It all began in the village of Swiss where, in 1965, Bill and Margie Sloan purchased the Swiss Country Store from Margie's parents, Ervin & Velma (Fiegler) Rauter. Bill, a former meat market manager, began to process meat and manufacture cured hams, bacons and sausage for his customers. As his processing business grew, Bill realized the need to expand or build in order to keep up with the demand for his German Sausages. So, in October1969, Swiss Meat & Sausage Company opened its doors. This new venture allowed the local farmers to bring their animals in for slaughter and processing.
By 1973, Bill expanded and doubled the size of the building, adding a retail store front, as well as two smoke houses. It was also about this time that Bill and Margie began a successful catering operation.
A second large expansion occurred in 1997, adding a warehouse, packaging room and sausage kitchen, along with more coolers, freezers and another smokehouse.
Swiss Meat's diversified operation includes: retail sales, wholesale, mail order, deer processing, deer sausage, catering, custom processing and private label and co-packer for hundreds of companies.
Bill and Margie semi-retired from the business in 1998, but were still actively involved with the catering business when in Nov. 1998, the family lost their beloved mother at the age of 62.
Fast forward to May 2006, the Sloan family was very fortunate to host the acclaimed Jamie and Bobby Deen, (sons of Paula Deen), along with their production crew as they filmed an episode of 'Road Tasted' featuring Swiss Meat's award winning sausages!
This fast track to fame encouraged the family to finally begin construction of a much need larger retail store, to show case their award winning products.
In May of 2011, the Mizzou Athletic Association announced Swiss Meat as the 'Official Bratwurst of Mizzou Athletics.
Their award winning meat and sausage can be found in numerous venues not only in Missouri but across the nation.
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- Barbecue Products & Sauces
- Country Store
- Honey & Honey Products
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- Missouri Grown Locator
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- Specialty Meats
Bratwurst is just one of their specialties, with over 60 unique varieties all made on site. Flavors range from Bacon Cheddar Potato Brat to the scrumptious Blueberry Maple Flavored Sausage Links. If bacon is your passion, they produce the National Grand Champion Bacon, along with eight other varieties of this delicacy. You can also find their award winning Hickory Smoked Hams, Turkeys, Summer Sausage, Snack Sticks, German Bologna, Sweet Bologna and many more superb flavored meat products. The also feature many Amish made jams, jellies, relishes, sauces and a large line of seasonings, as well as Traeger grills and accessories.
They buy locally raised beef, hogs and lambs which they sell by the side or quarter. They are USDA as well as MO. State inspected, which enables them to perform private labeling for many customers, including those that sell at Farmers Markets. They are approved for kosher bison slaughter under USDA, and well as poultry processing. They process harvested deer and manufacture over 20 varieties of deer sausage, snack stick, jerky, etc. and is a Share the Harvest participant.
Their deli features daily specials on their award winning brats, along with sandwiches like their Pit Smoked Beef Brisket , BBQ Pulled Pork, or home made soups, along with many delicious sides and desserts all made on site.
Their shelves are filled with jams, jellies, relishes, seasoning, and spices, honey, sorghum, molasses, pasta, candies, nuts, and snacks for all. They ship their meat products nationwide, and offer gift boxes for individual or corporate needs. They sell wholesale as well as retail. They offer FREE samples daily.
Swiss Meat products can be purchased through our retail store located 12 miles south of Hermann, on Hwy 19.
Store hours are Mon-Sat 8-5 and store is open on Sundays 11-4 (June thru Christmas).
You can also purchase through our website: www.swissmeats.com
, or visit one of the many stores listed on our website that carry our products in the St. Louis, Columbia or Jefferson City area, and all points in between.