Editor's new role after 20 years' service

Fred A'Court, who has been editor of the Meat Trades Journal for more than 15 years, is to relinquish the role from next month.

He will continue to work on some of the Journal's best known events, to write for the publication, to advise on the future of the title, and to develop a series of new projects. "I've been with the Journal for more than 20 years in total and in that time the industry has changed enormously.

"Many people have not only become good contacts but friends too. Giving up the editorship will free me to develop ideas that I simply haven't had time to work on," he said this week.

"Its always been my aim to introduce additional features of the Journal - events like the SuperMeat Awards and Top Shop, and the books I've written - that have not only added to the title's portfolio of activities but that have actively encouraged the trade to raise its level of performance and its standards in a way that's been both entertaining and fun.

"Some exciting ideas for the future are being discussed, including a relaunch of the Journal in July, and I'm looking forward to helping with the development plans."

Meat Trades Journal associate publisher Sonia Young said: "Fred has been a staunch supporter of the UK meat trade both at home and overseas so we are delighted that he will continue to be an ambassador, not only for the magazine, but also for the industry."

Fred intends to set up his own company in the West Country but will continue to work on projects and with companies throughout the UK and beyond.

A new editor will be appointed in due course.

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