M&S scoops Best Retailer at SuperMeat & Fish awards

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At a star-studded event at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, hosted by comedian Stephen Mangan, Marks & Spencer was awarded the Retailer of the Year accolade at the SuperMeat & Fish awards. 

The winning supermarket was praised by judges for “demonstrating a deep knowledge of its range while having display that showcased the products in their best light”.

Marks & Spencer’s Tom Harvey said: “We're so honoured to win this award and it's for the entire team who have worked hard. This is a great endorsement of the hard work we put in every day. 

"This award is great for our business and we will certainly be bragging about it in our marketing over the next 12 months."

Rod Addy, Meat Trades Journal editor, commented on the high standard of entries for this year’s competition. “The standard of entries was higher than ever. Marks & Spencer was a deserving winner, but it was inspiring to see how all the competitors were raising the bar, responding to the challenges in the marketplace and delivering deliciously innovative products.”

In a good year for the retailer, Marks & Spencer’s Grill Pork Belly Hog Roast with Kentish Apple Sauce & Crackling Crumb picked up the New to Market and Best Overall Product prize. It was described as having a “great balance of flavours and succulent meat, topped with an innovative crumb, making it the perfect meal”.

Harvey said: “We're thrilled to win Best Overall Product. This is a product that has had a complicated and difficult journey to market so we're very happy it has been recognised. There are a lot of different components in this product which is part of its appeal.”

He added that winning the Best Overall Product award "cemented Marks & Spencer's reputation as being leaders in product development".

The Best Store Team award went to Asda in Wakefield, Yorkshire, with the retailer also winning the Head Office Initiative award for its work in facing the challenges of the farming industry at home as well as taking into account global trends.

Full list of winners

Category

Winner

Meat and Fish Retailer of the Year 2015

Marks and Spencer

Best Overall Product

Marks and Spencer The Grill Pork Belly Hog Roast with Kentish Apple Sauce & Crackling Crumb

Most Innovative Product               

Tesco Finest* Ultimate Burger Kit with Pulled Pork

Meat Counter of the Year

Morrisons Sidcup

Fish Counter of the Year

Morrisons Anniesland, Glasgow

Best Scottish Store 

Tesco Extra Crieff Road, Perth

Best North of England Store

Asda Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Best Northern Ireland Store

Marks and Spencer Sprucefield, Lisburn

Best Midlands and East of England Store

Morrisons Riverside, Norwich

Best South West of England Store

Asda Longwell Green, Bristol

Best South East of England Store

Marks and Spencer Sandhurst, Camberley

Best Welsh Store

Morrisons Baglan, Port Talbot

Best Store Team

Asda Wakefield

Head Office Initiative Award

Asda for their Farming for the Future

Best Beef Product

Aldi Specially Selected 30 Day Matured Dry Aged Sirloin Steak

Best Fresh Fish Product

Marks and Spencer Mediterranean Salt Baked Seabass

Best Frozen Fish Product

Tesco Finest* 2 Beer Battered Cod Fillets

Best Shellfish Product

Morrisons Nigerian King Prawns

Best Lamb Product

Aldi Slow Cooked Minted Lamb Shoulder

Best Pie

Marks and Spencer Gastropub Potato topped Scottish Lochmuir Salmon and Cod Pastry Pie

Best Pork or Bacon Product

Tesco Finest* Oak Smoked and Roast in the Bag Boneless Pulled Pork Shoulder

Best Poultry Product

The Co-operative West Country Cider & Wholegrain Mustard Chicken

Best Product New to Market

Marks and Spencer The Grill Pork Belly Hog Roast with Kentish Apple Sauce & Crackling Crumb

Best Ready Meal Product

Morrisons British Beef & Ale Pot Pie with Horseradish Mash

Best Ready to Eat Product

Tesco Finest* Beetroot Infused Smoked Scottish Salmon with Horseradish Cream

Best Sausage

Asda 12 Pork Chipolata Sausages

For more on the winners, check out this week’s issue of Meat Trades Journal!

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