Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Carey Bros Has Proud History

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Carey Bros Has Proud History

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WHEN twin brothers John and Charlie Carey went into business together almost seven decades ago, they had no way of knowing they were setting the foundations for what would become one of the region's most iconic brands.

Over the past 68 years, Carey Bros has become one of the most recognisable names in the meat industry and demand for their products and services continues to grow rapidly.

Although the company has exploded and enjoys great success today, its beginnings were much more humble.

Charlie and John purchased a Yangan butcher shop and slaughterhouse from their stepbrother Harold Carey in November 1944.

The brothers employed a sole slaughterman and their first week saw just five cows and three sheep processed, with the meat then transported from the abattoir to the butcher shop by horsedrawn cart.

The same cart was also used to make deliveries to the farming communities of Swanfels, Swan Creek, Junabee and Mt Sturt. With hard work and dedication, the small business soon began its transformation into something much bigger.

In the 1960s, the business was already cementing its position as a strong family business, with both Charlie and John recruiting their sons to work with them.

In 1962, the Carey brothers acquired the Locke St store that still services customers today, more than 50 years later.

That was not the last of the stores to hang the Carey Bros name, with the opening of a butcher shop in Rose City Shopping Centre in 1984 and an adjoining deli in 1987.

The abattoir at Yangan has also undergone tremendous transformation since its inception back in the '40s.

The beginning is a far cry from the processes of today, with the Yangan abattoir now processing an average 400 cattle, 1600 lambs and 450 pigs each week.

The abattoir in the past 20 years alone has undergone three major upgrades, including extending the processing floor, the installation of three new cold rooms and a refrigerated load out facility. …

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