Agricultural Shows 2014
Visit an M&S show stand this summer!
Whilst I visit many of our Farmers around the country throughout the year, the regional summer agricultural shows provide my team with a great opportunity to catch up with lots of our producers. What’s more, we get the chance to showcase our great quality food and tell the story behind our Farming for the Future programme, which forms a core part of our Plan A activity in Foods.
At the time of writing the team has just got back from the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland, and later in the season we will be heading to the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh shows, so do come and find us on the M&S stand.
As well as the ever-popular M&S food-to-go shop, our stand is designed to give people a chance to find out more about the way their food is produced and sourced, and learn about some of the delicious food that our producers work hard to supply us with year after year. This year we are focusing on our award-winning animal welfare approach with displays about free range egg production and Gloucester old spot pork. We’re also showcasing the important work we are carrying out on wildlife conservation with our farmers – the beehive is already proving popular with all visitors. There are interactive areas for all ages to get involved as well as children’s activities and cookery demonstrations, so it’s really worth a visit.
One of my favourite parts of each show is our Farming for the Future Award presentations. Every year we reward the farmers, growers and fishermen that are going the extra mile to produce fantastic food for us in a sustainable way. This year our finalists come from far and wide – including one of our Lochmuir salmon producers all the way over on Eday in Orkney.
Our Farming for the Future and Forever Fish programmes see our team working closely with producers to secure the future supply of M&S raw materials from the most sustainable sources. We know that the feeding the world’s growing population with limited resources will be a challenge but we have longstanding relationships with our farmers, growers and fishermen, who are finding smarter ways to farm and ultimately produce more with less. By working together we hope to help them with the challenges they face, such as climate disruption and pressures on natural resources. We’re doing this by funding innovation projects and providing educational opportunities to extend the knowledge of people working in our supply chain. At the Balmoral Show, I was particularly pleased to hand over the Young Farmer award to Stephen Graham for his commitment to efficiency and the environment. We are choosing to work with producers who share our visions and values of producing quality food that you can trust.
We’d love to see you at one of the shows, so check out the dates below and come and find out more about Farming for the Future and what goes into producing the great quality food that you buy from M&S:
- Royal Highland Show 19-22 June
- Great Yorkshire Show 8 – 10 July
- Royal Welsh Show 21-24 July
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