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Shoppers back Herefordshire butchers amid meat concerns
7:00am Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
BUSINESS for Herefordshire butchers is booming in light of the recent horsemeat scandal.
Since news broke that traces of horse and pig DNA were found in supermarket burgers, both Hereford Butchers and Ogleby’s Butchers have seen increased sales.
Phil Stackhouse, of Hereford Butchers based in Bewell Street, said: “Business is certainly up. It was definitely up about 50 to 60 per cent at the start of the week for processed food and about 35 to 40 per cent overall on everything by the end of this week.
“I had a customer come in the other day who said she normally has the 600g plastic bags of mince from the supermarket so I sorted her out with some.
“She came in the following day and explained that it seemed to go much further than normal, because of the quality of it.”
Mr Stackhouse explained that though customers might think they are getting a good deal in terms of price from the supermarket, in terms of quality there is no comparison.
“It’s no more expensive when you consider the quality you’re getting.
“You can go to the supermarket and have your two-for-one but it doesn’t really compare."
Chris Ogleby, of Ogleby’s Butchers in St Owen’s Street, also reported a sales increase following the scandal.
He said: “It’s good for business – sales are certainly higher than they normally would be for this time of the year. We sell good quality local stuff and we know what is going into it.”
He explained that while sales usually pick up in March and April time, January and February have been good this year as people are realising that supermarket value prices don’t necessarily mean quality.
But Howard Moseley, of Howard Moseley Family Butcher in Middleton-on-the- Hill near Leominster, reported that there has been no significant impact on his business.
“Usually my customers are regulars who have known me for years so they know where our products come from,” he said.