MTC changes name to cover food supply chain

The Meat Training Council (MTC) registered charity will now be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC), after it announced it would now be covering the full food supply chain.

The newly-named charity wants to reflect the make-up of the food industry as a whole, with the objective of advancing the education of the public within the industry, thus driving up skills to support the UK food sector in competing on the world stage.

The FTC board is made up of a select group of food industry professionals, headed up by chairman John Proctor, retired HR director of the Dunbia Group. John is supported by Clare Cheney, director general of the Provision Trade Federation; Andrew Brodie, HR director for the Faccenda Group; Jane Downes, ex-Food Standards Agency (FSA); Andy McGowan, UK technical manager at IdentiGEN; Damien Murray, managing director and owner of Smithfield Murray; and Roger Reeson, retired managing director of Dewhurst Butchers.

Bill Jermey, FTC chief executive, has been the driving force behind the name change and the expansion of the charity’s remit. He said: "Since the inception of the Meat Training Council in 1986, the food industry has changed significantly. It is vital that the work of our charitable training council should reflect the needs of this industry.

"This name change has been part of a lengthy legal process, which began a year ago, and is now complete. We are delighted to announce that our charity is now known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council Ltd or FTC. This move has only been possible thanks to the support we have received from various trade bodies and businesses within the food industry."

The MTC brand will continue to operate under the FTC, supporting the meat industry through master butcher accreditations, sponsorship, and meat industry awards and ceremonies.

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