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UPDATE ... BALSON BANGERS AT SELECT COSTCO CLUBS! News by Region

Posted by Oliver Balson on January 20 2017

BANGER NEWS BY COSTCO REGION!:

SOUTHEAST USA -- EVERY COSTCO CLUB in FL, GA, SC, NC, TN, AL, MS, and Puerto Rico are stocking!  For the first time, RJ Balson's Award-Winning Traditional Bangers are NOW on the shelves!  Costco has heard the cries of its people in the South, and our bangers are on the shelves at every club!  Please help spread the word ... our customers are what has enabled this to happen!

NORTHEAST and MID-ATLANTIC -- EVERY COSTCO CLUB in NY, NJ, MA, PA, VT, NH, CT, RI, DE, MD, Wash DC, VA, AND WV are stocking soon!  Our BANGERS are coming back and will be on the shelves A DAY OR TWO AFTER THE SUPERBOWL (Feb. 5).   We're looking 

MIDWEST -- We are extremely disappointed to announce that our Bangers will not be returning to COSTCO in the Midwest region this year.  Although we have had four successful years in the Midwest, the new buyer has opted for a cheaper item made by an American company.  We hope to meet with the buyer in May to discuss, and we really need your help in getting RJ Balson's Bangers back on the shelves.  Please see below on how you can help us!

TX and the WEST -- We continue to reach out to these region buyers.  For COSTCO Club members, the best way you can help is to go to your COSTCO's customer service desk and fill out a product/brand request form for "RJ Balson" Bangers and Back Bacon -- COSTCO does pay attention to these requests by club members!  It took some time, but this definitely helped us in the SOUTHEAST region.
 

                                                   COSTCO PRICING:

While we do not set COSTCO pricing, you can expect to purchase "BALSON BANGERS" for around 70% OFF of our online store price due to COSTCO's structure and volume.  This is a great price with a LIMITED TIME OFFER. Get stocked up while you can -- Bangers are in a 2 lb sell unit pack and can be frozen for up to 6 months after purchase!  Our Bangers are a part of COSTCO's St Patrick's Day set and will be available until March, or while supplies last!

 

 

                                             COSTCO MIDWEST HELP:

There are several ways you can help get Balson Bangers back into the Midwest! We understand there is a time commitment and most of us are very busy, but we at Balsons would sincerely appreciate any efforts on your part!  Let your voice be heard!

1.  Call the Midwest buying office in Chicago directly at (630)581-6200.  Ask for an email address to complain about a product not being carried in their club after being there for the past four years.  Write a short email letting them know you want to see RJ Balson Bangers back!  This route would make the biggest impact!

2.  Go to your local COSTCO club's customer service desk and fill out a complaint and request  RJ Balson Bangers.  The buyers review these weekly!  

3.  Write us an email (you can just copy us on the email from #1) letting us know you are disappointed and want them back!  We will print off every one of these and present them to the buyer in May.

4.  Comment on our Facebook page -- we will "cut and paste" and compile these also for our meeting with the buyer. (Facebook page "R.J. Balson & Son USA")

We hope to get as many write-ins, emails, and phone calls into them -- they really will make a difference!  Thank you for your support and interest -- Please help spread the word by sharing the news with friends and family.  You can also keep up with us by "Liking" our Facebook page, "R.J. Balson USA".Thank you sincerely if you've made it this far!

Best,
Oliver Balson
Pres., RJ Balson USA, Inc.

 

 


RJ Balson Insulated Grocery Tote now comes with very order!

Posted by Oliver Balson on June 01 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are now including an insulated grocery tote with every order!  While the stylish tote will aid in protecting your Balson Bangers and Bacon through transport with Fedex, the tote is also re-usable!  Whether you are coming home from other shopping or heading out for a picnic, the tote is a handy way to carry light weight items that need to stay cool.  We're getting great feedback from our customers so far, and we hope you enjoy yours, available exclusively by placing an order through our online store!  BUY BETTER, BUY BALSONS!


Happy Christmas and New Year!

Posted by Oliver Balson on December 23 2015

From our family to yours this holiday season, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We sincerely thank you for support and keeping us going another year!  All the best for 2016, our 501st year in business!  The Balsons


RJ Balson's 500th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted by Oliver Balson on October 21 2015

On September 12, 2015, RJ Balson, England's Oldest Family Business and Europe's Oldest Family Butchers, turned 500 years old.  It was business as usual in the shop that day, and then the celebrations began!  That evening, The Bridport Town Hall was packed well beyond capacity as guests arrived from all over the U.K. and the U.S.A. for a night of fellowship, laughter, food and drink.  Here are a few pics from the auspicious occassion ...

     

    

       

                                    

                               

 

 


Big News -- RJ Balson retail outlets across Texas!

Posted by Oliver Balson on July 24 2015

We are please to announce that RJ Balson Traditional Bangers and RJ Balson Back Bacon items are now in stock at over 30 Spec's locations across Texas!  We are thrilled to be working with Spec's and to be able to make our items more accessible to our many great patrons in TX!  THANK YOU for your support!  The following Spec's locations are stocking (please be aware that we do not have access to Spec's inventory -- you may want to call your local Spec's location to verify availability).

 

Houston              (Superstore) -- 2410 Smith St (@ W. Gray & McGowen)

                             (Bay Area) -- 1033 Bay Area Blvd (@El Camino Real)

                             (Wesleyan) -- 3902 Bissonnet

                       

Tomball               (Town Center) -- 28595 State Hwy 249, Tomball Parkway

Katy                     (Katy Mills) -- 24417 Katy Freeway

Galveston            -- 2711 61st St, Suite 110

Atascocita            -- 7034 FM 1960 East

College Station    -- 1729 Texas Avenue South

 

Austin                   (Brodie) -- 4970 Highway 290 West

                              (Arboretum) -- 10515 North Mopac Express, Suite K

            

Round Rock         -- 201 University Oaks Blvd. Suite 600

San Marcos          (San Marcos South) -- 510 Barnes Drive

 

San Antonio          -- 5219 De Zavala Rd, Suite 101

Kerrville                 -- 1305 Sidney Baker, Unit F

Live Oak                 -- 14623 Interstate 35 North

Victoria                   -- 5108 N. Navarro

Corpus Christi       -- 5625 South Padre Island Drive

 

Killeen                     -- 2500 E Central Texas Expressway

Temple                    -- 3550 S. General Bruce Dr.

 

Dallas                       -- 9500 N Central Expressway #200

                                  (Preston Royal) -- 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 635

Plano                        (East Plano) -- 3404 North Central Expressway, #150 #200

Arlington                  -- 3909 South Cooper St

Forth Worth             (Hulen) -- 2750 South Hulen St

                                  (Eastchase) -- 1600 Eastchase Parkway, Suite 265

                                  (Bryant Irvin) -- 4720 Bryant Irvin Rd

 

Lubbock                    (South Plains) -- 6816 Slide Rd, Suite #12

El Paso                      (Lakeway Shopping Center) -- 7933 N Mesa, Suite A

                                   655 Sunland Park Dr., Suite F

 

 

 

 

 

 


"500 Years Behind the Block" book just released! Order on amazon.co.uk for worldwide delivery...

Posted by Oliver Balson on April 13 2015

Now on Amazon.co.uk and delivering anywhere in the U.S., a personal history and memoir by Master Butcher Richard Balson of RJ Balson & Son, the oldest family business in the U.K.! 2015 marks our 500th Anniversary -- order a copy of this entertaining read today -- Only £10 plus shipping!  All books purchased will be signed by the  author -- Master Butcher, and shop owner Richard Balson ... Sure to be worth thou$ands someday!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Years-Behind-Block-Richard-Balson/dp/0993107400/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428936045&sr=8-1&keywords=behind+the+block

All the Best, The Balson family.


Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Oliver Balson on December 12 2013

                                

 

From our family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and New Years!

God bless you all, 

The Balsons


New Chicagoland Retailer!

Posted by Oliver Balson on July 23 2014

We are pleased to announce that RJ Balson has just partnered with Fresh Farms International in the Chicago area!  You can now find our Traditional Bangers (1 lb pack)  and Back Bacon (8oz pack) at Fresh Farms' north side location (Niles) .... 5740 W. Touhy Avenue.  

 

We are excited to work with the great people at Fresh Farms and hope to add our items to their other locations in the future.   Thank you for your support! 

 

The Balsons

 

  

                                 


"Balson Bangers" are Back on the Shelves!

Posted by Oliver Balson on February 13 2014


Watch the BALSONS on the BBC!...

Posted by Oliver Balson on January 17 2014

1 Hr BBC production on our butcher shop!...

 

We are pleased to announce that our butcher shop was featured in a 1 hr production on BBC4 as part of their 'HIDDEN HISTORIES, BRITAIN"S OLDEST FAMILY BUSINESSES".  In case you missed the show, please check BBC4 programming for times of the replays.  Also, we've been told that the full program has also been loaded onto YouTube.

 

You can also read more about the series from The Telegraph...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10557978/What-keeps-a-family-butcher-in-business-for-500-years.html

 

 

All the best!

The Balsons