Isle of Man Meats won a prize in the prestigious 2020 Great Taste Awards – widely considered to be the world’s biggest and most trusted awards for the food and drink sector.
Every year the UK’s Guild of Fine Food invites the industry to apply for the accolades which are judged by a panel of over 500 experts including chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers. Winners receive one, two or three star awards which all indicate a product of exceptional quality.
Isle of Man Meats won a 2-star award for a half shoulder of lamb supplied by John and Fiona Anderson from Knockaloe Beg Farm in Patrick which, as well as being a working farm, is also a popular visitor attraction due to activities such as the annual ‘Lambing Live’ event that takes place during the Easter holidays.
John Anderson commented: “We were surprised, but delighted, to learn that one of our Texel lambs had won a prize in the 2020 Great Taste Awards. We take great pride in sending all our lambs to Isle of Man Meats when they are ready for market. This particular lamb, from one of our cross bred lowland ewes and sired by a Texel ram, like all our stock, was grass reared.”
Kirree Kermode, Procurement Officer at Man Meats, said: “This year there were more than 12,000 entries for the awards with businesses ranging from small artisan food and drinks companies, to major producers. Winning against that high level of competition is great news for us, our producers, retailers, and customers – and it’s also a great advertisement for the Island’s rapidly growing food and drink sector. We must also say thanks and congratulations to John and Fiona – like all of our 220 Manx producers they share our commitment to producing the highest quality meat, and this award is the latest proof that our products are rated alongside the very best.”
Isle of Man Meats has won Great Taste Awards in previous years, and this year’s honour means that the business can continue to use the Great Taste logo as a symbol of their high quality produce – and it will boost the firm’s ambitions to grow the market for its products here on the Island and in the UK.