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Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding “the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry”, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

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. 

Belgian dry-aged beef heads to UK

Award-winning dry-aged Secreto 07 is heading to the UK marketplace, thanks to the efforts of F&B Premium Brands and De Laet & Van Haver. Secreto 07 recently rose to prominence having been distributed by chefs, the Adrià brothers. 

Matthew Edwards (r) receives his medal from Arwyn Watkins
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North Wales butcher wins UK WorldSkills contest

North Wales butcher Matthew Edwards won the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition on Saturday 21 November.

Melanie Cargill (left) from HCC presented Chris and Colette Rogers with the Welsh Butcher of the Year award at BSOTY Awards 2015
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Welsh butcher looks forward after BSOTY success

After winning the title of Welsh Butcher of the Year at Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015, Rogers & Son of Carmarthen is now focusing on launching a steak and gourmet burger bar in Pembrokeshire.

Diamond award winners at the 2015 Q Guild Smithfield Awards at London's Ironmongers Hall. Front with guest presenter Monica Galetti are staff from supreme championship-winning Owton’s Butchers
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Owton's Butchers claims top Q Guild award

Owton’s Butchers in Southampton is the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion. It is the highest honour a Q Butcher can achieve in the annual product evaluation event, open to the Guild’s 110 members nationwide.

Butchery men fined £8k on hygiene and safety charge

Two men involved with a Penge butcher have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines and costs of over £8,000 by Bromley Magistrates Court.

Edwards prepares as he is one of six butchers competing in the WorldSkills butchery competition
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Butchery competition heads to annual Skills Show

Six of the industry’s top butchers are set to battle it out at the inaugural Butchery WorldSkills UK National Final at Birmingham’s NEC.

Lorne sausages head to the capital

MPs in London were treated to a traditional square sausage called a ‘Lorne’, courtesy of Scottish butcher Malcolm Allan.

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. 

Scotch Pie Championship heats up

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

Sausology outlet opened in Newcastle

The Northumberland Sausage Company has opened its first retail outlet in Newcastle and has plans for another nine in the next five years. 

Beef and lamb get television support

Beef and lamb are due to receive a television marketing push in the form of a 30-second advertisement. 

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.

Shaun Vining, Complete Meats receives his 2015 ‘Best British Butchers Banger’ award from Michel Roux JR
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Complete Meats wins at British Sausage Week with Pork & Otter Ale offering

Devon butcher Complete Meats has been awarded the top prize in this year’s British Sausage Week competition. 

Young butcher competition opens

Butchery apprentices are invited to take part in the 2016 Premier Young Butcher Competition hosted by William Reed Business Media at Foodex at the Birmingham NEC on 18–20 April next year. 

QMS runs comfort food campaign

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is running a campaign based around comfort food to try and boost sales of Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI throughout the winter. 

Red and processed meat report fails to impact sales

The study into red and processed meat by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has had little impact on sales, reports UK butchers. 

Aubrey Allen apprentices meet rare animals

Award-winning butcher’s Aubrey Allen recently invited six apprentices to join it on the Lost Farm in Warwickshire, famous for its rare breed animals, for some hands-on learning. 

Targeted butcher thanks supporters

A butcher whose business was targeted by vegan protestors over the past fortnight has thanked those who have supported him. 

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. 

British Pie Awards now open

The 2016 British Pie Awards is now accepting entries. The awards take place on 9 March 2016 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, during British Pie Week (7-13 March 2016). 

Berwick Street Market welcomes Butcher & Brine

Quality food traders Butcher & Brine is among a selection of new stalls to open in London’s Berwick Street Market. 

Frank Albers of Albers GMBH and Jack's Creek Managing Director Patrick Warmoll with the award-winning steak
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World Steak Challenge winner revealed

The winner of the first-ever World Steak Challenge has been unveiled at an event in London.

Judging for last year's Young Butcher Competition
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Search for Wales’ best butcher

Skilled butchers from Wales are being called to show off their abilities at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells next month. 

Malcolm Allan signed a contract with Asda worth £150,000, lasting until the end of the year
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Scottish butcher teams up with Asda

Wholesale butcher Malcolm Allan has signed a contract worth £150,000 with supermarket chain Asda.

Funding boosts apprenticeships

In an effort to attract more young people into the industry, the government will be providing butchers with increased funding. They plan on creating three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. 

Butcher humbled by local support

A High Wycombe butcher has received an “overwhelming” amount of support from the local community, after threats of losing his business.

Scotland’s geographically protected meat gains attention

Italian-based Bennet group has officially been recognised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for its continued support and commitment to Scotch Beef PGI.

We Hae Meat aims to support local suppliers
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We Hae Meat rolls out an ice little earner

Ayrshire-based butcher We Hae Meat is muscling into the frozen meat category with the launch of a ‘from farm to frozen’ range, which has won a £60,000 listing in Scottish Asda stores.

Young butcher recognised at Somerset Business of the Year awards

A Somerset butcher has been named a finalist in the local Business of the Year awards.

Family call for second E.coli inquest

The family of a five-year-old boy who died after eating E.coli-infected meat in school have made a plea for a second inquest into his death. 

McGill's butcher's shop is renowned for meat pies
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Scottish butcher snaps up beloved Edinburgh bakery

Butcher Mark McGill has extended his business by buying one of Edinburgh’s best-known bakery businesses which became a late-night institution for thousands of customers. 

John Laking passed away last month following a lengthy and successful butchery career
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Much-loved butcher John Laking passes on

John Laking, a popular Lincolnshire butcher, passed away on 29 September in Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. 

Butchery trade receives national recognition

Thanks to the endeavours of learning provider Cambrian Training Company, butchery has been adopted as a WorldSkills UK National Competition. 

HAIP revises halal policy

HalalAssure-IP (HAIP) has reissued its Halal Certification policy to ensure a trained slaughter-man is present during the time of slaughter. 

Aldi overlooks meat in online offering

Following its announcement that it will launch sales online, discount supermarket Aldi has revealed that it will not include meat. Instead, it will start with wine by the crate early next year, and launch non-food products by spring 2016.

Butchers urged to get behind British Sausage Week

With the 18th annual British Sausage Week approaching (2-8 November), butchers are being urged to support the campaign by grabbing their free point-of-sale promotional kits.

Winners at the 2015 British Turkey Awards
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Asda wins top turkey award

Asda has won the best retailer prize at this year’s British Turkey Awards. 

NPD could generate £92m in added sales

Almost £92m in extra sales could be generated if the meat industry pursued new product development opportunities proposed by AHDB Beef & Lamb, according to the sector group.

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.

A new butchery apprentice scheme has been approved by the government
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Butchery apprentice scheme is approved

Apprenticeships in the meat industry have received a boost following government approval to launch a brand new ‘Trailblazer’ programme, set to go live this autumn across England. 

Poultry value sales grew by 1.6% last year
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Poultry consumption reaches five-year high in 2014

UK poultry consumption reached a five-year high in 2014, revealing that the poultry hygiene concerns that surfaced in the second half of the year did not prevent strong sales. 

Lovers of meat rejoice at annual Meatopia festival

Meat-lovers congregated this weekend, 19-20 September, as London’s Tobacco Dock hosted the UK’s third Meatopia festival.

Swiss win Young Butcher competition

Switzerland has won this year’s International Young Butchers’ Competition. 

The CLA Game Fair has been cancelled due to a lack of profit from the event
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Popular game fair comes to an end

The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) has cancelled the annual Game Fair, including calling off next year’s event at Ragley Hall. 

Qurbani guide published by AHDB

A Qurbani guide has been issued by AHDB Beef & Lamb to help industry, butchers and consumers during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. 

Sales of organic produce have increased 3% year-on-year
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Organic sales experience growth

There is an increasing demand for organic products, according to research from the Soil Association. Figures suggest that since August 2014, organic sales have outperformed their non-organic counterparts. 

Steve Croot with his novel Scrummy Sausage
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Try something different for the Rugby World Cup

With the Rugby World Cup about to start, fans of the sport are soon to find themselves occupied for the next month.

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