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Success for Aberdeenshire butchers in national craft awards


By Lewis McBlane

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ABERDEENSHIRE butchers have won multiple awards after the winners were announced for this year's Scottish Craft Butchers sausage and black pudding awards.

Strichen-based shop Bert Fowlie Family Butcher claimed a gold award for their lorne sausage and there was success in Fraserburgh too, as Bruce of the Broch took home a silver award for their own sliced sausage.

A Banff butcher shop enjoyed rare success too as John Stewart Quality Butcher became north of Scotland beef link sausage champion.

The shop also had the third-best link sausage in Scotland overall.

Area sales manager for sponsors Scobies Direct, Paul Foster (left) with championship winner Ali Paul of A&I Quality Butchers, and Gordon Kind, executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers. Picture: Courtesy of Scottish Craft Butchers.
Area sales manager for sponsors Scobies Direct, Paul Foster (left) with championship winner Ali Paul of A&I Quality Butchers, and Gordon Kind, executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers. Picture: Courtesy of Scottish Craft Butchers.

Andrew Grant from John Stewart Butchers said: "We are absolutely delighted to be receiving this award.

"This goes along with us currently being north Scotland champion with our pork sausage.

"It's been a team effort and I am super proud of the team on this achievement.

"It has certainly cheered us up during what is normally a gloomy month for us."

Run by industry body Scottish Craft Butchers, the awards celebrate the best produce from craft butchers across Scotland.

The group also organises qualifications for budding butchers who want to win their own awards one day.

Overall winner was A&I Butchers of Culloden near Inverness with the best lorne in Scotland award title.

The north's best black pudding, meanwhile, came from Dingwall's Fraser Brothers, which also saw them claim the reserve champion title in the awards.

The overall black pudding title went to McCaskies of Weymss Bay in Fife.


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