Meat Processing and Specialty Products

Johnsonville Brats

This internationally-known brand began in the small town of Johnsonville, Wis., in 1945 when Ralph and Alice Stayer opened a butcher shop, deciding to name it after the town. Today, the privately-owned company produces the No. 1 sausage brand in the U.S., and is available in 30 additional countries

Meat Processing and Specialty Products

Klement’s Polish Sausage

Located in Milwaukee, Klement’s prides itself on making a fresh, wholesome and delicious product. Founded in 1956 by three brothers, the company is still family-owned today. Its local products can be enjoyed at sports team venues and events across the Midwest, including Miller Park where the Milwaukee Brewers play.

Meat Processing and Specialty Products

Gilbert’s Beef Franks

The idea for Gilbert’s Craft Sausages started with beer. Founders Chris Salm and Eric Romberg planned on starting a craft brewery, but after the popularity and number of those breweries rose, they decided to implement their idea into the sausage industry. Gilbert’s Craft Sausages was born. The company began in 2010 and offers traditional fare, such as Beer Brats and Beef Franks, as well as unique items like Smoked Sausage with Blue Cheese.

Meat Processing and Specialty Products

Usinger’s Andouille Sausage

This family-owned company has been around since the late 1800s, when founder Frederick Usinger bought his employer’s butcher shop. In 1995, Usinger’s began using certified Angus Beef for some products, and they were chosen as the official supplier for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Some of its most popular products include Applewood Smoked Bacon, Bratwurst and Andouille Sausage.

Meat Processing and Specialty Products

Old Wisconsin Beef

Hailing from Sheboygan, Wis., Old Wisconsin created the legacy that led to Sheboygan being known as the “Bratwurst Capital of the World” when it was founded more than 50 years ago. Today, the company keeps its commitment to quality and flavor with popular products including Polish Sausage, Festival Bratwurst Links and Beer Salami.

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  1. My son sent 4 different 1 lb cured sausage types from wis. How can I use them other than sliced with crackers?


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