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Sheffield farmers pig out on success of sausage

Stephen and Karen Thompson, of Moss Valley Fine Meats, have been honoured for their farmhouse sausage.

Stephen and Karen Thompson, of Moss Valley Fine Meats, have been honoured for their farmhouse sausage.

SUCCESS on a plate for a Sheffield couple – or a big silver salver in this case.

Pig farmers Karen and Stephen Thompson, who own Norton-based Moss Valley Fine Meats, are celebrating after claiming one of the top awards in the BPEX Foodservice sausage of the year competition.

Their farmhouse sausage was one of 15 chosen to battle it out in the competition’s final, at the Butchers Hall, London.

They were awarded second place in the best pub pork sausage category and presented with the salver.

First-time entrants Karen and Stephen, who have been selling hand-made quality sausages from their farm butchery for the past seven years, said they were ‘absolutely delighted’ with their success.

Karen said: “The farmhouse sausage is a great traditional sausage made using pork from our own specially-bred pigs.

“This means we can be 100 per cent confident in the quality and consistency of each and every sausage produced.

“All of our meat carries the ‘Made in Sheffield’ mark, a symbol of integrity, quality and provenance, which provides a boost for local establishments who serve it on their menus.

“We couldn’t be happier with this recognition and hope to do just as well with our sausages in the Stand up for British Bangers competition as part of British Sausage Week 2012.”

Tony Goodger, BPEX foodservice trade manager, said: “With British Sausage Week starting on Monday, there is no better time to celebrate the very best varieties available on menus today.

“We were overwhelmed by the incredible selection of quality-assured sausages in this year’s competition, so to be in the top 15 is a superb achievement by Moss Valley Fine Meats.

“The Great British Banger is one of the nation’s favourite foods and it is great to see so many fantastic varieties.”

 

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