Features - Butcher

Are you the UK's Chop Idol?

Young butchers are being given the chance to get themselves declared the UK's 'Chop Idol' with the launch of a new television-based competition.

Hampshire butchers to compete for top title

County food group Hampshire Fare is urging shoppers to encourage their local independent butcher to enter this year's The Great Hampshire Sausage, Pie & Ready Meal Competition.

Butchers pass on skills

A butchery business has teamed up with a top-class chef to offer customers the chance to take part in a special meat masterclass.

Champion butcher retains title

Butchery champion Gareth Cole successfully defended his title as the most creative young butcher in Wales at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Builth Wells this week.

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Lloyd Maunders local drive

Evans on hand for Rawlings refit

Cut down on risky business

Workplace hazards can be costly for small firms, so it's vital that butchers know the score and are covered for all eventualities. Here's how to play it safe


Aubrey Allen marks 75 years in trade

Aubrey Allen recently held a celebration to mark its 75th anniversary at its Leamington Spa butchers and delicatessen.

Aubrey Allen lands Selfridges deal

A Midlands-based butcher is celebrating after landing the contract to manage the meat department of Selfridges in London.

Creative welsh butcher sought

The search is on to find the most creative young butcher in Wales.

Butcher forced to close by tax man

A Midlands butcher has been forced to close up by the official receiver, just days before he was due to receive a national award.

Five-star butcher

A Tyneside food store is one of a handful of outlets in the region to be awarded top honours in a new food safety scheme.

French butchers fight government

Butchers in France are fighting legislation which could see greater power handed to the supermarkets.

Butcher wins new van

Terry Snow, owner of The Meat Shop Wolverhampton, has won a competition run by EBLEX and his meat supplier Weddel Swift.

Goat gets award for Mettrick

John Mettrick of J W Mettrick & Son Ltd has scooped the award for the best fresh meat in the North West with a goat product.

MTC awards handed out

The Meat Training Council (MTC) celebrated the best in the food industry, at its annual prize-giving ceremony at Butchers' Hall recently.

Find a butcher site launched

MTJ has launched a new website to help boost butchers during National Butchers' Week.

NBW: Apron offer for butchers

For those butchers seeking to add a new look to their shops during National Butchers' Week, we have a great offer for you.

Farmer celebrates after landing sausage title

A Hampshire free range pig farmer is celebrating after taking a top title for his sausages.

E.coli inquiry under way

A public inquiry into the 2005 E.coli outbreak that left a five-year-old boy dead is underway.

Butchers back promotional week

Butchers from all over the UK are backing the idea of National Butchers' Week, the promotion initiative being organised by MTJ from 10-16 March.

Mettrick backs National Butchers' Week

Celebrity butcher John Mettrick has thrown his weight behind Meat Trade Journal's National Butchers' Week.

MTJ launches National Butchers' Week

Meat Trades Journal is launching a week of activity aimed at encouraging consumers to get back into their local butcher's shop.

Butcher's shop closes

A firm of family butchers has closed a Black Country shop after more than three decades of business.

Lamb competition proves popular

Over 8,000 entries were received in a 'Great Big Lamb' competition designed to help independent retailers boost sales of lamb this autumn, making this one of the most popular competitions organised by EBLEX for this sector.

Irish butcher welcome grants

Irish butchers have welcomed the announcement by their government of a new grant scheme which will benefit small abattoirs and local processors.

Christmas Classic breaks records

A butcher helped push prices to a record high of £6,500 at the 2007 Aberdeen Christmas Classic this week.

Butcher throws down a gauntlet

Louis Steakhouse in Alnwick is throwing down the gauntlet to big steak buffs.

Buckwells takes top award

Buckwells of Southsea was celebrating this week after taking home the overall supreme title in this year's Smithfield Awards.

Butcher fined for arm loss

A 15-year-old boy lost an arm after a guard was removed from a mincer at a Lancashire butchers, a court heard.

Butchers go gourmet

Glasgow's gourmets will have the chance to see some of the world's greatest chefs cooking some of the world's best red meat this weekend, and then can buy some for themselves.

Black magic

A traditional homemade black pudding stole the show at the latest Product Evaluation Event and Regional Roadshow for butchers, which took place in Dawlish, Devon, last month.

Hunt for talent

The best young butchers in Wales will have a chance to demonstrate their skills at this year's Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells in November.

Butcher talk

Mick Starr is a butcher from Emsworth in Hampshire. Over the weekend of 14-16 September, some 55,000 people descended on the village for the Emsworth Food Festival, which has grown enormously since its inception in 2001. He reflects on the benefits a


Harry Coates is a butcher from Durham. The last piece of equipment he bought was a Thompson 900E mixer-grinder, which has saved shop staff considerable labour.

Get the X-Factor

Whether it's a classic pork sausage or something a little more unusual, once a sausage has lifted a competition trophy most butchers say the same thing: a winning product does wonders for their sales.

Chefs head to butchery school

Castleton House Hotel and Angus Organics have launched a series of one day butchery masterclasses covering all aspects of meat preparation from rearing and butchery, through to grading, preparation and cooking.

John Tuckwell becomes new Worshipful Master

Butcher takes top turkey title

Independent family butcher C Lidgate has scooped the coveted British Turkey Butcher of the Year title.

Calling all butchers!

The Autumn & Christmas Collection of Meat Ideas is taking place this Monday and is open to all butchers looking pick up some useful tips and advice.

Food hall set to open

A £3m food hall, bar and restaurant championing the very best 'proper' regional food and drink is due to open in Hockley Heath, Warwickshire, on 12 September.

Butchers offered some meaty ideas

Independent butchers are being invited to take part in a trade show to check out the latest offerings from a range of industry suppliers.

Butcher's Shop deadline extended

Butchers are being given an extra week's grace to be in with a chance of being declared the UK's best butcher.

Costcutter signs up Yorkshire Dales Meat

Yorkshire Dales Meat has crowned a record-breaking six months by winning a contract to supply Costcutter supermarkets across the county.

Butchers' outrage

Irish butchers have hit out at consumer leaders for what they describe as "sabotaging" their businesses.

Irish butchers cry sabotage

Irish butchers have hit out at consumer leaders for what they describe as "sabotaging" their businesses.

Farming co-op goes online

Mole Valley Farmers, the UK's largest farming co-operative, has launched an online shop.

Butchers get diagnostic

Nine National Association of Catering Butchers' (NACB) members have taken advantage of the Red Meat Industry Forum's (RMIF) diagnostic tool, In-Site, to help improve their businesses.

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