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The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) is the voice for the meat industry in the United Kingdom in the 21stcentury. Operating with a unique and highly skilled team of industry professionals we maintain a regular dialogue with government and other organisations representing the interests of all stages of meat processing.
As a business-to-business trade association AIMS represents it members in the red meat, poultry and game sectors.
Our members include:
Abattoirs and Processors of all sizes
Processors supplying major retailers with local and regional meat products
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“Thank you for your advice and useful information on Coronavirus. You have saved us thousands in professional fees"
Red Meat Processing Business, Midlands
What we do
AIMS’ mission is simple:
✓ Defend our members interests
✓ Put a stop to anti-industry campaigning
✓ Encourage the FSA to be a regulator and not an agitator
We interact with and where necessary lobby government, policy influencers and regulators giving AIMS members a seat at the table where decisions are made about their businesses.
AIMS also provides our members with technical, legal and marketing expertise at the highest level.
“To repeat my praise of what you are doing for us during Coronavirus, the fees are worth every penny" Poultry Processor, North England
History and Structure
The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) was established in 2001. Today AIMS has grown into a highly respected trade association, representing the views of over 250 members from the abattoir, cutting plant, meat processing, wholesale and catering butcher sectors across the United Kingdom.
In 2017 AIMS launched our Assured Meat Processing Scheme standard, and in 2018 The National Association of Catering Butchers was incorporated into the AIMS structure.
AIMS in the marketplace
In recent years much scrutiny has been directed at the meat sector, particularly on abattoirs, meat wholesalers and catering butchers. This has led to a lot of misinformation being given out by regulators (both the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Local Authorities), especially regarding labelling. At AIMS we always champion our members by putting forward the facts and the business case.
AIMS has a board of directors drawn from the abattoir and cutting plant sectors representing both red meat and poultry, catering butchers, Vets and the legal profession. In addition, the association’s Head of Policy, Norman Bagley, is a well-known and highly respected champion for businesses in the red meat, poultry and game sectors.