RELATIONSHIPS with Scottish farmers, and procurement from across Scotland, are key to Marks and Spencer's buying policy, according to the retailer's head of agriculture and fisheries, Steve McLean, speaking at the Highland Show last week.
"Scotland provides exceptional quality as far as food source are concerned," Mr McLean told the SF. "The raw materials that Scottish producers can provide are often second to none.
Scottish farmers and growers also have a proud heritage, and this shines through in the quality of their produce."
He explained that Marks and Spencers' milk pledge ensures that its dairy farmers are as well looked after as possible in the current industry climate, and also means that the milk in their stores comes from farms with industry-leading milk standards.