The exceptional quality of meat products produced by Geiss Meat Service of Merrill was recognized at the 77th annual convention of the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors, held in Madison on March 31-April 3. At the Meat Product Show held in conjunction with that meeting, Geiss Meat Service received 10 product awards, including 1st Place for Cured Smoked Turkey, Boneless Traditional Ham, Cooked Mettwurst and Cooked Summer Sausage; 3rd Place for Braunschweiger Liver Sausage and Course Ground Ring Bologna; 4th Place for Traditional Snack Sticks, Ring Liver Sausage and Restructured Jerky; and 5th Place for Cured Smoked Chicken.
The Wisconsin Meat Product Competition is the largest of its kind in the United States. Meat processing plants and meat markets from throughout the state this year entered 944 individual products into 36 product categories, including summer sausage, bratwurst, ham, bacon, smoked poultry and a variety of other types of meat products. Out of 54 plants that entered products, Geiss Meat placed 2nd in the state for total overall points. Over 40 judges including food scientists, out of state meat processors, and other food industry professionals were required to effectively evaluate the many products during the product evaluation session on Saturday, April 2. Individual products are scored for external appearance and eye-appeal, internal appearance, aroma, and taste, using a scale of 1,000 points.
The size of this product show and the quality of its entries demonstrates the important role that sausage and processed meats play in Wisconsin’s meat industry and among consumers across the state.
This year Geiss Meat is celebrating their 60th Year Anniversary in business and being a part of the Meat Association.
“We are so proud to be a part and serve such a great community, not only locally but our surrounding areas,” said owner Andy Geiss. “As a third generation business, we owe all of our thanks to the customers and our families for supporting us through the years. As the summer approaches, we will be offering some fun and great deals celebrating our 60 years!”