Morrisons is British farming’s largest supermarket customer, selling 100% British fresh meat, milk and eggs. We also produce most of our own food across our 20 manufacturing sites and 498 stores, including bakery, seafood, meat, fruit & veg, flowers, horticulture and chilled processed products.
We are committed to selling with transparency, integrity and clarity, and do not sell under any brands using fake farm names. We believe in buying directly from farmers and fishermen who we know and trust, processing through our own manufacturing sites and abattoirs and distributing through our own network - the only major British supermarket to do so.
For a detailed overview of our farming activities, policies and monitoring, please visit our dedicated Farming website, where you can also find more information on our animal health and welfare programmes.
We are the only UK retailer to buy livestock and whole crops directly from 3,000 British farmers, some of whom have been supplying us for over 30 years, which shows the strength and fairness of relationships right across our vertically integrated supply chain.
We own our own abattoirs, located in Turriff (Aberdeen), Spalding (Lincolnshire) and Colne (Lancashire); Colne is the only three species abattoir in the UK, processing beef, pork and lamb. We also own our own manufacturing and packing facilities, which means that we can utilise the whole carcass and all of the crop, giving farmers a fair price for the products they grow.
We have long supported applied research as a method to improve the productivity of our agricultural sector. We see our challenge as keeping the industry balanced between maintaining and improving on high welfare standards, minimising impact on the wider environment, and building business resilience. Our expert-led farming programme covers a broad range of issues from keeping British produce competitive with imports, to strengthening our commitment to animal welfare and broader environmental sustainability. Through the work of our supply chain groups it helps us to ensure that the work we do is fully focused on current practical issues affecting suppliers and their concerns for the future.
You can find out more about all our work in the farming industry on our dedicated Farming website by clicking here. Updates included on the Farming website include:
- Research, management and improvement of animal welfare standards
- Net Zero Agriculture 2030: How we’re supporting the industry in working towards a sustainable future through research, on-farm trials and the development of the country’s first School of Sustainable Food and Farming with Harper Adams University
- Supporting farming business resilience through our work with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, our Next Generations programme and the British Egg Academy at Bishop Burton College
- Specification details and Buyer information for potential future suppliers
We have a wider programme to sell more food that is both British and local in answer to the call from 70% of our customers who have said they prefer to buy British food. We have recruited over 340 local suppliers to sell products in our stores which cuts the food miles on the products we sell, and are committed to supporting British businesses through our ‘Growing British Brands’ programme. You can find out more here.