Their pork products are a cut above
Two handcrafted pork products are proving a sizzling sensation for butchers Ferguson of Airdrie after it secured a pair of glittering honours in the latest round of national industry awards.
The popular family butchers secured a gold award for their pork Caribbean and a silver prize for their pork long boat in the Scottish Craft Butchers Pork Products Awards.
The pork Caribbean, which gives“a Caribbean flavour to a family favourite”, was judged as being among the best of its type in Scotland.
Delighted owner Scott Johnston said it was tremendous to see one of their products do so well and“be judged so highly by both the industry and our peers, which also carried weight with our customers”.
Ferguson of Airdrie was one of around 60 butchers from all over Scotland who submitted a wide variety of handcrafted products which were judged blind in one of the industry’s most keenly contested awards.
Douglas Scott, chief executive of Scottish Craft Butchers, said judges had been“blown away”by the innovation and tastiness of the entries.
He added:“This is the first time we have held awards purely for pork products and the response has been tremendous with Scotland’s butchers from the Moray Firth to the Solway Firth rising to the challenge to produce some amazing tasty and innovative dishes.
“The awards tie in perfectly with Quality Meat Scotland’s Selected Pork promotion this month which highlights the versatility, tastiness and health benefits of pork.
“Our butchers’ award-winning products show how versatile a meat it can be in a range of exciting new ready-tocook ideas to suit the modern consumer.
“The Scottish Craft Butchers evaluation drives up standards year after year in a variety of different products, all to the benefit of the customer.
“Awards are not given out lightly; every one of the butchers recognised can be rightly proud of their products and their customers can purchase with high expectations of great taste.
“These awards show customers just what a high standard their local butcher sets.”