Gluten free butcher wins

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A prize-winning village butcher has picked up another hatful of awards for their gluten free meats and lamb products.

Muirhead business S Collins and Son were successful in the very first evaluation of gluten free meat products at the 2016 Scottish Craft Butcher Awards.

It’s just the latest addition to a packed trophy cabinet, which includes the title of ‘Butcher of the Year’ 2012 and two Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.

The new category gives butchers from throughout Scotland the opportunity to showcase the work they have been doing to develop gluten free meat products.

Increasing numbers of consumers are seeking out gluten free alternatives and it is hoped that the awards will help direct those in need of these speciality products to craft butchers who have been recognised at a national level for their quality blends.

As a result of the judging at the City of Glasgow College last month S Collins and Son received a Gold award for their tasty gluten free black pudding.

They also picked up a pair of silver awards for their gluten free haggis and sweet and sour chicken dishes.

Judging took place for a lamb product evaluation at the same venue, with the aim of supporting the sheep industry and direct customers to craft butchers who have been recognised at a national level for their quality products.

S Collins and Son received a silver award for their really garlicky rack of lamb.

Perth butcher Beaton Lindsay, president of the Scottish Craft Butchers, said: “We run these evaluations to recognise the innovation and expertise that goes into the quality products that craft butchers make.

“Customers are becoming increasingly interested in sourcing the very best meat products available and our evaluation aids the customer finding all the good products out there at our specialist butchers.”

Over 100 gluten free products from all across Scotland were delivered to the City of Glasgow College where they were judged by a team of experts under the supervision of Craft Butchers, Chief Executive Douglas Scott.