Caffe Nero has defended its boycott of milk from badger cull areas as necessary to protect its staff.
In a statement the coffee chain insisted it was not bowing to intimidation, but that it had to act when staff well-being was threatened.
Animal rights activists told Caffe Nero they would protest if the coffee chain continued to use milk from badger cull areas.
Dairy farmers in Gloucestershire and Somerset have criticised activists for their tactics, and talked of boycotting the coffee chain for its decision. Caffe Nero says it has discussed its reasons with the National Farmers' Union.