A SCOTS butcher shop is hoping to tempt customers with a new novelty food - Buckfast flavour bacon.
Brothers Jason, 32 and Gary Rendall, 29, make a number of products using the controversial tonic wine but say the new Buckfast cured bacon is flying out of the door.
Their award winning shop, Rendalls Quality Butchers, in Alva, Clackmannanshire, already sells steak and Buckfast pies, Buckfast sausages.
They have also added Buckfast haggis and black pudding to their range of products flavoured with the tonic wine.
And Jason insists they are all extremely popular with customers who travel far and wide to buy them.
He said: “When we came down from Orkney in 2009, we knew a lot of the people down here drink Buckfast so we thought, what can we make that will sell.
“Buckfast sweetens the meat and can be used in just about any meat product”Jason Rendall
“We made the steak pie and things went crazy from there, and we’ve been adding new products ever since.
“The Buckfast products are probably some of the best selling in the shop.
“The bacon is the latest one and is going really well, in fact people are already asking us to start doing square sausages done with Buckfast next.
“We have people of all ages buying the Buckfast products, and people are ordering them online from everywhere in the country, from up in Orkney to down in London.
“Buckfast sweetens the meat and can be used in just about any meat product.
“We know it’s a controversial drink but part of what we are doing is hopefully showing people that Buckfast is versatile and not just something for neds to drink.”
Stewart Wilson of Buckfast distributors has welcomed the news, saying they have been happy with the products made by the butchers in the past.
He said: “We are really pleased with the products which have been developed by Rendalls butchers to date “
“We have been having regular contact with Jason from Rendalls with updates on new products and ideas .
“Only today he was telling me that the Buckfast haggis is soon to be added to the range.”
The controversial tonic wine, made by Benedictine monks in Devon, continues to fly off the shelves.
Last year, bosses announced a sales increase of nearly £1 million a year despite increasing the price.
But the wine has consistently been linked with anti-social behaviour and violence in Scotland.
In 2013, it was revealed Buckfast had been linked to almost 7,000 crimes in Scotland over the last three years.
Offences involving the drink included attempted murder, assaults with weapons and sexual attacks.
The Scottish Labour party have also called for drinks with high alcohol and caffeine contents, such as Buckfast, to be banned.
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