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Ludlow Food Centre win BPEX Butchery Awards 2012 (28th February 2012)

Ludlow Food Centre win BPEX Butchery Awards 2012

Shropshire Food producer and retailer Ludlow Food Centre have received a number of butchery awards at a recent industry ‘Road Show’ competition.

The BPEX (British Pork Executive) Road Show takes place each year visiting different regions throughout the country. The Midlands event, held in Malvern at the Three Counties Show Ground, sees butchers from all over the Midlands competing to be champion. The Food Centre’s  Head Butcher John Brereton was delighted to accept the Champion award in the speciality pork product category for their ‘Pork and Black Pudding Roulade’. The dish is made using pork from Gloucester Old Spot pigs reared on the Centre’s 8,000 acre estate and sold as both a fresh and cooked product on site. In addition, the Centre was awarded gold for their ‘Black Pudding’, ‘Traditional Pork Sausage’ and ‘Herby Breakfast Sausage’.
John said: “We only entered six products, so the results are brilliant. We pride ourselves on our quality products and what better way to display our core range than as ‘award-winning’! But more than that, the road show also gives us a platform to trial and launch new products – as our young butcher Andrew Brassington has just done.

 John adds, “Andrew created a new ‘Pork Cheddar and Chive Sausage’ for the Young Sausage Maker category, and came away with a gold award too. We’re thrilled and it’s the perfect present for Andrew who turned 21 the day after the event, and will now put the sausage on sale in the shop.”
Andrew, who started out as an apprentice under John’s tuition and who has since been Young Butcher of the Year, is now looking forward to coming up with more ideas and according to John, his success will help inspire the other young butchers too.
“It’s inspiring to do well and come away with recognition like this,” he says. “The ‘Pork and Black Pudding Roulade’ is also a relatively new product. We are completely self-sufficient in pork, so every product sold is guaranteed to have come from our pigs. This means we have to be a little inventive to make sure we’re using everything possible and it is how dishes such as the roulade come about. Our Black Pudding always goes down well, so this seemed a good combination and is certainly getting positive feedback.”