KILKENNY based bacon specialist Callan Bacon won gold, silver and bronze in the competitive ‘bacon’ category in last week’s Blas na hEireann (National Irish Food awards) 2011. Based in Callan since 1924, this family run operation has been providing the people in South Leinster and all over Ireland with quality bacon products for generations. Their success has had a big impact on the town and its surroundings with 30 new full time jobs being created within the last year.
In this year’s competition, in the ‘bacon’ category, which attracted entrants from all over Ireland, they took to the podium winning gold, silver and bronze medals. The south Kilkenny company took bronze for their Sweet Cured Pork Loin with a Mixed Pepper Crust, got silver with their Smoked Back Bacon Joint and secured the gold medal for the category winner Smoked Bacon Eye Loin Sweet Cure Bacon. They also secured silver in the ‘cured meats’ category for their smoked bacon, Glensallagh Eye Loin Joint.
So how come you haven’t heard of Callan Bacon? Well, if you’ve done your weekly shop in any of the leading supermarket chains in and around the southeast, you have probably seen their products, if not bought them. It produces the majority of its bacon for large supermarkets and other shops, including Aldi, Lidl, Superquinn and Dunnes.
It sells some of its branded bacon, especially around the Kilkenny area and in selected Dunnes Stores, you are far more likely to have enjoyed some of Callan Bacon’s quality cuts as part of a supermarket’s “own brand” range.
What makes the team at Callan Bacon so successful? “Winning the entire category was a real achievement for all the team here and it’s a tribute to the emphasis we place on quality and taste for every product,” Paul Walshe, Market Development Manager with Callan Bacon said.
Export success has played a big part in their story and bacon produced in Callan can be found in supermarkets and stores right across Ireland and the UK.
In a period when the whole country is going through difficult times and the economy is at a historic low, finding a success story close to home is a real boost. With a focus on producing top quality products in a world class facility, the future surely remains bright for one of Kilkenny’s leading lights in the business world.
You can find out more at www.callanbacon.com
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