New Packaging Machine!

New Packaging Machine!
Alright everyone, after 10 years of dreaming, planning and saving, we got our first rollstock packaging machine: the Bulldog from Ultrasource.  What does this mean for you, the customer? Change. Sorry! I know it's rough whenever we go and change the way we do something, but let me tell you why, and the benefits, to help soften the blow .  The first benefit for you: a better, stronger package to keep your food fresher. It's also easier to open - you can tear from the side instead of having to cut it open. Awesome! The second benefit: a cheaper package which will keep our costs down, helping to keep the prices for you down.  The first place you'll notice the difference is the bacon case. We ran bacon through the other day and while it went so much faster and has such a better seal and stronger package than the previous way, it does look different. As of right now, the bacon will be more compact, not laid out and "shingled" as before. That...

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Eickman's Caters!

Eickman's Caters!
Eickman’s offers Catering! For decades Eickman’s catering has been a popular choice for weddings, graduation parties, holiday parties and more. We’re not the fine china, silver, and crystal type of caterer, but if you are looking for some amazing pulled pork, roast beef or our specialty: whole roast pig? You’ve come to the right place. You can order food to be picked up hot or cold from the store (with reheating instructions), delivered hot in aluminum pans, or catered: we set up a buffet serving line, keeping pans full and hot in our chafing dishes. We can provide table service which consists of 3-compartment nice heavy styrofoam plates, napkins, and heavy duty plastic forks, knives and spoons. We can serve indoor or outdoor, and we can even grill on-site.   Below are some of the options you can choose, but feel free to ask if we are able to do other ideas you may have. You can also print our basic catering brochure for your convenience....

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All About Our Meat Conventions

All About Our Meat Conventions
Meat Convention. Not something most people attend, or have even heard of, throughout the course of their lives, but for us - it’s something we look forward to. It seems there is a convention for every line of work, and most of them have a few things in common: a trade show full of vendor booths, a social event or two for mingling and networking, and hopefully informational sessions to help you learn tips and tricks to further your business. Whenever we tell people we are going to be out of town for our annual meat convention, it’s normal to hear a giggle or a surprised, “MEAT convention? What does one do at a MEAT convention? Eat a lot of meat?” So I thought I’d take the opportunity, fresh off of our state convention (there’s a national one in the summer as well) to tell you a little bit about it. In late February or early March, we have our annual Illinois Association of Meat Processors’ annual convention and trade...

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