2022 Iowa Meat Processors Association

Iowa Meat Processors Association held the 85 th Anniversary Convention and Trade Show in Ames February 17-20, 2022. Approximately 275 people representing 42 processing plants and 40
supplier members attended the event. Cured Meat Competitions were held with the top entries taking home plaques. The awards were presented Saturday evening at the Awards Banquet attended by 170 people.

There were 213 meat entries from 21 processing plants and 17 classes that a meat processor can enter. The products were judged by teams for thirty professionals from Iowa State University and
several other universities as well as some industry experts. Products are scored on external and internal appearance, flavor and aroma, and workmanship.

Polashek’s Locker Service Inc, in Protivin, received the following awards:

  • Grand Champion Bacon
  • Grand Champion Meat Snack Sticks
  • Grand Champion Small Diameter Smoked and Cooked Sausage (Smokies)

The Grand Champion Bacon is the most coveted award in the competition. The winner of the award supplies the bacon for the Blue-Ribbon Breakfast at the 2023 Convention & Trade Show.