Co Antrim family butcher is shortlisted for award
A family-owned chain of butchers has been shortlisted for the final stages of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards.
K&G McAtamney Butchery and Deli, which has its headquarters at Ballymena in Co Antrim, has been nominated in the innovation category.
The annual competition is organised by the industry's Meat Trades Journal (MTJ).
An MTJ spokesman, commenting on the awards, said: "The level of entrants to the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards for this year was extremely high, which made judging extra challenging. It's encouraging to see so many impressive butchery businesses in the country representing the industry."
K&G McAtamney Butchery and Deli operates a contemporary butchers and deli that also sells a range of homemade 'ready meals'.
The range of fresh meats, fish, salads, sandwiches, ready meals and desserts are all prepared in-house.
The family business was named Northern Ireland Butcher's Shop of the Year in 2012. It has also won UK Great Taste Awards for its products.
McAtamney Butchers Deli is also shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Butcher's of the Year category, along with Fletcher Meats, near Belfast and McKay Family Butchers, Ballycastle in Co Antrim.
Just last week, meat mogul Peter Hannan said he accepted the UK food industry's top gong for the second time on behalf of the Northern Ireland farmers who supply him with his top-end beef.
He was named Supreme Champion in the final of the Great Taste Awards.