Meat warehouses

Reporter: Jackie Quist

Wholesale outlets offering restaurant quality meat at bargain prices are popping up across our suburbs.

They're applying the Costco philosophy, buying in bulk and promising massive savings across a wide range of products.

In Western Australia you can find wholesale meat outlets in Osborne Park, Port Kennedy and Chidlow.

In New South Wales you can snap up wholesale meat bargains from outlets in Mascot, Brookvale, Penrith, Pendle Hill and Rushcutters Bay.

In Queensland bargains can be found at Eagle Farm, Oxenford, Ashmore and Yatala.

In Victoria, halve your meat bill in Thomastown, Springvale, Campbellfield, Melbourne city, Dandenong South and now Dandenong where the Oakdale Meat Company has now opened its doors to the public.

After 20 years supplying many of Melbourne's top restaurants, Brooke Dawson says Oakdale meat is 50 per cent cheaper than the supermarkets."Shoppers are finding it difficult to afford meat - we have a lot of people that come here and can't believe how cheap they can buy a full rump," Brooke said.The meat is preservative and additive free and all cuts are trimmed and sliced to customers' requirements. "We'll slice it for you thin, thick however you would like it. Eat what you need to eat tonight and then freeze the rest and it will last you for weeks," Brooke said.

Butcher Scott Lee from Pendle Hill Meat Market says buying in bulk is the best way to save money."Wholesalers are obviously cheaper. You know we grow it on our own farm, we bring it straight into the shop here. In supermarkets you have a lot of overheads to run, so buying in bulk from a wholesaler obviously works out better for a lot of people," Scott said.

With demand growing wholesalers are expanding to include frozen and smallgoods. They're becoming one stop shops and the public can't get enough. The savings are huge. Pay just $4.99 a kilo for rump, it's more than triple the price at the supermarket. Budget porterhouse costs just $8.99, again supermarkets charge triple that - $28.00 a kilo. Scotch fillet is just $16.99 a kilo compared to $30.00. Corned sliverside is slightly cheaper at $4.99 a kilo versus $6.99, and 5-star beef mince is just $6.99 a kilo wholesale compared to $11.50 a kilo.

In Brisbane fast growing chain Superbutcher is now boasting four stores in south-east Queensland and northern NSW. More outlets are set to open in Brisbane and Sydney. It's rival, Meat Warehouse, is so successful it's now planning five more stores. CEO Kevin Masterson: "If there's butchers and supermarkets ripping consumers off then clearly we think there's an opportunity for us."

There are now more than 150 wholesale meat outlets across the country, with more and more opening their doors to a bargain hungry public. Growers like Ken Stark say wholesalers are the way of the future. "Buying meat in bulk from the meat market is the best way you can beat the exorbitant prices at the checkout," Ken said. "If you're buying in bulk you'll save no doubt about it," Brooke adds.

Contacts

1) Classic Meats

http://www.classicmeats.com.au/

Osborne Park

(08) 9242 2623

2) Mondo Retail Butchers

http://www.mondo.net.au/data/meat.html

Osborne Park

08 9204 4099

3) Farm Fresh Lamb Company

www.farmfreshlambcompany.com.au

Address: PO Box 158, Chidlow, Western Australia 6556 Phone: (08) 9572 6172

Mobile: 0406 399 342

Fax: (08) 9572 6172

Email: info@fflc.com.au