The biggest supermarket chains have come under fire for their plans to phase out the market garden as they continue to cut back on food, according to a new report.
In the UK, a huge new garden on the site of a former fish market in St Albans has been unveiled, with a planned retail area for around 1,000 stalls and 1,500 food stalls, and the launch of a new food bank, the Green Door, on Wednesday.
The report from the Farmers Market Association (FMAA) found that many supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Morrissey and Morrissey’s, are pushing back against the move.
There are more than 100,000 farmers markets across the UK and the biggest retailers are cutting back on their market gardens to save money and save money on food.
They are pushing supermarkets to scale back the number of stalls, as they have said they will not be able to maintain the current number of food stalls in the market, according the report.
Many retailers have been keen to boost their food sales to make up for the loss of the garden, which is expected to save them around £30 million a year.
It is estimated that one-third of food sales are made up of stallholders.
The FMAA said many supermarkets were cutting back because of competition from fast food chains and the need to cut down on waste, which contributes to obesity and poor health.
“They are cutting down the size of the market gardens because it is cheaper to buy food from one place,” said the group’s chief executive, John Waugh.
“That has made it harder for people to eat healthier and eat healthier-looking food.”
The main reason for this is because of the rise in obesity and the obesity epidemic.
“Food is not the only thing you want to eat in a healthy way.
You want to be able be frugal, and you want a healthy home life.”
In the US, McDonald’s, Walmart, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Chipotle are also among the largest supermarket chains to announce their plans for the closure of the small market garden.
They said the new food court would help increase profits and boost sales by providing free food and a range of other services to stallholders, including a mobile food bank.
“We have a very different business model to other retailers.
We have a full-service restaurant, and that is the model we are going to continue to use,” McDonald’s chief marketing officer, Mark Sullins, said.”
It’s not about saving money.
It’s about getting people in and getting them the food they need.”
The move has caused alarm among the food-loving public.
“People are really worried about the quality of food that’s coming in and the quality that’s being prepared.
That’s a really, really worrying thought,” said Paul Smith, a food critic for the Irish Independent.”
There’s a real fear that it is a sign that supermarkets are going away.”
Mr Smith is concerned that some stalls are being used as dumping grounds for waste and food that has not been cooked properly.
“I think there is a real sense that they are not really taking food from people, but rather putting it in a dumpster and putting it out on the streets,” he said.
A spokesman for Tesco said the supermarket chain was committed to continuing to support farmers markets and market gardens in rural areas.
“Our focus is on providing value to our customers and making the shopping experience as pleasant and enjoyable as possible for our shoppers,” he told The Irish Press.
“This includes the growing number of innovative and delicious products available for sale on our range of food and drink outlets.”
Tesco also said it was committed not to restrict stallholders or sell food on the market.
“As a market, it’s important to ensure that stalls are open and accessible to our guests and customers,” a spokesperson said.