16 August 2015

Fact-finding mission "a huge success" says TMB chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has declared the TMB's recent fact-finding visit to the Greek island of Skiathos a huge success.

A Greek butcher's shop
Speaking following his return to his Lytham home earlier today, Sir Norman said: "You would be surprised at just how many facts there are out there to find.  The two weeks seemed to fly by!"  The trip included visits to a number of abattoirs and butcher's shops in Skiathos and the neighbouring islands of Skopelos and Alonissos, as well as top-level discussions with meat and offal trade associations for the Sporades islands.

Sir Norman said he was disappointed that there was less tripe available than he had expected.  He blamed this on the strong pound and the fact that, in the summer, many holidaymakers tend to stick to the tried and tested Greek dishes of moussaka and kleftiko. "Personally, I've got nothing against these dishes, but I had hoped that the austerity agenda in Greece would have meant that tripe was more in evidence," he said.

He went on to say that he expected that the TMB could learn important lessons from the trip, and he personally thanked Mr Christo Chrysoula, Head of Product Development at the Greek Tripe Board, for use of his private yacht during his time on the islands.

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