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Central Foods launches first Red Tractor accredited product

Frozen food distributor Central Foods has relaunched its popular KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs after the product achieved Red Tractor accreditation.

The Red Tractor logo provides added assurance that the food originates from a trustworthy and traceable source – signalling high standards of welfare and food safety and hygiene.

The Prime Pork Meatballs, part of the KaterKing range of meat products and accompaniments, are made with British pork and have been a popular product distributed by the Northamptonshire-based company since 2014. Last year the company sold almost two million meatballs.

Managing director Gordon Lauder said, “Caterers and foodservice operators include the KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs on their menus in a range of different dishes from Italian-style meatballs in tomato sauce with pasta to spicy tapas dishes.

“It’s a great-tasting product, made with British meat. But now it has also been given Red Tractor accreditation, which means added assurance for our customers and for their customers too.

“Red Tractor is the UK’s biggest farm and food standards scheme, and is a vital signpost for consumers looking to eat quality UK food. The accreditation is something that restaurants, pubs, hotels, bars and other outlets can highlight on their menus.

“The Red Tractor logo also signifies support for British farmers.”

The KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs are suitable for all types of caterers to use in a range of recipe dishes such as topping pizzas, filling sub rolls or pitta pockets or as part of tapas sharing-style platters.

Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and universities.

Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, it sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.

The KaterKing Prime Pork Meatballs, which are supplied ready-cooked, are free from MSG and hydrogenated fats. To cook from frozen: pre-heat oven 200°C (Fan assisted), place meatballs on a baking tray and reheat for 8 mins (turn the meatballs halfway through cooking time to ensure even cooking).