Fruity ribeye scoops sweet success at BPEX final

Fruity ribeye scoops sweet success at BPEX final

Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd has enjoyed sweet success after being crowned BPEX Foodservice Pork Product of the Year 2013 for its Fruity Pork Ribeye.

Richard-Taylor-(left)-collects-the-BPEX-Foodservice-Pork-Product-of-the-Year-award-for-2013 from BPEX's Stewart Houston (centre) and Tony Goodger.

Richard-Taylor-(left)-collects-the-BPEX-Foodservice-Pork-Product-of-the-Year-award-for-2013 from BPEX’s Stewart Houston (centre) and Tony Goodger.

Announced at this afternoon’s BPEX Foodservice Pork Product of the Year Final hosted at Butchers’ Hall; the ribeye steak had already been awarded Gold and given first place in the Fresh Pork Cut category, before judges unanimously decided it deserved the recognition of being named the best overall pork product for the catering sector.

Competition judges agreed that the ribeye steak – from quality produced local pork – was a fantastic addition to menus, delivering good value for money, with the fruity marinade adding a premium touch to the dish to deliver real diner appeal.

Richard Taylor, managing director of Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd, was delighted to receive the award, and told Meat Management what the title means for the Derbyshire-based family business: “To us as a company it obviously gives us more recognition all the time. We do try and source the best product that we possibly can, and the livestock is sourced locally. The pork product today, from the shoulder especially, and our special marinade, has come up trumps.”

The Owen Taylor Fruity Pork Ribeye was one of 18 products to go through to the final at Butchers’ Hall today. Additional category winners and finalists were as follows:

Best Cold Eating Product

Winner: Oliver James Foods – Pork, Apple & Cider Terrine
2nd Place: York House Meat Productions Ltd – Chunky Ham Hock Terrine
3rd Place: The Real Pork Crackling Co – Golden Pork Crunch

Pork Ready Meal

Winner: Vaughans Family Butchers – Pork Stroganoff
2nd Place: 3663 – Slow Cooked British Pork Belly with Apricot & Thyme
3rd Place: York House Meat Productions Ltd – Stout & Brown Sugar Pork Shoulder Joint

Pork Bakery Product

Winner: Drewton’s Ltd – Sausage Roll
2nd Place: Nigel Fredericks Ltd – Pork & Pecan Lattice Pie
3rd Place: Andrew Jones Pies – The Pork Pie

Best Cured Product

Winner: Taste Tradition Ltd – Guanciale
2nd Place: C&K Meats Ltd – Green Beer Bacon Steak
3rd Place: The Franconian Sausage Company – Salami

Best Innovative Pork Product

Winner: Onefive Foods – Haggis Pakora
2nd Place: Vaughans Family Butchers – Bacon & Bubble
3rd Place: Aubrey Allen Ltd – Studded Pork Cutlet

Fresh Pork Cut

Winner: Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd – Owen Taylor Fruity Pork Ribeye
2nd Place: Vaughans Family Butchers – Pork Fillet with Pickled Walnut Stuffing
3rd Place: Nigel Fredericks Ltd – Belly Wrapped Larded Pork Loin with Cider & Herb Stuffing

The BPEX Pork Product of the Year competition is now in its seventh year, and rewards innovation and excellence of Quality Assured pork and pork products, including those produced to Red Tractor standards.

Keith Fisher, BPEX butchery development manager, commented: “We judged almost 150 products from about 38 different companies this year so it’s increasing year on year. All in all we’re looking for the perfect product, and I would say that this year has been one of those years when we’re getting near to it! So it’s been really exciting.”

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