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Louie’s is proud to have won 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.

2016 Wisconsin State Fair

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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

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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

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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.

Awards included:
*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

Sausage AwardWe 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
  • Bacon
  • 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

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2014 Wisconsin Awards

April 4-6, 2014 we attended the 2014 convention of the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors in Madison, WI. We once again participated in the Wisconsin meat products competition, which is the largest contest of its kind in the United States. This year the contest set a record of 1084 product entries from around the state. We were presented with awards for 11 of our products! View our awards on Facebook!

  • Cooked Traditional Bratwurst
  • Bone-In Smoked Ham
  • Smoked Bratwurst
  • Olive Ham
  • Northwoods Snack Stix (with Cheddar, Cranberries, & Jalapenos)
  • Blood & Tongue Loaf
  • Boneless Smoked Pit Ham
  • Ring Liver Sausage
  • Ring Bologna
  • Peppered Bacon
  • Cotto Salami

International Medals in Frankfurt, Germany

Louie’s Finer Meats was awarded six Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal at the International Trade Fair, for the meat industry, which was held in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2007, in addition to two Gold Medals in May 1995. The sausages were judged by the highest standards for quality of workmanship and flavor. These sausages are available at our retail store or online.

Wisconsin Master Meat Crafter Certification

The Wisconsin Master Meat Crafter program is a unique program which has been developed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Specialty Meat Development Center and is supported by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; the University of Wisconsin Meat Science Extension; the University of Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors. Since it’s inception, 63 people have completed the certification. Four of these graduates are from Louie’s Finer Meats:

Louis E. Muench: January 2012

Louis K. Muench: January 2014

William Muench: January 2014

Eric Muench: January 2016

Additional Honors

We are honored to have won five Wisconsin Best-of-Show trophies for Wisconsin Summer Sausage (with cranberries & cheddar), Summer Sausage (twice!), Packer Brats (with sauerkraut & cheddar), and Lebanon Bologna; and the Excellence in Product Manufacture award.

Louis E. Muench was inducted into the American Cured Meats Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame in 2009. Louie’s Finer Meats received Wisconsin Master Meat Crafter certification in January, 2012.

Testimonials

“I just wanted to let you know that your peppie stix are the best I have ever had. I have shared them with many others around the Eagle River area where I now live (grew up in Shell Lake) and they agree that they are the best snack sticks they have ever had, as well. I am sure you will have more customers next deer season Keep up the good work!
Lance Schultz, Northland Pines High School

“Hi. A big thanks for the Brat Haus and ability to help local charities and organizations. Could the brats be ANY juicier! Well done!”
Allison M.

“A trip to Cumberland isn’t complete without stopping at your store. Not only do I have my list, but those of all my friends in La Crosse. Really enjoyed your 40th Anniversary celebration.”
Amy S., La Crosse, WI

“Just grilled a Cumberland steak on the north shore of Lake Superior. Oh. My. God. That was divine! We love Louie’s.”
John S.

Dear Louie’s–

Recently a friend of ours picked up a variety of your brats for our 1st “Brat Fest”. We sampled them all, then proceeded to overhaul the rest.

A long story short….what we came up with for favorites was……grab any kind and you can’t go wrong. There wasn’t any of them that didn’t pass muster. Great products and love the huge variety.

Thanx again.

Best Regards,

Jerry P.
McLaughlin, SD

Dear Louie–

Over the past 20 years I have had numerous opportunities to sample my friends and relatives venison sausage, deer sticks and more. Some were pretty good and most were not so good. This year for the first time we decided to try your store with our venison. Normally we do our own processing since it saves money and we thought it was pretty good.

I must say that the products we recently got back from Louie’s is beyond anything we expected. We were already very fond of your products in the store but did not expect that high degree of taste and quality to come across so well in our venison.

Please tell your crew that we are beyond impressed and due to the popularity of our venison have found ourselves running out a little too fast. We even have had to send a resupply package to Hawaii as our hunting partner is quickly using his up with the locals.

Again, we appreciate everyone’s hard work and attention to detail. Every step of the process was friendly and professional and we appreciate it very much.

Sincerely,

Greg A.
Scandia, MN