Business booming as hams fly out the door
INDEPENDENT butchers in Gladstone expect to sell more than 8000 half legs of ham this Christmas.
Hams given to employees by big companies and industry will make up about 3300 of the total sales.
Tannum Meats manager Nathan Lynn said it was great that local industry was supporting local butchers and putting money back into the community.
"All the butchers put in bids for the industry contracts and each year they share it around," he said.
"We're stoked that we are supplying ham to all the employees at Boyne Smelters this year, and people are already starting to drop in and pick them up."
But most of the hams sold by independent retailers will be sold over the counter, with about 4700 purchases expected by individuals and small companies.
Barney Point Butchers and Kin Kora Meats are competing to top over the counter retail sales with both shops expecting to sell between 1500 and 2000 half legs in the coming weeks.
Kin Kora Meats manager Scott Avis said he had to hire a mobile cool room to deal with the volume.
"We've tripled our sales in the last few years and are expecting a huge Christmas," he said.
"Last year I was afraid the floor was going to cave in because of the amount of ham in the cool room and this year we have more.
"To say it's going to be a good Christmas for us would be an understatement - unless the cool room stops working."
How much ham sold?
- Barney Point Butchery: 1000 to QAL, 250 to Orica, 250 to McCoskers, 1000-2000 retail, $6.99/kilo
- Bid Best: 700 Rio Tinto, 300 halves retail, $8.61- $12.28/kilo
- Briskys 5 Star Biloela: 300 halves, $7.99/kilo
- Kin Kora Meats: 500 halves for BSL, 1700 halves retail, $10.99/kilo
- Daly's Clinton: 300 halves, $13.99/kilo
- Tannum Meats: 500 halves for BSL, 300 halves retail, $10.99/kilo