Morrisons is to close 11 supermarkets after announcing a 47% fall in half-year profits, a downturn which comes on the back of continued market share loss to the discounters Aldi and Lidl.
One of the UK’s big four supermarkets, Morrisons is a member of the 100% “club” in terms of its commitment to sourcing its pork supplies exclusively from British producers.
The company’s British commitment for other pigmeat supplies, according to AHDB’s porkwatch service, is 77% for sausages, 69% for ham and 57% for bacon.
The decision to close 11 supermarkets, follows the announcement earlier this week that the company had already sold 140 M Local stores.
Morrisons’ chief executive, David Potts, said that the company “regretted” the 11-store closure, stating that it was a difficult decision.
A further group statement, added: “Customers and colleagues are beginning to notice improvements, but the turnaround will take time.”