The History of J. Vrola Meats
Vrola Meat Company proudly services the food industry. Growing the business since 1947, we are purveyors of beef, pork, poultry, lamb, veal, provisions, seafood, deli and packaged meats.
Over eighty years ago, Constantine Vrola came to America from Naples, Italy to start a new life. Along with his family, he opened what was called C. Vrola and Sons. It was a small meat market located at 380 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City, NJ. As he developed his trade, Constantine went to market on a daily basis to find the freshest meat and poultry for his customers.
In 1939, World War II began. Constantine’s two sons, Joseph and Arthur, were drafted into the military. During that time, Constantine and his wife, along with their four daughters and one remaining son, were left to run the family business. Food rationing was commonplace throughout the country during the war, making business extremely difficult.
With hard work, long days and dedication, the Vrola family kept the business strong. Finally, Joseph and Arthur returned home safely.
Upon their return from war, the two young men decided to take over the family business. Arthur began running the dry food and grocery section of the store. Joseph Vrola Senior took over the meat and poultry portion of the business.
Joseph began wholesaling his meat products to other stores in the area. As the business grew, the Vrola butcher shop began supplying to small supermarkets. Other local butcher shops also began purchasing product for their own daily needs.
In addition, they sold bulk packages and cut product to a variety of nearby local restaurants.
As the years progressed Joseph Vrola Jr. began working in the family business. He began expanding into different areas of New Jersey. In 1986, the old Vrola butcher shop was demolished and redevelopment began.
In 1988 Joseph Vrola Jr. bought a building in South Amboy, NJ. During this time he continued the meat business and distributing products throughout the tri-state area. As times changed and business grew, it became evident that Joseph had to build a larger facility. It was during this time that the company became a USDA inspected distribution center. In that same year he built J. Vrola Meats, inc, according to the USDA guidelines.
As of 2011, the company is known as known as J. Vrola Meat Company, which is a division of Primal Custom Cutting, LLC.
Today, Joseph Vrola Jr. continues as President of the Division of J. Vrola Meat Company. He carries on the traditions both his grandfather and father instilled in him, buying from local vendors and offering our customers only the freshest and highest quality products.