Foodex Meatex yields strong results

Butchers and processors from across the UK gathered in Birmingham this week as Foodex Meatex 2008 got under way.

This year's event saw a wide range of exhibitors, competitions, seminars and events taking place from 6-9 April at the NEC.

Exhibitors were reporting good results from early in the show. Tony Burgess, control systems manager with Proseal UK, said: "The show has gone very well for us. We have been very busy, with a number of strong enquiries and, for the first time ever at any show, we sold a machine off the stand."

Mark Glenister, from Bizerba, said the exhibition was working well for the company: "We have been very busy, with lots of leads and orders, even on Sunday, when we got more than 60 leads and orders in the region of £35,000."

Visitors were also pleased with the show. Nick Mabbutt, a sales manager from Alcan Packaging Europe, said: "These are all great shows. In Foodex Meatex we can see key players and machinery types and get clues about the way our materials should be developed."

Elsewhere at the show, butchers saw off the bakers in a battle to create the best pie. Butcher Richard Taylor of Alfreton, took home the supreme champion title with his Huntsman pie in the competition organised by the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders.

The previous day saw Wolverhampton butcher Paul Riley take the National Supreme Product Championship's supreme champion title with a traditional pork sausage.