Great Glen Charcuterie’s venison chorizo salami and bresaola has been wowing diners and lovers of fine food across the Highlands since the company began as Great Glen Game in 2010. Taking a local resource – deer – and working closely with those who manage them, Jan Jacob and Anja Baak have built an experiment into a thriving family business and become Scotland’s leading charcuterie.
Great Glen Charcuterie sells a range of salamis, chorizos, bresaola and smoked venison to independent retailers across the country. The charcuterie is also used by chefs and on the menu of the countries best restaurants. In 2013 their Green Pepper Salami was awarded Charcuterie product of the Year at the Great Taste Awards.
Living and working on a Highland estate, part of Jan Jacob’s job back in the early 2000’s was the management of the wild deer population and he fell in love with the delicious meat. When friends and family loved his home-smoked venison experiments, seeds of a new business opportunity were sewn. Moving from a wooden box smoker in the garden to converting a derelict butcher shop in Roy Bridge into a state of the art processing unit, Jan Jacob developed a range of recipes for venison charcuterie while Anja took on the job of marketing and sales. In 2010 Jan Jacob gave up his day job working on the Estate to concentrate full-time on Great Glen Game, but continued to work closely with local stalkers and estate workers. The deer roam freely in the Scottish hills and feed on heather, wild plants and grass, making venison a delicious healthy meat. It is low in fat, high in iron and a very sustainable meat source for the charcuterie products.
To reflect their international sales ambitions, Jan Jacob and Anja renamed the company Great Glen Charcuterie in 2014. But while they’ve stayed close to their live local, eat local roots, selling their charcuterie in a wide range of Highland stockists, they also aim to see their products stocked in the world’s best food halls.
New sales come as a result of Anja’s hard work on marketing their products at food fairs, farmer’s markets and in the press and media. Social media also plays an important role. Well of the Seven Heads and Iain Stewart Fish Sales found out about Great Glen Charcuterie through Anja’s Twitter and Facebook activity and The Riverside Restaurant in Inverness placed an order having seen their products on Instagram.
You can buy Great Glen Charcuterie at the following local Highland stockists
Corner on the Square Beauly, The Store House Foulis, Isle of Ewe Smokehouse, West Coast delicatessen, Phoenix Community Stores,Lochaber Farmshop, Deli Craft Fort William, Gordon MacPhail Elgin, Isle of Skye Baking Company McDougals Butchers Fort Augustus, The Oyster Shed.
Great Glen Charcuterie products also appear on the menus of some of the Highlands’ best restaurants and hotels including Lovat Lochness, on pizza Cafe Sia in Skye, Arisaig House, Whitehouse Restaurant, Good Highland Food, Old Pines restaurant Spean Bridge, Lochside Crafts, Glenfinnan House Hotel, Rua Reidh Lighthouse, Fiddlers, Aultbea Hotel, Red Roof Café, Raasay House, Stronlossit Inn, Isle of Muck tearoom, and on the breakfast menu for The Heathers B&B Spean Bridge.