Independent Processor

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


Higher Education | Purdue University

Purdue sees meat science rebirth

April 8, 2014
Purdue University is once again an exciting place to study meat science.
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Show Preview | AAMP

AAMP Convention turns 75

This year’s show moves to Milwaukee with plenty of networking & educational opportunities.
April 8, 2014
For three-quarters of a century, small processors have been gathering to talk shop, share information about their businesses or discuss the opportunities or challenges of the meat industry in general.
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Independent Thoughts

The ethical omnivore

April 4, 2014
If almost 10 years of writing about the meat industry has done anything for me, it’s made me more immune to the common tactics used to turn people away from eating meat.
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Product Focus | Prepared Foods

Prepared foods push forward

Convenient meal solutions are popular for every meal of the day, plus snacks.
April 4, 2014
Growth of prepared foods in delis has kicked into overdrive during the past few years.
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Growth Opportunities | Burger Trends

The evolution of the patty

Retailers and restaurants are offering more burger options than ever before.
April 4, 2014
My first real job (“real” defined as a job that had a future, unlike my fast food, car washing business and door to door sales jobs I had tried as a USC student in L.A.) out of college was for a meat processor in Denver.
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Cover Story | Stemmler's Meats

From our family to yours

Stemmler’s Meats provides Ontario families with healthy, locally sourced food.
April 4, 2014
Located about an hour west of Toronto, Heidelberg, Ontario, is a small town that is ideal for people looking to get away from the big city or visit a local farmer’s market.
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Cordray's Corner

Allergens – friend or foe?

April 4, 2014
What is an allergen? Allergens are proteins that trigger an immune response by certain people.
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2014 Outlook: Where there’s a WIB, there’s a way

Good help may not be that hard to find after all, thanks to Workforce Investment Boards.
February 6, 2014
All too often, government is seen as the “bad guy,” and the argument is not without merit.
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A cow in the kitchen

February 5, 2014
When I was 7 or 8 years old, my favorite reading material included Ranger Rick magazines, comic books and some of my mom’s Hardy Boys books — pretty innocent stuff.
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Imagine a world without love

February 4, 2014
During a conversation with one of our suppliers of boneless beef last week I was asked whether we used “love” in any of our burgers.
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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

National Provisioner April 2014 cover

April 2014

Check out the April 2014 issue of The National Provisioner, with features on animal welfare, sanitation programs, and much more!

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Independent Processor

IP April 2014 cover

April 2014

Check out the April 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with a special profile of Stemmler's Meats!

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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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