Great Taste Award 2015
The Great Taste Award results are in for 2015 and yet again Packington Pork was successful in the competition. With over 10,000 entries to compete with we still come out with great results.
We received one star for our Pork loin along with comments such as “Great crackling!” and “Extremely well cut and presented meat”. So all round excellent feedback from the judges!
Our Pork Belly also received one star with comments such as “Moist, tender and a satisfying crunch to the crackling” and “A truly handsome piece of meat”.
So far our pork has one awards every year. The judges love the moist flavour we get from our free range pigs. We are looking forward to entering the awards again next year!
Great Taste Awards 2014
Maybe the most coveted fine food awards, Packington followed up their success at the 2013 Great Taste Awards with a three star performance.
Our loin of pork was awarded the prestigious Great Taste three Star Award, with the judges admiring the succulent, juicy tender flesh. They also loved the sweet crackling and the 'deep flavour that lingers on the palate', with one judge saying 'the free range quality is more than evident'.
We also had success with our leg of pork and shoulder of pork which were both one star, the crispy crackling was a favourite feature for the judges.
This year there were more than 10,000 entries, which makes our win even more special as our produce is being recognised with the best in the country. We are absolutely thrilled to have won these awards especially our three star awards which is an award we have worked hard for. This award is going to take pride of place on our mantel piece!
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) promotes sustainable food and farming. They help farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards, identified in-store by the LEAF Marque logo.
Great Taste Award
Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste rewards producers on – unsurprisingly – great taste, in order to help consumers differentiate between the norm and extra special food products on the market. So what were our star products?
Packington Free Range Pork Loin was awarded one Great Taste gold star, and our Packington Free Range Pork Shoulder won two stars! This year saw nearly 10,000 entries, but the judging panel recognised the quality of the Packington Free Range produce within those entries, and that’s a great achievement. Praise from the judges included, “The meat is moist and juicy and has a pleasant long-lasting flavour”, and the accolade that “one judge was not a pork eater at all, but could be converted.”
To have a Great Taste logo on our produce is something that we’ve long worked for, and are absolutely thrilled to showcase soon. As the most recognised food award in the country, our Great Taste gold stars are now Packington Free range prize possessions.
Mercer Farming Judged Best Farming and Wildlife Conservation Farm in Staffordshire
Staffordshire based business, Mercer Farming has won the award for Best Farming and Wildlife Conservation in Staffordshire at the Whitegrove Trophy Farm Conservation Competition.
A family run farm business now in its fourth generation, Mercer Farming were particularly commended by judges for both preserving existing natural habitats as well as creating new habitats for local wildlife on farmland, using precision farming techniques.
Managing Director, Roger Mercer said “We’re thrilled to have won this award and to be recognised as having the best conservation initiatives on a farm within in the whole of Staffordshire. It’s something that reflects our farming ethos and our passion and dedication towards animal welfare and sustainability of the environment. Winning this particular award tells us we’re heading in the right direction.”
The county farm competition, now in its thirtieth year, assesses how commercial farms integrate farm conservation measures alongside their usual farming activity. It covers both wildlife and farm operations.
Packington Free Range Win Good Pig Award 2012
Packington Free Range is celebrating their latest win having been honoured with The Good Pig Award by Compassion in World Farming as part of the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards 2012. Rob Mercer attended a presentation evening at the Honourable Artillery Company in London to receive the award, hosted by cook, food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner.
The Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards are in its sixth year, recognising and awarding food companies that are committed to implementing substantial policy changes that result in positive impacts for farm animals.
"As animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do here at Packington, to be recognised for an award in the industry is something we’re very proud of and really reinforces our whole farming ethos. This latest award means we have a hatrick of awards for our mantelpiece from Compassion in World Farming, as last year we collected The Good Chicken Award 2011 and The Leadership Award in Pig Welfare 2011." says Rob Mercer.
Award Commendation for the Brand Identity of Packington Poultry
Staffordshire based farmers, Packington Free Range, have won a Commendation for the Brand Identity of Packington Poultry.
Our Business Development Manager Andrew Wardle attended the 2012 Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards held at London’s Haymarket Hotel.
The organisers Grove Publishing said “Packington is a strong and growing brand and is supported by a distinctive, classy brand identity. Packington’s principal core values are clear and concise and it is this care for the environment and future generations that provides a key message and point of difference”.
Winning this award, as well as the increase we’ve seen in people asking for out meat by name, lets us know that we’re getting the right messages out about our values, which is incredibly important to us.
Triple award for Packington Free Range
Packington Free Range is celebrating their third award this year after winning a coveted “Special Award for Commitment to Continued Improvement” at this month’s high profile 2011 Good Food Awards, organised by Taste of Staffordshire.
Owners and brothers Rob and Alec Mercer collected the surprise award at the ceremony held at the Staffordshire County Showground, on Tuesday evening. The awards recognise quality, excellence and the use of local produce in the county’s food and drink industry.
“Winning a special award like this was fantastic. We had just wanted to be part of the audience so it was a real surprise when we heard our names called. To get recognised by others for what you do is just brilliant and confirms that we are on the right tracks, so genuinely we are really pleased and very proud to have this award,” says Alec Mercer... click to visit the site
Third generation farmer awarded Fellowship
Third generation farmer Roger Mercer has been awarded a coveted Fellowship of Royal Agricultural Socieites FRAgS, in recognition of his agricultural, pork and poultry business Packington Free Range and the contribution he makes to the agricultural industry.
“It is a wonderful organisation to belong to and a great honour for me to receive this award,” says
Mercer. “There are lots of good farmers in this country so it is difficult for me to justify why we have
won this award but, at Packington, our farming approach is very much aimed at providing food with provenance and respecting the welfare of our animals, which comes above all else.”
Packington Free Range Wins High Profile Welfare Awards
Packington Free Range, the Staffordshire-based free range pig and poultry farmers, have won two prestigious awards at this year’s 2011 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.
The Leadership Award in Pig Welfare and the Good Chicken Award, were presented to the farm’s joint managing director Robert Mercer at a ceremony held at the Union Grand Lodge in London on 6 July... click to visit the site
Packington produces prize-winning pigs
Packington Pork, based in Barton-under-Needwood, has used its generations of experience to win the joint acclaimed accolade of Pig Producer of the Year, awarded by industry experts at Pig & Poultry Marketing Magazine. Packington Poultry also received a ‘highly commended’ for the welfare of
their chickens... click to visit the site