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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. 

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme. 

Mearns T McCaskie joins Q Guild

Award-winning Inverclyde butcher Mearns T McCaskie has been awarded membership of the national Butchers Q Guild. 

Crawshaw Group sees strong growth over festive season

The Crawshaw Group has posted a 64% increase in group sales for the 15-week period to the 3 January 2016. 

Christmas hailed a success by butchers

As we enter a new year, the UK’s butchers reflect on another successful Christmas period for their businesses. 

Stanforths Butchers now owned by Simon Barker

Simon Barker has taken over 100% control of the Stanforths butchery business, including the meat production unit at Skipton Auction Mart and the retail shop in Skipton. 

Former NFMFT director John Fuller passes away

Tributes have been paid to former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) director John Fuller who has died at the age of 76. 

Organic meat company starts year with new innovation

Devon-based The Well Hung Meat Company has begun 2016 with the launch of a meatbox aimed at simplifying eating clean, healthy, and organic meat. 

B Riley & Sons abattoir falls into administration with 131 job losses

Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, has been forced to close down after experiencing ‘significant cashflow difficulties’ resulting in 131 staff have being made redundant just before Christmas.

Telford butcher on track for record Christmas sales

GN Badley & Sons butchers in Telford, Shropshire, is looking to break its own sale records this Christmas period with the help of online sales.

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. 

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UK’s food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms. 

Industry rallies behind flood victims

Although homes and businesses have felt the power of nature from Storm Desmond in the north of England, the extreme weather has not dampened the community spirit. 

Butchers hail Small Business Saturday a success

Shoppers across the country took advantage of Small Business Saturday, which falls on the first shopping Saturday of December every year. The campaign is designed to highlight small businesses and to encourage customers to ‘shop local’.

Scotch Butchers Club embraces the Christmas spirit

With Christmas around the corner, Scottish butchers are bracing for their busiest time of year. 

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.

Further investment planned for Scottish butchers

Plans for more investment in the Scottish Craft Butchers logo were outlined by Beaton Lindsay, president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA), at its annual meeting on 25 November. 

Welsh promotional campaign hailed a success

In-store promotion is “very customer-friendly and increases sales”, according to Welsh butchers.

Welsh Pork Butcher’s inaugural winner dedicates win to mother

The winner of the first Welsh Pork Butcher contest at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair has paid tribute to his late mother for his success. 

West Country Lamb available in Italy

West Country Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has hit the Italian market. 

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. 

Misleading gammon labelling to be “named and shamed” this Christmas

Retailers not supporting Britain’s high-welfare pig farmers this Christmas season can expect to be named and shamed by the National Pig Association (NPA).  

Consumers advised over Christmas turkeys

Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkeys, has told customers that a fully mature small-strain turkey produces greater value to the consumer than a larger breed of turkey killed earlier on. 

Top meat suppliers awarded by Dalziel

The top-performing meat suppliers of the year for retail butchery specialist Dalziel have been awarded at the firm’s second annual supplier awards.

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. 

Belgian dry-aged beef heads to UK

Award-winning dry-aged Secreto 07 is heading to the UK marketplace, thanks to the efforts of F&B Premium Brands and De Laet & Van Haver. Secreto 07 recently rose to prominence having been distributed by chefs, the Adrià brothers. 

North Wales butcher wins UK WorldSkills contest

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

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.

Owton's Butchers claims top Q Guild award

Owton’s Butchers in Southampton is the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion. It is the highest honour a Q Butcher can achieve in the annual product evaluation event, open to the Guild’s 110 members nationwide.

Butchery men fined £8k on hygiene and safety charge

Two men involved with a Penge butcher have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines and costs of over £8,000 by Bromley Magistrates Court.

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.

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. 

Scotch Pie Championship heats up

Scotland’s top butchers and bakers have been judged for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships. 

Sausology outlet opened in Newcastle

The Northumberland Sausage Company has opened its first retail outlet in Newcastle and has plans for another nine in the next five years. 

Beef and lamb get television support

Beef and lamb are due to receive a television marketing push in the form of a 30-second advertisement. 

Sibling butchery team win at Hampshire Fare

A brother and sister team have taken the top prize at the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

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.

Complete Meats wins at British Sausage Week with Pork & Otter Ale offering

Devon butcher Complete Meats has been awarded the top prize in this year’s British Sausage Week competition. 

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. 

QMS runs comfort food campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is running a campaign based around comfort food to try and boost sales of Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI throughout the winter. 

Red and processed meat report fails to impact sales

The study into red and processed meat by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has had little impact on sales, reports UK butchers. 

Aubrey Allen apprentices meet rare animals

Award-winning butcher’s Aubrey Allen recently invited six apprentices to join it on the Lost Farm in Warwickshire, famous for its rare breed animals, for some hands-on learning. 

Targeted butcher thanks supporters

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

Butchers urged to combat staff crime

Butchers are being warned to be vigilant when it comes to monitoring staff members after two cases of shops being targeted. 

British Pie Awards now open

The 2016 British Pie Awards is now accepting entries. The awards take place on 9 March 2016 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, during British Pie Week (7-13 March 2016). 

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