About Us - The Blue Buoy Story, in the beginning....

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Stanley Lewis Bursey
  • 1970 an entrepreneur named Stanley Lewis Bursey noticed a market in Newfoundland and Labrador for local fish and meat products of a higher quality.

  • Acquiring a local name, Chalkers, Stanley went on to construct a state of the art 22,000 sqft processing facility (still certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA ).  

  • In the late 70’s Stanley relinquished control to his son,  Stanley James (Jim) Bursey.  Jim ran Blue Buoy Foods over the next 3+ decades with the assistance of many valued employees, Including his son, Stanley’s grandson, Ken.  Ken took over the family business in 2012.

  • In the early 90’s as time passed and our manufacturing facilities expanded, the fish stocks in Eastern Canada had depleted to a point where a Moratorium was put in place. 

  • Management, with the increased cost to import fish, decided to eliminate the fish items from their product list and focus on, and expand, their cured meat products.

  • In 2012 Blue Buoy Foods also received SQF Certification from the GFSI, Global Food Safety Initiative.


About Us - The Blue Buoy Story, today....

  • Still a family run business,  by Stanley’s grandson, Ken Bursey the 3rd generation to carry on the Blue Buoy tradition of creating quality products under the Chalkers Brand. 

  • Chalkers has become a brand that is recognized across Canada and in synonymous with great taste and quality.

  • Each of our production plant employees have been with company over 40 years, a testament to product commitment established  over the last 45 years.

  • Chalker’s Meat products are created using our unique production process that uses only Non Chlorinated water.

  • With production and quality control staff having over 400 years of combined experience, Blue Buoy Foods is ready to make Chalker’s Brand Cured Meat Products a household name, worldwide.

  • In 2020, we are proudly celebrating 50 years in business and would like to thank our customers for their ongoing business.