This November marks 10 years since a fire caused by an electrical fault burnt Western Meat Packers Group’s O’Connor, Western Australia, factory to the ground. Continue Reading
The Perth Royal Food Awards have become an important part of the agricultural industry in WA and carry longstanding traditions dating back over 150 years.
They were established as a part of the mission of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA) to encourage and reward excellence and support a viable and prosperous future for agricultural communities.
With the support and guidance from independent and skilled judges, committee members, volunteers and exhibitors, the Perth Royal Food Awards have rapidly expanded with new competitions and categories being released each year based on consumer and industry trends.
The Perth Royal Branded Beef Awards were introduced in 2018 and WMPG were successful with being awarded a Gold Medal for its Grass Fed Beef. This year in 2019 it continued it’s winning ways in this category with a Silver medal for our Margaret River Fresh Brand.
WMPG also received a Bronze medal in the Grain Fed Beef category for Margaret River Fresh.
The Perth Royal Food Awards are judged by a selection of local, national and international specialist judges who are recognised as experts in their relevant industries.
TV Chef Adrian Richardson from Melbourne’s La Luna Bistro restaurant shared his thoughts on how to cook a perfect steak with hundreds of cattle producers at the 2019 Angus Australia conference in Albury.
La Luna Bistro is a Melbourne institution. Chef Adrian Richardson’s focus on fresh, well-handled food and relaxed, informed service has stood for twenty years.
News of Western Meat Packers Group exhibition at the recent Food and Hotel Exhibition in Vietnam has been well received.
The event in its 10th year is an international trade fair for food, beverages, hotels, bakery, restaurants, catering and equipment and the WMPG’s Margaret River Fresh brand was front and centre in the exhibition. Chief Executive Andrew Fuda made the decision to showcase Margaret River Fresh produce at the exhibition for a second year based on the fabulous reaction from the last time. According to Andrew “Margaret River Fresh branded beef was leading the way by giving its customers a taste sensation second to none. We’ve always made a point of taking every opportunity to spend time with customers and prospects in all of our export markets.
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WMPG are on the road promoting it’s exclusive Margaret River Fresh brand at the Vietnam Food and Hospitality Industry event on the 24th though to the 26th of April.
This event represents the 10th anniversary of the Food and Hotel Vietnam event. The event is held at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, HCMC.
If you are in town drop in and see us at Stand AC3-04.
Scott’s down in his favourite region of Western Australia, but it’s not for what you think.
- Located in the picturesque region of Margaret River is a group of farmers collaborating with a talented processor to market their beef under the brand Margaret River fresh.
- Margaret River Fresh has just taken out gold at the Perth Royal Food Awards, winning Champion Large Producer in the Beef Category.
- Margaret River Fresh has been working with growers now for 35 years, giving feedback to the farmers over time. Allowing them to reach a point where their product is so great it is able to win awards.
- Its Margaret River Fresh’s first big award and they couldn’t be prouder.
- Taking out the award for their grass-fed product, which has a better taste, as it is fed naturally on the grass in the paddocks and has as a leaner meat than grain fed beef.
- There were a number of entries judged as part of the Perth Royal Food Awards in and the prestigious title Champion Large producer is only possible thanks to the brilliant work of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, a not for profit organisation that drives the Perth Royal Food Awards, helping us all identify the best in the West.
Margaret River Fresh striploin entered by Western Meat Packers Group was judged Champion Large Producer in the beef category of the 2018 Perth Royal Branded Meat Awards.
The entry had earlier won gold in Class Five for Pasture Fed 52 Weeks Grass Finished Beef.
According to Royal Agricultural Society of WA Councillor in Charge, Jo Pluske, the Perth Royal Branded Beef competition had some excellent entries, with all eight receiving a medal, but only one gold was awarded.
“The outstanding Margaret River Fresh entry from Western Meat Packers Group had sensational taste and very good overall liking,” Dr Pluske said at the awards ceremony last week at Claremont Showgrounds.
“While other entries were extremely tender, they lacked a little in taste and so did not score so highly,” she added.
Gold is awarded for entries gaining more than 90 points out of a possible 100 that are allocated for taste (30), juiciness (10), flavour (30) and overall liking (30).
Speaking after the award presentation, Western Meat Packers Group Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Fuda, said the award reflected the company’s commitment to offering a premium beef product sourced from one of the world’s premium clean and green food bowls.
“While the Margaret River region has long been globally recognised for its fine wines, it is now also acknowledged for its fine food and our Margaret River Fresh branded beef is helping lead the way by giving Australian and overseas consumers a taste sensation second to none,” Mr Fuda said.
“In all of our export markets, including Japan, Korea, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore, there is strong demand for sustainably sourced, clean beef products and the Margaret River region is renowned for these qualities.”
The Margaret River Fresh trademark is registered with IP Australia to Western Meat Packers Group and is used exclusively to package the group’s premier products.
Cattle are selected after grazing on their natural pastures and then raised and fattened almost exclusively on pasture, before carrying the Margaret River Fresh brand after processing at Western Meat Packers abattoir located on 250ha in the Margaret River region.
Western Meat Packers Group, which has an annual turnover of more than $150 million, is 100 per cent owned by Rod Russell, who started the business in 1983 and his wife Shana.
It employs 450 people across its Osborne Park processing and packing headquarters, Margaret River abattoir and Bibra Lake value adding facility.
Recently reported in the news have been some exciting Management acquisitions at WMPG.
As reported by Brendon Cant in the “Cant Comment” section of the Australian Pork Newspaper
“Lui Rinaldi has joined leading beef processor and exporter Western Meat Packers Group after a lifetime in the pork industry at Watsons and Craig Mostyn Group. At WMPG he will work closely with WMPG CEO Andrew Fuda.”
According to Brendon Cant “WMPG is a WA beef processor well worth watching. ” Brendon goes on ” With a street wise and very savvy owner in Rod Russell, a very motivated and astute CEO in Andrew Fuda and now with Lui on board, plus a new GM in Jason Spencer (ex JBS), WMPG is going places, so watch this space.”
Now that is a great testament.
WMPG founder Rod Russell has taken full control, buying out other family members.
Rod and Shana Russell have completed a buyout of Russell and Lee family members in WMPG’s Margaret River abattoir, meaning the couple now have 100% ownership of all group assets. The couple have announced plans to expand the Margaret River facility to 400 head a day. Under the plan, the site will be bolstered with significant chiller capacity upgrades and other fit outs to accommodate developing export market prospects.
The upgrade is expected to create a 100 more jobs.
WMPG chief executive Andrew Fuda said such a positive investment by the founders signalled an exciting stage in teh beef company’s future.
Here is a flashback to the Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) marketing campaign from 2016 as part of the consumer nutrition program aimed at cementing beef and lamb as key pillars of a nutritionally balanced diet, especially with younger Australians and men.
The campaign was called – The Trinity Experiment – as an online ‘mockumentary’ style story about a set of triplets, separated at birth and raised under incredibly similar circumstances, with the only difference being their diets.
One child is raised on a diet of meat only, the second child on green vegetables only and the third on a healthy balanced diet featuring beef and lamb. The campaign shows the experiment over 30 years and highlights how a healthy balanced diet featuring red meat as an important component helps get the best out of individuals.
Younger Australians and males are important target audiences for future-proofing red meat consumption, especially as research has shown an increase in men shopping and preparing meals.
The purpose of this campaign was to create informative and amusing content that the target audience will engage with and that supports a healthy balanced diet.
Do you think they achieved this?