Black Pudding tops the SW Roadshow

A traditional, homemade black pudding stole the show at the latest Product Evaluation Event and Regional Roadshow for butchers, which took place in Dawlish, Devon earlier this week.

Organised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), the event saw 22 butchers arrive armed with 137 products for evaluation. It was, however, the champion of one of the new categories for the season - Black Pudding - that went away with the prized title of Overall Champion.

Shaun Vining of Complete Meats of Axminster was delighted that his traditional black pudding with a few extra 'special' ingredients was so highly thought of by the judges. He said: "Our black pudding has always been well received by customers so when we saw there was a new product evaluation category we decided to put it to the test. It's great to achieve gold award status, let alone be awarded category and overall champion."

Shaun also triumphed in the Lamb or Beef Sausage category with a newly devised 'Lamb, Tomato and Basil Sausage'. Borne out of a request from a catering customer, the new lamb sausage was praised by judges and following its success, will go on sale in the shop. Shaun said: "The roadshows really are a good way to benchmark products and being able to promote them as regional award winners in the shop is good for business but also reassuring to our customers. All our meat is sourced from locally assured farmers and we make a point of featuring them in the shop, so our customers know exactly where their food comes from."

Other double category champions were Barleymow's Farm Shop from Somerset and T Buttling Butchers from Dorset.

BPEX butchery and product development manager, Keith Fisher, said: "In total, 119 products achieved awards, over a third of which were gold, demonstrating that butchers in the South West have great skill and deliver consistently good products. Our congratulations go to all the butchers who submitted a superb range of products, but special praise must go to the category champions and overall champion."

The next roadshow takes place at Askham Bryan College, York on Tuesday 23 October 2007. For more details and to download an entry form visit or contact Jackie Hawkes at BPEX on 01908 844 107.

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