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Lake Geneva Meats takes top awards

Winning categories include franks, jerky, brats

(Published Sept. 26, 2007, 4:52 p.m.)

Lake Geneva Country Meats, Inc., 5907 Highway 50, Lake Geneva, 248-3339, won national recognition at the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC) held July 12-14 in Madison, in conjunction with the 68th Convention of the American Association of Meat Processors.

The ACMC annually draws hundreds of entries from the entire United States. This year there were 746 entries in 26 product categories.

Lake Geneva Country Meats, Inc. was awarded first place, grand champion, in both the frankfurters-emulsified and the restructured jerky classes, as well as second place, reserve grand champion in the 2007 regional class of bratwurst and fourth place, reserve champion in the meat snack stick class. All entries were judged on the basis of aroma, flavor, eye appeal, color and texture.

Technical advisors for 2007 were Joseph C. Corday, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Jeff J. Sindelar, Ph.D., UW-Madison; and Jay Wenther, assistant executive director, AAMP, Elizabethtown, Penn.

Judges for this year's panel were Bill Barron, Ph.D., Oscar Mayer Foods Corp., Madison; Alden M. Booren, Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; Larry Borchert, Ph.D., UW-Madison; Jennifer Dominguez, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; Merlyn Eickman, Pecatonica, Ill.; Dean Henderson, Ph.D. (retired), UW-River Falls; Rick McLimans, Fennimore; Andrew L. Milkowski, Ph.D., UW-Madison; Lauren Sammel, Ph.D, Oscar Mayer Foods Corp., Madison; Tim Schnell, Ph.D., Oscar Mayer Foods Corp., Madison; Steve Watters, Ph.D., UW-River Falls.

Lake Geneva Country Meats, Inc. is a member of the American Association of Meat Processors, the nation's largest trade organization representing small businessmen in the meat/food-related industry.

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