This year’s competition takes place during IFEX at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast (20-22 March) and will see 12 teams from around the globe battle it out.
During the event, LMC will showcase Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured beef and lamb by sponsoring the meat that will be used during the World Butchers’ Challenge event.
LMC is also helping to organise an international study tour for the competition participants, giving them an opportunity to learn about how the meat and butchery trade operates throughout Ireland.
On Friday 16 March, there will be a visit to Linden Foods as part of the study tour before participants depart for Loughry College to attend an information day, hosted by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, where LMC will also be present to engage with participants about the Northern Ireland beef and sheep meat industry.
Speaking ahead of the World Butchers’ Challenge, LMC chief executive Ian Stevenson said: “On behalf of everyone at LMC, we are delighted to support such a prestigious event.
“LMC is sponsoring the beef and lamb that will be used during the World Butchers’ Challenge competition and, since the event has garnered worldwide interest, it’s a perfect platform to showcase the excellent quality beef and lamb Northern Ireland has to offer. Events such as IFEX and the World Butchers’ Challenge offer great support to the industry and have the potential to boost Northern Ireland’s global market presence by promoting locally produced farm quality-assured beef and lamb on an international platform.
“Furthermore, the International Study Tour that LMC assisted in organising will be very beneficial in terms of educating the participants – many of whom are not from Northern Ireland – of how our beef and lamb are produced and processed.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone competing in this year’s World Butchers’ Challenge the very best of luck!”