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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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Farm to Plate

Teachable moments from 2014

An analysis of the past year’s humane-handling enforcement actions.
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Breaking the “Big Meat” misconception

There is a natural distrust of any kind of “big” industry.
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Quick and easy venison summer sausage

It is the time of year that many small meat processors are busy processing venison for hunters.
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Ranchers must be involved in 'future of food' discussions

Three farmers/ranchers participated in a New York Times conference on the future's food supply.
How do you envision the food of tomorrow? Pose that question to 100 people on the street, and you will be sure to get 100 different answers. GMOs, no-GMOs, antibiotics, antibiotic-free, sustainable, outsourced, local — we are far from a consensus.
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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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Business Strategies

Dashboard dining: a permanent part of the American lifestyle

While dashboard dining may seem like a term that was heard more often at the beginning of this century, it nonetheless has become a lifestyle for more and more people through the years.
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Farm to Plate

Animal welfare, technology and time

Developing animal-welfare assurance programs is a process, but technology can help improve the results.
Humane handling and stunning audits have become a normal part of verification activities for quality assurance personnel at most North American slaughter establishments
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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


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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