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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.
By Andy Hanacek
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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.
By Sam Gazdziak
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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.
By Andy Hanacek
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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

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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.
By Andy Hanacek
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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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Independent Thoughts

Keeping a good thing going

By Sam Gazdziak
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In this issue of Independent Processor, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of two institutions in the meat industry.
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Cover Story | Dietz & Watson

Dietz & Watson’s diamond anniversary

After 75 years, this Philadelphia institution has become one of the top deli manufacturers in the country.
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Almost 100 years ago, a German sausage maker came to the United States in search of a better life for himself and his family.
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COVER STORY | 2014 PROCESSOR OF THE YEAR

2014 Processor of the Year: Link Snacks Inc. is runnin' wild

The manufacturer of Jack Link's Beef Jerky has built its meat-snacks business into a global empire in a few short decades — with a significant boost in last five years.
By Andy Hanacek
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You should never mess with Sasquatch. Unless, of course, he’s your spokes…creature
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Q&A with Brian Pitera of Link Snacks Inc.

COO discusses what European acquisition means to Jack Link's Beef Jerky brand.
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Andy Hanacek, sat down with Brian Pitera, Chief Operating Officer for Link Snacks Inc. to discuss the company's growing brand portfolio.
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Case Farms: Protect people, protect quality

Case Farms’ dedication to worker safety shines brightly through the operational improvements and low turnover rate at its Goldsboro, N.C., processing facility.
By Andy Hanacek
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Processors who focus on worker safety by investing in innovation have seen improvement in key workforce metrics as their employees feel as though their well-being is respected by management and important to company success.
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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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September 2014

Check out the September 2014 issue of The National Provisioner, featuring the 2014 Plant of the Year winner, and much more!

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August 2014

Check out the August 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with features on meat industry lobbying, the Independent Processor of the Year, and more!

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