Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc.

At Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. our vision is to become the number one brand of convenient, ready-to-eat meat snacks in Canada. We will achieve our vision by providing consumers with high quality, nutritional meat snacks and promoting the importance of a protein balanced diet. We are committed to adhering to the highest quality standards in all of our manufacturing and quality assurance practices, as well as providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees. We are dedicated to complete customer satisfaction by providing our quality meat snacks in various convenient locations and in a variety of popular flavours. In addition, we place a high value on corporate social responsibility, actively participating in the community, supporting local organizations and charities.  We are a family owned and operated business in Calgary, Alberta that is very proud to be Canadian and support our fellow Canadians through employment, sponsorship, and businesses relationships. We also understand the importance of being environmentally conscious and have adopted sustainable practices wherever we are able. Through our devotion to quality, safety, variety, convenience, community, and environment, Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. will continue to grow and be a positively recognized brand throughout Canada.

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#SecondGeneration #FamilyOwned #FamilyOperated #Experience #Expertise #Excellence

Originally a delicatessen and sausage producer, Alberta Fancy Sausage Ltd. was founded in 1971 by William Klein, and is now known as Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc.  As a master butcher, William Klein brought skills honed in Germany to eventually create the Big Chief meat snack product line. The Big Chief difference is based on four decades of experience and dedication to European quality while recognizing the historical roots of dried meat with respect to our Indigenous people. Big Chief tantalizing meat snacks are a preferred brand of many North Americans who truly understand what makes a great meat snack.

#BigChiefBeef #TheBrand

When the switch was made from delicatessen to beef jerky manufacturer, a new brand, “Big Chief” was created. As master butcher of his original delicatessen in Calgary, customers would refer to William Klein as “The Big Chief”. This nickname paired with the association of beef jerky created by the Indigenous people gave birth to the brand Big Chief and the company called Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. Although our heritage is European, the Indigenous people are credited as those who first invented jerky, with the the word “jerky” derived from the Quechua word “ch’arki” which means dried, salted meat. As proud Canadians we want to recognize and celebrate our multicultural country, especially the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, which are the three groups the Canadian Constitution recognizes as Indigenous peoples. Fusing both our family and company history with the Indigenous product history resulted in the Big Chief brand name, Big Chief logo, and our signature orange and purple colours!

#PortableProtein #GoAnywhere #DoAnything

Our meat snacks are carefully tended during the curing process to ensure each portion maintains that easy to chew, delicious, mouth-watering and full-bodied flavour that comes only from 100% beef! Big Chief meat snacks make an ideal go anywhere, do anything snack. Whether golfing, skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, or just sitting back reading a good book, Big Chief has an exceptional taste that is right for you. When a great tasting, high protein, portable snack is needed to curb a ravenous appetite, Big Chief answers the call. Gluten-free flavours are even available!

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. was the first meat processing company in Alberta to receive HACCP designation. HACCP is a management system that addresses food safety through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards associated with raw material procurement and production. It includes all handling, manufacturing, and distribution of the finished product. Adhering to these strict guidelines ensures that our products are safe and helps us to maintain superior product quality and safety while increasing productivity.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. is a Canadian federally inspected establishment that adheres to the highest standards of quality control. We recognize and meet all CFIA rules and regulations designed to protect Canadians from preventable food safety hazards. At Big Chief it is our policy to exceed these standards and go above and beyond. This is demonstrated by having an on-site CFIA inspector to verify that all guidelines, including HACCP are followed, and are up-to-date. CFIA also monitors for labeling compliance and audits the delivery of a grading program based on objective standards of meat quality and retail.

Safe Quality Food (SQF)

SQF certification goes one step further regarding excellence in quality assurance. SQF certification assures buyers and customers that food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest standards. SQF certification is your assurance that the products you are buying have passed rigorous international standards for food safety and quality, including HACCP. With SQF, it is even easier to find suppliers with a strong commitment to food safety, ensuring that they meet your high standards. Big Chief is proud to be SQF Certified.

#Sustainability #EnvironmentalInitiatives

Understanding the importance of Sustainability and Business, Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. is committed to practicing environmental sustainability everywhere that we can:

  • There is minimal waste from our manufacturing process, and all waste that can be, is reused or recycled.
  • We try to source our beef locally as much as possible, only buying from producers who are committed to environmental sustainability and humane handling of their animals, demonstrating best practices in these areas.
  • We purchase our display boxes from Cascades Canada Inc, and our corrugated shipping boxes from Norampac, a division of Cascades Canada Inc. Cascades is #1 in the Greenpeace Shoppers Guide, and their products are green in every way: recycled, recyclable, and made with eco-friendly processes. Cascades is the number 1 recycler of waste paper in Canada, and ranked number 11 in the world, making Cascades the best possible choice for a supplier when keeping sustainability in mind.
    • Based on the tons of Cascades 100% recycled Mississauga Linerboard we use compared to other virgin fiber products, Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. saves over 250 trees, 565,000L water, 10,000kg waste, 300GJ energy, 35,000kg CO2 emissions, and 85kg NOx emissions each year!
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    • Based on the Norampac 100% recycled Conquest Boxboard products we use compared to other virgin fiber products, Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc. saves over 650 trees, 3,000,000L water, 28,000kg waste, 380GJ energy, 95,000kg of CO2, and 280kg NOx each year!
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    • In addition to using recycled paper in our office, we have also moved to a paperless billing and invoice system utilizing email rather than traditional mail to reduce paper waste.