Articles by Sam Gazdziak

Deli Report

The deli department cleans up its act

Gluten-free, nitrate-free, GMO-free, fat-free — today’s consumers want to find less at the deli than ever before.
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It should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to shopper trends, but consumers are looking to shop healthier at the deli.
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Stepping into social media

Anyone in the meat industry be an advocate.
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At its best, social media can connect friends and family, keep people informed of breaking news and allow people to share their knowledge or experiences in bite-sized pieces.
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Practicing the art of Charcutería

New book details how to put a Spanish spin on sausage making.
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One of the more recent trends to hit restaurants has been the rise in charcuterie, or the curing of meats like sausages or hams.
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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.
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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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Independent Thoughts

Celebrating difference

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Having traveled all across North America during my professional career, I would guess that I’ve been in more supermarkets in more states then the average consumer
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Q&A with Sarah Crowley, Kayem Foods, on new chicken burger line

al fresco's Gourmet Chicken Grillers add new tastes to burger marketplace.
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Kayem Foods’ al fresco brand may be best known for its chicken sausages, but the brand has expanded into a line of frozen chicken burger patties as well.
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Special Report

2014 Burger Report: Movin’ on up

Burgers continue to get the upscale treatment, giving consumers a wide variety of product options and price points to enjoy an All-American classic.
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Think of a hamburger, and you typically imagine a patty of ground beef on a bun, maybe with some cheese or ketchup for garnish.
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Queen City Sausage named 2014 Independent Processor of the Year

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Cincinnati sausage processor given inaugural honor by Independent Processor magazine.


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Independent Thoughts

Keeping a good thing going

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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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The value of AAMP

As its convention turns 75, the American Association of Meat Processors continues to be a valuable asset to its members.
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Hams, bacon and bratwurst may not have been what made Milwaukee famous, but those meat products and plenty of others will be the focus of this year’s American Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers Exhibition
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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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Independent Processor

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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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