Tesco has appointed a new agriculture director, Tom Hind, who will join the company later this year in a role designed to develop Tesco’s relationship with farmers and producers across the UK and around the world.
The appointment follows a commitment by Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke, at the British National Farmers’ Union (NFU) conference earlier this year, to build stronger relationships with farmers and help build a more transparent supply chain.
Hind has more than 15 years experience working for the NFU. He will oversee Tesco’s new agriculture team, which consists of agriculture experts for each area of farming including proteins, fishing and horticulture and develop Tesco’s sustainable farming groups. The groups will cover the whole of the agriculture sector, following Tesco’s work in establishing groups for dairy and beef farmers.
Hind will act as the main point of contact between Tesco’s commercial teams and farmers across the UK, develop innovative ways of working with farmers and contribute to building sustainable farms for the future. He will also be responsible for Tesco’s work in animal welfare, where Tesco already has world leading schemes for each species, and minimising waste in the farming supply chain.
While sorry to be losing Hind, NFU director-general Andy Robertson says his organisation is delighted that it will be able to continue working closely with him in his new role at Tesco.
Tom Hind was brought up on his uncle’s cattle farm in Sheffield and later spent a year working on a dairy farm in France, before joining the NFU in 1998. He won the respect of farmers across the UK with his pioneering work on behalf of dairy farmers, which led to better contractual terms between farmers and their customers. During his time at NFU, he has helped to guide the farming industry through some of its most challenging issues including Food & Mouth Disease and Bovine TB.