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Our Latest News, Changes & Updates

Posted by Oliver Balson on April 28 2020

Hello Friends of RJ Balson & Son,


      We truly hope that you are well during these challenging times.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we all learn to navigate a new "normal" together.  Hopefully, in some small way, our products can help lift the spirits of those missing home and family, bring smiles to the faces of those sharing a meal together, or even serve as a reminder for us to appreciate the little things.


     We need to make some changes on our website in order to "carry on" providing our valued customers with proper English and Irish products.  The pandemic affects several aspects of our shipping practices.  However, we are committed to continuing to ship orders out on a weekly basis.  Please refer to the below information, which provides a brief explanation of necessary adjustments due to the national shortage of dry ice.  Dry ice production is down, as it is closely tied to ethanol production.  Dry ice suppliers have put their customers (us) on rations, which directly affects the amount of dry ice that we are able to source and use in each cooler to ensure products stay cold in transit.  Additionally, Fedex is experiencing increased delays, almost exclusively to states with the longest transit times.


     Historically, we have absorbed shipping costs ourselves in order to keep pricing down.  We include a Handling Fee of $15.00 per order that covers the cost of the cooler, dry ice, packaging materials, and labor.  Due to increased material costs, we must increase the Handling Fee by $2.00, from $15.00 to $17.00 per order.


     In addition, in order to continue shipping to our six "West Coast" states with the farthest delivery times (CA, AZ, NV, UT, OR, and WA), we must upgrade our delivery method from Fedex Home Delivery (4 days transit) to Fedex 2-Day Express.  Fedex Home Delivery is no longer a viable option for the West Coast due to the dry ice shortage and Fedex delays and damages, which are almost always covered by us.  This will cut transit time in half, reduce dry ice usage, greatly reduce Fedex delays, and ensure that we can still ship to everyone.  Consequently, we need to alter our pricing structure.  Our six "West Coast" states will now be automatically upgraded to expedited shipping.  In addition to the normal Handling Fee, a shipping surcharge of $30 (small cooler up to 12 lbs) will be charged for these states.


     We have thought through several options and feel strongly that this is the best solution to be able to continue to do what we love, providing proper English and Irish products to customers all across the U.S.  We thank you for your continued patronage, and we hope for better days ahead for us all.  



Oliver Balson 

RJ Balson & Son USA, Inc.  

"Balson Bangers" at LIDL this week!

Posted by Oliver Balson on March 03 2019


We are please to announce that all LIDL US locations are stocking "Balson Bangers" -- our bangers will hit the shelves this week (3/9/20) and will only be available while supplies last.  If you have a LIDL location near you in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, or Virginia, we encourage you to stock up while you can!

These Bangers are packed for St Patrick's Day -- they are the same banger recipe that we sell through our website year-round.  They can be frozen for up to 12 months after purchase!


For those of you unfortunately not in these areas, please realize that this is not our decision -- it is up to regional buyers to choose to give us a placement on the shelves.  Please feel free to let your local grocery store of choice know that you'd like to see RJ BALSON items on their shelves! Our LIDL placement happened in part due to customer service requests!  

All the 2020 COSTCO Locations stocking "Balson Bangers" For St. Patrick's Day!...

Posted by Oliver Balson on February 06 2018

Spring 2020 News by COSTCO Region -- When and where bangers are, where they aren't, and what you can do to help!


TEXAS REGION:  TX, OK, LA, and Wichita, KS -- Next week, between Feb 12-14, all TEXAS REGION Costco locations will begin stocking Balson Bangers, while supplies last!  This is EVERY COSTCO CLUB in Texas, Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette), Oklahoma (Tulsa), and Wichita, Kansas.  Costco again has heard the cries of its people in their Texas region ...  Please help spread the word!  This is a limited time offer and will only be available for a few weeks as part of Costco's St Patrick's Day offerings! Our bangers are able to be frozen for 6-12 months after purchase, so stock up if you can!



NORTHEAST: -- BALSON BANGERS are NOW on the shelves at select COSTCO CLUBS in NY, NJ, MA, PA, CT, VT, NH, and DE!  At roughly $8 for a 2 lb pack, we encourage you to get them while you can!  This is a limited time offer and will only be available for a few weeks as part of Costco's St Patrick's Day offerings! Our bangers are able to be frozen for 6-12 months after purchase, so stock up if you can!  Clubs stocking are:

NY: Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Yonkers, Port Chester, Riverhead, Rego Park, Rochester, Syracuse, Oceanside, Nanuet, New Rochelle, Melville, Westbury, Holbrook, Commack, Nesconset

NJ: North Plainfield, Flemington, North Brunswick, Bridgewater, E. Hanover, Clifton, Edison, Brick Twnshp, Lawrence Twnshp, Ocean Twnshp, Mt Laurel, Wayne, Bayonne, Teterboro, Union, Wharton, Hazlet

MA: Everett, Danvers, Dedham, West Springfield, Avon, Waltham 

PA:  Bucks County, Concordville, Montgomeryville, Sanatoga, Allentown, King of Prussia, Marlboro

CT:  Brookfield, New Britain, Milford, Waterbury, East Lyme, Enflield, Norwalk 

VT:  Colchester    NH: Nashua     DE: Newark      MD: Manahawkin   



MID-ATLANTIC, MIDWEST, SOUTHEAST, and the WEST -- We are extremely disappointed to announce that our Bangers will not be returning to COSTCO in these regions this year, especially the states of VA and MD (with exception of Manahawkin location, which is stocking).  This is obviously not our decision.  While it is our decision to work with COSTCO in general, the specifics of what regions and locations get placed is completely out of our hands.



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 12 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!



We are grateful 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, RJ Balson USA, Inc.

2019 Holiday Shipping Schedule

Posted by Oliver Balson on November 14 2019

With a late Thanksgiving, Fedex holiday closings, and Christmas and New Years hitting mid-week this year, there are only four delivery weeks remaining this year!  Our holiday delivery schedule is as follows:


Monday, Nov 18th -- Last Ship Date Before Thanksgiving.


Monday, Dec. 2th and Dec. 9th -- Regular Shipping Weeks

Monday, Dec 16 -- Final Ship Out Date of the Year! Next Shipping date Jan 6th!



Monday, Jan 6th -- "Normal" shipping resumes!


From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years!  All the Best, The Balson family.


Merry Christmas and Happy 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 2020, our 505th year in business!  The Balsons


Posted by Oliver Balson on May 13 2018

There's just ONE DAY left to order! Make sure you don't go hungry while you watch the Royal Wedding coverage for 5 hours next Saturday morning! RJ Balson's Traditional Bangers and Back Bacon will hit the spot! Order by midnight today (Sunday the 13th) to ensure delivery before the big event!  Here are some details of the big day from The Telegraph ... 


Royal wedding 2018: Schedule and timings for Harry and Meghan's big day

Telegraph Reporters
A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service - Getty Images Europe


The Royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is now just over a week away, which means the final preparations for the big day will no doubt be being tweaked and polished as you read. The ceremony, which takes place on Saturday May 19, will be held in Windsor; it will include two wedding receptions and a carriage procession, as well as the service.

Prince Harry and Ms Markle have broken tradition by choosing to hold their wedding on a Saturday, as royal weddings usually take place during the week. 

The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was held on a Friday and the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales was held on a Wednesday; on both occasions the public were given an extra bank holiday.

While Downing Street have said there are no plans to give Britons a day off for this year's royal nuptials, pubs and bars will be allowed to stay open until 1am on Friday May 18 and the day of the wedding itself.

Amber Rudd, the former Home Secretary, opened a consultation on the plans in January. She said: “The Royal wedding will be a time of national celebration, and we want everyone to be able to make the most of such an historic occasion.

“I hope that this relaxation of the licensing hours will allow people to extend their festivities and come together to mark what will be a very special moment for the country.”

Here is everything you need to know about how the big day will unfold.

The service

The service will take place at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which last hosted a royal wedding in May 2008 when Peter Phillips - son of The Princess Royal - married Autumn Kelly. Prince Edward also wed Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, there in June 1999; plus Prince Harry was christened there in 1984 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.

Members of the public who have been invited to watch from the grounds of Windsor Castle will  begin to arrive from 9am.

Guests will arrive between 9:30am and 11am by coach. Two driving routes have been suggested, with guests required to meet at the Windsor Farm Shop – founded in 2001 after the Duke of Edinburgh had an idea to support local businesses by selling produce.

There, three miles away from the venue, guests will be put through security checks and asked to show identification; they will then be ushered onto buses to travel to Windsor Castle, where they will alight at the castle's Round Tower and enter the chapel through the south door.

Instructions reportedly sent to the guests ban cameras and bulky bags, adding that guests will be asked to "surrender mobile telephones and any devices used for image capture".

The rules further specify that guests should not wear medals, in a list of suggestions about accessories that includes: "No swords."

At 11:20am, members of the Royal Family will arrive and enter the chapel through the Galilee Porch. Some will arrive in state car from the Royal Mews, including Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Daimlers.

A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service Credit:  WPA Pool



Posted by Alex Blanton on March 02 2018



As a friendly reminder -- BALSON BANGERS are now on the shelves (until supplies last!) at the following COSTCO (selected by Costco!) and all LIDL locations:


Texas, Louisianna, and surrounding clubs in Tulsa, OK and Wichita, KS. 

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic and 
New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, 


Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia

These Bangers are packed for St Patrick's Day -- they are the same banger recipe that we sell through our website year-round.  They can be frozen for up at least 6 months after purchase!


For those of you unfortunately not in these areas, please realize that this is not our decision -- it is up to regional buyers to choose to give us a placement on the shelves.  Please feel free to let your local grocery store of choice know that you'd like to see RJ BALSON items on their shelves! This years LIDL placement happened in part due to customer service requests!  

Next week, we will be sending another email with a St. Patricks Day special code we will be running a few days before our ship date of March 12 (which will deliver before the 17th).

Please share this info with any friends who live in these areas.  The better our sales, the better the chance of expanding into back bacon and other items, and also expanding to other regions!  We appreciate you and  your patronage!

Finally, through our Facebook page, we are currently running a photo contest and raffle for 5 free lbs of bacon!  Don't miss your chance to win ...  If you haven't already, please "Like" us on our Facebook page ("RJ Balson $ Son USA") and read more details about the contest! 

All the Best,
Oliver Balson
RJ Balson & Son USA, Inc. 


It's our Tenth Anniversary in the U.S., and We're Celebrating!

Posted by Oliver Balson on September 21 2017

We've turned 10 years old in America, and we're giving away Bangers to celebrate!

Dear Friends of RJ Balson,

2017 is our 503rd year of business in the U.K., and we have hit another big milestone -- it is our 10th Anniversary of business in the U.S.A.!  In 2007, we began bringing our recipes to America, and we want to celebrate and thank you for helping make our 10th Anniversary possible!  Until Sunday at noon or while supplies last, all orders received through the RJ Balson website (www.balsonbutchers.com) will receive 2 LBS of our best selling TRADITIONAL BANGERS -- completely FREE!  (A $17.90 RETAIL VALUE!  This is a small way we can show you our appreciation!

To redeem, simply place your order through our website by 12:00pm on Sunday, September 24th -- No discount code needed!  Please note -- these additional items will not appear on your receipt -- we are simply adding the extra goodies when we pack the cooler.  Your order will ship out next Monday or Tuesday, depending on your location.  

Feel free to share this limited offer with family and friends, and on social media, etc.  (There is a convenient "Forward to a friend" link at the top of this email.  Also,  if you have not "liked" our "R.J. Balson & Son USA" Facebook page, please do so at   https://www.facebook.com/RJ-Balson-Son-USA-135839983268/  

Thank you for your business and support! 
We wiish you the Best!

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