Newry butchers takes home gold at awards

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Friday, October 23rd, 2015
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Many of Ulster’s finest butchers went head-to-head in the first-ever Traditional Fine Food & Butchery Awards organised by butchery members’ association, the Butchery Excellence Scheme. baird2Newry-based Bairds Butchers returned home with a haul of awards for its products including the top title for ‘Best Cook In The Bag’ product with their Shepherd Collins Curry Night Neck of Lamb. Bairds Butchers also received gold for its Sweet Roast Vegetables in the ‘Best Vegetable Side Dish’ category. Open to all independent butchers across the Province, the Traditional Fine Foods & Butchery Awards reinforce the quality of the wide variety of fine food and butchery produce that is provided by butchers here in Ulster. The Butchery Excellence scheme run a variety of competitions open to butchers across the Province and the Ulster Traditional Fine Food & Butchery Awards received over 200 entries. Sean Owens, Managing Director of Montgomery Food Consulting & Chief Judge commented, “The momentum for the Butchery Excellence Scheme’s awards is just growing and growing. Since our first competition earlier in the year, entry numbers have increased significantly and the quality of the products is second to none. “In fact, in some categories, it was just too close to call and we had to award a number of joint winners. Bairds Butchers should be exceptionally proud of its award winning products,” he added. The Traditional Fine Foods & Butchery Awards is the last in a series of competitions that the Butchery Excellence Scheme has hosted this year. Towards the end of 2015, champions from each of the BES competitions will compete in the ‘Ulster Champion of Champions’ event. The Butchery Excellence Scheme, based in Aughnacloy, was developed to help butchers across the country keep on top of changes to legislation, food safety, food labelling, new product development, personal development, training and marketing. The scheme now has 110 butchers across Ulster registered. For further information, please call the Butchery Excellence Scheme on 028 855 57700 or log onto More on this story: Newry butchers is home to Ulster’s Premium Ribeye
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