Mettrick’s invests in new cutting room

Mettrick’s Butchers has unveiled a new cutting room at its Glossop site. 

Speaking to Meat Trades Journal, owner John Mettrick said the new room will help make the business more “agile”. The new cutting room was officially opened by Sheila Dillon from the BBC’s Radio 4 food programme.

“The cutting room bridges the gap between the slaughterhouse and the shop, and helps us grow as a business by increasing efficiency and removing the need for us to transport the meat to another cutting room. It means we now have the complete supply chain and can offer more to our local farmers by increasing the number of ways we can cut an animal.

“We can now work towards innovating as a business and, whichever way the meat industry moves, be it more towards retail or foodservice, we can react more quickly and take advantage of that.”

The project had been in the pipeline for several years but had to be put on hold due to the recession. However, once it got the green light, work took a little under six months for the Ł180,000 expansion. The new cutting room has also created five jobs in the business, with more to come, according to Mettrick.

Mettrick explained the importance of a project of this scope. “People are expecting pristine premises when it comes to their food and we need to offer that as a business. It’s important to invest in a business in order for it to grow.”

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