Record-breaking number of consumers want to buy British food

Local retailers and producers have been among the short list of beneficiaries during Covid-19, as the pandemic inspired more consumers to shop at independent businesses.

And new data from OnePoll reveals that the desire for British-made food and drink is soaring, with 73% of the public often or always looking specifically for British food when shopping.


The figure is the highest seen since the Farmer Favourability Survey began in 2012.


73% of the public often or always looking specifically for British food when shopping

The research also showed record-breaking levels of support for British food and farming that were reached at the start of the pandemic have continued this year. Three-quarters of people, or 75%, voiced a positive view of UK farming.


“It’s fantastic to see record-high support for British food and farming maintained over the course of what has been a challenging year for everyone,” said Minette Batters, president of the NFU.


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Despite this show of support, British farmers are facing challenges. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Prince Charles warned that small family farms are under threat from intensive agriculture.