Liz Murphy, Margaret Boanas and Katie Doherty were invited to attend a reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of Uruguay Fernando López Fabregat. The occasion was a celebration of the cooperation between The Worshipful Company of Butchers, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, The master of the IT livery and The International Meat Trade Asscociation. Meat is a vital part of the Uruguayan economy with its 12 million cattle and 9 million sheep. IMTA looks forward to further working with the Uruguayan embassy in London.
Liz Murphy, IMTA CEO met with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with Meat & Livestock Australia.
On 11th November Katie Doherty visited Fray Bentos, the town in Uruguay where the famous Anglo meat packing factory was built. The factory has been recongised as a UNESCO world heritage site. The site includes buildings from the Liebig Meat Extract Company which exported meat and corned beef to the European market from 1865. The Anglo Meat Packing Plant then exported frozen beef from 1924 onwards.
Katie Doherty from The International Meat Trade Association was one of 14 judges for the 2016 World Steak Challenge. The competition began in 2015 and the number of entries grew in 2016 with more than 80 steaks entered from 16 countries worldwide. A steak entered by Albers GMBH and produced by Jacks Creek Australia won for the second year running! 3 Australian producers received gold medals, 1 Polish producer, 2 Northern Irish, 2 Scottish and 1 Welsh. A full list of medalists can be found here on the World Steak Challenge website.
On 16th June IMTA was welcomed to the port of London Gateway for a presentation on the port and a tour of the facilities. In attendance were over 20 IMTA members from a range of companies and Katie and Katrina of the IMTA secretariat. The group was hosted by DP World. It was a timely opportunity to hear more about the coming SOLAS Container Weighing arrangements. You can see here more information about DP World’s plan for container weighing from 1st July onwards. The group also did a tour of the Border Inspection Post accompanied by officials from the Port Health Authority.