Thomas Johnston is celebrating after winning a prestigious Diamond Award in the UK’s most prestigious competition for craft butchery products – The Smithfield Awards.
The event, which is held annually by the Q Guild of Butchers
Thomas Johnston Quality Butchers of Falkirk were awarded diamond in the Traditional Pork Sausages category for their Pork Links: a tried and tested family recipe that uses premium Scottish pork cuts blended with selected seasonings and is a firm favourite with customers.
In addition, Thomas Johnston Quality Butchers also won gold for their Reduced Fat Burger, Gluten Free Black Pudding, Pepper Chicken Melts, Steak & Sausage Pie, Traditional Steak Pie, Roast Lamb in Garden Mint Marinade, Pork Links. They were awarded silver for their Gluten Free Haggis, Traditional Stovies and Iron Brew & Sweet Chilli Sausage.
The awards were judged blind by an independent panel of international food and meat industry experts at City of Glasgow College’s state of the art facilities. BBC broadcaster and food expert, Nigel Barden awarded each category winner with a Diamond Award
Nigel Barden said:
“Everything I’ve witnessed about the Q Guild of Butchers convinces me it’s an outstanding institution, representing some of the finest butchers the United Kingdom has to offer. The welfare of the animals, whose meat they sell and the farmers who rear them are of primary concern and in turn the customers who purchase their wares. Combine these with apprentice schemes and top-flight in house training and you produce leaders in their industry. I’m honoured to be involved with the awards and look forward to celebrating those who are at the zenith of the butchery profession.”
Mark Turnbull, Chair of the Q Guild of Butchers commented:
“The Smithfield Awards are always a celebration of butchers who are the top of their game, combining traditional skills and knowledge with innovation; great taste with immaculate sourcing. The 2018 award winners demonstrate this superbly. These butchers are custodians of a proud tradition of local artisan butchery and I’m delighted to celebrate their success.”