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Industry Advocacy

Social: the newest mass ‘meat-ium’

The meat industry must engage consumers and tell its story through social media, starting yesterday.
Our industry has an incredible story to tell, but we need to strengthen our voice in order to tell it — our digital voice.
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Business Strategies

The commodity conundrum

We have an interesting perfect storm occurring that has created the current commodity conundrum.
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Guest Commentary

Feed consumers the facts

A refresher on the feed process for cattle that you can take to your customers and consumers.
Has there ever been a point in history when consumers have so actively demanded an information exchange about the foods we eat?
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Consultants Corner

How to handle a Food Safety Assessment (FSA)

It’s that time of the year (or every four years to be more exact). ... it’s time for your periodic Food Safety Assessment (FSA).
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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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Publisher's Note

Bigger and better in 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome to the start of a new year and a new era with The National Provisioner.
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Special Report

How to respond to a food crisis

It’s 9:29 a.m. on a Thursday, and a woman named Becky in Lebanon, Kan., just posted a photo on Facebook of her sick 4-year-old daughter
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From the Editor’s Desk – December 2014

In this month’s video, Andy Hanacek discusses one way companies can boost their brand alignment.
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Guest Column

Emerging meat-packaging trends from Pack Expo 2014

Shipments of U.S. packaging machinery increased by 6 percent in 2013, reaching a total of $7.9 billion, according to the 2014 State of the Industry Report from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
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Employee Matters

Identity crisis

Simple “NCIS” protocol can help when employee “Juan” says he is now “Carlos” and has the documents to prove it.
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children, and met certain criteria, would be eligible for temporary resident status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
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Image Galleries


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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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

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