Spotlight: Will supermarkets drive farmers into the ground?

Farmer Fergus Howie of Wicks Manor Farm

Farmer Fergus Howie of Wicks Manor Farm

First published in News

With M Local and Lidl both planning on joining the High Street shortly, the number of supermarkets in Maldon is growing fast.

Is the increase in convenience stores having a disastrous impact on local farmers?

Maldon's current supermarkets will soon be joined by M Local, on the High Street, and potentially Lidl, making a grand total of more than six major food stores.

Farmer Fergus Howie, 39, of Witham Road, hopes that more stores will force supermarkets to look at new ways of winning customers and they will turn to stocking local brands.

He said: “It’s the middle-of-the-ground supermarkets that are the worst at this, they slash prices and want to sell premium products.

“They endanger British farming because they take a huge volume of premium produce and try to sell it at budget prices."

* Full feature in tomorrow's Standard.

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2:05pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

So is he saying we should subsidise farmers?

Especially when average wages have not gone up since 2008?
So is he saying we should subsidise farmers? Especially when average wages have not gone up since 2008? Jack222
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8:37am Thu 12 Jun 14

Grumpy36 says...

You never see a poor farmer!

I am all for using local produce, I only use supermarkets for items like soap powder, I get all my meat, fruit and veg from local farm shops.

I don't think they are any more expensive than a supermarket, but taste a whole lot better.
You never see a poor farmer! I am all for using local produce, I only use supermarkets for items like soap powder, I get all my meat, fruit and veg from local farm shops. I don't think they are any more expensive than a supermarket, but taste a whole lot better. Grumpy36
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