Processor Profiles

Video Q&A with Ray Rastelli on new specialty-retail store

Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner, talks to Ray Rastelli, owner and president of Rastelli Foods Group
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Rastelli Foods: Full-circle success

Rastelli Foods has built itself into a protein-processing, e-commerce and global-export powerhouse, and has now added specialty-retail operations to its portfolio.
Forty years ago, Ray Rastelli purchased a small butcher shop in South Jersey, brought his brother, Tony, into the business, and began growing their meat-cutting operation to serve local customers and restaurants in the region.
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Bacon gains paleo appeal

Whether it’s for taste, health or diet reasons, consumers are flocking to Pederson’s Natural Farms products.
Bacon gets a lot of love from consumers, and justifiably so
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As you like it

Or Derv Foods’ custom capabilities make it a partner for both large and small customers alike.
Like Philadelphia has the Philly steak sandwich and Buffalo has buffalo wings, northeast Ohio has its sauerkraut balls.
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Solar-powered and time-honored

From providing a traditional St. Patrick’s Day favorite to investing in sustainability efforts, Freirich Foods knows all about “going green.”
There are plenty of sectors of the meat industry that know the advantages and disadvantages of seasonal items.
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Day-Lee Foods ushers in a new ‘Day’

Day-Lee Foods’ Processed Foods Division is in the throes of a multi-phase revitalization that gives the frozen-foods manufacturer more flexibility and a positive outlook for future growth.
Inspirational quotes about being proactive are a dime a dozen
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Queen city Sausage: The Independent Processor of the Year

As one of Cincinnati’s last remaining meat companies, Queen City Sausage excels at giving back to the community.
In 1965, Queen City Sausage was a fledgling sausage company in Cincinnati, a city full of established, well-known processors.
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Beef Products Inc. (BPI): Supplementing supply

With increasing demand for lean beef and shrinking supply driving growth at Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the company has continued to invest in making its processes even more sustainable.
Beef Products Inc. (BPI) finds itself providing a much-needed product to the beef supply chain.
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Exclusive: Ruiz Foods’ new South Carolina plant dedication, groundbreaking

Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief, attended the dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for Ruiz Foods’ Florence, S.C., processing facility, July 15, 2014.
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Oscar Mayer, UW-River Falls: partners in animal care

The unique collaboration between Oscar Mayer and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls takes animal handling and welfare to another level.
When Oscar Mayer began consulting with Dr. Kurt Vogel, assistant professor of livestock welfare and behavior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), on animal care and welfare initiatives a couple years ago, little did anyone know where the road would ultimately lead for the two parties.
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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with features on private labels, and the newest bacon trends!

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