It comes as no surprise that the companies in the Top 75 Report always seem to have something new going on. Whether it's a new product rollout, a plant expansion or the addition of some new equipment, they are continually looking for the next opportunity or growth market.

Farmington Foods, for example, launched a “Big Shoulders Barbeque” like of ready-to-eat smoked barbecue products, while Byron Center Meats added an IQF patty like to its operations. Vincent Giordano Corp. now pasteurizes all of its products using high-pressure pasteurization, done through a sister company.

The companies on this list vary in terms of size, location and type of operations, but they would all qualify as small or mid-sized processors. Their success is an indication that there are many opportunities for independent operators, so long as they are willing to find them.

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