OLIVE’S FIRST EVER SUPERMARKET AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
6 years ago
M&S wins eight awards/ All entries blind-tested/ Aldi has best burger
olive, the nation’s most stylish food monthly, has announced the winners of its first ever Supermarket Awards with 20 winners across a range of categories. M&S topped the field, winning an impressive eight awards including Best Summer Dessert for its Raspberry Pomegranate and Elderflower Jelly, described by the judges as “a showstopper.” It also triumphed in the Show Off Salad category for its Mango and Blueberry Salad with Basil and Lemon Dressing, “on trend” and “refreshing” and Best Meal Under 400 Calories for its Chilli and Coriander Prawns, Noodles and Mango. The judges said it was “zingy and sweet” that “tastes as good as it looks.”
Morrisons won three awards, including Best Show-Off Product for its Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawns “astonishingly enormous prawns with a sweet favour”, while Sainsbury’s also bagged three including Best Veggie Sausage for its Glamorgan Leek and Cheese Sausage. “A classic veggie sausage made well and with a clean taste”.
Meanwhile Aldi took the coveted Best BBQ Burger award for its Gourmet Aberdeen Angus Burger. The judges said: “Everything we want a burger to be, this formed a good crust with a juicy interior when cooked and tasted properly of beef.”
The categories were devised by the olive team and are based on the kind of relaxing summer food the team like to cook for friends over summer. The entries were all blind-tested in the olive kitchen over three days without knowing which supermarket had entered them. In the close call categories, there were highly commended products announced as well.
According to Christine Hayes, the editor of olive:
“The idea for our first awards came from the discovery everyone on the team has a secret supermarket buy or two, stuff we use to supplement dishes made from scratch when having friends over. We found out from our readers feel the same, 91% of them told us they wanted to know which supermarkets do certain things best and that you’d go to a specific supermarket to buy a recommended product. So we’ve risen to the challenge with first-ever olive Summer Supermarket Awards issue. We were thrilled with the response. The results will be hugely useful to smart cooks who like to take the odd short cut.”
According to Sandra Ziles, head of product development at M&S:
“We are so pleased to have won across eight separate categories, more than any other retailer. From desserts, to drinks, to picnic food, these wins highlight the quality and innovation shoppers can expect to find at M&S. It is also testament to our team of developers, who have worked so hard to create our new Summer of Flavour range of delicious food and drink that is second to none.”
The results are revealed in this month’s new look olive magazine, on sale now.
The full list of winners is:
BEST SUMMER DESSERT
WINNER M&S RASPBERRY,POMEGRANATE AND ELDERFLOWER
BEST BBQ BANGER
WINNER BOOTHS WESTMORELAND THIN PORK SAUSAGE. (£3/400G)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: M&S THE GRILL POSH DOGS. (£4.50/600G)
BEST BBQ BURGER
WINNER ALDI GOURMET ABERDEEN ANGUS BURGER. (£2.69/2)
BEST SHOW-OFF PRODUCT
WINNER MORRISONS WILD NIGERIAN TIGER PRAWNS.
ALDI SPATCHCOCK PIRI PIRI CHICKEN.
BEST SAVOURY SUMMER TART
WINNER M&S SLOW-ROASTED TOMATO, SPINACH AND FETA.
WINNER M&S MANGO AND BLUEBERRY SALAD WITH BASIL AND LEMON DRESSING. (£2.50/190G)
BEST SALAD DRESSING
WINNER M&S ALPHONSO MANGO AND HABANERO CHILLI. (£2/275ML)
BEST SALTY SNACK
WINNER M&S LIGHTLY SALTED PITTA CHIPS. (£1.50/150G)
BEST BEER SNACK
WINNER BOOTHS ROSEMARY ALMONDS. (£2.99/150G)
MOREISH SUMMER DIP
WINNER OCADO TZATZIKI. (95P/200G)
BEST NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINK
WINNER M&S PRESSED PINEAPPLE JUICE WITH LEMONGRASS AND JALAPEÑO CHILLI. (£2/1LT)
BEST VEGGIE BURGER
WINNER SAINSBURY’S INDIAN LENTIL BURGER. (£1.80 EACH)
BEST VEGGIE SAUSAGE
WINNER SAINSBURY’S GLAMORGAN LEEK AND CHEESE SAUSAGE.
BEST MEZE/TAPAS PRODUCT
WINNER TESCO HALLOUMI SKEWERS. (£3.25/215G)
WINNER MORRISONS ARTISAN OLIVE BREAD. (£1/400G)
HIGHLY COMMENDED: ASDA INSTORE BAKED PRETZEL ROLL. (50P EACH/3 FOR £1)
BEST PICNIC PIE
WINNER MORRISONS ULTIMATE PORK PIE (£2.19/280G)
BEST ICE CREAM
WINNER SAINSBURY’S TASTE THE DIFFERENCE GOOSEBERRY FOOL. (£4/500ML)
STAR GLUTENFREE SUMMER PRODUCT
WINNER TESCO BELGIAN CHOCOLATE MELT IN THE MIDDLE PUDDING. (£2/200G)
BEST MEAL UNDER 400 CALS
WINNER M&S CHILLI AND CORIANDER PRAWNS, NOODLES AND MANGO. (£3.25/180G)
WINNER M&S SCALLOPS WITH A HOT AND ZESTY LIME AND CHILLI DRESSING. (£8/175G)