The Stahly family name has been associated with quality food since 1923 when Fred Stahly, Snr and his wife, Elizabeth, first opened a butcher shop in Kirkcaldy High Street in Fife.
Their son, Fred jnr and his wife, Ann, took over the shop in 1968, quickly expanding to include manufacturing and wholesale of meat products, pies, haggis and black pudding.
F. Stahly & Son was quickly recognised, not only in Fife, but around Scotland as a premier Scottish food producer. Fred jnr won the British National Meat Master title in 1984 and went on to win the European Gold Cup for their famous black pudding.
Fred and Ann Stahly went annually to the show and often bought the Show Champion. That year they bought the Smithfield Champion, which was a Charolais/Aberdeen Angus Cross called Blondie and belonged to the Queen Mother. A sirloin roast from the beast was later sent to Clarence House and a thank you letter was received from the Queen Mother which Ann Stahly has kept.
Today, Stahly Quality Foods Ltd. is a rapidly expanding business, having recently moved to brand new, purpose-built premises in Glenrothes, Fife. Producing high quality products mainly for the Scottish gift trade but also supplying delicatessens, independent retailers and department stores, the company can boast sales in all five continents throughout the world and a manufacturing partner in Chicago producing tinned haggis to satisfy the US* and Canadian markets.