South West butcher eyes up Asian meat markets

Zach RelphCountryman
Ryan’s Quality Meats owner Greg Ryan, centre, with WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Bunbury MLA Don Punch.
Camera IconRyan’s Quality Meats owner Greg Ryan, centre, with WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Bunbury MLA Don Punch. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

A South West butcher could soon be putting its high-quality cuts of red meat, sourced from WA paddocks, on plates across Asia.

Expansion at the Ryan’s Quality Meats facility at Davenport in Bunbury started on March 18 as the family-operated butcher eyes Asia’s rapidly growing red meat markets.

The development, backed by a $300,000 State Government injection announced last month, will allow Ryan’s Quality Meats to gain the Federal Government’s tier-one export accreditation.

The tier-one export status requires operating under strict export guidelines, including storage and processing regulations, to gain market access into countries including the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

“The funding helps our expansion growth in our current domestic market,” Ryan’s Quality Meats co-owner Greg Ryan said.

“It also opens up opportunities to expand into the tier-one markets.

“We hope to be export compliant by January 31 next year.”

Ryan’s Quality Meats was one of 16 successful recipients State-wide to share the McGowan Government’s $3.1 million commitment to agribusinesses, with Linley Valley Pork also receiving $225,000 for new lines of portion controlled meat products and tray sealing equipment.

Avon Valley Beef received $100,000 for its Northam abattoir expansion and strategic business plan feasibility study.

Ryan’s Quality Meats, founded in 1966 by Denis Ryan, has a Jandakot store and its primary production facility in Davenport.

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