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It's nearly impossible to build a base of loyal, repeat customers if you don't have a strong partnership with the right meat-processor. You can do everything right to source and produce high quality products, only to still have things go south due to quality control issues at the processing / packing step.
And the worst part is that it's easy to feel like you're powerless to ensure that things get done right.
Don't get us wrong... These companies have a challenging job to do, but it's crucial to make sure you have a partner you can depend on!
After having polite 'breakups' with dozens of different processors over the years, we finally decided to majorly change the decision factors we were using to choose our next partners. And that has been a game-changer! Today, we work with a handful of carefully selected processing partners that are truly world-class to work with.
If you're seeking a more reliable processing arrangement, learn more about the mistakes to avoid in this GrazeCast episode! (NOTE: While we'll be sharing examples related to working with meat-processors, these principles apply to any type of 3rd party partner involved in the food-chain)
In this episode you'll learn about:
- Interview questions you should ask your next processor
- The challenge of working with multiple processors
- Processing capabilities that will limit your growth
- Why packaging presentation and consistency matters
- The efficiency benefits of custom case-sizing
At the end of the day, you need to think about your processing partner as an extension to your business.
You've heard it said that If you hire the right people, they will build your business for you. The same is true for partnerships, and I hope you're able to take this information and use it to raise the standard for who you work with.