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Moira meat merchant Peter Hannan wins top UK food award

By John Mulgrew

Published 06/09/2016

Peter Hannan is the founder and managing director of multiple award-winning Hannan Meats
Peter Hannan is the founder and managing director of multiple award-winning Hannan Meats
Peter in the dry age storage unit which uses blocks of Himalayan salt built in a wall to help cure the meat

Co Down meat merchant Peter Hannan has been awarded the UK food industry's top gong.

Hannan Meats, based in Moira, Co Down, sells a range of its Himalayan salt-aged beef across the globe.

And Mr Hanna has now been named Supreme Champion at this year's Great Taste Awards. It's the second time he's picked up with the award, after winning in 2012.

Some of his latest top-end products include a rib of beef aged for more than a year.

Hannan's Meat Merchant business in Moira now turns over around £10m each year.

The owner said the shop now sells about 20 tonnes of meat a week, with a further 50 tonnes elsewhere.

The business has now grown to around 40 staff.

Welcoming the award, Food NI chief executive Michelle Shirlow, said: "Hannan Meats is a remarkably successful company which has now become the first ever in the history of this prestigious and influential competition to win the Supreme Award twice.

"Hannan Meats is an outstanding role model for other smaller food and drink companies of just what can be achieved from a commitment to excellence across a business.

"In addition to two Supreme Champion awards, Hannan Meats has now won more gold stars for its products than any other company in the UK and Ireland."

Mr Hannan was one of the pioneers in using giant Himalayan salt blocks to age his top quality Glenarm beef for anywhere from 35 days all the way to 220 days.

Over the last few years the business has picked up a series of accolades.

They include numerous Great Taste Awards, while the business also walked away with the Excellence in Innovation gong at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

Peter Hannan is now making deals with top chefs around the globe, and as far afield as Hong Kong and Australia.

And he sells to a host of big name stores, including London's Fortnum and Mason grocery store. Meat sales at the luxury store shot up more than 10-fold after it began stocking his range of top-end, salt-aged beef.

One of his highest profile deals has been with top UK Michelin-starred chef Mark Hix.

That relationship began after Hannan told the cook that his steaks weren't up to scratch.

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