Supreme Ham Award winners – the Aussie Butcher team from New Lynn.

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
Gold Streaky Pokeno Bacon Italian

 

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