Craft Butchers at Food Hospitality Ireland
Awards to Craft Butchers at Food Hospitality Ireland 2014
I was delighted to be invited by Craft Butchers to speak on the new FIC labeling at the Food Hospitality Ireland 2014 event in Citywest Event Centre on Thursday 18th September. Doors opened at 10am and there was a great buzz as I walked around the many stalls displaying all aspects of food labeling, packaging, informational stands, instruments to make food manufacturing easier, phone apps, consultancy companies and lots of different food stalls with samples to try. During the day there were cookery demonstrations and talks on the Spotlight stage.
When I reached the Craft Butcher area Chef Adrian Martin was preparing breakfast for the many butchers that were attending the event that morning. The highlight of the morning was the Certified Craft Butcher Awards. Julie Cahill (Marketing Manager at ACBI) talked about the re-branding of Craft Butcher to Certified Craft Butcher. Helen McEntee TD opened the morning’s session and spoke of her involvement with Craft Butchers. John Hickey thanked all those involved on his team and introduced Chef Adrian who spoke animatedly about his cooking demonstrations with Craft Butchers around Ireland. His new venture involves visiting schools with his ‘Pop-up Cookery school’, bringing in the local craft butcher to explain about the cuts of meat and giving demonstrations to young people on how to cook the meat they buy from their local butcher. He told us he absolutely loved his job and was ‘living the dream’.
A hard act to follow, I was on stage next to give an overview on the FIC regulations, with only 15 mins to speak I focused on labeling requirements for Allergens, Origin and Nutritional Declaration. As there are only 3 months until the 13th December deadline for implementation of the FIC regulation the audience was listening attentively.
The take home message:
1) Butchers have a relatively short supply chain so verify your supply chain compliance (farm, abattoir, processing hall etc.),
2) Start the consultation process with your Regulatory advisor (e.g. Themis Food Advisory*), EHO and FSAI to assess your product labels for compliance.
3) Once your content has been assessed and you are happy that your proposed labels are compliant then talk to your label supplier or printer about updating or re-designing your label to fit all the mandatory information at the recommended txt size (minimum font size Times 8).
(*At Themis Food Advisory we offer a Label Review Service to help clients take the headache out of updating product labels)
Next on the stage was entrepreneur and businessman, Bobby Kerr who spoke on the Significance of High standards in Retail. Bobby and Helen McEntee then presented the Certified Butcher awards to the recipients with lots of photo opportunities.
The Butchers then gravitated back to the Craft Butcher area to set up for the Speciality Foods competition. Mouth-watering displays of food adorned the tables. Results are posted on the ACBI website (see link below).
Congratulations to John, Karen, Julie and Dave for all their hard work in putting together another successful event and raising the profile of Craft Butchers.
Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland website: Speciality Foods Competition http://www.craftbutchers.ie/newsevents/2014/09/22/speciality-foods-competition-1/