M&S keen on forward thinking The success of Marks and Spencer's forward contracting of lamb earlier this year has prompted the chain to look into the possibility of extending it to other species and doing it again on lamb. Meat technologist Dr Chris Brown said: "We have had problems with the quality post Christmas and we have covered this by bringing in high quality New Zealand lamb. Now we are trying a solution with British lamb. "We want to replace imported where we can and lamb is a good example." The company offered forward contracts through the Craig Mon abattoir in North Wales. In November it offered prices for January to the end of March ranging from £1.80 to £2.30 (per dead kilo). Brown said: "We published the prices we were going to offer and contracted for a certain volume of lamb. "We were happy with the results and will be repeating the exercise with sheep next year." {{MEAT }}