Representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union fruit and vegetable committees recently met with major retailers, including ASDA, Supervalu, Henderson’s, Spar and Tesco at Balmoral Show.
Discussions centred around improving cooperation at all stages along the supply chain. At the meetings the Union explained how a collaborative approach can benefit all; this has been recently highlighted by the success of a local Producer Organisation – Northway Mushrooms.
UFU is fully supportive of forging industry relationships which will deliver benefits for all involved in the fruit and vegetable sectors. This is an initiative that the Union has been working on for some time and it is pleased to be able to further explore its potential with retailers.
In response to a high level of interest from the sector the UFU has now organised a Producer Organisation Think Tank Meeting which will provide a forum for industry members to come together to share knowledge and exchange ideas. This meeting follows on from a prior Producer Organisation event organised by UFU at the beginning of May. At this Think Tank Meeting UFU aims to bring together like minded people from both vegetable and top fruit production to explore and progress a way forward for Producer Organisations.
UFU are pleased to work in cooperation with CAFRE and DAERA to further develop this inclusive industry initiative.