Gourmet butcher and AMIC member Windsor Meats has reached an amazing milestone of their 30 year anniversary. Lou and Lynne Zammit couldn’t be prouder of their team, who have been providing the highest standards of customer service and quality meats to Adelaide’s eastern suburbs for more than three decades.
Lou began his life as a butcher at the tender age of 11 to get some extra pocket money. His mum paid the local butcher $1 to “give him a go” and he washed dishes and prepared breakfast from 5 am, went to school and raced back to the shop afterward. It was the beginning of a passion that has spanned more than fifty years.
“I needed pocket money so I went to work in a butcher shop my mum used to shop in,” recounts Lou. “I washed dishes from the age of 11 until I was 15 and then started as a full-time apprentice butcher. My passion for my craft was all due to a wonderful man called Mick Hammond, who taught me what it means to be a great butcher.”
Strong values such as trustworthiness, honesty and listening to your customers, were instilled upon Lou. Values Lou has passed on to his own staff over the years and continues to do with his staff today.
Lou’s philosophy is to never produce in volume, always prepare fresh and provide the highest quality product to his customers. Its why his customers are so loyal, as are his staff.
Passing the baton
Lou talks with great admiration of his business partner and protege Sam Burt, to whom he has now sold the majority business share to. Lou says, “Having a business partner who you trust completely, shares the workload, whilst bringing a new fresh approach without compromising the old values, is why our partnership is so successful and why Windsor Meats will continue serving customers for the next 30 years.”
Just as important as product quality is relationships, and the relationship that Windsor Meats has developed with AMIC over the last 30 years has enabled the business to grow. AMIC’s support of Lou’s business has enabled him to keep on top of the latest legislation, especially regarding staff management.
“I’m a butcher by trade but I need to be able to keep up with the latest rules and regulation that keep my staff happy and safe and that is where AMIC has been invaluable,” explained Lou.
Family & community
Lou has always instilled a strong sense of family in his shop and that has transcended into his staunch support for his local community.
“I have always supported my local community, from schools to clubs, as well as taking part in great fundraising campaigns such as AMIC’s Pink Butcher that raises money for breast cancer,” relayed Lou. “Sometimes we take the opportunity to make raising money for charities fun; once we raffled my business partner Sam, to come to the winner’s house and cook for them and their friends, supplying all the meat, salad and dessert.”
Well done Lou, Lynne, Sam and the crew at Windsor Meats – you’re a credit to the industry and to your community!