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Lamb gets big tick from retail giant
Growth opportunities for Alliance to boost sales into Britain
CHILLED EXPORT: Alliance Group product manager Brent Crawford and marketing development services manager Gary Maclennan with some of the chilled
lamb similar to what will be sent to Mark's and Spencer in the United Kingdom.
Meat processor and exporter
Alliance Group has secured an
exclusive deal to supply chilled
New Zealand lamb to British
retailer Marks & Spencer.
The farmer-owned co-operative
will be the sole supplier of chilled
lamb to the chain from this
Christmas, sourcing South Island
lambs for processing at its plants
at Lorneville, Invercargill;
Pukeuri, Oamaru, and Smithfield,
A wide range of products includ-
ing bone-in and boneless cuts will
be displayed in the lamb cabinet
and valuable lines such as ready-
to-roast leg joints and oven-ready
cuts sold under their in-house
Alliance marketing general
manager Murray Brown said the
contract marked a milestone in
the group s 20-year relationship
with Marks & Spencer.
As they have a loyal customer
base for lamb, coupled with the
fact that our chilled lamb pro-
gramme runs counter-cyclical to
their domestic supply season,
we re very excited about the
growth opportunities it offers for
Marks & Spencer is one of Brit-
ain s leading retailers with more
than 21 million customers visiting
its 700 British stores and other
world outlets each week.
Alliance is exploring other
initiatives to maximise the part-
Marks & Spencer agriculture
sourcing head Steve McLean said
Marks & Spencer was looking for-
ward to growing the business and
strengthening links with Alliance
The lamb will come from farm-
ers registered to supply Marks &
Spencer so that the co-operative
can trace them to their farm of
origin. A traceability management
management, animal origin, and
livestock records was launched by
the retailer in 2009 and includes
lamb suppliers from New Zealand
Alliance rival Silver Fern
Farms said that it had lost the
contract, but it was a relatively
modest part of its business.
RESEARCH GRANT: Tuberculosis is a
significant problem for cattle.
AGRESEARCH HAS secured a
grant through an international
initiative funded by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation.
It will enable Agresearch senior
scientist Dr Axel Heiser to research
a new way of vaccinating cattle
against tuberculosis, which is a sig-
nificant problem for cattle worldwide
and is also a significant issue for
people in developing countries.
Grand Challenges Explorations
(GCE) funds individuals who tackle
global health issues.
GCE invests in the early stages of
bold ideas that have real potential to
solve the problems people in the dev-
eloping world face every day.
Dr Heiser s project is one of more
than 80 Grand Challenges Explora-
tions grants announced by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
To receive funding, Dr Heiser
demonstrated in a two-page online
application a creative idea in one of
five critical global heath and devel-
opment topic areas that included
agriculture development, immunis-
ation and communications.
This project utilises the core
nano-particle technology of PolyBat-
ics developed by Professor Bernd
Rehm at Massey University, with
whom we have an ongoing collabor-
ation, Dr Heiser says.
He showed how you could genetic-
ally modify bacteria to make little
beads inside them which express
antigens that work as a vaccine. This
has worked with the model bac-
terium E. coli, and this grant enables
us to take the concept beyond that
and do it with an important patho-
If we can prove our hypothesis
that biobeads produced in mycobac-
teria can be used as a novel type of
vaccine against mycobacterial infec-
tions, including tuberculosis, we
could apply this approach to a whole
range of infectious diseases, he said.
AgResearch is New Zealand s
largest Crown Research Institute
and focuses on supporting the coun-
try s pastoral sector through scien-
tific research and innovation.
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