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Tribute:  Jimmy Stoddart

Published on 4 August 2022

Jimmy Stoddart was one of the pioneers of Scotland’s lamb export trade with France and his recent passing brought back memories of our industry’s links…

New SAMW team on show at the Highland

Published on 7 July 2022



Published on 16 June 2022

2022 and beyond will go down as being among the most challenging periods for Scotland’s red meat sector since the industry faced the foot-and-mouth outbreaks…

SAMW announce new President

Published on 1 June 2022

The new President of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) is Ian Bentley, who brings a 30-year career in food retailing to the role,…

SPS delay is dangerous says SAMW

Published on 29 April 2022

UK Government dithering on the implemention of essential Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls, which are needed to protect both public and animal health relating to…

2019 memory – New Year Lunch

Published on 14 January 2022

For anyone missing SAMW’s annual New Year Lunch, which usually took place on the second Friday of January, here is a look back at our…

Major changes needed in 2022

Published on 21 December 2021

The lack of a workable and practicable visa scheme, through which to recruit skilled staff from EU countries, coupled with ever rising costs from all…

Blog 1 – Post Brexit export problems

Published on 4 December 2021

Post Brexit export problems (Published: 2/2/22) MacDuff 1890, a family business dating back to the 19th century, recounts its trading experiences in the post Brexit…

Labour challenges mount for Scotland’s red meat industry

Published on 30 September 2021

The challenge of keeping Scotland’s meat factories running against a backdrop of severe staff shortages is affecting businesses right across the country, with every indication…

Recruitment Crisis in the food and drink sector in Scotland

Published on 27 August 2021

Joint industry letter send today (August 27, 2021) to: Home Secretary, UK Government; Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK Government; &…

Comment on labour shortage meeting with Scottish Government

Published on 8 July 2021

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) took part in an all-industry meeting with Scottish Government ministers on July 8 to discuss serious concerns over…

SAMW president voices concern over labour supplies and free-trade negotiations

Published on 9 June 2021

Rising concern over existing and potential labour shortages affecting Scotland’s meat processors has been highlighted by Alan McNaughton, newly elected president of the Scottish Association…

Charities zoom in to share over £8,000 funding support

Published on 15 February 2021

Gift support totalling £8,300 has been distributed by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers to four charities, using a zoom session to acknowledge the vital…

Industry call for six-month grace period

Published on 5 November 2020

SAMW has joined 10 other organisations across the Scottish food and drink sector as signatories to an urgent letter to the Prime Minister highlighting the…

Scots meat exports face substantial market turbulence

Published on 15 September 2020

Scotland’s meat wholesalers have warned the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, that the red meat sector is heading for ‘substantial market turbulence’ during…

Highlighting Scottish red meat industry’s positive credentials

Published on 6 July 2020

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a series of new look infographics highlighting the Scottish red meat industry’s positive credentials relating to animal welfare, sustainability,…

Need to safeguard Scottish red meat standards as trade talks progress

Published on 10 June 2020

Scottish red meat production, processing and retailing must be fully protected against any health, welfare and environmental compromises linked to future trade deals says the…


Published on 21 April 2020

“At least 15% of our pre-Covid normal sales outlets for beef has ‘vanished’ due to the closure of hotels and restaurants, with sales to other…

Industry letter to Edinburgh University

Published on 21 February 2020

Food, farming, research and business leaders, including SAMW President, Andy McGowan, have put their name to a letter to Edinburgh University, following the recent defeated…

New Year Lunch 2020

Published on 27 January 2020

Time for the facts to enter meat production debate

Published on 1 January 2020

It’s time to bust the myths surrounding meat production and consumption with fact-based truth and a big dose of reality, a task for producers, processors…

Four charities share £10,000 support from SAMW

Published on 20 December 2019

Four charities shared gift support totalling £10,000 from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) this year, drawing on funds raised during a charity auction…


Published on 13 August 2019

The role of the processor Unlike most food manufacturers, who assemble an end-product for the market from various raw or semi-processed materials, we start with…

Transfer of OVs & meat hygiene inspection to FSS

Published on 18 June 2019

SAMW comment on transfer announcement by Food Standards Scotland  SAMW President, Andy McGowan, said: “We welcome the fact that FSS has made a clear decision…