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AHDB backs ‘lambtastic’ campaign aimed at younger French consumers

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AHDB is partnering with Interbev – the National Interprofessional Association of Livestock and Meat in France – to deliver the ‘Let’s Change Lamb’ campaign in Hauts-de-France.

Posted on Apr 24 ,00:15

AHDB backs ‘lambtastic’ campaign aimed at younger French consumers

The campaign aims to upskill butchers and focus on smaller cuts to drive demand among younger French consumers. It will provide to AHDB team in France with the ideal platform to further promote English lamb in a key market.

A series of events will be held in the region over the next year, including seminars on how to maximise carcase value and adopting innovative merchandising techniques, as well as education on seam butchery to help improve yield.

To kick things off, AHDB and Interbev will have a stand promoting the campaign at the Terres en Fêtes show, which is due to take place on 7–9 June. It is the first agricultural show north of Paris and expected to attract more than 500 exhibitors and nearly 85,000 visitors. It will enable AHDB to reach most buyers and butchers in the region.

Around 50 butchers in Hauts-de-France sell St George-branded English lamb, a region which is also home to some major importers of English lamb.

Lucille Brillaud, AHDB France Marketing and Communication Manager, said:

"France imports more than 50% of lamb consumed in the country. It is also the UK’s biggest export market for lamb. The UK is, therefore, a critical supplier to the French market.

"However, 77% of lamb consumed in France is eaten by the over 50s, which is why ‘Let’s Change Lamb’ is so important in repositioning it to help unlock demand among younger consumers. As part of that, it is important for butchers to change the cuts they are offering to align with meal solutions for modern tastes.

"Meat consumption in Hauts-de-France is strong and we are delighted to be partnering with Interbev on the next phase of its campaign. We hope it will continue to drive demand for English lamb in what is one of our most important markets".

*France is the UK’s largest market for lamb. In 2023, exports of sheep meat from the UK increased by 23% in value on the year (to £292m) and 23% in volume (to 45,000 t).

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