Husband and wife team, New Zealand born farmer Tim Williams and London born creative Claire Williams are about to launch their high-quality, organic, delivery service; The Slow Meat Company.
The SlowMeat Company sources locally slow grown meat, processed by small scale operators in Somerset, offering fully traceable, high welfare, quality traditional British breeds suchas the Ruby Red Devon, Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Sussex and English Longhorn.
Five different luxury meat boxes, the ‘Taster’ (£39), ‘Premium’ (£49), ‘Slow Meat Special’ (£49), ‘The Mighty Meat Box’ (£89), or a ‘Bespoke’ box can be ordered online for a special occasion or regularly on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. The meat, ranging from premium grass fed sirloin steaks to braising joints, is delivered overnight in wool insulated, ice packed chilled boxes and includes hand printed instructions and handy cooking tips to get the most from your chosen cut.
A born and bred farmer’s son from New Zealand, Tim Williams has worked on large scale cattle ranches, free-range livestock farms, in a Venison plant on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand and has been managing organic farms in the UK’s southwest. Wife and ex-Londoner Claire is a London College of Fashion Graduate who runs her own vintage dress making business, Princelilly. With a keen eye for creative detail, the duo have already been causing quite a buzz online with The Slow Meat Company’s fun and stylish social media updates, 700 followers within a couple of weeks of trading and plug via Ben Sherman’s homepage.
Following the horse meat scandal it is worth hunting down those quality independent butchers both in the high street and one line. One retailer well worth considering is Westin Gourmet Meats.
Each of our specialist cuts are chosen to give you the juiciest, most flavoursome meat available. Our gourmet meat is unrivalled and so are our prices. You can buy your gourmet meat from us at prices that are lower than the standard meat you get from your local supermarket…
All are cut on the day of dispatch by our expert butchers in the heart of Dorset, and no processed meat in sight. Our High Welfare RSPCA Freedom Food Veal which is from farms in the West Country is also becoming highly popular.
Products listed include Rare breed meats from award winning Brookfield Farm (no, its not the one in the Archers. The Archers isn’t real, it’s a radio program), ethically reared veal, four bird roast and loads and loads of offers and specials.
Gourmet Variety Selection Pack – this is only available to those visiting the Westin Gourmet Meats website for the very first time! A selection of products including ribeyes, sausages, chicken breast fillers, pork loin steaks and more for just £39 saving £40! Head to the website… www.westingourmet.co.uk
PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef have launched a survey to canvas consumer opinion about meat origins.
Consumers are being urged to complete the survey to give an insight about whether the horsemeat scandal has impacted their perceptions about meat. The survey asks consumers how much of an interest they took in the origin of meat and if they looked for food origin labels before the scandal compared to now. It goes on to ask if their consumption habits have changed to see if consumers are buying more meat from a local butcher compared to the supermarket.
Pip Gill, of Hybu Cig Cymru – the organisation behind PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef, said: “We’d like to invite as many consumers as possible to fill in our short poll which will give us a real insight into meat purchasing behaviour and whether this is changing.
“Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef have been awarded the European PGI status which means that its origin is guaranteed. The stringent requirements mean that, legally, only lambs which have been born and reared in Wales to specified high standards and slaughtered in an approved abattoir can be labelled ‘Welsh Lamb’. The blue and yellow PGI label on every packet of Welsh Lamb acts as a stamp of authenticity so you can guarantee that the product you are buying is exactly as described and is fully traceable. We believe that if consumers are becoming more concerned about the origin of meat, this label provides peace of mind for them. We are activity campaigning to raise consumer awareness of the PGI label to help provide this quality assurance and origin guarantee.”