The Primo Story
The start of something big
Primo Smallgoods was founded in 1985 with approximately 38 employees, operating a manufacturing facility in Homebush, Sydney.
In 1991 the company expanded into Queensland with the acquisition of Gold Cob Smallgoods (now trading as Primo Smallgoods). This manufacturing facility was the original headquarters for Primo Queensland. It was supported by a warehouse facility at Acacia Ridge and a smaller warehouse facility in Cairns.
In February 1998, the Homebush facility relocated to new premises at Chullora Sydney. This manufacturing plant was built to specification and was the most modern, innovative high tech facility operating in the Southern Hemisphere. Ever increasing demand saw this facility expanded on two additional occasions to meet the needs of the growing business.
Pictured on the right Primo Group CEO - Paul Lederer
Also in the same year Primo Smallgoods purchased an abattoir at Port Wakefield, South Australia. This is a one species plant, processing more than 10,000 pigs per week.
In late 1999 a second beef abattoir was purchased at Scone in the Hunter Valley.
In 1999 a Melbourne distribution facility was purchased to support the expanding growth in Victoria.
Within a short period Primo Smallgoods has become a national brand, and the Company continues to invest heavily into areas of marketing to continue to grow the brand across the country.
The Primo business continued to grow progressively over the years with improvements in manufacturing processes and efficiency throughout all company facilities. In 2009, a milestone year, Primo acquired the entire business operations of former competitor – Hans Continental Smallgoods.
This acquisition has again driven the business to improved efficiency via processes, bulk buying, better planning and capital upgrades. The combined Primo Group is proudly Australia’s largest Ham, Bacon, Salami and Smallgoods manufacturer and continues to supply the nation’s major retail groups with the highest quality and variety of products available in the country!
In 2011 Primo joined forces with Affinity Equity Partners who are now a major shareholder alongside the founding family.
The growth of Primo Smallgoods has been nothing short of incredible. Nationally the Company has in excess of 4,000 employees and continues to keep abreast of their competitors with investments in new high tech machinery and even a new plant. Australia’s largest food manufacturing plant is currently under construction in the Brisbane suburb of Wacol. This is due to open in 2012 and will again launch a new chapter in the ongoing growth and success of the company.
Primo Quality Meats is the meat division of Primo Smallgoods employing over 500 people at its world class process facilities in Scone and Port Wakefield.
The Port Wakefield abattoir is the most modern state of the art pig processing plant in Australia processing in excess of 10,000 pigs per week for both the retail and wholesale trade as well as major export markets.
Scone abattoir is currently supplying to all major retail outlets as well as the wholesale and food service industry. With Halal accreditation, Scone is also a supplier of beef to most major Asian and South African markets. Scone abattoir is also a supplier of retail ready trays to the retail sector making it one of the most diverse abattoirs in Australia.