SCOTLAND’S meat processors have rejected the Scottish Beef Association’s suggestion that a ‘lack of competition’ in the abattoir sector was at the root of depressed prices for primary producers.
Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers executive manager, Martin Morgan, said: “We fully understand the difficulties that producers are enduring, but pointing the finger at processors is wide of the mark and unhelpful to the current situation. There are two key elements to delivering good margins for all players in the supply chain; a healthy and consistent demand for red meat from the consumer and decent values for 5th quarter material to enable carcase balance to be achieved, providing economic stability.
“The reality which member companies have faced this year, however, is that while retail prices have remained steady, wholesale prices have not, due the prolonged period of reduced demand from consumers,” claimed Mr Morgan. “Current statistics from Quality Meat Scotland, for example, show mince sales down by 4.1% from last year’s level and steaks down by 3.4%.
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