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Innovation and trends in meat processing, technology, packaging and ingredients.


2014 Plant of the Year Award

2014 Plant of the Year: Case Farms, Goldsboro, N.C.

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It was another whirlwind year of travel and plant visits for The National Provisioner’s editorial team — and wow, the stories we were fortunate to tell!
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Market Snapshot: U.S. Beef

Prices booming, production declining

By Jim Chappelow, ITR Economics
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Annual Beef Production is down 2.2 percent from one year ago.
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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.
By Sam Gazdziak
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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.
By Sam Gazdziak
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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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Grass Roots Lobbying: How to have a voice for the industry in Washington D.C.

Establishing a personal relationship with representatives is a simple step that could have a big impact.
By Gregory Bloom, The Beef Pro
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For years, the North American Meat Association has held an annual Washington Conference, where attendees travel to Washington D.C. to meet with USDA officials as well as their Congressional representatives.
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Higher Education

Mizzou offers pathway to jobs in animal, food science industries

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The University of Missouri is unique in that the meat science faculty is split between the Animal Science and Food Science programs.
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What to expect from next year’s RMC event

A conversation with Dean Pringle, 2015 RMC Chair
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Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief, recently attended the American Meat Science Association’s 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
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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.
By Sam Gazdziak
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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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The future of AMSA

Q&A with Brad Morgan, senior food safety and enhancement specialist, Zoetis and AMSA President
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In this Q&A at the conference, Andy talks to incoming AMSA president Brad Morgan about what to expect from AMSA during his term and how the association works with supplier members to round out its expertise and research capabilities.
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Full fat foods in a healthy diet

A National Provisioner Podcast
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Gregory Bloom, contributor to The National Provisioner and Independent Processor, sat down with investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, who reveals that everything we know about dietary fats may be wrong.
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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

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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

IP August 2014 cover

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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