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December 2014

The December issue of NP features a cover story on the GNP Company, an article on animal welfare, the 2015 economic outlook, and so much more!


Cover Story

GNP Company: Innovation, to be continued

Expect more of the same innovation and industry leadership from GNP Company, even with a leadership change this fall.
Mike Helgeson has had a long career in the poultry industry — more than 40 years in the business, with 21 of those as the CEO of St. Cloud, Minn.-based GNP Company.
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Exclusive Q&As with GNP Company executives

Andy Hanacek talks with Mike Helgeson, retired CEO of GNP Company, about how the company transitioned with The Maschoffs acquisition.
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Economic Outlook

2015 CapEx Study

Processors aim spending toward long-term picture, improved efficiency heading into 2015.
As was done last year at this time, The National Provisioner surveyed you, our processor readers, on capital expenditure trends in your companies as part of our 2015 Economic Outlook.
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Exclusive research

Report: How to ensure worker health in breading operations

Workers at poultry breading plants exposed to airborne breading dust are at risk of developing asthma, bronchitis and upper respiratory ailments.
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2015 Economic Outlook: On the rebound

Despite rising prices and decreased supply, the meat market has had another good year, and looks to 2015 for continued growth.
If increased market volatility is the new normal in agriculture markets, then 2014 proved that processors are comfortable rolling with the punches.
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Poultry Perspectives

Controlling Salmonella: advancements made, challenges ahead

The poultry industry in the United States and globally has been faced with many challenges over the years in the continued process of economically producing safe, wholesome products for a wide range of consumer needs.
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Guest Commentary

A call to food producers: Listen to consumers on animal welfare

Observers of the growing consumer demand for ethically selected food products know that purchasing preferences for meat, eggs and dairy are now increasingly influenced by more than just price and quality. Today, consumers are more concerned than ever about animal welfare in food production.
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Sustainable protein production: a collaborative effort

I recently had an opportunity to speak at several conferences about the business case for sustainable protein production.
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Regulations & Legislation

Non-O157 testing of raw ground beef and ground beef components

On Nov. 19, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of its cost-benefit analyses on the current non-O157 STEC testing of beef trimmings and the potential expansion of the agency’s testing program to raw ground beef and ground beef components.
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Fight for Food Safety

The true heroes of the food industry

Unfortunately, the food industry finds itself under an almost constant state of attack.
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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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National Provisioner


December 2014

The December issue of NP features a cover story on the GNP Company, an article on animal welfare, the 2015 economic outlook, and so much more!


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Independent Processor


December 2014

The December issue of IP features cover story: A full Haus, Mike Sloan’s award-winning bratwursts draw visitors to the Hermann Wurst Haus by the thousands.

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