Competition organiser Tony Goodger, BPEX
foodservice trade manager, said: "We were overwhelmed by the fantastic selection of quality assured sausages entered into this year's final; with such a diverse range of flavours and varieties, it was an extremely close competition.
foodservice trade manager Tony Goodger said: "The BPEX
Pork Product of the Year competition is now in its seventh year and showcases the quality pork dishes being served in pubs, restaurants, cafes and schools.
EBLEX and BPEX
sit in a pretty position, in that they do not have to do anything to increase their levy payments.
The price difference between British pork and European imported pork would be far smaller in the future, said Bpex
director Mick Sloyan.
foodservice trade manager, Tony Goodger, added: "The year's competition was incredibly tough.
Head of Marketing Chris Lamb said: "That means an extra [pounds sterling]19 million worth of pork has been sold over the last year out of a total of [pounds sterling]860 million.
After the entries were whittled down to 15 by a team of judges from LIPS (Ladies in Pigs), BPEX
and the Meat and Livestock Commission, the finalist sausages were judged on the day by LIPS, the National Pig Association, the finalist butchers and manufacturers.
According to the BPEX
report, imports now account for 58% of all pork, bacon and processed products consumed in the UK.
is the organisation for pig levy payers in England and is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
foodservice trade manager Tony Goodger said: "During British Sausage Week there is no better time to celebrate the very best varieties available on menus today.
estimates the pork processing sector made [pounds sterling]100m of gross profit from pork and pork product sales in the 12 weeks to 23 January, while retailers made [pounds sterling]192m.
Richard Lowe, marketing director of BPEX
, added: "This report makes it clear that pig farmers in this country are being put at a very real disadvantage as some supermarket chains fill their shelves with cheaper imports that would be illegal to produce in the UK.