History and Awards
In 1963, Louis Muench, Sr., his wife, Doris, and their family moved to Cumberland, Wisconsin, from Chicago where Louie was a meat cutter. He took a position with The Company Store in Cumberland as the Meat Department Manager.

In 1970, Louie realized his own dream of ownership and opened the doors to Louie's Finer Meats on Main Street in the building that is currently the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce office. In 1978, Louie's expanded and moved to its present location on Hwy. 63 on the north end of town.

Through the years, three of the six Muench children have followed in their father's footsteps. Louis Muench Jr. (and sons Louis K. and Eric), James Muench, and William Muench have all dedicated their careers to Louie's. You can always count on seeing one or more of Muenchs behind the meat counter.

The Muench family would like to invite you to stop by their store in beautiful Cumberland, Wisconsin. Everyone at Louie's takes the utmost pride in our hometown atmosphere and customer service. We would like to thank all of our old and new customers for allowing us to serve you for 40 years!

At Louie's we make sausage with a combination of old school and new school, but any way we make it, you can taste the dedication we put into each sausage!

2007 awards

Seated, L-R: Louie Muench, Sr., Louie Muench, Jr. Standing, L-R: William Muench, James Muench, proudly showing their 2007 gold medals


International 2007 Medal 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.

Some of our many products include:

  • Cabbage Sausage
  • Chorizo
  • German Sausage
  • Summer Sausage
  • Italian Sausage
  • Pizza Sausage
  • Polish Sausage
  • Cheddarwurst
  • Swedish Sausage
  • Jaternice
  • Ring Liver
  • Bohemian Cream Sausage
  • and more!

  • Applewurst
  • Apple-Cranberry
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Badger (onion, garlic, mozzarella, pimento)
  • BBQ
  • Beef
  • Beef Chili
  • Beer
  • Blueberry Berry Weiss
  • Blueberry
  • Bleu Cheese
  • Brewer (Cheddar Cheese, Bleu Cheese, & Beer)
  • Cajun
  • Cavatille
  • Cheddarwurst
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Almond
  • Chicken
  • Chicken w/Jalapeno
  • Cranberry
  • Da Bear (honey, blueberries, cheddar cheese)
  • Greek (allspice, oregano & garlic)
  • Green Onion
  • Green Pepper/Red Onion/Cheddar
  • Hawaiian (cherries, pineapple & coconut)
  • Jalapeno Cheddar
  • Maple
  • Munich (parsley, chives, salt & pepper)
  • Mushroom Swiss
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Packer (cheddar cheese & kraut)
  • Pepperjack
  • Pizza
  • Philly Steak
  • Russian
  • Salsa
  • Southwest Fiesta
  • Sun Dried Tomato Basil
  • Traditional
  • Turkey
  • Viking (purple cabbage, cheddar cheese)
  • Whiskey/Fennel
  • Wild Rice & Mushroom
  • Wisconsin (cranberry, cheddar cheese, maple, honey)
  • and more!

  • Applewurst
  • Bacon
  • Louie's Little Links
  • Italian
  • Maple & Honey
  • Wisconsin
  • Ham & Cheddar
  • Smokey

  • Wisconsin Cheese (numerous varieties)
  • Corned Beef
  • Pastrami
  • Roast Beef
  • Turkey Breast
  • Chicken Breast
  • Leberkase
  • Bierschinken
  • Capicolla
  • Leberwurst
  • Braunschweiger
  • Dried Beef
  • Pepperoni
  • Prosciutto
  • Bierwurst
  • and more!

  • Louie Muench, Jr


    We're proud to announce that Louie Muench, Jr., has recently been inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame, The May 2009 induction ceremonies were held in Madison with many friends and family in attendance.

    The Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of individuals who have had a significant impact on the meat industry of Wisconsin. The contributions may be a business venture, an idea, a process or invention, an educational effort, a leadership role, or any other effort that has influenced positively the people and environment of the state of Wisconsin. Since 1993, sixty-two individuals have been inducted in the Hall.

    Louie's leadership, contributions and service to the Wisconsin meat industry form the basis for his selection to the Hall of Fame. Specifically cited are his success in building Louie's Finer Meats into an outstanding, innovative and award winning family corporation specializing in retail, wholesale and custom meat processing, his commitment to the new product development and innovation across a broad range of product categories and his service to the industry in numerous leadership positions and as a teacher and mentor for students and other meat processors.

    In addition, Louie Muench, Jr. was honored on May 22, 2009 as a Cumberland High School Graduate of Achievement.

    See State Senator Bob Jauch adjourning the senate in Louie's honor

    2010 Awards
    The 2010 Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention was held April 9-11 in Madison. This year the product show featured a record numer of entries (1042 entries) from throughout Wisconsin. This is the largest competition of its kind in the United States. Louie's Finer Meats won 12 awards at this contest:
  • 2010 Excellence in Product Manufacture Award! (Most number of points from all product categories in the competition)
  • Grand Champion - Italian Breakfast Links
  • Grand Champion - Summer Sausage
  • Grand Champion - Buffalo Salami
  • Reserve Grand Champion - Jellied Pork and Turkey Loaf
  • Reserve Grand Champion - Ring Bologna
  • Reserve Grand Champion - Jalapeno and Cheddar Summer Sausage
  • Champion - Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Reserve Champion - BBQ Pork Jerky
  • Reserve Champion - Precooked Bratwurst
  • Reserve Champion - Cotto Salami
  • Reserve Champion - Italian Soft Salami

  • 2009 Awards
    State Grand Champion: Turkey Salami
    State Grand Champion: Bone-In Ham
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Pepper Loaf
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Beef Jerky
    State Reserve Champion: Cotto Salami
    State Honorable Mention: Pre-Cooked Bratwurst
    State Honorable Mention: Summer Sausage
    Louis E. Muench inducted into Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame (May 7)
    Louis E. Muench: Cumberland High School Graduate of Achievement (May 22)
    National Grand Champion: Summer Sausage
    National Champion: Ring Bologna
    National Reserve Grand Champion: Bacon
    National Champion: Italian Soft Salami
    National Reserve Champion: Smoked Italian Sausage
    National Champion: Boneless Pit Ham
    Wisconsin State Fair Grand Champion: Lebanon Bologna
    2009 Rice Lake Commercial/Retail Business of the Year

    2008 Awards
    National Grand Champion: Andouille Sausage
    National Grand Champion: Braunschweiger
    National Reserve Grand Champion: Buffalo Salami
    National Champion: Boneless Commercial Ham
    National Champion: Semi-Boneless Ham
    National Champion: Ring Bologna
    National Champion: Beer Salami
    National Reserve Champion: Lebanon Bologna
    National Reserve Champion: Heavy Bone-In Ham
    State Grand Champion: Pork & Turkey Loaf
    State Grand Champion: Olive Ham
    State Grand Champion: Italian Sausage
    State Grand Champion: Coarse Ring Bologna
    State Grand Champion: Turkey Jerky
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Lebanon Bologna
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Pre-Cooked Bratwurst
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Restructured Jerky
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Slab Bacon
    State Reserve Champion: Polish Sausage

    2007 Awards:
    International Gold Medal: Cotto Salami
    International Gold Medal: Wisconsin Summer
    International Gold Medal: Buffalo Salami
    International Gold Medal: Skinless Wiener
    International Gold Medal: Jalapeno Snack Stick
    International Gold Medal: Hunters Sausage
    International Silver Medal: Smoked Bratwurst w/Jalapeno & Cheese
    International Silver Medal: Summer Sausage
    International Bronze Medal: Smoked Italian
    National Reserve Grand Champion: Jalapeno Snack Stix
    National Reserve Grand Champion: Beer Salami
    National Champion: Skinless Wiener
    National Reserve Grand Champion: Pre-cooked Jalapeno & Cheddar Brat
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pork
    State Reserve Grand Champion: Pork & Turkey Loaf
    State Champion: Italian Sausage
    State Champion: Turkey Salami
    State Champion: Cumberland Steak
    State Champion: Peppered Loaf
    State Reserve Champion: Ring Bologna
    State Reserve Champion: Lebanon Bologna
    State Reserve Champion: Ring Liver

    Since 1995, Louie's Finer Meats has received over 100 International, National and State awards. Constantly striving to maintain our current high standards, we are always creating new and exciting flavors for your enjoyment.


    MEAT SAFETY Is #1 at Louie's

    Since 1970, Louie's Finer Meats has provided customers with the finest quality and variety of specialty sausages and smoked meats. Numerous awards at the state, national and international levels attest to the uniqueness and quality of Louie's flavorful products.

    We are passionate about great tasting and high quality food and sausage and the pleasure of sharing it with each other. We are committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and safe to eat. You can shop our store with confidence.


    FOOD SAFETY is a top priority of Louie's Finer Meats, Inc.

    DAILY INSPECTION by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection

    WI Dept. Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

    INSPECTION emphasizes:

    ~ Cleanliness, wholesomeness, purity and safety
    ~ Standards must meet or exceed standards of US Department of Agriculture
    ~ Sanitary operation of facility
    ~ Structure of facility
    ~ Food labeling
    ~ Processing inspection
    ~ Sampling Program
    ~ HACCP Certified (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points)
    ~ USDA Reviewed
    ~ Food Safety-based control system and sanitation policies


    ~ Consistent quality is a top priority for our business
    ~ We strive to provide the largest variety of meat products in NW Wisconsin
    ~ Know your sausage maker
    ~ Quality Certified - Meat Quality Evaluation
    ~ Beef steaks and roasts are certified USDA Choice
    ~ Product Development and Food Safety seminars, workshops and clinics
    ~ Fresh beef, pork and chicken is not injected -- don't pay for water!
    ~ No carbon monoxide packaging
    ~ Smoked products are naturally hickory-smoked -- no liquid smoke!
    ~ All ground meats produced in our Cumberland facility -- no pre-ground meats
    ~ We carefully evaluate each product we sell.


  • E-mail us at: lfm@louiesfinermeats.net

  • Hwy 63 North - 2025 Superior Avenue
    Cumberland, WI 54829
    Toll Free: 1-800-270-4297
    Phone: 715-822-4728 Fax: 715-822-3150
    Store hours: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
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