Meet Jim and Pete from Pacdon Park, creators of traditional British pork products, such as scotch eggs, black pudding, pork pies and their world-famous haggis.
If you’re wondering how two lads from Lancashire, UK ended up starting their business in Echuca Moama, it was by chance that Jim’s godfather had settled in Echuca and established a pig farm.
After visiting briefly in 2001, Jim returned five years later with Pete – a College friend and soon-to-be business partner who had a passion for food and cooking but lack of enthusiasm for the chef trade. Seeing a gap in the market for traditional British pork pies, Pacdon Park was born.
While Jim had pig farming experience and Pete culinary experience, it wasn’t an easy task for two emigrants to get business capital to set up shop and get the business underway.
Getting their business name from the farm name where their first factory was built in rural New South Wales – Pacdon Park Farm – Jim and Pete converted an old dairy shed into their first commercial kitchen.
Located 50km from the nearest town and relying on backpackers to work in the factory were just two of the challenges they faced to get the business off the ground.
Their luck changed when a local reporter heard about their business and ran an article in The Age and from that moment on, their phone rang of the hook with people searching for their distinctly British fare.
Now located in Moama, thanks to the generosity of a Qantas pilot who loved their haggis and offered the use of a property 10km from town, the team are now equipped to expand on their production and offering.
Driven by delivering quality free-range, natural products, with minimal preservatives has seen their products land in specialty retailers such as Harris Farm.
While Pacdon Park is no stranger to accolades and awards, it’s knowing how their products create meaningful connections for their customers, such as bringing back childhood memories that mean the most to Jim and Pete.
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