Finalists for bacon awards named

The finalists for the Great Bacon Revolution Awards have been revealed, as judges have narrowed down the contestants from 300 submissions.

Next Monday (18 March) will see an award given for the Best Bacon in the Country, to mark the beginning of Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week (BCW) 2013

The submissions were judged by an esteemed industry panel, who tasted and narrowed down their favourite bacon.

The finalists include Cranswick, Kober, Dalehead Foods, Tulip, Pepperell’s Meats, Midland Bacon, Cheerbrook Quality Farm Food, Priors Hall, Gabbots Farm and Ludlow Food Centre.

The categories ranged from supermarkets to foodservice and butchers, and from unsmoked and smoked to different types of cures, in addition to the Revolutionary Rashers awards.

Bpex butchery and product development manager Keith Fisher said: "This has been a record year for bacon entries and we have been overwhelmed by the quality and variety on offer."

"Not only have we seen many superb traditional cures, the ‘Revolutionary Rashers’ category – which was introduced this year – has shown fantastic innovation. We’ve sampled the delights of ‘beer cured bacon’ as producers link up with micro-breweries, Italian influenced ‘pancetta’ and rashers flavoured with a wide range of ingredients from beetroot to molasses."

Fisher claims BCW is important because it recognises the vibrancy in the category, rewards producers and inspires customers.

BCW aims to raise awareness and encourage consumers to think again about bacon, especially when it comes to buying quality-assured logos, such as Red Tractor, both at supermarkets and when eating out.