Consumers are being reminded that when it comes to buying their meat the #butcherisbetter!

Butchers throughout the UK are gearing up for National Butchers Week (14-20 March), which aims to celebrate everything that is great about the high street butcher, reinforcing the fact that butchers remain the number one choice for range, service and convenience when it comes to purchasing meat.

Ed Bedington, editor of Meat Trades Journal (MTJ), which organises and promotes the week, said: “The focus on independent retail and, particularly, butchers continues to grow as consumers look for increasing assurance and the personal touch of dealing with shorter supply chains.

“National Butchers’ Week (NBW), which is going into its ninth year, aims to support and strengthen that view and give butchers an opportunity to set out their stall for consumers, who traditionally may have avoided the high street when it comes to buying their meat.”

A social media campaign, using the hashtag #loveyourbutcher will encourage consumers to engage and share their reasons for shopping at their local butcher.

“We’ll be encouraging both the trade and consumers to tweet about the great experience that can be found using the butcher’s shop, and spread the word that the #butcherisbetter,” Bedington added.

The week will also look at the evolution of the high street butcher and how, while the technology and trends have evolved over time, the butcher is still performing the same function of providing high-quality meat to consumers.