Perth maker wins Australia's best bacon title

Inside Princi's factory.

Princi Smallgoods in Perth has been awarded best bacon producer in Australia, ahead of International Bacon Day on August 31.

Made from 100 per cent Australian pork, Princi beat over 140 contenders from across the country at the Australian PorkMark Bacon Awards.

“The story of Princi bacon began over five decades ago and our recipe has travelled from Italy to Australia. What really sets our bacon apart though, I believe, is the quality of the pork that we begin with,” says Princi director Pino Princi.

Southlands Quality Meats in Canberra took out first place honours in the Short Cut category, followed by Westridge Meats from Toowomba in Queensland in second spot. Loveday’s Quality Meats on the Gold Coast and Eurostyle Smallgoods in Perth were named equal third with their short cut bacons.

In the Full Rasher category, Gray’s Modern Meat Mart in Toowoomba was announced second place to Princi Smallgoods and Griffith Butchery in Canberra, third.

All entries were judged in their raw and cooked form by a panel of four passionate bacon connoisseurs, Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, chefs Simon Bestley, Adam Moore and Paul McDonald.

Australian Pork marketing communications manager Mitch Edwards says the competition shines a light on smallgoods makers who are using Australian pork to produce their bacon.

“Bacon is an Aussie household staple but there’s a high chance the family favourite that shoppers are selecting isn’t made with Australian pork," he said. “Many people are surprised to learn that 80% of bacon sold in Australia is made using imported pork. Aussie bacon meets our high safety standards and celebrates fresh, quality, local ingredients."