MM Meat Industry Awards 2022: this year’s winners revealed
The finalists and winners of the annual Meat Management Industry Awards were announced on 15th September during a dinner and presentation ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Internationally renowned entertainer Paul Zerdin presented manufacturers, supermarkets, industry suppliers, trade organisations, catering butchers, independent retailers and top people with their winning trophies and certificates.
The Meat Management Industry Awards are unique in recognising the creativity, innovation and excellence of the UK’s meat industry. The award winners are determined either through reader votes or following product entries, the latter being evaluated by a team of judges.
A total of 20 accolades were handed out to companies, associations and people.
The coveted Excellence Award title went to Dean Holroyd, group technical and sustainability director at ABP Group. This prestigious award goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution the British meat industry. Another of the night’s most prestigious awards, Young Manager of the Year, was won by Ben Lee, managing director at Soanes Poultry.
ABP Food Group won the Meat Manufacturer of the Year award, and ASDA was voted Supermarket / Multiple Meat Retailer of the Year. Britain’s Best Butchers Shop went to Philip Warren & Son situated in Launceston, Cornwall.
Owen Taylor & Sons won both the Catering Butcher Award and Britain’s Best Meat Pie Award – a fitting tribute in its centenary year.
The 2022 winners in full are:
The Catering Butcher Award – Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd
Best Trade Organisation – British Meat Processors Association (BMPA)
Best Online Business – Edwards of Conwy
Best Equipment/Machinery Supplier – Reiser (UK) Ltd
Training Scheme of the Year – Crosby Butchery Training – Butchery Apprenticeships
Young Manager of the Year – Ben Lee, managing director, Soanes Poultry
Britain’s Best Butcher’s Shop – Philip Warren & Son, Launceston, Cornwall.
Supermarket/Multiple Meat Retailer of the Year – ASDA
Britain’s Best Sausage – Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Firecracker Sausages – Cranswick PLC
Britain’s Best Burger – Waitrose Summer 2 Wild Garlic & Herb Lamb Burgers – Pilgrim’s UK Lamb
Britain’s Best Meat Pie – Owen Taylor’s Centenary Pie – Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd
Best Bacon Product – Viking Smoked Dry Cured Back Bacon – Danish Crown UK
Best Free From Product – Porky Whites Premium Pork Sausages (Gluten and Dairy Free) – Porky Whites Ltd
Best Poultry Product – Morrisons The Butcher’s On Market Street BBQ Chicken Wings – Cranswick Country Foods Fresh Poultry
Best Beef Product – Regeneratively Farmed Longhorn Dry Aged Sirloin Steak – Buitelaar Group
Best Pork/Pigmeat Product – Marks & Spencer Collection Slow Cooked Smoked Pork Belly – Scotbeef
Best Lamb Product – Iceland Luxury Easy Carve Welsh Lamb Leg Joint – Dunbia
Best Red Meat Product – Regeneratively Farmed Longhorn Dry Aged Sirloin Steak – Buitelaar Group
Manufacturer of the Year – ABP Food Group
The Meat Management Excellence Award – Dean Holroyd, group technical and sustainability director at ABP Group
Keep an eye out for the October edition of Meat Management published in print and online for the full run-down of the winners and finalists, plus the highly commended products.
Graham Yandell, managing editor & publisher of Meat Management magazine, commented: “As always it is fantastic to bring the industry together for these prestigious awards. It really is the big night in the industry’s calendar and, as we continue to move away from the impact of Covid, I would like to thank everyone who participated once again this year, and also give a massive thank you to our valued partners who support these awards.”
Yandell continued: “It is a real privilege to stage these awards every year and to host the ceremony. We live in challenging times and of course we were very mindful of the recent changes to our monarchy and the immense respect for our late queen, which was very obvious from the people I spoke with on the evening.
“The positive message now is roll on 2023 when I have no doubt the industry’s biggest awards event be even bigger and better than ever.”
Thank you to the official 2022 Awards partners
The awards ceremony is subject to any ongoing government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue, or the type of presentations made, at their absolute discretion.