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MEATUP Show Brings Industry Together

05 July 2013

UK - Leading suppliers, trade associations, retailers and processors came together to showcase and learn more about some of the latest products and innovations on offer to the meat industry during the two day MEATUP show at The NEC in Birmingham.

Minister of Agriculture and Food, David Heath attended the exhibition on the first day andtucked into a British bacon butty, courtesy of BPEX - The British Pig Executive. 

The Minister said: "It was a most interesting opportunity to meet with a number of different businesses serving the meat and food processing sectors with some very positive stories to tell."

minister at MEATUPMr Heath joined BPEX Director Mick Sloyan and AHDB Chairman John Godfrey to give their backing to the Red Tractor banner campaign.

All three signed one of the 15ft banners which had been set up in the BPEX-sponsored breakfast area at MeatUp.

Mick Sloyan said: “We are very grateful to the Minister for lending his support to the campaign and for taking the time to visit BPEX at the show.”

Four major competitions took place over the two days. On day one Ryan Healy of Geoff Riley's butchers in Rossendale was crowned Britain's Premier Young Butcher and Craig Finch was the overall winner in The Premier Products event.

The 2013 Meat Industry Awards ceremony also took place during the event.

Winners included ASDA, which retained its Multiple Meat Retailer of the Year award; Wilsons of Crossgates was named Britain’s Best Butchers Shop; while the Manufacturer of the Year Award went to Hull-based Cranswick Plc.

The annual event was heralded as a resounding success with almost 450 guests attending an excellent evening at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel to network and celebrate the winning companies, products and organisations.

The results for all 16 award categories were announced, with special footballing guest and record England appearance holder, Peter Shilton on hand to present the prizes and certificates.

The annual event was sponsored by major meat promotional bodies and industry suppliers operating in the UK including: EBLEX, BPEX, Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales, the Meat Training Council, Marel, Reiser and many other top companies and organisations.

The winners of each of the three individual red meat categories went head to head to find the overall red meat champion. The Cook with M&S Teriyaki Steak Strips from Marks & Spencer and Dawn Meats UK was judged to be the very best.

The Excellence Award is presented annually at the ceremony to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK meat industry. The recipient of this year’s award is Jim Dobson OBE, the group managing director of Dunbia, a multi-national manufacturing specialist and product innovator he founded in 1976.

The awards ceremony was also used as a platform by trade body EBLEX, which crowned England’s Best Steak Pie. Turner’s Pies in West Sussex received the nod for its tasty Steak & Stilton Pie. Over 100 beef, lamb, mutton and veal steak pies were entered by butchers, caterers and manufacturers in two categories: retail and foodservice.

Turner’s Pies won the retail award and overall competition, with Dunkleys, a manufacturer from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire winning the foodservice category with its Ashdale Blade of Beef and Malbec Pie.

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