Brighton and Hove butchers pay rising meat cost

The Argus: Butcher Brian Archer Butcher Brian Archer

Benevolent butchers are proving they are full of festive spirit by taking a smaller cut of profits from their Christmas turkeys.

Traders in Brighton and Hove are giving a leg up to shoppers this year by absorbing the rising costs of suppliers and not passing them on to customers.

The cost of turkeys from suppliers is increasing as breeders battle to overcome the 30% rise in animal feed prices this year.

Butchers, who started receiving enquiries for Christmas turkeys in June, said they didn’t want to push up prices for struggling families.

Brian Archer, from Archer’s Butchers in Islingword Road said he had taken nearly all his orders for Christmas turkeys with most regulars putting in their orders in the last two to three weeks.

Prices the same

He added: “We have kept our prices the same as last year and absorbed the increase from our suppliers ourselves.

“You can get a Lidl four bird roast for £9.99.

A lot of people don’t understand that we are very different to those supermarkets.”

Paul Williams from Brampton’s in St George’s Road said that prices would remain the same at £11.90 a kilo despite costs from their suppliers increasing by 6%.

He said rising feed prices, which account for more than half of poultry farmer’s costs, were increasing at a weekly rate of £3 a tonne.

He added: “Christmas is the most important meal of the year and if either myself or the farmer get it wrong, we ruin everybody’s day.

“In the current climate, we knowthere is only so much a customer can spend on a turkey.”

A butcher at Canham and Sons in Church Road, Brighton said orders pick up next month when the firm can expect up to 60 orders a day.

The shop, which will sell about 1,000 turkeys this year, has increased its prices at just above inflation.

He said: “Everybody who produces meat is struggling to survive at the moment. They have to put up their prices to make ends meet but are concerned about a backlash from the public.”

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5:50pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Rocker says...

Twelve quid a kilo is ridiculous. I expect a juicy chicken to be on my table again,better value.

Good joke about butchers being generous. Never have been,never will be.
Twelve quid a kilo is ridiculous. I expect a juicy chicken to be on my table again,better value. Good joke about butchers being generous. Never have been,never will be. Rocker

7:22pm Sat 17 Nov 12

nosolution says...

Butchers don't help themselves when they buy in exactly the same chucks and turkeys as the supermarkets and charge 3X the price.We,the public,are not a charity for a shops benefit.Butchers main strengths are sourcing top quality specialised meats like South downs lamb..
Butchers don't help themselves when they buy in exactly the same chucks and turkeys as the supermarkets and charge 3X the price.We,the public,are not a charity for a shops benefit.Butchers main strengths are sourcing top quality specialised meats like South downs lamb.. nosolution

7:50pm Sat 17 Nov 12

davyboy says...

a turkey is a turkey, regardless of where you get it from, so why pay nearly £12/kilo, when a frozen one is just as good. we are just getting a turkey crown this year, as so much gets wasted off a whole bird. every year you see queues outside canhams in hove, and i really can't see the attraction of it.
a turkey is a turkey, regardless of where you get it from, so why pay nearly £12/kilo, when a frozen one is just as good. we are just getting a turkey crown this year, as so much gets wasted off a whole bird. every year you see queues outside canhams in hove, and i really can't see the attraction of it. davyboy

8:34pm Sat 17 Nov 12

HJarrs says...

Some of you are clearly not very discerning when it comes to your meat. I was fortunate to come across Archer's Butchers some years ago and now go out of my way to buy there as I got fed up with adulterated supermarket meat, which often seemed to be more full of water than anything else.
It is nice to go somewhere where the owner has such pride in the product and generally can tell you where the meat (mostly from Sussex farms) comes from.

Is it more expensive than a supermartket? They don't sell really cheap stuff, but in my experience for comparative quality and cut of meat Archer's are either cheaper than supermarkets or often you can't get the quality.

Also, some butchers may sell unpopular but good cuts at cheap prices - go and ask.

I am happy to support our local traders and farmers.
Some of you are clearly not very discerning when it comes to your meat. I was fortunate to come across Archer's Butchers some years ago and now go out of my way to buy there as I got fed up with adulterated supermarket meat, which often seemed to be more full of water than anything else. It is nice to go somewhere where the owner has such pride in the product and generally can tell you where the meat (mostly from Sussex farms) comes from. Is it more expensive than a supermartket? They don't sell really cheap stuff, but in my experience for comparative quality and cut of meat Archer's are either cheaper than supermarkets or often you can't get the quality. Also, some butchers may sell unpopular but good cuts at cheap prices - go and ask. I am happy to support our local traders and farmers. HJarrs

9:53pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Jetsamandflotsam says...

Brian and Carol Archer....
True local legends
Brian and Carol Archer.... True local legends Jetsamandflotsam

10:29pm Sat 17 Nov 12

AngelicDevil says...

@DavyBoy:

Have you never considered using the leftovers instead of binning it?!

You can get days worth of sandwiches, pasta bakes, pies etc from the meat and use the carcass to make delicious stock.

I'll be supporting my local butcher. The meat is superb quality and works out cheaper than the supermarkets.
@DavyBoy: Have you never considered using the leftovers instead of binning it?! You can get days worth of sandwiches, pasta bakes, pies etc from the meat and use the carcass to make delicious stock. I'll be supporting my local butcher. The meat is superb quality and works out cheaper than the supermarkets. AngelicDevil

12:28am Sun 18 Nov 12

worthingite says...

If a butcher can pass on some crap to the customer they will,just mix it in with the other stuff.
If a butcher can pass on some crap to the customer they will,just mix it in with the other stuff. worthingite

1:30am Sun 18 Nov 12

pithound says...

Not keen on dry turkey meat. This year me and two mates have chipped in £15 each for a whole boneless 1.5kg Rib of Brazilian beef online from a butcher in Smithfield, with free postage. Go lovely with roast potatoes, horseradish, red cabbage. Left overs will keep us going for days.
Not keen on dry turkey meat. This year me and two mates have chipped in £15 each for a whole boneless 1.5kg Rib of Brazilian beef online from a butcher in Smithfield, with free postage. Go lovely with roast potatoes, horseradish, red cabbage. Left overs will keep us going for days. pithound

7:51am Sun 18 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

HJarrs wrote:
Some of you are clearly not very discerning when it comes to your meat. I was fortunate to come across Archer's Butchers some years ago and now go out of my way to buy there as I got fed up with adulterated supermarket meat, which often seemed to be more full of water than anything else. It is nice to go somewhere where the owner has such pride in the product and generally can tell you where the meat (mostly from Sussex farms) comes from. Is it more expensive than a supermartket? They don't sell really cheap stuff, but in my experience for comparative quality and cut of meat Archer's are either cheaper than supermarkets or often you can't get the quality. Also, some butchers may sell unpopular but good cuts at cheap prices - go and ask. I am happy to support our local traders and farmers.
Is your name Archer?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Some of you are clearly not very discerning when it comes to your meat. I was fortunate to come across Archer's Butchers some years ago and now go out of my way to buy there as I got fed up with adulterated supermarket meat, which often seemed to be more full of water than anything else. It is nice to go somewhere where the owner has such pride in the product and generally can tell you where the meat (mostly from Sussex farms) comes from. Is it more expensive than a supermartket? They don't sell really cheap stuff, but in my experience for comparative quality and cut of meat Archer's are either cheaper than supermarkets or often you can't get the quality. Also, some butchers may sell unpopular but good cuts at cheap prices - go and ask. I am happy to support our local traders and farmers.[/p][/quote]Is your name Archer? Hove Actually

7:55am Sun 18 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

My son works in London and pops down to Smithfield, the cost is cheaper than a supermarket and the quality is better than a Butchers. Amazing packs of bacon and sausages make it worth while if you can get there
My son works in London and pops down to Smithfield, the cost is cheaper than a supermarket and the quality is better than a Butchers. Amazing packs of bacon and sausages make it worth while if you can get there Hove Actually

7:55am Sun 18 Nov 12

Helen Ariel says...

You get what you pay for. Yes a free range organic turkey will be expensive but will have had a decent life and no rubbish pumped into it. My christmas turkey is never dry and would feed an army. Turkey curry on boxing day yum!
You get what you pay for. Yes a free range organic turkey will be expensive but will have had a decent life and no rubbish pumped into it. My christmas turkey is never dry and would feed an army. Turkey curry on boxing day yum! Helen Ariel

9:11am Sun 18 Nov 12

Juleyanne says...

No thanks, I will not be part of the christmas massacre of these poor birds - nut roast for me or Quorn Roast!
No thanks, I will not be part of the christmas massacre of these poor birds - nut roast for me or Quorn Roast! Juleyanne

10:02am Sun 18 Nov 12

rubberflipper says...

Two large chickens in Lidl will set you back less than £8. Great value and better than eating dull turkey on Christmas Day.
Two large chickens in Lidl will set you back less than £8. Great value and better than eating dull turkey on Christmas Day. rubberflipper

10:51am Sun 18 Nov 12

mark by the sea says...

It's only a problem for butchers. If there mark up was say 10%' but we all know its more like 75%' that's the difference between them and supermarkets. Not really a story .
It's only a problem for butchers. If there mark up was say 10%' but we all know its more like 75%' that's the difference between them and supermarkets. Not really a story . mark by the sea

11:02am Sun 18 Nov 12

Wiggsy says...

Hove Actually wrote:
My son works in London and pops down to Smithfield, the cost is cheaper than a supermarket and the quality is better than a Butchers. Amazing packs of bacon and sausages make it worth while if you can get there
Is your name Smithfield?
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: My son works in London and pops down to Smithfield, the cost is cheaper than a supermarket and the quality is better than a Butchers. Amazing packs of bacon and sausages make it worth while if you can get there[/p][/quote]Is your name Smithfield? Wiggsy

11:28am Sun 18 Nov 12

MuammarQaddafi says...

Sorry, butchers, we haven't been able to afford turkey for years now. Our new Christmas tradition is Chinese takeaway.
Sorry, butchers, we haven't been able to afford turkey for years now. Our new Christmas tradition is Chinese takeaway. MuammarQaddafi

11:40am Sun 18 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

Wiggsy wrote:
Hove Actually wrote: My son works in London and pops down to Smithfield, the cost is cheaper than a supermarket and the quality is better than a Butchers. Amazing packs of bacon and sausages make it worth while if you can get there
Is your name Smithfield?
Excellent, hoisted on my own pitard..
[quote][p][bold]Wiggsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: My son works in London and pops down to Smithfield, the cost is cheaper than a supermarket and the quality is better than a Butchers. Amazing packs of bacon and sausages make it worth while if you can get there[/p][/quote]Is your name Smithfield?[/p][/quote]Excellent, hoisted on my own pitard.. Hove Actually

2:24pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Roundbill says...

Sounds hazardous - you DO know what a petard is, don't you...?
Sounds hazardous - you DO know what a petard is, don't you...? Roundbill

4:09pm Sun 18 Nov 12

martyt says...

davyboy wrote:
a turkey is a turkey, regardless of where you get it from, so why pay nearly £12/kilo, when a frozen one is just as good. we are just getting a turkey crown this year, as so much gets wasted off a whole bird. every year you see queues outside canhams in hove, and i really can't see the attraction of it.
i paid 3.49 a kilo for my turkey butterfly and there is no waste on it all meat and no bones ,can t see the point of buying a bag of bones with a bit of meat wrapped around it
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: a turkey is a turkey, regardless of where you get it from, so why pay nearly £12/kilo, when a frozen one is just as good. we are just getting a turkey crown this year, as so much gets wasted off a whole bird. every year you see queues outside canhams in hove, and i really can't see the attraction of it.[/p][/quote]i paid 3.49 a kilo for my turkey butterfly and there is no waste on it all meat and no bones ,can t see the point of buying a bag of bones with a bit of meat wrapped around it martyt

4:16pm Sun 18 Nov 12

martyt says...

Helen Ariel wrote:
You get what you pay for. Yes a free range organic turkey will be expensive but will have had a decent life and no rubbish pumped into it. My christmas turkey is never dry and would feed an army. Turkey curry on boxing day yum!
to be honest if you care that much about what kind of life you dead dinner had you would not be eating it in the first ,we all eat and drink the same toxic foods if you look at it in depth ,the planet has been ruined by the human race every drop of water we drink has been pass as pee at some stage in its journey around the planet ,so please tell me what s really
organic ??
[quote][p][bold]Helen Ariel[/bold] wrote: You get what you pay for. Yes a free range organic turkey will be expensive but will have had a decent life and no rubbish pumped into it. My christmas turkey is never dry and would feed an army. Turkey curry on boxing day yum![/p][/quote]to be honest if you care that much about what kind of life you dead dinner had you would not be eating it in the first ,we all eat and drink the same toxic foods if you look at it in depth ,the planet has been ruined by the human race every drop of water we drink has been pass as pee at some stage in its journey around the planet ,so please tell me what s really organic ?? martyt

6:14pm Sun 18 Nov 12

menowhere says...

this year i will eat baby animals.
this year i will eat baby animals. menowhere

9:23am Mon 19 Nov 12

banargustrolls says...

That reminds me who is keeping those dodgy London Rd butchers going? Urgh..
That reminds me who is keeping those dodgy London Rd butchers going? Urgh.. banargustrolls

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