Excellence. Smithton butchers Perry’s Quality Meats have received two placings at the Australian Meat Industry Council’s ‘Regional Sausage King Competition’.
Formally know as Johnston Gourmet Meats, current owners Josh and Jen Perry officially became Perry’s Quality Meats at the beginning of the month.
After purchasing the business 18 months ago, the Perry’s are certainly making a name for themselves by adding several accolades to the collection.
“Placing in these sorts of competitions is good for us,” owner Josh says.
“I’m meeting butchers from all along the coast and adding to what Peter (Johnston, former owner) has taught me.”
The business received third place in both the Traditional Australian Pork category and Australian Lamb/Open for their exotic mix of curried lamb, coconut and sultanas.
“We’ve a couple of third places, so we’re heading in the right direction,” Josh says.
“The area we live in, we have the greatest beef in the world, and lamb and pork, there’s no doubt about that.
“The clean green fresh air is a great starting point for our produce, then we just add our secret touches.”
Taking over the business in March 2015, Josh says now is the right time for the couple to make the change.
“We’ve had the teething stage,” he said.
“Peter was very well known [and now] everybody knows we are here so it’s time to make a name for ourselves.”
Selling from their Smithton store and Forest, Stanley, Irishtown and Redpa general stores, as well as local restaurants Xanders and Nineteen22 among others, Perry says since expanding to Young’s Veggie Shed in Burnie and Stonie’s Cafe in Devonport, enquiries from as far as Hobart and Melbourne have been rolling in.
“I would like to expand the small goods,” he said.
“But organising my time and the time that goes into making the product is difficult, keeping the shop profitable, it’s all things you have to consider.
“I find just entering these competitions gives us good exposure and experience.”
Perry says while adjusting to being his own boss has had it’s challenges, the job is rewarding.
“Having people come back and enjoy your product time and time again.”
Josh and Jen wish to thank their loyal staff for their continued support and hard work.