Margaret Boanas (IMTA Chairman), Katie Doherty (IMTA Policy Director) and Katrina Walsh (IMTA Policy Manager) were judges in the 2018 World Steak Challenge where entrants from around the world showcased their best steaks!
Details of competition winners can be found here: https://www.worldsteakchallenge.com/2018-winners/
Details for the 2019 competition: https://www.worldsteakchallenge.com/enter/
The second Food Brexit conference is to be held in November this year. The current programme can be found here. Katie Doherty, IMTA Policy Director will be speaking at the event. IMTA members will receive a 20% discount.
The meeting covered discussions on exports, imports, existing free trade agreements and future free trade agreements as well as TRQs in relation to the UK’s WTO Schedule.
DWF hosted an event looking at Brexit and Trade. On the panel were Stuart Harbinson, Hume Brophy, Vassilis Akritidis, DWF and Katie Doherty, IMTA.
On 15th February a study was published by Harvard Kennedy School and IMTA was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the launch event. IMTA were interviewed as part of the study which can be downloaded here: Time for Clarity: The Views of British Business on The Path to Brexit . Further details about the event: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/news/newsrecords/2018/Strand-Group-26-Ed-Balls-and-Peter-Sands-Time-for-Clarity-The-Views-of-British-Business-on-The-Path-to-Brexit.aspx
The meeting focussed on key Brexit issues for the meat trade including tariffs and veterinary checks.
Liz Murphy gave a presentation on priorities for exports and market opportunities during a session chaired by Neil Parish, Chairman of the EFRA Select Committee.
Liz Murphy and Katrina Walsh of the IMTA Secretariat attended an very engaging meeting with Angus MacNeil MP, Chair of the International Trade Committee. In attendance were representatives of the British Veterinary Association, the British Meat Processers Association and City of London. The meeting was focussed on the topic of veterinary checks and Brexit. IMTA believes that striking a deal with the EU which avoids the introduction of veterinary checks on British exports and imports, to and from the EU, is crucial to the sector. For more information on this topic see the IMTA Veterinary Checks Factsheet here.
Katie Doherty, IMTA Policy Director, was asked to speak on the topic of Brexit and what a WTO scenario would mean for the meat industry at the recent New Food Brexit Conference in London. Katie then appeared on a panel with Peter Hardwick, Head of Exports at AHDB and Lord Robin Teverson, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee, EU Food & Agriculture.