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  The local village butchers shop has been a fixture of rural high streets for hundreds of years and as society and communities have changed not all have survived. Once a community hub, a place to exchange gossip and catch up with local goings-on the small settlements that have lost their local butchers are missing…

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Butchery is a traditional skill with a traditional retail based sales pattern, although online butchers shops are becoming more popular with time-poor consumers and those who find it hard to visit a physical store due to shift working patterns or geographical location. The majority of butchers are still based in high street shops, farm shops…

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  The recent AHDB Meat Export Conference, subtitled “Preparing For Brexit” saw a lot of discussion around the opportunities for British livestock and meat exports after Britain leaves the EU. Head of Livestock Export Trade Development Jean-Pierre Garnier highlighted the £2.4 billion annual livestock product export market, forecasting a 20% increase in exports by 2021.…

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  Barbecue packs are great for busy sunny weekends, allowing customers to pick up everything they need for an afternoon of al fresco cooking without counter staff having to individually bag up several products for each customer when there is a growing queue. Of course, the packing up needs to be done by someone but…

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  The 2018 World Butchers’ Challenge has announced the reappearance of two categories for the next event, the Young Butchers and Apprentice Butchers challenges, both of which were introduced last time around. Countries participating in the main event have been invited to submit applications for the new categories, for which heats will take place over…

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  Kantar Worldpanel undertook a survey of British eating habits over 2016 and found that poultry has overtaken red meat for the first time as the most popular choice for midweek meals. As consumer habits and society changes more people are eating out or cooking for one, and the survey revealed that most home cooked…

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  A butchery demonstration stand has proved to be one of the most popular attractions at the Royal Norfolk Show, held on 28th and 29th of June. Nine butchers from all over Norfolk took to the block and the stage to demonstrate traditional butchery skills over the two days, including how to prepare a pig’s…

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  Congratulations are due for the winners of the Meat Management Awards 2017. This year’s awards event was held on 28th June at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham and was hosted by comedian Miles Jupp. There were 20 awards presented throughout the evening, with the coveted title of Butchers Shop of the Year going to Simpsons…

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  The British Poultry Association announced in it’s 2017 Antibiotic Stewardship Report that antibiotic use in the UK had dropped by 71% between 2012 and 2016, which is great news for the UK poultry industry and consumers alike. The organisation, which represents 90% of poultry in the UK, conducts regular reviews of antibiotic use and…

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Butchery business of all types have until 7th August to enter the Meat Trades Journal Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2017, to be announced on 6th November at London’s County Hall. The word “shop” doesn’t necessarily mean a traditional high street shop, however, as the growing number of online, garden centre and farm shop…