Cost of local food a deterrent to companies

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The cost of buying local food is seen as the major obstacle by companies who want to increase their support for British producers.A new survey...

The cost of buying local food is seen as the major obstacle by companies who want to increase their support for British producers.

A new survey carried out by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) found that many public and private sector firms are concerned that buying food from local suppliers would not be good value for money.

The survey of 100 companies found that cost issues were a major concern for almost seven out of 10. The inability of suppliers to offer consistency was the second biggest factor holding companies back from sourcing more local products.

Around six in ten companies said they would consider changing their food buying policies to include more local products. In the public sector, only 2 per cent of food procured is currently sourced locally.

CLA president Henry Aubrey-Fletcher said: "These results illustrate the enormous gulf between intentions and reality in the procurement of local food."

He added: "While I am pleasantly surprised the perception of organisations towards local food is shifting, they need to translate their good intentions to actual procurement of local food."

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