Butcher's new kit

When Simon Osbourne's expanding business, the Newcastle-based Blagdon Farm Shop, needed to invest in a new processing machine, he decided to buy a Robot Coupe R301 Ultra, which allows his cooks to chop meat for ready-meals, mix sauces and slice vegetables.

"With production increasing we needed something hard-wearing with increased performance and a more consistent cut," said Simon.

He bought the machine around six weeks ago from Bob Crosby Agencies, a supplier local to his shop in Newcastle. Simon settled on the Robot Coupe because of its practicality and value-for-money: "Price was a factor and this probably was the best quality one we could afford. It was somewhere in the region of £800 + VAT," said Simon.

In the six weeks it has been operating, Simon and his staff have been pleased with the versatility it provides: "We use it for coleslaws, ready meals, cutting vegetables and it has a good mix facility, but it's predominantly used for slicing and dicing. It's very easy to use and user-friendly," he said.

"It's basically doing the

job of two ordinary processors, so it's a labour-saving device and it's worth its weight in gold," he added.

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