We are serious about fresh meat.
We work with reputable suppliers to provide you with the best products and the best service at the best prices on the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Our team includes not only experienced butchers but also former chefs, who genuinely understand the needs of other chefs, caterers and foodies.
Our philosophy is simple:
- We believe that fresh and consistent high quality meat can and should be affordable for all families and businesses on the Sunshine Coast.
- We value your health as well as ours so we stay away from unnecessary additives, colorings & preservatives - no gooey bottled marinades or plastic-y sausages ever.
- We take customer service seriously – our knowledgeable staff members are ever ready to assist you and meet your (meat!) needs.
- We prioritize professionalism throughout the process – how meat is handled behind the counter is just as important as how it is grown.
Please meet the members of the Fresh Meats team
Martin grows his own fruit, vegetables and meat at home. Naturally, he gets upset at his wife if she ever buys anything in plastic at the supermarket. He also loves to catch and sashimi up his own fish or cut up and cook his own meat, so this passion + his friendship with Jack = Fresh Meats. Martin’s puns and jokes can make you groan, but he’s a he’ll never let his mates and customers down.
After 27 years of butchering, Jack told Martin he wanted to study English literature while they were castrating some pigs. Although we encourage butchers to develop their softer side, we all agree that Jack should stick to being the Captain of cleanliness, efficiency & team-building as the general manager of Fresh Meats. With his 20 pairs of eyes, he pushes and pulls the best out of his team for our customers.
Agnes is a city girl gone country, having been convinced by Martin that raising children, cows, goats, pigs, dogs, chickens, a horse and countless rounds of guinea pigs is good for the soul. She now appreciates acreage living for the family and does not miss city traffic one bit. She’s makes her own kimchi (the real deal), teaches yoga, and spends her time on marketing, design & general helping out at Fresh Meats.
Shane, oh Shane. Our customers know Shane and he knows them. His fellow workmates love him and he loves them right back. This “legend”, “top bloke” and “great butcher, great guy” cares deeply about serving his customers right and doing good by his colleagues. He’s a self-professed people person whose family comes first, followed by fishing, footy, camping and cooking.
This Burnside native spent time as an apprentice in WA before returning to the Sunshine Coast to rack up serious experience in butchery. He’s worked in 30 different Woolworths from Kawana to Noosa, and spent many years learning old school butchery in smaller business as well. Nothing’s too much trouble for our manager and he “always gets it done with a smile” – colleagues and customers love him!
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Nathan knows his fish. Since his first catch as a child, he continued on as a pro fishing guide, at a pet store, in fish quarantine in Brisbane, at sea as a deck boss and running an aquaculture business. When fish is not on his mind and in his hands, Nathan is a fierce motor cross competitor. He’s also a “bush to beach, fish to hay” kinda guy who loves acreage, farming and horses.
“We love our Benni”, “Everybody needs a Benni” and even “I would marry Benni if he wan’t already married” – you get the idea. This Sunshine Coast native has always loved cooking, even as a young child. He trained and worked locally and also overseas in Canada, but is enjoying being back and close to family. We love his passion for food, respectful manners and innovative cooking!
Holly is the sweetheart who bakes all staff members a cake on their birthdays. She’s bubbly, friendly and easy to get along with – perfect because she loves to interact with customers and know their names – and they know hers! She loves to cook, bake (hence the cakes) and hang out with her friends. Her mates at work think she’s a great entertainer and has an infectious laugh; some even call her ‘mum’!
If you’ve ever called our store, you would have chatted with our “Jill-of-all-trades” office manager. This lady of many talents has had plenty of customer service experience at Packaging & More and other places. She also hosted Trivia nights around the coast and ran family daycare for many years. In her spare time, she can be found tinkering on her new passion – her camp caravan!
Originally from country Victoria, Jack entered the world of butchery at the age of 14 as an apprentice under his father. Jackolicious is well-loved by his colleagues for being a “1000%” team player and all around fun “dynamo”. He loves his job and is always willing to help customers and co-workers alike. PLUS he wins the “Fancy Feet Award”!
Deb is officially our bookkeeper, but in reality she is also our counselor, office manager, go to person for anything and everything, with experience in many industries. She’s also the “Queen” of Liquid Crystals and self development with workshops and courses. She’s the bubbliest, giggliest ‘Paylady’ you will ever meet – just don’t bug on her a Monday!
Since moving to the Sunshine Coast 10 years ago, this Kiwi has built boats, worked in the mines, skinned crocodiles, you name it! She’s loved every single experience, but she’s enjoying her time at Fresh Meats as she began work at sixteen as an apprentice butcher and a good one too! Customers love her enthusiasm and care, and we do too. Outside of work, Sarah likes kayaking, swimming and going to the beach with her daughter.
Jo is a “pocket rocket” who is dedicated to her work and protective of her colleagues. Originally from Melbourne, she came to the coast 17 years ago and has worked in butchery before Fresh Meats. She loves going to the beach and the markets, but her greatest love is her bonsai trees, all 18 of them!
Sue or Susie Q is Holly’s till partner-in-crime, who enjoys interacting with customers and is always busy helping the team at Fresh Meats. She is honest and committed; she also brings lollies on Sundays so the staff love her even more. Relaxing with family is at the top of the list, along with BBQs with friends, sunrises, sunsets and beach strolls (minus the crowds and the sand).
Colette is our sweetheart mum with the heart of gold. Having spent many years in retail management, she left her day job to become a pioneer in the world of natural pet food nearly 20 years ago. Her fans are spread all over the Sunshine Coast, and they are thrilled to know that she’s now our pet food expert. If you see her in store, please feel free to ask any questions about your furry family members! She’s a lover of all animals and is always willing to help those around her.