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Which supermarket is the best for buying British food?

Choosing British food means you are buying quality ingredients produced by hardworking British farmers. But we know that buying British food is sometimes easier said than done. Our buying guides show the latest information on supermarket sourcing policies – so you know where the products come from for their own-brand food products.

What do different food labels mean? 

Finding out where food has come from can be tricky. Always look out for the Union flag and the country of origin on the packaging.

  • Be sure to look for Red Tractor logo, as this guarantees that the food and drink that you are buying is traceable, safe and farmed with care. Combined with the British flag, it’s a sure way to know the produce can be traced back to British farms.

  • The British Lion is the UK’s most successful food safety mark with nearly 90% of UK eggs now produced within the Lion scheme.
  • Another label to look out for is the Quality Standard Mark scheme for beef and lamb. This provides you with high levels of assurance about the meat you buy. It is independently inspected from the farms the livestock was reared on through to the shops and restaurants it is sold in. The label provides you with a provenance guarantee so you can be certain where it came from. 

    AnchorHow can I eat seasonally?

    You can enjoy fresh, quality produce by buying seasonal food, and it’s a great way to back British farming.

    Our interactive Seasonal Guide to British fruit & veg is a handy tool to help you find out when British fruit and veg is in season and available to buy. You can also find out more about all the fantastic fruit and vegetables grown by British farmers and there's some great recipe ideas to help you make the most of great British produce.

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    Thanks to modern growing and harvesting technology, and good storage conditions, some British crops, such as carrots, cauliflowers, potatoes and apples are available to eat all year. 

    Others have shorter seasons, and this guide will help you to see when they are available, so you know when you can buy British products on the supermarket shelves. 

    Buying British produce in season not only helps you to support the farmers who grow your food,  but also reduces the environmental impact of food miles in your shopping basket. Fresh food in season often tastes better too!

    Can’t find a seasonal British ingredient on the supermarket shelf, or looking at a menu that’s a bit vague on country of origin? Ask the manager where the food is from – and vote with your feet if you’re not happy with the answer!

    Last edited: 18 June 2020 at 15:06

    Have your say

    Countryside website team - 13/10/2020 11:32:37

    Hi Ann, thanks for your comment. Yes, you can order our Back British Food car stickers at this page of Countryside Online:

    Ann Schwok - 12/10/2020 18:53:32

    I want to support British Farmers! please can we have car stickers to support them. Will importing beef from America, probably south America mean that we are aiding and abetting wild animal habitat being destroyed?

    Martin Barnes - 28/05/2020 15:23:33

    Hi I'm ex farm worker would like to help with the pick for Britain I'm in Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire area I'f anyone could use me

    Sylvia Newnham - 24/05/2020 22:31:14

    Could anyone tell me which supermarket sells the most British food please?

    Rik Bate - 10/04/2020 13:31:37

    At present im not working but would like to be considered to work in the farming industry.i live in the Evesham area could anyone point me in the right direction to find work. Kind regards Rik Bate

    Mr John Bower - 21/07/2019 22:09:50

    We should back all British industry , it is important to support local products and produce, this will enable local business to flourish and creates Real jobs which in turn benefits us all.

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