The winners of the 2018 Meat Management Industry Awards were announced on 24th May during a glittering celebratory dinner at Hilton Birmingham Metropole, attended by around 400 guests.

British magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin presented meat manufacturers, supermarkets, industry suppliers, trade organisations, trainers, catering butchers and independent retailers with their winning trophies, before guests enjoyed an after-party with top band The Talent.

The Meat Management Industry Awards are a celebration of the creativity, innovation and excellence of the UK’s meat industry. The awards consist of voting and product entries to determine the best in the industry, as chosen by our readers together with a select judging panel for product evaluation.

A total of 20 accolades were handed out to companies, associations, developments and personalities that struck a chord with Meat Management readers and judges.

The Excellence Award title went to Dave Smith, Master Butcher and Commercial Manager at ABP UK.

Dunbia won the Meat Manufacturer of the Year and Marks & Spencer was voted Supermarket/Multiple Meat Retailer of the Year.

Other meat manufacturers up and down the country won in various product categories and Britain’s Best Butchers Shop went to Archers Butchers in Norwich.

The 2018 winners were:

The Catering Butcher Award: Aubrey Allen Limited

Best Trade Organisation: The Worshipful Company of Butchers

Best Online Business: Anderton’s Ribble Valley Butchers:

Best Equipment / Machinery Supplier: Urschel International Limited

Training Scheme of the Year: Food & Drink Training & Education Council – Butchery Trailblazer Apprentice Scheme

Young Manager of the Year: Holly Miles – Dunbia

Britain’s Best Butchers Shop: Archer’s Butchers, Norwich
Supermarket /Multiple Meat Retailer of the Year: Marks & Spencer plc

Britain’s Best Sausage Award: Country Special Sausage – Owen Taylor & Sons

Britain’s Best Burger: Waitrose Easy To Cook Smoky Beef Burgers with Monterey Jack Cheese, Bourbon Sauce & Mini Waffles – Walkers Sausage Co

Britain’s Best Meat Pie: Pork Farms Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Addo Food Group

Best Bacon Product: Booker BlackGate Signature Dry Cured Thick Cut Unsmoked Bacon –Direct Table Foods Ltd

Best Free From Product: Morrisons Turkey Fajita Stir Fry Kit – Avara Foods

Best Poultry Product: Ocado Gold Corn Fed Free Range Chicken – Moy Park Ltd

Best Beef Product: Aldi Specially Selected British Beef Wellington – Linden Foods

Best Pork / Pigmeat Product: ASDA Slow Cooked Gammon Joint in Maple Glaze – SV Cuisine / Tulip Ltd

Best Lamb Product: Dorset Crown Lamb French Trimmed Rack – ABP Yetminster

Best Red Meat Product: Aldi Specially Selected British Beef Wellington – Linden Foods

Manufacturer of the Year: Dunbia

The Excellence Award: Dave Smith, ABP