Lamb bounces back

UK sales of lamb are up, according to levy payers’ organisation EBLEX.

Latest figures show that in the 12-week period to September 2, volume sales of lamb rose by 14% to 15,656 tonnes year-on-year, with �131million being spent on the product, up 6% year-on-year. In the four-week period to September 2, volume sales were up 2% at 4,753 tonnes.

But the 12-week year-on-year rise has come amid a fall in the average retail price of lamb for the same period of 7% to �8.35 p/kg.

Mike Whittemore, EBLEX head of trade marketing, said: “While we have seen a fall in the retail price, the popularity of the product when widely available demonstrates that consumers do see lamb as a versatile meat which represents value for money.”

He added: “Volume lamb sales have been doing well since April, driven largely by greater supply.”