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.
On Thursday 9th June Katie and Katrina of the IMTA Secretariat visited the Port of Liverpool. Among the group visiting were several representatives of Weddel Swift, including Mark Murphy IMTA’s Logistics Director.
The group was met by Mike Dwan, Sales Manager at Peel Ports (Mersey Cluster) who gave a very interesting presentation about the Port of Liverpool and the soon to be operational new terminal 2. He then took the group on a tour of the port, including a visit to port health. Then the group was taken to the top of a grain silo to take in the panoramic view of the port and Liverpool.
Many thanks to the organisers at Peel Ports and Weddel Swift for an extremely educational and interesting trip.
The Secretary of State for Defra Liz Truss joined IMTA for a tour of Smithfield market followed by breakfast at Birds where trade and increasing British exports were discussed.
IMTA members were hosted by DP World Southampton for a visit to the Border Inspection Post to meet the vets, see their BIP facility and tour the port.
Attendees were able to see how the vets approach a consignment, what they are looking for and how they take samples. Rob Freeman from DP World gave IMTA attendees a presentation about the latest changes at the port.
In March 2015 Douglas Brydges retired as President of the International Meat Trade Association after 26 years. As a thank you for all his hard work for the association the IMTA Board presented Doug with a cheque towards his dream cruise across the Atlantic from the UK to Florida. In November Doug and his wife Judy sailed across the Atlantic!