Q Guild chairman extends links with Irish counterparts

Q Guild chairman Brindon Addy has been awarded honorary certified craft butcher status by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) after the Irish industry body launched its new certification scheme.

Addy, who runs J Brindon Addy Butchers in Hade Edge, Holmfirth, was in Ireland to speak about the Q Guild at the ACBIís annual meeting in Dublin, when he was presented with the accolade.†

He said: ďBoth the Q Guild and Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland represent the independent butcher sector in their respective countries. I am sure our two groups can do much work together in the future.Ē

The four-day visit focused particularly on young people joining the industry, with Addy judging the Craft Butchersí Young Butcher of the Year Awards and presenting the awards at a ceremony at Waterford Crystalís headquarters.He also joined the ACBIís round table at the Waterford Institute of Technology to discuss young peopleís future in the food industry.

The ACBI was founded in 2000 and has around 400 members throughout the Republic of Ireland. Its† certification scheme has been launched to distinguish craft butchery from the supermarkets by focussing on quality, service, product range, hygiene standards and traditional skills. Around 52 members of the ACBI scheme were presented with the new certification alongside Addy, having been audited by an independent professional company for HACCP compliance, customer service and quality of product.