Scottish women are twice as likely to shop at their local butcher than their English counterpart, a new survey has revealed.

Around 40% of Scottish female consumers questioned said they bought meat from a butchers once a week or more, compared to 23% of English women.

Quality Meat Scotland says the statistics were revealed during analysis of a survey by IGD into consumer attitudes to quality assurance in the red meat chain.

June Lomax, butcher development manager with QMS, said: “This is a well deserved endorsement of this important sector of the red meat industry. It’s clear the Scottish butcher shop continues to be a valued place to buy red meat.”

Mark Barnett, president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, added: “We are delighted with the results of the survey. This reveals there are major opportunities for this vital sector of the red meat industry to build on its success.”