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2015 Poultry Report: Pep in poultry’s step

The poultry industry certainly won’t be boring in the new year, thanks to a number of opportunities, changes and challenges that lie ahead.
In many ways, 2014 was a year that the stars aligned for the poultry industry.
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Farm to Plate

Keeping hatchlings warm, hydrated in winter

If poultry hatchlings are kept cozy in the cold months, it can pay dividends for producers later in the birds’ lives.
As the winter wonderland is in full swing, it is important to think about our feathery friends in the barn, especially if we are incubating or have recent hatchlings.
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RFF's Processors to Watch

Blount Fine Foods delivers more than just soup

In 2011, Blount Fine Foods received Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year award.
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RFF's Processors to Watch

Butterball is creating a Turketarian Movement and healthier America

Since 1954, Butterball, LLC, Garner, N.C., has been one of the most recognized names in the turkey industry.
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RFF's Processors to Watch

Blake's All Natural Foods reinvents the natural frozen foods category

It’s easy for frozen food processors to get caught up in the monotony of pumping out products day in and day out.
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Exclusive Report

Market Snapshot: Smaller herds, PEDv tamp down slaughter numbers

Annual Animal Slaughtering and Processing has declined 1 percent over the past 12 months with additional decline likely through the end of 2014.
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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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Beating the odds: The third and fourth generation family business

Many small to mid-size meat & provisions businesses are family-run, second-generation businesses, with some who have beaten the odds and carried into a 3rd or 4th generation.
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A kid’s book for carnivores

Lee Seelig of Main Street Wholesale Meats pens a butcher-friendly story for children.
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From jerky to food safety, USU faculty leaving mark on industry

Utah State University is the state’s Land Grant University located in Logan, Utah, situated north of Salt Lake City in Cache Valley.
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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


January 2015

The first NP issue of 2015 features January's cover story: Certified Angus Beef; as well as How to Respond to a Food Crisis, Pep in Poultry’s Step, 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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The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

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A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.


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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

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