Welcome to Birtwistle Catering Butchers

Our products

MJ Birtwistle & Co is a rapidly expanding successful group that encompasses all aspects of the meat trade, which is achieving significant growth organically and by acquisition. At the beginning of 2012, the company entered a new and exciting chapter in its history with the sale by Michael Birtwistle of his shares to Sosamja Holdings, a company owned by Steven Woollands and the existing Board of Directors of Birtwistles.

Our culture is based on valuing our customers, staff and suppliers.
We strive to have the best facilities operated by the best people in the industry. This commitment is demonstrated by our move in 2010 to modern purpose built air-conditioned premises. Ideally situated, west of Manchester, with easy access to the UK’s major road networks, this facility was one of the first to gain a BRC Grade A Accreditation to the latest standards in January 2012.
Key to our success is understanding our market place, so we strive to stay ahead of market and consumer trends, whilst ever mindful of new industry regulations.
Birtwistle Catering Butchers has had four generations of the family within the business with over 100 years experience in the meat and farming industries. Our mission is to continuously provide first class quality products with an excellent standard of service, unrivalled in this very demanding industry. We have grown in to and gained this reputation by our continual efforts to stay ahead within the ever-changing foodservice industry. All products are prepared in our plant daily to each client’s specifications, packaged and labelled to and above legislation and then delivered direct throughout the UK.
Our clients are very varied and including Hotels, Restaurants, and Public Houses, Independents and Groups, Education sector, Outdoor Events and Food Manufacturers. We provide national distribution via our own fleet and transport partners.
AB&&S Wholesale Meats & Poultry is a wholly owned subsidiary of the group, which fully supports our catering division as well as supplying other catering butchers and retail sites throughout the UK. AB&S buys live cattle, sheep, lambs and pigs direct from livestock markets and chosen suppliers this ensures that we can supply full trace-ability and give confidence of farm gate to plate.

Entwistle Bacon Co is a long established supplier with an excellent name for Quality and Service that was acquired by the group. This has enhanced all parts of the group with the products that they can now supply.


  • 4th Generation Family Run
  • BRC Food Standards Issue 6 Grade A
  • Red Tractor Approved
  • EEC / FSA Licensed
  • STS Certificated
  • Full Traceability with Clear and Precise Labelling
  • 24 hour 3 shift operation system
  • Gammon & Bacon curing in-house
  • Steak and Lamb Experience
  • Sourced Livestock UK wide
  • Team of Sales Managers working across the Country
  • Bespoke & Fine Dining with dedicated butchers
  • Monthly Specials & Market Reports
  • Extensive Client List
  • Product Development & Further Training
  • Bespoke reporting & Clear invoicing

I hope you enjoy browsing our web site!

Steven Woollands
Managing Director