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Scotch Lamb PGI is set to be high profile at a major international tradeshow, SIAL, being held this week in Montreal.

SIAL runs over three days from May 2 - 4 and attracts more than 850 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries, welcoming over 15,000 buyers from Canada, the US and 60 other countries. The event caters to delegates looking to supply retail outlets, food service or the food processing industry.

While Scottish beef and sheepmeat producers are benefiting from strong farmgate prices pig producers are experiencing prices well back on 12 months ago.

“Although by historic standards pig producer prices are firm they are currently standing some 7% lower than a year ago,” said Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Director of Economics Services. 

Scottish exporters are set to benefit from a change to the official requirements of the Singapore authorities relating to UK meat imports.

The Agrifood and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has updated its policies and the definition of UK meat products that can be imported into Singapore.

An innovative initiative involving a Perthshire butchers business and a local school has been recognised with a top award in a national competition.

David Comrie and Son butchers of Comrie scooped a gold in the Scottish Craft Butchers awards for their Scotch Lamb and Mint Burger which was designed by pupils in Primary 4 at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff.

A host of leading Scottish food and farming organisations have collectively written to City of Edinburgh Council to highlight grave concern about its apparent lack of awareness of the positive credentials of Scottish red meat production.

The organisations have also asked the Council to reconsider the rationale behind its move, announced this week, to introduce Meat Free Mondays to council-run primary schools.

Opportunities to export beef and pork to the Philippines are being explored this week as part of a two-day British Meat Trade Mission.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are leading the visit in Manila, alongside eight processors from the UK who will meet with key importers and distributors.

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI are set to be high profile at a major international tradeshow, Food and Hotel Asia (FHA), being held in Singapore next week.

Food and Hotel Asia runs over three days from April 24 - 27 and attracts over 40,000 trade delegates from around the world looking to supply hotels, restaurants and other food outlets.

Scotland’s national chef, Gary Maclean, is looking forward to attending Taste of Grampian for the very first time this summer.

Mr Maclean, who was crowned the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016, will be joining the throngs at the festival, which celebrates the best of north-east produce and is sponsored by Specially Selected Pork.

The event, which last year attracted a record 16,000 visitors, takes place at the Thainstone Centre, near Inverurie, on June 2nd 2018.