Butcher finalists prepare for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

The five butchers’ shops that have been announced as finalists in the butchery category at the 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards have been busy finalising preparations. The winner will be announced on Monday 18 April, in conjunction with Foodex. 

Arthur Howell, located in Norfolk, Clogher Valley Meats of Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Hopetoun Butchery in Edinburgh, Meat NW5 of London and Walter Rose & Son in Wiltshire are the five businesses competing in the category.

“The Farm Shop & Deli Show is a superb showcase for the very best food and drink producers Britain has to offer,” said John Troup, communications consultant and bacon slicer, at Arthur Howell.

“Being recognised at the awards is a great achievement and very important to our business in marketing as it demonstrates that we are right up there with the best in the country.”

Meanwhile, director and butcher Kieran Meehan at Clogher Valley Meats took the opportunity to thank his patrons for their support. “We are delighted to have reached the final of Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2016,” he said. “We have a great team here at Clogher Valley Meats and it is a big achievement for them, as it is for myself. But without our loyal customers, we wouldn’t be here in the final.”

The awards recognise the speciality retailers leading the sector in customer service, innovation and community involvement. The winner of the butchery category will then go against the winners of the 11 other categories to be named Retailer of the Year.

“We’ve won a number of prestigious awards for our actual produce, but to have the whole department shortlisted for this award is amazing,” explained Mike Eagers, head of rural land use at Hopetoun Estate.

“Not only does this recognise our fabulous range, but it highlights all the hard work that our skilled team of butchers put in behind the scenes and behind the counter.”

Gessica Di Giovanni, shop supervisor at Meat NW5, also expressed excitement at being shortlisted for the title: “After two successful years in Tufnell Park, NW5, we are delighted to be able to share with our enthusiastic customers news of our nomination in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards.”

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists for Butcher of the Year at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards,” added Stephen Cook, director of Walter Rose & Son. “Reaching the final stages of this competition is a great honour and a tribute to the hard-working and dedicated team in our shop.”

Chairman of the judges Nigel Barden will catch up with last year’s overall winner Johns of Instow & Appledore during the event for a live interview.

Other categories in the awards are:
Baker of the Year
Cheesemonger of the Year
Fishmonger of the Year
Greengrocer of the Year
Delicatessen of the Year
Foodhall of the Year
Local Shop of the Year
FarmShop – Large Retailer of the Year
FarmShop – Small Retailer of the Year
Market of the Year
Online Business of the Year

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