Country Range Cornish Pasties Win People’s Choice Q Award
Country Range’s authentic Cornish Pasty has scooped its second gong in six months after picking up the People’s Choice Q Award 2017 in the wholesale category.
The award-winning Cornish Pasty was selected for the People’s Choice Q Award shortlist after it won the Café Quality Award for Best Lunchtime Solution in 2016.
The Country Range Cornish Pasty was announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Q Awards by Brett Warburton at the Big Picture Theatre at IFE on the 21st March.
The Quality Food Awards run annually and recognise the best quality food and drink in wholesale, retail and foodservice.
All the products entered into the People’s Choice Q Award were put through their paces at Campden BRI’s state-of-the-art testing facility in Leamington Spa by between 50 and 60 consumers with the objective of identifying the products with the highest levels of innovation and excellence.
The consumers followed a strict process and the products were tested on:
- Stage 1 – Overall appearance; aroma; flavour; texture / mouthfeel
- Stage 2 – Measure on a scale of 0 – 100 with 0 = ‘Not at all close to expectations of ideal’ and 100 = ‘Fully meets expectations of ideal’
- Stage 3 – free comments about likes and dislikes
The Country Range Cornish Pasty was commended by consumer judges for its homemade look, golden brown flaky pastry and generous filling.
Country Range Cornish Pasty – made in Cornwall to a traditional recipe, these hand-held delights are filled with prime minced beef, potato and swede. They are MSG free, contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and meet the 2017 salt guidelines.
Coral Rose, Country Range Group Managing Director, said:
“Our Cornish pasties are made to the traditional recipe in Cornwall and carry the “Protected Geographical Indication” status meaning they are the real authentic thing. With a painstaking eye for detail and quality, each pasty is hand-crimped and that dedication comes through in the final product and flavour. To win the Café Quality Award for Best Lunchtime Solution last year was great but to scoop the People’s Choice Q Award is just fantastic and we’re all absolutely thrilled. With the UK’s sophisticated consumer searching out the genuine article, provenance and quality, we expect these pasties to continue to be incredibly popular with our customers and top-sellers.”
With 25 years of heritage servicing the UK’s innovative foodservice sector, Country Range is the leading independent foodservice brand and now offers over 850 products, all developed exclusively for professional caterers. Covering grocery, chilled, frozen and non-food, Country Range is widely recognised by caterers as a trusted and reliable brand delivering consistent quality and value for money without compromising on taste and flavour. The brand is developed and produced by the Country Range Group and is distributed exclusively by the 13 independent wholesalers that make up the Group.
Country Range runs the prestigious Student Chef Challenge, in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs. The challenge has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality and catering college students looking to showcase their culinary prowess and creativity, while developing “real life” catering skills and experience under intense pressure situations. In a hotly contested final at ScotHot on the 15th March, the all-female team from Ayrshire College were victorious. Applications for the 2018 Country Range Student Chef Challenge open on the 30th April so for further information and to register your interest visit www.countryrangestudentchef.co.uk