Hermann Wurst Haus, Hermann, won national recognition at the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC), held July 19-21, in Kansas City.

This event is held in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP).

The ACMC draws participants from across the United States. This year, there were 678 entries in 29 product classes.

In total, 67 AAMP membership plants participated in the competition.

Meat processors enter their products for evaluation by judges who are meat scientists and specialists in the industry. All entries are judged on the basis of aroma, flavor, eye appeal, color and texture.

Hermann Wurst Haus was awarded grand champion/Specialty Game Meats for its Venison Soppressata and reserve champion for its Ring Bologna Cooked Class.

Chris Young, executive director of AAMP, was enthusiastic about the winners from this year’s contest.

“Year-after-year, the winners of the ACMC continue to demonstrate the competitiveness and excellence of their products,” Young said. “On behalf of AAMP and our leadership, we congratulate Hermann Wurst Haus for their outstanding accomplishment.”

The ACMC co-technical advisers for the 2018 competition were Joseph C. Cordray, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Jeffrey Sindelar, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.; and Terry Houser, Ph.D., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

“We are pleased and excited to represent our hometown, community and state in this one-of-a-kind wurst competition, the largest in North America,” said Wurstmeister Mike Sloan.

“To even be called upon to win any award is a major accomplishment,” he said. “Our Ring Bologna recipe has won this award multiple times. Our Venison Soppressata is a first-time entry and won national grand champion in its category and was a finalist for the Clarence Knebel Best of Show Award for the Best Product in the entire Wurst Show.”

Hermann Wurst Haus has these products available in its retail store and also produces these products for individuals who are game hunters.