February 2, 2023


Elegant Food

A lot to be gained in 2023 says SAMW

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Ian Bentley, the president of the Scottish Affiliation of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), has reaffirmed the Affiliation’s view that Scotland’s crimson meat {industry}, though pushed by decided and resilient individuals, has not often been put to the check fairly so severely as has been the case over the previous 12-months.

President of SAMW, Ian Bentley.

He commented: “Struggle in japanese Europe, persistent scarcity of labour and the specter of meals and vitality shortages within the UK, all mixed in 2022 to depart us with no simple approach of coping with the 12 months’s many low factors, each human and financial. Now, in waiting for what 2023 may carry, the duty which confronts us all is undoubtedly daunting. And by all, I imply farmers, processors, retailers and shoppers.”

Bentley stated that whereas he remained completely satisfied concerning the power of Scotland’s crimson meat {industry} and the member companies that SAMW symbolize, there may be a lot onerous work forward. 

“The ending of the struggle in Ukraine and the easing of vitality value pressures would definitely assist” he added, “though neither of those needs may be counted on to return true quickly, definitely not in the course of the early weeks of the 12 months. To a big extent, due to this fact, the power of our {industry}’s long-term place within the UK, European and international economic system will depend upon our means to barter the 12 months forward, largely based mostly on our personal efforts and assets.

“We’ve all the time had a powerful and high-quality livestock base on which to construct, a reality which hasn’t modified, regardless of the pressures which encompass us. We even have a loyal and rising shopper base, each domestically and in lots of different elements of the world. This reality stays remarkably enduring, as we witnessed on the latest SIAL present in Paris, the place many Scottish crimson meat firms secured beneficial new enterprise.”

He went on to say that there’s nonetheless a lot to be gained by the Scottish {industry} persevering with to carry the road in 2023, battling to take care of value rises when it comes to manufacturing, processing and distribution, to be able to ship the top product high quality for which Scotland is famend.    


Mr Bentley continued: “As I full my first 9 months as SAMW president, in actual fact, I’m inspired by what has been achieved this 12 months in pursuit of constructing our {industry} run as easily and successfully as potential, elements that are pretty much as good for our suppliers and prospects as they’re for our personal members. A serious achieve, secured in late November, featured the Authorities’s choice to use a 12-month delay to the introduction of export certification restrictions on non-assured inventory, a transfer which might have been vastly damaging to UK/EU commerce, had widespread sense not prevailed.

“Whereas will probably be important to resolve this difficulty early in 2023, slightly than permitting it to hold over us, we will, for the second, have fun this important choice. It was additionally a powerful success marker for the all-industry strategy which led Ministers to suppose once more, emphasising the ability which may be created when all the provide chain works collectively.

“In Scotland, in fact, the additional improvement of the brand new Agricultural Invoice shall be keenly awaited over the subsequent few months, constructing on the in depth session course of which was accomplished in early December. That is clearly an enormous alternative for our whole {industry} to be given the precedence consideration wanted to supply high quality meals, alongside enjoying our full half in assembly the environmental and local weather change calls for which the Invoice additionally outlined.

“Troublesome as it’s to flee the UK and international crises into which we’ve all been drawn, I consider we will proceed to drive ahead as a crimson meat sector in 2023, offering important enterprise options in opposition to a background of all-industry power and dedication,” he concluded.

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