Minnesota processors competed for honors at a Minnesota Pork Board competition that challenges innovative thinking. Lakes Processing in DetroitLakes, Minn., took top honors with an original pork creation called Pork Loaf. Brad and Sarah Bachman’s received $400 at last month's Pork Innovation Value-Added Product Competition.   

Brad Stevermer, a pork producer and MPB executive board member, said this year’s entries were diverse, used different pork cuts and a variety of seasonings. The judges selected Pork Loaf because it could be served at breakfast, lunch or dinner, and would also be a delicious snack, plus it appeals to a wide consumer audience.

“The texture, flavor and convenience all contributed to Pork Loaf's win,” Stevermer said. “It's a product that consumers of all ages would enjoy.”

Second place went to Jon Frohling of Frohling Meats, Hecla, S.D., for Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pork Roast. McDonalds Meats, based in ClearLake, Minn., received was next in line for its stuffed boneless pork roast that it markets as "Little Irish Pig."

Judges rated the 19 pork entries on edibility (flavor and texture), appearance (visual appeal and workmanship), and creativity (marketability and packaging).

“These businesses are very important to our Main Streets, pork producers and consumers,” Stevermer said.

Source: Minnesota Pork Board