RNA Corporate: Tajima Wagyu steaks its claim as Australia’s best

Tajima Wagyu steaks its claim as Australia’s best

05.06.2012

The Tajima Fullblood Wagyu has been crowned Australia's best steak in the nation's most prestigious branded beef competition as part of the RNA's Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) in Brisbane today.

The New South Wales Wagyu took out the champion title beating a high class field of record entries while New England Gold by Country Fresh Nationwide won the title of the nation's best lamb.

RQFWS Chief Judge Russell Smith said the standard of entries for the branded beef and lamb competitions highlighted industry trends towards a more uniform, tender and flavoursome product.

"This consistency of product quality is what the red meat industry has been striving for over the past decade," he said.

"The Tajima Fullblood Wagyu from Andrews Meat Industries displays a beautiful balance between the fat marbling and the background flavour of the meat.

"It's a brilliant example of Wagyu for consumers who want to experience the best the breed has to offer."

For the past two days panels of esteemed judges have cooked, tested and tasted almost 40 entries to ultimately award the best retail beef and lamb on the Australian market.

Mr Smith said the New England Gold winning lamb nudged out other entries due to its above average flavour profile.

"The overall quality of the lamb exhibits was superb with the texture and feel outstanding."

Mr Smith said competitions like the RQFWS Branded Beef and Branded Lamb assist both Australian consumers and producers.

"Australians quintessentially love a barbeque so it's great that know what the best of the best is," he said.

"We also have quality farmers and producers in the industry who deserve to be rewarded and recognised for their excellence."

Not only did this year's Branded Beef Competition boast Australia's largest number of entries, but it also introduced a new class for Wagyu, which separates beef based on the marble score, and a new trophy in recognition of the number of MSA brands.

Adding to the prestige of the champion title, the award-winning Tajima Fullblood Wagyu will also have the opportunity to feature on the menu of Brisbane's renowned Cha Cha Char Wine Bar and Grill restaurant.

Competition winners earn the right to display their gold, silver or bronze medal on product packaging, ensuring consumers know they are buying the best of the best in that product range.

The hunt for the next two best of the best continues with the Royal Queensland Wine Show and Sausage King Competition occurring in July as the RNA continues its quest to find Australia's best wine and Queensland's best sausage.

 

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

2012 RQFWS Branded Beef Winners

AUSTRALIA'S BEST STEAK - The John Kilroy Cha Cha Char Champion Branded Beef of Show

• Tajima Fullblood Wagyu exhibited by Andrews Meat Industries from Lidcome in New South Wales

Champion MSA Graded (Non Wagyu) Branded Beef of Show

• Highland Park Grassfed Beef exhibited by Aldi Stores from Minchinbury in New South Wales

Lend Lease Grain-Fed MSA Graded

• Gold: Stockyard Gold exhibited by Stockyard from Brisbane in Queensland.

• Silver: Drovers Pride exhibited by Australian Country Choice from Morningside in Queensland

• Bronze: Kimberley Red exhibited by Signature Beef from Clermont in Queensland

Lend Lease Grass-Fed MSA Graded

• Gold: Highland Park Grassfed Beef exhibited by Aldi Stores from Minchinbury in New South Wales

• Silver: Manning Valley exhibited by Wingham Beef Exports from Wingham in New South Wales

• Bronze: Cape Grim Tasmanian Natural Beef exhibited by Greenham Tasmania from Melbourne in Victoria

The Australian Wagyu Association Wagyu Class - AUSMEAT Marble Score 1 to 5 - MSA and Non MSA

• Gold: Darling Downs Wagyu exhibited by the Australian Agricultural Company from Brisbane Queensland

The Australian Wagyu Association Wagyu Class - AUSMEAT Marble Score 6+ - MSA and Non MSA

• Gold: Tajima Fullblood Wagyu exhibited by Andrews Meat Industries from Lidcome in New South Wales

• Silver: Master Kobe exhibited by the Australian Agricultural Company from Brisbane in Queensland

• Bronze: Stockyard Black exhibited by Stockyard from Brisbane in Queensland

ANZ Agribusiness Open Class - Non MSA and Organic

• Gold: Royal Beef exhibited by JBS Australia from Dinmore in Queensland

• Silver: Spring Grove Non MSA Australian Beef exhibited by Atron Enterprises from Wahroonga in New South Wales

2012 RQFWS Branded Lamb Winners

AUSTRALIA'S BEST LAMB - Champion Branded Lamb of Show

• New England Gold exhibited by Country Fresh Nationwide from Newstead in Queensland

Meat and Livestock Australia Branded Lamb MSA and Non MSA

• Gold: New England Gold exhibited by Country Fresh Nationwide from Newstead in Queensland

• Silver: Sovereign 5 Star exhibited by Sovereign 5 Star Lamb from Mansfield in Queensland

• Bronze: Tasmanian Royal exhibited by Melrose Wholesale Meats from Sherwood in Queensland

 

News editors please note:

• To arrange interviews please contact RNA Communications Manager Veronica Carew or RNA Media and Communications Officer Katie Johnston on the numbers below.

Media Enquiries:

RNA Media and Communications Officer

Katie Johnston - 07 3253 3931 / 0433 376 713

RNA Communications Manager

Veronica Carew - 07 3253 3930 / 0408 323 631



 

2012 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show remaining competition dates are:

Royal Queensland Wine Show: 1 - 5 July

Sausage King Competition: 8 July

Beer Competition: October

 

 

 

The Tajima Fullblood Wagyu has been crowned Australia's best steak in the nation's most prestigious branded beef competition as part of the RNA's Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) in Brisbane today.
The New South Wales Wagyu took out the champion title beating a high class field of record entries while New England Gold by Country Fresh Nationwide won the title of the nation's best lamb.
RQFWS Chief Judge Russell Smith said the standard of entries for the branded beef and lamb competitions highlighted industry trends towards a more uniform, tender and flavoursome product.
"This consistency of product quality is what the red meat industry has been striving for over the past decade," he said.
"The Tajima Fullblood Wagyu from Andrews Meat Industries displays a beautiful balance between the fat marbling and the background flavour of the meat.
"It's a brilliant example of Wagyu for consumers who want to experience the best the breed has to offer."
For the past two days panels of esteemed judges have cooked, tested and tasted almost 40 entries to ultimately award the best retail beef and lamb on the Australian market.
Mr Smith said the New England Gold winning lamb nudged out other entries due to its above average flavour profile.
"The overall quality of the lamb exhibits was superb with the texture and feel outstanding."
Mr Smith said competitions like the RQFWS Branded Beef and Branded Lamb assist both Australian consumers and producers.
"Australians quintessentially love a barbeque so it's great that know what the best of the best is," he said.
"We also have quality farmers and producers in the industry who deserve to be rewarded and recognised for their excellence."
Not only did this year's Branded Beef Competition boast Australia's largest number of entries, but it also introduced a new class for Wagyu, which separates beef based on the marble score, and a new trophy in recognition of the number of MSA brands.
Adding to the prestige of the champion title, the award-winning Tajima Fullblood Wagyu will also have the opportunity to feature on the menu of Brisbane's renowned Cha Cha Char Wine Bar and Grill restaurant.
Competition winners earn the right to display their gold, silver or bronze medal on product packaging, ensuring consumers know they are buying the best of the best in that product range.
The hunt for the next two best of the best continues with the Royal Queensland Wine Show and Sausage King Competition occurring in July as the RNA continues its quest to find Australia's best wine and Queensland's best sausage.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
2012 RQFWS Branded Beef Winners
AUSTRALIA'S BEST STEAK - The John Kilroy Cha Cha Char Champion Branded Beef of Show
Tajima Fullblood Wagyu exhibited by Andrews Meat Industries from Lidcome in New South Wales
Champion MSA Graded (Non Wagyu) Branded Beef of Show
Highland Park Grassfed Beef exhibited by Aldi Stores from Minchinbury in New South Wales
Lend Lease Grain-Fed MSA Graded
Gold: Stockyard Gold exhibited by Stockyard from Brisbane in Queensland.
Silver: Drovers Pride exhibited by Australian Country Choice from Morningside in Queensland
Bronze: Kimberley Red exhibited by Signature Beef from Clermont in Queensland
Lend Lease Grass-Fed MSA Graded
Gold: Highland Park Grassfed Beef exhibited by Aldi Stores from Minchinbury in New South Wales
Silver: Manning Valley exhibited by Wingham Beef Exports from Wingham in New South Wales
Bronze: Cape Grim Tasmanian Natural Beef exhibited by Greenham Tasmania from Melbourne in Victoria
The Australian Wagyu Association Wagyu Class - AUSMEAT Marble Score 1 to 5 - MSA and Non MSA
Gold: Darling Downs Wagyu exhibited by the Australian Agricultural Company from Brisbane Queensland
The Australian Wagyu Association Wagyu Class - AUSMEAT Marble Score 6+ - MSA and Non MSA
Gold: Tajima Fullblood Wagyu exhibited by Andrews Meat Industries from Lidcome in New South Wales
Silver: Master Kobe exhibited by the Australian Agricultural Company from Brisbane in Queensland
Bronze: Stockyard Black exhibited by Stockyard from Brisbane in Queensland
ANZ Agribusiness Open Class - Non MSA and Organic
Gold: Royal Beef exhibited by JBS Australia from Dinmore in Queensland
Silver: Spring Grove Non MSA Australian Beef exhibited by Atron Enterprises from Wahroonga in New South Wales
2012 RQFWS Branded Lamb Winners
AUSTRALIA'S BEST LAMB - Champion Branded Lamb of Show
New England Gold exhibited by Country Fresh Nationwide from Newstead in Queensland
Meat and Livestock Australia Branded Lamb MSA and Non MSA
Gold: New England Gold exhibited by Country Fresh Nationwide from Newstead in Queensland
Silver: Sovereign 5 Star exhibited by Sovereign 5 Star Lamb from Mansfield in Queensland
Bronze: Tasmanian Royal exhibited by Melrose Wholesale Meats from Sherwood in Queensland
News editors please note:
To arrange interviews please contact RNA Communications Manager Veronica Carew or RNA Media and Communications Officer Katie Johnston on the numbers below.
2012 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show remaining competition dates are:
Competition Date
Royal Queensland Wine Show 1 - 5 July
Sausage King Competition 8 July
Beer Competition October