At the retailer’s AGM in Westminster last week, the board was challenged by angry shareholders who said it had abandoned domestic fruit and vegetable suppliers.
One claimed that his local store stocked eating apples from New Zealand, South Africa and Chile, but none produced in the UK.
Chairman David Reid said the multiple was committed to home-grown produce, citing apples as proof of this. “We’ve
just undertaken a big commitment to treble sales of British apples over three years.
“Tesco is putting its weight behind making a wider variety of British apples more available in larger numbers.”
Earlier this year, Tesco introduced the Greenstar, the first green eating apple to be grown in the UK in 30 years.