With just a month to go until Meatup opens its doors, today on the blog we update you on what you can expect when visiting this year’s show, including a few words from some of the exhibitors, plus the organising team.

Meatup will be taking place on 24th and 25th May at MK Arena.

There will be tonnes of exhibitors at the event, showcasing what they do best, as well as a seminar theatre and a competitions area.

Our guest speakers include Peter Wareing, Lucianne Allen, Gavan Wafer, Norman Bagley, Dr. Phil Hadley and Nathan Ward.

Here’s what a few of the exhibitors will be up to at the event:

Nadeem Ahmad from Accles & Shelvoke, said: “Accles & Shelvoke, the world’s leading supplier of cartridge powered stunning tools, will again be showcasing the UK’s most popular stunners. This will include the Cash Special, Cash Cowpuncher and the Cash Magnum XL – The world’s most powerful captive bolt stunning tool. Also on the stand will be equipment suitable for religious slaughter, casualty dispatch and tools suitable for use with smaller animals such as poultry and piglets. Our experts will be able to offer advice about cartridge selection, maintenance and good practise in the use of cartridge powered stunning equipment.”

Darren Powlett from SRS-Frigadon said: “SRS-Frigadon will be exhibiting at Meatup to promote their hydrocarbon chiller packages. Refrigerant regulations are overseeing the phase out of high global warming refrigerant gasses. With zero global warming potential our chillers are future proof, environmentally friendly and energy efficient. We have completed installations with some high profile companies in the meat industry over the last 18 months with more projects planned. We offer a design service and a full back up of supporting cooling coils, pipework and heat transfer fluids.”

Andy Grady, market manager at NDC Technologies, commented: “NDC is a leading global provider of measurement and control solutions for the Food industry. At this year’s Meatup, we’ll be presenting our InfraLab rapid bench-top meat analyser for the measurement of fat, moisture, protein and collagen (incl. C/P). Our customers benefit from the rapid 10 second measurement time, easy-to-use operation, extensive data storage capabilities, flexible connectivity and an intuitive passcode protected interface, to name a few.”

Over to the organising team…

Show organiser, Emma Cash, said: “We are now at the final stage of preparations for Meatup and the organising team are really looking forward to the show. Located at a new, modern venue, the exhibition has a fresh look for 2017 and a diverse number of exhibitors. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the butchery competitions in action and discovering who will be crowned 2017’s Premier Young Butcher. Another highlight will be the free bacon butty breakfast which should set visitors up for a packed two days of networking.”

Editor of Meat Management, Emily Ansell Elfer, commented: “Meat Management magazine is proud to be supporting Meatup. The event offers our readers a prime networking experience and the opportunity to further develop their industry knowledge. Readers should make sure they visit the Seminar Theatre where a packed programme of talks will take place throughout the two days. From consumer buying trends to Brexit and antimicrobial resistance, no hot industry topic will remain untouched.”

What else?

Over the past few weeks we’ve been asking the aforementioned guest speakers about their roles within the meat industry, plus a few personal questions about their life outside of work. If you are interested to read these post you’ll find them on the blog.

We’ve also talked about the competitions area and the two competitions that will be taking place this year; the National Meat Products Competition and the Premier Young Butcher Competition. So if you want to find out about these you can read the post here.