New members boost SAMW representation

by Admin on April 7, 2017

The addition of a new red meat member to SAMW has further enhanced the united representation of the Scottish processing industry, giving the sector a strong voice as the country embarks on its Brexit negotiations.

The Association has also added its first venison processor to its membership, a move which strengthens the industry’s hand in working with the UK and Scottish governments and other representative bodies.

The new red meat member is the Lockerbie-based Border Meats business while the venison member is Highland Game, whose headquarters are in Dundee.

“We’re delighted to welcome both of our new members, especially coming at a time when the strongest possible representation of the industry’s views will be needed as we seek to establish a progressive base for Scotland’s meat industry outside the EU structure which we have known for so many years,” said SAMW president, Allan Jess.

“In welcoming Border Meats, we now have almost 100% representation of the red meat processing industry in Scotland, with only a few small island plants not being SAMW members. This gives us the platform from which to speak with one voice on behalf of the industry which plays such an important part in the maintenance and development of the whole red meat chain in Scotland.

“The addition of Highland Game is an equally positive development for us. Despite the species difference involved, the core business and regulation issues we face are often the same, which again allows us to represent Scotland’s position from a strong and united base.”

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2017 Conference speakers – profiles

by Admin on March 30, 2017

A strong line-up of speakers will address SAMW’s annual conference in Glasgow on April 22, tackling the event’s core theme of Beyond Brexit’

Fergus Ewing MSP

The keynote conference speech will be given by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

First elected as MSP for Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber in 1999, he has been responsible for Rural Economy and Connectivity since May 2016.

He previously held Ministerial responsibility for Business Energy & Tourism.

James Withers

The second speaker is James Withers who became Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink in 2011, overseeing the industry’s growth towards its current value of £16.5 billion.

He previously spent 12 years with the National Farmers Union Scotland, being the organisation’s CEO from 2008 to 2011.

Jim McLaren will then deliver a presentation focusing on Quality Meat Scotland’s future work programme.

Jim McLaren

Appointed Chairman of QMS in April 2011. Jim McLaren runs a mixed arable and livestock business in Perthshire. His main arable enterprise is the production of spring malting barley, with the livestock side of the business including a pedigree Simmental herd.

He was NFU Scotland President from 2007 to 2011.

Dr George Burgess, who recently took up a new post in the Scottish Government, leading on Food, Drink and Trade, with particular emphasis on the outcome of the EU referendum, will address the conference on trade issues.

George Burgess

Prior to this, he was Head of the Environmental Quality Division from 2011, where his responsibilities included waste and resources, radioactive materials, the water environment, flooding and reservoirs, sponsorship of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and better environmental regulation.

Finally, speaking on behalf of UK Export Certification Partnership, Martin Williams will outline the current focus of the Defra/industry partnership.

UKECP lists its responsibilities as: Liaising with the UK livestock and livestock products industries to establish export market priorities; providing a forum to discuss the use of Defra agents to negotiate export health certificates on behalf of the UK; and assisting in the drafting of export health certificates which are generally required before exports can take place.

Full conference and dinner dance details

Date – Saturday, April 22, 2017

Venue – Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Conference times:
9.45 – coffee
10.15 – Conference opening by SAMW president
13.00 – Lunch

Dinner & Dance
19.00 start

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