Portadown-based Modern Meats has ‘steaked’ claim to the best beef in Northern Ireland by lifting the title of Supreme Champion in the 2014 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish Nutrition.
As well as picking up the Supreme Champion Award at the charity gala dinner and awards presentation evening, staged at the Bannville House Hotel in Banbridge on Saturday night, the local company also won best fillet steak in the Under-15 employees category of the Province-wide event.
It was the first time the company had entered the competition and Joel Montgomery who collected the award for the family butchers said he was “absolutely delighted”.
A number of other local companies were well to the fore in the competition which has become a major event in the local agri-food calendar. M&W Farm Meats, also from Portadown, was runner-up in the Fillet steak class in the Under-15 employees category whilst Ballymoran Meats from Armagh finished in third place.
Commenting on the 2014 Awards, European Angus Cattle Society secretary, Harry McGaffin said, “We are absolutely delighted with the response to this year’s competition.
“Once again numbers are up and we have had entries from all over the Province.
“This is an excellent result for Modern Meats as the Supreme Champion Award is highly sought after.”
This is the fourth year of the competition which for the first time had the support of a sponsor, Belfast-based agri-technology company, Devenish Nutrition.
Whilst organised by the European Angus Cattle Society the competition is open to the producers, processors and suppliers of all breeds of cattle.
Held at CAFRE Loughry campus the judging is undertaken as blind tastings.
As well as announcing the winners an auction and raffle was held in aid of the European Angus Cattle Society’s chosen charity, ‘the Make A Wish Foundation’.
A total of £1,610 was raised on the night.