Meat Products Manufacturers


The 3,500 meat manufacturing facilities in the US slaughter, process, and package meat protein products; principally beef, pork, and poultry. Meat manufacturing operations are comprised of three main processes: animal slaughtering, meat processing and packing, and rendering non-edible waste into useable byproducts. Larger manufacturers may engage in all of these activities, while smaller manufacturers may have much more limited or specialized operations.

Increased Government Regulation

Meat products manufacturers are subject to extensive federal, state and local laws and regulations by authorities that oversee slaughtering and processing, packaging, storage, distribution, advertising, labeling, food safety standards, and export of meat products.

Volatile Raw Material Prices

Meat products manufacturers’ results of operations and financial condition are highly dependent upon the cost and supply of commodity based raw materials, such as feed grains and live animals.