Sainsbury's has become the first major multiple to establish a dedicated group of farmers to supply its British cheese.

The Sainsbury's Cheese Development Group in partnership with Milk Link will use the same model as its Dairy Development Group for milk. SCDG farmers will benefit from training, carbon footprinting and visits by vets, all funded by the retailer with the aim of improving margins, and lowering input costs and farmers' carbon footprint, said Annie Graham, head of agriculture and brand sustainability.