Monte Nevado Fatty Pig Award

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Monte Nevado Fatty Pig Award

The Monte Nevado Group is a family-owned company based in Carbonero el Mayor (Segovia, Spain) and dedicated for four generations to the production of Serrano, Mangalica and Iberian ham. The company sells over half a million hams in more than 30 countries, with national facilities in Segovia, La Rioja and Salamanca and international branches in France, USA and Canada. Specialized in long-term high-quality fat ham, Monte Nevado was responsible for the recovery of the Mangalica breed in Hungary, which was in critical danger of extinction in 1990. The company currently owns three farms in Hungary that guarantee the maintenance of such breed.

Monte Nevado is a company strongly devoted to research and development initiatives. For this reason, it has carried out numerous R&D projects in recent years and has been involved in several publications, where the Atlas Monte Nevado de Anatomía del Jamón Serrano might be one of the most significant contributions.The main objective of this company is to obtain a high-quality ham by a thorough inspection from the arrival of the raw material to the production of the final product.


Objective of the award

The aim of this initiative is to select and award the best original study in applied research on the improvement of pork meat quality in relation to its suitability to produce high-quality cured ham. 

In this call, we will particularly consider research focused on genetic, animal production or production process improvements devoted to favor the deposition of intramuscular fat, improving the lipid profile of the meat, preventing the appearance of PSD and DFD meats, favoring the reduction of proteolytic potential of meat (that favors suitable textures), and any other contribution that is susceptible to improve the sensorial evaluation of the final product.


Required documentation

The following documentation must be sent before the given deadline:

  •        Contact details of the applicants: full name, postal and email address, phone and/or fax number.
  •        Full paper in a PDF version of the manuscript (see general instructions below and the attached template) may be sent to the following email address:
  •        Authorship affidavit and rights declaration on the work submitted.


Instructions for manuscripts 

The text will be written in English and given in the format given in the attached template, with special attention at figures and tables. 

The manuscripts will be structured as follows: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. An Abstract (maximum 300 words) and a Keywords section (maximum of 5 keywords) will be also included in the submitted manuscripts.

The maximum length of the manuscript will be 5000 words, including the References section.

References along the text should be numbered consecutively in strict order of appearance and identified by Arabic numbers in brackets. Personal references or other unpublished works (especially those without a DOI number) should be avoided.

In the References section, the references will be listed as they were quoted and following the system of abbreviations given by the Web of Science’s list, if applicable.



The prize consists of 2.000 €, a Mangalica Monte Nevado ham and a commemorative plaque.

The selected manuscript will be published in the indexed Book of the Fatty Pig Congress 2019. The winner of the award agrees to present the work in the corresponding Fatty Pig Congress 2019 in Japan. In this regard, the awarded will assume the transport and accommodation costs during the celebration of the event. Otherwise, the awarded will then authorize the Organizing Committee to present the work on his/her behalf.



Only the manuscripts submitted until May 31, 2019 will be accepted.


Communication of the awarded manuscript

The decision will be notified by email to all participants of this call no later than two months after the date of the deadline.

Scheduled date and place

The awarded work will be presented in the 5th Fatty Pig Congress 2019, which will take place on the 27-28th of November 2019 in the Okinawa Gender Equality Center “Tiruru” (Naha, Okinawa, Japan).


Other remarks to be considered

1.- Call acceptance

Participants of this call are supposed to agree with the current terms and reject to take legal actions against the committee of reviewers. Any query about the contest rules will be communicated to the Organizing Committee, who will communicate it then to the applicants, if applicable.

2.- Claims

No claims upon the selection of the awarded applicants will be accepted.

3.- Protection of personal data

The personal data will be voluntarily and strictly provided to the Organizing Committee for further arrangements, thus being the Law of Protection of Personal Data and current regulations of obligatory compliance.

The participants exempt the Organizing Committee from any liability arising from the violation of the current legislation regarding the performance and development of the works awarded.

The applicable legislation to these bases is originally Spanish and, thus, the parties expressly submit the jurisdiction of the Court of the city of Segovia (Spain), waiving any other jurisdiction they may be entitled to.

Manuscript template

Fatty Pig Award


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