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Owton’s opens fourth outlet

Owton’s Traditional Family Butchers is set to open at a fourth location and introduce a new Cook & Serve range.

Fresh pork sales fall

Value and volume sales of fresh pork fell in the last quarter, according to Bpex’s Quarterly Category Report.

Quality Standard Mark welcomes new members

Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme is continuing to grow in its tenth year, with more than 50 new members joining in one week at the start of the summer.

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.

Haggis champion crowned

The Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA) has announced the winner of the 2014 Scottish Haggis Championships.

Cheshire farm shop seeks apprentices

After an “exciting” start to the year, Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire, is looking to expand its team by taking on two new apprentices.

Lamb in plentiful supply

Good spring weather has led to an increased number of lambs reaching the market, with auction prices firm, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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.

Rise in online sales of pork

Bpex has welcomed reports that online sales for pork have increased, highlighting that pork purchasers are using modern purchasing methods.

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.

QMS stages butchery masterclass for chefs

Up-and-coming chefs from top Edinburgh restaurants recently attended a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) butchery masterclass, led by master butcher Viv Harvey.

Northern Irish corned beef celebrated by Slow Food

Ulster Corned Beef from O’Doherty’s Fine Meats in Enniskillen has been named as one of the Slow Food Movement’s ‘Seven New Forgotten Foods’, as Slow Food seeks to showcase and rejuvenate artisan food products that are close to being forgotten.

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.

Beef shoulder brochure helps butchers add value

Profit from the Beef Shoulder, a new publication from Eblex, has been developed to help processors and butchers add value to the beef carcase.

National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

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.

Investment made in new meat DNA testing

Food advisory and testing group Exova has invested in new DNA testing equipment to confirm the source of meat found in products.

Infographic: BPC highlights low poultry price rises

New data shows that poultry prices have risen at the slowest rate of 29 different food categories in an Office for National Statistics study.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

QSM marketing kit will help summer sales sizzle

Eblex has issued members of the Quality Standard Mark (QSM) Scheme with promotional material to help butchers boost sales during the summer.

Butchers triumph at Scottish burger and BBQ awards

Two butchers picked up Diamond prizes at the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards evaluations for speciality burgers and BBQ products.

Scottish butcher’s strikes £1m contract with Asda

Scottish butcher’s, We Hae Meat, reported it has secured a £1m deal with Asda to sell its products in stores across Scotland.

Butchery apprentice reform consultation now open

Led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda and Aubrey Allen, a butchery apprentice consultation is now open for two weeks, as a major apprenticeship redesign is set to replace current frameworks in 2015.

Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UK’s leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

Welsh Lamb Club chef crowned ‘Food Personality of the Year’

Celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, a member of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales’ Welsh Lamb Club, has been named Food Personality of the Year at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

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.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Butchers invited to enter Great British Food awards

The Great British Food, Farm and Produce Awards have launched, with meat products categories for pork sausages, ribeye steaks and traditional pork pies.

Scottish pupils to compete on Commonwealth Burger

Scottish pupils have been invited to create a special burger for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow this summer

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotland’s (NFUS’) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Yorkshire butcher takes ‘Rural Oscars’ award

British butchers were celebrated at the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards, presented at the Houses of Parliament.

Apple pie fought off savoury opposition to win pie title

A Bramley apple pie, produced by Morecambe Football Club, has been crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Scottish pupils engage in burger concept for processor

Pupils from Bathgate Academy, West Lothian, have created and marketed a healthy new burger concept for beef processor AK Stoddart.

Take a #beefie for Great British Beef Week

Ladies in Beef, who run Great British Beef Week, are asking people take a #beefie – the bovine version of a #selfie.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UK’s supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Warning over misuse of ‘halal’ on labelling

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has expressed fears of misuse of the term halal and urged the industry to be more proactive in ensuring products are labelled correctly.

Meat wholesaler set to hit £3m in first year

Meat wholesaler Grassroots Wholesale Food is reported to be on schedule for a turnover of over £3m in their first year.

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