Top organic meat products named
Published:  07 September, 2012

The UK’s best organic meat producers have been recognised in the 24th annual Soil Association Food Awards, which celebrate the “highest-quality organic food and drink”.

Judging was carried out by an expert panel of food critics, restaurateurs, broadcasters and chefs – including Hardeep Singh Kohli and Jo Wood – over three days at the Duke of Cambridge organic pub in London. All products were blind-tasted and rated on smell, texture, appearance and taste.

Finn Cottle, Soil Association Certification Trade consultant, said: “These awards showcase the best of organic food and drink and the high quality of products within this market. As the organic market returns to growth, this is a great time to encourage wider availability of these products, so that more people can enjoy them.”
Hardeep Singh Kohli, writer, broadcaster, comedian, food ambassador for Scotland and Organic Food Awards judge, added: “It was heartening to taste so many high-quality organic products. It seems that progress and innovation in organic food and drink are on an upward trajectory. For me, food is about passion, joy, laughter and love and I certainly had a lot of fun judging this year. I’ve never eaten so many eggs in my life!”

In the meat categories, Higher Hacknell Farm won the beef award for its South Devon Organic Beef, while the lamb prize was given jointly to Langley Chase Organic Farm for its Manx Loaghtan Mutton and Macaroni Farm for its Leg of Lamb. Back to the Garden won the poultry award for its Astley Estate Whole Chicken and Hophurst Farm won the pork category with its Hophurst Farm Pork.

The Soil Association Food Awards are open to all organic food and drink products that are certified by a body recognised in the EU. Winners are able to use the awards logo on their products.

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