National Butchers’ Week product competition is back

It’s time for butchers to get their thinking caps on as the National Butchers’ Week product competition returns for 2018. 

Festive meat sales rise 6% in Northern Ireland

Total meat sales in Northern Ireland (NI) were valued at £79.7 million (m) during the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017 according to the latest available data from Kantar. 

‘Brighter spotlight’ needed on health benefits of red meat

The health benefits of red meat and dairy products needs to be highlighted more, according to research by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). 

AHDB trials bite test technology

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has conducted early trials with an electronic bite test that could help the meat industry generate up to £7 million (m) more in revenue by turning cuts graded as slower-cook into thin-cut steaks. 

New direction announced for Meat Trades Journal

The New Year begins with a bang, as William Reed seizes the opportunity to take a fresh approach to its meat coverage. Read on for the full low-down on these exciting plans for Meat Trades Journal.

Welsh butcher teams with local leek producer

Edwards of Conwy has linked up with Blas y Tir leeks to create a quintessentially Welsh product. 

Cranstons announces support for elderly community

Cranstons Quality Butchers is supporting the elderly community in Cumbria through its pie sales. 

Faggots back in fashion for West Country butcher

West Country butcher Pyne’s of Somerset is struggling to keep up with demand for his traditionally-made faggots. 

Butcher wins World Scotch Pie competition

Butcher James Pirie & Son of Newtyle in Angus, Scotland has been unveiled as the 2018 World Scotch Pie Champion.

Scottish Craft Butchers Diamond winner unveiled

Crombies of Edinburgh has won the Diamond Award in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Products Awards 2018.

Butcher takes on Finnebrogue Naked Bacon claims

A Northern Irish butcher has refuted processor Finnebrogue’s claim that it has created the first-ever nitrite-free bacon product.

LMC launches three-year marketing campaign

The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) has launched a new three-year advertising campaign, designed to encourage people across Northern Ireland to eat more Farm Quality Assured beef and lamb.

Festive sales and footfall decline for Crawshaws

Butchery chain Crawshaw Group saw a 6.1% year-on-year drop in group like-for-like sales and a 2.6% decrease in customers in the run-up to Christmas (15 weeks to 24 December 2017).

Essentia expands West Midlands operations

UK ingredients specialist Essentia Protein Solutions has expanded its operations in response to growing demand. 

Booze-infused flavours on the menu this Christmas

Ingredients specialists Dalziel Ingredients has outlined its predictions for flavour profiles this holiday season. 

Scunthorpe butcher develops hospitality division

A butchery business based in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, has been able to develop the hospitality arm of its business thanks to funding of £1,000. 

Family butchers expands to local market

A butchery business based in Gloucester has been able to expand its retail operations thanks to funding from NatWest. 

Butchers' Week is back for 2018

One of the highlights of the butchery calendar is returning for 2018. 

Introducing Bryce Lawson

With 2018 on our doorstep, the World Butchers’ Challenge will be heading to Northern Ireland in just over three months. 

AmazonFresh goes for gold with ‘Golden Goose’

Customers are being offered the ultimate Christmas showstopper this year, as AmazonFresh has teamed up with C Lidgate to deliver a 24-carat ‘Golden Goose’. 

Edwards of Conwy wins Lidl listings

The 2017 Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year winner Edwards of Conwy has won listings in Lidl for its traditional pork sausages. 

Dicksons Pork Butchers secures retailer listings

South Shields-based Dicksons Pork Butchers has expanded its wholesale presence by landing new deals with two well-known supermarkets. 

Nigel Barden to host Q Guild Smithfield Awards

Food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden has been announced as host of the Q Guild’s annual Smithfield Awards.

Scottish Craft Butcher training awards’ winners unveiled

Five trainee butchers from across Scotland have been recognised for their skills in the Scottish Craft Butcher Training Awards.

WorldSkills butchery competition in 90 seconds

The government-backed WorldSkills competition series came to an end in spectacular fashion on Saturday 18 November, after a tough, two-day tournament.

Online retailer field&flower unveils Christmas range

Grass-fed meat and sustainable fish delivery service, field&flower has launched its new luxury Christmas Range.

James Taylor wins gold at WorldSkills butchery final

James Taylor of Simpsons Butchers, Lincolnshire, has been crowned champion of the WorldSkills butchery competition 2017.

Traditional Christmas meat pies now available on AmazonFresh

AmazonFresh has sought the help of celebrated butcher C Lidgate to bring back the traditional, meat-filled mince pie. 

Tom Kerridge to open butcher initiative this Friday

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is to open his butcher-come-pub project on Friday, 17 November 2017. 

Scottish red meat sector positioned to tackle Brexit challenge

The Scottish red meat sector has been told that it has a strong future ahead of it, despite the obstacles that may be presented by Brexit. 

Worshipful Company of Butchers partners with Team GB

Team GB has announced a major sponsorship deal with The Worshipful Company of Butchers for the World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC) 2018. 

VIDEO: Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017

The nation’s finest butchers gathered on Monday, 6 November at County Hall in London to celebrate the best the industry has to offer. 

Big success for Big Sausage Week!

As Big Sausage Week comes to a close, we’ve been overwhelmed with the level of response that we’ve received from everyone. 

Champion of Champions 2017 winner revealed

Sunshine won out on Monday, 6 November, as Allan Bennett Butchers in Wolverhampton won the Champion of Champions 2017 accolade.

Lishman’s of Ilkley crowned Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017

After 32 years in business, Lishman’s of Ilkley in West Yorkshire has finally picked up the top prize in independent retail butchery.

Christmas products awarded at national competition

Some of the best Christmas products to come out of the country’s butchers for 2017 have been honoured at the inaugural National Festive Meat Products competition. 

Big Sausage Week: Q Guild manager shares tips on sausage judging

Manager of the Q Guild of Butchers took to the radio to share her inside knowledge of what makes a good sausage. 

VIDEO: Why you should be entering sausage competitions

After months of preparation, The Big Sausage Week is finally upon us! 

Butchers win out in Q Guild sausage survey

The majority of consumers buy their sausages from a high street butcher's shop, according to a new survey by the Q Guild.

Young butcher adds to trophy cabinet

A young, award-winning butcher has added another accolade to his resumé, after being named Higher Apprentice of the Year. 

Butcher’s Shop of the Year tickets selling fast

With just over a week to go, tickets to Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017 are selling fast. 

Grimsby butcher ceases trading

John Pettit & Sons butchers, established in 1892 and based in Grimsby, stopped trading last week with immediate effect. 

Industry mourns loss of former NFMFT president

The meat industry is grieving the passing of Michael Beaumont, former president of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT).

Diet trends drive EHL’s gluten-free range

EHL Ingredients has expanded its offering of gluten-free products as a response to consumer demands.

Irish festival welcomes Scottish butchers for demonstration

Scottish and Irish butchers united to take part in a butchery demonstration at the recent Pigtown festival in Limerick.  

Butchers’ roadshow caters to all

With only one week to go to the Autumn Roadshow & Festive Meat Products Competition, butchers across the nation are being encouraged to attend and hone their knowledge. 

London butcher makes it into Michelin Guide

London butcher Hill & Szrok Master Butcher & Cookshop has won a listing in the Michelin Guide, published earlier this month, for its evening restaurant offer. 

BDCI unveils new Lean on Us campaign

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has unveiled its new campaign to help those from the meat industry who have fallen on hard times. 

New Dalebrook showroom unveiled

Dalebrook Supplies has opened its new flagship showroom.

Butchers urged to support British turkeys

Independent butchers have been called on to adopt the stance of all major UK supermarkets in supporting British turkey for 100% of their fresh offer.