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Industry called on to work together to promote red meat sector

The meat supply chain has been urged to work together in finding ways to stimulate demand for beef and lamb. 

Is steak the food of love?
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Steak revealed as the number one dish on Valentine’s Day

A new study has revealed that steak is the most sought-after dish on Valentine's Day. 

Getting to know Boghall Butchers

Meat Trades Journal popped in to see Boghall Butchers, crowned the best butcher's shop in Scotland 2015, to have a chat about what makes them so unique.

New corporate members for Q Guild

West Midlands-based Theo’s Food Company and XL Refrigerators of West Yorkshire have joined the Q Guild as corporate members. 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Walter Rose launches special sausage for charity

Wiltshire butcher Walter Rose & Son is selling sausages to raise money for charity. 

Midland Bacon Co expands fleet

Midland Bacon Co has teamed with Gray & Adams to add a new eight-wheeled refrigerated truck as the business grows. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Welsh lamb

Red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be celebrating the passing of the Year of the Sheep with Welsh Lamb through its digital marketing platforms this month. 

Butchers James Thomas (l) and Gavin Edwards. Images sourced from the South Wales Argus
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Butcher celebrates Six Nations with special sausages

To commemorate the launch of the Six Nations rugby tournament this weekend, A D Turner & Sons, based in Newport, Wales, has created a range of sausages to honour each participating country. 

NACB chairman announces retirement

Peter Allen, of Aubrey Allen, revealed he has stepped down as his position as chairman of the National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB). 

Complexity of Scottish red meat industry a challenge and opportunity

The complexity of the red meat production process presents both challenges and opportunities for the industry, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

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. 

Pork pie firm relaunches website

Pork pie producer Dickinson & Morris has relaunched its website, www.porkpie.co.uk.

Love rub pulled pork campaign launched

A £2.7 million (m) Pulled Pork promotion has been unveiled by AHDB Pork in an effort to bring value to the sector. 

GroceryAid has opened applications for grocery apprentices needing extra funding
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Funding opportunities for the future of the food industry

GroceryAid, a charity whose mission statement is to help people from the grocery industry in need, has opened up applications aimed at apprentices looking for extra funding while undertaking a grocery industry apprenticeship. 

The Thermal Space Saver system has been designed to keep products at the correct temperature during transportation
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Thermal insulation container set to help the industry in transporting cold foods

Refrigerated transport is often considered a major contributor towards carbon emissions. Provider of thermal insulation materials Enviro-Pod said that, aside from the high running cost of refrigerated transport, running chillers and doors being left open during the loading and reloading of stock also have a damaging effect on the environment. 

Game meat is becoming more prominent on the supermarket shelves, says Countryside Alliance
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Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance. 

At £4,000, Macsween of Edinburgh has unveiled the world's most expensive haggis
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World’s most expensive haggis unveiled in time for Burns Night

Haggis specialist Macsween of Edinburgh has created the world’s most expensive haggis as Scotland sets to prepare for Burns Night. 

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.  

Pulled pork campaign set to return

After the success it brought last year, the pulled pork advertising campaign is set to return to television screens next month. 

Getting to know Simpsons Butchers

We caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year overall winners 2015, Simpsons Butchers in Heckington, Lincolnshire, to find out what sets them apart from the competition.

NFMFT grieves the passing of former president Ken Wakelin

The meat industry has been mourning the loss of former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) president Ken Wakelin, who passed away on Wednesday 6 January following a short illness. 

Butcher praises community following £3,500 meat theft

A butcher in Riverhead, Kent, has applauded the “brilliant” community for the support they have shown after £3,500-worth of meat was taken just before Christmas. 

Butcher closes after 90 years

After nearly a century in the industry, AG Dennis Family Butcher, in Wanstead, London, has closed its doors for the final time. 

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

AHDB Beef & Lamb launches Meat Education Programme

AHDB Beef & Lamb has unveiled the Meat Education Programme. 

Mearns T McCaskie’s owners Nigel and Helen Ovens with the celebrity chef Monica Galetti
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Mearns T McCaskie joins Q Guild

Award-winning Inverclyde butcher Mearns T McCaskie has been awarded membership of the national Butchers Q Guild. 

Crawshaw Group sees strong growth over festive season

The Crawshaw Group has posted a 64% increase in group sales for the 15-week period to the 3 January 2016. 

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. 

Simon Barker has taken over Stanforths Butchers
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Stanforths Butchers now owned by Simon Barker

Simon Barker has taken over 100% control of the Stanforths butchery business, including the meat production unit at Skipton Auction Mart and the retail shop in Skipton. 

Former NFMFT director John Fuller passes away

Tributes have been paid to former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) director John Fuller who has died at the age of 76. 

Organic meat company starts year with new innovation

Devon-based The Well Hung Meat Company has begun 2016 with the launch of a meatbox aimed at simplifying eating clean, healthy, and organic meat. 

B Riley & Sons abattoir falls into administration with 131 job losses

Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, has been forced to close down after experiencing ‘significant cashflow difficulties’ resulting in 131 staff have being made redundant just before Christmas.

GN Badley & Sons are looking for record breaking sales this Christmas period
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Telford butcher on track for record Christmas sales

GN Badley & Sons butchers in Telford, Shropshire, is looking to break its own sale records this Christmas period with the help of online sales.

Alasdair Swan (l) from the Bank of Scotland with Gordon Allan of Malcolm Allan
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Malcolm Allan takes on Christmas staff to cope with demand

Scottish meat producer Malcolm Allan has created 20 temporary roles to meet increased demand for its handmade steak pies over the Christmas period. 

Festive sausage raises money for charity

A Cirencester butcher has unveiled a limited edition Christmas sausage for the festive period in aid of charity. 

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. 

British food and drink sector strengthens

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), data by Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown that the UK’s food and drink sector grew 6% in 2014 to a total of 8,225 firms. 

Industry rallies behind flood victims

Although homes and businesses have felt the power of nature from Storm Desmond in the north of England, the extreme weather has not dampened the community spirit. 

Butchers hail Small Business Saturday a success

Shoppers across the country took advantage of Small Business Saturday, which falls on the first shopping Saturday of December every year. The campaign is designed to highlight small businesses and to encourage customers to ‘shop local’.

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.

Clinton Roberts won the first Welsh Pork Butcher contest at the Royal Welsh Fair
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Welsh Pork Butcher’s inaugural winner dedicates win to mother

The winner of the first Welsh Pork Butcher contest at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair has paid tribute to his late mother for his success. 

West Country Lamb available in Italy

West Country Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has hit the Italian market. 

Peter Rushforth shows off his Welsh Young Butcher trophy
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Two on the trot for Welsh Young Butcher champion Peter Rushforth

Champion Welsh Young Butcher Peter Rushforth has successfully defended his title at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells. 

Retailers selling mislabelled gammon will be named and shamed by the NPA
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Misleading gammon labelling to be “named and shamed” this Christmas

Retailers not supporting Britain’s high-welfare pig farmers this Christmas season can expect to be named and shamed by the National Pig Association (NPA).  

Consumers have been advised to be careful about the type of turkey they buy for Christmas
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Consumers advised over Christmas turkeys

Paul Kelly, managing director of Kelly Turkeys, has told customers that a fully mature small-strain turkey produces greater value to the consumer than a larger breed of turkey killed earlier on. 

(l to r) David Whyatt, Dalziel; Michael Catry, Westvlees and Sandy Dalziel
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Top meat suppliers awarded by Dalziel

The top-performing meat suppliers of the year for retail butchery specialist Dalziel have been awarded at the firm’s second annual supplier awards.

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