Innovation in Practice

Meat processing at any scale is a complicated business. How do small-scale processors – essential partners in bringing local, niche meat and poultry to market – make it work and stay in business for the long haul?

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network was created as a place to share ideas, experience, and innovation that will help this important sector thrive. We are kicking off a new series of Innovation in Practice articles, based on interviews with successful small-scale processors about how they solve common challenges.

Click on the links below to download each Innovation in Practice article.  Look for more articles to be added throughout 2015.

  • Innovation in Practice: Employee Management at T&E Meats: We frequently hear from small-scale meat processors that finding, training and keeping good help can be a struggle. Joe Cloud, co-owner and manager of T&E Meats, shared with us his company’s approach to employee management, describes his apprenticeship program and the T&E Meats Bonus Plan.  Click here to download the PDF.

Looking for more examples of Innovation in Practice? Check out our website for case studies, webinars and research reports highlighting the creative ways small-scale meat processors are solving every day challenges all across the country.

Got a topic you want to see us cover? Email Rebecca Thistlethwaite, NMPAN Program Manager at thistler[at]


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