With the dream to share their Asian style meat snacks, their jerkies first hit the shelves in Vancouver’s bustling Chinatown community. Philip and Soo handled all responsibilities of the business – from cooking and drying the meat, packaging the product, making sales, delivering the product to checking and stocking the shelves – all while raising their two young sons.
The story of Soo Jerky Ltd. started with a young couple with an ambition, an entrepreneurial spirit and a name, “Soo” – the legacy of Philip and Soo Wong’s company. Philip and Soo wanted to bring the great flavor of South-East Asian jerky to North America. In 1985, they started Soo Jerky Ltd. out of their own home in Vancouver, Canada. Soo Jerky made its first major debut at The 1986 World Exposition hosted in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.
In 1989, Soo Jerky’s small manufacturing facility was licensed with Agriculture Canada, now known as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), as a Canadian federally inspected meat plant (Establishment #267). This spurred a growth for the company as Soo Jerky started to export product across Canada as well as cities in the United States.
By 1989, our Shredded Dried Pork products had also become one of our most popular items. Soo’s reputation for quality meat snacks grew. Our success and knowledge of various Asian style jerkies allowed us to expand our selection of products. Based in the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, it only made sense for Soo to promote the West Coast’s great ocean fare. With years of jerky-making experience and some innovation, Soo Jerky developed the popular Salmon Jerky as a way of sharing a taste of the West Coast’s famous seafood.
By the late 1990s, the business that Phillip and Soo started in their home kitchen had expanded into two manufacturing facilities creating 20 different varieties of jerky. With such great success and a new millennium on the horizon, Soo Jerky decided to venture into the market of non-dried meat products. Thus, we developed another line of great products which include meat balls, longaniza and sausages, all made with the same commitment to quality and standards as our legendary beef, pork and salmon jerkies.
Today, Soo Jerky Ltd. has expanded from 1,400 sq. ft. in 1986 to a 10,000 sq. ft. facility today offering over 40 different meat snacks for our customers to choose from. With our wide range of flavor from sweet to savory to spicy, we have something for everyone.