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Training standard for abattoirs given the go-ahead

A Level 2 standard for abattoir workers for the red meat sector has been given the thumbs-up for development by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). 

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. 

Innovative Food Ingredients expands portfolio

Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) is responding to demand by adding Newly Weds Foods (NWF) rusk to its product range. 

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. 

London butcher available through AmazonFresh delivery service

London butcher C.Lidgate is extending its reach as part of the new AmazonFresh rollout. 

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. 

Trainee chefs receive hands-on learning from top butchers

WH Frost Butchers of Manchester and meat wholesaler Hartshead Meats of Lancashire, both Q Guild members, teamed up to deliver an educational programme to catering students. 

Teaching assistant Mr. Green helped out at the Sausage Sizzle for Farm Africa
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Sausage Sizzle raises money for Farm Africa

Year 3 students at a London School raised £314 for Farm Africa after selling sausages donated by local butcher’s Jones the Butchers on Dulwich Road. 

Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme producers were given a tour of Celtica Foods butchery
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Celtic Pride beef producers optimistic about future

Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme producers were told of “ambitious plans” to increase sales of Celtic Pride Beef to premium catering establishments in the south east at Celtic Pride’s annual supplier meeting. 

Students' Scotch Beef burgers raise money for charity

Students from Bathgate Academy in West Lothian, Scotland, have been busy fundraising outside a local Tesco by selling Scotch Beef burgers, designed by the pupils. 

Q Guild welcomes Cotswolds farm shop

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

Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo launched

Corndale Charcuterie, based in Limavady in Co Derry, has launched Northern Ireland’s first fresh pork chorizo product. 

Carlyn Paton of We Hae Meat said the team is "delighted" to extend its range with The Co-op
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Family butcher secures brand expansion with Co-op

We Hae Meat, a family butcher business from Ayrshire, Scotland, has secured a £750,000 range expansion with The Co-operative. 

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.

Kathy Groves, Professor at Leatherhead Food Research
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Leatherhead proves mechanically butchered meat is fresh

Leatherhead Food Research has called for more sophisticated analyses for meat harvested from advanced mechanical butchery technologies, following a High Court ruling. 

‘Hands-on’ initiative launched by AHDB Pork

The industry’s levy board AHDB Pork has launched a new Focus Farm initiative for pig producers. 

AIMS issues response to CCTV calls from BVA and VPHA

The recent call from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, and that official veterinarians (OV) should have unrestricted access to footage, has sparked debate within the industry. 

CCTV footage call ignites debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s recent call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and that official veterinarians (OV) to have unrestricted access to footage has divided the sector. 

WorldSkills butchery competition returns for second year

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

Dr Marc Cooper head of the RSPCA farm animal department "wholeheartedly supports" calls for mandatory CCTV cameras in abattoirs
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RSPCA backs CCTV in abattoirs campaign

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has added support to a campaign backed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses. 

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. 

All the winners from this year's Q Guild BBQ competition
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Inverclyde butcher crowned Q Guild UK BBQ supreme champion

Drew McKenzie of Robert Alexander Butchers in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, was crowned the overall supreme barbecue champion in the UK final of the Q Guild 2016 BBQ competition on Sunday 15 May. 

Half of Britons concerned about quality of meat from supermarkets

New research suggests that half of all Brits are concerned about the quality of the meat they are purchasing from UK supermarkets. 

Warm weather boosts meat sales

An early May heatwave has lead to a growth in meat sales as British shoppers fired up the barbecues. 

Team UK record best-ever finish in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK International Butcher Team of Lucy Crawshaw and Joe Smith scored their best-ever result at the International Young Butcher Competition at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Halal Food Authority condemns Britain First following slaughterhouse visit

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is considering action against political party Britain First following a visit to a halal meat business. 

Premier Young Butcher awards 2016

18 year-old James Henshaw from Taylors Farm Shop has been named this year's Premier Young Butcher.

Lockwoods launches Maddock’s consumer-facing meat brand

Liverpool-based food manufacturer Lockwoods has launched Maddock’s, a new meat brand for consumers. 

Meat Business Women networking event speaker list expanded

A new speaker has been added to the third Meat Business Women event. 

Scottish consumers encouraged to cook with local meat

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new series of family-friendly, quick-step recipe videos to help consumers get the most out of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Speciality Selected Pork. 

Q Guild to ‘name and shame’

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

Consumers encouraged to back British beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) is to showcase all the different cuts available from a cow, in an effort to alter shopping habits. 

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.
 

Keith Fisher to continue in industry

Despite announcing his retirement from AHDB last month, Keith Fisher is to pass on his industry knowledge to the next generation. 

Michael Dickson (left) has handed over the role of managing director to Chris Hayman (right)
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Dicksons announces new managing director, looks to the future

Chris Hayman has been announced as Dicksons Pork Butchers’ new managing director, after acting as head of sales at the Tyne and Wear-based family business. It is the first time that somebody from outside the Dickson family will serve in the position. 

Meat masterclass with Lucy Crawshaw and Joe Smith

Lucy Crawshaw of Taylors Farm Shop and Joe Smith from Lishman's of Ilkley treated visitors at Foodex 2016 to a meat masterclass.

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. 

Butcher teaches next generation of customers

A London butcher has held a class for some younger customers to teach them the art of butchery.

Meat Business Women to host London networking event

Tickets are now available for Meat Business Women’s third networking event on Wednesday 25 May. 

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. 

Craig Finch (middle) is awarded the Supreme Champion accolade at the National Meat Products Competition
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National Meat Products Competition Supreme Champion crowned

Craig Finch of Craig Finch Butchers in Harborne, Birmingham, has won the Supreme Champion accolade at this year’s National Meat Products Competition

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. 

London hotel benefits from NI meat supplier

Northern Irish meat producer, Hannan Meats, has helped a London hotel find success. 

Industry legend Keith Fisher has retired from AHDB
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Keith Fisher retires from AHDB

AHDB master butcher advisor Keith Fisher has retired from the levy board after dedicating over 40 years to the meat industry. 

Brothers John and Steven Mettrick have rejoined the Q Guild
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Q Guild welcomes back Derbyshire butcher JW Mettrick & Son

JW Mettrick & Son of Glossop is the latest to join the Q Guild, an industry body representing the nation’s top independent butchers. 

Local butcher’s helps Cornish speciality store find feet

Launceston-based Philip Warren and Son is set to head up the butchery section at the county’s new Great Cornish Food Store. 

Pupils from Holme Junior and Infant School in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, were taught about the industry by master butcher Brindon Addy
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Pupils learn skills from popular butcher

Students at Holme Junior and Infant School in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, were treated to an educational butchery workshop by master butcher Brindon Addy. 

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