Thursday, March 28, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Fifteen Year Snapshot


Rescued a small butchery from closure and began Master Butchers Whitsunday with a single shopfront and just a couple of staff.


Expanded to take over the shopfront along the side of the building and added a cool room to the open shopfront. In 2015, they expanded further to the corner of the building and added a freezer space.


Master Butcher Whitsunday wins Best Sausage In Australia for their Casalinga variety. Don and Karen headed down to Australian Meat Industry Council Awards in 2015 and came back with the national prize. That same year the couple opened MBW On The Barbie at Whitsunday Shopping Centre in Cannonvale.


Master Butcher Whitsunday comes home with three State wins, first place meant they were in the top 7 in Australia in their category.


Opened the Himalayan Salt Dry-Aged Cool Room by taking over another corner of the building. This cool room added a different dynamic to the offering.


Karen and Don win Retail Outstanding Achiever of the Year at the Australian Meat Industry Council Awards. In May 2018, the business expanded further, opening Master Butchers Marian in May of this year.


Master Butchers Wholesale was opened this year and overcame the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic to become the thriving business it is today, supplying many local restaurants with quality meat.


Alex and Danni become part-owners of Master Butcher Whitsunday in July, the young couple taking over daily operations and working alongside Don and Karen to maximise business opportunities in the area.

Don and Karen collecting their award for Best Continental Sausage in Australia in 2015

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