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Stability vital for Scottish cattle numbers

Published on 19 June 2024

Maintaining Scottish livestock numbers, maximising the domestic processing of quality red meat and ensuring we have a competitive processing industry are the three top priority…

Alan Brown becomes SAMW President

Published on 3 June 2024

The new President of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers is Alan Brown who brings 40 years of meat trade experience to the role of…

Excessive cost rise impacts Scottish meat chain

Published on 28 March 2024

Scotland’s meat industry is at risk of being rendered ‘uncompetitive’ in comparison to the rest of the UK by the imposition of huge cost increases…

Time to promote and support our domestic industry

Published on 2 January 2024

It’s unnerving how much change has taken place over the past 12 months while, at the same time, how little has been achieved in terms…

SAMW reaction to QMS levy proposal

Published on 9 October 2023

QMS proposal: QMS is asking the industry for an increase in the red meat levy to deliver the priorities outlined in its new five-year strategy. …

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill – an opportunity to build confidence 

Published on 29 September 2023

SAMW response to the Scottish Government’s publication of the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: “This an important step in allowing Ministers to make new…

SAMW Annual Conference – strong words on policies and protecting our great industry

Published on 4 September 2023

Speech by SAMW President, Ian Bentley, delivered to the annual conference in Edinburgh on September 1, 2023. Cabinet Secretary, ladies, and gentlemen, it is a…

Scottish cattle decline is entering its final phase

Published on 22 June 2023

The entrenched reduction of cattle numbers in Scotland overshadows every other issue impacting the country’s red meat sector at present says the Scottish Association of Meat…

All food products must be accurately and honestly described

Published on 3 May 2023

SAMW has written to Mark Spencer, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Fisheries; Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands;…

SAMW appoints new Executive Manager

Published on 12 April 2023

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Walker as its new Executive Manager. Mr Walker, who was…

SAMW comment on National Food Crime Unit investigation

Published on 31 March 2023

“As an Association we deplore any fraudulent practices in our industry,” said SAMW President, Ian Bentley. “Events like these (NFCU investigation) bring the industry into…

New Year Lunch – 2023

Published on 26 January 2023

Five former presidents marked the 30-year anniversary of the birth of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) with a walk down memory lane at…

Martin Morgan

Published on 19 January 2023

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Martin Morgan, Executive Manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has died…

FAST calls for urgent co-design commitment from Scottish Government

Published on 17 November 2022

SAMW joins all-industry bodies in agriculture policy demand The recently-established Food & Agriculture Stakeholders’ Taskforce (FAST) has challenged the Scottish Government to take urgent steps…

International trade experts see what sets Scotland’s red meat apart

Published on 7 October 2022

Food & drink market trade specialists visited Scotland this week to experience what sets Scotland’s red meat apart. As part of a trade tour to…

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 1926-2022

Published on 9 September 2022

On behalf of all our members, associate members and everyone connected with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers it is with great sadness that we…

SAMW Annual Conference 2022

Published on 5 September 2022

A sustainable future for red meat supply Ian Bentley, SAMW President, outlines his vision for the Scottish red meat sector in 2030 Those of us…

SAMW 2022 Conference Quotes

Published on 5 September 2022

Selected quotes from 2022 Conference speakers:   Mairi Gougeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, speaking at the end of the week in…

SAMW 2022 Conference Speakers

Published on 5 September 2022

SAMW’s 2022 conference made a welcome return after a Covid-enforced two-year break with a new one-day format and an impressive array of speakers. Helping members…

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…