I’m delighted to report the game-changing opportunities that we have been working on for nearly a year are coming to fruition but with such large businesses, there are a large number of procedures to go through before we can go live. We hope that in the coming weeks we can give you these details.
We live in interesting times. The British Game Alliance’s remit is to sustain by modernisation and adaptation. We are firmly opposed to any licensing of shooting, by adopting high standards and traceability through our independent auditing scheme, we negate any need for licensing.
In a series of meetings with DEFRA, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and the National Parks, we have met with top leaders who are committed to working with, not against shooting. Their only insistence is that we should improve compliance with existing laws. That is the motivation behind the BGA’s standards and our inspectors from Lloyds Register who enforce them. To read more on this, please see below.
Some significant news. Quality sells – the BGA assurance scheme is leading to more markets for game. On top of the 250,000 birds heading to Hong Kong (these birds were not the first game birds to go to HK but are additional birds into a small market in all forms including diced and minced meat) we are in the final throws of securing an agreement with one of the UK’s leading food manufacturers, while another massive organisation is about to test game meat with its workforce. More details should be ready by the start of British Game Week on the 25th November.
There has been a real surge of interest around the BGA’s assurance scheme from high profile chefs, looking to help secure better quality game with a positive back story on its provenance. One of these include Michel Roux OBE, who said “So many Chefs love using game, and it is important that we source exclusively ‘BGA assured game’ for our menus. We must support the use of BGA assured game, because it ensures adherence to best practice in game management, as well as offering traceability and quality assurance. As a restauranteur and chef, the BGA brings game production into the 21st century, and it is most welcome”.
We are building bridges and building markets for the 2020s. Strong compliance and flourishing demand for game means that shooting does not need to fear the shouters.