Earlier this month, VG Meats won a number of awards at the 2022 Ontario’s Finest Meat Competition—a fantastic annual industry event held by Meat and Poultry Ontario. It was the first time this event could be held since 2019, and everyone involved was excited to be back in action. The gala is always a great evening, and it was great to see so many new and familiar faces!
As a fourth generation family business, we’re passionate about our products and love what we do. Being recognized for our commitment to high quality and innovation is an added bonus—a big one!—and our team was definitely feeling celebratory each time our name was called. What a night! Here’s a look at the awards we took home this year.
VG Meats was honoured to receive a total of 13 awards across a variety of product categories, plus an additional honour that we’ll tell you more about below. Here’s a list of our award-winning products from this year’s competition. You can shop for these winners here, in our new collection!
Category: Fresh Pork Sausage
Award Won: Spicy Mexican Pork Sausage (Platinum)
Category: Bacon—Traditional Side
Award Won: Thick Cut Side Bacon (Gold)
Category: Back Bacon
Award Won: Coffee-Rubbed Back Bacon (Platinum)
Award Won: VG Smoked Back Bacon (Gold)
Category: Beef/Veal Whole Muscle Deli
Award Won: Beef Pastrami (Platinum)
Award Won: Chipotle Rubbed Roast Beef (Silver)
Category: Poultry Whole Muscle Deli
Award Won: Chipotle-Rubbed Turkey Breast (Silver)
Award Won: Turkey Kielbassa (Platinum)
Award Won: Ham Kielbasa (Silver)
Award Won: Zigineer Salami (Silver)
Category: Smoked Sausage – Traditional
Award Won: Mild Beef Sausage (Silver)
Category: Smoked Sausage – Specialty
Award Won: Smoked Polski and Cheddar Cheese (Silver)
Category: Premium Wiener
Award: VG Pork Wiener (Gold)
VG Meats also won the 2022 Ron Usborne Award of Excellence—an amazing honour that we were thrilled to receive! Introduced in 2007, this award is presented to the company that achieves the highest combined score based on their product placements in the competition (escalating points are given for silver, gold and platinum placements). It’s driven directly by the quality of our products and knowing this, we’re even more grateful to be recognized. We also won this award in 2007, 2009 and 2017—it’s a great feeling to see our name up there several times!
Thank you again to Meat and Poultry Ontario for recognizing our hard work—the entire VG Meats team appreciates the honour. We’d also like to congratulate everyone else who participated or won an award—from our team to yours, well done!