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Essential Information for Entering the Awards

An Important Announcement from the World Charcuterie Awards

Firstly, we want to extend a sincere thank you for your support. The World Charcuterie Awards team are so buoyed up and excited by the interest in and enthusiasm for the launch of the first ever World Charcuterie Awards.

It is with deep frustration and regret, therefore, that due to unforeseen changes in the regulatory environment for importing Charcuterie products, we have hit upon major obstacles to holding our judging event in March 2023.

We are working hard towards overcoming these issues so we can host the Awards in the near future. All Awards registrations will continue to remain active, and we will be in contact as soon as we can with more information on how, and when, to complete your entries.

We are very grateful for your understanding and patience in this matter, and we will be in touch soon.
Thank you.

3rd February 2023

Essential Dates

Date(s)
Action
Information
to Sunday 15th January 2023
Early Bird Entry
Entry opened on 28th November 2022. Discounted Entry Price in this period – SAVE £10 OFF EACH PRODUCT YOU ENTER!
from Monday 16th January 2023
Entry Price Increase
Standard Entry Price applies
To be confirmed 1
Entries Close
Entry is currently OPEN 1 – See Announcement dated 3rd February 2023
To be confirmed
Completion of Judging Forms
All forms must be completed, otherwise the organisers cannot guarantee entry.
To be confirmed
Judging Samples Request
Full details to follow
To be confirmed
Judging Days
Full details to follow
To be confirmed
Results Published
Full details to follow

Do not Delay… ENTER NOW

In year 1 of the World Charcuterie Awards, the number of products to be entered will be capped in order to ensure smooth judging. Unless a business is pre-registered, we cannot guarantee entry.

Cost of Entry

Entry Type
Entry Price
Additional Information
EARLY BIRD
£50.00 per product *
Price valid until 15th January 20231 for any business size & number of products
STANDARD
£60.00 per product *
Price increase applies to all businesses regardless of whether pre-registered

* Please note that due to the conditions imposed by the UK government, the shippers may be forced to charge a shipping/handling fee for products entered directly from abroad

All entered businesses are eligible for a discounted entry into the World Charcuterie Lovers Directory (see below).

Who can Enter

The World Charcuterie Awards are open to all Professional Charcuterie Makers throughout the World.

Non-UK based makers are can enter directly online or through their UK-based importer and/or distributor and/or agent.

Importers and/or distributors and/or agents can enter directly online on behalf of their non-UK-based clients.

How to Enter

To enter the World Charcuterie Awards, you must complete the following steps:

  • Create an account in order to manage your award entries and provide all the information required to support your entry.
  • Enter the number of products you are entering in the appropriate classes – and you may enter as many products in as many classes you like – and then you must pay the required amount in full. Payment options include Direct Bank Transfer & Debit/Credit Card.
  • Complete your Awards Entry Profile consisting of:
    • Producer or Business Profile to tell us more about your Charcuterie Business.
      Please note: If you are entering as an Importer and/or distributor and/or agent you are required to complete a Business Profile, and a Producer Profile for each of the Producers you are representing at the Awards.
    • Product Profiles to tell us more about your individual product entries.

Your Awards Entry Profile will be made available on your My Awards page at the time of entry to be updated at your convenience.

All entry information must be completed by Revised date for final completion TBC – otherwise, the organisers cannot guarantee entry.

Remember in order to be eligible for the World Charcuterie Champion Award, you must enter at least one product into a minimum of three classes. Star Awards will be judged from amongst the appropriate top-scoring products.

Please note – Entry into the World Charcuterie Awards is only available through an online account.

Samples for Judging

Every business that has entered the Awards will be required to send judging samples to a nominated address by the required date.

Samples required should weigh need not weigh more than 200 grams/two packs/10-12 slices, bearing in mind that each product will be judged by a minimum of three up to eight judges for medal contender products.

Submitting your Products

All entrants into the Awards will receive details for the labels for each submitted product – essential for judging identification purposes. As all products are judged blind, the product labels must be attached to the judging samples.

Packaging your Products

The World Charcuterie Awards are delighted to be working with their sponsor Woolcool, who pioneered sustainable insulated packaging.

Woolcool is offering FREE temperature-controlled packaging for the first 50 UK- based producers entering the 2023 awards who require their judging samples to be kept at fridge temperatures (0-8C) during transit.

Shipping from Abroad

For producers shipping their judging samples into the UK, we have appointed a shipping agency and are in advisory conversation with both DEFRA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency to ensure a smooth passage at minimal costs and to ensure customs clearance for all Charcuterie products submitted directly from Abroad. In the event of this not being achieved, we will refund entrants in full.

We will update you as soon as we have confirmed the details and costs.

Judges

Our panel of judges is led by Head Judge Keith Fisher, Chief Executive of the Institute of Meat, backed by an Advisory Committee from here and abroad.

Our judges are Charcuterie Experts from the meat, hospitality and retail industries – makers, buyers, consultants, teachers,  restaurateurs, bar & pub owners, retailers, chefs – plus top food writers.

To further guarantee fair, scrupulous and independent judging, no member of the World Charcuterie Awards team is allowed to take part in the actual judging and scoring of the entered products.

Meet the Judges already signed up…

Marking the Products

Judges will work in teams of a minimum of three.

Each product is assessed for a number of factors including Taste, Mouth Feel, Texture Appearance & Presentation. Our Head Judge has devised a unique judging form that will ensure consistency of points awarded and unquestionable transparency.

All Medal Contenders will be marked by a minimum of two judging teams.

Products will be marked out of 100 points according to the unique scoring system developed originally by the British Charcuterie Live Awards and updated by the World Charcuterie Awards Advisory Board.

Winning a Medal

Medals will be awarded

Gold for products scoring 90-100 points
Silver for products scoring 80-89 points
Bronze for products scoring 70-79 points

Every producer scoring 70 points+ wins a medal and will receive a certificate featuring the appropriate medal once the Award results are announced.

Medals can be used on the producer and/or importer’s websites and in social media, press releases, and point-of-sale display.

Medal stickers will be available to buy for adding to the product and a license can be bought for printing the medal on-pack.

Every Medal Winner will receive a Press & Social Media Support Pack.

Feedback for the Producers

Feedback to include judges’ comments will be emailed to award-winning producers on the day of the Awards announcements.

Use of the judges’ comments on the producer and/or importer’s websites, social media, press releases and point-of-sale display is allowed provided it is fully credited to the World Charcuterie Awards 2023.

Feedback to include judges’ comments will be emailed to non-award-winning producers within 20 days of the Awards announcement.

Please note the judges’ decisions are final and correspondence with the judges and/or the organisers cannot be entered into.

World Charcuterie Directory

As a thank you for entering the Inaugural World Charcuterie Awards, we are delighted to offer you a discounted entry in our new World Charcuterie Directory.

Targeting Charcuterie Enthusiasts both in the UK and World-Wide, it will be heavily promoted to our extensive database of Charcuterie Lovers, on our website and through our newsletters and social media channels.

Link to Frequently Asked Questions

An Important Announcement
from the World Charcuterie Awards

Firstly, we want to extend a sincere thank you for your support. The World Charcuterie Awards team are so buoyed up and excited by the interest in and enthusiasm for the launch of the first ever World Charcuterie Awards and we have such an incredible team of judges and experts working with us on this project.

It is with deep frustration and regret, therefore, that due to unforeseen changes in the regulatory environment for importing Charcuterie products, we have hit upon major obstacles to holding our judging event in March 2023.

We are working hard towards overcoming these issues so we can host the Awards in the near future and we hope very much that you will continue to follow and support our progress in this.
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We are so very grateful for your understanding, and we will update you as soon as we can. Do not hesitate, please, to get in touch with any queries.

3rd February 2023