Devro NZ Sausage Competition
‘Since winning Gold for our Beef Sausages our volume has increased dramatically! The response from the public has been fantastic and we have found the exposure we received to be great for our product and our name. The win made for the best BBQ season in many years and sales are still strong!’
~ Avon Rzoska, Avon’s Butchery Limited
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The sausage competition has been running in various forms since 1994 and is now well established as an annual highlight for butchers and smallgoods manufacturers.
In 2007 the competition was rebranded to the Great New Zealand Sausage Competition and pushed into the retail level with on-pack stickers which clearly identify the Supreme winner, as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists.
In 2011 the competition had a makeover once more to become the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition.
The Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition has 10 categories which butchers can enter. Once entered, all of the entries are picked up by mystery shoppers and sent to Auckland.
The sausages are then anonymously judged in their categories. The judges are a mixture of technical, industry experts, food writers and chefs. The judging process is overseen by Head Judge Kerry Tyack, a foodwriter with years of experience in competition judging.
Each sausage is judged by at least two judges and an average score is taken from these. Medals are then awarded for the marks received. From here, the sausages which received the top mark in each category are rejudged against each other to find the Supreme Award winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.