16 February 1998
Galloway urges partnership and communication in meat sector

THE Scottish meat industry can still have a good future but progress must be built on partnership and communication from farm to shop counter, according to Ian Galloway, chairman of butchers JW Galloway.

The beef export ban, currency fluctuations, Common Agricultural Policy and the future of agricultural support must first be resolved before the Scottish industry can thrive, he said.

He believes Scotland must establish itself as a niche producer for the quality market.

Mr Galloway established the £66 million turnover Scotbeef subsidiary, which set up the Select Farm scheme in 1989. It supplies Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury and the Co-op. It is supplied by 1,300 farmers from Orkney to the north of England who are registered under its computerised “beeftrack” tracing scheme.

He says his mission is to get farmers totally involved in the food chain.

  • The Scotsman 16/02/98 page 20