British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

Why join BMPA

BMPA members account for a large share of the meat sector within the UK food industry and, as a group, serve the vast majority of the UK population through both the catering and retail channels.

We represent businesses big and small, publicly and privately owned, and with interests that reach across the farming, slaughtering, processing, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, and packaging sector of the meat and meat products industry.

We have strong working relationships with other organisations up and down the supply chain and across the food industry in general.

This diversity serves to enrich our organisation and allows us to be truly representative in our dealings with Government in the UK and in Europe. Added to this, we draw strength from the involvement of Associate Members in support and allied industries including major retailer and ingredient businesses. In the BMPA, all have the opportunity to work within an organisation at the centre of industry.

If one thing is certain in this industry, it is change. As our members develop their business and our industry changes, so BMPA will adapt its own operation and service provision.

Benefits of membership

BMPA exists to promote and protect the interests of our members and our work is focussed on the following areas:

  • Provision of information on matters of relevance to members
  • Representation to government and its agencies in the UK and Europe
  • Specialist assistance on technical, legislative and enforcement matters
  • Raising and promoting standards of manufacturing and product quality, including ownership of standards behind the Red Tractor consumer logo for pork and pork products
  • Providing a forum for shared experience and discussion on issues relating to general business
  • Managing a Climate Change Levy Discount Scheme tailored for the meat industry

To achieve all this, we primarily draw expertise from the best source of all, our membership. This, coupled with the support of specialists in the technical and legislative fields, makes us well placed to manage member interests and Government initiatives.

We have strong working relationships with other organisations up and down the supply chain and across the food industry in general. Our day to day contacts on behalf of membership are diverse, and in the case of UK Government for example, include Defra, Food Standards Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Department of Health and the Rural Payments Agency.

As members of two European meat industry trade associations, the BMPA is able to join forces with industry bodies in other European countries to present a strong EU-wide industry voice in dealings with the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament.

Become a member

If you would like to become part of the most influential group of businesses within the British meat industry we would like to welcome you as a new member.

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This is encouraging. SPS requirements cause the most trade friction which could be massively mitigated by having some sort of common veterinary area where EU/UK agree on parallel rules, or "autonomous adaptation" as the Swiss call it.

We've written an article about why our current export system is not fit for our modern, just-in-time food supply chain. You can read it here: https://bit.ly/3qcgk0O
We've also given the EFRA Committee details of how the system should be overhauled.
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