Morrison Meat Pies

Posted - Apr. 28, 2003 at 6:45 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

One hundred and twenty years is a very long time! Not many businesses have been around that long. Staying power necessitates a great product, good management and strong perseverance.

Thomas Morrison started the Morrison Meat Pie Company 120 years ago in Salt Lake City. The year was 1883 and Mr. Morrison had recently immigrated to the United States from New Zealand. He started selling his Scottish Hot Pies from a small cart that he moved around downtown Salt Lake. The pies were high quality ground meat with special spices that were enclosed in a pastry. The pies were served with a hot broth or sometimes chili or favorite soups. Almost always the fans of the pies loved them with catsup.

When I was a young college student, I became a real fan of those meat pies. I could go downtown and enjoy a Morrison Meat Pie with broth for only 25 cents. They were hot, delicious and inexpensive. The meat pies still look and taste the same today.

Larry and Carole Jones, the owners since 1997, and their new partners, Gene and Susan Tafoya are now preparing for an ambitious and exciting future for the 120-year-old company. They have just introduced a beautiful Web site where fans can see the history of the company, exchange and submit recipes, and order products online. Morrison Meat Pies will be in the convenience stores soon where simple 3-minute microwave heating will prepare a delicious meal topped with chili and cheese. I wonder what Thomas would think about his Morrison meat pies being sold on every street corner again?

My visit with Larry and Carole Jones prompted a trip down memory lane. The sight of the 100-year-old dough maker and dough-rolling machine started us talking about the "good old days." Carole told me that when Thomas Morrison started his company 120 years ago, good food was common and life was simple. Congratulations Morrison Meat Pies on the 120th birthday of the original "comfort food!"

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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