In February, Inboden’s Meats of DeKalb received multiple Grand Champion awards at the Illinois Association of Meat Producers and Indiana Meat Packers and Processors Association 2013 annual convention.
The convention is held in association with the University of Illinois meat science lab in Champaign. During the convention, there was a product show competition in which industry professionals, including meat science doctorates from Illinois and Indiana, were the judges.
The competition, compromised of more than 330 entries in 21 classes, uses a highly critical grading system. Deductions were taken based on flavor, texture, aroma, defects, uniformity of color, shape, consumer appeal and uniqueness.
Inboden’s Meats took top honors in the following categories:
1. Grand Champion – Italian Sausage – Fresh Sausage
2. Grand Champion – Cheddar Bacon Ranch Chicken Burger – Variety Class
3. Reserve Grand Champion – Bratwurst – Bratwurst
Inboden’s also competed for the Illinois Association of Pork Producers 2013 Pork Innovation Award. Inboden’s received the Grand Champion award for its herbed pork patty and took second place honors for its pork chop trio. Inboden’s was awarded monetarily for the first place prize.
Inboden’s Meats also took part in the three-day educational seminar with Tom Inboden presenting his knowledge of corned beef at the pre-convention workshop held at the University of Illinois Meat Science Laboratory. Tom Inboden has served as a president of the Illinois Association of Meat Processors. Joe Inboden currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of Meat Processors.