Peter Hannan named ‘Icon of UK food and drink’

Food NI board member Peter Hannan, founder and managing director of multi-award winning Hannan Meats in Moira, has been named among the 20 Icons of the Industry by the Speciality Fine Food Fair, Speciality Food magazine and English Heritage. He is the only Northern Ireland food entrepreneur on the prestigious list.

The three organisations have partnered up to celebrate 20 years of the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London and the biggest icons in food and drink.

Peter Hannan is lauded as being responsible for “Britain’s finest steak”. The citation continues: “Peter has well and truly put Northern Ireland on the fine food map through his iconic business, Hannan Meats, giving lovers of incredible quality meat across the UK access to some of the very best.

“He is driven, he says, by “a true desire to produce great food, and to feed people well” and relishes “being a member of a great team, who share that passion and continuously strive to make good things even better.”

The 20 icons were named at a recent event in London by Speciality and Fine Food Fair, held every September at Olympia in London, Speciality Food magazine and English Heritage

The organisers said: “While every industry has its icons, the fine food and drink industry can boast some of the most passionate of them all.

“Some of them are driven by a mission – to change the face of food and drink, to promote sustainability or to secure a positive future for the evolving sector – while some are driven simply by a love of what they do.”

The list is based on the views of people throughout the industry “eager to see their icons receive the recognition they deserve”.

Each of the icons will be celebrated at Speciality and Fine Food Fair, taking place at Olympia London on 1st-3rd September. Speciality and Fine Food Fair coincides with the final stage of the annual Great Taste Awards, a competition in which Hannan Meats has won the Supreme Champion title twice and has more gold stars than any other food business in the UK.

Other icons listed include Bob Farrand, chairman of the Guild of Fine Food and founder of the Great Taste Awards, Paul Hargreaves, managing of Cotswold Fayre, Patrick Holden, founder of The Sustainable Food Trust, Bruce Langlands, director of food at Selfridges, John Shepherd, chief executive of Partridges, Fiona Richmond of Scotland Food and Drink, Guy Tullberg of Tracklements and Ros Windsor of Paxton and Whitfield.