Butchery’s best to gather at Foodex 2016

The nation’s best young butchery talent is to be showcased at this year’s Foodex.

The bi-annual event, held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from 18-20 April 2016, will host the National Meat Products and Premier Young Butcher competitions in conjunction with the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT).

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb, AHDB Pork, Cambrian Training, Institute of Meat, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Raps (UK), Weddel Swift and the Worshipful Company of Butchers, the competitions welcome butchery apprentices from across the UK to compete by producing and displaying innovative ready-to-eat, stuffed roast, seam butchery, barbecue and kitchen-ready products.

The National Meat Product Competition 2016 will also feature at Foodex for what is expected to be its biggest instalment yet. Twenty categories will be included within the competition, including charcuterie for the first time, alongside old favourites such as sausages, bacon, burgers, ready meals and pies.

The competition is open to all independent butchers, farm shops and food processors and provides entrants with the opportunity to display their products and to boost sales.

“This year’s show has a fantastic programme with a whole host of new and returning features,” commented Dan Dixon, event director of Foodex.

“At Foodex 2016, there truly is something for everybody. I’m thoroughly looking forward to hearing from the likes of the Food & Drink Federation and viewing the latest innovations from the competition entrants.”

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