Hannan Meats wins Bpex Foodservice Awards

Northern Irish catering meat business Hannan Meats has won two gold awards in the Bpex Foodservice Award for Best Pork Products.

The winning contribution was its Roman Bacon (guanciale) for the Most Innovative Product and Best Cured Product, which was also named Supreme Champion in the UK Great Taste Awards 2012/2013.

Hannan Meats is the UK’s only producer of guanciale, which consists of an unsmoked pig’s cheek and is dry-cured with herbs, sugar, spices, garlic and red wine.

Hannan Meats managing director Peter Hannan claimed the awards were a "tremendous boost" for the business.

He said: "This very significant endorsement will be extremely beneficial as we seek to build sales of our Roman Bacon into foodservice in England and further afield, including Italy, where influential chefs have approached us to supply the product because of a chronic shortage of guanciale there. It has been our experience that awards from bodies such as Bpex are watched closely by foodservice operators."

Hannan said there had been a strong growth in interest in the product over the past year in Britain, which has led to "a series of immensely encouraging contracts from leading restaurants and other foodservice operations".

He added: "It has also won plaudits for the excellence of its flavour from UK and international food writers. As a result of this interest and support, we’ve had to take steps to increase production to meet the growing demand. It has been an amazing success story."


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