British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

About us

The British Meat Processors Association represents the majority of companies working in the British meat industry.

Our members are responsible for supplying fresh meat and meat products to retailers, restaurants and food service companies throughout the UK.

We work alongside the Government and other organisations to help develop a meat industry that is competitive, professional and provides a sustainable, long-term and affordable supply of food to British customers.

The red and white meat processing industry is worth £8.2 billion a year to the British economy

Our industry employs over 75,000 people, 69% of whom are EU nationals. The red and white meat processing industry is worth £8.2 billion a year to the British Economy and trade with our nearest neighbours accounts for a significant part of that. In fact, between 75% and 90% of the trade our members do is with EU countries.

Our members

We are proud to count businesses of all sizes, and specialties as members. Our members range from small, family run abattoirs serving local customers to the largest meat processing companies responsible for supplying some of our best-loved brands to shops and supermarkets. We have members operating across all sectors from farming, slaughtering and processing through to manufacturing, packaging and distribution.

Our associate members

We are further strengthened by our associate Members who work in industries that support and supply our meat processing companies. It is these members – the supermarkets, food service and ingredient suppliers – who make BMPA truly representative across the entire sector. It means that we can provide a unique opportunity for members of all stripes to work together to raise standards and push innovation by sharing their expertise.

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Beef cattle

Food / 03 Sep /

New Zealand livestock farmers are being asked to reduce methane emissions based on an international report despite the report's authors saying it should not be used on an individual country basis.

We must differentiate between different farming systems.

https://bit.ly/33ItyIk

A potted primer on the 'Global Warming Potential' of different greenhouse gasses including methane from cows.

Turns out they're not all the same, and we must be careful we're using the right calculations when comparing the environmental impacts of cows vs cars, for example.

New consumer trends report cites interesting Nielsen figures showing that 'US sales of meat with health or environmental claims are growing rapidly, led by “organic” up 13.1%
and “grass-fed” up 12.2%'https://bit.ly/2PRg8pc

Good news for the UK's high-standards, grass fed meat!