Lamb sales boosted by almost £2.5m thanks to nationwide campaign

A six-week campaign to encourage British shoppers to Make It with Lamb has generated an additional £2.45million in sales, new data has revealed.

A collective effort between Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) England and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales, the ‘Make it Lamb’ campaign launched just as new season lamb came onto the market and focused on promoting lamb’s versatility and ease of cooking, particularly around the barbecue season.

The £440,000 campaign, which ran in July and August, included radio sponsorship on Heart, print and digital advertising. The activity generated a return of £5.59 in retail sales for every £1 spent on the activity and 261 tonnes of additional fresh lamb. Alongside this, the campaign drove an additional 272,000 shoppers to purchase fresh lamb.

The campaign used money from the £3.5 million fund of AHDB red meat levies ring-fenced in 2020/21 for collaborative projects which is managed by the three GB meat levy bodies.

The cross-channel mix of promotions reached 74% of British households and resulted in over half a million visits to the industry bodies’ consumer websites.

A joint statement from the three levy boards said: “We’re really pleased with the results from our collaborative campaign promoting locally sourced lamb. We’re confident that the positive results leaving lamb top of mind for dinner inspiration will have carried over into the early Autumn as we moved into Septembers Love Lamb Week.

“Supporting the UK’s sheep sector is now more important than ever, and we will continue to do all we can to stimulate demand for lamb cuts, given the uncertainty around trade deals and with Brexit on the horizon.”

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