THE importance of supermarkets to the farming industry will be highlighted at a meeting of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, on Thursday.

Sue Lockhart, Sainsbury’s head of agriculture, will outline supply chain opportunities and the company’s intention to double the amount of British food on its shelves by 2020.

She will be joined by two producers who will discuss how they have grown their businesses from small beginnings to supplying major companies.

James Potter of Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs, near Thirsk, produces quality organic and free-range eggs for many supermarket chains, while goats milk supplier Angus Wielkopolski, has grown the St Helen’s Farm brand substantially – it is now the sole UK supplier of fresh goats milk to both Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

Future Farmers of Yorkshire was launched in November 2010 and brings together younger farmers, vets and industry supporters to share knowledge, experiences and develop networks. Based at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, events are organised throughout the year.

The event, which is free, begins at 7.15pm with a light supper. Full details from Elizabeth Hudson, project manager, on 07702 598108 or