Nominations open for new meat producer award

By Country News

Nominations are now open for the new Eat Easy Best Red Meat Producer Award, sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia’s Australian Good Meat program.

The award recognises red meat producers responding to consumer demand for high quality meat, produced in a sustainable and ethical way.

The Eat Easy food awards program aims to discover Australia’s best restaurants, producers and chefs who have had a positive impact on the community and environment.

MLA Community Programs communications manager Fiona Thompson said nominations were open to individuals and families involved in beef, sheepmeat or goatmeat enterprises.

“Key elements of the Australian Good Meat ethos for red meat producers are reflected in the Eat Easy awards, with specific criteria for entries including environmental stewardship, animal welfare, community, and product eating quality,” Ms Thompson said.

“It will also enhance community confidence in the industry by rewarding producers who are innovators working to ensure the longevity of the red meat industry, while also promoting red meat consumption within our key consumer audience groups.

“The community has high expectations about animal health and welfare and how the industry manages the natural resources it relies on.

“Understanding our consumers, meeting their expectations and telling our story as an industry helps ensure we maintain the community's confidence and consumer support.”

Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party and will be awarded by state.

Submissions will be judged on Thursday, April 2 at Adelaide restaurant Africola, by a panel of judges from each state, and representatives of Eat Easy.

The Eat Easy judging panel includes Melbourne Food and Wine Festival creative director Pat Nourse, food and travel writer Melissa Leong, journalist and photographer Max Veenhuyzen and Africola restaurant owner Duncan Welgemoed.

Submissions close on Wednesday, March 25 and are accepted through the Eat Easy Awards website: