Best bacon unveiled during Connoisseurs’ Week

Some of the UK’s best bacons have been revealed, following a competition to kick off the start of Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week.

With the theme of the week as Red, White and Bacon, four overall category winners were announced by the bacon week ambassador Angela Rippon in London at Simpsons-in-the-Strand.

Waitrose, along with it’s processor Dalehead Foods, took the title for Multiple Retailer of the Year, with its Free-range Unsmoked Dry-Cured Back Bacon. Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café took the Independent Retailer title, with its Old Spot Beer Mustard and Staffordshire Honey Middle Bacon.

The Foodservice category was taken by the Southover Food Company with its Smoked, Cooked Back Bacon, with the Branded category taken by Case & Sons (Vion UK), with its Connoisseurs’ Cure.

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Angela Rippon said: “Bacon has always been a huge favourite of mine, so I was extremely honoured to be asked to be involved with Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week and present the awards.
“The Red, White and Bacon awards are a great way to champion bacon and its role as the UK’s most beloved foodie treasure.

“There is such a vast selection of quality bacon and different cures now available, which is why we are keen to encourage the British public to celebrate this versatile and delicious ingredient in their everyday meals.”

Keith Fisher, from Bpex, said: “This year’s competition was a huge success, with the level of entry and outstanding quality very clearly demonstrating the rich tradition of bacon curing in this country.

“Bacon continues to be regarded as one of our favourite foods, which makes Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week and the promotion of Quality Assured bacon – including bacon produced under the Red Tractor logo – all the more important. Great bacon starts with great pork, and bacon that carries the assurances of quality, traceability and high standards of animal welfare is of growing importance for today’s discerning customers.”

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