…a long way back to 1884
Dewfresh Products Ltd. is one of the largest pork and beef processing companies in Malta and has been established since 1982, however the history of the company and meat tradition of the Pisani family date back to 1884 with the establishment of the parent firm, ‘Gianni Pisani’ . Since then, the family has been working in the meat trade from generation to generation by being mainly involved with the running of butcher shops and involved in the livestock import business.
beginning of sausage production
After the end of World War II, Anthony started importing frozen meat and eventually two of Anthony’s sons, John and Charles joined the business to give a helping hand to their parents. During this time, John started manufacturing the English type sausages which in those times could only be produced in government controlled facilities in St Paul’s Street, underneath the meat market in Valletta, the reason being that all sausages had to have a galvanised government seal on them. Concurrently, Charles Charles together with his father Anthony managed the purchase of local meat from the local abattoirs, the distribution of the imported and manufactured products and Josephine ran one of the butcher shops (the other butcher shop was closed down).
The ‘Pisani Sausages’ as they were called, became increasingly popular so the first factory was bought in 1956 in Carmel Street Sliema and to increase the sausage production to cope with the high demand- the first imported automated sausage filler was purchased.