Finalists named in SuperMeat
More than 100 of the top supermarket meat, poultry and fish products have been whittled down to just 32 for the final of this years SuperMeat and Fish Awards.
A team of judges, under the adjudication of former MTJ editor Fred A'Court, spent a week comprehensively evaluating every product against a judging criteria that included taste, texture, smell, value for money, nutritional content, packaging and information that buyers and cooks would find useful.
The 11 categories include three new to the Journal-organised competition this year - healthy, organic and product new to market. "We've cooked and tasted every single product that's been entered, and we've found our winning products by cooking and tasting all the ones that have made the final again," said A'Court.
"Probably the most impressive aspect of this year's competition has been the consistent tenderness and eating quality of all the meat products entered. It's a real tribute to the hard work put in by product development teams and processors."
Chefs, butchers, and ladies from the Women's Institute carried out the judging.
The final, where the best products and the best stores will be named, will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Tuesday, 19 June, before an audience of supermarket headquarters and store staff, product developers, processors, and industry VIPs.
The SuperMeat & Fish Awards are sponsored by Livestock & Meat Commission, Vion Food Group, EBLEX, HCC - Meat Promotion Wales, Interfood Technology, the Danish Bacon & Meat Council, Bord Bia and BPEX.
For details on the categories, judging, or how to book a table, visit www.meatinfo.co.uk or contact the events team on 01293 867629 or email Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The product finalist are:
Tesco - Traditionally Reared Bone-in Rib (Hilton Meats Retail)
Waitrose - Gourmet Beef and Ale Pies (Bighams)
Waitrose - Braised Beef Bourguignon (Mariner Foods)
Waitrose - Luxury Seafood Entrees (Macrae, Edinburgh)
Tesco - HaddockRisotto (Kettleby Foods)
Waitrose - Waitrose - Hebridean Mini Dressed Crab (Macrae, Edinburgh)
Waitrose - Berkshire Rack (Dalehead Foods)
Sainsbury's - West Country Beef Bone-in Rib (ABP)
Sainsbury's - Herring in Oat Flake Crumb (Thistle Seafoods)
Co-op - Reduced Fat Bacon Medallions (Grampian Country Food Group)
Asda - Pork and Apple Sausages (J.J. Tranfield)
Tesco - Fresh British Lamb Carvery Leg with Garlic and Rosemary (St Merryn Foods)
Tesco - Lamb Shank and Mash (Kettleby Foods)
Co-op - Butterflied Leg of Lamb (Dunbia)
Asda - Beefburgers (ABP)
Sainsbury's - Bacon Rashers (Cranswick Country Foods)
Co-op - Whole trout (Youngs Bluecrest)
PRODUCT NEW TO MARKET
Asda - Atlantic Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze (Youngs Bluecrest)
Waitrose - Mini Shellfish Selection (Macrae Edinburgh)
Tesco - Pork, Roasted pepper and Smoked Mozzarella Sausages (Walkers Midshire Foods)
Sainsbury's - Slowcook Outdoor Reared British Pork Belly (Cranswick Country Foods)
Waitrose - Belly of Pork with Calvados and Apple (Manner Foods)
Co-op - Smoked Dry Cure Back Bacon (Cranswick Country Foods)
Sainsbury's - The Ultmate Roasting Chicken (The Black Farmer)
Co-op - Elmwood Whole Chicken (Two Sisters)
Asda - Chicken Kebabs with Purple Basil Pesto (Grampian Country Food Group)
Waitrose - Beef Stroganoff (Manner Foods)
Co-op - Fish Pie (International Cuisine)
Waitrose - Duck A'L'Orange (Noon Products)
Tesco - Pork and Fresh Bramley Apple (Walkers Midshire Foods)
Asda - Pork and Peri Peri (J.J Tranfield)
Sainsbury's - Pork and Caramelised Red Onion (Cranswick Country Foods)