John’s Black Pudding Takes Gold in BPEX Awards

John Brereton receiving BPEX award

John Brereton of the Ludlow Food Centre has been awarded the title of Black Pudding Category Champion with his highly praised homemade black pudding at the West Midlands Product Evaluation Event and Regional Roadshow for butchers, organised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

The event, which took place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire last week, saw a record-breaking 49 butchers from across the region submit a staggering 300 products for evaluation by esteemed industry judges.

Ludlow butcher John was delighted to win the Black Pudding category at his first attempt in the competition. He said, ‘Although the Food Centre has only been open for nine months, I’ve been a butcher for nearly 18 years now, however I’ve never really made black pudding for sale to customers. I started experimenting at home and developed this recipe using all fresh ingredients so as to create the most preservative free and traditional product as possible. There are easier and quicker ways to make it but if you want top quality traditional black pudding you’ve got take a bit of time over it.’

BPEX butchery and product development manager, Keith Fisher, says, ‘We were absolutely delighted and quite astounded by the sheer number of products entered by butchers from across the West Midlands region this year. Our judges really had their work cut out to get through all of the entries.

‘Of the 300 products entered, 267 achieved awards – 112 of them gold – a sign of the remarkable quality of products. Congratulations to all those butchers who attended the event and our Category Champions.’

The Product Evaluation Events recognise and reward product excellence and innovation among butchers. The judges use the following criteria: overall appearance; size and colour; ease of cutting; texture and structure; and most importantly taste and smell.

John’s champion black pudding is on sale at the Ludlow Food Centre butcher’s counter.

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