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Time to prioritise as COP26 arrives in Scotland

By Kate Rowell, Chair, Quality Meat Scotland

Commenting on her appointment to the UK Government Trade and Agriculture Commission, Quality Meat Scotland Chair Kate Rowell, says:

Commenting on the recent trade deal between the UK and New Zealand, Quality Meat Scotland Chief Executive, Alan Clarke, says:

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) today launches its six-part COP26 podcast series to bring together voices from across the industry to discuss what the red meat sector is and can be doing to positively influence the outcomes of the two-week conference

In support of pig producers in Scotland and England, the two meat levy bodies have today announced a pork levy holiday during November 2021.

Seasonal supply of livestock is expected to rise in the final quarter due to increased demand over the winter, but the current labour shortages in the red meat processing and transport sectors continue to remain a concern. This is according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) have collaborated in the lead up to COP26 on a new myth-busting toolkit to empower farmers to kick-start positive conversations around red meat.

Red meat promotion bodies AHDB, QMS and HCC join forces at Sirha in Lyon as they showcase their brands at one of Europe’s largest trade fairs for food and beverages hosted in France on 23-27 September.

Sirha is Europe’s reference event for food service and hospitality, gathering players from across the industry to innovate and gain inspiration from the produce showcased. 

On the stand a French chef will host cookery demonstrations with English meat, Scotch Beef PGI and PGI Welsh Lamb. Potential customers can sample products and learn about the quality assurance, provenance and welfare that underpin each of the brands. 

Tom Gibson, Director of Market Development at Quality Meat Scotland said: “This event gives us a platform to engage with prospective trade partners across Europe and to advocate on behalf of our farmers and processors our impressive nutrition, production and welfare credentials

“It’s so important that we can get back to attending international trade shows post Covid lockdowns, to fly the flag for Scotland and the Scottish red meat industry.”

AHDB International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley said: “SIRHA presents a valuable opportunity to showcase UK red meat to key importers across Europe at this hugely influential trade event. By joining forces with HCC and QMS, we will see English meat cooked alongside Scottish and Welsh, highlighting the high-quality brands we have here in the UK.

“Europe remains an important market for our red meat exports, and following an incredibly challenging year, AHDB is delighted to be back at SIRHA helping our levy payers maximise on the potential opportunities that exist in this valuable market.”

Deanna Jones, Export Market Development Executive from HCC commented: “With the foodservice industry opening up again across Europe as Covid restrictions ease, it’s important that we have a presence at this vital trade event. It’s a chance to remind customers of our continued steadfast commitment to the European market, and promote our quality, sustainable brands.”

Attendance at Sirha is a collaborative venture by Britain’s three red meat levy bodies: AHDB, HCC and QMS

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