On 20th March, Meat @ IFEX opened its doors to the public for the first time with over 50 exhibitors and the Arena was opened to host the Worlds Best Apprentice Competition.  There were 11 participants taking part in this competition and the following countries took part in the competition; Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Great Britain and Germany.  The Apprentice competition had a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place issued for the first time in the World Butchers Challenge and the results were;

1st Place: Samantha Weller – New Zealand

2nd Place: Brian McNamee – Ireland

3rd Place:  Victor Dumas – France

CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIAN MCNAMEE FROM B & M MEATS IN NEWRY ON TAKING A SILVER MEDAL HOME FOR IRELAND AND FOR ROBBIE FARREL FROM DOWLING’S BUTCHERS RATHMINES FOR TAKING PART.