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Hannan Meats named Supreme Champion in the final of the UK Great Taste Awards

5th September 2012

Hannan Meats has done it again!
The European Angus Steak Tasting Competition Supreme Champion has now been named the UK Great Taste Awards Supreme Champion.

The company gained the top accolade for its Italian style Moyallon Guanciale in the overall awards announced by the UK Guild of Fine Food at a gala event in London. 

This is the second year running that the prestigious award has been won by a business in Moira - McCartney’s Butchers, another European Angus Steak Tasting Competition award-winner, won the Supreme Champion and Northern Ireland regional titles last year.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has led the congratulations.
Arlene Foster said: “This is another superb achievement by Northern Ireland’s export-focused red meat industry and also for the town of Moira, which has experienced tremendous success in the Great Taste Awards over the past few years. 
“The achievements of Hannan Meats and other local companies in this year’s Great Taste Awards are helping to develop Northern Ireland’s standing as a centre of gastronomic excellence.”

The award to Hannan Meats, led by Managing Director Peter Hannan, recognises the company’s outstanding commitment to innovation in red meat, in the development of a unique Italian style product. 

Moyallon Guanciale is an unsmoked pork jowel - a cheek dry cured with a blend of herbs, sugar, peppers and spices, garlic and red wine for Italian meals such as spaghetti alla amatriciana and spaghetti carbonara.

A unique dry curing technology has been developed, that includes the use of Europe’s only salt chamber comprising salt blocks from the Himalayas in Pakistan.
The product is already attracting the interest of top Italian restaurateurs and chefs in London and other UK centres.
The guanciale will shortly go on sale in Selfridges in London.
It was previously listed as one of the Top 50 British Foods as part of the UK Great Taste Awards.

Hannan Meats set an all-time record by winning 26 gold stars in 20 categories of this year’s UK Great Taste Awards.

Four other Northern Ireland companies reached the final judging stage of the Great Taste Supreme Champion Awards including McCartney’s Butchers, Cloughbane Farm Food, another European Angus Steak Tasting competition winner and Kettyle Irish Foods of Lisnaskea, another EA Steak Tasting competitor.

They were among over 120 companies from across the UK to reach the final judging stage.

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