Vion Foods can confirm that representatives of its senior management team are meeting with ASDA today (Thursday 17th January) under the provisions of the Grocery Supply Chain Code of Practice (GSCOP).
Throughout the 90 day consultation period we are committed to exploring every opportunity to retain and attract customers for WCF. Thursday's discussion with ASDA under the GSCOP is part of that process
Asda, the supermarket chain, has said that it remains "committed to sourcing lamb from Wales".
It follows news that the company has pulled its order from Welsh Country Foods, putting 350 jobs at risk.
Asda said the decision "was not taken lightly."
Following a strategic review of our lamb business we have taken the decision to serve notice on our supply relationship with Vion-owned Welsh Country Foods, Gaerwen Anglesey.
This decision was not taken lightly, however we feel it is an opportune time to review our lamb sourcing to meet the changing needs of our customers. We have built a strong relationship with Welsh lamb farmers and we remain committed to sourcing lamb from the country.
A Welsh Government spokesperson described the Welsh Country Foods announcement as "very disappointing" and said the company had been offered support to develop the site.
The offer of support remains on the table and may be extended to any potential new owner.
The Welsh Government will be discussing this development with the chairman of VION UK Ltd early next week and will also engage with the site’s key customer to ensure that there is a clear understanding that Welsh Country Foods has the full support of the Welsh Government.
This announcement comes at a time when the company is determining its future direction in light of the decision by its parent company to sell all UK asset.