When Mike Holland and his cousin became the fourth generation of the family to own and operate Holland Brothers, he had a goal in mind. The Duncansville, Pa. processor had a reputation for quality meats and a customer base that would even come as far away as Pittsburgh — a two-hour drive — for its products. The one thing it did not have was a bacon that had won a state or national award (though the company has been awarded for several of its other products).
At the 2016 American Cured Meat Championships, Holland Brothers broke through, winning twice in the bacon categories. The company’s Heavyweight Bacon won the Reserve Grand Champion award, and its Dry-Cured Country Bacon was the Reserve Champion.