VG Meats’ Dave Vander Velde to represent Team Canada in the World Butchers Challenge

September 12, 2019

VG Meats got some exciting news this week – our longtime butcher Dave Vander Velde has made Team Canada and will compete in the 2020 World Butchers Challenge in Sacramento, California. We’ve long known how skilled Dave is, and we’re incredibly excited to see him represent VG Meats (and all of Canada!) when he competes on the world stage next fall. GO DAVE!

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It all started when Kyle VG mentioned this opportunity to Dave in the store one day, encouraging him to try out for the team. Kyle knew that Dave had the talent and dedication needed to succeed in the competition, and hoped that Dave would represent Canada and VG Meats at this prestigious industry event. Dave decided to give it a go, and was thrilled to discover he’d been selected as one of eight butchers from across Canada.

Dave is a second generation butcher with over 25 years of experience and a genuine passion for what he does. “I absolutely love my job and enjoy the challenges of this industry. Reducing waste, and using every part of the animal is the best way that we can show respect for these amazing creatures.”

As much as VG Meats loves Dave, Dave loves VG Meats – and he swears he’s not just saying that! “They have fully supported my participation in this event, and encourage me to always learn new things. Making the team has sparked a sense of excitement within the entire organization which has resulted in a lot of support and encouragement.”

Dave and his teammates met as a team for the first time last weekend, and they are ready to win. “This competition will push me to do my absolute best. and prove to the world that from coast to coast, Canada has an amazing team of butchers. I feel confident that Canada will take its place among the best and prove that we have what it takes.”

Team Canada is comprised of eight professional butchers and several brilliant advisors who will support the team on their journey and throughout the competition. To learn more about the team and the World Butchers Competition, please read this piece on their website!

We’re proud of you, Dave!

We asked Dave what this competition means to him, and his answer was heartfelt. “I am blessed to represent Canada, my family, and my friends. I will do This with pride and integrity to show my kids that good things will happen if you put your heart in it and work hard.”

On behalf of the entire Van Groningen family, the VG Meats team and all of our wonderful customers and community members – congratulations, Dave! We’re proud of you and we know you’ll going to rock the competition next fall.