Butcher's Shop finalists chosen
Butchery businesses up and down the country will be vying with each other for the top spot following the first round of judging in MTJ's popular Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards. The finalists are now revealed across all of the competition's categories and judges will be hitting the road to assess each business on the ground.
Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, said: "We had a fantastic level of entry into this year's competition, probably one of the highest yet, so it was quite a challenge for the judges to pick out our finalists. There were some excellent entries and those in the final thoroughly deserve their place in the competition.
"We'll be getting out and about now to visit each business in the competition, and we look forward to selecting our final winners which will be announced on the day."
The awards celebrate all that is great about the butchery sector and highlight some of the best businesses across the industry. The competition covers butcher's businesses up and down the country, with the winner in each region going head to head to reveal the UK's best shop. Other national awards include Farm Shop of the Year, Butcher's Plus, Halal Butcher's Shop of the Year and the ever-popular Young Butcher of the Year.
The awards, which will be held on 22 November at the London Landmark Hotel, are sponsored by Eblex, Bpex, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales, Weddel Swift & Harmony Farm, Lucas Ingredients, Verstegen Spices & Sauces, Tican Chilled, the Meat Training Council and Quality Meat Scotland's Scotch Butchers' Club.
Farm Shop of the Year
Ludlow Food Centre
Keelham Farm Shop
Gog Magog Hills
Halal Butcher's Shop of the Year
S & S Halal Meat and Grocers
Innovation of the Year
Pyne's of Somerset
Geo Middlemiss + Son
Andrews Traditional Butchers
Midlands & East of England Butcher's Shop of the Year
Mark's Family Butchers
Waterloo Cottage Farm
North of England Butcher's Shop of the Year
S J Bebbington Butchers of Chester
Northern Ireland Butcher's Shop of the Year
Quails Fine Foods
K + G McAtamney
Scottish Butcher's Shop of the Year
S Collins & Son
John Lawson Butchers and Delicatessen
South of England Butcher's Shop of the Year
Walter Rose & Son
Welsh Butcher's Shop of the Year
Rogers & Son
Rob Rattray Butchers
N S James
Pyne's of Somerset
Young Butcher of the Year
Alex Emmett, Allens of Mayfair
Andre Ferguson, C & H Fresh
Andrew Peter, Davidsons Specialist Butchers
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