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Tom Hixson of Smithfield is among the Great Taste winners of 2021

Tom Hixson of Smithfield has been awarded a 3-star rating by Great Taste; an Awards Association that is renowned for being among the most reputable and trusted in the industry - featuring 5,383 products worldwide. The Miguel Vergara Aberdeen Angus - Bone-In - Ribeye Steak has been granted the honour of wearing Great Taste’s prestigious black and gold logo; a stamp of excellence, recognised by retailers and consumers - alike. Tom Hixson of Smithfield follows a strict list of procedures; striving each day; to breed, nurture and attain - quality meat.

The Miguel Vergara herd are bred in the tranquil meadows of Salamanca and the mountains of Leon, Spain; which provides the ideal environment for the growth; sustenance and nourishment of the herd. In order to maximise colour, juiciness and intra-muscular fat associated with quality meat; the herding process adheres to high-standard animal welfare procedures - providing comfortable conditions for the herd.

The Aberdeen Angus are a rare breed known for producing unique flavours and textures; often described as herbaceous and somewhat floral. We endeavour to enhance these flavours by means of a carefully curated and balanced diet that is adjusted to the needs of each phase of growth. This diet includes a 300-day, grain-fed regime that mixes top-quality cereals, legumes, soybeans, oils and straw. In the end stages, our meat is dry-aged for 21 days with the objective of producing intense flavour, ideal for refined palates.

Tom Hixson, Managing Director, explains: “We knew we had found something very special when we met with the Miguel Vergara team last year and tasted their Aberdeen Angus Bone-In Ribeye Steak. It is fantastic to get the extraordinary quality of this product recognised officially by the Great Taste Awards. As one of only 218 three-star winners out of over 14,000 entries, it really does show this steak is a cut above the rest. This recognition will help to increase the exposure of the product, add to the credibility of the brand and drive a great deal of interest amongst our restaurant and home delivery clientele.”

The Great Taste 3-star award-winning Miguel Vergara Aberdeen Angus - Bone-In - Ribeye Steak is available exclusively at Tom Hixson of Smithfield (

Our steaks received outstanding feedback. Here are some of the judges’ comments:

“This steak looks the absolute business. A fabulous piece of meat on the bone and sporting a good edge of fat. Juicy beef, tender but with the right amount of resistance. Every different bit of the steak was good, each edge, the centre, the fat, all of it. Glorious fat, sweet and full of flavour. Deep, lingering, savoury beef flavour. Intense, yet we could eat a lot of this. Sensational, well done!”

“This is an amazingly succulent and tender piece of beef which carves really well. It is a supremely tender, succulent and well-flavoured piece of meat that was simply sublime to eat. This is a very, very special piece of meat.”