Producers taste success in National Meat Products Competition

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Ludlow Food Centre is celebrating success once more after scooping eight awards at this year’s National Meat Products Competition – including two golds.

The competition, judged as part of Foodex 2016 at Birmingham’s NEC on April 18th, saw almost 400 products entered from 48 producers across the country, 10 of which were entered by Ludlow Food Centre.

Ludlow Food Centre’s butchery team, headed by Butchery Manager John Brereton, pictured left, won an award for each of the six products entered.

He said: “The team is absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for its talent and innovation. To gain two gold certificates, in a competition where products are tasted by true industry professionals, is a huge compliment.”

Production Kitchen Manager, Damien MacNamara added: “It’s great for two of our products to win awards in such a prestigious competition. As much as the industry develops, this win shows that our more traditional products are still at the top of their game and continue to surprise customers.”

Roger Kelsey, Chief Executive at National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT), said: “We were delighted to see so many entrants in 2016 – the number has increased by almost 20 per cent from 2015.

“The competition has come a long way since it was first the National Sausage Competition in the 1960s, and each of the categories in today’s competition represents the diversity in the meat product and butchery industry. Ludlow Food Centre’s entries demonstrated exactly that, and we’re thrilled to present the team with so many certificates.”

All of the Gloucester Old Spot pork, lamb, beef and game used at Ludlow Food Centre is sourced from its surrounding Oakly Park Estate in Bromfield, two miles north of Ludlow on the A49.

The full list of Ludlow Food Centre winners is as follows:
Green Back Bacon – Gold
Smoked Air Dried Beef – Gold
Beef Burger – Gold
Traditional Pork Sausage – Silver
Sage and Apple Sausage – Silver
Fiocco – Silver
Pete’s Pasty – Silver
Turkey and Ham Cutting Pie – Bronze

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