Announced as part of the BMPA restructure, Hardwick has worked in the international meat sector for 40 years in meat production and processing and international trading, including exports and policy. During that time, he has built up a large network of connections across multiple overseas markets and has established himself as one of the UK’s leading experts in both domestic and international trade. He is a dedicated internationalist, speaks five languages and previously held several international trade positions at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.
Commenting on his new role, Hardwick said: “I am excited to join BMPA at a time of such change both for the industry and for the Association and I look forward to helping our members handle whatever challenges Brexit poses.”
Nick Allen, CEO of the BMPA, said: “Peter joins BMPA at a time of unprecedented upheaval in the British meat industry. His experience in international trade, along with his lucid and diplomatic approach, will be vital in helping our members to navigate the choppy waters of Brexit and make sense of the new trading conditions once we leave the EU.”
BMPA president Isla Roebuck added: “Peter’s experience and deep knowledge of the meat industry will be a valuable resource for BMPA. We are building a team that will be able to better support current members, as well as introduce new services, technical information and industry intelligence to create a wider membership offering. I am very pleased to welcome Peter on board so he can play a part in BMPA’s evolution.”
In March, the BMPA revealed that some of its members had reported a drop in overseas sales due to the then Brexit deadline of 29 March. It reported that overseas customers had cancelled orders and started buying products from other countries due to a lack of clarity.