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Butchers Shop of the Year - Finalists Announced

The expert judging panel has spent many hours scrutinising the amazing entries into the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards and has at last decided on an exceptional list of finalists!

ScobiesDirect are sponsoring this years event and we would like to send our congratulations to all finalists and wish them good luck! We look forward to meeting you at the awards lunch in London on 6th November.


Farm Shop of the Year

Essington Farm
Taylors Farm Shop
The Lambing Shed Farm Shop

Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year

Delifonseca Dockside
Ludlow Food Centre

Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Javed Quality Halal Meat
Tariq Halal Meat Croydon
Tariq Halal Meat Fulham

Innovation of the Year

Block & Bottle
Hunters of Kinross
K&G McAtamney

Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Aubrey Allen
Kirks Quality Foods

New Butchery Business of the Year

Blair Drummond Smiddy
Burntisland Butchers
Tom Wood Artisan Butchers

North of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year

H E Coward Traditional Butchers
Lishman’s of Ilkley
S J Bebbington Butchers of Chester

Northern Ireland Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Cunninghams Butchers & Food Hall
McAtamney’s Ballymena
McAtamney’s Coleraine

Online Butchery Business of the Year
Turner & George
Walter Rose & Son

Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Bert Fowlie
Chapman Butchers
S Collins & Son

South of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Andrews Quality Meats
Jesse Smith
Surrey Hills Butchers

Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Edwards of Conwy
Eynon’s of St Clears
N S James

Young Butcher of the Year

Charlie Davidson – H & J Carnduff The Butchers
Dylan Gillespie – Clogher Valley Meats
James Taylor – Simpsons Butchers

Posted 13 days agomore...


The Paleo Diet - What Is It?

The Paleo Diet

Increasing numbers of butchers have been contacting ScobiesDirect asking us if we offer any paleo diet friendly products such as seasonings, mixes, etc. As a result, we have created a new Paleo Burger Seasoning. As part of the product development we spoke to butchers to get their feedback and find out their level of interest.

This paleo seasoning will ensure a high meat content burger suitable to the Paleo diet. The ingredients for our paleo burger seasoning are a closely guarded secret - however, rest assured they are all paleo compliant - no grains, no legumes, no sugar, no dairy, no potato, etc.

From the butchers who are familiar with the paleo diet the response for this paleo burger seasoning has been very positive. However, what has surprised us most is there are still many butchers who are not familiar with the paleo diet, and are therefore not maximising the opportunities that can result from serving this growing market.


In order to help we have created a quick guide to the Paleo Diet below:


The paleolithic (or paleo) diet is based on the food that is believed to be similar to the daily diet of our hunter gatherer ancestors. It is often referred to as the “Caveman Diet”.

A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. It claims we should only eat foods available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

The theory is that the food that cavemen and cavewomen survived & thrived on is good for health because it was what the human body was naturally evolved to eat. Our cavemen ancestors ate whole, unprocessed foods, moved more, slept better and stressed less. They were far less likely to suffer from may modern day illnesses (”diseases of civilization“) such as autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, IBS, obesity, etc.

A paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. A paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes and grains. Rusk for example is not allowed under the paleo diet. This cuts out a lot of the bad aspects of a Western diet.

You might choose to follow a paleo diet because you:
  • Want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • Achieve optimal health – many people believe following the paleo diet will reduce risk of disease, clearer skin and increased energy.


Recommendations vary among commercial paleo diets, and some diet plans have stricter guidelines than others. In general, paleo diets follow these guidelines.

The Paleo Diet - Food Pyramid

What they eat:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
  • Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
  • Oils such as olive oil or walnut oil - preferably from fruits and nuts

What to avoid

  • Grains, such as wheat, oats and barley
  • Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peanuts and peas
  • Dairy products
  • Refined sugar
  • Salt
  • Potatoes
  • Highly processed foods in general


The Paleo Diet has soared in popularity in recent years – particularly with celebrity A-listers such as Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Biel, who are reported as fans. The NHS website recently published a list of the top diets people follow, with pros, cons and a verdict given by the British Dietetic Association and it included the Paleo Diet.

Eating like a caveman is back in favour among growing numbers of modern-day Britons who are eager to switch to a diet that is better for them. This isn’t surprising – “Paleo Diet” topped the most Googled diets of 2013 – so it’s popularity has been growing for some time.
The Paleo Diet - Benefits for Butchers


The paleo diet is meat friendly. Butchers shops are the go to place for people following the paleo diet. Followers of the paleo diet want quality meat, they want to know where it comes from. This means the butcher has an advantage over supermarkets. Butchers can provide expert advice on meat, give information of where it comes from and how best to cook various meat cuts.

People who follow the paleo diet want many of the products that butchers sell. With the growing popularity of the paleo diet butchers are best positioned to profit from these type of customers.

In order to best cater to this market you need to do two things:

Make them feel at ease when they come into your shop – some people are intimidated by entering a butchers shop, they’re so used to just picking something off a supermarket shelf, and some may not be familiar with all the meat cuts a butcher provides. Some may not be comfortable asking a butcher what the different meat cuts are. If they are new to the paleo diet then they will gradually be looking for quality meat sources, which means they will want to visit a butchers shop. Make them feel welcome and let them know you are there to help them make the best choices.

To help attracted these people, and to help them feel comfortable entering a butchers shop and speaking to the butcher, you may want to consider putting a poster in your window to entice them in e.g. using a “PALEO DIET – We’ve got what you need”.

Provide ‘paleo-friendly’ products – while all of your meat cuts are allowed under the paleo diet, there will be some traditional products that butchers supply such as sausages and burgers we are often not paleo-friendly. This is mainly due to them being made with rusk, which is not allowed under the paleo diet since it is derived from wheat flour – and grains are not allowed under the paleo diet.

The good news is there are lots of alternatives that can be used instead of rusk such as Almond Flour, Tapioca Starch, Arrowroot Starch, Plantain Flour, Tigernut Flour and Coconut Flour. As long as they are not on the list of banned food such as grains & legumes, then they are safe to include. So you are still able to create paleo friendly sausages and burgers. For example, checkout our recipe for the Paleo Burger.

The Paleo Diet - Example Butchers


As the paleo diet grows in popularity, so does the number of people searching for paleo-friendly products. This is a great opportunity for butchers to take advantage of – and many already are – such as the butchers below:

Paleo Wales has embraced the paleo market and offers a range of paleo compliant products such as Paleo Beef Burgers plus meat packs: ‘The Caveman’ and the ‘Hunter Gatherer’, as well as other standard meat cuts

Likewise Primal Meats who are based in the beautiful Lake District cater to consumers who want paleo-friendly food such as organic grass fed meat.

People who follow the primal blueprint lifestyle, Paleo Diet or GAPS diet are recommended to eat "grass finished" or "100% grass fed meat" due to the significantly superior nutrient density and the improved ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Popular online butcher Muscle Foods offer a range of ‘Paleo Meats’ and ‘Paleo Snacks’.

Online butcher Athleat offer a range of ‘paleo-friendly’ products such as their ‘Caveman Box’, the ‘14 Day Paleo Plan Box’ as well as their ‘All Rounder Paleo Friendly Seasoning’

In fact it’s not just humans who like the paleo diet, there’s even a company - Paleo Ridge Raw - supplying paleo pet food!

These are just some of the butchers catering to this market. If you are a butcher or farm shop then the paleo consumer is one you need to attract into your shop.

FREE Guide To The Paleo Diet

Many butchers are already successfully catering to the paleo market, however, there are still some butchers who are not 100% sure what the Paleo Diet involves. With this in mind, ScobiesDirect have created a 'Butchers Guide to the Paleo Diet'. Click on the image below to access the pdf guide.

The Paleo Diet - Free Butchers Guide

Posted 47 days agomore...


How to make Virginia Barbecue Pulled Pork with chef Andy Benn

Chef Andy

As part of their ‘Skills’ video series, Meat Trades Journal recently met Scobie & Junor Head Development Chef Andy Benn, who demonstrated how to make Virginia Barbecue Pulled Pork. You can view the Meat Trades Journal 'Skills' video via this link, or watch it below:

The Virginia Barbecue Pulled Pork is actually a very simple dish to prepare. You can get the recipe Chef Andy used here: Virginia BBQ Pulled Pork

Chef Andy

Along with the pork, the items used to make the Virginia BBQ Pulled Pork include: The pork is covered with the rub and put into a ovenable bag, then placed in the centre of a preheated fan oven at 150oC (170oC for non fan) for 2 hours. Once cooked, remove from the oven, and rest for 15 minutes. Carefully cut open the bag, and drain off the juices and set aside.

Place the Pork into a large mixing bowl and using two forks pull the pork apart then combine with the cooking juices. Now add some Boston BBQ sauce or Mississippi BBQ sauce to enrich the pork and mix well.

Serve the pulled pork in a toasted brioche bun topped with Monterrey Jack cheese and apple slaw.

Chef Andy

Posted 75 days agomore...


Butchers Shop Of The Year 2017

Butchers Shop of the Year

Calling all Butchers and Farm Shops across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland – you can now enter the Butchers Shop Of the Year Awards 2017.

Whether you’re a family run independent or operate a chain of stores, based in a city centre or a remote village location, the awards are your opportunity to gain the recognition you and your team deserve. It's a chance for you to best showcase your butchery business, great products, craft knowledge, specialists skills and fantastic team.


ScobiesDirect are sponsoring Butchers Shop Of the Year Awards 2017, and we encourage you to enter. There are 13 categories that you can choose from:

Main Categories:

  • Farm Shop of the Year
  • Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year
  • Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year
  • New Butchery Business of the Year
  • Online Butchery Business of the Year
  • Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year
  • North of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year
  • Northern Ireland Butcher’s Shop of the Year
  • Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year
  • South of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year
  • Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year

Specialist Categories:
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Young Butcher of the Year

Benefits of entering the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards include:

  • Generate positive publicity locally and nationally
  • Free use of winners’ and finalists’ logos
  • All finalists receive a complimentary ticket to the Awards
  • Meet and network with fellow butchers and suppliers
  • Coverage in Meat Trades Journal and also on
  • Reward the loyalty, skills and hard work of your team
  • Showcase your exceptional business to a wide audience
  • Gain an independent, nationally recognised ‘badge of honour’ for your business.

Entries for the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards are now open for 2017. ScobiesDirect encourage you to showcase your achievements, enhance your business profile and boost team morale.

Check out the video below from last years awards:


To find out more about the event and how to enter visit:

Deadline: entries close Monday 7th August 2017.

The Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards lunch will be held on Monday 6th November 2017 at County Hall, London.

It’s an opportunity for the best of the butchery industry to get together to celebrate Butcher's Shop of the Year. The top winner on the day as well as the various category winners will be honoured for their contributions to the industry.

Butcher's Shop of the Year Judges

Whatever category you enter, make sure you have the below elements covered for each store entry:

  • Examples of your shop front entrance and window display (does not have to be a display of meat, just a good – perhaps themed or local community – display)
  • Examples of your shop interior layout and design
  • Examples of cabinet displays
  • Any supporting marketing and promotional materials
  • Any supporting materials that demonstrate efficiency, team-working abilities, knowledge and presentation of staff, training and development of staff
  • Any supporting materials that demonstrate your back-of-shop organisation
  • Any supporting materials that demonstrate your shop hygiene
  • Any supporting materials that demonstrate your business development plans
  • Any supporting materials that demonstrate your involvement with the local community
  • Any supporting materials that demonstrate your involvement with local food supply chains.


Butcher's Shop of the Year - Looking Smart

You will want to put your shop in the best light possible, and this is where ScobiesDirect can help. For example:

Presentation of staff
ScobiesDirect offer a range of profeesional looking butcher clothing such as aprons, hats, shoes, coats, etc - various sizes and colours. Make sure your staff are looking their best - for customers and the judges.
More Info >> Clothing for Butchers

Proving the efficiency of your business
The judges will want you to demonstrate your sourcing/supply chain structure. If you get your supplies via ScobiesDirect then you will be able to demonstrate your ability to get next day delivery of essentials as well as 'Saved Baskets' which results in quick ordering for your business. We offer over 4000 online products, secure ordering with order tracking. Plus recipes, nutritional labelling and declarations - all available when you login to your ScobiesDirect Account. You can demonstarte your supplier is Food BRC certificated, Packaging BRC certificated and Warehousing BRC certified.
More Info >> ScobiesDirect - About Us

Professional presentation of cabinet displays
Is it time to invest in some new counter trays? Presentation is everything and ScobiesDirect have everything you need to create the perfect counter display.
More Info >> Trays, Tickets & Utensils

Need new trays or garnish?t

We currently have 10% OFF selected Garnish and Fluted Dishes - both of which can help spruce up your shop appearance.

Posted 84 days agomore...


Big In Japan - 3 Popular Japanese Sauces

Japanese Sauces

Everyone loves sauces whether they are sweet or spicy – they help bring out the flavours in food making meals taste even better. Japanese cuisine is one of the healthiest and its flavours are growing in popularity.

Japanese cuisine boasts an incredible variety of unique and delicious sauces. They are very simple sauces, compared to, for instance, the complexity of French sauces.

Japanese marinating sauces actually penetrate fish and meat more effectively than many Western marinade sauces, because in Japanese cooking fish and meat are cut into much smaller pieces first.

The secret to many of Japan’s most celebrated dishes is in the use of the right amount and blend of ingredients. Thanks to Japanese sauces bland and uninteresting recipes can often be transformed into an exciting, appetizing, and delicious meals with the addition of spices and seasonings that can boost the flavours.

ScobiesDirect offer three popular Japanese sauces:

Yakiniku Japanese Grilling Sauce


The word Yakiniku is comprised of “to grill” and “meat”, therefore literally translating to grilled meat Today, it commonly refers to a Japanese style of cooking bite-size meat (usually beef and offal) and vegetables on gridirons or griddles over flame of wood charcoals carbonized by dry distillation (sumibi) or gas/electric grill. In North America, China, and Taiwan, yakiniku is also referred to as "Japanese barbecue.

In Japan, Yakiniku restaurants are a common sight. You order your cut of meat or seafood and cook it yourself on your personal grill. The cooked meat is then dipped in Yakiniku sauce and eaten. At home, the Japanese commonly use the sauce to marinade meat to get that flavourful grilled taste.

This Japanese sauce is made from a combination of garlic, chilli, mustard, pepper and fruit juice. Ideal for grilling, frying or barbecuing.

It has plenty of fruit juice gives it that fruity flavour. Highly versatile. Great as a finishing sauce and also as a dipping sauce.

Click here to view our Yakiniku Sauce >>>

Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki sauce is a world-famous Japanese condiment that is often used on fish and meat dishes. It usually tastes sweet, but some varieties can be on the spicier side.

The word Teriyaki is comprised of “shine” and “to grill”. An authentic Japanese Teriyaki sauce has a beautiful shine on its surface.

This delicious teriyaki sauce is thick, sweet and rich with hints of ginger and miso, and is usually among the most popular items on the menu at the average Japanese restaurant.

It is said that the history of teriyaki sauce can be traced back to early Japanese immigrants who settled in Hawaii, and who created a distinctive marinade using local products like pineapple juice, which they blended with soy sauce. Eventually, the sauce that most people call teriyaki was born. Perfect for frying, grilling, barbecuing and even oven cooking - this authentic Japanese teriyaki sauce is very versatile.

A fabulous sauce for using on burgers - the Teriyaki burger is the best selling variety in Japan branches of McDonalds! Get onto a winner and try this Japanese sauce, guaranteed to fly off your counter.

Click here to view our Teriyak Sauce >>>

Sanzoku Black Pepper Sauce

Black Pepper Sauce

The word Sanzoku in Japanese means “bandit”. This particular sauce is associated with bandits from a region of Japan who preferred strong peppery flavours when cooking their meat.

A popular dish in Japan is “Sanzoku-yaki” (bandit chicken) - deep-fried chicken which is marinated in the sauce.

This Japanese sauce combines a tasty mixture of pepper, garlic and soy sauce enhanced by a variety of textures.

It is a spicy sauce full of pepper that makes it perfect for meat – it’s simple to use. Great as a dipping sauce and also as a marinade. Ideal for rich flavoursome meats like lamb, pork and chicken thighs, and of course it’s perfect for using with steaks – it enhances the flavour to any meat, poultry or vegetable dishes.

Click here to view our Sanzoku Black Pepper Sauce >>>

Posted 105 days agomore...