New Zealand’s top sausages announced

19 October, 2018 by
FMCG Business
Sausage Awards-Supreme Champions Chris Nichol (2nd L) and Dave Rossiter (centre).

New World Te Rapa, Hamilton and Westmere Butchery, Auckland have been announced as the Supreme Award winners for the 2018 Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition at an awards dinner in Auckland.  The judges couldn’t decide between Westmere Butchery’s beef and mushroom sausage and an Angus beef sausage from New World Te Rapa, instead crowning them joint winners of the Supreme Award in what is believed to be a first for the competition.

David Rossiter, owner of Westmere Butchery, has had over 45 years in the industry and his store has become an institution in Auckland. He said of his victory: “It’s fantastic to win this award, it’s a dream come true, not just for me but for all the boys at the shop and every staff member. We’ll be celebrating for sure.”

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Chris Nicol has worked in the industry for 25 years and heads up the butchery team at New World Te Rapa. He said of his store’s win: “We have won a couple of awards in the Devro Great New Zealand Sausage competition but never taken the top spot before. It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s come at a tough time for us, we’ve been short of staff and we’ve needed people to step up and they did. It makes me so proud of my team and to be part of the industry.”

Impeccable quality

Head Aesthetic Judge Kathy Paterson was glowing in her assessment of the two Supreme Award winners as well as the general standard across the competition: “Throughout this year’s competition, the standard has been phenomenal. Flavours have been well thought through, the quality of the butchery has been impeccable and as a result it has created a really tough, but enjoyable, job for the judges.

“In the past we’ve always had a sausage that has stood out but trying to find an outright Supreme Award winner this year was near on impossible. The panel of judges could make compelling cases for both winners and in the end we knew the fairest thing to do was crown them both.”

The journey to Supreme status for the winning sausages has been a long and rigorous process. Over 480 entries from over 90 stores entered sausages into the 13 categories and were judged over a two-day snarler extravaganza last month by a squad of butchers, foodies, chefs and industry heavyweights.

From here, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in each category with the gold medallists then being re-judged against one another, with Westmere Butchery and New World Te Rapa’s sausages coming out on top.

The success for Westmere Butchery and its head honcho David Rossiter came hot on the heels of being awarded the People’s Choice Award for the 2018 Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition achieving the rare feat of winning both titles.

For more information about the #NZTopSausage visit https://www.greatnzsausagecomp.co.nz/

Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition 2018 full results:

2018 Supreme Award

New World Te Rapa, Angus Beef

Westmere Butchery, Beef and Mushroom

2018 People’s Choice Award

Westmere Butchery, Beef and Mushroom

2018 Devro NZ Wildcard Award*                    

Peter Timbs Meats, Hot Chorizo

2018 Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition Medallists:

Category: Beef          

  • Gold: New World Te Rapa, Angus Beef
  • Silver (joint): Hellers Ltd, Hellers Angus
  • Silver (joint): Leonard’s Superior Smallgoods, Old English Beef
  • Bronze: Countdown, Angus Beef

Category: Pork

  • Gold: L’Authentique, Pure Pork
  • Silver: The Kiwi Butcher Shop, Pure Pork
  • Bronze: Moos Baas & Oinks, Pure Pork

Category: Poultry

  • Gold: New World Stonefields, Smokey Chicken, Coriander & Garlic
  • Silver (joint): New World Stonefields, Chicken, Coriander, Garlic & Mild Chilli
  • Silver (joint): Grey Lynn Butchers, Free Range Chicken and Truffle
  • Bronze: Raeward Fresh Tower Junction, The Senorita

Category: Pre-cooked

  • Gold: Cattermoles Butchery Kaiapoi, Smoked Saveloy
  • Silver: Akaroa Butchery & Deli, Cotechino
  • Bronze: Morepork BBQ, Pork Hot Dog

Category: Flavoured  

  • Gold: M & M Master Butchers, Pork Flavoured
  • Silver: Esk Valley Meats, Lamb & Mint Flavoured
  • Bronze (joint): Hellers Ltd, Hellers Pork Flavour
  • Bronze (joint): New World Greenmeadows, Pork Flavoured

Category: Continental Fresh  

  • Gold: PAKn’SAVE Riccarton, Italian Casalinga
  • Silver (joint): Foodstuffs South Island/ Pams, Italian Lamb
  • Silver (joint): New World Stanmore, Italian Pork
  • Bronze (joint): Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Bratwurst
  • Bronze (joint): Avon’s Butchery, Italian Fennel Pork

Category: Continental Ready-to-Eat

  • Gold (joint): Zamora, Picante Salami
  • Gold (joint): Peter Timbs Meats, Hot Chorizo
  • Silver: The Butchers Block & Smokehouse Wanaka, Beef Classic Salami
  • Bronze: Ashby’s Butchery, Bell’s Original Pepperoni

Category: Pre-cooked

  • Gold: Leonard’s Superior Smallgoods, Black Pudding
  • Silver: Cameron Harrison Butchery, Black Pudding
  • Bronze: Wild Game Salamis, Wild Venison French Black Pudding

Category: Traditional

  • Gold (joint): M & M Master Butchers, Cumberland Pork
  • Gold (joint): L’Authentique, Pork & Fennel
  • Silver: Raeward Fresh Queenstown, Free Range Pork, Fresh Apple & Toasted Fennel Seeds
  • Bronze: The Produce Company, Pork & Fennel

Category: Gourmet Beef

  • Gold (joint): Westmere Butchery, Beef & Mushroom
  • Gold (joint): New World Stanmore, Roast Beef, Horseradish & Beetroot
  • Silver: New World Greenmeadows, Beef, Truffle & Parmesan
  • Bronze: Hellers Ltd, Hellers Sticky Ginger Beef

 Category: Gourmet Pork

  • Gold: Whenuapai Meat Merchant, Free Range Pork, Sweet Gala Apple & Sage
  • Silver (joint): Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Ben’s Jalapeno & Smokey Cheese Sausage
  • Silver (joint): Avon’s Butchery, Pork & Cranberry
  • Bronze (joint): New World Bishopdale, Pork Breakfast
  • Bronze (joint): New World Havelock North, Pork & Paua

Category: Pre-cooked

  • Gold: Eastbourne Village Meats, Red Roma
  • Silver: Euro Gourmet Meats, Drunken Lamb & Onion
  • Bronze: Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Moroccan Lamb

Category: Innovation

  • Gold (joint): Sausages by Design, Naked Pure Pork
  • Gold (joint): Agora – Butchery & Deli, Lentil, Kumara & Masala
  • Silver: PAKn’SAVE Cameron Road, Vegetarian
  • Bronze: Grey Lynn Butchers, Goan Chourico