Our Story

Since 1947, the DON® name has been synonymous with ham, bacon and Smallgoods Australia-wide. This recognition stems from a passion and dedication to quality, first instilled by Australian butcher R.J. Gilbertson. Out of a small Essendon store he began producing a range of processed meats that stayed true to the curing tradition of Smallgoods found in Europe, and through this steadfast commitment to quality his business became one of the biggest names in the Australian food landscape, DON®.

Today DON® is one of Australia’s largest Smallgoods manufacturers, proudly producing our award winning hams, bacon, salami, franks and continentals from our Castlemaine site in Victoria. We’re a leading regional employer and proud of our long heritage and enduring commitment to the tradition of the Smallgoods we produce.

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