Longford Craft Butcher Louis Herterich of Herterich Artisan Meats is this week celebrating after his long-standing company scooped an impressive number of awards in the prestigious Regional Sausage & Lifestyle Sausages competition.
The event was hosted by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland in Dublin last week.
Herterich Artisan Meats is based on Longford town’s Ballymahon Street and the store took top prize for its turkey sausage entry as well as runner up for the beef sausage with fresh sweet peppers, in the regional category.
“Our Turkey sausages and dry cure rashers are flying off of the shelves as many people opt for the high protein, low fat products which are particularly popular with weight watching groups and also gym and bodybuilding customers,” said Mr Herterich speaking to the Leader this week.
Herterich’s also excelled in the Regional Speciality Sausage Awards taking prizes for their Lamb and Mint sausage (the Longford Sausage) and also for their popular Pork with Honey and Mustard flavour.
In both the Regional Black Pudding Awards and White Pudding Awards the local company took the overall prize for the North Region which covers Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, and Longford, while also emerging victorious in the Gluten Free Sausage category as overall winner.
For Louis, though, the most prestigious accolade was winning the Regional Traditional Sausage Awards and Regional Speciality Sausage Awards.
“Our best product is the original family recipe breakfast sausage which is the most sought after title and we are Kings of the North,” he laughed.
“I am delighted and proud to have competed with the best in this prestigious competition and found it a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to showcase the wide range of fresh homemade products available here at Herterich’s.”
As the Herterich butcher shop approaches its 60th birthday on September 20 next, the family remains hopeful of winning an All-Ireland title when the results are announced at the end of October.