New pork cuts unlock profit from a third of the carcase

Innovative butchery has developed 35 new pork cuts from the front section of the carcase, which accounts for around a third of it.

Should industry adopt the new methods profits may increase significantly, creating new uses from what is known as the forequarter, commonly used for lower value offerings like chops and sausage meat.

Cuts such as the Derby rib, a chuck eye joint, a Presa steak, pork Henry and Boston butt have been created, drawing innovation from global butchery methods and cooking research.

AHDB business development manager and master butcher Dick van Leeuwen created the new guide to help future-proof the industry.

He said: “Consumer demands and eating habits are continually changing, therefore, there is a constant need for new cuts and product development.

“By using seam butchery – which preserves individual muscles within the pork forequarter, utilising the bone structure and upgrading individual muscles into modern, consumer-friendly cuts for the retail and foodservice sectors, represents significant profit opportunities for a variety of businesses working with pork.”

Within the new range are cuts suitable for a variety of cooking methods such as ready meals, sous vide, BBQ, roasting, pot-roasting, grilling, and frying.

The new Pork Forequarter Guide is available for download here on the AHDB website.

AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Its purpose is to inspire farmers, growers and the agri-food industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

AHDB has said it welcomes feedback on the new cuts from pork processors, producers and butchers. Submissions can be made via email to Julie Bird on: [email protected].