Independent Processor

Serving small and midsize meat, poultry, and game processors.


Stepping into social media

Anyone in the meat industry be an advocate.
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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Practicing the art of Charcutería

New book details how to put a Spanish spin on sausage making.
One of the more recent trends to hit restaurants has been the rise in charcuterie, or the curing of meats like sausages or hams.
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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.
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

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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Queen city Sausage: The Independent Processor of the Year

As one of Cincinnati’s last remaining meat companies, Queen City Sausage excels at giving back to the community.
In 1965, Queen City Sausage was a fledgling sausage company in Cincinnati, a city full of established, well-known processors.
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Processor's Perspective

The United States of Associations

They say you can’t have too much of good thing; however this does not seem to be the case with mergers and meat associations.
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Independent Thoughts

Celebrating difference

Having traveled all across North America during my professional career, I would guess that I’ve been in more supermarkets in more states then the average consumer
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Cordray's Corner

FSIS issues compliance guidelines for allergen control

Since 2008 there has been a sustained increase in the number of FSIS- regulated products that contain undeclared allergens.
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Queen City Sausage named 2014 Independent Processor of the Year

Cincinnati sausage processor given inaugural honor by Independent Processor magazine.

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Cordray's Corner

Repeat sales – A key to success

For any business one of the major keys to success is repeat sales
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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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Provisioner Store

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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