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Traditional Butchery


Traditional Butchery – the vital part of the journey from farm to fork

Steaks, minced beef, sausages, gammon. How many of us give much consideration to how the meat we enjoy arrives in our kitchen, ready to be roasted, casseroled, fried or grilled?

Until we launched our fresh meat range in October 2016, we have to confess we hadn’t realised how much skill is required to ensure that meat is tasty and of good quality – and that as little waste as possible is created – when it is butchered.

Traditional butchery is a fine art, which could slowly disappear in favour of factory-produced meat, but fortunately Grassroots, Total Foodservice’s fresh meat partner, is a champion of hand-cut processes and has invested time to develop these skills in a new generation of butchers.

As well as cutting meat, good traditional butchery skills also extend to manufacture of burgers and sausages, curing gammon and bacon, and marinating meats.

Because we’ve learned how important butchers are, we’re delighted that National Butchers’ Week, 13th to 19th March, provides the chance for them to focus on their amazing innovation and creativity – showcasing new dishes to excite customers right across the country

We think it’s also another good opportunity for caterers to promote their meaty menu items, and encourage existing and new customers to try alternatives to minced beef-based products or plain steaks.

Total Foodservice’s fresh meat range includes pork loin steaks, diced lamb, diced beef and minced lamb – all of which can be used to create cost-effective, innovative and delicious meat dishes.

And with provenance and sustainability of meat being a key consideration for school meal providers and for customers choosing where and what to eat, we’re pleased to confirm that the fresh butchers’ meat supplied by Grassroots comes from select farms with high animal welfare standards.

If you want to be sure that the fresh meat you use comes from animals that have been properly raised, expertly butchered and that it’s supplied in well-packaged, consistent sizes, please look at our range here, or chat to a member of our sales team.


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