Australia’s most awarded butcher, Adam Stratton, is urging people to “buy local” this Christmas when it comes to selecting their festive hams.
Adam Stratton is a master butcher and runs the successful Tender Gourmet Butchery chain in Sydney.
“Around 22 million kilograms of ham is sold in Australia at Christmas, but unfortunately, not all of that is sourced locally,” said Stratton.
“I think customers should know if the ham they serve for Christmas lunch might have spent three months on a boat being shipped in from overseas. Who knows what refrigeration has been used to get the produce here.”
“Pork products are flooding the local market from places such as Scandinavia, Asia and North America. When it comes to Christmas hams, there is no substitute for local produce. Australian produce is a clear winner for appearance, taste and value.”
“Customers need to look for the hot pink Australian PorkMark logo – this is a guarantee that the ham is made with 100 per cent Australian home-grown pork.
“In fact, research shows that around 90 per cent of Australians prefer to buy Australian produce because they believe Australian pork is fresher, of a higher quality and tastes better,” he said.
Latest figures show that nearly $10 million worth ($9.4m) of imported pork arrives in Australia every week destined to be made into ham and bacon.