Our Story

Valbella Gourmet Foods was established in 1978 by Walter and Leonie von Rotz in beautiful downtown Canmore. Over 35 years later, Valbella's 25,000 sq.ft. plant is producing only the highest quality sausages, hams, charcuterie products and much more!


What began as a small 1,000 sq.ft. plant has progressed over the last 30 years into a 25,000 sq.ft. production plant overlooking Canmore’s Three Sister Mountains. 

The European style sausages, hams and air dried meats quickly found their way into Banff’s famous Hotels and Restaurants, and can now be found at gourmet dining establishments, fine hotels and first rate food markets throughout Alberta. 

Valbella’s commitment to excellence paired with its European tradition and simple love for fine food, has allowed it to stand out as one of Western Canada’s most recognized meat processors. Walter’s constant product innovation and keen market sense keeps customers and top chefs awaiting new and tantalizing products, whether they be for a gourmet menu, or simply for a backyard BBQ party.


What our Customers' say...

I've been doing business with Valbella Meats for over 22 years, that alone says enough about their level of quality and service.

Henry Vaultier, Executive Chef Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta

Canadian Mountain Holidays has been serving our international clientele Valbella Gourmet products for over 30 years. We were Valbella's first wholesale account and our continued success is in part because of the great products we source, and we have never found a peer to Valbella's quality. Valbella's is quite simply the best at what they do.

Rick Carswell, Food and Beverage Manager Canadian Mountain Holidays, Banff, Alberta

Excellent product. Great service. Unique European touch

David Flegel, Executive Chef Hyatt Regency Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

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Awards

Alberta Meat Processors Convention in Banff: Overall winner

Alberta Meat Processors Convention: Best poultry sausage, best smoked link sausage, best ham garlic sausage and best salami

International Food and Trade Show in Zurich: 6 gold medals and 2 silver medals 

Alberta Pork Congress: Best Sausage and Best Specialty Meats

In the Media

Valbella Gourmet Foods has been featured in a number of publications:

  • Globe and Mail 
  • National Post 
  • The Calgary Herald 
  • The Canmore Leader
  • The Banff Crag & Canyon 
  • The Rocky Mountain Outlook  
  • The City Palate 
  • Western Living Magazine