Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely says he is disappointed not to see more local produce on some Isle of Wight supermarket shelves and encourages big chains to do more to support farmers and food producers local.

Last summer the island MP welcomed assurances that local produce would remain on sale at the new Tesco store in Freshwater following its takeover of the co-op, but said he was disappointed not to see more Island lines on shelves since it opened. Last year.

Mr. Seely said:

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“I want to see all the supermarkets on the island doing more to support farmers and food producers on the Isle of Wight.

“I know that some supermarkets on the island, including Tesco, already source several products from local suppliers, but I think they could all do more.

“Tesco promised me last year that it would commit to transporting products from as many local businesses as possible to its new Freshwater store. I can’t wait to see them keep that promise, and I’ve written to them to that effect.

Mr Seely said choosing local suppliers supported the island’s economy and reduced both food miles and the need for preservatives.

He added:

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“There are lots of high quality local produce on the island and I know Islanders are keen to support the farmers on the island and buy local produce where they can. It would be great to see more lines added to local supermarket shelves. »

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