MM Meat Awards judging to evaluate nearly 1,000 products
Product judging for this year’s MM Meat Industry Awards has started in earnest this week at the Regional Food Academy test kitchens, based at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. With over 900 products to get through, judges and home economists are in for a busy few days as the products entered, covering ten categories, are evaluated based on the exacting criteria used every year.
Chief judge and CEO of the Institute of Meat Keith Fisher was enthusiastic about the standard of products in the mix: “As always, the Meat Management Awards set a benchmark for products entered, coming in from a myriad of businesses. These arrive from every corner of the meat industry. As usual standards are very high and competition is stiff, so the eventual winners really can feel that their products are top drawer and something to shout about. We judge to exacting and consistent standards and once again we have a brilliant few days in prospect.”
Ian Mackway, who was appointed as the Meat Management awards ambassador earlier this year has joined the judging team for the first time and was equally enthusiastic about the process: “I was a partner of the MM Awards for many years when I ran Raps UK, and always felt that they offer a high value marketing opportunity for winners, finalists, the highly commended products and our category partners.
“Now, being on the Meat Management team and being part of the judging process this year, it really is a great experience and adds a whole new dimension and insight for me as to the process that the products go through to become a winner. We have brilliant products to get through here at the test kitchens and it’s a thorough and transparent operation. One thing is for sure, winners can accept an Award knowing it has a real value, coming from the biggest event of its type in the meat industry with such a prestigious pedigree.”
Awards organiser Emma Cash added that whilst not a record, the volume of entries has been excellent, one of the highest ever. “More importantly we have a really interesting range of products this year setting very high standards, and I am already looking forward to the Awards ceremony and dinner on 24th May when the winners, finalists and highly commended products will be revealed.”
The judging at Harper Adams this week cover the following product categories:
Best Pork/Pigmeat Product
Best Bacon Product
Best Beef Product
Best Lamb Product
Best Poultry Product Award
The Best British Sausage Award
Best Free From Product
Britain’s Best Burger
Britain’s Best Meat Pie
Best Red Meat Product Award
For more information about how to book tables or tickets at Britain’s biggest meat industry Awards event on 24th May email Emma Cash on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01908 613323.
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