New BDCI festival chairman announced

New BDCI festival chairman announced

Chairman of Riverway Foods, Steve Crosby, is to take over from Ocado’s head of buying, Rose Price, as Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) festival chairman for 2016.

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Steve Crosby with Rose Price at the BDCI handover.

Steve has reportedly been a keen supporter of the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution for the last 30 years.

He said: “I became aware of just how important the charity is when a colleague of mine received help from the BDCI at a particularly hard time in his life. The BDCI still reaches out to people associated with the meat trade today in times when they need help, and I’m very proud to be associated with it.

“I wanted to take on the role of festival chairman to continue Rose Price’s excellent work and help raise funds for the charity. I am looking forward to the year ahead and I hope that I can count on the support of everyone working in the meat trade to help those who are less fortunate then themselves”

About Steve Crosby

Steve began his career in the meat trade in 1969, initially working for Terry Johnson, selling meat to London butchers from the back of a lorry.

Two years later, when Terry moved to Cornwall to start up the phenomenon that was St Merryn Meats, Steve bought a shop opposite Smithfield Market and established Crosby Meat Wholesale; a thriving business until it was subject to a compulsory purchase order by Crossrail in 2012.

In 1990 Steve and Terry formed Essex Retail Packers, producing turkey portions for the retail trade. This was Steve’s introduction into the retail packing market.

In 1999 Steve started Riverway Foods in Harlow, which he still runs today with his sons Steve Jnr and Jon, producing premium quality sausages for the retail trade.

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