A family-owned Angus beef operation from the East Cape was announced as the Supreme Winner of the inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017 last week.
Seven of the nine accolades delivered at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017 recognised the country’s agriculture and horticulture industries.
Absolute NZ Meat was the Supreme Winner of the inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017. Their winning product Absolute Angus Porterhouse was named alongside seven category winners representing horticulture, aquaculture, cheesemaking, butchery and creators of premium crafted products.
The winners were announced in Auckland last Thursday after a panel of 10 expert food judges tasted more than 150 products from 82 growers, farmers and crafted producers in early March 2017 at the Fresh Factory in Auckland.
Absolute Angus is the brand East Cape farmers Sean and Jodi Brosnahan developed for their pure NZ Angus stud that they sell online via www.absolutenzmeat.com
Head judge Lauraine Jacobs said, “Absolute Angus Porterhouse was a standout, with the judges smitten by this delicious steak from the very first bite. Not only did it have terrific texture and intense meaty flavours, but the Brosnahan’s commitment to sustainable management of their East Cape farm and the online business they have created is worthy of this recognition. It is a joy to see the hard work of our farming sector being carried out in such an exemplary manner.”
Organiser Kathie Bartley says, “it was particularly pleasing to see the quality of New Zealand’s primary produce shine through. One of the drivers for these awards was to celebrate and promote the amazing local produce that kiwis have on their back door step.”
Category winners are:
- Jersey Girl Organics, Jersey Girl Organic Whole Milk – Outstanding Producer Dairy Primary
- Whitestone Cheese Company, Vintage Windsor Blue – Outstanding Producer Dairy Crafted
- Farm Eighty4, Heirloom Tomatoes - Fresh.co.nz Outstanding Producer Earth Primary
- Fix and Fogg, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter – Fresh.co.nz Outstanding Producer Earth Crafted
- Absolute NZ Meat, Absolute Angus – Outstanding Producer Paddock Primary
- The Prodigal Daughter, Spicy Sicilian Sausages – Outstanding Producer Paddock Crafted
- Cloudy Bay Clams, Wild Harvested New Zealand Diamond Shell Surf Clams- Label & Litho Outstanding Producer Water Primary
- Keewai New Zealand, Live Freshwater Crayfish – Spirit of New Zealand