Food Service

Wagyu, yearling grassfed claim Sydney branded beef honours

Jon Condon, 11/09/2014

TWO contrasting beef styles claimed the major honours among more than 30 entries in the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show branded beef competition announced this morning.

Shiro Kin LogoGrand champion grainfed beef was a Fullblood Wagyu, marbling score 9 longfed entry from Andrews Meat Industries, Sydney.

The company’s Shiro Kin branded product processed at Northern Cooperative Meat Co at Casino earned 90.5 points from judges to earn the competition’s overall grainfed title.

Within grassfed ranks, top championship honours went to a yearling pasturefed entry representing Bindaree beef’s Fernhill Road brand, produced out of the company’s Inverell plant in northern NSW.

Andrews Meat Industries is a family-owned and managed company that has provided total meat service solutions to the food service industry in Australia and throughout the world for over 54 years. The company’s Shiro Kin brand entry was also judged champion open beef exhibit.

Bindaree Beef continued a recent sequence of strong branded beef competition results, also exhibiting champion grainfed beef exhibit for its JR ‘The Chairman’ entry.

Based in Inverell in northern NSW, Bindaree’s processing plant has the capacity to slaughter 1300 cattle per day and employs more than 600 people from the region.

Brisbane producer, Australian Agricultural Co also emerged from the competition with a trophy, winning Champion Wagyu/other breeds beef exhibit for its Darling Downs wagyu-steak-tightWagyu entry.

As the world’s largest Wagyu beef producer, AACo has an estimated production of more than 30,000 head per year, Sydney Show’s publicity department claimed.

Chief judge Derrick Casey was full of praise for overall quality across the competition, in particular the grand championship-winning product.

“The grand champion grainfed beef winner was selected from four other champion-level exhibits. It was tasted by nine judges and the winner was outstanding in terms of texture and flavour,” Mr Casey said.

“When we pick a grand champion, we ensure that we pick meat that a consumer or chef would want to buy or recommend. The Shiro Kin Fullblood Wagyu Beef was exceptional,” he said.

Also performing strongly were entries from Atron Enterprises, which took gold, silver and bronze medals for different entries. The gold medal winner was from the company’s flagship grainfed brand, Condabri, scoring 91 points out of a possible 100. This was Condabri’s first Gold medal and the fifth Royal Fine Food medal earned by the brand since its launch in 2011.

Beef Central is no fan of the use of the wine industry medal awards system for beef judging, which avoids delivering firsts, seconds and thirds, in favour of awarding medals for reaching certain judging points-levels. In the case of this competition, 30 of the 32 entries in four classes received either a gold, silver or bronze medal.

  • Click here to access full competition results
  • More details posted on the competition outcomes on Beef Central later today.



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  1. Mark Killen, 11/09/2014

    What is wrong with the medal system of judging?
    With the variables involved in beef getting to the plate, the medal scoring system in my opinion is far superior to any other way of awarding entries. If a brand gains regular medals then that is the real test, not some fluke sample that can’t be replicated again.
    Get over it Beef Central!

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