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Scottish meat industry wins millions in grant funding

Scottish meat processors and butchers have secured funds totalling £3.7 million through Scotland’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) Grant Scheme. 

Butcher ‘thrilled’ by royal recognition

A Welsh butcher has become one of an exclusive club of 16 Royal Warrant Holders in Wales, and is the only butcher in the country to achieve the recognition.

Butcher takes on baker in Scotch pie contest

One of Scotland’s most renowned butchers is to take on a leading Kilmarnock baker in a Scotch pie bake-off today. 

Meat Scholarship Association celebrates landmark year

Members of the Welsh red meat sector are being called upon to apply for a potentially life- and career-changing experience. 

Industry fights to narrow meat origins education gap

The meat industry has highlighted its work with children to raise awareness of where their food comes from, amid British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) results highlighting worrying gaps in their knowledge.

Butcher’s Shop of The Year 2017 open for entries

Calling all butchers: Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of The Year (BSOTY) 2017, the premier contest for UK butchers, is now open for entries, with a deadline of 7 August. 

How bright is the future of the retail butcher?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion.

Third Worldskills heat winner named at Leeds City College

James Taylor has been named the winner of the Leeds heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. 

PM swoops in for photocall at Smithfield Market

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Smithfield Market at 5.30am this morning on the eve of the General Election, taking butchers working there by surprise. 

Worldskills Welsh butchery heat winner named

Jake Laidlaw of Andrews Quality Meats in Swindon has been named the winner of the Welsh heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. 

Bevan’s Butchers steps into spotlight in butchery series

Surrey-based Bevan’s Butchers is the latest business to be showcased in Dalziel’s ‘Proud to be a Butcher’ series. 

Worldskills butchery competition heads to Wales

The Welsh heat of the Worldskills butchery competition is taking place today. 

Q Guild’s new manager is Claire Holland

The Q Guild of Butchers has appointed Claire Holland as its general manager.

Worldskills Northern Irish heat results announced

Dylan Gillespie has won the Northern Irish heat of the Worldskills butchery competition. 

EHL Ingredients doubles manufacturing space

Food ingredients firm EHL has acquired a new 8,000 square foot manufacturing site in Stockport that will allow the business to expand operations and trigger a recruitment drive. 

AVO extends BBQ range

Tapping into the health market, European ingredients manufacturer AVO has launched a new Lafiness to its marinade range.

Butchers prepare for first heat of Worldskills Competition 2017

The first heat of the Worldskills Competition 2017 is taking place on Wednesday, 31 May at the Southern Regional College in Newry, Northern Ireland. 

Winners of National Meat Products and Premier Young Butcher competitions named

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) has announced the winners of its annual National Meat Products Competition and Premier Young Butcher 2017 award. 

Q Guild BBQ Supreme Champion crowned

H Clewlow Butchers from Nantwich in Cheshire has been crowned Supreme Champion at the annual Q Guild BBQ competition. 

UV breakthrough hailed for knife sterilisation

A waterless steriliser, offering an alternative to hot water for sterilising knives and other tools in cutting plants and abattoirs, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is already attracting considerable interest from the meat industry, according to its inventor. 

UK beats Germany to come fifth in International Young Butcher Competition

The UK trounced Germany to claim fifth place in the International Young Butcher Competition, set in the picturesque Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck in Austria, although France came top.

Last call for National Meat Products Competition

Butchers seeking to showcase their talents at the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders' (NFMFT's) National Meat Products Competition must register entries by close of play on Friday 19 May.

Butchers warned of fraudulent ‘utility company’

The butchery industry has been told to remain “vigilant” in the face of a scam involving fake utility companies. 

Scottish Craft Butchers Fair awards top talent

The cream of Scottish butchers won recognition for their talent and innovative, high quality products at the Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair on 14 May.

NFMFT prepares for biggest ever National Products Competition

Butchers are being encouraged to submit entries for the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders’ (NFMFT) National Meat Products competition, taking place on Wednesday 24 May. 

Welsh strongman attributes success to butchery background

David Todd, of Hugh Phillips Butchers in Swansea, has been making the most of working in a butcher’s and abattoir, leading him to become an award-winning strongman. 

Pork firm eyes global growth with factory investment

Cranswick Country Foods has won permission to extend its pork abattoir in Preston from East Ridings District Council and now plans to use it to build on product development and global trade. 

Cranstons to refurbish Carlisle store

Cranstons plans to complete refurbishment of its Carlisle store in Fisher Street by the end of June. 

Yorkshire butcher promotes local lamb in school workshop

Yorkshire butcher Brindon Addy promoted local lamb at a butchery workshop at Holmfirth High School, West Yorkshire, last week.

After a lengthy period of huge increase, are there still growth opportunities for burgers?

Traditional burgers are as likely to be found on sale in most butchers’ shops as sausages. They are almost a staple on the shopping list for some. Yet sales in the UK and the US are under pressure after several years of booming growth.

Innovative Food Ingredients appoints Q Guild’s Gordon Newlands

Food distributor Innovative Food Ingredients (IFI) has appointed former Q Guild general manager Gordon Newlands to help develop its independent butchery and processor customer base. 

BBQ trends report designed to benefit industry

BBQ trends and influences for 2017 are at the centre of a report delivered by Dalziel Ingredients. 

Crawshaw to enter into multi-million pound partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group

Crawshaw Group plc has announced today (Wednesday 26 April) that it has entered into a “transformational” supply chain partnership with 2 Sisters Food Group.

Team GB entries close this week

Time is running out to apply to become part of Team GB and take on the rest of the globe at the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018. 

Butchery success at Farm Shop & Deli Awards

Butchery won big at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. 

Stirks Butchers to open steak restaurant

Sunderland-based Stirks Butchers is set to branch out into a new venture as it takes over a local pub and converts it into a steakhouse.

£18.6m ‘halo’ effect created by mini roast campaign

An AHDB Beef & Lamb campaign to grow sales of mini roasts has created a £18.6 million (m) halo effect for red meat joints. 

Irish butcher launches healthy black pudding

Capitalising on the trend towards healthy eating, Northern Irish butcher Pat O’Doherty has developed a new black pudding option. 

Hannah Blakely to compete Down Under – again

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Blakey is preparing to jetset to Australia, where she will compete in the Lifeline Young Butcher competition. 

MP seeks justice for Welsh butcher

Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, has written to the government requesting an investigation into the collapse of a Carmarthenshire hotel business. 

History-making butcher returns from the Netherlands

Anthony Kitson of Kitson & Sons Butchers has returned from his visit to Holland’s premier Easter prime cattle highlight, Paasvee, where he was the first British butcher to compete.

Blazing the trail in butchery

The first intake of Trailblazer apprentices have completed their final assessment.

Coalville butcher closed following hygiene violations

A butcher’s shop in Coalville, north-west Leicestershire, has been ordered to close after Environmental Health Officers found “unacceptable hygiene practices”. 

Dicksons Pork Butchers’ profits fall over £1 million

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has experienced a substantial decrease in profit for the year ending 30 June 2016, although the company remains positive about the future. 

Birmingham butcher jailed for tax fraud

The owner of a Midlands meat processing company has been sentenced to two years for tax fraud.

Scottish butcher capitalises on sausage health craze

Malcolm Allan, Scotland’s Family Butcher, is the latest to make the most out of the health trend by introducing two low-fat sausage products. 

New board members for HCC announced

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has unveiled its new board. 

Business ‘booming’ for new Tariq Halal Tooting store

Award-winning Tariq Halal butchers has opened its eighth store, in Tooting.

Red meat industry careers highlighted by new poster

A new poster delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland illustrates the careers available within the Scottish red meat industry. 

Welsh butcher returns from US fact-finding mission

One of Wales’ top young butchers has flown in from San Francisco with a set of new skills he hopes will help bring innovation to north Wales.