Wick­low peo­ple are crea­tures of habit at bar­be­cue time

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RE­SEARCH by Su­perValu has found that the peo­ple of Wick­low are crea­tures of habit when it comes to their sum­mer bar­be­cues.

The supermarke­t has found that 50 per cent of re­spon­dents cook the same food every time, with burg­ers (85 per cent), sausages (81 per cent), chicken (72 per cent) and ribs (26 per cent) the first meats they get siz­zling on the bar­be­cue.

Just over a quar­ter (26 per cent) of Wick­low na­tives plan on cook­ing one of the most de­li­cious cuts of meat, a steak, and that their top five beef cuts are striploin steak, sir­loin, mince, fil­let and rib eye.

The sur­vey also found that 55 per cent of Wick­low con­sumers con­sider the qual­ity of the meat as the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion when de­cid­ing what meat to pur­chase, fol­lowed by value (17 per cent) and range of meat avail­able (16 per cent).

Irish beef is one of the most pop­u­lar choices. Su­perValu’s beef is sourced from over 16,500 farms across Ire­land, is Bord Bia cer­ti­fied and qual­ity as­sured.

Chef and Su­perValu ambassador Kevin Dun­don, said that he is al­ways par­tic­u­lar about the qual­ity of meat – and with good rea­son.

‘For me, qual­ity is of the ut­most im­por­tance not only for taste but also to get the best for your diet. As peo­ple are re­duc­ing the amount of meat they eat it is even more im­por­tant to en­sure that what you pur­chase is top qual­ity Irish meat, sus­tain­ably farmed and sold through ro­bust food safety sys­tems,’ he said.

The sur­vey re­sults also high­lighted that get­ting the best and fresh­est meat (66 per cent) is why Wick­low peo­ple chose to buy meat from the butcher counter.

Su­perValu stores in Wick­low have 13 butch­ers work­ing across its seven stores with over 240 years of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence. The seven stores are: Daly’s Su­perValu, Grey­stones; Su­perValu, Charles­land, Grey­stones; Pet­titt’s Su­perValu, Ark­low; Gille­spie’s Su­perValu, Balt­in­glass; Kenny’s Su­perValu, Bless­ing­ton; Gal­lagher’s Su­perValu, Wick­low; and Su­perValu Bray.

Na­tion­ally, those aged be­tween 45 and 54 years are the most ad­ven­tur­ous grill masters, ac­cord­ing to the re­search, and they dis­agree that they al­ways grill the same foods when they bar­be­cue.

Kevin Dun­don, chef and Su­perValu ambassador.

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