Costcutter signs up Yorkshire Dales Meat

Yorkshire Dales Meat has crowned a record-breaking six months by winning a contract to supply Costcutter supermarkets across the county.

Since January, YDM - based at Mill Close Farm, Patrick Brompton, near Bedale - has doubled its turnover, moved into a new 9,000sq ft cutting and processing plant and seen its workforce rise to ten.

An early supporter of farmers' markets, YDM founder Stephen Knox began selling his own quality beef direct to the public when trade prices were low.

His company still sells at the markets, but has also expanded to supply pubs, restaurants and hotels across Yorkshire, farm shops, delicatessens and independent grocers, Londis convenience stores and has now added the Costcutter contract to its order book.

Its new plant, which incorporates offices and conference facilities, also includes a purpose-built kitchen and testing and tasting facilities ready for the firm's expansion into ready meals.

Jonathon Carter is YDM's general manager. "All our butchers are personally trained by me to maintain our high standards," he explains.

"And unlike supermarkets, all our beef is matured for 21 to 28 days by the traditional carcass hanging method."

As part of the company philosophy YDM operates an "open door" policy, allowing customers anytime access to its farm and factory facilities.

To keep up with demand Knox also sources Aberdeen Angus-X cattle, pigs and lambs from trusted Yorkshire suppliers.

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