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Local business recognized at Meat Products Competition

Western’s Smokehouse in Greentop, Missouri was recognized at the Missouri Association of Meat Processor’s 75th annual convention and trade show earlier this month for the quality of their meat products. In the state-wide Meat Product Competition, Leighton Western received the distinction of First Place, Grand Champion in the collegiate category for his Summer Sausage.

Congratulations to the Westerns!


More detail on this story can be found in the Kirksville Daily Express 3/24/2014, Page A02.

Kirksville Daily Express 03/24/2014, Page A02



The quality of meat products produced by Western’s Smokehouse in Greentop, Missouri was recognized at the Missouri Association of Meat Processors’ 75th annual convention and trade show held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO, March 7-9, 2014. At this state wide Meat Product Competition held in conjunction with that meeting, Leighton Western received the following product award(s): First place, Grand Champion with his Summer Sausage in the collegiate category. This is the first year that this category had been offered and was sponsored by Walton’s, Inc.

The competition – the only Missouri state contest of its kind, selected the finest example of cured and smoked specialty items from nearly 200 products entered into 20 different classes including hams, bacon, sausages, ring bologna, jerky snack sticks, smoked turkey and luncheon meats.

In addition to the Meat Products Competition one of the highlights of this convention was the more than 60 booth Trade Show featuring the latest meat processing equipment, supplies and services.

Leighton also was the recipient of the Missouri Association of Meat Processor’s Scholarship. Currently Leighton is attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, pursuing a degree in Ag Business with a minor in Meat Science. Leighton is the son of Kevin and Heather Western and the grandson of Steve and Penny Swindler, Sam and Dianne Western and the late Amy Western.

The Missouri Association of Meat Processors was founded 1939. Currently it represents more than 115 small and medium size meat processing operations. MAMP’s objectives are to assist the small meat plants to produce safe products, to help them create “niche” markets that enables them to provide services that meets the needs of the consumer.


Pictured are: Kevin Western, Leighton Western, and Sam Western at the Annual Missouri Association of Meat Processors Awards Ceremony. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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