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, bacon 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 October 1969, 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.