Price promotions in the red meat and dairy industries are undermining the future supply of Scottish food, Scotland’s NFU has claimed.

The union has requested meetings with the major retailers to seek assurances that drastic price-cutting promotions will not affect farmgate prices.

“In the absence of improved market returns for Scottish farmers, the danger is that supplies will tighten even further,” said NFUS president Jim McLaren. “We are concerned that aggressive pricing strategies, while alleviating some price pressures on consumers in the short term, may exacerbate the problems over the longer term.”