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Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers names new executive manager

Martin Morgan has been appointed new executive manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). He will be replacing Ian Anderson who is retiring after 10 years in the post.

John Scott’s life celebrated

The family of John Scott, the founder of wholesaler John Scott Meat and the father of Scottish meat quality assurance schemes, remembers his life and achievements.

Scotland’s BSE-free status to open up export opportunities

The news that Scotland is officially BSE risk-free has been welcomed by the red meat sector.

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The importance of migrant labour to the Scottish red meat industry has been highlighted in a Brexit briefing paper, published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Scottish plants risk closure over inspection charge hikes

Some Scottish meat plants risk closure as a result of “excessive” meat inspection charges planned by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), according to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Scotland welcomes BSE progress

The granting of negligible risk status for BSE has been praised by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

60 seconds with the SAMW president

Frank Clark was named president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) at an event in Glasgow and spoke to this site about his main priorities. 

Fergus Ewing to ‘fight’ for Scotland’s post-Brexit agri funds

Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and connectivity in Scotland, will “fight to ensure money is available” for farmers after the UK exits the European Union.

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

Scotland’s wholesalers welcome BSE breakthrough

Recommendations to upgrade Scotland’s BSE status from 'controlled risk' to ‘neglible risk’ have been hailed by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) as a real breakthrough.

Scotland expresses concern over future of immigrant workers

Scotland’s meat processing and farming sectors have united to urge the government to provide assurance on the status of workers from outside of the UK. 

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary “utterly determined” to maximise markets

The Scottish government aims at downgrading its BSE risk status, following calls from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) for the country to assume ‘negligible risk’ status.

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

SAMW requests BSE meeting with Cabinet Secretary

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to meet in order to examine the case for Scotland to be upgraded to ‘negligible risk’, the highest possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status. 

Discussing costs at the SAMW conference

I always enjoy going to the SAMW conference each year, not just for the whisky, the presentations aren't bad either!  It was interesting last week to glean that competition is emerging between Food Standard Scotland and Aviation House on cost of meat inspection, nearly 10 years after Tierney recommended competition to be a key requirement for change to the FSA Board. 

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers calls for common sense from Food Standards Scotland

Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), has said Food Standards Scotland (FSS) should employ more “common sense” to meat safety issues. 

SAMW sets targets for 2016

An improvement in end-product prices is on the agenda for Scotland’s meat wholesalers in 2016, as well as an upgrade in the way the government applies regulatory burdens.

Representatives of the charities presented with their share of the gift support from SAMW
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Scottish meat body shows charity support

Five major charities have shared a total of £13,000 in gift support from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

SAMW issues warning over EU referendum

Scotland’s meat wholesalers have warned that the export market for Scotch Beef and Lamb must not be damaged, whatever decision is reached on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. 

SAMW auction raises £15,000 for charity

A lot at the charity auction of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) annual conference and dinner dance has broken event records raising £4,800. 

QMS reports boost to Scottish Quality Assurance scheme

The Scottish meat industry has welcomed increased numbers of farmers joining Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Quality Assurance scheme.

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) – the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

Meat body reflects on 'crunch' year for Scottish industry

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a “crunch” year for the Scottish meat industry.

Scottish meat body shows charity support

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has announced it has donated £8,000 to three UK charities.

Defra backs 13% coupled support for Scotland

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has welcomed news that the Scottish government could gain coupled support up to 13%.

Scottish associations to join forces over beef marketing

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) and the NFU Scotland (NFUS) are to work together in a bid to address the issues of price pressure and premium cattle losses.

Scots to welcome new food standards body

The Scottish Meat industry has welcomed news that a new food standards body for Scotland will be in full operation by April 2015.

Scottish conference debates meat industry’s future

This year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference discussed the future of the Scottish meat industry, with new European food hygiene regulations and reform to the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) at the top of the agenda.

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