Industry mourns Peter Scott

Industry leaders have been paying tribute to Peter Scott, who passed away on Sunday following a short illness.

Scott, 68, had recently retired from the role of director with the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) in January, having joined the organisation in 1990.

A former colonel in the Tank Regiment, Scott originally took up the position of director with Federation of Fresh Meat Wholesalers and over the years saw considerable change within the organisation, from the shift to the British Meat Federation to the merger with the British Meat Manufacturer's Association to form the BMPA.

He also helped guide the industry through some difficult periods, from the BSE crisis in the mid-nineties to the previous foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001.

Tributes are being paid across the industry, which has been shocked by the news.

Richard Cracknell, chief executive of ABP and close friend of Scott, said: "He was a bloke of utmost integrity and highly respected by not just BMPA members, but everyone he dealt with.

"He's going to be sadly missed. Although he'd only just retired he was still involved with the industry and kept in touch. He was a bloody good friend."

Gerry Findlay, president of the BMPA, said: "He was a gentleman and a very sincere man as well as being a great character within the industry.

"He served our sector with immense pride and distinction and it's a tragedy that he should lose his life so abruptly."

Anthony Morrow, clerk to the Worshipful Company of Butchers, said: "Peter Scott's sudden death is an enormous shock to his many friends and colleagues in the Butchers' Company as well as the meat industry. Highly respected across the industry and a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the Livery, his sparkling humour, great repartee and charming nature will be sorely missed by us all."

Former MTJ editor Fred A'Court said "Peter's witty but relaxed style of leadership did not mask the fact that he was highly informed on trade issues. He ensured the organisation was an authoritative voice for the industry that was both listened to and respected. Like many in the trade will feel, I counted him not just as a work contact but as a friend."

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