quality, sustainability, and decades of experience.



Originally a sausage producer and delicatessen, William Klein founded Alberta Fancy Sausage Ltd. in 1971. As a master butcher, William brought skills honed in Germany to Calgary and customers at the shop would ask for “The Big Chief” when referring to him. When the switch was made from delicatessen to beef jerky manufacturer, the new brand “Big Chief” evolved.

The Big Chief difference is based on four decades of experience and dedication to quality. Our meat snacks are carefully tended during the curing process to ensure each portion maintains that tender bite and bold flavour that comes only from 100% Canadian beef!

Big Chief meat snacks make an ideal snack for your big adventures. Whether skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, camping, or just kickin’ back, Big Chief offers exceptional tastes in flavours Canadians love. When a great tasting, high protein snack is needed to curb a ravenous appetite, Big Chief answers the call!