Plant Tour

January 2014

Prestage Farms pushes bioenergy forward

Prestage Farms hasn't really made a name for itself, given that the Clinton, N.C.-based pork and turkey processor is strictly a private-label player and more...

December 2013

Empire Kosher Poultry

Empire Kosher Poultry was named after the state of New York when Joseph Katz founded it in 1938 in Liberty, N.Y. The company moved to the rolling hills more...

November 2013

JTM Food Group: Marketing might

As the nation's third-largest supplier to the National School Lunch Program, JTM Food Group is surely a major meat processor. With other marketing channels more...

September 2013

Frischgeflügel: The fastest plant in the world (VIDEO)

CELLE, GERMANY –– One of Germany’s largest producers of fresh chicken – Frischgeflügel – has found a niche in the German more...

April 2013

Allen Harim: A conservative culture

Nearly 18 months after Korean food manufacturer Harim acquired Seaford, Del.-based Allen's Family Foods out of bankruptcy, the new company is slowly returning more...

March 2013

Exclusive tour of an Illinois prison's meat plant

VANDALIA, ILL. – There are “no lifers, no murderers,” the warden says. “Just run-of-the-mill crimes.” Battery. Drug offenses more...

February 2013

MP3 open sow housing video tour

The transition from gestation stalls to some form of group sow housing is a business decision. After visiting 15 open sow housing farms in Europe and more...

Cardinal Meat Specialists: Advancing to America

Cardinal Meat Specialists has a strong position in Canada with its capabilities in frozen hamburger patties and kettle cooking for national retail and more...

December 2012

West Liberty Foods: The leading-edge

West Liberty Foods, a key supplier of deli meats to the likes of Subway and Costco, is known for using pioneering technologies in its processing plants more...

King Kold rules

In a burg outside Dayton, Ohio, King Kold Quality Meats is, literally, a Main Street business that's booming. The processor manufactures hundreds of variations more...

November 2012

Beef Products Inc.: From leftovers to LFTB

Outside Sioux City, Beef Products Inc. has one plant still operating making lean finely textured beef — and plenty of room for the business growth more...

October 2012

Ohio company named Jewell Award winner

With early adoption in its blood, innovation is second nature at Ohio-based turkey processor Cooper Farms, recipient of the industry leadership award more...

September 2012

Succession plan

It’s a familiar story for small processors who are at a similar crossroads: At some point the owner has to make the choice to leave it to his kids more...

July 2012

Hotbed of innovation ... and niche sausages

Despite the fact that Wampler's Farm Sausage Co. in Lenoir City, Tenn., produces more than a million sausage patties a day — processed and packaged more...

June 2012

John Soules Foods heats up

John Soules Foods founder John Soules Sr. wasn’t shy about the prospects for “The Fajita Company’s” growth, which is why he built more...

May 2012

Rastelli Foods keeps a lot of balls in the air

Rastelli Foods handles a wide array of products from a wide array of species, and processes them for an exceptionally wide array of customers, from military more...

March 2012

AVA takes 'old school' back to the future, right to the bank

The further time moves into the 21st century, the more consumers seem to want to go back in time to a presumably simpler time, when you knew the market's more...

February 2012

Best Chicago's product catalog is a true variety show

Best Chicago Meats Co. is organized so as to produce a wide variety of goods under a number of different brand names, some halal, some not. In order to more...

January 2012

An Inside Look at Cargill's Wichita Innovation Center

Cargill has eight so-called Innovation Centers worldwide. Its newest, in downtown Wichita, focuses on protein research and development (though not on more...

November 2011

AdvancePierre Foods takes the competition to school

AdvancePierre Foods, based in Cincinnati, is a market-leading processor in a number of specialties, including sandwiches, stuffed chicken breasts and more...

October 2011

GNP's automatic Arcadia

GNP Company’s mantra is continuous improvement, and the firm’s Arcadia, Wis., poultry processing plant is a prime example. In the past year more...

September 2011

State-of-the-art slicing capability

This summer, Sara Lee Corp. opened a state-of-the-art 200,000-square-foot plant in Kansas City, Kan., where nearly 40 robotics systems at the facility more...

July 2011

Nation's first HPP toll processor

Founded in June 2004, the American Pasteurization Company in Milwaukee has been using high-pressure processing (HPP) technology for everything from fruits more...

June 2011

West Liberty Foods: Cutting-edge processing

Amid the low, rolling hills of east-central Iowa, family farms have remained largely unchanged since they were founded generations ago. Yet beneath the more...

April 2011

Dakota Provisions: Two plants in one

Dakota Provisions Inc. reaps profits from a fresh side of the business and a second, ready-to-eat side, as many processors do. Dakota Provisions, however more...

March 2011

Lopez Foods: Precision, precision, precision

Lopez Foods Inc. supplies beef to McDonald’s and sausage to McDonald's, Burger King, Sonic, Costco, Wal-Mart, Kroger and others across a large section more...

January 2011

Casademont in Spain: Drying salami faster than ever

With more than 50 years of experience, Casademont is a Spanish meat company that fabricates traditional Spanish cured products, plus a wide range of cooked more...

November 2010

RMH Foods plant tour

RMH Foods is working to match the success frozen entrée brands like Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Smart Ones have had in the frozen food aisle more...

October 2010

OK Foods: More than just OK

OK Foods Inc.’s Fort Smith, Ark., poultry processing facility is not your ordinary plant, evidenced by its use of extraordinary technology. This more...

May 2010

American Beef Packers: A brighter future

American Beef Packers in Chino, Calif., is seeing some sunshine after emerging from some cloudy history. Its owners, Arizona cattlemen Marvin Roberts more...

April 2010

Brandt Beef: 'Old school' processing for new customers

Eric Brandt is a picky guy.  No, not the kind of guy that asks for no tomato on his hamburger; the kind who cares about things like the appearance more...

March 2010

Esposito's Sausage: Good stuff from a small space

Every processor has its environmental challenges, but few deal with the challenge of four floors of residential apartments directly overhead, or managing more...

December 2009

Red meat plant tour: Calumet Diversified Meats

At Calumet Diversified Meats, "diversified" is their middle name. But it is not central to their strategy. In fact, Calumet Diversified is focused more...

November 2009

Hormel Foods: From Spam to pepperoni and beyond

The statistics for Hormel Foods' flagship processing plant in Austin, Minn., are impressive, to say the least.Opened in 1982, the facility encompasses more...

October 2009

PHOTO ESSAY: Smithfield: ham and a whole lot more

For many an average American, Smithfield, Va., is synonymous with the hams they grew up eating at Christmas and Easter. And with good reason; Smithfield more...

September 2009

Byron Center Meats rises from the ashes

Two years ago, Byron Center Meats in Byron Center, Mich., suffered a damaging fire — a potential disaster that seems to be striking more companies more...

August 2009

Kayem Foods: Old world tradition meets modern technology

Kayem Foods is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009, but its focus is firmly on the future. The family-owned, Chelsea, Mass.-based meats company more...

July 2009

Quantum Foods: A leap forward

The sign on the facade of Quantum Foods' headquarters in Bolingbrook, Ill., says, "Great Steaks!" But that's not exactly telling the whole story. Founded more...

April 2009

Greater Omaha Packing: Single-minded success

Greater Omaha Packing Co., the nation's sixth-largest beef packer, has remained a single-plant operation since it was founded in 1920 by current CEO Henry more...

March 2009

Allonco Inc.: Starting from scratch

If it weren't for the freshly painted black letters on an otherwise nondescript, narrow red door, one of many on this bricky, blue-collar stretch of Chicago's more...

Jonesboro plant spotlights Butterball's safety focus

In the last 10 years, Butterball LLC's Jonesboro, Ark., further processing facility has created, nourished and propelled a people-safety-first mentality more...

January 2009

PHOTO ESSAY: Uruguayan meatpacker takes a global view

Frigorífico Carlos Schneck was founded in June of 1936 near Montevideo, Uruguay, by Carlos Schneck and his wife, María Pydd. Since then the company has more...

December 2008

Fred Usinger Inc.: The best of the wurst

Fred Usinger Inc. is headquartered on the same site where the company began in 1880 when German immigrant Frederick Usinger bought a small butcher shop more...

November 2008

Lincoln Provision Inc.: Breaking cattle and beyond

Lincoln Provision Inc. may be proud of its location near the former site of the legendary Chicago stockyards, but the company is definitely not stuck more...

PHOTO ESSAY: Waste not, want not at Sanderson Farms

When Sanderson Farms in 2005 built a new plant in Moultrie, Ga., the company knew there was one thing it wouldn't have to purchase from the local municipality: more...

October 2008

Photo essay: Inside Coleman's kingly delight

Kings Delight, a Gainesville, Ga.-based further processing operation, became part of the Coleman Natural Foods' portfolio in August 2006. Since that time more...

PHOTO ESSAY: Premium Protein Products

Lincoln, Neb.-based Premium Protein Products is "the biggest little company you've never heard of," according to Chairman and President Steve Sands. He more...

September 2008

For Dutch Valley, processing veal is an old-school art (with a new school twist)

In South Holland, Ill., the facilities for Dutch Valley Veal, Dutch Valley Foods and Brown Packing Co. are but a stone's throw from some of the company's more...

August 2008

North Country Smokehouse: Small processor, big-name customers

Don't let North Country Smokehouse's appearance fool you. The Claremont, N.H.-based processor may be tucked away in a small town. It may employ only about more...

June 2008

Chicago Meat Authority makes it simple

Chicago Meat Authority is a two-part business: one part raw product for further processors, including deli, grinding and sausage makers; one part portion-controlled more...

May 2008

PHOTO ESSAY: Ed Miniat Inc.'s customized philosophy

South Holland, Ill.-based Ed Miniat Inc. is a fourth generation custom processor of fully cooked, whole-muscle meat products for foodservice and frozen more...

March 2008

PHOTO ESSAY: Odom’s Tennessee Pride teaches old plant new tricks

Building a state-of-the-art plant from the ground up is the dream of many a meat processor. In reality, however, working in and around existing structures more...

February 2008

Photo Essay: Wayne Farms R&D center cooks up customer solutions

As the millennium changed, Oakwood, Ga.-based Wayne Farms LLC recognized the need to physically create a dedicated research and development wing and dubbed more...

January 2008

PHOTO ESSAY: American Beef steels itself for growth

What's in a name? For Chihuahua, Mexico-based American Beef, established in 1993, the name created distance between an emerging company priding itself more...

December 2007

PHOTO ESSAY: West Liberty Foods debuts Utah slicing facility

West Liberty, Iowa-based West Liberty Foods in 2006 faced a welcome, but nevertheless difficult, challenge: The company's slicing facility had nearly more...