2015 Competition

2015 100% New Zealand Bacon & Ham Competition

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The Ham of the Year for 2015 went to Westmere Butchery in Auckland for their Bone-in Ham. The Bacon of the Year for 2015 went to Cashmere Cuisine in Christchurch for their Middle-eye bacon.

2015 marks the eighth 100% New Zealand Bacon and Ham competition. This is 100% local and highly popular event with butchers and consumers alike, celebrates the craft involved in turning 100% New Zealand grown pork into mouth-watering bacon and ham products.

It helps customers identify and appreciate home-grown, sustainable bacon and ham. Nothing beats home-grown New Zealand bacon and ham!

The competition saw entries from expert butchers nationwide and celebrated the craft involved with turning 100% New Zealand grown pork into mouth-watering bacon and ham products.

This year an impressive 197 entries from 50 entrants nationwide were scrutinised by an expert and independent panel of 33 judges comprising leading chefs, food connoisseurs and master butchers.

There were five bacon categories in this year’s competition; Middle, Dry Cured Middle, Shoulder, Streaky, Middle Eye; and two ham categories, Bone-In-Ham and Boneless Ham.

Recent media releases 

02 September 2015 - Westmere Butchery wins Ham of the Year

02 September 2015 - Bacon of the Year goes to Cashmere Cuisine

02 September 2015 - Christchurch butchers produce winning bacon

02 September 2015 - Meat Factory masters middle bacon in New Zealand Bacon & Ham Awards

02 September 2015 - Seven years seven awards for Silverdale butchery

02 September 2015 - Temuka butcher brings back gold bacon award

02 September 2015 - Wellington butcher Cameron Harrison wins gold

02 September 2015 - 'Pork Ladder' NZ's most innovative pork product for 2015

02 September 2015 - Mercury Bay Meats - NZ's People's Choice Awards winner

07 July 2015 - NZ Bacon and Ham Lovers Pay Attention!

18 May 2015 - 100% NZ Bacon and Ham Competition gets underway


The 2015 100% NZ Bacon of the Year Winner is – Cashmere Cuisine

Bacon of the Year 2015

The 2015 100% NZ Ham of the Year Winner is – Westmere Butchery

Ham of the Year 2015

Middle Bacon Gold Winner – The Meat Factory Ltd

Middle Bacon Gold 2015

• Silver – Neat Meat, Queenstown
• Bronze – Hellers Ltd

Shoulder Bacon Gold Winner – Sam’s Butchery

Shoulder Bacon gold 2015

• Silver – Harrington’s Small Goods, Wellington

Streaky Bacon Gold Winner – Independent Meat Processors

Streaky bacon gold 2015

• Silver – Matanaka Meats, Palmerston
• Silver – Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Auckland
• Bronze – Magills Butchery, Te Awamutu

Middle-Eye Bacon Gold Winner – Cashmere Cuisine

middle eye bacon gold 2015

• Silver – Sam’s Butchery, Auckland
• Bronze – Pokeno Bacon, Auckland
• Bronze – Cameron Harrison Butchery, Wellington

Dry-Cured Middle Bacon Gold Winner – Eastside Butchery

dry cured middle bacon gold 2015

• Silver – Matanaka Meats, Palmerston
• Bronze – Cattermoles Butchery, Kaiapoi

Bone in Ham Gold Winner – Westmere Butchery

Bone in ham gold 2015

• Silver – Pokeno Bacon, Auckland
• Bronze – Independent Meat Processors, Christchurch
• Bronze – Alliance Meats, Timaru

Boneless Ham Gold Winner – Cameron Harrison

Boneless ham 2015 gold

• Silver – Westmere Butchery, Auckland
• Silver – Chef Ready Meats, Hamilton
• Bronze – Hellers Ltd

Innovative Pork Product Silver Winner – New World West End

Innovative pork product 2015 silver

• Bronze – Srathmore Butchery and Island Bay Butchery, Wellington
• Bronze – Harris Meats, Canterbury

People's Choice Award– Mercury Bay Meats

Peoples choice award

Judges for volunteering their time and expertise
WelTec School of Hospitality (Wellington) staff and students
Giesen Wines
Shoc Chocolates
Tuatara Brewing Ltd
Hancocks Soap
Foxglove Queens Wharf


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