Bpex awards celebrate pork in foodservice

Bpex’s Foodservice Pork Product of the Year competiton will return for 2012 to recognise the best pork products from UK catering butchers, suppliers, manufacturers and chefs.

The awards cover six categories to accomodate the diverse range of pork products served across the catering sector. They are:

•    Fresh Pork Cut
•    Pork Ready Meal (Fresh or Frozen) in association with Pub Chef
•    Best Cold Eating Product (Cooked, Chilled or Frozen)
•    Pork and Pastry (Fresh or Frozen) in association with British Baker
•    Best Cured Product
•    Best Innovative Pork Product (Fresh or Frozen) in association with MTJ

BPEX foodservice trade manager, Tony Goodger, said: “Pork is a fantastically versatile ingredient. It lends itself to cuisines and dishes from all around the world and has a place on every menu – from fine dining to school dinners.

“When margins are tight, pork delivers great value for money and this is where we are seeing much innovation in the sector. By using economical cuts of pork produced to high standards as part of an assurance scheme, such as Red Tractor, caterers know they’re getting quality and value, and this is being passed onto customers.

“The Pork Product of the Year awards recognises the vast array of dishes now available, not just from manufacturers and butchers but from chefs who are experimenting with pork carcases and a wider range of cuts. The competition is well regarded, drawing hundreds of entries each year, and the resulting awards help businesses stand out from the crowd. So if you supply quality pork cuts and products for use in any catering outlet enter today and get the recognition – and sales – you deserve!”

All products will be judged to strict guidelines by industry experts and can potentially receive a gold, silver or bronze award according to their final score. First, second and third place in the six categories will attend a special awards lunch at Butchers’ Hall, London on Friday 15 June, where the 2012 champion will also be announced.

The closing date for paper entries is Friday 25 May 2012, after which samples will be required for formal judging (by Tuesday 29th May 2012).