Pioneer salmon supplier in the awards

st james smokehouse logoSt James Smokehouse from Annan have picked up a prestigious award in the 2011 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

They were crowned "Business of the Year" and "International Business of the Year" at a ceremony at the Doubletree by Dunblane Hilton on 26th May. The company was recognized for its ambitions in taking its product to the world.

Their fresh and frozen smoked salmon is stocked by Pioneer. Customers who visited our trade show back in March will recognize Hayley Forster (far right) from St James Smokehouse receiving her award.

Individual Inns in the awards again!

masonsarmsWe are pleased to report on the success of Individual Inns Limited, based in Malpas, Cheshire, who have won Best Accommodation Offer for the UK in the Morning Advertiser 200 Awards.

In addition to this, the company's Tempest Arms, Elslack, near Skipton, won UK Pub of the Year (the Good Pub Guide 2010/11 and Les Routiers) and Cosiest British Pub (Yahoo! UK and Ireland). We would like to congratulate Martin and Veronica on ths achievement.

Another Pioneer customer owned by Individual Inns, the Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, won Best Dining Pub/Restaurant in Cumbria 2011 at the Lancashire Life Awards (incorporating Cumbria Life). Again, congratulations to all concerned.

£30,000 investment in dry ageing facilities

dr agedIn September 2010 we completed the building of a dedicated dry ageing chill in our Carlisle meat plant, which we believe takes the beef eating experience to a new level.

In the chill, beef on the bone sits on special racks for 21 days, while circulating air and a controlled temperature and humidity produces dry aged beef which is superb in taste, texture and tenderness.

Dry aged sirloins, ribs, striploins, fillets and rib eyes, as well as indiviual steaks, can be purchased by catering customers who want something unique on their menus. The shrinkage caused by the dry ageing process does cause some increase in price but we believe you can taste the difference.

We welcome you to visit Pioneer and see for yourself.