Cranstons hosted members of the Cumbria Farmer Network on Wednesday evening at their headquarters on Ullswater Road in Penrith. The evening included a tour of the production facility, a tasting tour of the company’s flagship Cumbrian Food Hall.
The aim of the evening was to introduce the attending farmers to Cranstons’ products and their relationships with suppliers.
The tour was led by Managing Director Philip Cranston and his brother, Operations Director Roger Cranston who chatted about the business’ humble beginnings in the early 20th Century and how they turned that family run butchers in Kirkoswald into a successful business employing over 200 staff across its six sites.
The farmers were guided about Cranstons’ buying criteria and the process of preparing a carcass for sale, including the aging process and how the butchers break down the carcasses into smaller, more manageable cuts.
Local Farmer Network member Jonty Stalker from Ratten Castle was shown the carcass of a lamb he sold to Cranstons at Penrith Auction Mart last week.
Cranstons recently became a corporate member of the Cumbria Farmer Network. The network is an independent not for profit organisation which provides support to farmers and their businesses.
Cranstons are a keen supporter of local farmers and producers and hold long established relationships with a number of farms in the Eden Valley and Northumberland; the Northumberland farmers support the company’s traditional butchers shop in Hexham town centre.