KENWICK jerky manufacturer Chewy Mooey are hoping people will see jerky as a healthy alternative to traditional snacks.
Chewy Mooey will show off their products at the Good Food and Wine Show which runs at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, from July 8-10.
MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan and Australian patissier Adriano Zumbo will headline the event, which will feature some of the country’s top chefs.
Chewy Mooey is co-owned by couple Eric Berrill and Chava Whibberley.
Mr Berrill, who didn’t really like the jerky that he initially tried, wanted to make his own which he would like.
“I found a recipe that I liked and then all my mates were liking it and I started making it and it starting going very well,” he said.
“The joke was that I had to start charging for this or I would go broke.”
He said it was a healthy snack.
“Australians are increasingly become more snackers, both in indulgence and health,” he said.
“Being a premium jerky we got the healthy down, but we are also a premium product so we are fitting into the indulgence.”
He also said jerky was 50 per cent protein.
Along with beef jerky, they also make kangaroo jerkys.
Mr Berrill said he started making jerky out of kangaroos that had been shot on the family farm.
“We want to get more kangaroo in Australian culture, because why isn’t it?” he said.
“It’s all about getting people who haven’t tried it to try eat it and rethinking their opinions of jerky.”
The business has been growing rapidly and is now in more than 220 retailers.