The following organisations and companies are associated with meat industry education, training and information:
FDQ – is a leading awarding organisation, specialising in food and drink qualifications. The FDQ portfolio is packed with qualifications designed to deliver commercial results for the food and drink industry. These products include industry specific professional qualifications such as Food Manufacturing Excellence and Butchery Apprenticeships.
To complement the new Butchery Apprenticeship the Institute of Meat endorses the FDQ Generic Butchery Apprentice Logbook. It has been written by meat industry experts and so purchase of the FDQ logbook includes Apprentice Grade membership to the Institute of Meat.
However, should you prefer to create your own logbook, please download the Butchery Apprenticeship Logbook Criteria
Meat Training Council – has a mission to develop a sustainable and innovative workforce in order to drive the growth and success of the UK meat industry. MTC is a registered charity, which re-invests all surpluses back into the meat industry. MTC is owned by registered charity the Food and Drink Training and Education Council Ltd
AHDB Pork – represents pig levy payers in England and is focused on enhancing the competitiveness, efficiency and profitability for English pig levy payers as well as driving demand for English pork and pig meat products in Britain and globally.
AHDB Pork is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
AHDB Beef and Lamb – is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England. They exist to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector. Its aims are to help the beef and sheep meat supply chain become more efficient and to add value to the industry.
AHDB Beef and Lamb is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Worshipful Company of Butchers – is one of the seven oldest London Livery Companies. It is a highly active Company both within the City of London and the meat industry. The Company continues to maintain its historic traditions, which were originally established when the Company was granted its Royal Charter in 1605
BDCI – (Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution) is the meat industry’s own trade charity. It exists to provide support for those who work, or have previously worked, in the meat industry but have fallen on hard times, regardless of their age or circumstances.
National Craft Butchers are meat industry experts supporting independent butchers, farm shops, small abattoirs, processing and wholesale butchery operations. They provide unlimited expert advice – a fundamental cornerstone to running a successful business. They monitor developments in technology and regulation to make sure our members’ interests are protected, plus have a wealth of ‘in house’ expertise free for members to access as frequently as they wish.
Q Guild of Butchers is a membership of 110+ like-minded quality butchers who are skilled craftsmen happy to share ideas and best practice. Based all over the UK, Q Guild Butchers stand for quality in not only the meat they produce but their service and knowledge. By joining their ranks you become part of a membership which is happy to help, share and discuss industry news, ideas & issues.
One of the most popular events in the butchery calendar, National Butchers’ Week is a great opportunity to engage with your customers by hosting an event, developing a new product or simply reminding your customers about the great quality meat available at your shop.
British Charcuterie Live looks forward to running the British Charcuterie Tent for the second consecutive year at BBC Countryfile Live, Blenheim Palace in 2019. As well as the final Awards, they will be hosting the first ever British Charcuterie Producer Day. It will include Meet the Buyer opportunities, a British Charcuterie Makers’ Conference, trade stands from sponsors & useful suppliers plus the Awards Ceremony & Reception. Entry to the awards opens on Thurs 10th January 2019
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