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Simon Howie rebrand emphasises heritage

Simon Howie, the Scottish Butcher, has revealed a new image for its products, reflecting the Scottish heritage of the brand. 

Northern butcher expands with farm shop and kitchen

Kitson & Sons Butchers, near Yarm, has announced 8 September as its opening date for its new Five Houses Farm Shop and Kitchen.

Consumer voting now open for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

The consumer voting for Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018 is now open.

Scunthorpe butcher goes head-to-head with Morrisons

A butcher from Scunthorpe has introduced a foot-long sausage roll in response to Morrisons launching its own version. 

Butcher celebrates 150 of business with celebration pie

A Yorkshire butcher is celebrating a century-and-a-half of success, by marking the landmark birthday with a limited-edition pie. 

North Yorkshire butcher begins new chapter

A North Yorkshire butcher has warned that the rise in rent and parking rates is threatening trade for smaller independents.

Butcher beefs up record-breaking race

A Newcastle upon Tyne butcher has helped his local university to break records at an annual inter-university track race at Silverstone.

Norwich-based halal butcher victim of hate crime

Witnesses have been called to come forward following criminal damage to a halal butcher’s in Norwich. 

‘Prioritise food safety’ says butcher amid chlorine-washed chicken spat

Government must put food safety first in trade talks for Brexit and beyond, amid a dispute that imports of US chicken rinsed in chlorine could undermine British producers, a butcher has warned. 

Butcher introduces boozy bangers into market

A Northern Irish butcher is capitalising on the popularity of alcoholic favourites, by infusing them into his widely recognised sausages. 

Police investigating butcher theft in Sheffield

The South Yorkshire Police service is investigating a reported theft from a Sheffield butchery business. 

Scottish butcher boosts burger sales

Simon Howie – The Scottish Butcher is celebrating a bumper summer, with sales of its premium BBQ range growing. 

Butcher ‘thrilled’ by royal recognition

A Welsh butcher has become one of an exclusive club of 16 Royal Warrant Holders in Wales, and is the only butcher in the country to achieve the recognition.

Winners of National Meat Products and Premier Young Butcher competitions named

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has announced the winners of its annual National Meat Products Competition and Premier Young Butcher 2017 award. 

UK beats Germany to come fifth in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK trounced Germany to claim fifth place in the International Young Butcher Competition, set in the picturesque Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck in Austria, although France came top.

Scottish Craft Butchers Fair awards top talent

The cream of Scottish butchers won recognition for their talent and innovative, high quality products at the Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair on 14 May.

Yorkshire butcher promotes local lamb in school workshop

Yorkshire butcher Brindon Addy promoted local lamb at a butchery workshop at Holmfirth High School, West Yorkshire, last week.

History-making butcher returns from the Netherlands

Anthony Kitson of Kitson & Sons Butchers has returned from his visit to Holland’s premier Easter prime cattle highlight, Paasvee, where he was the first British butcher to compete.

Scottish butcher capitalises on sausage health craze

Malcolm Allan, Scotland’s Family Butcher, is the latest to make the most out of the health trend by introducing two low-fat sausage products. 

UK butcher to make history at Dutch prime cattle showcase

A North Yorkshire butcher will become the first in the UK to take part in Holland’s premier Easter prime showcase, Paasvee 2017, next week.

Britain’s best butchers called on to take part in the World Butchers’ Challenge

The most skilled butchers in Britain are being sought after to participate in the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018. 

HCC launches Welsh Butcher of the Year competition

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has begun its search for the 2017 Welsh Butcher of the Year.

National Butchers’ Week: an opportunity for growth

Butchers should use National Butchers’ Week as a springboard for training staff. 

NFMFT roadshow and barbecue competition announced

The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) is to stage a one-day show and barbecue competition. 

Artisan butcher Damon Buckingham ready to open doors

Top independent butcher Damon Buckingham took some time out from setting up his new business Buckinghams Artisan Butchery to speak to Meat Trades Journal about his road from manager to business owner. 

Premier Young Butcher shortlist revealed

This year’s nine butchers shortlisted for the Premier Young Butcher 2017 have been named. 

Puréety introduces fresh flavours to coatings and glazes

Puréety has added six new flavours to its coating and glaze tubs range. 

Sainsbury’s Master Butcher appointed BDCI festival chair

Sainsbury’s Master Butcher Julien Pursglove has been appointed as the new festival chairman of the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI). 

Skills: Cut it, cook it, consume it

Nowadays, butchers are expected to know where their produce comes from before it reaches their store. That forms part of the customer service advantage they have over multiple retailers. But what happens once they weigh that meat, wrap it, and send it home with the customer? 

Butchers encouraged to utilise cash support schemes in uncertain times

The butchery sector has been advised to make the most of financial support systems amidst Brexit. 

H G Walters crowned Supreme Champion at Smithfield Awards

London butcher H G Walters picked up a hat-trick of accolades at this year’s Q Guild Smithfield Awards. 

Call for the UK’s best butchers to show off world-class skills

The hunt is on once again to find the most skilled butcher in the country. 

Innovation ‘key to success’ for National Butchers’ Week 2017

As we enter February, we’re now just over a month away from National Butchers’ Week and we want to make sure you know all you need to about the event. 

Chemical Warfare: Understanding hygiene and cleaning regulations

When you run a business, finances can be tight. So imagine getting hit with a fine of £6,000, £9,000 or even £15,000. What would that do to your bottom line? These are all fines that butchers have received over the past 12 months, after being found in breach of food hygiene regulations.

Future of Isle of Man Meats plant to be decided

The Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) is to discuss the future of a meat plant on the island. 

Theft butchers receive suspended sentences

The two employees at the centre of a theft scam at a London butcher’s have been given suspended sentences and community service. 

McAtamney’s expands customer reach by acquiring property

Hunters Butcher Shop in Limavady, Northern Ireland, has been acquired by K&G McAtamney’s.

Masterclass launched by Northern Irish butcher

Corries, a prominent butcher in Northern Ireland, has introduced a Butcher Masterclass initiative. 

Leonards develops new butchery seasoning ranges

Leonards has launched two new ranges of seasonings for the retail and catering sectors. 

Renowned Cheshire butcher dies

Third-generation Cheshire butcher John Vernon has died at the age of 82. 

Get involved with National Butchers' Week 2017

The most important week of the butchery calendar is back. National Butchers’ Week 2017 will take place on 13-19 March and we’re already gearing up to make this the biggest and most creative year ever.

Diamond awards for Scotch butchers in pastry competition

Six butchers have been awarded Diamond status in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Product Awards 2017. 

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season. 

YouTube butcher reaches subscription milestone

A butcher who has gained a following for his butchery videos has received an award and certificate from YouTube, where his videos are aired, in recognition of him reaching 100,000 subscribers. 

Winter Fair crowns new Welsh Young Butcher for 2016

The Welsh Young Butcher has been unveiled at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Scottish Federation of Meat Traders elects new leader

Butchers in Scotland should focus on providing convenience options, according to the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association’s (SFMTA) new president. 

ABP UK backs Level 2 Trailblazer scheme

ABP UK has started 29 new apprentices on its ‘Process Butcher’ pathway through the Level 2 Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeship. 

Top young butchers gather for WorldSkills Butchery final

Six of the nation’s best young butchers will be competing at the end of this week in the WorldSkills butchery final. 

A new approach to staff training

Staff training is a constant source of difficulty for busy butchers, but it's a vital part of operations. Expert butcher Mark Turnbull offers up a seasonal solution.

Disgraced butcher found guilty of meat theft from employer

A former butcher has been found guilty of stealing meat from his employer. 

JC Rook & Sons adds to trophy cabinet with BSW success

Fresh off the back of winning Meat Trades Journal’s Champion of Champions, Andrew Rook of JC Rook & Sons has been announced the winner of the Best British Banger. 

Butchers maintaining stable high street presence

Independent butchers are maintaining their presence on the UK’s high streets, according to a new survey. 

Butcher receives local support in crowdfunding campaign

A Norwich butcher was described as being “overwhelmed” at the support he has been receiving in the form of a GoFundMe campaign. 

A global affair: Travels with a freelance butcher

George Jephson has travelled the world, learning new butchery skills and applying them to the UK. He speaks to Meat Trades Journal about his experiences in the global meat industry. 

Book your place at Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2016 is just two weeks away, and you have the opportunity to sit with the best in the industry. 

Butcher sentenced for poor hygiene

A Hucknall butcher has been sentenced to pay over £6,000 due to the lack of hygiene standards on his premises. 

Butcher shortlisted for apprenticeship award

Wrexham butcher Matthew Edwards has been named as a finalist for the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. 

North Yorkshire develops heritage breed Christmas alternatives

Online heritage breed butcher Farmison & Co has produced a number of alternative dinner options for the festive season. 

Innovative technology extends meat products’ life

The butchery sector is benefiting from a new piece of technology designed to increase shelf-life and speed up the maturation process of meat.

AHDB Pork awards open for entries

Butchers across the country are being encouraged to enter the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork awards. 

Crawshaws sees fall in like-for-like sales

Butchery chain Crawshaws has reported a reduction in its like-for-like sales, although this has been softened by further strengthening of gross margin. 

New Worshipful Company of Butchers Master elected

Stuart Thompson of Thompsons of Smithfield has been elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. 

British Beefeaters arrive in Australia ahead of World Butchers’ Challenge

The six butchers representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge touched down in Australia over the weekend, ahead of the competition. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016 finalists announced

Meat Trades Journal is pleased to announce the finalists for the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016. They are as follows: 

France gets ready for its inaugural World Butchers’ Challenge

With just over one week until the World Butchers’ Challenge takes place, it’s time to meet the fourth and final team challenging The British Beefeaters for the title. 

Himalayan salt wall takes butcher to the “next level”

Thatcham Butchers is hoping to be a cut above the rest with the installation of its Himalayan salt wall.

Pure South Sharp Blacks aim to make it four in a row

As The British Beefeaters get ready to for the World Butchers’ Challenge next month, some of the toughest competition is bound to come from New Zealand’s Pure South Sharp Blacks. 

Derbyshire butcher gets behind Olympics with speciality sausage

Croots Farm Shop is celebrating the world’s greatest sporting event by launching Croots Rio Sausages.

Welsh butcher expands business operations

Jamie Ward’s Traditional Family Butchers has opened its second store in Churchstoke, on the Wales/England border. 

Deadline for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards entries extended

Due to overwhelming demand, this year’s entry deadline for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016 has been extended. 

Meet the Australian Steelers

We’ve already introduced you to the British Beef Eaters, who will be representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge, but who will they be going up against to be crowned the best in the business? 

Butchery skills demonstrated in masterclass videos

JJ Food Service is showcasing traditional butchery skills in a series of ‘Meat Masterclass’ videos via its social media platforms. 

Lishman’s celebrates 30 years in service

West Yorkshire butcher Lishman’s was joined by hundreds of customers, neighbours and locals to help celebrate its 30th birthday. 

Butchers Q Guild expands membership

Brendan Anderton Butchers (pictured) in Longridge has been welcomed back into the national Butchers Q Guild, after already holding membership in previous years. The business will join 116 independent butchers across the UK.

High Wycombe Asda welcomes halal butcher counter

A halal butcher’s is to be installed into an Asda branch in High Wycombe as part of a £1.7 million investment. 

Crawshaws set for further shop openings

Forty new jobs are to be created in the north west as the fresh meat and food to go retailer prepares to open two new stores. 

Aubrey Allen opens new café site

Coventry butcher Aubrey Allen has expanded into food to go with the launch of Aubrey Allez - a café and takeaway outlet next door to the company’s butcher’s shop and delicatessen. 

Scottish meat industry gets behind Homeless World Cup

Scotch Beef PGI, which is promoted by the Scotch Butchers Club, has been named as one of the official supporters for Team Scotland ahead of this year’s Homeless World Cup 2016. 

Gift voucher scheme to benefit butchers and farm shops

A Premier Butcher gift voucher scheme was launched Wednesday, 6 July at the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) Members’ Day held in London. 

Scottish butchers’ shop finds new owners

Award-winning Davidsons Specialists Butchers in Aberdeenshire has acquired Royan’s of Elgin in Moray for an undisclosed sum. 

Winner of WorldSkills English heat named

The winner of the third and final heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition took place in Leeds City College yesterday (Tuesday, 5 July 2016). 

Butchers prepare for English heat of WorldSkills challenge

The third and final heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge will take place tomorrow at Leeds City College. 

Halal butchers warned to be vigilant after Walsall attack

Halal butchers have been urged to be vigilant after an attack on a shop in Walsall. 

James Gracey wins WorldSkills NI heat

Twenty-year-old James Gracey, of Quails of Dromore in Co Down scored the most points in the Northern Irish heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge. 

Edwards of Conwy secures further Co-op listings

Welsh butcher and 2014 Butcher’s Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy has secured a further deal with The Co-operative. 

Online lean meat delivery service gets pumped up

A meat delivery service in Lincolnshire, specialising in products with lower fat content, has been launched. 

New look for Cornish butcher James Kittow

Cornwall-based Kittows Butchers has been rebranded as James Kittow. 

Aberfoyle Butcher up for sale

A leading butcher’s shop in Scotland is up for sale, creating an opportunity to buy a respected business. 

Somerset butcher eyes up expansion

Pyne’s of Somerset, located in the town of North Petherton, has revealed plans to expand its business after acquiring additional land. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards are back!

Meat Trades Journal is pleased to announce the return of Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Welsh butcher gets behind local hero for Euro 2016

Martin Player High Class Butcher in Cardiff has created a Euro Burger to celebrate Wales’ first game of Euro 2016 against Slovakia tomorrow. 

London butcher available through AmazonFresh delivery service

London butcher C.Lidgate is extending its reach as part of the new AmazonFresh rollout. 

New sausage-making world record set

An Inverurie butcher has set the new world record for sausage-making at the Grampian food festival over the weekend. 

A Pearson & Son Family Butchers launched a sausage making competition for local schools
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Top-quality butchers provide real life learning

Two butchers’ shops, which are members of industry body the Q Guild, the industry body representative, have been developing connections with local schools. 

Lucas Ingredients celebrates 90 years of success

Lucas Ingredients, a producer of quality ingredients, seasonings and mixes for the butchery industry in the UK, is this year celebrating 90 years of operation.

Hannah Blakey won the Welsh heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition
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Winner of WorldSkills Welsh heat named

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Blakey from Leeds City College has been crowned the victor of the Welsh heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition.

WorldSkills butchery competition returns for second year

Following on from a successful first year, the WorldSkills butchery competition is returning for 2016. 

Last call for NFMFT BBQ competition

Butchers are being encouraged to enter the NFMFT National BBQ Competition, taking place on 22 May, as part of Dalziel’s Open Day at its depot in Newbury. 

Team UK record best-ever finish in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK International Butcher Team of Lucy Crawshaw and Joe Smith scored their best-ever result at the International Young Butcher Competition at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Q Guild to ‘name and shame’

The Q Guild has threatened to ‘name and shame’ butchers using its logo fraudulently. 

The team at Grasmere Farm Traditional Butchers in Stamford, after receiving Q Guild membership
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Q Guild welcomes Lincolnshire butchers

Two butchers’ shops, run by Stuart Stables in south Lincolnshire, have been welcomed into the national Butchers Q Guild.
 

George (left) and his brother Kabel will make 1,000 sausages and 1,000 burgers in one day
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Yorkshire butcher to make 2,000 barbecue products in one day

A Yorkshire butchery business is supporting one of the region’s biggest sporting events, by making 1,000 sausages and 1,000 burgers in one day. 

Butcher teaches next generation of customers

A London butcher has held a class for some younger customers to teach them the art of butchery.

Norfolk butcher named Retailer of the Year

Arthur Howell butcher’s shop in Norfolk took home a hat-trick at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. 

Brothers John and Steven Mettrick have rejoined the Q Guild
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Q Guild welcomes back Derbyshire butcher JW Mettrick & Son

JW Mettrick & Son of Glossop is the latest to join the Q Guild, an industry body representing the nation’s top independent butchers. 

Pupils from Holme Junior and Infant School in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, were taught about the industry by master butcher Brindon Addy
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Pupils learn skills from popular butcher

Students at Holme Junior and Infant School in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, were treated to an educational butchery workshop by master butcher Brindon Addy. 

The team at Etherington's Pasties in Cornwall have been awarded with a SALSA accreditation
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Etherington’s Pasties awarded national food-safety standard

Cornish-based Etherington’s Pasties has been awarded with a Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation. 

Butchery’s best to gather at Foodex 2016

The nation’s best young butchery talent is to be showcased at this year’s Foodex.

Chadwick will be hitting the screens in the US
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British butcher makes waves across the pond

A Balham-based butcher has been chosen as the face of the Premier League in the US. 

The Ginger Pig expands empire

Butchery chain the Ginger Pig is set to open its eighth butcher’s shop in London, after securing a site in Wanstead High Street, North East London.

(l-r) Aran Pearson, Kay Badley and Lee Evans from G N Badley & Sons have been celebrating 40 years in the butchery business
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Shropshire butcher celebrates 40th anniversary in style

G N Badley & Sons in Telford, Shropshire, experienced a boom in sales during the last month after reaching a landmark anniversary.

Dicksons Pork Butchers grows operating profit, looks to the future

Butchery chain Dicksons experienced solid growth for the financial year ended 30 June 2015. Overall turnover for the business grew by 12.74%, leading to an increased operating profit of 14.48%. 

Jim Knight: 'pleased'
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Bidvest Fresh buys Knight Meats

Bidvest Fresh has bought Knight Meats for an undisclosed sum, boosting its business in hospitality, catering and the public sector.

Northern Irish butchers dominate burger and sausage competition

The first All-Ireland Sausage and Burger Championships for family butchery businesses saw seven out of the 12 categories won by Northern Irish Butchers. 

The team at Hopetoun Butchery are among the butchery finalists at the Farm Shop & Deli Show
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Butcher finalists prepare for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

The five butchers’ shops that have been announced as finalists in the butchery category at the 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards have been busy finalising preparations. The winner will be announced on Monday 18 April, in conjunction with Foodex. 

(l-r) Tom Wood, Michael Dufton, Gary Raeburn, Maurice Stephenson, Damon Buckingham and Gary Simpson making up Team GB
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World Butchers’ Challenge Team GB announced

The six butchers representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge have been unveiled. 

Mark Turnbull of the Q Guild said he's looking forward to the launch of "inventive and inspirational" new products
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Q Guild launches new initiative

The Q Guild has launched a new ‘Product of the Month’ initiative. 

West Country butcher launches premium beef range

A West Country premium catering butcher has launched a new range of Quality Standard Mark (QSM) West Country PGI beef for chefs to assure consumers of provenance and guaranteed eating quality. 

Gareth Wood from Cheerbrook Farm Shop won the Farm Butcher of the Year competition
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Cheshire lad named best farm shop butcher

A nationwide competition has crowned its 2016 Farm Butcher of the Year champion. 

Elsie Yardley of Priors Hall Farm, Essex is one of the finalists in the competition
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Finalists announced for Premier Young Butcher competition

Eight of the best young butchers in the land will battle it out at the Foodex event in Birmingham next month to decide the title of Premier Young Butcher 2016.

Scotch Crème Eggs make welcome return for Southport butcher

A Southport butcher is making the most the Easter period by reintroducing Scotch Crème Eggs for the third year. 

Butchery WorldSkills competition returns for second year

The search to find the UK’s most talented butcher is back. Now in its second year, the Butchery WorldSkills UK competition hopes to discover the cream of the British butchery industry. 

Getting to know Walter Rose & Son

Meat Trades Journal talks to Walter Rose & Son, an award-winning retail and catering butchers with a long history.

Pastry firms prepare for British Pie Week

As British Pie Week kicks off next week (Monday 7 March), the industry is making sure it takes advantage of the opportunity to promote products.  

Top young butchers to learn new international techniques

Premier Young Butcher 2015 Lucy Crawshaw and competition runner-up Joe Smith will learn ‘cutting edge’ techniques from ‘Dutch Masters’ at the World famous SVO specialist Butchery training school in Best, Holland ahead of the International Young Butcher Competition at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany in May. 

Catering Butcher to move to new site

The Catering Butcher is to move to a new 17,000sq ft licensed cutting plant that is 10 times the size of its current site. 

Guest of honour Anne Pickles opens the new site
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Cranstons opens new Brampton site

Cumbrian master butcher Cranstons has opened its new Brampton Food Hall. 

Butcher creates healthy eating links with local school for National Butchers' Week

To build up momentum for National Butchers’ Week (14-20 March), butcher J Brindon Addy, located in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, is taking part in a healthy eating initiative with a local school. 

Shopfitting: Fighting Fit

Ensuring your business is looking its best can be costly but it’s vital for any butcher with long-term success in mind, says Aidan Fortune.

Walter Rose launches special sausage for charity

Wiltshire butcher Walter Rose & Son is selling sausages to raise money for charity. 

Kay Badley, from G N Badley & Sons, prepares for 40 years in the butchery business
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Shropshire butcher prepares for 40 years in the business

G N Badley & Sons, in Gibbons Road, Trench, will celebrate 40 years in the industry this March.  

Butcher praises community following £3,500 meat theft

A butcher in Riverhead, Kent, has applauded the “brilliant” community for the support they have shown after £3,500-worth of meat was taken just before Christmas. 

Butcher closes after 90 years

After nearly a century in the industry, AG Dennis Family Butcher, in Wanstead, London, has closed its doors for the final time. 

Alasdair Swan (l) from the Bank of Scotland with Gordon Allan of Malcolm Allan
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Malcolm Allan takes on Christmas staff to cope with demand

Scottish meat producer Malcolm Allan has created 20 temporary roles to meet increased demand for its handmade steak pies over the Christmas period. 

Festive sausage raises money for charity

A Cirencester butcher has unveiled a limited edition Christmas sausage for the festive period in aid of charity. 

Butchers warned against phone scam

Butchers have been warned against scams using stolen cards and urged to be vigilant against “too good to be true” orders. 

A reported 39% of Scottish butchers don't promote home-grown produce
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Scottish butchers urged to promote their products more

Scottish butchers should promote their advantages more, Jonathan Winchester, founder and chief executive at mystery shopping service Shopper Anonymous told Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA) members at their annual meeting.

Peter Rushforth shows off his Welsh Young Butcher trophy
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Two on the trot for Welsh Young Butcher champion Peter Rushforth

Champion Welsh Young Butcher Peter Rushforth has successfully defended his title at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells. 

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding “the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry”, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Mislabelled meat leads to investigation

It has been revealed that some butchers in the county of West Sussex have been selling lamb meat under the guise of goat. 

Matthew Edwards (r) receives his medal from Arwyn Watkins
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North Wales butcher wins UK WorldSkills contest

North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards won the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition on Saturday 21 November.

Melanie Cargill (left) from HCC presented Chris and Colette Rogers with the Welsh Butcher of the Year award at BSOTY Awards 2015
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Welsh butcher looks forward after BSOTY success

After winning the title of Welsh Butcher of the Year at Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015, Rogers & Son of Carmarthen is now focusing on launching a steak and gourmet burger bar in Pembrokeshire.

Edwards prepares as he is one of six butchers competing in the WorldSkills butchery competition
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Butchery competition heads to annual Skills Show

Six of the industry’s top butchers are set to battle it out at the inaugural Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final at Birmingham’s NEC.

Lorne sausages head to the capital

MPs in London were treated to a traditional square sausage called a ‘Lorne’, courtesy of Scottish butcher Malcolm Allan.

Simpsons Butchers was crowned overall winner at Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2015
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Butcher's Shop of the Year winner revealed

Simpsons Butchers, based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, was announced as the overall winner of Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015, after successfully securing the Midlands & East of England regional title for the second year running. 

Butcher creates most expensive sausage

A butcher has made a sausage that costs £37 a pop. The banger is made from pork from the rare Mangalitsa pig, known by some as the Kobe beef of pork.

Young butcher competition opens

Butchery apprentices are invited to take part in the 2016 Premier Young Butcher Competition hosted by William Reed Business Media at Foodex at the Birmingham NEC on 18–20 April next year. 

Targeted butcher thanks supporters

A butcher whose business was targeted by vegan protestors over the past fortnight has thanked those who have supported him. 

Berwick Street Market welcomes Butcher & Brine

Quality food traders Butcher & Brine is among a selection of new stalls to open in London’s Berwick Street Market. 

Judging for last year's Young Butcher Competition
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Search for Wales’ best butcher

Skilled butchers from Wales are being called to show off their abilities at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells next month. 

Malcolm Allan signed a contract with Asda worth £150,000, lasting until the end of the year
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Scottish butcher teams up with Asda

Wholesale butcher Malcolm Allan has signed a contract worth £150,000 with supermarket chain Asda.

Funding boosts apprenticeships

In an effort to attract more young people into the industry, the government will be providing butchers with increased funding. They plan on creating three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. 

Butcher humbled by local support

A High Wycombe butcher has received an “overwhelming” amount of support from the local community, after threats of losing his business.

We Hae Meat aims to support local suppliers
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We Hae Meat rolls out an ice little earner

Ayrshire-based butcher We Hae Meat is muscling into the frozen meat category with the launch of a ‘from farm to frozen’ range, which has won a £60,000 listing in Scottish Asda stores.

Young butcher recognised at Somerset Business of the Year awards

A Somerset butcher has been named a finalist in the local Business of the Year awards.

Chris Potter was crowned this year's Champion of Champions with his unique sausage flavours
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Champion of Champions crowned

Chris Potter from Tim Potter Son & Daughter in Wellington, Somerset, was crowned this year’s Champion of Champions at St Bart’s Brewery in London.

McGill's butcher's shop is renowned for meat pies
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Scottish butcher snaps up beloved Edinburgh bakery

Butcher Mark McGill has extended his business by buying one of Edinburgh’s best-known bakery businesses which became a late-night institution for thousands of customers. 

John Laking passed away last month following a lengthy and successful butchery career
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Much-loved butcher John Laking passes on

John Laking, a popular Lincolnshire butcher, passed away on 29 September in Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. 

Family butcher experiences revival

JBS Family Butcher, located in Sudbury, Suffolk, reopened on Thursday 10 September two months after closing, although not without caution.

Butcher and war veteran James Dunning passes away

James Dunning, the writer, distinguished war soldier and former butcher, has died at the age of 95. 

Premier Young Butcher prize awarded

Lucy Crawshaw of Taylor’s Farm Shop in Lathom, Lancashire has become Britain’s Best Young Butcher, winning the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015. 

New Zealand’s Young Butcher of the Year Timmy Watson is pictured left with HG Walters’ owner Peter Heanen (Photos taken by Maximges for HG Walter Butcher)
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Young New Zealand butcher champion learns from Britain’s finest

New Zealand’s Young Butcher of the Year has been learning from the best of British as part of a study tour.  

Birtwistles unveils its new brand identity
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Catering butcher rebrands to show ‘DNA’

Birtwistles Catering Butchers, part of M J Birtwistle & Co Food Group, has unveiled a new brand identity.

Jim Viggars leaves role as head of fresh meat at Asda

Long-standing Asda meat specialist Jim Viggars has left the supermarket after three decades of service.

Rook & Sons to offer national delivery service

Kent butcher J C Rook & Sons has rolled out a national delivery service through its RooksOnline offering. 

TV chef Adrian Martin and Stewart Collins of S Collins & Son at the cookery roadshow
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TV chef and butcher partnership raises healthy eating awareness

A partnership between Scottish Q Guild butcher S Collins & Son and Irish celebrity chef Adrian Martin has helped raise awareness of healthy eating through a cookery roadshow. 

New venison product hits the shelves

Northern Irish butcher O’Doherty’s Fine Meats has launched a new venison product to cater to the rise in popularity of game meats. 

Presenter Bryan Burnett pictured with Alistair Paul from A&I Quality Butchers in Inverness and his record-breaking sausages
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New Guinness World Record set for sausage making

Scottish butcher Alistair Paul, of A&I Quality Butchers, has set a new Guinness World Record for producing the most sausages in one minute. 

Partick Whelan has been added to the Bord Bia board
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Butcher appointed to Bord Bia panel

Irish butcher Patrick Whelan, of Whelan’s Butchers and Farmers, is one of seven appointed to the board of Bord Bia to help enable it to extend capacity. 

Lincolnshire butcher’s shop gets facelift

An award-winning Lincolnshire butcher has refurbished his flagship store with a state-of-the-art dry-aging cabinet. 

The new Egg House shop is set to open on 24 June in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire
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Buckinghamshire butcher to expand estate

Buckinghamshire butchers Ricky and Emily Jeffrey are to open another shop in the county. 

Matthew Edwards of Vaughan’s Family Butchers Wales heat of the Butchery Worldskills UK National Competition
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Success for Welsh butcher in Worldskills competition

North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards has won the Wales heat of the Butchery Worldskills UK National Competition, seeing off his three rivals in a fiercely-contested session.  

Yorkshire butcher nominated for building award

A Yorkshire butcher has been shortlisted for a major regional building award. 

Marian Voyce of FC Voyce recently turned 83 but has no plans to stop working just yet
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Britain’s oldest female butcher plans to keep going

The nation's oldest female butcher has recently turned 83 but has no plans to retire just yet. 

TV chef Adrian Martin has teamed up with butcher Stewart Collins to help promote healthy eating
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Glasgow butcher teams up with Irish TV chef

Muirhead-based award-winning butcher S Collins & Son has lined up rising Irish TV chef Adrian Martin to give cookery classes at six local schools and two fund-raising events this summer. 

Dalziel’s Danny Upson, Danny Woods, Jessica Leliuga, Rik Waddon, Jordan Alston, Jake Edwards and Roger Kelsey, chief executive of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders
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Most creative young butcher in the North West crowned at Dalziel Butchers Show

Jessica Leliuga of Ye Olde Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle has been crowned ‘the most creative young butcher in the North West’ at Dalziel’s Chorley Butchers Show. 

Butcher Scott Rea showcases the world of meat from his garden shed via YouTube
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Butcher goes viral with shed YouTube channel

A butcher is taking the internet by storm by creating a YouTube channel that shows fans how to hunt, chop and cook animals. 

Kim Bateman (right) warned that other butchers may have to close if the government doesn't act
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Butcher issues business warning to government

A butcher set to close her doors for the final time has warned that the industry will be forced to do the same unless the government does more to support small businesses. 

Supply-demand imbalance hits cattle prices

Cattle prices are coming under pressure from slow consumer demand and ample supply, Eblex has warned.

Butchery firm reports good results and outlines growth plan

Crawshaws Butchers saw sales rise 17% in the year ending 31 January 2015, helped by a new site opening.

Southampton butcher helps to inspire young cooks

Children in Southampton have been competing in a creative cooking competition, organised by Q Guild butcher Owton’s.

Power to the people in new retail butchery initiative

Supermarket customers are to be offered the chance to butcher their own meat, in a new initiative by one of the major multiples.

#Butcherisbetter campaign review

We picked out some of the best from our #butcherisbetter campaign for National Butchers' Week.

National Butchers' Week - Edwards of Conwy

It's National Butchers Week so we caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

Seven to vie for Premier Young Butcher title

Seven of the UK’s top young butchers will be taking to the stage to compete for the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015, up from the previous year’s six.

Masterclasses planned for Butchers’ Week

To mark National Butchers’ Week and raise money for charity Scope, Alnwick butcher Daniel Turnbull will be giving butchery masterclasses.

#Butcherisbetter campaign goes viral

With this year’s National Butchers’ Week fast approaching, Meat Trades Journal’s #butcherisbetter campaign is also building momentum.

Scottish butcher creates yellow sausage for charity

An Aberdonian butchers has come up with a yellow sausage recipe in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’.

Consumer meat survey launched

Meat Trades Journal has launched a consumer survey to find out about shopping habits when it comes to the retail butcher.

Ex-BDCI chair to continue fundraising efforts

Former festival chairman of the The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI), Norman Hatcliff, will continue to support charities associated with the meat trade.

Northern butcher takes helm at Q Guild

Northumberland butcher Mark Turnbull has been elected as the new national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, taking over from Brindon Addy, who has been at the helm for three years.

Beef firm spends £5m on new unit in Wales

Welsh beef brand Celtic Pride has invested £5 million in a new state-of-the-art butchery unit in a new expansion project.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

Tributes paid following butcher's death

Tributes are being paid to a young butcher who died in an road traffic accident over the Christmas break, leaving behind a baby daughter.

Entries urged for young butcher contest

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders is urging hopefuls to get applications in for its Premier Young Butcher competition as the competition is already hotting up.

Welsh Young Butcher of the Year crowned

Peter Rushford of Swans Farm Shop has been crowned Welsh Young Butcher of the year, claiming his place in the British team, due to compete in Paris next year.

Perth butcher steps up to head Scottish federation

A Perth butcher has been appointed president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

Butcher features in high street pop art project

Pop art legend Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by American Express to produce a piece celebrating high street heroes, which will feature one Q Guild butcher.

Three to vie for Welsh Young Butcher title

The Welsh Young Butcher competition gets under way next week and it is hotting up to be the toughest competition yet.

Video: Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014

Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards was a great success again in 2014, and here is our video round-up of the event.

INTERACTIVE: Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014 winners

Meat Trades Journal would like to congratulate all the finalists of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014. Here are the winners:

Firmer beef prices expected in 2015

Beef cattle prices will become stronger next year amid tighter supplies, according to the latest market update from Eblex.

Scottish butcher addresses youngsters on job prospects

A West Lothian butcher has helped Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) raise awareness of careers in the meat industry during a Skills Scotland event.

Welsh butcher takes on South Africans in sausage competition

A Flintshire butcher has enjoyed some international publicity by entering a South African sausage competition.

Hunt begins for best young Welsh butcher

The Cambrian Training Company, alongside Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), has announced the annual search is on for the best young Welsh butcher.

Butchery fair proves a resounding success

The Bakers’ and Butchers’ Autumn Fair 2014 saw butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Wiltshire butcher takes caterers on farm visit

A Wiltshire butcher’s shop took 70 caterers from the South of England on a ‘farm to fork’ day to raise awareness about traceability and local produce.

Welsh butchers helped to promote PGI

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to help butchers promote PGI Welsh Lamb this month by sending them new promotional materials.

Butchery Excellence Scheme could save members thousands

A Northern Irish food consulting firm has launched a new scheme for butchers, which aims to help them save up to £2,000.

Lidgate recognised at Great Taste Awards

A Q Guild founder and shop owner, David Lidgate, has received a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Great Taste Awards, celebrating his 54-year career in butchery.

London butcher to open Selfridges’ concession

London butcher’s Turner & George is set to open a concession in London Selfridges’ food hall next week.

Westaways introduces frozen sausage range

Westaways Sausages is launching a new range of cook-from-frozen Traditional British Pork Sausages, which it claims will help minimise food waste.

Young finalists chosen in Butcher’s Shop awards

Four young butchers have been selected to go head-to-head for the prestigious title of Young Butcher of the Year in the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Young butchers ready for international contest

Two budding master butchers are “prepared and ready” to represent the UK in this year’s International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland, taking place later in September.

Butchers’ Shop of the Year finalists revealed

Butchers throughout the UK are celebrating after being named as finalists in the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

‘Cor Blimey’ chilli launched

Meat seasoning manufacturer Unbar Rothon has launched a new seasoning for burgers and sausages with the help of a Q Guild butcher.

Titanic butcher’s building faces demolition

A Liverpool butcher’s shop, which supplied meat to the doomed Titanic, is under threat of demolition.

Lincolnshire butcher’s joins Q Guild

After picking up an award at MTJ’s 2013 Butcher’s Shop of the Year awards, G Simpson butcher’s has made it into the butcher’s Q Guild.

Butchers’ Challenge should educate and inspire, says Eblex chairman

Global co-operation and inspiration to a younger generation of butchers should be just some of the shared objectives of competitions like the Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge, guests to the event’s Gala Dinner were told.

Yorkshire butcher creates porky push-bike

Historic butcher’s shop Appleton’s has created a bicycle completely made of pork, the ‘pie-cycle’, in honour of this year’s Tour de France.

Rugby star prepares British butchers for Tri-Nations

Rugby hero Phil Vickery has been preparing the British team to do battle with the Aussies and the Kiwis in the Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge.

Apprenticeships trailblazer discussed at butchery federation AGM

Lucianne Allen, Aubrey Allen’s sales and marketing director, presented the new butchery apprenticeships trailblazer at the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) AGM in Coventry.

Butcher sponsors young weightlifter with meat

West Yorkshire butcher’s I&J Hewitt has started sponsoring an impressive 15-year-old weightlifter, who has just qualified for this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Retailers enjoy World Cup effect as barbecue products soar

With the weather hotting up and the Football World Cup in full swing, retailers and processors have benefited from increased sales of barbecue products.

Video: A Special Danish Butcher's Shop

On a recent tour of Denmark, Meatinfo.co.uk stopped in on a butcher's shop in Copenhagen which is doing things a little bit differently.

Meat traders federation considers name change

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMT) could change its name to more accurately reflect its members.

Tri-Nations butchers aim to inspire next generation

Inspiring young people to take up butchery is a key aspect of the Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge, according to the captain of the British team, David Lishman.

Gog Magog Hills farm shop wins best burger accolade

A Cambridgeshire farm shop has won Eblex’s England’s Best Burger competition for its speciality marrow burger.

Hunt on for best butcher’s shop

The search is under way for the UK’s best butchery business, with Meat Trades Journal urging butchers throughout the country to step up and be in with a chance of taking home the ultimate accolade.

Somerset butcher takes Dalziel prize

A Somerset butcher with a “true talent” has won Dalziel’s 2014 Young Butchers Creative Meat Display Competition.

Plans for Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair get under way

Butchers are being urged to pay a visit to Newark later in the year for a day of competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and networking as MTJ gears up for the Butchers’ and Bakers’ Autumn Fair.

Royals get to taste a Scotch Beef pie

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been treated to a specially made Strathearn pie on their most recent royal tour of Perthshire.

Brand new beef processing plant opens in Shropshire

A new £10m state-of-the-art meat plant has been opened, with an eye for the export market.

Fodder on track for £10m turnover

Fodder, the butcher’s, farmshop and café in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is to celebrate its fifth birthday, as well as financial success.

Soil Association launches 2014 organic awards

The Soil Association has announced that its 2014 awards are now open for entries, with everything from food and drink to organic living awards up for grabs.

Last chance to create butcher of the future

The English meat industry has one last chance today to play a role in helping to design the butcher of the future.

Welsh butcher chosen as Learner of the Year finalist

A young Welsh butcher, who has been selected to represent Great Britain in a European skills competition, has been selected has a finalist for Learner of the Year.

Brindon Addy extension results in boost to business

J Brindon Addy’s butcher’s has invested in a £160,000 extension, which has doubled its retail area and improved business.

Video: Q Guild 2014 BBQ Championships

Butchers from across the UK travelled to the Weber grill Academy in Oxford to fight it out over hot coals for a range of titles at this year's Q guild BBQ Competition.

Halal butcher chain expands with £1m Lloyds loan

Tariq Halal Meats, one of London’s largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butcher’s shop to its operations, with the help of a £1m loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Scottish farm shop makes most of apprenticeship scheme

Kilnford Farm Shop, near Dumfries, has celebrated Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 (19-23 May) by taking another trainee on a Modern Apprenticeship in Meat and Poultry Processing.

Dufftown butcher wins Scottish black pudding contest

A Speyside butchers has won the Scottish Black Pudding Championships, which it hopes will boost trade.

Roar meat: Katy Perry feasts on racks of lamb from Manchester butcher

Manchester butcher’s W H Frost found themselves preparing racks of lamb for Katy Perry yesterday (20 May) before her show at the Phones 4U Arena.

Special sausages created for start of Tour de France

A Yorkshire butcher has teamed up with a local brewer to produce French-style sausages in celebration of the start of the Tour de France (Grand Depart) in Yorkshire.

Butchery firm toasts centenary with ale

A Cumbrian brewery has produced a special ale to mark the centenary of the butchery and food specialist company Cranstons.

Cam Catering Butchers invests in new expansion

Cam Catering Butchers in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is to invest £600,000 in the expansion of their premises in order to meet Food Standards Agency (FSA) requirements.

Bpex South of England Roadshow hailed a success

The Bpex regional roadshows came to an end in Ardingly, West Sussex, where Chris Cripps from Green’s of Pangbourne butcher’s and pie shop was awarded Overall Champion of the South of England for his chorizo-stuffed pork cutlets.

Businesses celebrate National Butchers’ Week

To celebrate the seventh annual National Butchers’ Week (NBW), taking place this week (24-30 March) butchers across the country are reaching out to their local communities, offering promotions and competitions.

Supreme Champion crowned at Meat Products Competition

The fifth consecutive National Meat Products Competition, held at this year’s Foodex, was won by Alison Maloney, from Maloney’s Country Butchers & Bakers, Newark.

J Brindon Addy Butchers plans modernisation and expansion

To celebrate its 21st anniversary year, West Yorkshire butcher J Brindon Addy is to double the retail space of his Kirklees store near Holmfirth with a £160,000 extension.

UK’s Premier Young Butcher sought

Some of the UK’s best young butchers will be heading to Birmingham tomorrow (Tuesday, 25 March) for a gruelling contest to establish who is the UK’s Premier Young Butcher.

Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition judges the weird and wonderful

The 2014 Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition saw a whole range of innovative entries, showcasing the best the county’s butchers have to offer.

Sausage designed to raise flood relief funds

An official Chertsey Sausage, which will be used to raise funds for flood relief, has been unveiled after being selected by members of the Surrey public and Dragon’s Den’s Theo Paphitis.

Artist explores consumers view of meat

An artist, who has used art to look at our relationship with meat, is presenting her work in Brighton throughout April.

Finalists chosen in Premier Young Butcher contest

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has announced six of the best young butchers in the UK to compete for the Premier Young Butcher 2014 title.

Minister’s seal of approval for young butchers

Employment minister Esther McVey stopped in at Tulip’s Dukinfield site in Cheshire to meet two young butchery talents.

Proud Q Guild butcher hangs up apron after 53 years

A north east butcher and a servant to the Q Guild has decided to call it a day after a long and successful career in the trade.

Aubrey Allen pays visit to Number 10

A representative from Aubrey Allen met with George Osborne at 10 Downing Street last week, as part of a trade mission to bridge the skills gap across the meat industry.

Butcher and TV Dragon choose flood relief sausage

Dragon’s Den’s entrepreneur Theo Paphitis and Q Guild butchers James of Shepperton have linked up to select a signature ‘Chertsey Sausage’ to raise funds towards flood relief across the south of England.

MTC changes name to cover food supply chain

The Meat Training Council (MTC) registered charity will now be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council (FTC), after it announced it would now be covering the full food supply chain.

Telford butcher introduces meat delivery service

A Shropshire-based butcher is hoping to tempt his customers with the launch of new service delivering meat boxes directly to their doors.

Video: MTC and IOM awards 2014

Meatinfo.co.uk's video review of the MTC and IOM awards 2014, held at Butchers' Hall in London on 25 February 2014.

Stars of the future announced at MTC and IOM awards

The Institute of Meat (IOM) and Meat Training Council (MTC) Awards, held at the historic Butchers’ Hall in London on 25 February, saw a number of winners rewarded for endeavour and excellence within meat industry training.

GB Olympic bobsledders thank butchers

Wiltshire’s Olympic bobsleigh hopefuls John Jackson and Paula Walker were in Devizes earlier this week to thank their sponsor – award-winning butcher’s Walter Rose & Son.

Northern butcher praised by food critic

North of England catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) has been praised by tough food critics in the north.

Yorkshire butcher’s again announced as 2013 Countryside Alliance regional champion

H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers in Pateley Bridge has been chosen as Yorkshire champion in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards for the second year running.

Egg industry warns butchers over display dangers

The British Egg Industry Council has written to leading butchers’ organisations warning them of the dangers of storing eggs in window displays.

Telford butcher introduces stock track app

A family-run butcher in Telford has launched an app to help staff track the movement of stock coming into the shop and identify exactly where it’s come from.

Former World Scotch Pie champion wins new category

Paul Boyle, from Boghall Butchers, West Lothian, has won the Scotch Pie Club Awards’ first apple pie contest.

Perth butchery service saved

A Perth butchery service for small farmers has been bought by Vikki Banks, of Seriously Good Venison, after it was threatened with closure.

Chadwick’s Butchers assist in drive for red tape cuts

Chadwick’s Butchers in Balham has been working with the government’s Business, Innovations & Skills department (BIS) in a project aimed at cutting red tape for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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