For independent grocers and the wholesalers that serve them
I am the owner of http://meatcuttersclub.com/
I talked with recruiters every day for major companies looking for meat cutters, they tell me they just can't find good meat cutters any more. I hunt for them every day, my web site has 51,000 hits on it a month and even I can't find them. In the past year I've only had two meat cutters ask me if I knew where a opening was. the recruiters agree with me that we now paying the price of dealing with box beef, they agree that something has to be done about the shortage of cutters but their companies don't want to deal with in store training programs. A lot of their markets are running over time to keep their markets running, some cutters getting 8 to 10 hours a week.
How hard is it for you to find good meat cutters for your meat markets??
I train all of my meat cutters in my store, and many have gone on to other bigger stores. The store owner needs to train his or herself on the art of meat cutting, before even understanding how to run a successful operation in their store.
I was blessed to be trained at a young age (11), breaking down cattle, and working my way up to boxed beef.
It is an art, and it can be taught to anyone properly, so as an owner, I'd strongly urge some training at another store in their co-op or chain, in order to understand, and train future meat-cutters, as there are no formal schools for that anymore.
Ditto with this message.
I also train green people to cut, and then usually lose them to larger markets. I look forward to more case ready meat products Everything seems to be trending that way and I am OK with that.