'Greenest' butcher's shop in Scotland officially opens

I.J McIntosh Butcher's new eco-friendly shop will source its meat from local Aberdeenshire farmers
I.J McIntosh Butcher's new eco-friendly shop will source its meat from local Aberdeenshire farmers

The 'greenest' butcher's shop in Scotland has opened its new eco-friendly premises in a bid to offer the public locally-sourced meat.

After nearly 40 years of trading in a small corner shop in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, I.J McIntosh Butcher has made the move to a new custom-built building to expand.

The new shop, which was opened on Friday 12 November and will stock Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork, is family-run that has been managed by Gavin McIntosh since 2017.

“The business was started by my father who worked as a messenger on a butcher’s bike until he began his apprenticeship in 1967," he said.

"He brought his first shop in Fraserburgh in 1982 and after I left school, I joined him in the business.

“It’s always been a dream of ours to expand, but it took a while to find the right shop.”

Gavin says that, luckily, their new premises – an old local car dealer’s showroom – is only a minute’s walk from their original shop and is custom-built for the modern world.

“When we secured our new location, it provided an opportunity to build the shop we’ve always dreamed of," he added.

"As a business, and personally, I’ve wanted to do my bit for sustainability, so the new shop is fitted to be as environmentally friendly as possible.”

Investing in equipment, lights, and fans that are low wattage, refrigeration insulation and wall cladding that are low impact, has resulted in potentially the ‘greenest’ butcher’s shop in Scotland.

And because it’s a large building – approximately 200m2 – Gavin is in talks with an energy company about putting solar panels on the roof.

That way, the business will harness and generate electricity that will not only power the shop, but also a future electric vehicle to make deliveries.

“We continue to source our produce locally and have invested in new machines that use recycled packing," he added.

"This means that our customers purchase products with low food miles, consciously packaged with a focus on helping the planet."

Gordon King, executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers, and Tom Gibson, Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) director of market development, cut the ribbon to officially open the new store.

Tom said that the business is a model shop for the modern-day butcher: “It’s really fantastic to see what Gavin and the team I.J McIntosh Butcher have achieved.

“Butchery is an age-old craft that has modern values and butchers, such as Gavin, are now taking that forward; investing in their businesses for the future, keeping them up to date so they can thrive.”