As the launch date of the Meatup show approaches, we asked a selection of our partners why they have chosen to support the event and what they hope to learn from it. 

The chief executive of the Institute of Meat, Keith Fisher, highlighted that “being involved in the demonstration arena allows us and all visitors to see the multitude of talent that is being encouraged to show their skills and knowledge”, and added: “Meatup gives us a great opportunity to spread the word about our organisation and to meet current and possible new members.”

Roger Kelsey.

Roger Kelsey, chief executive of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT), which is hosting the National Meat Products Competition and the Premier Young Butcher Competition at Meatup, explained that the first competition will see butchers nationwide competing across 22 categories and noted: “Both competitions will demonstrate the quality of products produced by independent butchers and, with the Premier Young Butcher competition, the growing talent among young butchers who this year are represented by five of the best nationwide.”

Meanwhile, Graeme Sharp, marketing executive at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), is also looking forward to the competitions at the show, saying: “promoting and encouraging young butchers to develop and showcase their fantastic skills and ideas is key to the future of the industry.”

The chairman of the Q Guild of Butchers, Mark Turnbull, described Meatup as a “great showcase of the industry and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections” and highlighted that “there are always some fantastic exhibitors showcasing the latest technology and trends, and there is an interesting line-up of speakers this year”.

Mark Turnbull.

Commenting on one of the seminars, he noted: “I think the seminar on consumer meat purchasing trends will offer some useful insight for our members and, of course, I’ll be supporting Q Guild member Lucianne of Aubrey Allen Butchers at her seminar on butchery apprenticeships.”

Joining together as an industry

President of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), Frank Clark, said: “We’re delighted to once again have a partnership involvement with Meatup, an event which will be especially important this year as the country begins the process of negotiating the best possible Brexit terms of the UK. It’s vital that the meat industry is united in its post-Brexit vision and negotiating demands and Meatup is an excellent opportunity for us all to debate what we need as an industry in the future and how to achieve it.”

Frank Clark.

Business development manager at Lucas Ingredients, Steve Derrick, praised this year’s location and added: “We always have a positive response at the exhibition and our stand is well-attended with lots of relevant and interested customers and partners.”

In addition, Teknomek’s managing director, Tom Worth, described the show as a “pivotal event in the industry calendar and the craft competitions are always hugely anticipated.”

Steve Derrick.

Returning visitors

Commenting on previous Meatup shows, Katie Doherty, on behalf of The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) and National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB), said: “At the two previous shows NACB held its meat craftsman competition encouraging entries from across the catering butchery sector. At the last exhibition NACB also had a stand to take advantage of the networking platform provided by the show. We hope that the 2017 is a success!”

Finally, Emily Ansell Elfer, editor of Meat Management and Food Management Today magazines (the official media partners for the event) explained: “The show is the only dedicated trade exhibition for the UK meat industry and offers a variety of exhibitors showcasing new launches, equipment, services and products. There are also major craft competitions in the competition arena featuring the National Meat Products Competition and The Premier Young Butcher Competition. Add to this, a free seminar programme, which includes interesting and topical subjects over the two days, and I hope you will agree that a few hours spent at Britain’s only dedicated meat industry exhibition will be time well spent.”

Meatup takes place on 24th and 25th May at ArenaMK, Milton Keynes. The exhibition is free to attend.