Shoppers switching to local butchers following meat scandal

March 01 2013
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Butchers on Gloucester Road are enjoying a boom in business in the wake of the supermarket horse meat scandal.

Shoppers switching to local butchers following meat scandal

Butchers on Gloucester Road are enjoying a boom in business in the wake of the supermarket horse meat scandal. Dennis Stutt

Last month it emerged that a number of “beef” products sold in some supermarkets in fact contained horse meat.

The news appears to have shaken consumers’ confidence in buying off-the-shelf packaged meat products from big chain stores. Many are now turning to their local butchers instead.

Dave Giles, of Dave Giles Butcher, at the junction of Hatherley Road, has seen business rise around 10 per cent in recent weeks.

He said the news bodes well for independent high street butchers: “We've certainly noticed it getting busier,” he said.

“I think people have lost confidence in supermarkets, whereas, if you buy your meat from a butcher, you know what you’re getting.”

He added: “We make our own sausages and burgers, and that is what we are now selling more of, along with minced beef.”

Similarly, business is doing well at T & P A Murray, opposite the Bristol Flyer pub. Manager Mike Edwards said the rise in custom is almost certainly due to the horse meat scandal.

He said: “I think people just want to know what they are eating. We know exactly where our meat comes from and we can trace it back to the field. In the long term I think this will be a good thing for butchers. We have a lot of regular, loyal customers, but we are now seeing a lot of new faces through the door, which is great.”
Dennis Stutt has worked as a butcher for over 70 years. His shop, W Stutt & Son, has been in business since 1919.

“We get our meat from good local suppliers that we trust and have used for 20 or 30 years,” he said. “It has been busier than usual but it may well settle down. I think people are realising that they get quality and good service from their local butcher.”