Louie’s is proud to have won over 450 state, national and international awards since we began competing in 1975. We constantly strive to provide product perfection as well as creating new and tasty sausages and bratwurst for your enjoyment.
2017 Wisconsin State Fair
We attended the 26th Annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair. The winning products were sold and all proceeds benefit the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. Louie’s products sold for a total of $19,850!
Bone-in Ham: $8100 (record for the auction)
Smoked Polish Sausage: $5000
Smoked Wisconsin Bratwurst: $3000
Dried Beef: $2500
Dry-cured Pepperoni: $1250
2017 National Awards
We attended the American Association of Meat Processors convention in Lexington, KY on July 20-22, 2017. We won four national awards in the American Cured Meat Championships:
- Grand Champion Ring Bologna
- Reserve Grand Champion Bacon
- Reserve Grand Champion Ham
- Champion Dry-Cured Bacon
In addition, Louis E. Muench was named the national AAMP President for the next year, through the 2018 convention in Kansas City, MO.
2017 Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturist – Louis E. Muench
Louie (left) with Dr. Dale Gallenburg (right), Dean of the UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences.
2017 Wisconsin Awards
The 2017 Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention and competition was held March 30 to April 2, 2017 in Madision, WI. We came home with 14 awards for our products, including the Dennis Buege Trophy, recognizing our Kalberwurst as the most outstanding sausage product of the show; and the Excellence in Product Manufacture Award for placing the highest overall throughout the contest. This is the largest competition of its kind in the United States, with 1016 products entered this year. In addition, Louis E. Muench is serving on the WAMP Board of Directors and Louis K. Muench served as Chairman of the Product Show Committe.
- Product Show Excellence in Product Manufacture Award
- Kalberwurst – Grand Champion
- Kalberwurst – Dennis R. Buege Best of Show Trophy
- Head Cheese – Grand Champion
- Peppered Bacon – Grand Champion
- Precooked Spinach & Feta Chicken Bratwurst – Grand Champion
- Ham & Cheddar Snack Stix – Reserve Grand Champion
- Bacon – Reserve Grand Champion
- Cheese & Raisin Italian Sausage – Champion
- Boneless Ham – Champion
- Summer Sausage – Reserve Champion
- Ring Liver Sausage – Honorable Mention
- Smoked Bratwurst – Honorable Mention
- Honey Ham – Honorable Mention
2016 Wisconsin State Fair
Louie’s received a Wisconsin State Fair Award for Barbecue Pork Jerky. This product was auctioned off at the 25th Annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction for a total of $2500, with proceeds benefiting the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.
2016 National Awards
Louie’s was recognized at the 2016 American Cured Meat Championships, held July 21-23 in Omaha, Nebraska. Louie’s was awarded the following:
- Reserve Champion, in the ‘Frankfurters/Wieners’ class for Natural Casing Wieners
Reserve Grand Champion, in the ‘Semi Boneless Ham’ class for Smoked Ham
Reserve Grand Champion, in the ‘Meat Snack Sticks’ class for Summer Stix
Champion, in the Featured Class ‘Beef Smoked Dinner Sausage’ for Smoked Italian Sausage
2016 International Medals
Louie’s Finer Meats won international recognition at the DFV-AAMP Quality Competition for Sausage and Ham, with judging held January 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and awards presented in Frankfurt, Germany on May 10. Judges from Germany came to UW-Madison to conduct the competition, and all entries were graded on appearance, flavor, and consistency.
IFFA is the leading international trade fair for the meat industry, and hosts an international meat product competition every three years. The German Butchers’ Association (Deutscher Fleischer Verband) formed a partnership with the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) to conduct the international competition.
AAMP Executive Director Chris Young said, “With awards from the German Butchers’ Association, our members demonstrate the international competitiveness and quality of their products. On behalf of AAMP, we congratulate Louie’s Finer Meats for their outstanding achievements.”
Louie’s was awarded medals for the following products:
20 Gold Medals: Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon, Semi-Boneless Ham, Smoked Bratwurst, BBQ Pork Jerky, Precooked Beer & Cheddar Brats, Precooked Jalapeno & Cheddar Brats, Skin-On Wieners, Smoked Italian Sausage, Smoked Polish Sausage, Venison Salami, Country Bacon, Bone-In Ham, Beef Summer Sausage, Hunter’s Sausage, Braunschweiger, Ring Bologna, Cotto Salami, Beef Jerky, Precooked Bratwurst, and Weisswurst.
7 Silver Medals: Wisconsin Summer Sausage w/cranberries & cheddar, Peppie Snack Stix, Birkie Brats w/cranberries, blueberries, & cheddar, Summer Sausage, Jalapeno & Cheddar Snack Stix, Skinless Wieners, and Smoked Salmon.
2016 Wisconsin Awards
We were honored with 13 Awards for our products at the 2016 Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention! This contest is the largest contest of its kind in the United States, and this year had 944 product entries. In addition, Louis E. Muench was re-elected to the WAMP Board of Directors and Louis K. Muench served as the Product Show 2nd Chairman.
*Excellence in Product Manufacture (Overall Highest Placing over the entire contest)
*Grand Champion – Italian Sausage
*Grand Champion – Ring Bologna
*Grand Champion – Smoked Bratwurst
*Reserve Grand Champion – Lebanon Bologna
*Champion – Louie’s Little Breakfast Links
*Champion – Turkey Salami
*Reserve Champion – Jellied Italian Luncheon Loaf
*Reserve Champion – Skin-on Wieners
*Reserve Champion – Skinless Wieners
*Reserve Champion – Smoked Polish Sausage
*Honorable Mention – Cotto Salami
*Honorable Mention – Bone-in Ham
2015 Wisconsin State Fair Awards
The Wisconsin State Fair was held in August in West Allis, WI. We received Awards for the following products:
- Peppered Irish Bacon
- Peppie Snack Stix
2015 National Awards
We attended the American Cured Meat Championships as part of the 2015 American Association of Meat Processors convention in Springfield, IL. This event was held June 18-20, 2015. We came back home with awards for the following products:
- Skinless Wieners
- Buffalo Salami
- Summer Sausage
- Barbecue Pork Jerky
In addition, Louie received the “Golden Cleaver” award, recognizing recruitment of new members into the American Association of Meat Processors.
2015 Wisconsin Awards
We are excited to announce that we were awarded with honors for 13 of our products at the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors Convention, held in Middleton (Madison) on April 9-12, 2015. This is particularly exciting because we received our 400th award since we began competing in 1975. To see photos of the award-winning products, CLICK HERE.
The Award-Winning Products are:
- Precooked Beer & Cheddar Bratwurst
- Boneless Ham (Commercial Style)
- Bone-In Ham
- Barbecue Pork Jerky
- Head Cheese
- Smoked Chicken
- Ring Bologna
- Precooked Traditional Bratwurst
- Fresh Traditional Bratwurst
- Scottish Egg – Innovative Entree Item
- Lebanon Bologna
- Cotto Salami
- Boneless Ham (Traditional Style)
2014 National Awards
On Saturday, June 21, 2014 we were honored with seven national awards at the American Cured Meat Championships in Milwaukee. The seven award-winning products are:
- Bone-in Ham (Heavyweight)
- Bone-in Ham (Lightweight)
- Country Bacon
- Slab Bacon
- Boneless Smoked Deli Ham
- Smoked Polish Sausage
- Buffalo Salami