Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grand Champion Meats Wins Big at State Competition

Grand Champion Meats is proud to share the news; they earned a handful of high honors at this year’s Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) convention, held in St. Cloud. 
Back Row: Nic Fairbanks, Liz Stang, Bernie Latterell, Jone Jonas, Alyssa Stewart, Jerry Gall
Front Row: Lori Julson, Kelly Gall, Valerie Kloss, Kayla Hoffman, Deb Heirigs, Teri Parker
Not Pictured: Linda Gall, Tony Washa, Tom Kampa, Dave McKenzie, Lance Jeppesen, Sherry Erickson, James Evans, Cody Talberg, Jeff Kollar, Katie Jacobson, Aaron Stauffenecker, David Orton
Surrounded by hundreds of other meat processors and industry experts, Grand Champion’s Kelly Gall Washa (the president of MAMP) and Tony Washa, along with Jerry and Linda Gall, took in three days of discussions and seminars covering new equipment, trends and topics, and brainstormed on issues within the meat industry. 

Grand Champion Meats also joined in this year’s MAMP Product show - and came away with some awards. Winners included summer sausage, Grand Champion wieners, buffalo blue cheese chicken brats, and braunschweiger. 

In honor of the winning products, Grand Champion Meats will be offering specials through the remainder of April. They also invite you to stop by their Foley store to try free samples of each. 

Teri Jo Parker
Also honored at the conference: Teri Jo Parker & James Evans of Grand Champion Meats. Their combined efforts won First Place for the Innovative Pork Contest with their “Capone Pork Roll.” This champion concoction is a pork shoulder, stuffed with hot italian pork sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, black olives and mushrooms. This category, judged by the Minnesota Pork Board, rated creations based on appearance and workmanship, desirable flavor and texture, as well as creativity and marketability.

Kelly says she’s grateful to the entire team at Grand Champion Meats for their contributions and efforts in helping to produce this year’s award winning products, as well as all of the other processors who participated.
On deck - a trip for Kelly & Tony to the 75th Annual American Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers Exhibition in Milwaukee in June.  Grand Champion Meats will be entering products into the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC) to be judged against other products from across the country; they’re hoping to return with the coveted American Cured Meat Championship Plaque.

And finally, the team at Grand Champion Meats reminds you that their Crosslake store will be opening April 28th. This new Brainerd Lakes presence will provide the very same beef and pork, sausages, smoked products, chicken and seafood that are beloved in Foley.  Come see us!