New meat traders president sets the tone for year in office

Co-operation and working together will be the theme for the new president of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) during his year in office.

Speaking as he took over the reigns at the NFMFT Annual General Meeting, John Mettrick pointed to lessons of the past: “When 45 men voted to create the National Federation, the reality was everyone in the room believed the best way to get your voice heard where it matters, and the best way to get things done, is through co-operation and by working together.

“And just as it was true on that morning, 125 years ago, it is just as true in this room today.”

John took over the role of president from the outgoing Michael Beaumont at the Federation’s AGM in Manchester last weekend.

He praised the hard work of the NFMFT’s staff, which had seen the organisation move from a substantial loss to profit over the course of the last year. “The continuing improvement in the Federation’s finances are important achievements of which we can be proud. We now know that the financial policies and difficult decisions of the past three years are beginning to pay off and that the Federation has turned a corner.”

As well as the meeting in Manchester, NFMFT members took part in a black tie dinner and, the following day, were given the opportunity to undertake a number of masterclasses, which included a sausage-making demonstration from champion sasusage specialist Allan Bennett, a pie demonstration from award-winning butcher Simon Haigh, and a presentation on the pros and cons of supplying the supermarkets from Ieuan Edwards.