Butchers win Scotch Lamb PGI Innovation Award

Two Scottish butchers have won the Scotch Lamb PGI Innovation Award. 

The “Spanish Rack of Scotch Lamb” from John Lawson Butchers in Uphall, West Lothian and the “Scotch Lamb, Feta and Mint Burger” from The Elderslie Butchers in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, won the top prize at the National Sheep Association (NSA) Scotland AGM dinner held recently in Edinburgh.

John Lawson Butchers, which was founded by John and Linda Lawson in 1979, is a family-run operation which includes a delicatessen and strong on-line sales. They have a further two shops based in Winchburgh and Broxburn.

He said: “Our team put so much into delivering great quality, innovative products to customers and it is fantastic to see the business recognised for this. We are over the moon to have won this award.”

Gavin Colquhoun established The Elderslie Butchers in 2013 and has six full-time staff.

Colquhoun said: “We were up against some really tough competition so I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award.

“Customers are now visiting our shop looking for something a little different so we try hard to come up with fresh ideas to excite our customers’ taste buds. This award is recognition that we have got an increasingly important part of our business right.”

Graeme Sharp, QMS marketing executive, congratulated both butchers: “The fantastic range of top quality Scotch Lamb burgers and products entered for this award sends out a very positive message about the combination of knowledge, traditional skills and innovation offered by our butchers.”

George Milne, development officer for the NSA Scottish Region added: “It is great to see top butchers supporting Scottish sheep farmers who work hard to produce a product that offers world-leading levels of traceability, assurance and welfare standards."

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