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Family butcher experiences revival

JBS Family Butcher, located in Sudbury, Suffolk, reopened on Thursday 10 September two months after closing, although not without caution.

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.

Team New Zealand with this year’s Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge trophy
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New Zealand makes it three on the trot

New Zealand has won this year’s Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge. 

British beef and lamb receives new promotional campaign

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled a new promotional campaign for beef and lamb cuts, due to launch next month. 

First for Northern Irish beef

The inaugural Northern Ireland Beef Event, Beef NI Expo and Pedigree Calf Fair will take place on 14 November at the old Balmoral Belfast venue. 

Industry urged to get behind British Sausage Week

British Sausage Week is back. The biggest sausage celebration of the year gets underway from 2-8 November 2015.

John Farrand (left) with Bruce Langlands (centre) presenting James Whelan with the top award
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Beef dripping reigns supreme

The Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015 has been awarded to James Whelan Butchers Beef Dripping product.

#BritishLambWeek social media campaign hailed a success

Following a difficult few months for British lamb, the industry has taken to social media to promote the meat with an encouraging lift in sales for independent retailers. 

Butcher and war veteran James Dunning passes away

James Dunning, the writer, distinguished war soldier and former butcher, has died at the age of 95. 

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. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year finalists announced

The entries have been examined and the finalists for the 2015 Butcher’s Shop of the Year have been revealed. 

Dalziel launches premium gammon

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has launched its own premium gammon brand called Oakwell Gold, under an exclusive partnership with supplier Pork Traders Oakwell. 

Study shows customers value taste in lamb

Taste is the main reason people purchase lamb, new research has revealed. 

Boozy bangers for Scottish butcher

A family butchers in Scotland is reaching out to a younger audience after developing a Jägermeister and Red Bull infused sausage.  

Yorkshire farm opens butchery room

A Yorkshire farm has opened a new butchery room to sell its own produce. 

Lee Evans, Kay Badley and Aran Pearson in the new training facility
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G N Badley & Sons supports local catering school

Shropshire butcher’s G N Badley & Sons is helping trainee chefs by supporting the nearby National Hospitality School. 

Support online for #BritishLambWeek

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

AHDB plans revitalisation in response to intervention accusations

AHDB Beef & Lamb has responded to concerns over government intervention in marketing campaigns raised by the resignation of chairman Stuart Roberts. 

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.

Midlothian supports Scotch Beef Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has become a member of Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Beef Club, the first Scottish Premiership club to do so. 

Deadline day to enter Butcher’s Shop of the Year

If you haven’t entered Meat Trades Journal’s annual search for the best butcher’s and farm shops in the UK, do it now! 

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

Mettrick’s invests in new cutting room

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

Wasted meat damaging our environment

Discarded meat is having a negative effect on our environment, according to research. 

Two new Q Guild members announced

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

UK beef and veal production expected to fall

According to the latest AHDB Beef & Lamb Market Outlook report, the production of beef and veal is predicted to fall by 2% to 860,000 tonnes (t) in 2015. 

Team GB prepares for this year's Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge
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Team GB puts finishing touches to Tri-Nations preparations

In an effort to secure a victory at next month’s Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, Team GB is to hold its final practice session and get-together at The Food Academy at Leeds City College, on Wednesday, August 26. 

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. 

Bord Bía launches beef campaign in the UK
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Bord Bía launches new beef campaign

A new campaign is being launched this week to highlight the qualities of Irish beef to UK consumers.

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.

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. 

Wagyu beef, kangaroo burgers and steaks and yellow fin tuna make up the new exotic meats
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Traditional butcher eyes up an exotic future

Bosworths Butchers of Coventry is reaching out to a wider audience by stocking unconventional meat products.

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.  

Malcolm Ball, Mark Etherington, Andy Hill in the new industrial kitchen
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Etherington Meats unveils £30,000 kitchen expansion project

Etherington Meats is set to grow its business with a new industrial kitchen. 

Red Tractor gears up for largest ever on-pack promotion

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) has unveiled its biggest ever on-pack promotional campaign for later this year. 

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. 

Icarus Hines will be the subject of the first ‘Proud to be a Butcher’ video from Dalziel
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Dalziel gives behind the scenes look at the UK butchery industry

Dalziel is to launch a series of films which go behind the scenes of the UK’s retail butchery industry. 

Sous-vide products could be an opportunity to grow sales, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb
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Opportunity knocks for sous-vide

AHDB Beef & Lamb believes there are clear opportunities in exploring sous-vide and enhancing ready-cooked product ranges in the beef and lamb categories. 

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. 

Time is running out to enter Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015

There’s just one week left to enter Meat Trades Journal’s annual search for the best butcher’s and farm shops in the UK. 

Bill Abbey, factory manager at Clifton Quality Meats, with Andy Nurse of Yorkshire Bank
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Clifton Quality Meats adds new premises

Wholesale catering butcher Clifton Quality Meats is eyeing expansion after investing in new premises. 

Mark Blatchford and Adam Richman are judges on the new ITV BBQ Champs TV show
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New barbecue TV show hopes to sizzle this summer

A new five-part series being broadcast on ITV will pit Britain’s biggest barbecue enthusiasts against one another, in the hopes of being crowned king or queen of the barbecue. 

Nominations still open for David Black Award

There is still time to nominate somebody to receive the David Black Award – the highest honour the pig industry can bestow. 

Crawshaws to create 2,500 jobs in expansion plan

Crawshaws has announced plans to create 2,500 jobs as it embarks on its national expansion plan. 

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).

Tom Bollon and Maria Watt (front) have big plans for the F Leake shop in Market Weighton (Credit: Pocklington Post)
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A new era for classic butcher’s shop

A traditional butchers in Yorkshire is to be given a renewed lease of life thanks to new owners. 

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