Tim and Tracey Worsley are butchers from England who purchased the family business in 2000. By 2003, they had purchased the business next door and expanded the premises. This allowed the business and the range of products they offered to grow. Part of the business was a general store, and the other half was the butchers and delicatessen. Some of the main products were sausages (offering over 50 varieties), dry cured bacon, kofta kebabs, burgers and scotch eggs. In addition, they offered a large delicatessen range. A small example includes 20+ varieties of cheese, olives and home-cooked meats. We also had a selection of home baked pies and offered a sandwich making service. In 2008 a national company approached them and purchased the premises.
Tim and Tracey then emigrated to Canada in 2009 and became Canadian Citizens by 2017. During Christmas 2018, Tim & Tracey began producing sausages and bacon for friends to try. Due to their positive responses, they decided to offer their products to the general public, using social media as their salesman. In January 2019, the British Banger Company Inc. was registered and in February premises were found on Elizabeth Street in Okotoks. After 3 months of renovations, the store opened on May 31, 2019. They offered sausage, bacon, burgers, kofta kebabs, lamb, black pudding and scotch eggs, as well as a limited range of personalised shelf products. A take out range of "butties" were also introduced. Unique English fayre was now available in Southern Alberta!
2020 onwards has brought the introduction of more products to the range, these include pies and pasties. In addition, we now import a full range of shelf products, which both compliment and run alongside the butchery/bakery products. It is planned to add more products to the store, in the raw, baked and shelf departments. Allowing the store to evolve and grow is a very exciting project to the British Banger Company!
In June 2021 a new store in Medicine Hat was opened. The new location offers all the products produced in the Okotoks store. However, we have chosen to provide the raw and pastry items as frozen items, other than sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs and clotted cream, which are available in the cooler. English shelf goods are also available in the store. By November 2021 the production facility moved to a brand new industrial unit in Aldersyde, as it has now outgrown the Okotoks store. The store was redesigned for retail service only. August 2022, our Medicine Hat store relocated to it's current premises on Dunmore Road. Sadly we had no option, due to equipment failure and loss of stock. The new store has increased substantially in size, which will allow for future growth.
Best New Business 2019 by the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce - October 2019
Silver Award for Best New Business by the Okotoks and Foothills residents - September 2020
Gold Award for the Best Place To Buy Imported Foods throughout the Foothills and Okotoks - September 2021/2022
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We are food companies. Not companies who make food. Passionate food producers deserve to be connected with people who want their products. By joining forces local food companies can make it easier for customers to get the food they want, when and where they want it. That's why Uproot Food Collective exists.