Perth butcher steps up to head Scottish federation

A Perth butcher has been appointed president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

Following in his family’s footsteps, Beaton Lindsay has been announced as the new head of the organisation. As owner of Lindsay’s butcher’s shop in Perth, established in 1863, Lindsay is the third generation of his family to hold the presidency of the SFMTA.

Lindsay said he had a hard act to follow in previous president Ian Faulds: “His commitment to meet and understand members has taken him from Kelso to Kirkwall and from Castle Douglas to Stornoway. He has been really well received everywhere he has gone, he has been eloquent and he has been a great ambassador for the Scottish craft butcher,” Lindsay said.

Addressing the federation at its annual conference in Perth, Lindsay said changes in the retail landscape have opened up an opportunity for butchers, not to be missed: “The challenge of the discounters has caused changes in behaviours and the trend away from one-stop shops has created opportunities for the craft butcher. Shoppers are making more regular trips, watching what they spend and, more likely now than for a long time, to visit their butcher, their baker, their fishmonger and their greengrocer, if they can find one.”

Lindsay also highlighted Scotland’s latest 5p carrier bag legislation, which he called “ridiculous” and resulting in more customers using the bacteria-laden ‘bag for life’.

“I will make it my personal crusade to make sure this Federation lobbies Environmental Health officers, local authorities, the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee, the Food Standards Agency and the Scottish Government to see sense and remove this 5p charge from butchers’ shops. We know that it makes sense and we know that we do not want food safety compromised, because customers are unwilling to pay this charge. What price does the Scottish Government put on food safety?” he concluded.

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