Greens of Pangbourne named Bpex regional roadshow winner

Reading-based butchers Greens of Pangbourne was crowned National Champion at the 2013-14 Bpex Regional Roadshow and Pork Product Excellence Awards.

The prize-giving, held at Butchers Hall yesterday (11 June), rewarded Greens with the overall title after its Chorizo Stuffed Pork Cutlets wowed the judges in the Pork Ready Meal category. It was also named regional champion for the South of England.

The four other regional champions were: Robinsons Farm Shop (North west), for its pork pie, in the Traditional Pork Pie category; Don Hayes Butchers (South west) for its Mulled Wine Bacon in the Home Cured Bacon or Gammon category; Bolster Moor Farm Shop (North east), for its Pork, Mature Cheddar and Onion sausage, in the Speciality Pork Sausage category; and Lakings of Louth (East Midlands) with its Harvest Pie, in the Speciality Cold Eating Pork Pie category.

The announcement of the winner at the special event yesterday followed a six-month judging process, in which Bpex met with 214 butchers, sampling a total of 1,396 products. Following the awards ceremony, in which the regional champions were presented with an original watercolour painting of a Tamworth pig by artist Chris Pendleton, guests dined on a three-course carvery lunch.

Chris Cripps, of Greens of Pangbourne, said: "Im completely overwhelmed by the result, to be crowned National Champion of the Bpex 2013-14 Regional Roadshows is a fantastic achievement and something I am extremely proud of. We had made it to the final a couple of years ago, but missed out on the National Champion title, so to do so well this year makes all the hard work worthwhile."

Keith Fisher, Bpex butchery and product development manager, added: "The judges were hugely impressed by the quality of all five products, but the Chorizo Stuffed Pork Cutlets were really innovative, offering a unique pork-based ready meal to customers."

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