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Butchers urged to support British turkeys

Independent butchers have been called on to adopt the stance of all major UK supermarkets in supporting British turkey for 100% of their fresh offer.

Innovative Food Ingredients introduces a taste of Kentucky

Supplier Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has expanded its portfolio by adding a new and improved Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce to its repertoire. 

Butchers’ day designed to connect industry specialists

A one-day networking event has been created to help butchers optimise Christmas sales.

Chicken scandal provides opportunity for butchers

The latest meat scandal to rock the industry has given butchers a welcome sales boost. 

Sales growth reported by Simon Howie Butchers

Scottish-based Simon Howie Butchers has seen a year of sales growth, despite mounting pressures. 

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New Worshipful Company Master announced

The Worshipful Company of Butchers has elected Geoff Gillo as its new Master. 

Gluten tag, butchers

Meat producers use coatings and seasonings to bring food to the next level. And in an age where the health-conscious consumer reigns supreme, butchers are producing gluten-free foods to ensure they are graced with the so-called health halo. This effect refers to the healthfulness of a product and it’s having a big impact in supermarkets. 

Six WorldSkills finalists named

The six butchers that have made it to the final of the WorldSkills butchery competition 2017 have been announced.

Calling all butchers, Champion of Champions deadline approaches

With the 25 September deadline approaching, you now only have two weeks to enter Meat Trades Journal’s Champion of Champions competition. 

Welsh butchers promote Love Lamb Week

Butchers across Wales have received seasonal promotional material as Love Lamb Week gets underway. 

Always believe in yourself

I had always dreamed that, one day, I ‘d be my own boss and own my own business. But never in my wildest dreams did I think it would come true, certainly after hitting a few barriers in my personal life.

187-year-old butchery business hails ‘fantastic’ new store

Yorkshire-based Johnson’s of Thirsk Quality Butchers has opened a new store twice the size of its old premises, which has been a butcher’s shop since 1830.

British Beefeaters announce World Butchers’ Challenge team

The British Beefeaters have announced the six butchers who will be representing the country at the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018. 

Competing on a global scale

Well, what can I say about the World Butchers’ Challenge, other than the 2018 competition in Belfast is going to be the world’s biggest butchery competition to date. 

Scottish butchers rally behind pork campaign

Butchers across Scotland are supporting a campaign encouraging consumers to ‘Do More with Pork’. 

Butcher takes on baker in Scotch pie contest

One of Scotland’s most renowned butchers is to take on a leading Kilmarnock baker in a Scotch pie bake-off today. 

Morrisons’ butchers introduce supermarkets’ biggest burger

Retailer Morrisons is targeting the Father’s Day market with the introduction of its ‘daddy of all burgers’. 

Industry fights to narrow meat origins education gap

The meat industry has highlighted its work with children to raise awareness of where their food comes from, amid British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) results highlighting worrying gaps in their knowledge.

Butcher’s Shop of The Year 2017 open for entries

Calling all butchers: Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of The Year (BSOTY) 2017, the premier contest for UK butchers, is now open for entries, with a deadline of 7 August. 

How bright is the future of the retail butcher?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion.

PM swoops in for photocall at Smithfield Market

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Smithfield Market at 5.30am this morning on the eve of the General Election, taking butchers working there by surprise. 

Bevan’s Butchers steps into spotlight in butchery series

Surrey-based Bevan’s Butchers is the latest business to be showcased in Dalziel’s ‘Proud to be a Butcher’ series. 

Q Guild BBQ Supreme Champion crowned

H Clewlow Butchers from Nantwich in Cheshire has been crowned Supreme Champion at the annual Q Guild BBQ competition. 

Last call for National Meat Products Competition

Butchers seeking to showcase their talents at the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders' (NFMFT's) National Meat Products Competition must register entries by close of play on Friday 19 May.

Scottish Craft Butchers Fair awards top talent

The cream of Scottish butchers won recognition for their talent and innovative, high quality products at the Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair on 14 May.

Welsh strongman attributes success to butchery background

David Todd, of Hugh Phillips Butchers in Swansea, has been making the most of working in a butcher’s and abattoir, leading him to become an award-winning strongman. 

Stirks Butchers to open steak restaurant

Sunderland-based Stirks Butchers is set to branch out into a new venture as it takes over a local pub and converts it into a steakhouse.

Blazing the trail in butchery

The first intake of Trailblazer apprentices have completed their final assessment.

Welsh butcher returns from US fact-finding mission

One of Wales’ top young butchers has flown in from San Francisco with a set of new skills he hopes will help bring innovation to north Wales. 

Britain’s best butchers called on to take part in the World Butchers’ Challenge

The most skilled butchers in Britain are being sought after to participate in the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018. 

HCC launches Welsh Butcher of the Year competition

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has begun its search for the 2017 Welsh Butcher of the Year.

WorldSkills butchery competition adds two new heat venues

The WorldSkills Butchery UK Competition has added two new heats this year for butchers to participate in.

National Butchers’ Week: an opportunity for growth

Butchers should use National Butchers’ Week as a springboard for training staff. 

BBQ contest deadline now

Butchers must pre-register today (10 March) to stand a chance of winning the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders’ (NFMFT’s) National BBQ Competition, which is taking place on Wednesday 15 March.

Simplified food safety rules proposed to benefit butchers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed new simplified guidelines to food safety management in small retail businesses. This includes butchers, alongside bakeries and grocery shops. 

Institute of Meat names top apprentice

Samuel Deighton was named Champion Meat Apprentice of The Year at the Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) annual prize-giving on 21 February. 

Butchers on National Minimum Wage underpayment list

Two butchers have been ‘named and shamed’ by HMRC for not paying workers the correct National Minimum Wage (NMW). 

NFMFT roadshow and barbecue competition announced

The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) is to stage a one-day show and barbecue competition. 

Premier Young Butcher shortlist revealed

This year’s nine butchers shortlisted for the Premier Young Butcher 2017 have been named. 

Puréety introduces fresh flavours to coatings and glazes

Puréety has added six new flavours to its coating and glaze tubs range. 

Skills: Cut it, cook it, consume it

Nowadays, butchers are expected to know where their produce comes from before it reaches their store. That forms part of the customer service advantage they have over multiple retailers. But what happens once they weigh that meat, wrap it, and send it home with the customer? 

Butchers encouraged to utilise cash support schemes in uncertain times

The butchery sector has been advised to make the most of financial support systems amidst Brexit. 

H G Walters crowned Supreme Champion at Smithfield Awards

London butcher H G Walters picked up a hat-trick of accolades at this year’s Q Guild Smithfield Awards. 

Call for the UK’s best butchers to show off world-class skills

The hunt is on once again to find the most skilled butcher in the country. 

Innovation ‘key to success’ for National Butchers’ Week 2017

As we enter February, we’re now just over a month away from National Butchers’ Week and we want to make sure you know all you need to about the event. 

Chemical Warfare: Understanding hygiene and cleaning regulations

When you run a business, finances can be tight. So imagine getting hit with a fine of £6,000, £9,000 or even £15,000. What would that do to your bottom line? These are all fines that butchers have received over the past 12 months, after being found in breach of food hygiene regulations.

Theft butchers receive suspended sentences

The two employees at the centre of a theft scam at a London butcher’s have been given suspended sentences and community service. 

McAtamney’s expands customer reach by acquiring property

Hunters Butcher Shop in Limavady, Northern Ireland, has been acquired by K&G McAtamney’s.

Masterclass launched by Northern Irish butcher

Corries, a prominent butcher in Northern Ireland, has introduced a Butcher Masterclass initiative. 

Leonards develops new butchery seasoning ranges

Leonards has launched two new ranges of seasonings for the retail and catering sectors. 

Get involved with National Butchers' Week 2017

The most important week of the butchery calendar is back. National Butchers’ Week 2017 will take place on 13-19 March and we’re already gearing up to make this the biggest and most creative year ever.

Diamond awards for Scotch butchers in pastry competition

Six butchers have been awarded Diamond status in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Product Awards 2017. 

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season. 

Festive theft warning issued to meat retailers

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has urged butchers and farm shops to be cautious during the festive period. 

Integrated approach: How the latest EPoS and labelling systems benefit butchers

Butchers are facing an onslaught of evolving demands from harried, price-conscious shoppers accustomed to cash-free transactions, escalating labelling requirements and potentially a reduced workforce as the National Living Wage puts pressure on operational costs. Installing the right EPoS system can streamline the operations of a butcher’s shop, creating a more efficient business from stock control through to labelling and sales, allowing shop staff to focus their valuable labour hours elsewhere.

Winter Fair crowns new Welsh Young Butcher for 2016

The Welsh Young Butcher has been unveiled at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Top young butchers gather for WorldSkills Butchery final

Six of the nation’s best young butchers will be competing at the end of this week in the WorldSkills butchery final. 

Delivering at the Livery: New WCB Master Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson is the latest Master at the Worshipful Company of Butchers. Rod Addy sits down with him to discuss his plans for the WCB. 

A new approach to staff training

Staff training is a constant source of difficulty for busy butchers, but it's a vital part of operations. Expert butcher Mark Turnbull offers up a seasonal solution.

Disgraced butcher found guilty of meat theft from employer

A former butcher has been found guilty of stealing meat from his employer. 

Can machinery help raise the sausage-making game?

It's no lie that butchers – like all professions – face a challenge to recruit the right staff. There has been a 60% reduction in the number of UK butchers since the mid-1980s, according to AHDB. This decline presents a serious challenge to an industry already under pressure from a saturated retail market.

JC Rook & Sons adds to trophy cabinet with BSW success

Fresh off the back of winning Meat Trades Journal’s Champion of Champions, Andrew Rook of JC Rook & Sons has been announced the winner of the Best British Banger. 

Butchers maintaining stable high street presence

Independent butchers are maintaining their presence on the UK’s high streets, according to a new survey. 

Dicksons Family Butchers makes four key appointments

Dicksons Family Butchers has announced four new senior appointments at its South Shields production facility. 

Book your place at Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2016 is just two weeks away, and you have the opportunity to sit with the best in the industry. 

Butchers warned against accepting stolen sheep

Butchers in the Northamptonshire area have been warned about contaminated meat. 

Innovative technology extends meat products’ life

The butchery sector is benefiting from a new piece of technology designed to increase shelf-life and speed up the maturation process of meat.

AHDB Pork awards open for entries

Butchers across the country are being encouraged to enter the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork awards. 

Crawshaws sees fall in like-for-like sales

Butchery chain Crawshaws has reported a reduction in its like-for-like sales, although this has been softened by further strengthening of gross margin. 

New Worshipful Company of Butchers Master elected

Stuart Thompson of Thompsons of Smithfield has been elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. 

British Beefeaters arrive in Australia ahead of World Butchers’ Challenge

The six butchers representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge touched down in Australia over the weekend, ahead of the competition. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016 finalists announced

Meat Trades Journal is pleased to announce the finalists for the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016. They are as follows: 

France gets ready for its inaugural World Butchers’ Challenge

With just over one week until the World Butchers’ Challenge takes place, it’s time to meet the fourth and final team challenging The British Beefeaters for the title. 

James Whelan Butchers invests €100,000 in scholarships

Tipperary-based James Whelan Butchers is to launch its own privately certified professional butchery academy this Autumn. 

Tom Parker Bowles
Parker Bowles is a food writer and restaurant critic
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Food writer to present Q Guild Smithfield awards

Food luminary Tom Parker Bowles will present the 2017 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards, to be held early in 2017. 

Pure South Sharp Blacks aim to make it four in a row

As The British Beefeaters get ready to for the World Butchers’ Challenge next month, some of the toughest competition is bound to come from New Zealand’s Pure South Sharp Blacks. 

Welsh butcher expands business operations

Jamie Ward’s Traditional Family Butchers has opened its second store in Churchstoke, on the Wales/England border. 

Deadline for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards entries extended

Due to overwhelming demand, this year’s entry deadline for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016 has been extended. 

Meet the Australian Steelers

We’ve already introduced you to the British Beef Eaters, who will be representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge, but who will they be going up against to be crowned the best in the business? 

Butchery skills demonstrated in masterclass videos

JJ Food Service is showcasing traditional butchery skills in a series of ‘Meat Masterclass’ videos via its social media platforms. 

Lishman’s celebrates 30 years in service

West Yorkshire butcher Lishman’s was joined by hundreds of customers, neighbours and locals to help celebrate its 30th birthday. 

Traders issue warning on National Living Wage increase

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has joined forces with other trade associations to express concerns over potential increases to the National Living Wage. 

Butchers Q Guild expands membership

Brendan Anderton Butchers (pictured) in Longridge has been welcomed back into the national Butchers Q Guild, after already holding membership in previous years. The business will join 116 independent butchers across the UK.

Crawshaws set for further shop openings

Forty new jobs are to be created in the north west as the fresh meat and food to go retailer prepares to open two new stores. 

Aubrey Allen opens new café site

Coventry butcher Aubrey Allen has expanded into food to go with the launch of Aubrey Allez - a café and takeaway outlet next door to the company’s butcher’s shop and delicatessen. 

Scottish meat industry gets behind Homeless World Cup

Scotch Beef PGI, which is promoted by the Scotch Butchers Club, has been named as one of the official supporters for Team Scotland ahead of this year’s Homeless World Cup 2016. 

Gift voucher scheme to benefit butchers and farm shops

A Premier Butcher gift voucher scheme was launched Wednesday, 6 July at the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) Members’ Day held in London. 

Scottish butchers’ shop finds new owners

Award-winning Davidsons Specialists Butchers in Aberdeenshire has acquired Royan’s of Elgin in Moray for an undisclosed sum. 

Winner of WorldSkills English heat named

The winner of the third and final heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition took place in Leeds City College yesterday (Tuesday, 5 July 2016). 

Butchers prepare for English heat of WorldSkills challenge

The third and final heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge will take place tomorrow at Leeds City College. 

Halal butchers warned to be vigilant after Walsall attack

Halal butchers have been urged to be vigilant after an attack on a shop in Walsall. 

James Gracey wins WorldSkills NI heat

Twenty-year-old James Gracey, of Quails of Dromore in Co Down scored the most points in the Northern Irish heat of the WorldSkills butchery challenge. 

Edwards of Conwy secures further Co-op listings

Welsh butcher and 2014 Butcher’s Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy has secured a further deal with The Co-operative. 

Online lean meat delivery service gets pumped up

A meat delivery service in Lincolnshire, specialising in products with lower fat content, has been launched. 

Welsh butchers challenged to meat cutting contest

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is challenging Wales’ finest butchers to take part in its inaugural meat cutting contest during the Royal Welsh Show, open to members of its Butchers’ Club. 

Scotland’s best butcher creates Scotland in a pie

Winner of Meat Trades Journal’s Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2015, Boghall Butchers has created a pie especially to showcase Scotch Lamb PGI just in time for the Royal Highland Show, taking place from 23-26 June.

New look for Cornish butcher James Kittow

Cornwall-based Kittows Butchers has been rebranded as James Kittow. 

Aberfoyle Butcher up for sale

A leading butcher’s shop in Scotland is up for sale, creating an opportunity to buy a respected business. 

Charlie Carroll, owner of Flat Iron steakhouses in London
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A cut above the rest

There’s increasing fusion going on at the moment between meat-driven restaurants and butchers.

Somerset butcher eyes up expansion

Pyne’s of Somerset, located in the town of North Petherton, has revealed plans to expand its business after acquiring additional land. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards are back!

Meat Trades Journal is pleased to announce the return of Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Welsh butcher gets behind local hero for Euro 2016

Martin Player High Class Butcher in Cardiff has created a Euro Burger to celebrate Wales’ first game of Euro 2016 against Slovakia tomorrow. 

New sausage-making world record set

An Inverurie butcher has set the new world record for sausage-making at the Grampian food festival over the weekend. 

Q Guild welcomes Cotswolds farm shop

Jesse’s Farm Shop in Cirencester has been awarded membership into the national Butchers Q Guild. 

A Pearson & Son Family Butchers launched a sausage making competition for local schools
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Top-quality butchers provide real life learning

Two butchers’ shops, which are members of industry body the Q Guild, the industry body representative, have been developing connections with local schools. 

Lucas Ingredients celebrates 90 years of success

Lucas Ingredients, a producer of quality ingredients, seasonings and mixes for the butchery industry in the UK, is this year celebrating 90 years of operation.

Hannah Blakey won the Welsh heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition
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Winner of WorldSkills Welsh heat named

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Blakey from Leeds City College has been crowned the victor of the Welsh heat of the WorldSkills butchery competition.

WorldSkills butchery competition returns for second year

Following on from a successful first year, the WorldSkills butchery competition is returning for 2016. 

Last call for NFMFT BBQ competition

Butchers are being encouraged to enter the NFMFT National BBQ Competition, taking place on 22 May, as part of Dalziel’s Open Day at its depot in Newbury. 

Q Guild to ‘name and shame’

The Q Guild has threatened to ‘name and shame’ butchers using its logo fraudulently. 

The team at Grasmere Farm Traditional Butchers in Stamford, after receiving Q Guild membership
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Q Guild welcomes Lincolnshire butchers

Two butchers’ shops, run by Stuart Stables in south Lincolnshire, have been welcomed into the national Butchers Q Guild.
 

George (left) and his brother Kabel will make 1,000 sausages and 1,000 burgers in one day
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Yorkshire butcher to make 2,000 barbecue products in one day

A Yorkshire butchery business is supporting one of the region’s biggest sporting events, by making 1,000 sausages and 1,000 burgers in one day. 

Norfolk butcher named Retailer of the Year

Arthur Howell butcher’s shop in Norfolk took home a hat-trick at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. 

The winners of the 2015 Q Guild’s National Barbecue Championship
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Q Guild Butchers fire up the grill to be BBQ king

Across the country, Q Guild butchers are sharpening their knives with zeal as the winners of seven regional category heats get fired up to compete in a national event to find Britain’s BBQ champion. 

The team at Etherington's Pasties in Cornwall have been awarded with a SALSA accreditation
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Etherington’s Pasties awarded national food-safety standard

Cornish-based Etherington’s Pasties has been awarded with a Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation. 

Butchery’s best to gather at Foodex 2016

The nation’s best young butchery talent is to be showcased at this year’s Foodex.

Chadwick will be hitting the screens in the US
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British butcher makes waves across the pond

A Balham-based butcher has been chosen as the face of the Premier League in the US. 

The Ginger Pig expands empire

Butchery chain the Ginger Pig is set to open its eighth butcher’s shop in London, after securing a site in Wanstead High Street, North East London.

(l-r) Aran Pearson, Kay Badley and Lee Evans from G N Badley & Sons have been celebrating 40 years in the butchery business
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Shropshire butcher celebrates 40th anniversary in style

G N Badley & Sons in Telford, Shropshire, experienced a boom in sales during the last month after reaching a landmark anniversary.

Dicksons Pork Butchers grows operating profit, looks to the future

Butchery chain Dicksons experienced solid growth for the financial year ended 30 June 2015. Overall turnover for the business grew by 12.74%, leading to an increased operating profit of 14.48%. 

Northern Irish butchers dominate burger and sausage competition

The first All-Ireland Sausage and Burger Championships for family butchery businesses saw seven out of the 12 categories won by Northern Irish Butchers. 

The team at Hopetoun Butchery are among the butchery finalists at the Farm Shop & Deli Show
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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. 

(l-r) Tom Wood, Michael Dufton, Gary Raeburn, Maurice Stephenson, Damon Buckingham and Gary Simpson making up Team GB
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World Butchers’ Challenge Team GB announced

The six butchers representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge have been unveiled. 

Mark Turnbull of the Q Guild said he's looking forward to the launch of "inventive and inspirational" new products
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Q Guild launches new initiative

The Q Guild has launched a new ‘Product of the Month’ initiative. 

Elsie Yardley of Priors Hall Farm, Essex is one of the finalists in the competition
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Finalists announced for Premier Young Butcher competition

Eight of the best young butchers in the land will battle it out at the Foodex event in Birmingham next month to decide the title of Premier Young Butcher 2016.

National Butchers’ Week enters full swing

We’re nearing the halfway point of National Butchers’ Week 2016 and we want to know what you’ve been up to during the event.

Independent butchers deliver £2.3bn turnover

Independent butchers delivered £2.3bn in turnover and £555m in gross added value in England alone in 2015, according to the latest figures from AHDB Beef & Lamb. 

Origin of pork testing steps up a gear

Origin testing of pork and pork products is being stepped up by AHDB Pork from once a quarter to once a month. 

ABP pilots AHDB Beef & Lamb’s Meat Education Programme

Processor ABP has “stress-tested” the AHDB Beef & Lamb Meat Education Programme with a class of butchers, product development experts, meat buyers and traders all passing with flying colours. 

Alfresco Chef is new corporate member of Q Guild

Barbecue equipment supplier Alfresco Chef has been awarded corporate membership of the Butchers Q Guild. 

Butchers win Scotch Lamb PGI Innovation Award

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

New tax system requires digital records

Butchers have been advised to be ready for changes to the tax system that will require them to keep digital records.

Butchers' sundires: keeping ahead of the trends

Aaron McDonald investigates what developments butchers ought to be looking out for in the sundries market

Weighing & Labelling: independent retailers

Growing pressure on the meat sector means that weighing and labelling systems need to be top quality. But how does this impact butchers and small operators? Michelle Perrett reports.  

Butchers invited to get ready for pulled pork campaign

Butchers are being urged to register for pulled pork point-of-sale kits for when the high-profile campaign returns to air in February. 

Glasgow food businesses to be inspected

Full traceability inspections are to be carried out at all halal butchers in Glasgow during 2016, following concerns over meat transparency. 

Kay Badley, from G N Badley & Sons, prepares for 40 years in the butchery business
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Shropshire butcher prepares for 40 years in the business

G N Badley & Sons, in Gibbons Road, Trench, will celebrate 40 years in the industry this March.  

Christmas hailed a success by butchers

As we enter a new year, the UK’s butchers reflect on another successful Christmas period for their businesses. 

Butchers warned against phone scam

Butchers have been warned against scams using stolen cards and urged to be vigilant against “too good to be true” orders. 

Butchers are gearing up for Christmas
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Scotch Butchers Club embraces the Christmas spirit

With Christmas around the corner, Scottish butchers are bracing for their busiest time of year. 

A reported 39% of Scottish butchers don't promote home-grown produce
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Scottish butchers urged to promote their products more

Scottish butchers should promote their advantages more, Jonathan Winchester, founder and chief executive at mystery shopping service Shopper Anonymous told Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA) members at their annual meeting.

Further investment planned for Scottish butchers

Plans for more investment in the Scottish Craft Butchers logo were outlined by Beaton Lindsay, president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA), at its annual meeting on 25 November. 

Welsh butchers experienced an increase in lamb and beef sales thanks to a marketing campaign
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Welsh promotional campaign hailed a success

In-store promotion is “very customer-friendly and increases sales”, according to Welsh butchers.

Mislabelled meat leads to investigation

It has been revealed that some butchers in the county of West Sussex have been selling lamb meat under the guise of goat. 

Scotch Pie Championship heats up

Scotland’s top butchers and bakers have been judged for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships. 

Mike Wright, chairman of Hampshire Fare, photographed with Donna and Pip Smith (center) with Tracy Nash, commercial manager
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Sibling butchery team win at Hampshire Fare

A brother and sister team have taken the top prize at the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

Butcher creates most expensive sausage

A butcher has made a sausage that costs £37 a pop. The banger is made from pork from the rare Mangalitsa pig, known by some as the Kobe beef of pork.

Butchers have used CCTV to help tackle staff theft
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Butchers urged to combat staff crime

Butchers are being warned to be vigilant when it comes to monitoring staff members after two cases of shops being targeted. 

Chris Potter was crowned this year's Champion of Champions with his unique sausage flavours
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Champion of Champions crowned

Chris Potter from Tim Potter Son & Daughter in Wellington, Somerset, was crowned this year’s Champion of Champions at St Bart’s Brewery in London.

Warning on apprenticeships for butchery industry

Leaders in the butchery industry have warned against using apprenticeships as a replacement for offering staff a competitive wage.

Lisa Thomson of Andrew Kirk Butchers
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Scottish butcher gets a slice of success

Andrew Kirk, of Fife, has been found to have the best pies in the country. The butcher’s steak pies have been judged the Scottish Champion in the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Steak Pie Evaluation.

Sir Terry Wogan will be seen making burgers on TV with Edwards of Conwy in Wales
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Edwards of Conwy makes burgers with Sir Terry

Butcher’s Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy will appear on TV this week following a visit from Sir Terry Wogan.

George Parker, Chris Riley & Peter Rushforth will represent the UK at this year’s International Young Butcher Competition
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Young butchers chosen to represent UK

Three young butchers have been selected to represent the UK at this year’s International Young Butcher Competition (IYBC), taking place later this month in the Netherlands. 

Support online for #BritishLambWeek

Butchers and producers have taken to social media to promote #BritishLambWeek. 

Sacrifice guidelines set out for UK’s Muslim community

Demand for sheep meat in the UK is set to see a significant increase in sales during the end of September when the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha falls.

Foodservice firm boosted by butchery buy

Wales-based Harlech Foodservice has boosted its turnover substantially following the acquisition of a butchery business three years ago.

Mettrick’s invests in new cutting room

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

Two new Q Guild members announced

Two Walter Smith Fine Food butchers’ shops have been awarded membership of the national Butchers Q Guild. 

Enjoy what’s left of barbecue season

A series of cooking demonstration videos have been released to assist butchers in taking advantage of barbecue trends, and to help families make the most of the remaining summer period. 

The Butchery Excellence Scheme looks to improve butchers' business skills
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Butchery Excellence Scheme launched to aid business skills

Montgomery Food Consulting has launched the Butchery Excellence Scheme to help butchers improve their business skills. 

Bespoke training scheme benefits butchers

Hundreds of staff from butchery businesses across England have benefited from a £1m fund to provide training courses designed by employers for their specific needs.

Monica Galetti will present this year's Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards at Ironmongers’ Hall
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Top chef to present prestigious awards

One of London’s top female chefs will present the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

Six butchers qualify for Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final

The six top-scoring butchers from the combined heats in Wales, Northern Ireland and England have been announced and will now put their skills to the test in the final at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham from 19 to 21 November. 

Callum Heckstall-Smith is set to open a butcher's shop in Ladywell, London later this month
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New butcher’s opens, after dropping crowdfunding

A new butcher’s shop is set to open in Ladywell, London, on 26 August, which is the brainchild of Callum Heckstall-Smith.  

The GB Tri-Nations team is ready for action
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Team GB prepares for Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge

Leeds City College hosted Team GB’s butchery squad penultimate practice round, as it prepares for September’s annual Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge. 

Unreliable weather patterns have forced the meat industry to innovate in order to maintain sales
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Traditional barbecues up in smoke

Butchers are noticing a change in routine to consumers’ barbecuing habits, thanks to the unpredictable weather. 

The new Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton
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New opportunities arise at North Yorkshire livestock auction

Craven Cattle Marts (CCM) is encouraging more farmer cattle feeders and retail butchers to attend its weekly Monday sale of prime cattle at its auction mart.

Sausage sales simmer down, but not everyone is concerned

Sausages have been failing to make an impact on the barbecue season, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner will host this year's BDCI Annual Festival Dinner
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Top impressionist to host BDCI’s Annual Festival Dinner

Popular impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner will be hosting this year’s Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) Annual Festival Dinner.

Byron Allsopp with trainers Tony Morgan (left) and Warren Nicholls (right).
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Young Australian butcher to learn from Europe’s best

Byron Allsopp, of Wilsonton Meats in Queensland, has won the opportunity to travel to Europe to work alongside the continent’s finest butchers. 

Joanne Bland has been tasked with creating new retail and wholesale products for Dicksons
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Dicksons aims to grow range with new appointment

Dicksons Butchers is set to grow its retail and wholesale range with the appointment of a new product development consultant. 

John Brereton with his winning meat display.
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Midlands butchers win England heat of WorldSkills UK contest

Butchers from the West Midlands have won the England heat of the WorldSkills UK contest. 

New standard set for catering butchers

The National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB) has officially launched its new standard. 

Chancellor George Osborne yesterday delivered the new Summer Budget
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New Budget a step in the right direction for butchers

The new Summer Budget, revealed yesterday by Chancellor George Osborne, has largely been welcomed by independent butchers.

Birtwistles unveils its new brand identity
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Catering butcher rebrands to show ‘DNA’

Birtwistles Catering Butchers, part of M J Birtwistle & Co Food Group, has unveiled a new brand identity.

National Meat Products Champion crowned

Mike Maloney of Maloney’s Country Butchers & Bakers has been crowned National Meat Products Champion 2015. 

The team at Joseph Morris Butchers in Rugby, Warwickshire with some of their many trophies.
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Two new butchers added to the Q Guild

Two new butchers’ shop businesses have been awarded membership of the Q Guild.

Butchers see an increase in sales thanks to POS

AHDB Beef & Lamb claims to have helped Quality Standard Mark (QSM) butchers see a rise in sales. 

One of the competing butchers for the world record attempt: Nigel Ovens from Mearns T McCaskie butchers in Wemyss Bay in action
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Butchers to aim for Guinness World Record

Two Scottish butchers will go head-to-head in a bid to take the new Guinness World Record title for the most sausages produced in one minute. 

NI consumers prefer butchers to supermarkets

Consumers in Northern Ireland believe that meat should be purchased in a butcher’s shop and not a supermarket. 

Butchers encouraged to get online to grow sales

Butchers are being urged to embrace the digital revolution to engage with customers more. 

Dalziel’s Danny Upson, Danny Woods, Jessica Leliuga, Rik Waddon, Jordan Alston, Jake Edwards and Roger Kelsey, chief executive of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders
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Most creative young butcher in the North West crowned at Dalziel Butchers Show

Jessica Leliuga of Ye Olde Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle has been crowned ‘the most creative young butcher in the North West’ at Dalziel’s Chorley Butchers Show. 

Butchers get ready for National BBQ Week

UK butchers are gearing up for the start of the summer with National BBQ Week 2015.  

Tulip to expand apprenticeship programme

Pork processor Tulip is expanding its apprenticeship programme and is in search of new butchers, engineers and technical specialists. 

The GB Tri-Nations team have been prepping hard for this year's challenge in New Zealand
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British butchers gear up for Tri-Nations Challenge

The Great British Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge team are getting ready for this year’s contest. 

Some of the winners from the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Awards
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Scottish Craft Butchers Awards winners revealed

The best haggis, pork sausages, beefburgers and savoury products in Scotland were decided upon last weekend at the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Awards. 

Q Guild reveals conference details

With just under a month to go, the Butchers Q Guild has announced the keynote speakers for its annual national Business Conference.

Quality and education important for butchers, says futurologist

Butchers and farm shops should focus on quality not quantity, while providing a premium and educational service, according to leading food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.

Bpex launches pulled pork campaign for butchers

Bpex has launched point-of-sale material for butchers as part of its campaign to promote pulled pork.

GB team selected for Tri-Nations butchery challenge

Britain’s best butchers are preparing for the Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge, after the GB team was decided in a competition at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE) last month.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

Independent butchers should look to pork to capitalise on the trend for premium burgers, according to pork levy board Bpex.

Midlands butcher’s opens ‘ambitious’ outlet

A sixth store has now been opened by Lincolnshire’s G Simpson Butchers, described by the business as its most ambitious outlet yet.

Ingredients company introduces curry sauces for meats

Ingredients provider Verstegen has launched a new curry-inspired range of sauces for meat products, allowing butchers to make their own quality curries.

Power to the people in new retail butchery initiative

Supermarket customers are to be offered the chance to butcher their own meat, in a new initiative by one of the major multiples.

Eblex creates online POS Hub for butchers

A new online point-of-sale Hub for butchers has been launched by Eblex, to “provide more useful tools and resources than ever before”.

Butchers urged to donate bones for charity

Butchers and farm shops around the country are being invited to get involved with the ‘Bones for Bones’ leukaemia and lymphoma charity scheme, started by Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

Seven to vie for Premier Young Butcher title

Seven of the UK’s top young butchers will be taking to the stage to compete for the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015, up from the previous year’s six.

Video: Butchers' Week #butcherisbetter campaign

Ahead of this year's National Butchers' Week (23-29 March), Meat Trades Journal has launched the #butcherisbetter campaign. 

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

Scottish butcher creates yellow sausage for charity

An Aberdonian butchers has come up with a yellow sausage recipe in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’.

Industry veteran passes on

The meat industry is mourning the passing of a major figure from the trade.

Carrier bag advice for Scottish butchers

New advice for Scottish butchers on charging for carrier bags has just been issued by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

English butchers scoop top title in European competition

A victorious Team England clinched the crown at the European Butchery competition in France last weekend.

Sausage Week pushes up sales of premium bangers

British Sausage Week was a huge success, as market analysis has shown that premium sausages recorded an increase in both volume (9%) and spend (6%), during the campaign week (3-9 November), compared to the 2014 weekly average.

Butcher Is Better campaign launched

Butchers are being urged to start preparing for National Butchers' Week 2015 and the new #butcherisbetter campaign.

British butchers sought for Tri-Nations challenge

Team GB is looking for six winning butchers to take on Australia and New Zealand as The Tri-Nations Butchery Competition returns in 2015.

Champion: Linda Hill
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Perth bakers takes Scotch Pie title

A Perth bakers has been crowned World Scotch Pie champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.

BDCI announces new festival chairman

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has appointed Ocado.com head of buying Rose Price as its new festival chairman.

Carol Smilie lends festive help to butchers shop

Scottish television presenter Carol Smillie offered a festive helping hand at a West Lothian butchers shop during its one of the busiest week of the year.

Top ten of 2014: Butchers

Take a look at some of our most popular articles on butchers from 2014 with this 'top ten' photo gallery. Click on the picture to read the full story.

Butchers get involved in Small Business Saturday

Butchers are being urged to take part in Small Business Saturday tomorrow to boost trade and raise awareness of their business before Christmas.

INTERACTIVE: Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014 winners

Meat Trades Journal would like to congratulate all the finalists of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014. Here are the winners:

Edwards of Conwy crowned Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014

Edwards of Conwy was celebrating today (Friday 14 November) after being the first Welsh butchery business to take the overall title of Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2014.

Smithfield award-winning butchers revealed

The recipients of the Smithfield Awards were announced at Butcher’s Hall yesterday, with the Supreme Champion title won by a Manchester butcher.

Butcher’s Shop awards revealed tomorrow

The winners of Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2014 competition will be revealed tomorrow at the Rosewood London Hotel.

Sausage Week starts with a swing

British Sausage Week kicked off yesterday andis already attracting a lot of attention across social media, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what you are all up to.

Welsh butcher takes on South Africans in sausage competition

A Flintshire butcher has enjoyed some international publicity by entering a South African sausage competition.

Smithfield Awards judging: the day in pictures

Britain’s

Britain's best butchers presented their products in Glasgow last week to battle it out for the Q Guild Smithfield Awards.

Hunt begins for best young Welsh butcher

The Cambrian Training Company, alongside Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), has announced the annual search is on for the best young Welsh butcher.

Video: Bakers' & Butchers' Fair 2014

The Bakers' & Butchers' Fair 2014, held at Newark Showground, seen butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Butchery fair proves a resounding success

The Bakers’ and Butchers’ Autumn Fair 2014 saw butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Bakers' and Butchers' Fair 2014: the day in pictures

The Bakers’ and Buthers’ Autumn Fair 2014, held at Newark Showground, seen butchers and exhibitors from across the country gather for a day of networking and competition.

Are you visiting Bakers' and Butchers' Fair this Sunday?

With only days to go until this year’s Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what’s in store for visitors.

Britain’s best bakers and butchers to descend on Newark

Next weekend will see butchers across the UK gather in Newark for the ever-popular Autumn Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair. Featuring competitions, speakers and the latest market innovations there will be plenty on offer for visitors.

Young Welsh butchers in Apprenticeship Awards shortlist

Two young Welsh butchers are hoping for success after being shortlisted in the finals for the prestigious Welsh Apprenticeship Awards.

QMS introduces point-of-sale centre

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new point-of-sale centre, which will allow members of the Scotch Butchers’ Club to create their own branded point-of-sale items.

Wiltshire butcher takes caterers on farm visit

A Wiltshire butcher’s shop took 70 caterers from the South of England on a ‘farm to fork’ day to raise awareness about traceability and local produce.

Welsh butchers helped to promote PGI

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales is aiming to help butchers promote PGI Welsh Lamb this month by sending them new promotional materials.

UK young butchers build international kudos

Despite suffering set-backs early in the competition, the UK team gave its best-ever performance in the International Young Butcher Competition, held in Bazenheid, Switzerland.

Eblex releases ‘Carvery’ point-of-sale kit

Butchers could benefit from a “bumper” Carvery point-of-sale (POS) kit for autumn, which has been created by Eblex.

Young butchers ready for international contest

Two budding master butchers are “prepared and ready” to represent the UK in this year’s International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland, taking place later in September.

Butcher’s targets students with value meat box

Butcher’s shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Butchers urged to register for fair

With competitions, speakers and latest innovations on display, butchers are being urged to register for free entry to this Autumn’s Butchers and Bakers Fair.

Makeover for Hazlemere butcher’s

A Buckinghamshire butcher’s shop, Halls of Hazlemere, has been refurbished for the first time in almost 30 years.

DNA sample meat testing in Ireland reveals surprising results

DNA testing in butcher’s shops in Ireland has shown that more than half of the sampled products were not Irish.

Bpex updates butchers’ website

Bpex has revamped its ‘PorkforButchers’ website, which it said now contained the latest information on Bpex marketing campaigns, the latest consumer recipe booklets, advice on pork cuts and industry news.

Framlingham aims to repeat SausageFest success

Following last year’s “runaway success”, SausageFest is back this autumn, to treat the people of Framlingham to a day of family fun.

Keith Chegwin to hand out Butchers’ Fair prizes

Television legend Keith Chegwin will be leading the celebrations at the Butchers’ and Bakers’ Fair Autumn later this year.

Q Guild grows membership base

The Q Guild of Butchers has accepted five new members from across the country in the first half of 2014.

Video: Tri-Nations Butchers' Challenge 2014

Three teams of the finest butchers from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand battled it out for the Tri-Nations crown at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

SuperMeat and Fish Awards 2014
SuperMeat and Fish Awards 2014

Derbyshire farm shop’s World Cup sausages raise money for charity

Despite the Football World Cup coming to an end, one Derbyshire farm shop has left a World Cup legacy for a local children’s charity.

Butchers’ Challenge should educate and inspire, says Eblex chairman

Global co-operation and inspiration to a younger generation of butchers should be just some of the shared objectives of competitions like the Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge, guests to the event’s Gala Dinner were told.

Butchers’ and Bakers’ Autumn Fair approaches

Award-winning pie makers will be hoping to continue their success at the Butchers’ and Bakers’ Autumn Fair this October.

Butchery federation ready to meet future challenges

John Mettrick, president of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT), discussed successes and future challenges in a speech at the organisation’s AGM on 22 June.

Meat traders federation considers name change

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMT) could change its name to more accurately reflect its members.

Meat retailing masterclass on offer

Westley Consulting, a consulting agency for food and agricultural businesses, is hosting a meat retailing masterclass, which aims to educate butchers and farmers on the importance of meat retailing and best retailing practice.

Owton’s opens fourth outlet

Owton’s Traditional Family Butchers is set to open at a fourth location and introduce a new Cook & Serve range.

Quality Standard Mark welcomes new members

Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme is continuing to grow in its tenth year, with more than 50 new members joining in one week at the start of the summer.

QMS stages butchery masterclass for chefs

Up-and-coming chefs from top Edinburgh restaurants recently attended a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) butchery masterclass, led by master butcher Viv Harvey.

Beef shoulder brochure helps butchers add value

Profit from the Beef Shoulder, a new publication from Eblex, has been developed to help processors and butchers add value to the beef carcase.

Butchers triumph at Scottish burger and BBQ awards

Two butchers picked up Diamond prizes at the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards evaluations for speciality burgers and BBQ products.

Butchery apprentice reform consultation now open

Led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda and Aubrey Allen, a butchery apprentice consultation is now open for two weeks, as a major apprenticeship redesign is set to replace current frameworks in 2015.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Butchers invited to enter Great British Food awards

The Great British Food, Farm and Produce Awards have launched, with meat products categories for pork sausages, ribeye steaks and traditional pork pies.

Scottish pupils to compete on Commonwealth Burger

Scottish pupils have been invited to create a special burger for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow this summer

Butchery opened at new M5 services

Gloucester Services, a new farm shop and café opening on the M5 today (7 May 2014), will include a local butchery.

Yorkshire butcher takes ‘Rural Oscars’ award

British butchers were celebrated at the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards, presented at the Houses of Parliament.

Eblex hosts French butchers’ visit

Eblex hosted top French butchers on a trip that has highlighted the quality of British butchery training.

Eblex introduces image library to web

Eblex has launched a new image library on its website which can be used as a promotional tool for its users.

Butchers set for Tri-Nations Challenge

Britain will host this year’s Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge, which will be hosted at the Great Yorkshire Show on 10 July 2014.

Meat industry concerned over small business inspection charge

The European Parliament has voted to delete an exemption which currently saves small meat businesses millions of pounds each year.

Complete revamp for Conwy butcher’s

Edwards of Conwy is to reopen its flagship shop in North Wales following a six-figure renovation project.

Robin Hood Championship celebrates 20th anniversary

The Robin Hood Championship for independent butchers, held at the Nottinghamshire County Show, Winthorpe, will celebrate its 20-year anniversary by adding an extra category and reducing weight penalties.

Meat Trades Journal publishes Idiot’s Guide in run-up to National Butcher’s Week

Younger shoppers are the target for this year’s National Butchers’ Week and Meat Trades Journal has published a handy guide to help navigate the butcher’s shop.

Minister’s seal of approval for young butchers

Employment minister Esther McVey stopped in at Tulip’s Dukinfield site in Cheshire to meet two young butchery talents.

Proud Q Guild butcher hangs up apron after 53 years

A north east butcher and a servant to the Q Guild has decided to call it a day after a long and successful career in the trade.

Scottish programme reduces salt in butchers’ bangers

A reformulation programme from The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) has reduced salt in seasonings for the butchery trade, to help create healthier products.

Butchers’ ball raises £500 for charity

The 2014 Bolton & District Butchers annual ball took place at Rivington Hall Barn in Bolton, raising over £500 for two local charities.

New chairman as BDCI prepares 2014 fundraising events

Meat industry charity the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has a number of events planned for 2014, after the festival chairman’s official handover lunch.

Yorkshire butcher’s again announced as 2013 Countryside Alliance regional champion

H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers in Pateley Bridge has been chosen as Yorkshire champion in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards for the second year running.

Whole turkey sales poor, but butchers report good Christmas

While standard whole turkey sales suffered, many butchers enjoyed a positive Christmas period, with alternatives such as beef proving a big hit.

Brand new lorries for Suffolk supplier

An East Anglian slaughterhouse and wholesale supplier has started the New Year by taking delivery of two new Renault Premium Eco lorries.

Butchers see rise in footfall in light of horsemeat issues

We speak with a Surrey-based butcher to see how the horsemeat scandal has effected his business.

Brian Turner joins butchers to compete against supermarkets

In a strong attempt to compete against supermarkets, chef and TV personality Brian Turner has officially opened a brand new concept butcher’s shop in Leeds today.

British Bonanza

As Aprils go, last year’s was an absolute corker. The barometer rose, the sun and barbecues came out and barely had the Easter eggs been swallowed, than a swelter of bunting and flag-waving broke out, along with collective national swooning over Kate’s dress and Pippa’s bottom.

A point of difference

Everyone, it seems, is a sucker for a decent bacon sarnie. The booming bacon market bears testament to this fact, with strong sales of bacon over the last year. Around 90% of households buy bacon and, over the last 12 months, shoppers have topped up on more rashers per trip. Total bacon volumes in the 52 weeks to 19 February rose 3.1%, with values also up by 4.4% from the previous year.

Caught in the web

Unlike the volatility inherent in the stock market, commodity prices or indeed the price of meat itself, the market for butchers’ sundries is one that does not tend to fluctuate wildly over the course of the year. Although trends do come and go, there is no doubt that butchers need a steady supply of ancillary products to run their businesses, and that these incorporate everything from twine to sausage casings, hygiene products and knives to pre-packed and display trays.

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