2020 Beef and Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Tejas Nikam discusses how bringing together international techniques and flavours with local ingredients is the definition of New Zealand on a plate.
National Lamb Day is celebrated in New Zealand on the 24th of May to commemorate the day in 1882 when the first shipment of frozen sheep meat arrived in the UK aboard the Dunedin. The shipment was organised by two entrepreneurs, William Davidson and Thomas Brydone and left New Zealand on February 15th from Port Chalmers, Otago. William Davidson, was a British-based general manager of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, whose landholdings in the two countries exceeded 1 million hectares. Davidson had taken an interest in refrigerated experiments, which had proved the concept, if not yet the economic viability, of shipping frozen meat around the globe. That historic journey of around 5,000 carcasses was the beginning of what is now a multi-billion dollar industry. New Zealand farmers produce some of the best lamb and the rest of the world just can’t get enough.
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