On Christmas Eve 1976, Portuguese immigrant Armenio Bento’s Sydney furniture warehouse was stocked full, when fire tore through the building destroying everything. The business was underinsured, so he spent a year back-filling orders. It was a major setback and the catalyst for Bento to shift his focus. He decided to turn his backyard hobby game farm into a viable business.
“Game Farm is a business built on the back of adversity,” explains Scott Evans, current Game Farm CEO and Bento’s son-in-law.
After the fire, Bento met a poultry grower who agreed to lease him some sheds at Duffy’s Forest. The next year he bought another 50 acres at Glenorie, including growing sheds for quail, pheasant and guinea fowl as well as a small processing plant. In 1986 he purchased a property at Galston, where Game Farm’s abattoir remains today.