While turkey remains the dominant center of the plate protein for Thanksgiving, consumption of such alternatives as pork, lamb, beef and chicken are on the upswing as more consumers seek variety, novelty and affordability when preparing for seasonal gatherings.
The Hormel Vital Cuisine brand is in its infancy, but it represents a direct effort by a protein-processing giant to impact a cancer-patient community desperate for food that meets hyper-specific nutritional and quality needs.
Fighting cancer has become serious business not only for academia and pharmaceutical companies, but also food companies, which have chipped in funding and expertise to help patients battling to get their lives back.
Voters for The National Provisioner’s Plant of the Year award this year faced a serious challenge, as each of the nominees — all processing facilities visited for cover stories from June 2015 through May 2016 — made a very strong case for winning the annual award.
Whether it’s a cow, or pig, or goat or lamb or deer, butchers need to know how to get the best cuts, to the point that it becomes second nature. Working on an alligator carcass is a whole different animal — literally.