2017 Minnesota Beef Backer Retail Award Winner
We’ve had a secret up our sleeve for a few weeks that we are SO excited to finally share with you! Greg’s Meats of Hampton, Minnesota has been awarded as the 2017 Minnesota Beef Backer in Retail. This award is presented to a business that goes above and beyond promoting the beef industry through their beef sales and customer service.
Whether you’re from small town Hampton or not, Greg’s Meats is familiar to many.
Since 1978, Greg’s Meats has been an integral part of the family’s farming tradition. Greg built the original building on a piece of farm land that has been in their family name for over 100 years. Although Greg’s Meats began as a small plant, it has now evolved into a full-service meat and sausage shop, winning over 400 state and national awards since 1986. Greg’s has been a 13-time national Grand Champion award winner. Greg’s award-winning and most recognized items include beef jerky, hot dogs, hamburgers, summer sausages, ribeye and ring bologna.
Greg Endres, owner of Greg’s Meats, started the meat locker shortly after his Dad passed away. With ten siblings, Greg was the only one at home milking cows and working full-time. In addition to chores and milking, he decided to open his own locker plant. The locker was built in 1978, and the retail portion was added between 1984 and 1985. Within four years, the family was no longer dairy farming and all siblings were working full-time at Greg’s Meats. Since then, they have completed ten building additions and increased from four employees to twenty-eight.
When asked what separates him from other meat lockers, Greg responded without hesitation.
“Good employees. Most of my employees have been here over 20 years,” he says.
“Our success comes from handling high-quality product and good customer relations. We are always looking to be innovative. We take pride in our product and feature it all the same as it looks and tastes at the competitions that we compete in,” Greg says.
You can be sure that Greg’s Meats is gearing up for a busy spring and summer ahead. Typically, they sell 500 pounds of hot dogs per week.
Their most popular beef stick flavor? The Original Grand Champion, of course!
Greg’s Meats utilizes social media and their weekly e-newsletter to engage customers and advertise their meat promotions. The Minnesota Beef Council appreciates Greg’s Meats for their friendly staff, and their effort to continually increase beef sales.
“Greg’s Meats Processing is very honored to receive the 2017 Minnesota Retail Beef Backer Award. We are proud of our relationship with the beef industry and have been processing beef for 39 years. From our retail counter, we have been able to promote the high-quality beef that farmers are producing today. Working with the Minnesota Beef Council, we anticipate the continued expansion of our beef sales,” says Greg Endres, owner of Greg’s Meat’s Processing.