time explaining the Red Tractor meat mark, 75% said their knowledge would now influence their buying decision. It was obvious to us we could play a greater part in an education and awareness programme and we’re proud to support British farming in this way.”

The launch of the ABN project complements the work of Assured Food Standards and is in complete support of Red Tractor Week (14-20 June) in the UK.

Natalie Berkhout

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    Great idea ABN have but everyone forgets the farmer in these scheme. How about those assured farms being allowed to show they compliance with a sign at their road end. After all they do most of the work to achieve this.

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