Although the road to success has been bumpy for Shawn Scott, his dream to expand his jerky product business beyond Sudbury has come true.
With the support of national retailers like Waypoint Convenience and its Localicious program, and strong Sudbury consumer demand to buy local amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Local Jerky Plus quickly outgrew its 1,000 square-foot meat plant on the Kingsway established in March.
Now, Scott is setting his sights on an international market and he couldn’t have done it without the support he received from his friends, family and community.
“Our partnership with Waypoint was an absolute success. It was cool to see our numbers beating out multi-billion-dollar companies. I am pretty proud of that,” he said.
“It’s really nice to see big franchises like Waypoint bringing in these local brands and helping entrepreneurs like myself get their products on store shelves.”
Launched in the fall of 2019 just months before the pandemic hit Ontario, Scott’s Sudbury-made Local Jerky Plus products soon became popular with area residents.
The business started in Scott’s home, but with an increase in popularity, came some licensing issues with the local health unit and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.
Undeterred, Scott navigated the red tape, got approved by the province to open a licensed meat plant facility, and hired a team of five staff.
“The crazy thing is that we outgrew that facility in probably the first two…