BMPA reviews its future

BMPA reviews its future

Growing speculation about the future of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) following director Stephen Rossides’ retirement late last year has been clarified to Meat Management by the association.

Stephen Rossides retired from his position as BMPA director last year.

Stephen Rossides retired from his position as BMPA director last year.

Despite Rossides announcing his retirement in September 2015, a replacement for him has yet to be announced. Rumours have subsequently surfaced that the BMPA may be considering a merger with The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), with head of policy at AIMS, Norman Bagley, heading up the new organisation. However these suggestions have been denied by the BMPA.

A BMPA spokesperson said: “Rumours about mergers within trade associations have been around for many years and have been gossiped about for a long time.

“The only truth at the moment is the BMPA is currently carrying out a comprehensive review of the work of the organisation following the retirement of Stephen Rossides at the end of last year. We are currently actively engaging with our members about how they wish to take forward the organisation in order for it to deliver maximum return for membership fees.

“We are confident that a renewed and refreshed BMPA, which the BMPA Council hope to present to members at our AGM, will provide a great platform for professional leadership, lobbying and influencing within the meat sector at a time when our industry faces some enormous challenges.

“It is clear that with numerous organisations influencing the future of our industry we all need to work better and more collaboratively in future than we may have done in the past. BMPA believes that by working together with other organisations we are best positioned to fight our members’ corner.”

Meat Management also contacted Norman Bagley of AIMS but he declined to comment.

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