Award for Berwick butcher

Chinese and Thai were the route to awards for local butchers Foston’s Fine Meats, who were delighted to have their quality products recognised at a national level in the 2019 Scottish Craft Butcher Awards.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019, 12:08 pm
Pictured (centre) Greig Foston from Foston Fine Meats with contest sponsors (left) Erin Conroy from Verstegen and (right() Duncan McVicar from Scotweigh.

The Duns and Berwick butcher’s success came with a Gold award for their Cluster Bomb Steak Kebab and Thai Chicken Curry and Silver award for Peking Chicken. Greig Foston, from Foston Fine Meats, is pictured with sponsors Erin Conroy from Verstegen and Duncan McVicar from Scotweigh.

Scott Jarron President of the awards organisers Scottish Craft Butchers said: “We run these evaluations to recognise the innovation and expertise that goes into the quality products that craft butchers make. Customers are becoming increasingly interested in sourcing the very best meat products available and our evaluation aids the customer finding all the good products out there at our specialist butchers.”

The awards, sponsored by Verstegen and Scotweigh, attracted around 230 entries from over 40 butchers from the Moray Firth to the Solway Firth in a keenly contested assessment process.

Products from all across Scotland were delivered to the Stirling campus of the Forth Valley College where they were judged by a team of experts under the supervision of Craft Butchers Chief Executive Douglas Scott.

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Results were announced at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair in Perth.

Scottish Craft Butchers is the consumer facing side of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. This Federation was incorporated in 1918 to represent the interests of retail butchers and since then have added promotions and competitions to their activities.

They provide a valuable source of help, advice and assistance on food safety and legislative matters. Their training arm, Scottish Meat Training delivers craft training in the sector with on average 200 trainees continually registered on Modern Apprenticeships.