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VIDEO: Quick Sausage Stew with Finnebrogue

To celebrate the Big Sausage Week, Meat Trades Journal travelled to Northern Ireland to meet with sausage producer Finnebrogue. 

Sainsbury’s in vertical integration beef supply trial

Supermarket Sainsbury’s has confirmed it is in the “very early stages” of a pilot scheme to test vertical integration of its beef supply chain.

Japanese Wagyu targets premium restaurants

Japanese exporters are eyeing up the UK as a market for the country’s Wagyu beef.

VIDEO: Why Britain’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year is supporting Big Sausage Week

With the Big Sausage Week just over one month away, Meat Trades Journal caught up with Walter Rose & Sons, voted Butcher’s Shop of the Year, to find out why it is important to support the event. 

Low-fat burger proposals should be looked at in a wider context

Proposals to cut back on the calorie count in burgers should be considered in a wider context, Meat Trades Journal has been told. 

North Yorkshire butcher begins new chapter

A North Yorkshire butcher has warned that the rise in rent and parking rates is threatening trade for smaller independents.

Why supportive technology detection must be a priority

The dreaded phrase, ‘product recall’ is one that any processor will want to avoid. If you have to withdraw a product for, say, an undetected piece of metal, it can leave a lasting impact on your business.

FSA confronts Brexit vet risk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating worst-case scenarios for its veterinary workforce should non-UK EU nationals not be given working visas when Great Britain leaves the European Union.

Did Britain eat gone off meat?

The British public may have unknowingly eaten Brazilian meat that could have been unsafe to consume, Meat Trades Journal can exclusively reveal. 

Investment firms eye Moy Park acquisition

UK-based private equity firms are circling poultry processor Moy Park, which has been put up for sale by Brazilian parent company JBS to pay off debts.

Meat Trades Journal and partners launch Food Export Conference

Registration is now open for our Food Export Conference. 

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

Election result compounds fears over Brexit trade deals

Meat trade leaders' fears are deepening about the UK’s lack of preparedness for Brexit trade negotiations in the wake of the General Election results.

Sainsbury’s defends kangaroo burgers following backlash

Retailer Sainsbury’s has defended the launch of its kangaroo burgers, amid a backlash from animal rights activists.

Topping Pies launches new gourmet range

The Topping Pie Company has launched gourmet and speciality fresh and baked frozen pie ranges and unbaked frozen products at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, organised by Meat Trades Journal publisher William Reed. 

Migrant labour vital to Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat sector has a “significant dependence” on migrant labour, a new survey has revealed.

Green Survey 2017 now open

The UK meat industry has a chance to have its say on sustainability, with the Meat Trades Journal Green Survey now open for submissions. 

Artisan butcher Damon Buckingham ready to open doors

Top independent butcher Damon Buckingham took some time out from setting up his new business Buckinghams Artisan Butchery to speak to Meat Trades Journal about his road from manager to business owner. 

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. 

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. 

SuperMeat & Fish Awards contribute to Morrisons’ success

Supermarket chain Morrisons has credited Meat Trades Journal in the midst of a positive half-year performance and industry wins.

Online learning service to benefit industry

The meat sector is being encouraged to sign up to a specially designed webinar that explores the changing face of technology in the food industry.

Digital Edition

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2016 Finalists

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Farm Shop of the Year

    • Bodnant Welsh Food

    • Little Town Farm Shop

    • The Gog Farm Shop

    • Uncle Henry's

    Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year

      • Cranstons Food Hall at Orton Grange

      • Delifonseca Dockside

      • Huntley's Country Stores

      Halal Butcher's Shop of the Year

        • Mullaco Supermarket

        • Tariq Halal Meat Fulham

        • The Master Butcher of Kensington

        Innovation of the Year

          • K&G McAtamney Butchers Deli

          • S Collins & Son

          Midlands & East of England Butcher's Shop of the Year

            • Aubrey Allen

            • Bates of Atherstone

            • New Close Farm Shop

            New Butchery Business of the Year

              • The Butcher's Quarter

              • The Dorking Butchery

              • Little Pigs The Didsbury Butchers

              North of England Butcher's Shop of the Year

                • Coates Butchers

                • J Brindon Addy Butchers

                • Riley's Butchers

                Northern Ireland Butcher's Shop of the Year

                  • Fletcher Meats

                  • K&G McAtamney Butchers Deli

                  • McKay Family Butchers

                  Online Butchery Business of the Year

                    • Farmison & Co

                    • Field&Flower

                    • Haji Baba Halal Online

                    Scottish Butcher's Shop of the Year

                      • Forbes Raeburn the Family Butcher

                      • S Collins & Son

                      South of England Butcher's Shop of the Year

                        • Meat NW5

                        • Surrey Hills Butchers

                        • Walter Rose & Son

                        Welsh Butcher's Shop of the Year

                        • Edwards of Conwy

                        • Martin Player High Class Butcher

                        • N.S. James & Son

                        Young Butcher of the Year

                        • Andre Ferguson, Booker Wholesale

                        • Peter Rushforth, Swan's Farm Shop

                        • James Taylor, Simpsons Butchers

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                        SuperMeat & Fish Awards 2016 now open for entries

                        One of the top nights in the meat industry is back for 2016. SuperMeat & Fish Awards is now accepting entries from retailers. 

                        Sign up to MTJ’s meat adulteration webinar

                        It’s less than a month until Meat Trades Journal’s webinar on meat adulteration.

                        Simpsons Butchers was crowned overall winner at Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2015
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                        Butcher's Shop of the Year winner revealed

                        Simpsons Butchers, based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, was announced as the overall winner of Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015, after successfully securing the Midlands & East of England regional title for the second year running. 

                        Deadline for M&PPA 2016 approaches

                        Processors have until next Friday, 20 November, to enter the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2016. 

                        The search is on for world’s best steak!

                        A new international competition, from the team behind Meat Trades Journal, has been launched - the World Steak Challenge. 

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                        New Meat Trades Journal editor announced

                        Rod Addy has been appointed as the new editor of Meat Trades Journal

                        National Butchers' Week - Edwards of Conwy

                        It's National Butchers Week so we caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy.

                        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.

                        Video: Butchers' Week #butcherisbetter campaign

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

                        Tulip wins top accolade at processing awards

                        The annual Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA) reached its finale last night at the Deansgate Hotel in Manchester, with Tulip crowned Processor of the Year 2015.

                        Consumer meat survey launched

                        Meat Trades Journal has launched a consumer survey to find out about shopping habits when it comes to the retail butcher.

                        Campylobacter campaign launched

                        Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

                        Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2014 on Twitter

                        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.

                        Hunt on for meat processing stars

                        The search is on for the meat industry’s shining stars as Meat Trades Journal gears up once again for the prestigious Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2015.

                        Modernising meat inspection

                        Andrew RhodesThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) sometimes gets a bad press in Meat Trades Journal and it is often challenging for us, keeping consumers safe and implementing regulations. This is the first blog I’ve written for MTJ and there are many things I could have picked as a topic, but I thought I would start with an important issue that has had a long journey.

                        Hunt on for best butcher’s shop

                        The search is under way for the UK’s best butchery business, with Meat Trades Journal urging butchers throughout the country to step up and be in with a chance of taking home the ultimate accolade.

                        Book your seats for SuperMeat today

                        There is just over a month to go before we announce this year’s winner of the SuperMeat & Fish Awards and the competition is starting to hot up.

                        MTJ on hand to greet you at Foodex

                        Make sure you come and see the Meat Trades Journal and Global Meat News teams on stands R340 in Hall 19 at Foodex and M271 in Hall 6 at Food and Drink Expo this coming week and be in with a chance of winning!

                        DSM debacle

                        Pressure is mounting on the government to urge the European Commission to lift the moratorium on desinewed meat (DSM), following the publication of results from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry on 23 July.


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