Our History

Holland, Circa 1935


Looking Back

John, Mike and Benny deJonge, new immigrants from Holland, began running Highland Packers in 1958, in Stoney Creek. Operating as a slaughterhouse to serve the many local cattle breeders, the Dutch brothers and Highland Packers soon earned a reputation as highly skilled, impeccably clean and extremely reliable.

Operating as a retail butcher shop, catering to the large European ethnic community, Highland Packers soon earned a reputation as genuine meat specialists. First class people who always provided the highest quality meat products, at a fair price.

  • In the early 1920’s Marinus DeJonge and his wife Christina started a butcher shop in Holland in the village Breskens
  • Family of 6 sons and 3 daughters
  • In late 50’s 4 sons (John, Mike, Jack and Benny) moved to Canada and carried on the family tradition Fred stayed behind and carried on with the family butcher shop in Holland (Marinus’ father)
  • Jack opened his own butcher shop in Grimsby
  • John, Mike and Benny started Highland Packers
  • In 1972, family shop in Holland was sold and family moved to Canada
  • 2005 Marinus and Janneke (Fred, Nicholas, Janet, Edwin) took over Highland Meat Packers and Highland Country Market
  • Working diligently towards the top standards of food production including training, continuous improvement (belief), customer driven

Looking Ahead 

Once known as “the place” to buy European style meats, Highland Country Markets has grown into a great multi-cultural shopping experience. Whether you are looking for beef, lamb, pork, poultry, deli meats, produce, bakery goods or grocery items, we carry a great selection.

Highland Country Markets, brings quality and taste to serve your needs.