Calling all butchers to the newest competition for the meat trade

Calling all butchers! The Meat Trades Journal Butcher's Shop of the Year competition is open to entrants from all over the UK. Judges are looking for butcher's of quality who can demonstrate innovation in business, as well as high standards of service, presentation and skill.

The Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards will be judged in the following categories:

Scottish Butcher's Shop of the Year

Northern Ireland Butcher's Shop of the Year

Welsh Butcher's Shop of the Year

Northern England Butcher's Shop of the Year

Midlands & East Butcher's Shop of the Year

Southern Butcher's Shop of the Year

Farm Shop of the Year

An overall winner will then be decided from each of these categories and named the UK's Butcher's Shop of the Year. The awards are sponsored by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX), the British Pig Executive (BPEX), the Danish Bacon and Meat Council (DBMC), Weddel Swift and Harmony Farm, Lucas Ingredients and Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

The MTJ's Butcher's Shop of the Year awards are the only competition to recognise this vital and vibrant sector of the market, currently surging with consumer enthusiasm and interest about what they eat and where it comes from.

In the plush surroundings of Claridge's Hotel in central London, the awards ceremony will be held on 7 November. The event will celebrate the work being done in the sector and will aim to highlight best practice, reward excellence and recognise the professional and creative development driving the butchery sector forward, raise standards throughout the local supply chain, and provide a celebratory ceremony where the industry can meet and exchange ideas.

MTJ is keen to welcome all butchers into the competition, and would urge everyone involved in the sector to enter by contacting Hazel Smith on 01293 867628, or email,

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