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Welsh hill lamb is back on Spanish shelves.

Oriel Jones reported a 750,000 [pounds sterling] contract to export Welsh hill lamb to the Spanish retail sector at the Royal Welsh Show

The deal will see Welsh hill lamb back on the shelves in more than 70 hypermarkets and 500 supermarkets in Spain for the first time in five years. Oriel Jones' Llanybydder plant is to supply Eroski, one of the biggest hypermarket chains in Spain, with cuts from more than 3,000 hill lambs per week.

The contract was signed at Welsh red meat body Hybu Cig Cymru's stand at the Royal Welsh Show Eroski representatives also toured the Oriel Jones site. "We at Oriel Jones feel excited by the fact that Eroski were enthusiastic in wanting to return to Welsh lamb and branding it as such." said managing director Paul Edwards. "In this matter Oriel Jones would like to congratulate Hybu Cig Cymru on their sterling effort on behalf of the Welsh meat industry and Welsh farmers in helping to facilitate this contract negotiation."

HCC chairman Rees Roberts said: "This is great news for the Welsh lamb industry especially as we have succeeded in reopening a strong market for the smaller hill lambs that we produce here in Wales."
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Date:Aug 6, 2005
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