Halloween and Bonfire Night will certainly be completely different this year, with more and more households under limited lockdown and customers opting to stay indoors for perhaps the first time. This presents you, the butcher, with some great opportunities to make extra sales by catering for mini-events held indoors, or in the garden.
The resurgence in the fortunes of the family butcher in recent months has been most welcome, uplifting and wonderful to see. In some ways, it’s not surprising, as butchers have been an integral part of local communities for decades, but somehow their role had been overlooked and was, in some parts, diminishing.
Remember we recently put together our Menu of ideas for producing foods that your customers can enjoy at home? Within the Menu, we included a section on Side Dishes and we’ve been giving some further thought to this. We reckon that your Side Dishes don’t need to be on the side-lines, they could easily become the Main Event!
We’ve said it before, but it’s really important to keep your counter display and if your customers are ordering online – your website – looking fresh and interesting…
There’s little doubt that it will be a long time before most people are ready to go back to eating out at cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs, (ah, remember those places?), which means that butchers have an opportunity to go beyond supplying simple meats: Here’s the ideal time to offer meats and ready meals that are similar to those that customers would normally enjoy when they’re eating out.
Whilst it looks like life may start to get back to “normal” – whatever that looks like – in the foreseeable future, there’s no doubt that this is going to take some time. This is especially the case when it comes to people’s being able to eat out. So, we thought it might be beneficial at this juncture to have a look at how retail butchers can offer their customers restaurant-type meals that can be prepared at home.
One of our team members has a family of five people: Two adults and three children. Three of the family members are out and out carnivores, one is a vegetarian and one a “flexitarian”. “Flexitarian?” I hear you ask…
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas… …In every high street, supermarket and shopping centre, but is your counter beginning to look a lot like Christmas too? You, know, it really is vital that it does and it’s not too late to start now!
Let’s face it, the trend for healthier eating isn’t really a trend anymore; it’s a daily lifestyle choice for a growing number of people. And that can be tricky for a butcher to work around – especially when customers are looking for so many different options and have so many different needs.