ABP Linden Foods in Dungannon has won Britain’s Best Burger for its Marks & Spencer Collection, British Wagyu Burgers with Salt & Cracked Black Pepper at the 2023 Meat Management Awards in Bimingham.
The burgers are made by ABP Linden’s master butchers using hand selected Wagyu beef. The patties are smashed to deliver a caramelised flavour and texture when cooked. They are sold in M&S stores and the Ocado online platform. The award was presented in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole recently (12th September) at a black-tie ceremony and dinner to highlight the creativity, innovation and excellence of the UK’s meat industry.
ABP Linden Foods in Dungannon is one of Northern Ireland’s leading processors of meats, especially beef. The business is part of ABP Food Group. It has a strong track record of working with producers to develop products derived from specific breeds the most recent of which is Wagyu Beef, as well as organic & salt dry aged beef.
“ABP Linden Foods in collaboration with M&S set out to push the boundary of beef that was available in retail shelves. The aim was to develop something new & different that other retailers weren’t doing at the time. The result is our Wagyu beef, an exquisitely marbled lean cut with the characteristic fine white layers of fat that run through to intensify flavour,” explained Diane Christie, Head of Innovation at ABP Linden Foods.
The farms that supply Waygu to ABP Linden are all situated in Northern Ireland where fertile grass pastures enable the cattle to be reared in a natural, stress-free environment. A strict rearing protocol on the farms means the beef is produced in a sustainable way. A carbon reduction programme is in place with regenerative practices to take care of the land. Whilst efficiency measures minimise waste.
Recently ABP Linden’s Wagyu supply chain won the Sustainable Agri Food Supply Chain Excellence Award and the business also picked up awards for its Wagyu steaks at 2022 World Steak Challenge.
With so many worthy finalists, we are delighted to be recognised once again for a product from a unique supply chain. We’re so proud of the team who go above and beyond every day to ensure we’re producing the very best products we can. To have been given this prestigious award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our producers, colleagues and partnership with M&S.”