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Woman and Son at the Butcher Shop
Podcast / Food Futures
Podcast / Food Futures

How can butchers win customers and remain profitable? 

Butchers shops, once a common sight in most towns and villages across Europe, are declining in number.

The impact of that decline can be felt in communities throughout the continent, and it could also be impacting our diets too.

On Allergen Awareness Week, and in partnership with Dutch Spices, we look at why butchers shops are disappearing, but also how that trend can be reversed.

We delve into some of the methods butchers can use to get themselves fit for the future, and compete with the supermarkets.

In the UK, we have seen a reduction in the number of butchers shops of more than 18 per cent in the last decade.

It is around 16 per cent in the Netherlands, nearly 20 per cent in Belgium, and the list goes on.

So, what is behind the decline? What is the impact on our diets and our communities? And what can be done to reverse it?

Dutch Spices

Dutch Spices offers a wealth of tasty solutions like herb mixtures, marinades and sauces.

It also specialises in developing seasonings and flavours that answer its customers’ specific wishes and develops new flavours especially for their products.

Its specialists would be delighted to hear your requirements and preferences so they can offer you tailor-made advice.

Dutch Spices only uses ingredients that comply with the most stringent allergen safety, vegan and halal guidelines.

Peter Curry, Managing Director, Gastrome Professional Ingredients

Peter works as Managing Director at Gastrome Professional Ingredients and is originally a chef. His company is based in Ireland and he suppliers butcher shops with products like sauces and marinades to give a concept added value.

Piet Buis, Business Unit Manager, Dutch Spices

Piet works for Dutch Spices as Business Unit Manager. He grew up in a butcher’s family, with his own butcher’s shop, and knows better than anyone what this trade entails.

For several years he has been working for Dutch Spices, a brand that focuses on Freedom of taste through seasonings that are suitable for large consumer groups.

Also, for people with food hypersensitivity such as celiac disease.

John West, Award-Winning Butcher, Product Development & Innovation Specialist

Passionate about what he does, creative and self motivated to be the best he can be in any role or task. John bleieves effort equals reward.

He is a vacuum for knowledge, a keen and adaptable person who has a fine eye for detail. Presentation, profitably and communication is key.

Check out John’s Instagram account.

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