The winners of New Zealand Pork’s annual pork, bacon and ham awards were announced at a gala dinner at Christchurch’s Sudima Hotel. Farmers, butchers, retailers and industry leaders gathered in Christchurch to celebrate the best flavours, styles and cooking innovations at the tenth annual New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards.
The competition, which was judged at the end of June in Auckland, provided over 50 pork retailers from across the country with the platform to present the very best of their New Zealand born and raised pork products.
This year’s awards were sponsored by Halley Labels, Pacific Flavours and Five Star Pork, and hosted a record 223 entries, showcasing outstanding products from nine categories, divided among five bacon, two ham and two pork classes.
New Zealand Pork General Manager Sonya Matthews says over the past ten years the competition has grown into a nationally recognised event. “We are extremely pleased with the record number of entrants this year – especially because it is the competition’s tenth consecutive year. The number of entrants has progressively grown year-after-year, and we could not be happier with the quality of produce that is submitted,” she says.
In celebration of the competition’s success, this year included a special presentation for the Producer of the Decade, received by Ellesmere Butchery in Canterbury.
The awards also included categories that reflect the evolving demands of local consumers. The innovative category asks for entrants to showcase something new, while the convenient category looks for a quick and easy weekday meal that can be cooked in under 20 minutes.
Earlier this month, New Zealand Pork introduced the new Born and Raised in New Zealand pork labels for local retailers. Products carrying this label provide the assurance for Kiwi consumers that they are sourced from pigs that were born and raised with care by New Zealand farmers.
The 2017 Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards winners
|Medal||Category||Business name||Product Name|
|Supreme||Bacon||Cameron Harrison Butchery||Double Smoked Manuka|
|Supreme||Ham||Aussie Butcher New Lynn||Traditional Premium Manuka Smoked|
|Supreme||Pork||Grey Lynn Butchers||Pulled Pork|
|Bronze||Bone In Ham||Cattermoles Butchery||Wood Smoked|
|Bronze||Bone In Ham||Sam’s Butchery||Cooked on the Bone|
|Silver||Bone In Ham||Ellesmere Butchery||Honey Cured|
|Silver||Bone In Ham||The Meat Factory Ltd||Honey Cured Manuka Smoked|
|Gold||Bone In Ham||Aussie Butcher New Lynn||Traditional Premium Manuka Smoked|
|Bronze||Boneless||Cashmere Cuisine||Manuka Smoked Boneless|
|Silver||Boneless||Ellesmere Butchery||Honey Cured|
|Silver||Boneless||Euro Gourmet Meats||Old-fashioned Ham|
|Gold||Boneless||Cols Butchery & Deli||Boneless Ham|
|Gold||Convenient||Grey Lynn Butchers||Pulled Pork|
|Silver||Dry cured||Cashmere Cuisine||Dry Cured Manuka Smoked|
|Silver||Dry cured||Ellesmere Butchery||Maple Dry Cured|
|Gold||Dry cured||Grey Lynn Butchers||Dry Cured Manuka Smoked|
|Bronze||Innovative||Morepork BBQ||Pork Belly|
|Silver||Innovative||Sam’s Butchery||Pork Fillet|
|Silver||Innovative||Grey Lynn Butchers||Pork drum|
|Gold||Innovative||Zamora “The Meat Preachers”||Smoke Porchetta|
|Bronze||Middle||Best Meats 2||Dufty Bacon|
|Bronze||Middle||Pokeno Bacon||Honey Cured Manuka Smoked|
|Silver||Middle||Countrymeats (Manawatu) Ltd||Countrymeats Hickory smoked Middle Bacon|
|Silver||Middle||Harris Meats Cheviot Ltd||Free Farmed North Canterbury Loin Bacon|
|Gold||Middle||Cameron Harrison Butchery||Double Smoked Manuka|
|Bronze||Middle Eye||Ellesmere Butchery||Sweet Spiced|
|Bronze||Middle Eye||Harris Meats Cheviot Ltd||Free Farmed North Canterbury Middle Eye Bacon|
|Bronze||Middle Eye||Pokeno Bacon||Honey Cured Manuka Smoked|
|Silver||Middle Eye||Cameron Harrison Butchery||Honey Cured|
|Bronze||Shoulder||Cameron Harrison Butchery||Double Smoked Manuka|
|Silver||Shoulder||Ellesmere Butchery||Honey Cured|
|Silver||Shoulder||The Meat Factory Ltd||Honey Cured Manuka Smoked|
|Gold||Shoulder||Sam’s Butchery||Rib Eye|
|Gold||Shoulder||Thomson’sButchery||Manuka Smoked Honey Cure|
|Bronze||Streaky||Deep Creek Delicatessen Ltd||Triple Smoked Alpine Blue Borrage Honey Cured Bacon|
|Silver||Streaky||Aussie Butcher New Lynn||Old School Manuka Smoked|