BPEX crown catering sausage of the year

BPEX crown catering sausage of the year

Scan Foods UK has won the BPEX Foodservice Sausage of the Year Final with its Premium Pork Sausage with Chorizo and Olive Oil.

The final, held at Butchers’ Hall, London on Friday featured 15 shortlisted finalists from 200 entries.

Product development manager of Scan Foods, Ray Stannard said he felt, “absolutely elated” with the win. Ray added: “It’s a good sausage, and it’s healthy because of the olive oil.”

Sausages provided by Scan Foods are approximately 30 per cent lower in saturated fat than standard premium pork sausages, and 80 per cent meat content.

Pictured at the BPEX Awards ceremony are (from left) Graham Stonadge, Scan Foods’ retail accounts controller and Ray Stannard, Scan Foods’ product development manager.

The 15 competing sausages were judged on appearance, splitting, texture, juiciness, and taste/smell.

Producers, industry experts, and the press were on-hand to judge this year’s finalists, with five category winners and an overall champion.

Roy Anderson, commercial director for Vion Food UK Ltd, one of the judges in attendance, expressed the importance of “appearance, succulence and texture,” adding that in his opinion, “the sausage that meets all the criteria is the pork and leek” from category five.

With standards extremely high, there were only two decimal points between the overall winner and the runner up.

BPEX development manager, Keith Fisher awarded every contestant with a certificate and a plaque.

The full entries and results were:

Category 1) Traditional Pork Sausage

•    Cumberland Sausage, The British Premium Sausage Company (winner)
•    Traditional Pork Sausage, Althams Catering Butchers
•    Red Tractor Lincolnshire Breakfast Pork, The Welsh Sausage Co

Category 2) Speciality Pork Sausage

•    The Pickled Pig, Pork & Strong Ale, A Turner and Sons (winner)
•    Caribbean Pork Sausage, J C Rook & Sons
•    Chilli Sausage, Archers Butchers

Category 3) Best Pub Pork Sausage Category

•    London Banger with Young’s Special Bitter, Solent Butchers (winner)
•    Farmhouse Sausage, Moss Valley Fine Meats
•    Traditional Pork Sausage, Primrose Herd

Category 4) Best Innovative Pork Sausage

•    Premium Pork Sausage with Chorizo and Olive Oil, Scan Foods UK (F A Gill) (winner)
•    Tuscan Sausage Crumb, York House Meat Products
•    Low Salt, Honey & Rosemary Whirl, Vaughan’s Family Butchers

Category 5) Iconic British Banger

•    Lincolnshire Horseshoe, York House Meat Products (winner)
•    Pork & Leek Sausage, Cam Family Butchers
•    The Londoner, The Franconian Sausage Co

And there will be more focus on the sausage sector, when the annual British Sausage Week runs from the 5th to 11th November, including competitions, and an appearance from 2012 celebrity supporter, Al Murray.

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