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The grass is always greener at Martin's Meats

Although only in operation since 2003, Cotswolds-based Martin's Meats has taken on the world and won by picking up the Best Grrass-fed steak Award at the World Steak Challenge 2017.

Introducing Mark Ramsay

Joining the British Beefeaters for the first time this year, is Mark Ramsay of Falleninch Farm in Stirling. 

VIDEO: Why Britain’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year is supporting Big Sausage Week

With the Big Sausage Week just over one month away, Meat Trades Journal caught up with Walter Rose & Sons, voted Butcher’s Shop of the Year, to find out why it is important to support the event. 

Gluten tag, butchers

Meat producers use coatings and seasonings to bring food to the next level. And in an age where the health-conscious consumer reigns supreme, butchers are producing gluten-free foods to ensure they are graced with the so-called health halo. This effect refers to the healthfulness of a product and it’s having a big impact in supermarkets. 

Introducing Simon Taylor

With the World Butchers’ Challenge just over six months away, the British Beefeaters are sharpening their cleavers and getting ready to make an impact in Belfast next March. 

North Yorkshire butcher begins new chapter

A North Yorkshire butcher has warned that the rise in rent and parking rates is threatening trade for smaller independents.

VIDEO: How to make Texan Link Sausages

Andy Benn of Scobie & Junor taught Meat Trades Journal how to make Texan Link Sausages. 

How your serverover helps gain and retain customers

There are certain items a butcher relies on to ensure the business runs smoothly. Some might seem small, but all are cogs in a well-oiled machine. Naturally, one of these essential assets is the serveover. 

Getting to know… Crawshaws Crystal Peaks

Meat Trades Journal travelled to Crystal Peaks in Sheffield to visit Crawshaws’ newest store. 

Workplace accidents: heed the warnings

An unsafe work environment can cause more than financial damage. Are you ensuring that you're complying to all health and safety regulations?

How independent butchers can help promote local

At the end of the day, 80% of the quality of the meat we sell is down to the farmer. If we have that relationship with the farmer and say, for example, ‘This week it was a bit fat or a bit dark’, we have a direct influence on our source product.

How the BDCI is helping the meat industry

It can be tough to give your life to a sector and then, when you fall on hard times, feel there’s no help available to you.  Thankfully, for those in the meat industry, there is support at hand. 

Industry must work together to overcome meat fraud

The Scottish meat industry has been encouraged to make the most of the Food Crime and Incidents unit to overcome fraudulent practices. 

Breaking down a lamb with Simon Taylor

We caught up with Simon Taylor, from Surrey Hills Butchers, to learn how to break down a lamb.

How Aubrey Allen paved a way to become one of the best

"In the country, a lot of people know us,” boasts Simon Kelly, retail manager of Aubrey Allen. It might be a bold statement, but it should hardly be surprising. After all, not everybody can list the Queen as one of its customers. 

On the advanced pathway

To help develop the next generation of specialists, ABP UK is looking within. 

How can you keep your customers interested?

Standing out is increasingly important in a competitive market. Our expert gives tips on the best way to attract and retain customers.

Training: Taking the next step

Helping your staff take the next step in their career can benefit your business and there are plenty of options available to help them learn. 

What is the best way to tackle outstanding payments?

Small to medium-sized businesses are particularly vulnerable to late payments and customers entering administration. Here's what to do if you are affected by this.

Budget relief a ‘sticking plaster’ for long-term problem

Philip Hammond’s first Budget as chancellor has been criticised for not offering enough relief to counter a business rates increase. 

Sharp support: Is your equipment up to scratch?

A theatre production is only as good as the technical crew behind the scenes. Without the team pulling the strings and making sure everything you see runs smoothly, you won't have a show. Similarly, the meat you present to your customers is only there because of the work that goes into it.

Find the right fit: How the appearance of your shop can help boost business

It might sound vain, but appearance really is everything. That certainly is the case when it comes to your butchery business. If you don’t create the right ambience, then you run the risk of deterring potential customers. 

Artisan butcher Damon Buckingham ready to open doors

Top independent butcher Damon Buckingham took some time out from setting up his new business Buckinghams Artisan Butchery to speak to Meat Trades Journal about his road from manager to business owner. 

Chemical Warfare: Understanding hygiene and cleaning regulations

When you run a business, finances can be tight. So imagine getting hit with a fine of £6,000, £9,000 or even £15,000. What would that do to your bottom line? These are all fines that butchers have received over the past 12 months, after being found in breach of food hygiene regulations.

Taste test: how added value products can expand your customer reach

With Christmas behind us for another year, and the season of the 'January Blues' upon us, it's the time of year when your customers will be keeping an extra close watch on their bank balances.

Looking ahead to 2017

The past 12 months have been tumultuous for the meat industry and beyond. As the sector dusts itself off after a messy 2016, we look at what the industry hopes to see in 2017.

Integrated approach: How the latest EPoS and labelling systems benefit butchers

Butchers are facing an onslaught of evolving demands from harried, price-conscious shoppers accustomed to cash-free transactions, escalating labelling requirements and potentially a reduced workforce as the National Living Wage puts pressure on operational costs. Installing the right EPoS system can streamline the operations of a butcher’s shop, creating a more efficient business from stock control through to labelling and sales, allowing shop staff to focus their valuable labour hours elsewhere.

Delivering at the Livery: New WCB Master Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson is the latest Master at the Worshipful Company of Butchers. Rod Addy sits down with him to discuss his plans for the WCB. 

A new approach to staff training

Staff training is a constant source of difficulty for busy butchers, but it's a vital part of operations. Expert butcher Mark Turnbull offers up a seasonal solution.

SOS: Save Our Sausages

Declining sales and constant media attention have hit the sausage sector where it hurts. Is there a way back for the beleaguered banger? 

Luxury links: How can butchers capitalise on sausage trends?

We Brits love a good, reliable banger, whether we’re grilling them on the barbie under the sun or soaking them in gravy with our mashed potatoes. Recent research has even borne out what was always secretly known: that a full English fry-up can help cure a hangover, with the carbohydrates restoring depleted sugar levels. And we all know you can’t have a fry-up without a sausage or two.

A global affair: Travels with a freelance butcher

George Jephson has travelled the world, learning new butchery skills and applying them to the UK. He speaks to Meat Trades Journal about his experiences in the global meat industry. 

Q Guild butchers defy sausage sale decline

Q Guild butchers are bucking the overall retail trend for falling sausage sales, reporting strong growth even of traditional lines.

Getting to know... O'Doherty's Fine Meats

O’Doherty’s butchers in Enniskillen is famed for many reasons, and being the best butcher’s shop in Northern Ireland is just one of them

Tis the season to make some sales

Ok, we know it’s only September but the evenings are getting darker earlier and soon the Christmas songs will be blasting over the airwaves. So what better way for butchers to prepare for the busiest time of the year than by looking at what sold well in recent festive seasons? 

Spice up your life

Who doesn’t like to spice things up? Of course we’re talking about seasonings and condiments, and how they can add to a business. 

Food writer to present Q Guild Smithfield awards

Food luminary Tom Parker Bowles will present the 2017 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards, to be held early in 2017. 

Focus on: Delicatessen & Fish

Aaron McDonald explores how butchers can expand their client base by offering a selection of delicatessen products. 

Getting to know... Brace of Butchers

Meat Trades Journal travelled to Dorset to see what Brace of Butchers has been up to since it won at the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards, and we weren't disappointed. 

Butchers' sundires: keeping ahead of the trends

Aaron McDonald investigates what developments butchers ought to be looking out for in the sundries market

Shopfitting: Fighting Fit

Ensuring your business is looking its best can be costly but it’s vital for any butcher with long-term success in mind, says Aidan Fortune.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

Christmas feature: Cracking Christmas

While turkey is still viewed as the Christmas hero, consumer demand is always evolving and butchers need to keep up with the trends. 

Halal feature: Labelling under the spotlight

With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.

Training feature: Plugging the gaps

Training in the meat industry has not always delivered the specific skills companies need, but a new apprenticeship scheme is about to shake up the sector, as Helen Gregory reports

Halal’s hot potato

Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.

Holiday illness

Employers could be forgiven for lacking sympathy with an employee who returns from a holiday complaining they were sick while on annual leave, so they could not properly enjoy it particularly if they are sporting a suspiciously healthy-looking tan.

In defence of meat

The demonisation of meat occurred simultaneously with the public health dietary advice to "base our meals on starchy foods" and obesity has increased tenfold since. Here are seven facts in the defence of meat to help the industry fight the "nutritional ignorance" that currently abounds.

The best yet

With less than a month to go until the big day, MTJ's Butchers' Fair Autumn is shaping up to be the best yet. The event, taking place at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate on Sunday 7 October 2012, will follow the same format as previous successful fairs, offering butchers a great opportunity to network with suppliers and peers, gather inspiration and share skills, best practice and innovation. And, with an extensive list of exhibitors, some first-class speakers and the return of MTJ's prestigious Champion of Champions and the National Pie Competition, the Autumn fair promises to be bigger and better than ever.

British Bonanza

As Aprils go, last year’s was an absolute corker. The barometer rose, the sun and barbecues came out and barely had the Easter eggs been swallowed, than a swelter of bunting and flag-waving broke out, along with collective national swooning over Kate’s dress and Pippa’s bottom.