Silere Alpine Origin Merino lamb is now being sold by the UK's leading online supermarket retailer.

The product, a joint venture between Alliance Group and The New Zealand Merino Company, has gone on sale with British online supermarket Ocado.

Ocado has been voted best online supermarket in the UK every year since 2010.

Ocado shoppers have a choice of Silere Alpine Origin Merino Lamb boneless leg joint, extra-trimmed rack, loin fillets or boneless rumps.

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General Manager Sales at Alliance, Shane Kingston. Photo / Supplied
General Manager Sales at Alliance, Shane Kingston. Photo / Supplied

Shane Kingston, general manager sales at Alliance, said feedback from shoppers about Silere had been overwhelmingly positive.

"Online supermarkets provide a strong vehicle to tell a brand story directly to the consumer. Ocado is profiling farmers that produce Silere and telling stories of heritage, taste and welfare to connect shoppers with the world's best red meat produced in the most natural way."

Central Otago farmers Andrew and Tracy Paterson have supplied the Silere programme since its launch.

"We're thrilled with the connection with the end market and the feedback from the people buying it," said Andrew.

"Hearing what the market needs first-hand is important. With market connections and contracts for our meat as well as our wool, we can tailor what we produce on farm."

Photo / Supplied
Photo / Supplied

The product is being sold in plastic-free recyclable Earthpouch packaging.

The Earthpouches are made from paper with a plastic-free heat-sealable coating, which forms a grease, water and moisture barrier. The pouch is recyclable as part of the paper stream and is suitable for re-pulping.

"The packaging innovation, the product of our partnership with Hilton Food Solutions, the company that packs and distributes Silere to Ocado, is also an important step forward," said Kingston.

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A 12-month Silere alpine origin merino contract had recently been released to shore up supply to meet the growing market demand from Ocado and other channels.