Dennis and Harry Gunter currently own and operate Gunter Bros. Co . Ltd. in beautiful Courtenay, BC on Vancouver Island.
Started by their Grandfather in the 1930’s, previously trained as a butcher by his Grandfather in England, he began as a small on-farm slaughter operation for his own animals, and he did door-to-door sales in Cumberland County and Courtenay. In the 40’s and 50’s, the operation was expanded to turkey farming, with 10,000 turkeys. This expansion also required a cold storage unit facility.
In the 1960’s a slaughter facility for beef, pork and lamb was built on the family homestead. This also facilitated the ability to start fulfilling custom cutting work. In 1979, Dennis & Harry’s father built his own processing plant on his property next door. In 1987, Dennis and Harry took over the operation from their father; the facility has been expanded 3 times since then to a fully automated processing facility. They currently process approximately 1000 beef, 2000 swine and 800-900 lambs every year, in addition to bison and fallow deer. They have a full scale cut and wrap and further processing facility for curing and smoking meats. The majority of their products are sold out of the retail shop located on the property. Bacon, sausage and pepperoni are some of their popular signature products.
In recent years, the Gunter Brothers have developed some key collaborative relationships with producers across the province for custom processing, particularly in the grass-fed beef industry and have been able to gain access to some local retailers such as Country Grocer, and food service distributors such as B&T Foods, to name a few. These retailers are committed to offering consumers local products and Gunter Brothers are in turn, supporting the local Island economy.
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