The story of Broad Oak farm began in 1927. A local GP, Dr.White proprietor of Town Farm was having difficulty selling his pigs at the time. He mentioned this to the matron of the local cottage hospital who suggested he try making sausages. The matron was the daughter of an Irish butcher, who shared his sausage recipe with her for Dr White’s use. This saw the beginning of Broad Oak Farm Sausage Company.
The quality of Dr White’s sausages was quickly recognised and in 1936 they were served on board the famous transatlantic liner, the Queen Mary on her maiden voyage, and on many subsequent trips.
In 1939 Jack Carter, who worked for Dr White purchased both the farm and the sausage business. Meanwhile Reg Simons began learning the butchery trade under the local butcher Mr Hockley. In 1953 Reg purchased the shop on Mr Hockley’s retirement.
In 1966 while England were winning the World Cup Jack sold his farm and offered the sausage business to Reg, who despite tough times decided to purchase it amid competition of a rival butchers.
Later that year Roger, Reg’s 21 year old son took on the sausage company and successfully doubled the business within six months. He continued to develop and grow the business over the years with significant investment in new and innovative equipment. He extended the business to include the production of cooked hams in 1978 and in 2001 built a new state of the art factory in the village.
In 2001 Roger’s son Christopher, a Food Industry Management graduate, joined the business and took ownership in 2009.
In 2010 Christopher purchased two existing successful companies D P Meats Ltd which produced bacon and ham products and Country Cottage Ltd which produced sausages. Both had their factories in Bury St Edmunds on the Moreton Hall Industrial Estate and were already trading together for over 30 years. The combined business has been renamed The Taste of Suffolk.
Christopher continues to develop the business through new innovative equipment, product development and extending markets to include Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. There has also been a significant investment in a new sausage factory in Bury St Edmunds.