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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). 

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. 

World Steak Challenge winner revealed

The winner of the first-ever World Steak Challenge has been unveiled at an event in London.

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. 

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.

Scotland’s geographically protected meat gains attention

Italian-based Bennet group has officially been recognised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for its continued support and commitment to Scotch Beef PGI.

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.

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.

Family call for second E.coli inquest

The family of a five-year-old boy who died after eating E.coli-infected meat in school have made a plea for a second inquest into his death. 

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. 

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. 

Butchery trade receives national recognition

Thanks to the endeavours of learning provider Cambrian Training Company, butchery has been adopted as a WorldSkills UK National Competition. 

HAIP revises halal policy

HalalAssure-IP (HAIP) has reissued its Halal Certification policy to ensure a trained slaughter-man is present during the time of slaughter. 

Aldi overlooks meat in online offering

Following its announcement that it will launch sales online, discount supermarket Aldi has revealed that it will not include meat. Instead, it will start with wine by the crate early next year, and launch non-food products by spring 2016.

Butchers urged to get behind British Sausage Week

With the 18th annual British Sausage Week approaching (2-8 November), butchers are being urged to support the campaign by grabbing their free point-of-sale promotional kits.

Asda wins top turkey award

Asda has won the best retailer prize at this year’s British Turkey Awards. 

NPD could generate £92m in added sales

Almost £92m in extra sales could be generated if the meat industry pursued new product development opportunities proposed by AHDB Beef & Lamb, according to the sector group.

Warning on apprenticeships for butchery industry

Leaders in the butchery industry have warned against using apprenticeships as a replacement for offering staff a competitive wage.

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