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A new butchers shop which officially opened today (Saturday 3rd July 2010) in Stonehaven is one of three new butchers’ outlets to open in Scotland in the past six months.

Andrew Gordon’s shop on Stonehaven’s Evan Street is the third to have opened on the east coast of Scotland since the end of 2009 when Scott Brothers in Dundee opened a new shop, followed by John Davidson’s new premises in Aberdeen this spring.

The quest is on to find a new Scottish organic monitor farm.

Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Organic Producers Association are seeking nominations for mixed livestock/cereal organic farms located in the East of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Perthshire); Central; South-East Scotland and the Borders.

The Scottish red meat industry is set to benefit from new opportunities to improve efficiency and sustainability as part of a tranche of new projects led by Quality Meat Scotland.

The Scottish red meat industry has grasped an opportunity to convert by-products, which in recent years incurred heavy disposal costs, into saleable materials.  As well as reducing waste, these products are now generating a valuable income stream for the industry.

During the past two years (from 2008 – 2010) Scottish red meat processors have turned the £2.2 million cost of safely disposing of non-carcase parts into a £13.3 million revenue stream - a £15.6 million improvement.

A new Quality Meat Scotland project to develop further business efficiency in the Scottish pig supply chain, was announced today (Thursday, June 24) at the Royal Highland Show.

The cook who joins some of the best-known BBC radio DJs to broadcast top cookery tips to millions of listeners each week will be one of the star attractions at the Quality Meat Scotland stand at this year’s Royal Highland Show (June 24-27).

Food expert and broadcaster, Nigel Barden, will be joining Lady Claire Macdonald, one of Scotland’s best known cooks, to perform entertaining cookery demonstrations at this year’s show.

Red meat industry could benefit by up to £5 million a year

Trials at a Scottish meat processing plant are set to play a crucial role in a trailblazing project to develop an automated process to determine the eating quality of meat.

The £950,000 IMEQ (Integrated Measurement of Eating Quality) project, jointly funded by Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government, will see Scotland first to have novel technology which could deliver benefits throughout the meat production chain.

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