Prestigious title awarded to butcher at gala lunch

By Cambrian News reporter in Farming

A LAMPETER butcher has become only the second person in Wales to be awarded the prestigious title of Institute of Meat Accredited Master Butcher by the Institute of Meat and the Worshipful Company of Butchers.

Richard Jones, the Butchery Academy training manager for Dunbia Wales, was presented with his award at a gala lunch ceremony in London in recognition of his long-standing career within the meat industry and his dedication to the ethos and tradition of the age-old craft of butchery and his commitment to its on-going development for future generations.

Bestowing the title on Richard, Keith Fisher chief executive for the Institute of Meat, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard into the ranks of Master Butcher.

“The journey of a master butcher is long and demanding and requires candidates to have a deep understanding and appreciation of the meat industry and be involved in all aspects of the wider supply chain from farming through to processing, manufacturing, the foodservice sector and retailing.

“The Master Butcher title is built on five pillars: butchery expertise, business acumen, food hygiene, integrity and attitude. Richard meets these attributes with flying colours and is a very deserving recipient of the Institute of Meat Accredited Master Butcher title.”

Richard, who now joins the most elite butchers in the United Kingdom, was born into a family of butchers and honed his craft in his family business KJ Jones and MT Jones, Lampeter, and at Gareth Evans Butchers, Aberaeron, before joining meat processor Oriel Jones & Sons in Llanybydder where he managed retail production.

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