Foodstuffs supermarkets takes home 20 medals at the 2023 Great New Zealand Sausage Competition for their top-quality sausages.
Retail Meat NZ’s grand final held on October 17th brought butchers all together in judge the best sausages in the country.
Among the stars of the evening were PAK’nSAVE Wairau Road, New World Stanmore, New World Te Rapa, and Four Square Martinborough, who each proudly took home gold medals in their respective categories.
New Zealand’s best, Richard Jeffcoat, Butchery Manager at New World Te Rapa says it was fantastic recognition for months of hard work.
“It was a complete team effort!”, he says.
“No matter how busy we got, everyone contributed to preparing the meat, weighing it up and offering input into the recipes. We took the whole team to the final and finding out we had won not one, but four medals was just a crazy accomplishment for all of us.”
This year’s competition received a record-breaking 646 entries across 17 categories, including new additions like a mince category for burger patties and meatballs. The judging took place over six days, as Aotearoa’s best culinary experts tasted and tested all the entries, judging them on technical composition, aroma, appearance, texture and most importantly – taste.
Special kudos to Foodstuffs private label brand Pams, for showcasing its excellence by clinching a Silver Medal in the ‘Dunninghams – Pork Category’ for the Pams Classic Pork Sausage and winning a Bronze Medal in the ‘Flavoured Burger Patty Category’ for the Pams Lamb Burger Patties.
“This is an awesome achievement for the Own Brands team, particularly because it’s been exactly a year since the launch of the Pams butchery range of sausages, koftas, and burger patties,” says Biljana Custic Sobocanec, the Product Innovation & Development Manager at Foodstuffs Own Brands.
With summer just around the corner, Kiwis can plan their backyard BBQs with confidence, safe in the knowledge that an award-winning sausage is only a supermarket visit away.
All medal-winning sausages are available for purchase at their respective stores. Even if you don’t live near a winning store, many of the awarded brands as well as the Pams offerings are available in Foodstuffs supermarkets nationwide.