Florence Meats — Our Story

When our founder Mario Goriup and his wife Maria opened their small butcher shop on Florence Drive more than 40 years ago, they had no idea that Florence Meats would go on to become a favoured destination for Oakville foodies.

Slovenian-born Mario had lived and owned a butcher shop in South Africa for 25 years, and his popular cured meats and sausages reflected a unique blend of those two cultures. His idea was simple: offer top quality meats and first-class customer service, and customers would come.

Our Family Tradition Continues

Today we are in a new location on Speers Road and in the hands of a new generation. Like his father, Damian Goriup and his wife Carol believe in doing the basics well — specializing in local dry-aged beef, in-house smoked meats and poultry, and a wide range of premium products. In keeping with our ‘farm to fork’ philosophy, Florence Meats is committed to sourcing from Southern Ontario farms wherever possible and producing small batch, high-quality products.

Biltong — Our Specialty

Named Ontario’s Finest Butcher for 2017, Damian also believes in marrying tradition with innovation. With a nod to his father, he makes biltong, a popular South African protein snack, using premium Ontario beef and his secret blend of spices — the ‘family recipe.’

While the recipe remains a secret, the word is definitely out about biltong. With paleo dieters, keto fans, and other meat lovers all declaring ‘love at first taste,’ we recently opened a dedicated production facility next to the Speers Road shop to keep pace with the demand.

Even as Florence Meats continues to grow, our focus remains the same — offering fabulous food to our neighbours and community.